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Astro Chat: Preparing for Mercury Retrograde

By Jada Butler


It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Mercury, the planet of logic and communication, moves its orbit into retrograde (Rx). Mercury Rx begins on Thursday, Oct. 31 and lasts until Wednesday, Nov. 20. For those of you wondering why a planet’s change in orbit is significant, sit tight, because this one is a rollercoaster ride.

Mercury in astrology rules over your day-to-day expressions and relationships; it’s how you understand the world and relate to those around you, either through your thoughts, communication style, your wit and sense of humor. When in retrograde, Mercury’s orbit appears to go backwards. This period of retrograde is a time of reflection, when past issues or suppressed emotions resurface and force you to take a deeper look at your life. While the idea of confronting issues and people you’d rather avoid can make you want to run, it’s important to your growth as a person to face them.

Some of the things to look out for this Mercury Rx, which happens to fall during Scorpio season, are issues in relationships. Miscommunication, secrets and betrayal are common themes of Mercury Rx, as are issues with technology, and those themes paired with the intense nature of Scorpio season can make it feel like the world around you is ending. Don’t worry, it’s not.

There are ways to navigate Mercury Rx and to minimize the collateral damage. Think of this period as a time to reevaluate your life, weed out what’s unnecessary and holding you back, and start anew.

Some overall tips to keep in mind to avoid retrograde blowing up in your face:

Take your time making decisions. You are more prone to impulsive behavior during retrograde, which can lead to fires that can be hard to put out. Before you do something, weigh the pros and cons.

Communicate clearly and thoughtfully. Be mindful of how your words and thoughts are perceived. Before any serious conversation, make sure you are prepared to speak effectively.

Don’t be careless. You are more likely to make silly mistakes during retrograde that could hurt you down the road. Make sure to double and triple check everything you do.

Back up your phones, computers and other electronics daily. Technology tends to crash more often during retrograde, so to avoid losing important things, make sure you have a back up plan.

Keep notes on important things. This retrograde will test your memory, and you are more likely to forget things during this time. Write things down in your planner, phone notes, or on your hand. You’ll thank me later.

It’s important to have a positive mindset to guide you through this retrograde. Negative thoughts and energies being put into your life will only reward you with more of the same. Try not to succumb to your deepest insecurities by actively looking for positive outcomes. Reflect, revise and renew, and you will get through Mercury Rx alive.

Editor’s Note: The advice offered in this article are only suggestions based off of traditional astrology occurrences. To learn more about astrology and how certain planets and signs relate to you, start by finding out your natal chart at

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