This Is What You Need to Know About Mercury Retrograde

If the month of July is (already) proving to be a doozy, you might have Mercury retrograde to blame.

A term that’s inspired many memes, when Mercury goes into retrograde (which is roughly every 88 days), the planet slows down, which makes it look like it’s moving away from Earth.

While it might not sound like a big deal, Mercury, which rules communication, sends Earth into a spin, making it harder to converse, travel (due to delays and cancellations) or sleep, during this period.

Starting on July 7th and moving through both Cancer and Leo, Mercury retrograde lasts roughly three weeks, meaning that most will feel a little stressed and sleep-deprived, until it’s end on August 2nd. This adds another level of complexity, as both signs boast different retrograde energies: Cancer tends to elicit mood swings and sensitivity, whereas Leo brings with it overly-confidence. It's not an ideal combination, we know.

Retrograde is also taking place during eclipse season (Cancer - solar and Capricorn - lunar), which are cardinal signs (i.e positioned at the start of each season), which means Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be hit the hardest by all the moon movement.

That, however, doesn't mean the rest of the zodiac goes unscathed. Mercury rules everyone's nervous system, which means you might feel more emotional and wound up than usual, which, of course, could impact your required eight hours of sleep.

And if that’s not enough, many also report an increase in vivid sleep episodes, which mean your dreams will feel so real, you’ll believe you’re awake.

So, how can you prepare yourself for this rollercoaster of a retrograde? Here are a few ideas to help you snooze:

1. Nap like you mean it

While sleeping under your desk at work is considered unfavourable, using your weekends wisely by fitting in a mid-afternoon nap will help combat possible sleep deprivation at night.

2. Digitally detox 

If you’ve started to experience uninterrupted snoozes as of late, leave your mobile phone on flight mode (and in the next room), so you can totally switch off when it’s time to.

3. Brew it

A hot cup of tea tells your body it’s time to get some rest. Pair it with a shower, using a lavender or chamomile body wash, for ultimate relaxation before bed time.

4. Meditate 

While it may have been on your list of things to do for a while, meditating during Mercury retrograde will help slow you, and your thoughts down (so you don’t make any crazy decisions in a retrograde-haze).

5. Self-care

Make yourself the number one priority until Mercury retrograde has passed. (And, hopefully beyond.) Light a candle, take or listen to soothing music before you get some shut-eye.

Last but not least, try not to worry – these feelings only last for three weeks, which means you’ll be back to normal in no time.

Found this interesting? This is how much sleep you need, according to your star sign.


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