It's back...Mercury retrograde. Right now, we're anticipating misplacing our keys and tending to broken electronics, but truthfully, there's no need to fret.
While we'll never discourage you from stocking up on crystals for Mercury retrograde—great gifts astrology fans love—and enjoying calming meditation practices, we encourage you to examine Mercury's "wicked" ways from a new perspective.
The smallest planet in the solar system goes retrograde most often, so rather than dread its backward spin, why not embrace it like Noush, an astrologer with Girl and Her Moon (opens in new tab)?
"I personally like Mercury retrograde," she confesses. "It happens often enough that it just feels like a moment in time that is slowing us down to understand where we have been running on autopilot and where we need to be a bit more mindful."
With this new mindset, let's uncover how to deal with round two of Mercury retrograde 2022.
Mercury retrograde right now and how to deal with it
The infamous planet is preparing to shake things up from Tuesday, May 10 to Friday, June 3. During this time, our communication might be off and traveling might feel more overwhelming than usual. That's expected, but there are also a few other specifics to expect during this year's second dosage of Mercury Rx.
"It could bring about an energy of indecision," Noush says. "I feel like there's this duality or heightened awareness of choice that could create confusion. There could be a little bit of mind fog."
With that in mind, think about certain areas of your life and what you truly want. Perhaps meditating or journaling will help you realize what path works best for you. Before making rash decisions, take some time to truly weigh your options.
"There is something here to do with reevaluating the deeper parts of ourselves," Noush adds.
Additionally, Lisa Stardust, author of The Astrology Deck: Your Guide to the Meanings and Myths of the Cosmos (opens in new tab), previously told My Imperfect Life that this particular retrograde is going to force us out of our comfort zones, so whatever is headed your way, embrace it with openness. Sure things might feel a bit awkward at first, but trust that these new changes will put you on the proper path.
Making a case for Mercury retrograde
Rather than woefully plan for disaster, Noush insists that Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to make adjustments, not flip out.
"It's a time for us to really take a step back and slow right down and question our thoughts and our words by noticing the reality that we're living in and how can we realign to something that feels a little bit better," she says.
It doesn't have to be frightening—and that's the trick to surviving it. Your mindset will affect how you deal with this specific time, so why not think that a little shakeup is intended for your benefit?
"It doesn’t have to be that scary thing if you just move with it and understand that these things happen, and it’s OK," Noush says.
So yes, the thought of a malfunctioning laptop or disagreement with an S.O. might seem off-putting, but there's no reason to think the world is coming to an end. The best way to deal with Mercury retrograde effects is to stay positive, take things slow and examine why some changes are coming your way.
An intuitive astrologer with Girl and Her Moon, Noush believes in the healing power of focused energy. You can catch her cosmic insight during an astrology reading or by signing up for a Flow with the Moon Membership.
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 and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
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.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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