Crystals for Surviving and Thriving during Mercury Retrograde

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We're a few days into the first Mercury Retrograde of 2018. For many people that means it's time to panic, curl up in a ball, and do nothing for the next three weeks. But that doesn't have to be you!

Today I want to share some tips for making the most of Mercury Retrograde and using this opportunity to thrive in ways you never imagined!

[You can watch the video version of this discussion on my Facebook page, including recommendations for essential oils and other tips to support you during Mercury Retrograde]

First, what is Mercury Retrograde?

Retrograde happens when one planet (in our case Earth) catches up to another planet (Mercury) and goes somewhat faster, making it look like the other planet is moving backwards. A simple example of this would be an express train passing a local train... and the local train looks like it's going backwards when it's really just going slower. This also happens in cars, on bikes, etc. Any time you are moving faster than the object you pass, that object goes into retrograde. 

So what does this mean for us here on Earth?

While there is much debate over whether Retrograde is woo woo nonsense or an explainable phenomenon that effects our satellites and other atmospheric elements, there are some classic effects that are seen each time Mercury starts its "backwards" march. These effects come mostly under the headings of Miscommunication and Delay and lead to advice like "Don't launch a new business idea right now," "Don't make that big decision" or "Wait to have that difficult conversation 'til later." 

This makes Mercury Retrograde sound totally scary. But just like any circumstance in life, there is no reason to only focus on the Negative. 

Instead, let's focus on the opportunities presented by Mercury Retrograde and the crystals that can help. 

Opportunities during Mercury Retrograde

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1. Focus on Grounding: As you feel the "drag" and subtle chaos of Mercury Retrograde, you can use this as a reminder of how important it is to stay grounded, so that you have a firm balance to weather life's storms, no matter how or when they come. 

Great grounding crystals are Onyx, Garnet, and Magnetic Hematite. These stones will help you release negativity and frustration, while remaining calm. 

2. Promote Clear Communication: While Mercury Retrograde can cause our signals to get crossed and cause literal communication issues with the internet, we can still influence our own communication by using throat chakra crystals like Amazonite and Aquamarine. Both these crystals will keep you calm and lend clarity to your message. 

3. Clear the Fog: You may feel a bit mentally or emotionally "foggy" during these 3 weeks, but clarity crystals can help you maintain good mental focus as well as enhancing your own personal insight. Clear Quartz is one of the most popular clarifying crystals, but Fluorite is another great option, especially if you need creative clarity. 

What are your favorite grounding, communication, and clarity crystals? I'd love for you to share how you use crystals for support in your own life. If you're just getting started with crystals, you can find all my past videos on crystal healing on my YouTube channel. 

Don't let Mercury Retrograde get you down. It is not a problem, but an opportunity. The question is will you decide to just survive or will you thrive?!