Uh oh, it’s that time of the year again. When life seems to be going backwards or there’s delay upon delay. You’ve probably seen the numerous memes and tweets about the chaos that Mercury retrogrades bring. You can find out more about what a Mercury Retrograde is and how to survive it in this article here.
As I am writing this article (for the record it's September 22, 2021), Mercury Retrograde is only a few days away and Melbourne has already had its fair share of bad juju. The city is still under lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19, we've had 3 days of violent and angry protests, and to top it off, we've just experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 that shook up the whole city.
For me personally, whenever a Mercury Retrograde comes around, I always experience computer and technology problems. Sure enough, the aforementioned earthquake has caused my power and internet supply to be disconnected, just as I am trying to finish off this article. Given that 99% of my work is done online or on a computer, it actually causes a lot of delay to my workflow. Then from there, it’s like a domino effect of things going wrong and terrible miscommunications as a result.
So, I’ve learnt to prepare myself both mentally and physically for Mercury retrogrades by following a daily routine of: Saying a morning mantra, burning sage to cleanse my space and setting a calm intention for the day. I also like to keep the following nine crystals around my work desk for extra protection.
My number one crystal to ensure clear communication during this period. It’s also a beautiful calming blue stone to look at (it’s actually to keep me sane for all those times I just want to throw my laptop out the door when the internet connection stops working during a deadline).
Feeling chaotic or just a lot of bad juju around? Keep some Black Tourmaline on your desk to help ground you and protect you from bad energies like fear and anxiety.
Fluorite is perfect for keeping you focused and clear-headed. If you find yourself losing clarity, or just losing it in general, this crystal emits peaceful vibes that helps keep you balanced. It activates your third eye chakra and helps with mental stability and decision-making.
During a Mercury Retrograde, it is a known fact that our emotions are all over the shop. Expect lots of frustration, crying and extra-sensitiveness – no matter what your zodiac sign. I always keep Rose Quartz nearby to balance my emotions and – let’s be honest – to hold whilst I cry over nothing. With its wonderful natural inner-healing properties, Rose Quartz is the perfect crystal to have when you need some comforting and positive vibes.
The OG of healing crystals, Clear Quartz is used for cleansing away any negative energies. It amplifies the energy of the other crystals, so having one of these bad boys will boost all the good vibes that are radiating from your crystal collection.
Another wonderful crystal to keep those bad energies at bay during a Mercury Retrograde is Labradorite. Usually with retrogrades, a lot of past energies will be brought up and you may find yourself dealing with situations that you thought were over. Keep some Labradorite around you to deflect any past bad vibes and to remind yourself of the inner healing journey that you are currently going through.
A powerful healing crystal, Amethyst is a great stone to keep around as it can protect you from negative energies trying to filter into your mind. Connected to the third eye chakra, Amethyst can help you stay on a spiritual high vibe during those challenging retrograde moments.
Much like Aquamarine, having an Amazonite crystal can encourage open and honest communication during a Mercury retrograde. It is also a great crystal to help alleviate stress and calm down those nerves.
Have you noticed that people in general are usually frazzled and super-stressed during Mercury Retrograde? White Howlite is a great crystal to help you stay clear-headed when everyone else is going berserk. The white colour of Howlite brings about soothing energies and absorbs any negative and stagnant energies, bringing you peace of mind in chaotic situations.
CRYSTAL KITS FOR MERCURY RETROGRADE
If you’re new to the concept of using healing crystals to help with Mercury Retrograde, here are three crystal kits that I’ve found from local Aussie businesses that will help calm those nerves during this period.
Mercury in retrograde survival kit BY WAX TREASURES FEATHERS
Mercury Retrograde Tumbles Set by Crystal Visions