If times are rough, blame the universe!
Three to four times a year an astrological phenomenon called mercury retrograde occurs. Mercury appears to be reversed when it laps Earth in orbit. Mercury isn’t actually moving backwards though, it’s just an optical illusion as both planets are in different orbits. When mercury is in retrograde many people report feeling lethargic, unfocused and communication goes haywire.
Remember the ‘thanks obama’ meme from a few years back? This is essentially a spiritual version of that. Basically when mercury is in retrograde spiritual baddies will blame their misfortune on the universe (myself included).
In Astrology, Mercury is the planet of communication but when the planet is in retrograde all hell breaks loose. Exes reappearing in your life, fighting between friends, conflicts at work…basically communication gets pretty difficult over the next three weeks. But don’t worry, it’s not all bad!
Astrologers say that this retrograde (May 10th-June 3rd) is a little more intense than the last one that took place earlier in January this year, especially in its first half for those with Gemini in their charts. Since Mercury Retrograde is in Gemini in its first half (May 10th- May 22nd) , this retrograde could indicate a return of the exes. Follow Dua Lipa's rules and DON’T PICK UP THE PHONE! You broke up for a reason.
Astrologer Lisa Stardust explained this Mercury Retrograde,
Being that it starts in Gemini and heads back into Taurus, we are understanding that we can hurt, heal, love, and cut with a single phrase…Therefore, it’s important to understand that we should be kind with the way we choose to express [ourselves] in order to keep the relationship going smoothly.
During this retrograde it is also important to keep up with self-care and looking after our mental health. Going for walks, meditating, practising yoga and mindfulness are all great ways to do so. This is especially important for Gemini and Virgo as Mercury is the ruling planet for these star signs.
We’ve told you what you should be doing, but more importantly, what should we be avoiding? Avoid starting new projects, signing contracts, buying expensive products and basically anything new. Mercury retrograde is a time to reconsider what we are doing, where we are going and it’s a time where we are uncovering new information so that we can move forward.
A word of advice from someone who absolutely loves astrology but can sometimes catastrophize a little too much… take what resonates with you and leave what doesn’t. Mercury retrograde does sound pretty intense but it's just a time of deep reflection and evaluation. Sometimes we need to clear our closets so that we can open ourselves up to bigger and better things.
We got this bestie, and if bad sh*t happens… blame mercury retrograde!