Mercury in Retrograde: 7 Tips To Help You Survive and Thrive

Posted by Camille Dollins

For those of you that don’t know, a Mercury Retrograde cycle begins tonight, August 12, 2017 and ends September 5, 2017. These retrograde periods occur multiple times a year when Mercury appears to spin backwards.

During these cycles, you’ll hear people blame everything from missed flights to dropped calls on this astrological phenomenon, as retrograde makes simple things like transportation and communication go haywire during these cycles.

Not everyone feels the effects of mercury being in retrograde, but those whose sign is ruled by Mercury (Virgo and Gemini) are likely to feel it more than others. So if you’re one of the many people that suffers when Mercury goes retrograde, fear not! You’re not alone.

Here are our top favorite products and tips for surviving and thriving during a Mercury Retrograde cycle.


Crystal Grid – Goddess Provisions

Crystal Grids (like the cloth one pictured above) are made by placing a specific selection of stones in a geometric pattern for the purpose of channeling and directing intention and energy towards a specific goal.

A crystal grid is always a powerful tool, but utilizing your grid during a retrograde cycle could help you stay focused amidst the mayhem.

Survival Tip #1: Arrange your crystal grid with stones of protection (jade, selenite, malachite) and really focus on your intentions as you arrange them.

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Happy Tea – TheraBox

Happy Tea from Your Tea USA is a powerful tool during times of cosmic upset. This black tea blend also contains notes of rose, goji, hawthorn fruit, chrysanthemum, and lemon.

These herbal ingredients can help improve your overall well being, reduce bloating, calm your bowels, and help you be the best version of yourself, even when everything feels upside down!

Survival Tip #2: Herbs have been known for their healing properties for thousands of years, so incorporating more herbal tea is a great way to reap their powerful benefits!

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Selenite Egg – Wild Crystals Box

Selenite is a powerful gypsum crystal that is renowned for its powerful healing and protective properties. Selenite is a Guardian Stone and is revered by healers as the ideal crystal for casting a safe net around loved ones.

With the mayhem that the recent planetary retrogrades might bring, this Selenite is the perfect pocket rocket to keep you safe.

Astrological Sign: Cancer
Herbs & Plants: Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Rose, Poppy
Element & Planet: Water, Moon
Chakra: Brow, Sacral

Survival Tip #3: It’s always an excellent idea to carry a pocket rock, but definitely be sure to carry a protection stone like selenite, malachite, or jade during retrograde periods.

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Palo Santo Incense – Merkaela

Palo Santo Incense comes from the mystical South American Palo Santo Tree. This tree has been utilized for its healing properties for thousands of years.

Following the practices of our indigenous predecessors, using Palo Santo Incense or essential oil can help to ease any retrograde related stress, anxiety, headaches, or emotional pain.

Survival Tip #4: Start your morning with a Palo Santo energy cleanse. This quickly raises the vibration of your space and helps you start your day with a clear head.

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Rose Quartz Candle Holder – The Moon Box Shop

Rose Quartz emanates energies of love, compassion, and peace, so it’s no surprise that this crystal is known as “the love stone”. Surrounding yourself with positive energy and high vibration items, like this beautiful rose quartz candle holder, can help you to stabilize during a retrograde cycle, especially if you’re participating in any meditation or rituals.

Rose Quartz has a strong and steady energy that provides much needed grounding during this time! As long you continue to focus on our daily goals and rituals, you will have a successful retrograde cycle.

Survival Tip #5: Include rose quartz in your next meditation session or crystal grid to utilize it’s calming and grounding powers.

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Aquiesse Amber Candle  – Hygge Box

Candles are a trademark relaxation item, and for good reason. Sometimes there’s nothing as soothing as watching a flame flicker back and forth.

Candles can be an extremely helpful tool during retrograde cycles, especially if they contain essential oils! Inhaling the soothing scents is a quick and easy way to practice aromatherapy.

Survival Tip #6: Light an aromatherapy candle during your next yoga or meditation session. The essential oils will stimulate your senses and aid in centering yourself.

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Sage Bundle – Crystals & Creations

A Mercury Retrograde cycle can bring about a lot of negative and unwanted energies, so these periods are a great time to reflect on past projects and work, rather than starting something new.

One of the best ways to refocus and clear your mind for new endeavors is to do an at-home smudging ritual in order to dispel any unwanted negative energies and restore balance to your life. This type of ritual can relieve stress, attract love, and reinvigorate your personal energy.

Survival Tip #7: Try a smudging ritual during this Mercury Retrograde Cycle. Common herbs that are used include different varieties of sage, rosemary, lavender, and many others.

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