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Working with Mercury Retrograde

Working with Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde gets a bad rap. In reality, this is a magickal time to reassess and recalibrate our lives. So keep reading for tips on how to finally stop fighting Mercury Retrograde and start working with it!

Working with Mercury Retrograde

Mercury’s Energies

Mercury is the planet of change and communication, so it’s no wonder that when it’s in retrograde, our communication can be wonky. The planet also supports the energies of improvement, justice, wisdom, inspiration, intelligence, memory, renewal, and travel.

Working with Mercury

During Mercury Retrograde, you may want to use herbs and gemstones for support. Luckily, there’s a long list of both tools to pick from, with common selections for both.

Mercury’s Herbal Correspondences:

  • Bergamot
  • Cinquefoil
  • Clover
  • Dandelion
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Honeysuckle
  • Horehound
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lily
  • Mandrake
  • Marjoram
  • Mistletoe
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

Gemstones for Mercury:

  • Snakeskin agate
  • Amber
  • Blue lace agate
  • Carnelian
  • Cat’s Eye
  • Citrine
  • Fluorite
  • Hematite
  • Malachite
  • Opal
  • Peridot
  • Sardonyx
  • Sodalite
  • Yellow or Blue topaz


What to Expect During Mercury Retrograde

As Mercury deals with communication and travel, when it’s in retrograde, you can expect delays and upheavals in communications and travel. Some common disruptions include:

  • Cars breaking down
  • Electronics breaking
  • Shipping delays
  • Packages going missing
  • Travel plans changing
  • Traffic
  • People not understanding what you’re saying (and vice versa)
  • Emails getting lost or going to spam
  • Arguments

However, when you know what to expect during the retrograde, you can work WITH it!

Working With Mercury Retrograde

When Mercury is in retrograde, take extra time to assess your communication skills. This is a great time to focus on those who mean the most to you. If you find yourself in an argument, pause and reassess how your communication style might be contributing to the conflict. (Also, let’s be honest, it could be all on the other person, but it’s good to check in with yourself too.)

Create the travel protection bag or mini witch bottle for your car that you keep putting off. Use honeysuckle, mandrake, mugwort, rosemary, and a malachite gemstone for safe travels.

You can also use the time to slow down and study something new – or catch up on the reading that you’re behind on. During the retrograde, I like to spend a little more time meditating so that I’m more centered throughout my day, too.

When you notice conflict arising during Mercury Retrograde, spend some time considering why it’s coming up, and trust your intuition around it. The planet may be shedding some light on something that needs to change!

If you want some magickal helpers for Mercury Retrograde, check out our Out of My Way, Retrograde Mist or our Mercury Retrograde Perfume Oil, both blended with oils to help protect, focus, and calm!

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