Breaking up during Mercury retrograde? This is what you need to know

Our resident astrologer has great advice for impending Mercury retrograde breakups, and you'll want to take note

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Ready for planetary pandemonium? Breaking during Mercury retrograde could happen as the phenomenon can make communication more difficult, but does it mean the break-up is not meant to last?

Now that the solar system's smallest planet is officially in a backwards spin, we are busy trying to survive the last Mercury retrograde in 2021. But before you press play on your break-up playlist and prepare for an ugly cry (or five), there are a few things you need to know about the planet of communication. The final Mercury in retrograde of the season (September 27, 2021–October 23) is in Libra, so there's definitely a chance that your romantic life will be the focus of this time period, but there's no reason to panic. 

Narayana Montúfar, astrologer and author of the forthcoming Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power, believes this is not necessarily time to nurse a broken heart, rather a chance to readjust aspects of your love life that might've been swept under the rug. 

"It's an opportunity to rethink certain issues you don't want to deal with," she says. "It's hard, but the truth is we are just being challenged to find a new solution."

Mercury retrograde breakups—what happens if you split?

Truthfully, if you do end up calling it quits with a partner during this time, it's probably a split that was coming—the universe's way of saying you weren't on the right path. The ending, though painful, is something that you might need in order to transform and move forward. 

How to avoid Mercury retrograde break-ups

While some breakups are inevitable, others have the potential to be saved. Consider the planetary rough patch as a chance to make things right. Considering Mercury is the planet of communication, you'll want to be mindful of the way you treat your SO. 

"If you get really intense, you're probably going to say something you regret," Montúfar warns. 

In addition to being careful with your words, she also suggests shedding your clothes—if it feels right, of course.

"When Mercury and Mars meet, words can be weapons," she adds. "So instead of saying something that you're going to regret later once Mercury is direct, shut up, take your clothes off and figure it out in bed."

Mars thrives on sexual energy, so might as well make the most of it, right? Careful with break-up sex though...

We wish you the best of luck during the Mercury retrograde and all good things for your love life, even if everything seems tumultuous. 

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.