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Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon in which the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in its orbit, from our perspective on Earth. This is not actually the case, but it can have an effect on communication, technology, and travel.

In 2023, Mercury will go retrograde in the sign of Taurus from April 21st to May 15th (UT/GMT). Taurus is an earth sign that is associated with stability, comfort, and material possessions. During this retrograde, there may be a tendency to focus more on material concerns, such as finances or possessions. However, it may also be a good time to reassess and reevaluate your values and priorities, particularly around money and resources. Spiritually, Mercury retrograde in Taurus can be a time to slow down and reflect on what really matters in life. It may be a time to let go of attachments to material possessions and focus more on cultivating inner peace and contentment. It is also a time to practice patience and persistence, as the energy of Taurus encourages us to stick with things for the long haul. Overall, Mercury retrograde in Taurus can be a challenging time for communication and travel, but it can also be a time to reevaluate our priorities and focus on our spiritual growth. Would you like to know more about how to use this powerful transit for your highest good and what crystals use to make the most out of it? Continue reading...


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On 21 April, Mercury goes retrograde, becoming the first planet of the year to slow our forward momentum. Mercury retrograde occurs three times a year for three weeks. There is a pre-shadow period and a post-shadow period, which last for about two weeks before and after the official retrograde. Mercury will retrograde until 15 May (UT/GMT), with the shadow period lasting until 31 May.

While there are plenty of rumours, assumptions and Instagram memes surrounding Mercury retrograde, it's not all bad. It's not responsible for everything that goes wrong during this time either. It can cause some chaos, but it can also bring us silver linings. Mercury is the planet of communication and in the spring it governs the transmission of energy. You can think of Mercury as the extrovert at the dinner table. The energy is always flowing out into the crowd. In retrograde, a planet's energy turns inwards. So instead of Mercury's transmissions radiating out into the world, they circle inwards, inspiring contemplation and revelation.

This inward direction of energy works wonderfully for your daily journaling, but it doesn't always work so well for technology, travel plans or signing contracts. As Mercury's energy turns inwards, it highlights misalignments in systems and communication. For example, if there is a bug in a piece of code that runs your email server, Mercury Retrograde will highlight it and bring the whole system down. This collapse will expose cracks in the foundation and, if necessary, demand a better rebuild from the ground up.

Highlighting imbalances is Mercury Retrograde's speciality. Anything that is slightly off in our lives will be exposed so that we can reprocess, reformulate and rebuild where necessary. We may not even realise that something is out of alignment until Mercury breaks it, and perhaps after a few headaches, we realise that we are better off with the reboot.

Mercury Retrograde also causes us to go back and see if something that ended can be fixed, or if we need to say goodbye once and for all. You may find yourself rehashing break-ups or other times when you have missed an opportunity to decide if you made the right decision. Mercury Rx gives us time to process the past and any communication that took place during the end of things. This is why you may hear from your ex at this time, or feel the need to contact them. Mercury Rx is always a time to validate your past decisions and find closure through your words.

This year Mercury is retrograde in the earth signs. This first Mercury retrograde of 2023 lands in Taurus. Taurus rules our resources, abundance, self-worth, ability to find silence and comfort zones. The energy of Taurus generally does not like change. It encourages us to stay the course in whatever we are doing and not rock the boat. Mercury Retrograde, however, needs to shake things up by breaking them down. In Taurus, expect this energy to reveal cracks in your financial planning and allocation of resources. That is, it may show where you are spending too much of your energy and where you are spending too little.

From a practical point of view, it is advisable not to sign any financial documents at this time unless absolutely necessary. If you must, read them three times. Mercury Retrograde has a habit of causing misunderstandings or overlooking important details. In Taurus, these misunderstandings and breakdowns come at the expense of our financial lives. This is also not the time to make a major purchase that involves a long-term commitment. It's not that anything terrible could happen. You might just overlook an important detail that could cause a problem later.

However, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus is a perfect time to push the boundaries of your comfort zone. It's time to question how and why you limit yourself. Remember, the silver lining of Mercury Retrograde is that it improves our internal communication. If you find yourself holding back from taking a leap of faith, get curious. Try to find out why and see if you can reframe your inner narrative about why you can't trust your path. Challenge yourself to break out of your comfort zone during this transit. After all, if Mercury Retrograde can break your computer, why can't it break your inner boundaries?

This is also a time to connect deeply with nature and find stillness in the midst of chaos. Mercury Retrograde tends to shake things up. This can make you uncomfortable or even irritable. It can also make those around you irritable. If you find yourself frustrated because a piece of technology isn't working properly or a flight has been cancelled, take it as a sign from the universe to slow down. Take a break from screens, stop trying to remember your password when you're locked out of your account, and go for a walk. Reboot with nature, feeling the sun on your face and the ground beneath you. Smell the flowers, listen to the birds and remember that nature is always in harmony. Feel a sense of ease come over you and let it bring stillness to your mind and energy. When you return to whatever is causing you difficulty, you may find that it has fixed itself, or at least all you need to do is turn it off and on again.


Rituals for Mercury retrograde in Taurus April 2023

Here are some rituals you can perform during Mercury retrograde in Taurus to help you navigate this time with greater ease and clarity:

  1. Reassess your financial situation: Take some time to review your budget, expenses, and savings during this retrograde period. This is a good time to make any necessary adjustments or changes to your financial plan.

  2. Practice gratitude for what you have: Taurus energy is about appreciating the things you already have. Take some time each day to write down three things you are grateful for in your life. This can help you cultivate a more positive and abundant mindset.

  3. Release attachment to material possessions: Mercury retrograde in Taurus can be a good time to let go of items you no longer need or use. Consider donating or selling items cluttering up your space and creating stagnation in your life.

  4. Practice mindfulness and grounding: Taurus is an earth sign, so this retrograde period can be a great time to connect with nature and ground yourself. Spend time outside, meditate, or practice yoga to help you feel more centred and balanced.

  5. Take extra care with communication: Mercury retrograde can be a challenging time for communication, so it's essential to be mindful of how you communicate with others. Take extra time to think through your words before speaking, and practice active listening to ensure you are truly hearing what others are saying.

Remember, Mercury retrograde in Taurus can be a time of great growth and reflection. By practising mindfulness and staying open to the lessons this retrograde has to offer, you can emerge from this period with greater clarity and a more profound sense of inner peace.

Journal prompts for Mercury retrograde in Taurus April 2023

Journaling can be a powerful tool during Mercury retrograde in Taurus to help you reflect on your values, priorities, and goals. Here are some journal prompts to get you started:

  • What material possessions or resources do I currently have in my life that I'm grateful for?

  • What financial goals do I have for the future, and what steps can I take during this retrograde period to work towards them?

  • What are some areas of my life where I feel stuck or stagnant? How can I release what's no longer serving me and create more flow and abundance?

  • What are my core values, and how are they reflected in my life and choices?

  • How can I cultivate a deeper sense of grounding and connection with the earth during this retrograde period?

  • What communication challenges have I experienced in the past, and what can I do to improve my communication skills during this retrograde?

  • What habits or patterns in my life are no longer serving me, and how can I release them during this retrograde period?

Journaling is a personal practice, so feel free to adapt or modify these prompts as needed to best suit your own needs and interests. The most important thing is to stay curious and open to the insights and reflections that come up during this time.

Best crystals for Mercury retrograde in Taurus April 2023

Crystals can be used to help balance the energies of Mercury retrograde in Taurus and provide support during this time. Here are some crystals that may be helpful during Mercury retrograde in Taurus:

  1. Hematite: This grounding stone can help you stay centred and focused during times of confusion and chaos. It can also provide a protective energy shield against negative influences.

  2. Black Tourmaline: This stone is believed to transmute negative energy into positive, making it a helpful tool for protecting your energy during Mercury retrograde. It can also help you stay focused and grounded.

  3. Smoky Quartz: This stone is known for its grounding and calming properties, making it a great choice for Mercury retrograde in Taurus. It can help you release negative energy and emotions, and promote a sense of peace and stability.

  4. Blue Lace Agate: This soothing stone is believed to help improve communication, making it a helpful tool for navigating communication issues during Mercury retrograde. It can also promote a sense of calm and tranquillity.

  5. Citrine: This stone is believed to help promote positivity and success, making it a great choice for Mercury retrograde in Taurus. It can help you stay focused on your goals and manifest your desires.

Remember, crystals are a complementary tool, and their effects can vary depending on the individual using them. Trust your intuition and choose the crystals that resonate with you the most.

Pay attention to the signs and clues the Universe sends, as you never know what glittering opportunities or messages may arise!

With Love,


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