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When the planet Mercury appears to be moving backward across the sky instead of east to west – which is how all planets orbit the sun – we are faced with what we call the Mercury Retrograde. This happens 3 to 4 times every year, and this will be the second time we’ll experience it this year, and until August 19, the earth will appear to move a lot faster around the sun than Mercury.
Mercury retrograde is seen in a bad light by many because communication gets fuzzy, technology starts glitching and the subway starts acting more than usual. Well, when a lot of people are panicking, it might be nice to see how Mercury retrograde will be affecting your job this summer.
Before we go into detail, we’d like to point out, though, that Mercury retrograde isn’t a jerk, it doesn’t just come around a few times a year just to destroy three good weeks for you. One of the things that make this time of the year really problematic for most people is the fact that they don’t know how to deal with the energy shift. If you navigate this period properly, Mercury retrograde could actually help you get closer to what you want faster.
The planet Mercury is believed to govern communication, travel and learning; so it’s thought that these aspects of our lives suffer more during Mercury retrograde. How do we survive this phase unscattered?
The best thing to do is to lean into the Mercury retrograde. Try to focus on reflection and gathering energy instead of trying to force something new to happen the way you want. So don’t sign new contracts, go on first dates or start a new venture around this period. The basic concept is actually succumbing to the power of this event and never trying to fight it.
How your career can benefit during Mercury retrograde
It has been discovered that when you spend more time thinking and less time doing during the Mercury retrograde, you will achieve more after Mercury goes direct again. According to Jess Domain from GiftedAstrology, “we don’t want to initiate new things, instead, we want to reassess things to bring further clarity to the next steps to take.”
So during Mercury retrograde, spend more time strategizing, and as soon as the phase passes, you can then externalize your goals.
Be prepared to face challenges at work with grace, mindfulness, and forgiveness. By coming from a place of empathy rather than resentment – which doesn’t mean not holding people accountable – others are more likely to recognize that you deserve to be treated better.
Other great self-care practices you could implement during this period include meditation, prayer, connecting with nature, doing yoga and trying everything you can to go to bed feeling joyful. As long as you take care of yourself on the inside, your career is bound to enjoy great success.
Don’t apply to jobs
Going job-hunting during Mercury retrograde is an absolute disaster. This is the time to draw out what you want to get from your career, where you want to go from here, learn new skills and everything in between. Basically, this is a period to be a better you on the inside.
So don’t try to fight the effects of Mercury retrograde. Allow your thoughts to flow during this timeframe and save your action for later.