Don't let your love life spin out of control as Mercury travels backward from July 26-August 19!
Mercury Retrograde (MRx) can be hard on romance, fraught with miscommunication, arguments, and stalling in the forward momentum of relationships. We know what you're thinking: "Oh no! Love is hard enough when Mercury isn't retrograde, so now what do we do?!" But Mercury Retrograde doesn't have to sabotage your love life. Here are 5 tips to keep things running smoothly:
1. Put your dating life on hold for now
First dates during Mercury Retrograde are never a good idea because it's not easy to communicate, and there are too many opportunities for things to go wrong. If your car doesn't break down on the way to the date, your movie will be sold out or you might make a joke that's taken as an insult. If you have a crush, wait to pursue it until Mercury goes direct. This will also help you avoid landing a creep, because people aren't what they seem during MRx.
2. Be more patient with your partner
Realize that misunderstandings are easier now, so don't jump to conclusions and pick a fight if your sweetie says the wrong thing. And if you do fight, and if you do actually break up during this time, don't be surprised if you get right back together once Mercury goes direct. Things that happen during MRx often don't stick -- whether they're good or bad.
3. Don't get married during Mercury Retrograde!
Like we just said, things don't stick during MRx. So not only will the miscommunication, delays and breakdowns interfere with the success of the wedding itself, but promises made during Mercury Retrograde aren't always kept. This is a good time to renew your wedding vows, though!
4. Use this time to kiss and make up
Mercury Retrograde is a great time to go back and fix mistakes or reconcile with people if you've had a falling out. This is because MRx forces us to reflect on things we've done, which helps release built-up resentments. If you've got the urge to make nice with someone during this time -- and that applies to both friends and lovers -- go ahead and bury the hatchet!
5. Take a look back
If you're thinking about someone you once loved, this is a great time to track them down or simply honor their memory by visiting a special place you once went together. Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time for reflecting on love, and not only that but it could even help you reignite sparks with a former flame! So if you have a lost love you've been pining for, go ahead and track them down. Now's the time to go out there and get 'em back!