Let’s get one thing straight: not all retrogrades are bad. Over the last few years, the term has become a four-letter word for anyone with the slightest understanding of astrology. Sure, they almost always force us to reassess negative patterns or ask us to take a new perspective. However, the word itself shouldn’t immediately spark fear every time you hear it. Let’s read about Mercury’s July retrograde and how it can affect you.
That being said, Mercury retrograde can typically be brutal. The current one is particularly disruptive, as the closest planet to the sun moves from Leo to Cancer. It then moves from Cancer to Leo again. Each Mercury retrograde affects each sign a little differently. However, the worst of it typically manifests in the same ways: breakdowns in communication, uncooperative electronics, health hiccups, feelings of being generally overwhelmed, and big decisions backfiring. When Mercury starts backspinning, you’re likely to have a few days (or weeks) where you feel like nothing is going right and you’re totally out of control of your life. In many ways, it’s true, you can’t control when things around you become unhinged. Instead of permitting inside your home and boarding up the windows to avoid the storm. Follow these tips to survive—and maybe even thrive!—during the rest of Mercury’s July 2019 retrograde.
Try to Bring Down the Intensity
Drama, emotional manipulation, and heated arguments thrive under a backward Mercury, and it’s easy to get sucked into those patterns that can negatively affect your relationships. If you feel yourself or the person you’re having a conflict with getting worked up or losing control of intense emotion, don’t indulge. The best way to show Mercury retrograde who’s boss is to keep a level head. Take control of the things you can, and let the things you can’t go.
Focus on Yourself
If things begin to fall apart around you, you may feel the urge to pick up other people’s pieces. This is the easiest way to make yourself vulnerable to Mercury’s retrograde. Turning inward and taking care of yourself is a solid strategy. This doesn’t mean socialization is necessarily forbidden. However, spending some quality time with yourself can provide a fresh perspective. It can also keep you from getting involved in other people’s messes. Buy a face mask, find a new show to binge, chill out, and show yourself some love.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Mercury retrograde encourages reflection and reassessment rather than action. Therefore, you’re likely to have those moments when you have a million things to do but can’t seem to make that to-do list any shorter. The last thing you want to do here is turn on yourself—it’s just going to stress you out even more. Take a deep breath and a restful break. You’ll be much more productive when you approach your tasks with a clear head.
Be Vigilant with Communication
The best thing you can do for the rest of the month to expect the worst and be prepared for it. No one likes to predict that things will go wrong, but you’ll thank yourself when they do. Give yourself a little more time to get to the airport, don’t make any big, spontaneous purchases, write everything important down, and be ready to pick up more slack than usual at work. Over-communicating through these hiccups will help you work through inevitable adversity with minimal damage.
Don’t Fight It
Look, if Mercury retrograde has it out for you this month, there’s not much you can do about it. A big change could totally disrupt your long-term plans, making you feel like you’re drowning and completely out of control. Don’t scramble to get things back to the way they were. Go about your business and try to gain clarity over any tough situations in your life. When August hits and Mercury goes direct again, you can reevaluate with a fresh perspective and figure out an effective plan of action.