Three ways to beat this Mercury Retrograde chaos


I didn't even know what Mercury Retrograde was several years ago but now I hear it constantly (and why does it seem to be retrograde all the time?!) as if it is normal speak. Something goes wrong and "Well, you know, it's Mercury Retrograde, right?" As if we are all then supposed to understand why of course, our plane was cancelled or we lost our internet right before a big launch or presentation.

Ok, so here's the deal. About four times a year, Mercury passes by our Earth in its orbit. Alright, we can get down with that. But then apparently, as it comes around the corner, it stops and appears to spin backwards. Just an illusion apparently, but an illusion that creates widespread havoc in communication, travel and technology in particular. So much so that I actually have friends who consult the astrologic calendar and plan trips outside of this time, big meetings, etc. I haven't gotten to that point yet but somehow, I am more aware when this backwards thing is happening and have to admit I have a little anxiety about it. 

This current one is July 26th (yep, it already started, you are in the middle of it) and extends to Aug 19th. And I am traveling for the vast majority of it. Yes, clearly, I am not good at consulting the calendar yet so here I am about to travel out of the country with my entire family while this planet is spinning the wrong way and creating chaos.

But, wait, there has to be a way to have Gratitude for this phenomenon right? I mean, if anyone can find it, it must be me! So I am going to try and maybe it's just a sad attempt to try and act like all travel won't go wild for me the next two weeks. But regardless, here's my go at it.

Since Mercury Retrograde is supposed to create turmoil with all of the prior mentioned activities, I am going to find a way to manage this chaos with grace. Here are my tips I will share with you!

1. I read once that This is a phase of the solar cycles in which all activities with the prefix re- are best to undertake. It's supposed to be a good time to RE-visit things. Okay, then let's have at it.

How about we use these next two weeks to

RE-vise our goals for the year? 

RE-connect with old friends?

RE-commit to changes we want to make to our lives?

RE-make our homes into sanctuaries?

RE-new our vows to loved ones?

Are you getting the picture? We could RE-visit things with intention and grace. 

2. Mercury is supposed to be a trickster, creating all this chaos for us. So, how about instead of getting upset, we laugh along with this crazy planet?

For the next two weeks, if things go wrong...if planes get delayed (clearly, I am thinking about this one), if messages get garbled and miscommunicated, if electronic devices break down, how about we just commit to ourselves to laugh along instead of getting bent out of shape? 

Let's use this as time to infuse humor back into our lives. 

3. And what if we do the most obvious during this time of cray-cray happenings? What if we cultivate gratitude for the ways our planets magically RE-volve? (You knew this one was coming!) 

I mean, each time something messes up these two weeks if they do, let's use it as a moment to stop and express gratitude to the planets, the stars, to our earth, to this crazy, magical, unbelievable, mysterious thing called our Universe?! Stop, close your eyes, imagine all those planets spinning, know how infinitesimal you and this mess-up in front of you is and breathe all of it in.

Yep, this Mercury Retrograde I am going to be with it instead of in fear of it. I am going to infuse it all with Gratitude and see how these spinning planets can bring me joy. You with me?

Let me know how it goes and any craziness that comes your way. Of course, it will take me a while to respond until this Mercury Retrograde gives me good communication again!

Live well,

Tanmeet SethiComment