Kick that self-care routine into overdrive, because Mercury just entered retrograde today, July 26, and will last for the next three weeks. If you’re not cosmically inclined (or just want a refresher), here’s what it means.
Astronomically speaking, every few months (about three times a year) the planet Mercury slows down its orbit and appears to move backward (an optical illusion), which we call “turning retrograde.” It’s considered bad luck because astrology suggests that Mercury is the ruling planet of all communication, clarity in thinking, honesty and even travel and technology. When it’s retrograding, it’s going against its natural forward movement. Therefore: Mess and chaos ensue, in the form of broken iPhones and canceled flights that leave you stuck in the Newark airport.
So, if you buy into the whole “bad luck” thing, you may experience the planet wreaking havoc on your communication, as in you might needlessly argue with your beloveds and/or boss. Documents and contracts that you sign at this time might be tenuous, your technology might go haywire and unwelcome people from your past might pop back into your scene. Fun times.
But don’t freak out just yet. Some options to overcome this cosmic mess: You could pull a Yoko Ono and put off all of your travel plans and important decision making until after it’s over. Or you could roll your eyes and simply curse the planets the next time you wipe out on your way to work.
Also: Be nice, as we’re all fighting a Mercury-size battle, folks. (At least until August 19, OK?)