Mercury retrograde memes to keep you laughing through the chaos

Laugh now, stress later. The best Mercury retrograde memes are not to be missed

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Like it or not, it's time for the infamous Mercury retrograde. Memes began to surface just as the planet started moving backward—truly the best gifts astrology fans could hope for at a chaotic time like this. 

During the smallest planet's antics, we're often inclined to clutch our favorite crystals for anxiety: we're fearful our relationships will implode, along with our tech gadgets and group chats. Mercury has a way of putting us on edge, especially considering we're getting an extra helping in 2022. 

But before the fear sets in, why not have a laugh with these all-too-relatable memes? Even our expert astrologer Nina Kahn (opens in new tab) is one to get in on the jokes. Enjoy some of the internet's best work...and back up your Mac after you do.

Our favorite Mercury retrograde memes

We're ready for you, Mercury retrograde. 2022's four doses have nothing on us!  

1. I don't like it like that

Brain fog...reemerging exes...canceled plans. Thank you, but no thank you, Mercury. 

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2. 'Can you not?'

Giving Mercury a quick call to say leave us alone...before it cuts our phone connection.

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3. 'Hunger Games' comparison

It's a bit concerning comparing an astrological event to the dystopian series, don't you think? As the saying goes: "May the odds be ever in your favor."

4. Incoming call

Can't talk now, but we can look at texts...perhaps?

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5. 'Nooooo'

This pretty much sums it up perfectly. "Nooooo!"

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6. Impeccable timing

Have you taken a look at the May astrology events calendar? We're in for quite a doozy: retrogrades, eclipses, Friday the 13th. How much is one person supposed to take?!

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7. This was strategically planned

Mercury must've sensed that we had a lot going on and decided to join the fun. How lovely! Clearly, it's a fan of the "the more the merrier" sentiment.

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8. Time for some TLC

What better way to prep for Mercury retrograde than with the best self-care practices, right? This full-body robe below should do nicely.

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9. LOL

Don't you love when Mercury tries to ruin your positive mindset?

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10. The only Mercury we'll accept

Alexa, play "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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11. How we plan to reemerge

When June 3 hits and Mercury retrograde comes to an end, we'll be back and better than ever. But wait, what about that Mercury shadow period...

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12. Keep the peace

While some of us are stressed, others are calm cool and collected. Let's try that mentality, folks. 

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While yes, we love laughing at the internet's creativity, the meaning of Mercury in retrograde isn't all doom and gloom. As the planet of communication, things might feel a bit haywire, but in fact, it's actually a time to get things organized.

"It’s really important to not be afraid of Mercury retrograde or assume that things are going to go wrong," astrologer Nina Kahn (opens in new tab) previously told My Imperfect Life. "Retrogrades are a totally normal part of life. They're a reminder to slow down, reflect and give ourselves a chance to revise anything."

See, not so bad? Let's all embrace this time of year instead of dreading it...but no judgment if you decided to back up your hard drive—just in case!

Nina Kahn

Nina Kahn is an author and mystical content creator, covering the cosmos for Bustle, and CosmicAF. Check out her books, Astrology For Life and The Joy Of Hex.

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

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