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In a prior post, I covered the do’s and recommended postpones for a Mercury retrograde period. Over the years, I’ve used and modified my practices for 1 to 2 weeks prior to Mercury retrograde for readying myself for the opportunities, as well as softening the challenges within this energy period that I would like to share with you.
What is Mercury Retrograde
As I mentioned in a prior post, Mercury retrograde is when the planet Mercury gives the illusion of moving backwards in the sky. Although it doesn’t actually travel backwards, three to four times a year for about three and a half weeks Mercury appears to do just that.
And unlike your birthday that occurs on the same date each year, Mercury retrogrades during different calendar days and in different astrological signs depending on the year.
How Mercury Retrograde Affects Us
Mercury, as with the moon and the other planets in our solar system, impacts our energy here on earth. So during this period, the Universe becomes energetically clumsy.
Mercury governs all that is communication from conversations themselves to the means for communicating. This includes technology like cell phones and computers, as well as written communication from letters, manuscripts, term papers, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, and power of attorney documents. So it is no surprise that when Mercury retrogrades, there are more miscommunications and misunderstandings.
It also impacts timing. So it is not unusual to experience shipping or travel delays.
Preparation 1 to 2 Weeks Prior to Mercury Retrograde
I believe we need not hibernate nor live in fear when Mercury is retrograde. However, we can “preset” and prepare the energy surrounding specific circumstances in our lives for more optimal results.
One to 2 weeks before the official start date of Mercury retrograde, you may begin to notice your cell phone or internet connection not quite running as smoothly as usual. This is why I advise setting an alert on your calendar two week ahead... as well as a 1-week reminder... for starting your preparations for an upcoming Mercury retrograde period.
Make Your List
List projects or specific tasks you would like to complete during this (3-plus week) period. For larger projects, list or itemize specific steps in the process rather than the complete project itself. As you create this list, refer to my prior post on Mercury retrograde covering the “re’s” and “postpones” for considering what to include on your list.
Reduce Your List by 20%
Why reduce your list? Think of Mercury as kicking up energetic mud and creating energetic clumsiness on your path that slows you down with annoyances and delays. This is why I want you to be patient with yourself. Rushing and forcing artificial deadlines will only lead to more miss steps, misunderstandings, and miscommunications… particularly during a Mercury retrograde phase. Plus, less (distractions) is more in terms of your focus and what you can accomplish during this period.
Ready Yourself for the Unexpected
Yep, it’s the b-word - backup. Take inventory of helpful documents like bills (with account numbers) and phone numbers in the event you need to make that call. Locate product warrantees and instructions particularly for technology equipment. And make a sure you have a copy of important “cards” like health and auto insurance cards… and even your driver’s license or passport… in case you “misplace” them.
Back It Up!
Start backing up your computer at least every 2 days. And backup your resources by printing out important documents (as I mentioned earlier).
In moving forward, don’t forget to carry those lessons of patience and preparation learned in the pre (as well as the post and during) Mercury retrograde periods throughout the year. But as we all know, as the months pass and we get caught up in the rush of our lives, Mercury will come around again to remind us to slow down, reassess, and be in the moment.
For more information on successfully thriving during Mercury in retrograde periods, click here.
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