Have you felt a bit run down and like you're in a fog lately? Well the first Mercury retrograde of 2020 is here and this signal-jamming transit will add an extra dollop of disarray to our daily routines and affairs.
This is the first Mercury retrograde of 2020, the others will be June 18 to July 12 in Cancer and October 13 to November 3 in Scorpio. But for now, Mercury is retrograde from February 9 to March 16.
Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky with respect to the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion.
Three times a year, it appears as if Mercury is traveling backwards. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in retrograde motion, or simply “Mercury retrograde.” These times in particular were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration. Think email blunders and frazzled travel plans.
However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
While Mercury backs up through Pisces from February 16 to March 4, the sign of hidden agendas, illusions and the imagination, it’s going to be hard to pinpoint what’s true or real. During this time, take nothing at face value. You also can’t rely on people to be upfront with their intentions. Accept the fact that it’s going to take until mid-March to get a straight answer out of anyone.
If you considered turning up the heat or delivering an ultimatum, we recommend a different strategy. Pressuring people might get you a very loud, “Leave me alone!” or a yes that turns into an “Oops didn’t mean to say that” three weeks from now. Also, you might think you’re saying it with poetry, but other people just feel pressured. Don’t try to manipulate people with sweet talk or a sweeter deal than you can actually deliver on.
Surviving Mercury retrograde is pretty simple: Remember to proofread everything, choose your words carefully, avoid signing contracts (or review them extra carefully), back up your data, and plan for travel mishaps. The truth, cosmic warrior, is that Mercury retrograde isn't all bad; in fact, it can serve as your quarterly self-assessment. How prepared are you for inconveniences? How zen are you feeling these days? Although Mercury retrograde isn't a great time to make huge changes, it is ideal for reflection.
Crystals that can help you through Mercury Retrograde include;
Black Tourmaline is a premier stone for purification, protection and repelling negative energy. It increases vitality and emotional stability and is incredible for aiding the user in creating a grounding circuit with the earth's electromagnetic field.
Crazy Lace Agate brings high levels of physical vitality and stamina. It encourages optimism, fun, light heartedness and laughter, and is ideal for absorbing emotional pain. Cool on the skin, Crazy Lace Agate is excellent for skin disorders. It is also known to assist with seeing into the world of spirits and is transforming for negative energies.
Amazonite promotes clear communication. It is calming and soothing.
Fluorite is a stone of discernment, decision making, aptitude, spiritual awakening, grounding and mental clarity. It clears negativity and confusion. Fluorite is good for immunity in general and provides pain relief.
Hematite is a grounding stone. It has the ability to pull any negative energy from your body into itself to clear your energy field.
Aquamarine – enhances clear communication and it has a calming energy.
Mangano Calcite releases fear and grief, bringing in unconditional self-love and acceptance. It releases tension and anxiety and is a very good stone for major trauma of all kinds. It is good for healing joints and bones and is excellent for inner child work and relieving nightmares.