The best crystals for Mercury Retrograde that'll help you survive the cosmic chaos

Yes, crystals for Mercury retrograde are a good defense against anything the trickster planet has cookin'

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The smallest planet is the most difficult, but luckily, crystals for Mercury retrograde will help you ward off any cosmic disturbances. 

Although Mercury retrograde 2023 is not going to be quite as difficult as its counterparts from years past, we'd be lying if we said that the transit doesn't make us a bit weary. So now that the "r" word has resurfaced, it's time to get prepared and accessorize with our favorite gemstones, which make great gifts for astrology fans, btw. 

(Oh, and this is the one thing you should *never* do during Mercury retrograde, just so you're extra prepared!)


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Astrologers' go-to crystals for Mercury retrograde

So you're looking to work with crystals but not sure where to start? Allow our group of astrologers to point you in the right direction. These are their favorites when Mercury decides to move backward and mess with our communication and tech products.

1. Amethyst

"One of the crystals I seem to be drawn to for communication would be amethyst," says astrologer Noush. "It'll help you have a clearer understanding of your deeper thoughts so that maybe you can communicate with a little bit more calm or patience."

She typically is fond of wearing her favorite stones as jewelry, but is also in favor of keeping go-to selections in a pouch. Should things really go haywire, Noush recommends you take your crystal care up a notch.  

"If you're really feeling that energy of the Mercury Retrograde cluttering your mind, you can also meditate with the stone to help you absorb more of its energy," she recommends.  

2. Citrine

No need to stop the collection with amethyst, however. Citrine also makes for a decent selection whenever Mercury decides to pull a few stunts. 

"If things seem like they're falling apart with the trickery of Mercury Retrograde, citrine holds an energy that gives you a positive outlook," Noush says. "It helps you step into your inner strength  to overcome the stresses of everyday life."

3. Lapis lazuli

For a deeper sense of clarity, Noush oftentimes turns to the deep-blue Lapis lazuli.

"It's this is deeper energy of connecting you to your mind in a much more powerful way that encourages communication from a place of integrity or intuition," she notes. "It channels a higher consciousness."

Tips for working with crystals during Mercury retrograde

Alright, you've snagged some Citrine and have a shipment of Lapis Lazuli en route to your apartment. Now what? The way you use your gemstones matters, according to astrologer Liz Simmons

"I recommend meditating or journaling with your crystals, especially if you don’t want to bring them out in public," she says. "That can help you set the intention with the stone. However, if you feel comfortable carrying a crystal on you, bring it with you whenever you need a bit of luck."

As far as tucking in with crystals is concerned, Sammy Margo, a sleep expert at Dreams, believes this transit can often mess with our R.E.M. cycle, so it's best not to stash your amethyst next to your blankets. 

"Sleeping with objects, such as crystals, beneath pillows can disrupt sleep by creating an uneven pillow surface and potentially lead to neck strains and pains," she notes. "It’s important to balance any manifestation practices with maintaining healthy sleep habits in order to avoid compromising overall well-being during the retrograde phase.”

While society has led us to believe that Mercury is going to wreak havoc on our lives, take a step back: this planet is in retrograde more than any other, so you're pretty used to its energy. And now, you have crystals for any stressors that pop up. For those who like to be extra prepared, check out our favorite crystals for anxiety and crystals for good luck.

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A western tropical Astrologer and creative at heart, Noush believes in the combination of Astrology and spiritual energy work to bring us closer to soul alignment and divine love. Learn how to reach your souls purpose during an astrology reading with her or go on a self-directed journey of divine manifestation using the 2023 Zodiac Calendars available now! 

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Liz Simmons

Liz Simmons is a freelance writer, astrologer, and tarot reader based in Salem, MA. She views astrology and tarot as another tool in our arsenal to understand the cosmic interplay in our lives. Currently, Liz contributes astrological articles and horoscopes to StyleCaster, POPSUGAR and She is also the resident astrologer at ASCEND Get Lifted.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.