When is the Mercury Retrograde?
We are currently in the third Mercury retrograde of the year which spans from Sept. 9 to Oct. 2. Mercury is the ruler of information, communication, and our intellectual processes. It is said that we are all influenced by the effects of Mercury in retrograde, think of confusion, delay, frustration and a time of extremely heightened levels of intuition.
What is a Retrograde?
Retrograde motion is when a planet appears, when observed from Earth, to be moving in a reverse direction. This happens due to an optical illusion caused by differences in orbit.
What to do during a Retrograde?
During the Mercury retrograde it is important to remain flexible, patient and understanding. We can also use this backward moving energy to slow down and reflect, think about what is working for us and what is not. It’s a great time to adjust our personal goals. By slowing down and using this time to pause and reassess we come out of it clearer headed and more focused.
Which Crystals to work with during the Retrograde?
During this time, we can call upon crystal energy to protect and guide us.
Calm yourself with Blue Lace Agate
When things are going wrong it's easy to get anxious & flustered, if you arm yourself with blue lace agate it provides a gentle calming energy that soothes nervousness and washes away anger.
Restore Balance with Chrysocolla.
During the Mercury retrograde misunderstandings are common, which can lead to frustration. Chrysocolla balances those emotions and soothes the Heart Chakra.
Cleanse your aura with Selenite.
During this time, it’s easy to feel emotionally cluttered. Selenite is useful any time you need to shift, reset, or cleanse your aura. It's excellent at moving and removing stagnant energy. It's also great to charge and purify other crystals in your collection during this time.
Get rid of stress with Amethyst
Amethyst is linked with the Crown Chakra and is a highly protective stone. It helps with the mind and rids it of negative thoughts associated with stress and anxiety. It also protects us from psychic attacks.
Protect your energy field with Shungite
Technology issues are commonly associated with the Mercury retrograde, keep Shungite close to your computers and phones as it helps these devices to work more efficiently, additionally it purifies any electro magnetic fields before they reach your physical body.
It is also important to mention 5 other planets are currently in retrograde aswell, but do not be alarmed as this is a relatively common event.
How long are all 6 planets in retrograde? Check out this schedule
- Pluto retrograde began on April 29 and will last until Oct. 8.
- Saturn began moonwalking on June 4 and will do so until Oct. 23.
- Neptune retrograde commenced on June 28 and will last until Dec. 3.
- Jupiter retrograde started on July 28 and will end on Nov. 24.
- Aug. 24 kicked off Uranus retrograde, which lasts until Jan. 22, 2023.
- Sept. 9 began the Mercury backspin that lasts until October 2.