Mercury retrograde can be frustrating. Sometimes it feels like you do everything you can to charge towards your goals, but something keeps getting in the way. Technology glitches, little things seem to stop working and what is usually quite simple to do, becomes complicated. Pushing against the stream in this time, can be exhausting, and after many frustrated attempts to accomplish the same thing, we know it’s time to step back and redirect our focus elsewhere. Mercury retrograde is all about turning inwards. Upgrading our software to remove what no longer works. Healing those places in our hearts that were once shattered, and releasing any obstacles that stand in the way of our new desires and incoming manifestations. This is a time to slow down, and work smart not hard. Self reflection and reevaluating are key.
Here are 5 ways to make mercury retrograde work for you
This is a time to tend to all of those tasks we have been putting off. Time to declutter and clean our your closet. A clean and orderly environment will help to create peaceful energy in your life. But this doesn’t mean it has to be military. There can be peace amongst the chaos as long as there is an underlying order to it. Donate clothes that no longer fit, or that no longer hold special purpose for you. Physical decluttering also triggers inner decluttering. What thoughts, feelings, emotions, negative habits or burdens are you holding onto? Put your past down. You can choose who you want to be today.
Work smarter not harder
Through working smarter instead of working harder, we allow ourselves to manage our energy in a way where we do not deplete ourselves. Burnout is a result of system overload, and takes a huge toll on the body’s natural energy reserves. On top of that, once burnout hits, it can take a long time to recover. Trust me, I know. To learn more about self-empowerment and recovering from burnout, check out our self empowerment guide
The turtle is a powerful totem for this retrograde. Turtles move slowly, and are all about enjoying the ride, and taking things for the long run. Longevity is key. Slow movement allows us to step consciously and re-evaluate what is truly important to us. Turtle energy is all about small, steady movement, but- small steady movement directly towards the finish line. What distractions are getting in the way of you reaching your goals? What are your true desires, and how can you approach them directly? Often times, we can think that we want something, only to realize that our desire is really a mask for something deeper. Can you get in touch with that deeper desire? The root of what your heart truly wants? Practicing this kind of deep, meditative, contemplative self awareness is an extremely powerful spiritual practice. It allows you to get in touch directly with what your heart wants and manifest directly from your truth.
Releasing the past
Whatever manifestations you have put in during the new moon before this retrograde are now in full swing. Trust what’s falling away, it’s all going to become very clear very soon. It is all making way for the new. Anything that has fallen away after you have sent a clear intention out into the universe, is something that was not meant to grow with you along this new path. It is so important to release the past, to make way for your new chosen timeline, and to release those whose paths no longer converge with yours. Those physical manifestations you have been diligently working towards for the past few years are ready to sprout in physical form. New life is here. Are you ready for your rebirth?
Adjusting to your new normal
It’s time to adjust and make room for your new normal. Try things you wouldn’t normally do. Say yes to invitations you wouldn’t normally accept. Choose differently and you bring in new energy. Make a new choice and you will experience something new! Above all, practice self-care, take deep breaths, and move at your own pace. Remember, “slow and steady wins the race!”.