An overview on what Mercury Retrograde is and how you can navigate it with crystals.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
A few times a year, the planet Mercury appears to rotate backwards. When any planet retrogrades, things associated with those planets seem to go haywire. Mercury rules over communication, so speech can be more difficult. There are also usually issues with technology, relationships, and overall feeling of not being centered or having "brain fog." It is recommended that you do not make any serious business or life decisions during this time. Also, do not text your ex! The universe will often test us with any unlearned lessons from prior seasons.
It is a good time to introspect, journal, and go out into nature to ground ourselves. See the above picture and below description crystal recommendations to keep with you during Mercury Retrograde.
When does it take place?
Usually 2-3 times a year. There is usually a "shadow period" about 10 days before and after each retrograde where some people start to feel the effects already. Depending on where Mercury is in your birth chart can determine how it affects you as well.
Here are the dates for 2023:
December 28, 2022, to January 18, 2023
April 21 to May 14
August 23 to September 14
December 13 to January 1, 2024
Crystals for Mercury Retrograde
Honestly, get them all out! As mentioned, expect the universe to test you. Meditation and reflection are a must. Use the above picture as a reference guide to various issues that may arise or intentions you'd like to work on.
There are 4 crystals that we highly recommend to keep on or near you though:
Fluorite - for focus
Sodalite - for communication
Black Tourmaline - for protection & grounding
Selenite - for cleansing energy
*Kits including all of these, plus a necklace to hold them & an instruction card with information about Mercury retrograde, a description and chakra correspondence for each stone, and mantras to use during meditation can be purchased here and below.*
Social media loves hyping up Mercury Retrograde. Try to steer clear of unnecessary fear mongering. Yes, MR can be a pain and difficult to deal with, but overall, the universe is just trying to help us reach our higher selves by showing us the lower energies we need to work on. The more you pay attention to astrology and the cycle of events, the better you can prepare and come out on top. Be gentle with yourselves and have patience.
Best of luck and may the odds be ever in your favor! :)
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