Three times a year we experience a Mercury retrograde, a confusing lapse that never fails to leave us feeling frazzled and exhausted. A perfect storm between Earth’s and Mercury’s orbits allows for the illusion that is Mercury retrograde: Mercury appears to travel backward through the night sky, contradicting the rest of the zodiac and wreaking havoc as a result.
There are many ways a Mercury retrograde can affect your life. From minor workplace mishaps to ruined travel plans, it tends to cause issues in communication, organization, and contracts. As Mercury is the planet of expression, this retrograde is accompanied by a lot of confusion and missed connections.
When is the next Mercury retrograde?
Our first retrograde of 2020 took place just as the world was being sent into a panic over the novel coronavirus, unsurprisingly. And now, in the midst of 2020’s continuous chaos (to the point where we found out aliens were real and barely even batted an eye–remember that?), another Mercury retrograde is upon us during Cancer season, June 18-July 12–and this one is a doozy.
Generally, astrologers recommend you limit travel, signing any new contracts, or making any large purchases (don’t worry, your routine Eaze orders don’t count) during a Mercury retrograde. Overall, stay flexible, practice self-care harder than ever (hello, Eaze orders), and allow yourself extra time for the important things.
Here are the ways you’ll likely be most affected by 2020’s Mercury retrograde in Cancer–and what you can do to keep calm:
A Mercury retrograde is damaging enough, but a Mercury retrograde in Cancer comes with loaded emotions and the urge to seclude. Get ready for a lot of repressed emotions to surface–this isn’t a bad thing. Venus is also still in retrograde until June 25, and questioning your role in society during this period is evident.
This Mercury retrograde is a time for reflection, so don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and to feel allll the feelings–while puffing on some tranquil Piña Dream. You’ll come out stronger, with a massive weight lifted.
While everything else may feel hopelessly out of reach during Mercury retrograde, love will present itself to you clearly, if you let it. Whether you are going through a breakup or warming up to the idea of someone new and exciting, this is a time to rethink commitments and figure out what works for you.
There is an optimistic vibe about love in the air–allow yourself to be open to it, but proceed with caution. Ease your way into the idea of sweetness with this Punch’s creamy cannabis treat while you reflect.
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Whether you are working harder than ever or stuck in quarantine purgatory, now is the time to reassess your work life. As trying as these times have been, it is deep discomfort that pushes us to grow, be better, and plan for a brighter tomorrow. Allow that to carry into your career–invest in yourself.
What you once wanted for yourself no longer applies. Stop making excuses and ask yourself what you are passionate about–pair your contemplation with some Blue Cookies Classic, known for relaxation and calming the mind.
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