Turn on your email read receipts: Communication may get tricky as Mercury goes into retrograde over the next few weeks. The astrological event begins Thursday afternoon and ends May 22. And you should be prepared: As Gala Darling put it, “It’s like everyone you know has suddenly gone mad!”
During Mercury retrograde, as it’s also called, the planet closest to the sun appears to slow down in its orbit and move backward for a short period. People big on astrology make the connection that as the planet acts erratically, so too does everything it controls. This year, Mercury retrograde has already happened once, in January, and it is scheduled to occur again in late August and mid-December.
I like Mercury Retrograde because it's nice to have something to blame my problems on other than myself.
— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) April 28, 2016
Mercury retrograde purportedly can affect several areas of your life, including education, self-expression, technology, travel and truth. The Huffington Post came up with a list of things you should avoid doing during the astrological event. Among them are making big decisions (because they’ll be based on unclear information), taking long trips (because your plane could be delayed) and buying computers (because they may unexpectedly crash).
“Adapt to the slowing pace of things, be willing to put some things on hold for a little while, and take a look at what’s been set into motion up to now with an eye to seeing what has to be done before things can again move forward in late May,” astrologer Robert Wilkinson recommended in a post on his website, Aquarius Papers.
It appears that Mercury Retrograde got an early start. pic.twitter.com/ZUJfy50Wh0
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) April 28, 2016
- Make sure to have an extra map if you’re traveling.
- Back up your hard drive.
- Clean out your closet.
- Spruce up your résumé.
- Try to have face-to-face conversations over digital ones.
- Review your priorities.
- Treat everything with care and focus.
I have to stay in bed until May 22nd when mercury retrograde is over to keep from ruining my life
— Vic Toria (@Vic_Cody) April 28, 2016
- Start a blog or newspaper.
- Schedule any important meetings.
- Buy a house.
- Get a tattoo.
- Sign a lease.
- Fight with a significant other.
- Gossip, especially in email.