Yep - it's about to be that time again: Mercury is going retrograde on 9 September. (Short explanation: According to astrology, Mercury is the planet that rules communication, and a couple of times a year it appears to move backwards through the sky, or retrograde. While the retrograde is actual science, the impact of that retrograde - that communication is extra messy during this time - is all astrological. This doesn't make it feel any less real for me personally, but it does for some folx.)
"As the planet of logistics and mental matters, Mercury's infamous retrograde periods are known for causing mishaps in the realms of timing, talking, texting, technology, and more. While these backspins have a reputation for being obnoxious, they're not inherently bad - they simply direct us to slow down and assess where we're at instead of starting anything new. The real trouble with Mercury retrograde arises when we try to charge ahead instead of embracing the backward-moving flow. That said, retrogrades are a good time to review our current plans, revisit our recent decisions, and be more intentional with the information we share or consume. Afterward, we'll be able to move forward with more clarity and confidence."
Here's what I'm going to work on while Mercury is retrograde
from 9 September through 2 October:
- Slowing down my pace and double checking details to make sure everything is solid
- Communicating with patience. (I liken it to the advice people tend to give to public speakers: if you think you're speaking too slowly, you're probably speaking at the right pace. In this case, if I think I'm communicating too much, it's probably the right amount).
- Gathering as much information as I can before making any decisions.
What about you? Retrograde aside, what do you do to set yourself up for success when it comes to communicating with others?