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October 3, 2014

Why Mercury in Retrograde is a Good Thing


In the past, I’ve dreaded Mercury in retrograde. Feared it. All of this talk of crossed wires, scheduling snafus, botched emails and cancelled flights is enough to send me diving under the covers. Today marks the start of a slowdown that will last for three weeks. THREE WEEKS. What—you had an important meeting? Vacation plans? Contract to sign or a house to sell? Sorry! You’ll need to wait until after the 25th. But instead of freaking out, I propose we embrace this time instead of fighting it. Put all of the noise and activity on hold (I know, so unnatural!). Instead, sit with how you feel and what your inner voice is telling you. What have you been ignoring, denying or pushing to the way, way back? Turn it over, no matter how scary, instead of barreling past. I’ve noticed that if I don’t purposefully and regularly pause and reflect like this, I hit a wall and wonder how did I wind up here?  That’s what happens when your mind overrides your heart and spirit, which is so subconscious and habitual for most of us.  I’ll leave you with a little insight from Mystic Mamma on this introspective time. The positivity and the possibility of turning over a new leaf are, for once, making me look forward to thie madness of Mercury!

“All of us will have a new understanding of what matters to us by late October, and will find peace in contemplating old struggles now in our rear view mirror. This will be another important retrograde, where the past will be reviewed to see what we can and cannot bring with us into the future in late October. It will help us rehearse or do the research we need to get ready to spring forward in mid-November, clear about what we know, what we need to know, who we need to get closer to, and who we need to say goodbye to. Renewals, returns, reconnections, reunions, and rebeginnings are promised by this retrograde.


  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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