Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.
What to do during the Retrograde…
The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.
So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip.
wear JEWELS FOR BAD JUJU
The necklace shown above has a sparkly gem trio which was curated to purportedly counteract the perils of astrology’s most notorious season. Smoky quartz and fluorite stones are said to ward off negativity, while blue lace agate is thought to provide calm during this astrological aggravator’s more stressful moments. Handmade in California.
Juraté Brown and Johnna Green = Jurate Los Angeles
Crystals: 0.63″ L x 0.15″ W each
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The idiom: Quem não se comunica se trumbica
Literal translation: “He who doesn’t communicate, gets his fingers burnt.”
What it means: “He who doesn’t communicate gets into trouble.”’
December 3rd, mental Mercury—the ruler of chatty Gemini—launches into one last retrograde backspin in 2017, which will last until December 22. Take all the Mercury retrograde precautions: from backing up data and devices, to triple-confirming reservations, to booking a quick Airbnb instead of staying in your S.O.’s childhood bedroom with the creaky floors and passive-aggressive parents down the hall.
From December 3 to 22, Mercury will be retrograde, which could foil technology, communication and travel—just when you REALLY need these things to go off without a hitch. And it might feel like a double whammy, because Mercury is backtracking through Sagittarius and your interpersonal third house, increasing the likelihood that you’ll feel wildly misunderstood this month.
That said, be careful what you wish for. Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, will go retrograde from December 3 to 22, scrambling signals.