How to survive the last Mercury Retrograde of the year
“Three or four times a year,” explains senior astrologer Annabel Gat in a CNN article, “Mercury stops moving forward through the degrees of the zodiac and begins moving backward, or at least only appears to!” The term “retrograde” refers to “the appearance of the planet moving backward in the sky,” and you’d be surprised what kind of havoc this little movement can cause!
From technological disasters to organisational misunderstandings, plus missed flights, apps crashing, and misunderstandings galore, it’s all Mercury’s fault. The planet of communication plays a crucial role in the astrology of our everyday lives, but during its retrograde phases, the heat is turned up a notch and chances of things going… not exactly according to plan… go through the roof.
Chani Nicholas reminds us that while things can get “tricky, testy, and tedious” during this phase, Mercury Retrograde is also “essential to our growth and evolution,” as it can help us learn important lessons about communication, and our own ego. So, let’s strap ourselves in, and find out how to work with Mercury’s energy, not against it.
When is Mercury Retrograde in 2022?
In 2022, we’ve already experienced the (mostly chaotic, sometimes revelatory) effects of Mercury retrograde at three separate points: from January 13th to February 3rd, May 10th to June 2nd, and September 9th to October 1st. We’re now getting ready for the last one of the year, straddling 2022 turning into 2023.
The last Mercury Retrograde period of the year will fall between December 28th 2022 and January 18th 2023. Here’s everything you need to know about how to survive it in one piece.
The CHANI App
Chani Nicholas does things a little bit differently. Her astrology is “for self-discovery, mindfulness
and healing,” not simply planet-watching, and the CHANI app is her one-stop tool guiding you through understanding the wisdom of the stars and how to best harness it to live your best life. With real-time personal updates on how to work with the astrology of the moment, a library of meditations for daily use, rituals, and a journal to set intentions and track your growth with each new moon and full moon, the CHANI app holds your hand through every planet’s turn, including Mercury Retrograde, with the gentle and much needed care of an older sister telling you, it’s gonna be okay.
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Magic Of I Journals
With all the turmoil and mayhem of Mercury Retrograde, journaling can be a surefire balm for your heart and soul. It works to balance and centre you in the moment, investigate how you’re truly feeling at each turn of the retrograde phase, and will be a precious ally in surviving your next retrograde --as you can simply go back to what you wrote this time around, and remember how you used this time to better yourself! We recommend the Magic of I journals, made with love in beautiful vegan leather, whose planners help you live with awareness, in alignment with the earth and the cosmos. They stock astrological planners, mini astro pocket planners, moon phase calendars, dream journals, and more!
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Breathe with James Breathwork
Lastly, don’t forget to breathe through Mercury Retrograde. Breathwork is the “quickest, most powerful and effective way to enhance and transform one's state of mind and body,” and James Dowler of Breathe With James uses ancient techniques and breathing practices to help radically improve our physical and mental health, performance and emotional wellbeing. The benefits of breathwork include relaxation, toxin release, anxiety reduction, energy increase, focus improvement and immunity boost. He offers online sessions for anxiety, sleep, resilience, and even just to start the day off on the right foot. Plus, monthly member offers and workshops, trusted by testimonials such as Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella, Jack Harries, Roxie Nafousi and Annie Clarke.
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