Mercury went retrograde on Monday, September 27, and will stay that way until Monday, October 18. This is the third and final time that the planet will go into retrograde in 2021, but that doesn’t mean that it saved the worst of the effects in some type of grand finale. According to a local psychic medium, Stephanie Burke, the first two retrogrades were doozies, but this one may not be too harsh.

“Mercury Retrograde will always come with its usual chaos,” Burke said. “We’ll see all electronics either going haywire, breaking, or going missing. Communication devices won’t work and communicating with others will be completely backward.”

In other words, misunderstandings galore. As Burke has mentioned many times before, Mercury is the planet of communication, so it’s only natural for communication to seem off when the planet appears to go backward. She provides us with helpful tips to get through this wacky period of time.

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“Be mindful while making arrangements for travel or appointments, sending texts and emails, and dealing with negotiations and contracts,” Burke said. “Make sure to go with the flow. The harder you fight Mercury, the more it fights back. The most important thing is to slow down, pay attention, proofread and be careful. The entire point of Mercury retrograde is to slow down and focus on what you already have going on, revisit some things that may have been neglected and complete projects instead of charging full speed ahead juggling multiple things and finishing nothing.”

Burke mentions that this retrograde is happening in the sign of Libra this time.

“Libra is ruled by Venus - the planet of love, affection, and relationships,” Burke said. “Our relationships and friendships will be front and center for the next month. How we relate to others, how others perceive us and our actions, and how we can make our communication more harmonious.”

Burke suggests asking ourselves these important questions over the next few weeks to reflect on our closest personal relationships:

  1. Are your relationships where you want them to be?
  2. What more do you want out of your relationships?
  3. Are you giving these relationships the attention they need in order to thrive?
  4. Are you making those around you feel loved?
  5. Are you expecting more out of your romantic relationship than what you’re putting in?

"Everything is an even exchange, so make sure you’re putting in the effort needed," Burke said. "If you’re in a situation where you’re not getting what you deserve, make a change. Whatever you do, hit decline when your ex calls."

Keep in mind that there are currently seven planetary bodies in retrograde right now, but three will end theirs during the mercury retrograde.

  1. Pluto ends on Wednesday, October 6.
  2. Saturn ends on Sunday, October 10.
  3. Jupiter ends on Monday, October 18.

"Those three will be delivering their last punches to us during Mercury retrograde," Burke said.

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