Whether it was in passing at a meeting, while chatting with your best friend over cocktails, or in your favorite travel group, the phrase Mercury Retrograde has always been associated with catastrophic setbacks - especially those that relate to technology, travel and communication. This final Mercury Retrograde of the year takes place from September 27 to October 18 and is based in Libra, the sign ruling relationships, harmony, balance and justice. Don't be surprised if an ex comes crawling back to you now, or if you find yourself trying to slip back in your old bae's DMs in the coming weeks!
Every Mercury Retrograde is different. But in general, it is critical to take extra time in your day-to-day activities and to practice patience while communicating, especially through text or email. If possible, hold off on any major purchases or binding contracts.
Mercury Retrogrades are conducive to all things related to the past, for better and for worse. It is not a time to push full steam ahead on any future plans. If you work against the energy of this time period by trying to start something new, expect delays and setbacks! Instead, take this time to reflect on past habits and experiences.
Here's how to use this month's Mercury Retrograde to your benefit, according to your sign.
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Thinking about giving a past love a second chance? With this Mercury Retrograde taking place in your seventh house of partnerships, you will definitely be reflecting on your old romantic connections - whether they're from a past city or a past life! Expect an ex to attempt to reestablish a connection with you, or to find yourself pondering on "what if?" and reaching out to an ex instead. Expect setbacks if you meet someone new during this time.
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If you're looking for work, now would be the perfect time to reach out to old co-workers and employers that you've remained pretty tight with. You may be surprised to find that an opening is available there for you and that they think you're the perfect person for the job! Take a moment to invest in your health and daily habits. Reflect on any old exercise or diet programs that were effective for you in the past and see how you can incorporate them now.
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Have you been all work and no play lately? This is the perfect time to connect with your inner wild child. Indulge in an old hobby! Were you into Zumba or yoga before the pandemic? Check out some virtual options. Art? Now's a great time to tap into your inner Basquiat. Make some time for play. Reflect on your childhood, look through old photos. Express that creative energy and enjoy recreation, whether it's through a favorite pastime or through sex.
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Focus on your foundation. Has it been a while since you spoke to a trusted family member? How can you strengthen your sense of family and home? Look back on old family traditions that you used to enjoy and figure out how to reincorporate them into your life now. If possible, take a drive by your old neighborhood or connect with your mom whether it's through phone, in-person or in spirit. Now is not the time to enter into a new lease or any real estate contracts.
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Reconnect with your siblings. Spend more time taking in the scenes of your neighborhood. Be extra careful with your words during this period. You may say something that you will regret. Take your time when communicating with others. Don't be quick to shoot off that angry email. Feeling extra tense or anxious during this Mercury Retrograde phase? Practice meditation or take a soothing ayurvedic adaptogen like Ashwagandha or Tulsi.
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Now's the time to monitor your expenses. Think twice about any large purchases that you plan to make at this time or better yet? Hold off on them altogether. Get your financial house in order, re-work your budget and consider debt repayment options. What has added value to your life or sense of self-worth in the past? Whether it's a new look or a person or habit that always made you feel good about yourself, now's the perfect time to revisit it.
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Take time to reflect on the way you represent yourself. It may be easy for you to be misinterpreted by others during this period of time. Make who you are and your intentions extra clear in order to avoid drama!
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Take some time alone to reflect on yourself and your subconscious. Haven't seen your therapist in a while? Set up an appointment during this period. Revisit any healing modalities you've used in the past that you may have overlooked lately like meditation, yoga, or spiritual baths.
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Use this opportunity to take a trip down memory lane with old friends. Reconnect with a friend that you dearly miss, but haven't spoken to in a while.
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What is your true calling in your life? Now's a great time to reflect on your career and your relationship with old mentors and father figures. Write down and ponder over all of your long-term career goals and by all means, protect your public image during this retrograde phase.
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Have you lost your faith in the religion you grew up with? Have you been exploring Yoruba or other cultural and spiritual practices as an alternative? Now is the time to reevaluate your belief system. Explore and expand your knowledge on spiritual or philosophical subjects that you've been drawn to but haven't put into practice yet. Many of you may contemplate a return to school.
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You may find yourself reconnecting with someone you enjoyed an intense, transformative experience within the past. Someone you haven't been able to fully shake. This experience may or may not stand the test of time, but appreciate any lessons and insights that you gain from it.
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