5 Tips To Embrace Mercury Retrograde {For Real}

By Elle North

When you hear that Mercury is going retrograde, do you grit your teeth with dread?

When I first learned about Mercury Retrograde, and all of the havoc it was notorious for creating, I too would gnash my teeth, and be on the look out for things going wrong, so that I could blame it on this phenomena.

Email not showing up in my inbox? Mercury!  
Having a misunderstanding happen with a friend? Mercury!
Something wrong with my cell phone? Mercury!

But then, I decided to approach Mercury Retrograde in a different way. I made a commitment to become friends with it, to embrace it, and to learn all that I could for it.

And then, everything changed.

Now, instead of groaning whenever I see Mercury Retrograde coming up on my calendar, I think: How can I make the most out of this time?

And darling, you can do the same.

Here are 5 Ways to Embrace Mercury Retrograde, in all its glory:

1.  See Mercury Retrograde as the best time to get organised.

When Mercury begins its retrograde, I see this as an opportunity to clean, cleanse, purge, and organise. I make sure files are arranged neatly in folders on my computer and backed up, and I also delete any files that I do not need any longer.

My desk and bedroom get a deep cleanse as well. I see it as a reminder to make any appointments for myself (and my car) and to make sure all of my bills are paid.

In this way, I make sure I am creating an environment of calm and ease, supported by the desire of Mercury Retrograde to cleanse what no longer serves us.

2.  Slow down and relax!

Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to draw within and is a great excuse to add more self-care to your schedule. Give yourself extra space for inner reflection, journaling, restorative yoga, or even a relaxing pajama day in bed with your favourite movies on queue in Netflix.

Mercury Retrograde is a perfect reminder for us to not rush through life.

3.  Connect with friends.

Mercury Retrograde is known for bringing those from our past back into our current state of reality, and so I see this as a time to re-connect with loved ones, sisters, and besties who I haven’t had to chance to have a deep heart-to-heart with in a while.

Whether it’s through email, a phone call, or a coffee date, use Mercury Retrograde as a reminder to stay in touch with those who matter most in your life.

4.  Reflect & Plan.

Many see Mercury Retrograde as a time when you should avoid big projects, trips, launches, life changes or moves. Because of this, I see Mercury Retrograde as a perfect opportunity to reflect on the past 3-6 months and to plan and day dream for how I desire for my next 3-6 months to go.

I use the hibernating energy of Mercury Retrograde to map out a plan, and then I use the energy and momentum that I feel once Mercury is out of retrograde to put my plans into action.

5.  Honour your Throat Chakra.

As the great communicator, Mercury reminds me of the importance of a healthy Throat Chakra.

During Mercury Retrograde, I practice my Throat Kyanite meditation, chant the seed mantra of the Throat Chakra (HAM, pronounced ha-ahm), make sure to wear my turquoise ring, and work with speaking my truth in a way that is both compassionate and honors myself.

In this way, I use Mercury Retrograde as an opportunity instead of as a burden in this area.

Elle North is an intuitive Reiki Master who combines knowledge of tarot and crystals to create unique offerings for you. Visit her services here.

For more self-study, The Urban Howl recommends How to Survive Mercury Retrograde: And Venus & Mars, Too.


Elle North


Elle is an intuitive mystic, spiritual teacher, and inspired graphic designer. Elle is also a Temple Priestess for A School for the High Priestess here, a training program in the arts of mystery, magic, and sacred rites of passage that she co-created with Sora Surya No. As a Reiki Master who combines knowledge of Tarot, intuition, meditation, yoga, and crystals, Elle creates unique offerings + courses for soul-seekers. Elle's work is to empower others to connect to their inner wisdom. An alchemist at heart, Elle thrives in a space where things are sacred and full of ritual. She believes transformation can occur when we move the unconscious to the conscious; the inner world to the outer world. Discover more about Elle at Drawing Within here and Drawing Within Design here.

  1. Karen DeBraal

    Very nice. I often find Mercury retrograde gets a bum rap, when it can be all that you write of. I like it.

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