September 18, 2021
It’s yet again the transformative, emotional, and highly energetic time of the year, where we welcome in the notorious Mercury retrograde. Despite the fact that Mercury retrograde is an occurrence that happens multiple times each year, it never seems to fail to stir up the same old feelings of needing to bunker down and lie low for a few weeks. This is because, unlike planetary retrogrades, Mercury’s reversed influence can make our lives do a complete 180-degree turn, which can cause some difficulties in our communication, career development, and relationships.
However, while Mercury retrograde tends to get a bad rep for its ability to completely change our lives, it can also be an excellent time to complete tasks, work on creative projects, as well as do some inner workings. With that said, today, we’re going to talk all about Mercury retrograde, what it is, and what you should and should not do during it.
To start, Mercury is known spiritually to be the planet of communication. It is believed to spiritually govern our conscious mind as well as how we perceive and relay information.
With that said, when Mercury goes retrograde, the planet gives off the illusion that it is orbiting backward, which can mess up the current flow of energy it is giving off. Therefore, since this planet rules communication, technology, and travel, when it’s retrograde, it can cause miscommunication, issues with technology, delays, feelings of mental fog, as well as anxiety. Because of this, Mercury retrograde has a bad reputation and is known for its ability to stir up chaos in our lives. However, it isn’t all bad vibes, and there’s actually plenty of ways you can seize opportunities during this retrograde to help improve your life and your mindset overall.
When it comes to the do’s of Mercury retrograde, because of all the energetic shifts taking place, this is a great time to do a lot of inner reflection, personal development work, as well as put more focus on creative endeavors. With that said, here are the best things to do during Mercury retrograde to help glide through it smoothly.
Next, since Mercury retrograde has a high tendency to cause both miscommunications through technology as well as technical errors, it’s best to keep any serious conversations with a partner, loved one, or boss in person, as emails and text messages always have a higher chance of being misunderstood. Because of this, make sure you save any serious conversations until you are face-to-face with someone if you want to keep misunderstandings and arguments to a minimum.
Next, because Mercury retrograde is considered to be more of a stagnant period of backward movement more so than progress, it is an excellent time to lie low, reflect on the past, rejuvenate your energy, and realign yourself with your goals. Nowadays, many of us can get so caught up in the mindset that we aren’t doing enough to get to where we want to be, which can leave us feeling negative, bitter, and depressed. But in reality, we are doing so much more than we give ourselves credit for.
With that said, try to focus on the good rather than the bad, as well as all the things you’ve gone through in the past that have helped you to get to where you are now —the hardships, the accomplishments, the achievements; all of it. You are a divine creature of the Universe, and you deserve to own it fully. Make sure you make plenty of time to show yourself a little love and realign yourself with your current path to feel more connected.
Next, another great thing to do during Mercury retrograde is to reconnect with people. Since we are being influenced by the backward movement of its energy, it’s a great time to reconnect with those from the past. Many times, we all get so busy that we often let beautiful connections with others fall apart, and we may not even realize how much we miss them until we connect with that person again. Therefore, it’s a beautiful time to set up a date to visit old friends and family you have seen for a while, as well as release past grudges you may have had with them, as Mercury is certainly on your side to mend broken connections.
With that said, with the backward movement pulling old relationships back into your circle, be wary of exes and past lovers also coming back into your life again, which could stir up more negative energy than it could good energy. Above all else, just remember to tread carefully and trust your intuition more than anything else if you want to find where you truly need to be.
And lastly, since there won’t be any significant forward movement in your goals or workspace right now, it’s a great time to bury yourself in creative endeavors. This can not only help you to lift your spirits, but it can also help you to cope and express any frustration or anger you may be experiencing in a healthy way. With that said, whether your passion is reading, writing, painting, or music, make sure you make plenty of time for some fun activities such as this to help keep you grounded during this transitional period.
Now, when it comes to the list of things that you definitely don’t want to do during Mercury retrograde, you’ll want to avoid anything that requires advancement or forward movement right now, as you’re going to be working directly against the flow of the energy surrounding you if you do. That means promotions, new projects, difficult conversations, and confrontations should all be put on hold and avoided as best as you can until the retrograde is over.
With that said, let’s go over a few key things you definitely want to avoid during Mercury retrograde.
The first big don’t that you should try to avoid this retrograde is getting sucked into drama. Of course, drama is never a good thing to begin with, but since miscommunications are very likely right now during the retrograde, you’ll want to be especially careful with getting involved in it and save any sensitive topics for another time, as this is likely to result in a lot of personal frustrations. Not to mention, tensions are incredibly high right now, and that could lead to a lot of heated arguments and rash decisions, like abruptly calling it quits with your lover. With that said, it’s best to try to hold your tongue in regards to drama until the retrograde is over, as nothing positive is likely to come out of it anyway.
Next, another thing that Mercury retrograde tends to do is mess with your outlook on life. In general, Mercury retrograde is considered to be a frustrating time mentally, which can put our minds in a gutter of negativity for several weeks. Because of this, our outlook on life can become especially foggy, making it difficult to remain positive about achieving your goals and dreams, which could make us want to give up on them entirely.
However, more than anything, Mercury retrograde will remind us how to be more present in the moment, so do your best to keep any future-gazing to a minimum, and instead, use this as a time to reflect on your past and how far you’ve come to be where you are today.
Next, as we mentioned above, Mercury is also the ruling planet of technology, so when it goes retrograde, it’s likely to cause some mishaps with your phone, computer, car, and other tech pieces. For that reason, while Mercury retrograde is lingering in our space, try to be extra careful with your tech devices. That means making sure you've backed up all your latest files on your computer, double reading messages and emails before you send them, and making sure to save any projects you are working on online. More than anything, even if it may seem repetitive and tedious, for the time being, it’s better to be extra cautious right now, as there is a much higher probability for technology to crash, break, and glitch.
Next, one of the biggest elements of Mercury retrograde is that you don’t want to start anything new. This is because there’s a high probability that you may be missing crucial information or aren’t considering all aspects of it. With that said, try to put new projects on hold for a bit and instead work to either revise current projects or complete old ones for the time being.
To go along with this, be sure not to sign any contracts right now either, as the last thing you want to do is get sucked into an agreement that may not have been discussed or written properly. If you can, try to put this off until after retrograde. However, if you have to make a decision with something right now, just make sure you are extremely thorough when reading your contract and ask questions as needed to avoid any issues.
In conclusion, Mercury retrograde can be a trying time for many. It can push our boundaries, stir up drama in our lives, put a damper on our plans, and leave us feeling stagnant. However, Mercury retrograde can also be a beautiful time of change, reflection, and divine alignment. Truly, your perspective on the retrograde season, as well as your approach to it, will certainly play a large part in shaping how you experience it. Regardless, we hope this list of do’s and don’t have helped you to better understand what to expect this retrograde, as well as how you can move through this transitional period as easily as possible.
Happy Mercury retrograde!
Written by: The Spirit Chic
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October 10, 2021
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year for all ages. Known for its spooky, scary-faced pumpkins, goofy costumes, and endless amounts of candy, it’s no doubt has this holiday has come to be one of the most fun, versatile and creative of them all for people of all ages. However, Halloween wasn’t always that way. In fact, many of the traditions of Halloween today are believed to be derived from an old Celtic holiday known as Samhain. And while these two events are commonly referred to as the same celebration, Halloween and Samhain are actually not the same and are considered to be miles apart in their traditions and practices. So, to help you better understand why these two October events are so different, today, we’re going to talk all about them.
In this article, we’re going to go over everything having to do with Samhain and Halloween. We’re going to cover their correspondences, history, origin, and key differences to give you better insight into these beautiful October celebrations and how you can honor them each in their own way. Let’s get started.
October 09, 2021
September 30, 2021
As we welcome in the first official month of flannels, hot cocoa, and cool autumn nights, we also make way for a creative and transformative month of new beginnings as we begin to slow down and settle into a calmer period in our lives. With that said, this month, we’ll kick off October in the sign of the social and charming Libra. With this focused and determined air sign guiding the way through the month, it’s going to turn our attention towards creating balance in our lives. Because of this, Libra’s independent energy will have us majorly examining our boundaries in order to find our place of perfect stability, especially in our relationships. This, alongside the planet of love, Venus, transitioning into Sagittarius within the first week of the month, will encourage us to open up more to others and develop deeper romantic connections, which will linger as one of the biggest themes this month.
Aside from this, while October is overall expected to bring a more laid-back energy than the past couple of months we’ve had, all signs are still going to experience some challenges as we work through Mercury retrograde yet again, as it is notorious for stirring up delays and miscommunication. However, contrary to popular belief, Mercury’s influence isn’t all bad. In fact, because of Mercury retrograde, we will also get a chance to re-examine things from our past this month and finally cut cords to them to find our true happiness. This, above all else, will be a huge period of rebirth and renewal for many of the signs and will help them to truly call back their divine power. Following this, we will then hit the Scorpio season on the 23rd of this month, where this energy is bound to take even more of a mischievous and self-righteous turn, so get ready for some major personal power to take the spotlight towards the end of the month.
Above all else, this will be a powerful month for learning patience, finding closure from the past, and moving forward once and for all. But to give you some insight into what you can expect to feel personally, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout the month of October and how you can truly make the most of it.