The second Mercury retrograde of 2021 is arriving on May 29, and with it all the potential chaos associated with the astrological transit. However, as you’ll come to see, you can live your best life if you go with the flow and choose to not fight the energies at play. Learn to work with the celestial happenings and use them to your advantage. Mercury retrograde is nothing to be feared.
In today’s world, Mercury retrograde has become part of our everyday lexicon, however its significance dates back centuries. For instance, farmers started referencing the phenomenon in their agricultural manuals in the 1800s to help them align their planting with the most auspicious times and luminaries of the year.
But, what is Mercury retrograde? It’s simply an optical illusion where Mercury appears to change course and move backwards in the sky. In reality, the planet is just moving much slower than Earth. It usually happens three or four times a year, and to some astrologers, the planet’s perceived change of direction has chaotic consequences for us here on Earth, especially when it comes to communication and technology (such as breaking your computer, missing an important call or signing a bad contract).
However, contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrograde isn’t a bad time of year. The backspin can actually be quite helpful in giving projects that have stalled a new energy, as well as firing up old relationships that we secretly miss. We can gain a deeper understanding of our past and current situations, which can lead us to greatness in the future. It’s about returning to something to make the necessary changes and jumpstart plans with a fresh perspective. If we embrace that mindset, then we can fly through the planetary backstep without much havoc.
Although Mercury’s retrograde begins on 29 May and lasts until 22 June in airy Gemini (whose planetary ruler is Mercury), its pre-shadow begins 14 May while its retroshade lasts two weeks after 22 May until 7 July. It is during these pre and post periods when you will see the most turbulence, so prepare yourself. Change up routines and ease up on the way you communicate with others. Carry crystals to protect your energy — black tourmaline (to ward off negative vibes), lapis lazuli (to ensure good communication) and citrine (for positivity). Placing the crystals on electronic devices can cleanse them and help maintain good vibes throughout the retrograde.
Here’s how to make Mercury retrograde work for you, according to your star sign
Consider the way you express your sentiments to others before allowing yourself to feel misunderstood by those in your social sphere. You will come to the realization that your notoriously fiery and assertive communication skills could use a little cooling down. Once you find a softer and calmer approach to discussing your emotions with friends and family, you’ll be able to converse with them regularly without conflict arising throughout the next few weeks.
You’ll be offered a get-rich-quick plan that sounds tempting, but before you agree to take part in the scheme, make sure that you double-check the contracts and are aware of the terms. There may be problems in the fine print that will arise later on. If possible, ask a friend to look over the agreement before investing.
You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed as there are many loose ends in your life that need to be tied up. Finding a practical approach out of these situations will be complex, as the cosmic energies at play are creating minor hiccups. Catch your breath for a minute and craft a concise plan. Then you can regroup to carry out all of the lingering ventures and endeavors in need of completion.
No matter how far you run from the past, it always catches up to you one way or another. Healing old wounds is going to be hard, but doable. To ensure that there aren’t any residual scars that resurface, it’s best to work on yourself with tender love and care. Don’t tear emotions open. Be gentle and kind to yourself throughout the process, and let others give you extra support when needed.
You’re known to be the leader of your core group of friends. However, over the next few weeks, you won’t be as readily available to them as you once were. The focus of your energy is shifting on to yourself because you’re in an introspective mood. Chances are, your friends will support your desire to have quality time reconnecting with yourself. In no time at all, you’ll make a reappearance on your regularly scheduled Zoom ‘happy hour’ meetups.
There are delays in acquiring the position that you are in line for at work. Before you give up on your professional aspirations and desire for a raise, discuss options or other roles currently available with your boss. You may feel better having a conversation with the higher-ups at work when it comes to what is in store for you professionally. Give it a little patience. The stars are tilting in your favor.
Is there a topic that you’ve always wanted to study, but never had the chance to? Luckily, you can now take a class on a subject matter that fuels your intellectual and spiritual growth — and doing it for pure joy and fun will make your spirit soar and allow you to feel mentally stimulated. You will decide to use this opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded people.
Your reputable intuition may not be fully tuned in at the moment, making you second guess every decision. If a situation or relationship doesn’t feel right, it’s best to give it space while you navigate through your emotions. You’ll be able to make good choices when you give yourself time to assess your gut feelings and apply logic to them, which can be done if you give yourself a moment to process all the information.
Prepare yourself for a blast from the past. You can expect to be in communication with a former love, friend, colleague or someone from your youth who has made a long-standing impression on you. If you don’t want to reconnect in reality and engage in a conversation with them, then you may decide to look up your old acquaintances on social media to check in with them from a distance.
Use this time to get all your ducks in a row and make plans for the future. While you’re taking stock of your plans, you may find that they need to evolve with the times. Implementing change won’t be hard as long as you are open to revising and refreshing the details of your visions. When you reorganize your goals, you will start to find that it’s easier to make them happen in real life.
A creative vision or passion project that has been long forgotten is resurfacing. Rather than suppressing the urge to evoke your inner artistry, embrace it. Ignite the flame within that you’ve put on the back burner. Finding this spark of inspiration will allow you to become the best version of yourself as you’re honoring all your wonderful and exciting facets. Follow your heart: it will lead you towards your life’s purpose.
Redecorating and renovating your home may feel like a daunting task. You can make minor modifications during the planetary backspin that you won’t regret. If you don’t want to commit to new paint colors on the walls or a dining-room table, make simple changes that can be tweaked down the road. Freshen up your dwelling with a few minor alterations such as a lush green plant or throw pillows to accentuate the vibe.
Originally published on Vogue.in