Buckle Up, Buttercup: Mercury Retrograde Has Arrived (Again)

Gear up for Mercury Retrograde (April 1-20)! Learn how to avoid miscommunication, travel delays, and tech glitches. Plus, tips to use this time for reflection and creativity
A majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of spiral galaxy NGC 2841, which lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). Photo via Getty Images

As if April Fool’s Day antics weren’t enough, the cosmic jester known as Mercury Retrograde rolled into town yesterday, April 1. This astrological phenomenon is widely believed in astrology to cause a period of miscommunication, delays, and technical glitches.

But fear not, because we have created a breakdown for you of what Mercury Retrograde means, how long it lasts, and how to navigate this cosmic detour with grace.

What is Mercury Retrograde?

In astrology, Mercury is the planet associated with communication, travel, and technology. When it appears to be moving backward from Earth’s perspective (which is just an illusion), it’s believed to disrupt these areas of our lives.

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How Long Does it Last?

This Mercury Retrograde began on April 1 and will last until April 25. So, you’ll want to buckle up because these three and a half weeks can feel like a whirlwind.

Important Things to Know:

  • Communication: Expect misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and technical difficulties; double-check emails, texts, and contracts before hitting send.
  • Travel: Delays, cancellations, and lost luggage are more likely; be patient, pack light, and have a backup plan.
  • Technology: Electronics might act up — prepare for frustrating glitches and data loss; back up important files regularly.
  • Old Business: Mercury Retrograde is a time for revisiting past projects, reconnecting with old friends, and resolving outstanding issues.
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Utilising the Retrograde:

Although it gets a bad rap you don’t have to see Mercury Retrograde as a curse, but instead, use it as an opportunity to slow down and reassess. Here are some ways to make the most of this cosmic energy:

  • Declutter: Physically and mentally. This is a great time to clean out your closet, inbox, and to-do list.
  • Reconnect: Reach out to old friends or colleagues and mend fences.
  • Plan and Reflect: Hold off on signing contracts or making major decisions. Use this time to brainstorm, revise, and plan for the future.
  • Embrace Creativity: Channel this introspective energy into creative pursuits like writing, painting, or music.

Remember: Even though things might feel chaotic, this is a temporary phase. By staying organised, patient, and adaptable, you can emerge from Mercury Retrograde feeling refreshed and ready to move forward.