The Gift of Mercury Retrograde: 5 Benefits To Focus On Now



I never thought Mercury Retrograde (September 9th through October 2nd) was a big deal until I saw patterns in how my clients’ bodies were reacting to it.

Six out of eight clients a day would complain of being agitated and unable to sleep.

Over the last two weeks during the shadow phase, people have been extra annoyed and overwhelmed.

One client started our session by saying, “I don’t know how this works, but I know Mercury Retrograde is about to happen because I inevitably have tech issues and more stress.”

For me, it’s been travel and communication snafus.

All these potential glitches could cause you to “hit pause on some of your fast-moving developments in order to recalibrate” (AstroTwins).

With Mercury and five other planets retrograde by the second week of September, plus the emotional implications of the Pisces Full Moon over the weekend, I advise a different approach to the start of this school year. 

While this time of year generally feels like the moment to amp up and get into major “doing” mode…

I invite you to sloooooow dooooown, zooooooom way out, and tap into your inner wisdom before you…

  • Commit to anything
  • Speak or write back
  • Move projects forward 
  • Make plans
  • Sign any contracts 
  • Get really pissed off or annoyed 

Give yourself more space and time to…

Know and be sure of what you want.
Be sure all your choices are aligned with your heart. When contemplating any decision, 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. 

Rushing into something that doesn’t feel right to avoid pressure or conflict may cause bigger problems later, especially during Mercury Retrograde.

You can easily give yourself more time to decide by saying, “I will get back to you tomorrow or next week about this” (whenever it’s convenient for you).

You can politely decline by…

  1. Showing appreciation for the other’s point of view or effort.
  2. Declining the offer.
  3. Giving appreciation, encouragement, or support.

“Awe! I am so honored you asked. I am unable to make it. Sounds like such a good time— have a blast! Can’t wait to hear about it!”

Figure out what you want to say and how you want to convey it with consideration and grace.
Be conscious of what and how you are communicating. During this time, communication tends to go awry. Take the extra time to be clear, reiterate, follow up, and don’t jump to conclusions if you don’t hear back from someone. 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. How could you inspire and enroll another in what you see ideally happening in the future? Speak from your heart with love instead of lack.

Mental clarity tends to be challenged during Mercury Retrograde. So making lists and organizing your thoughts by writing them down somewhere can take pressure off the need to remember it all. 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. Automated deadline and appointment reminders are easy to set up and can save scheduling errors and mishaps, especially during this retrograde period. 

Ponder how to get places with greater ease and less time pressure.
This may mean scheduling less or meeting people virtually instead of in person. Set aside extra time for any travel. This retrograde is known for travel delays of all kinds. By doing less, you will have more. Poise yourself for peace.

Give yourself SLACK if anything goes wrong or plans change. 
STOP and give yourself the time to emotionally process what is happening before you react. 

LOOK with curiosity at what this situation may be telling you that you need.

ACKNOWLEDGE how you are feeling, CARE for yourself with this anxiety-relieving exercise then get KINESTHETIC and do something that helps you feel your best. When you feel good, you are more creative, confident, and able to solve problems. 

Slowing down and giving more consideration to…

  • What you want
  • How you communicate 
  • How you manage your time 
  • How you organize your life

…could change it for the better.

Cheers to more time, less pressure, and honoring your heart and your humanity!

Much love and peace,


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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.