How to Best Navigate the Opposing Energies of Mercury Retrograde and The Spring Equinox



There is a major tug of war right now between the forward moving energies of Spring and the Mercury Retrograde (March 22nd thru April 15th). I want to help you avoid feeling pulled and potentially unraveled like a rope in this competition of opposing forces.

You may already be feeling the effects of this if you are:

Feeling extra pressure to get things done and feeling frustrated when things aren’t happening fast enough.

Find you are pushing yourself to no avail.

Having trouble sleeping.

Feeling more judgmental of yourself or others lately.

Feeling totally “over” the winter weather that is persisting! 

The extra energy more sunlight brings at this time of year inspires growth, trying new things, setting new goals and taking action. And this is happening while most astrologers advise doing the opposite during Mercury Retrograde and recommend avoiding signing new contracts, making new agreements, traveling, making major new purchases, beginning new ventures or making big decisions.

So what to do? How do you manage this?

Instead of looking ahead, I invite you to look within.

There is an ancient saying, “As within, so without.” What you believe is possible you attract. And, what you have in your life, you have attracted. Your life mirrors you.

Mercury Retrograde tends to bring up situations that nudge you to change things for the better. This retrograde tends to affect communication, mental clarity, technology, travel and to heighten emotions. So if you experience snafus in these areas and get upset, this might be your soul’s way of showing you something needs to change.

As I always say, upset is access to new possibilities if you are willing to calm yourself (With the grounding exercise accessible below), look at what is happening, be honest with yourself about what you want and make the changes necessary to support it.

So to be prepared for this crazy time!

#1 Download my Cosmic Energy Reset Exercise (access info at end of blog), and do it daily during this retrograde to help ground you, release retrograde stress and excess Springtime pressure, and get in touch with what you really want.

#2 Try to make sure all your choices are in alignment with what you really want. Let your body be your guide; check in with it. Scan your throat, neck, stomach and back for tightness. If your throat feels constricted, this may be your body’s way of telling you that you may not be expressing something important. If your stomach or gut feels tense, you may not be honoring something you want by making this decision.

Don’t make a decision just because you are feeling pressured. Make sure it truly feels right. Just think about it. Rushing into something that doesn’t feel right just to avoid pressure doesn’t make sense, especially during Mercury Retrograde when you could pay dearly for a bad decision.

#3 Be conscious of what and how you are communicating. During this time, communication tends to go awry. So take the extra time to be clear, reiterate, follow up, and don’t jump to conclusions if you don’t hear back from someone. And, be aware that others may be more frustrated than usual, so give yourself some time to think through your responses, and see where another person is coming from before you react. Think about what actions and words best convey what you want from a big picture standpoint versus what you feel in the moment.

#4 WRITE STUFF DOWN and BACK UP YOUR FILES! Mental clarity tends to be off as well. Awareness is 75% so as long as you proceed with caution, you will be fine. Sending deadline and appointment reminders to others is a great idea too! Backing up files will save you a lot of grief if Mercury affects your technology. Also, think about what systems could make your life easier with technology.

#5 Try to stay open, easy and compassionate. People tend to express their viewpoints with greater passion during this time, and get attached to “being right.” Being prepared to stay open to new ideas and possibilities may save you angst, annoyance, and frustration and also provide you with new opportunities or ways of looking at your world.

#6 Remember to Download my Cosmic Energy Reset Exercise (below) to your phone and to do it.

It really calmed my nerves when I taped it for you!

I never used to pay these retrogrades much attention, until I saw 9 out of 10 clients come in with similar complaints feeling ungrounded, emotionally rattled and unable to sleep. And the same symptoms appeared with each Retrograde. It was then that I began paying more attention to Mercury Retrograde and sending out exercises and tips to help.

Please let me know how you are doing with all this; I will be curious.

Until then take peace,



lara riggio

Lara Riggio is an Energy Intuitive. Her videos, classes, and sessions have helped tens of thousands discover and heal the mind/body, ancestral, and past life blocks which sabotage health and happiness. She is based in New York City, and works out of her Central Park Energy Center in Columbus Circle.