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Halloween ushered in the spookiest time of the year: Mercury Retrograde.
This is the last Mercury Retrograde of the year and will last until November 20th, just in time for Thanksgiving travel to go smoothly.
But don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to make sure you are not caught off guard during this Mercury Retrograde.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury Retrograde occurs when the planet Mercury appears to travel backward in its orbit as viewed from Earth. Astronomers call this “apparent retrograde motion,” and when it appears to move forward again, it is called “going direct.”
All of our planets are always traveling the same direction in their orbit, and retrograde is only an optical illusion. However, the time of Mercury Retrograde has been shown to cause all sorts of issues with technology and communication, as well as with travel and relationships.
Mercury Retrograde can also increase anxiety and stress, and it is important to increase your spiritual or meditation practice, as well as any breathing and relaxation exercises you do in order to relieve stress.
This Mercury Retrograde is in the Sign of Scorpio
This month is the only time this year that Mercury Retrograde happens in the sign of Scorpio. This is a water sign and can bring up intense emotions.
You may find yourself contemplating old issues or situations and potentially remembering past trauma. This Mercury Retrograde is an opportunity to work on and heal these issues.
This can also bring up anxiety, so here are five crystals to help navigate this Mercury Retrograde so that you can turn any challenges into a benefit for you:
1. Blue Lace Agate
Blue lace agate is one of the best crystals to calm anxiety and stress. It has a light blue color that vibrates calming and soothing sensations.
You can wear a blue lace agate bracelet throughout the day or charge a crystal in a bowl of spring water. Sit it out in the sun for one hour, then dry it off and hold it while meditating on peace. You can also place the crystal in your pocket or bra, if you wear one.
2. Black Tourmaline
Black tourmaline is a shield against negativity and anxiety. It is known as a security blanket against worry and fear. It is a dark black color and can come in a variety of sizes, including large pieces.
Set a piece of black tourmaline on your desk to ward off any negative energy. You can also place a piece outside of your home.
If you are doing deep healing work, you can use black tourmaline to infuse your aura with its energy. Imagine yourself being surrounded and protected, able to handle any stressors that come your way.
Fluorite is a rainbow-colored crystal that brings vibrations of peace, calm, and bliss into your life. It aids in healing and rejuvenating mind, body, and soul.
To use fluorite, hold it close to your heart while meditating. Imagine connecting with the stone and white light pouring into your body, filling every cell with an ease that puts you at peace with yourself, your past, and the world.
Angelite is the guardian angel stone. It reminds you that you are never alone and that you are always supported. Angelite allows you to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual (celestial) realms, where you can connect with your healing angels and guides.
Light a candle and place your angelite crystal beside it. Ask your personal guardian angel or Archangel Michael to surround you with loving, healing energy.
Write your wish for healing on a small piece of paper, fold it, and place it under the candle. Meditate on your desire for 15 minutes, taking deep breaths and seeing yourself healed and whole. You can continue this practice every night for seven nights before bedtime or throughout Mercury Retrograde.
Amethyst is an amazing crystal connected to spirituality, healing, and psychic abilities. It is a gentle stone that releases stress and opens your third eye chakra. This helps calm any fear, worry, or anxiety by clearing your head and connecting you to your inner knowing.
To use amethyst during Mercury Retrograde, place a small crystal under your pillow for sweet dreams and healing as you sleep.
Experiment to Find the Crystal that is Right for You
There are many healing crystals that help with anxiety and stress. These five are especially potent during this Mercury Retrograde in the sign of Scorpio.
They will help ease your mind and help you deal with any past trauma as well as communication and technology issues that come up throughout the next month.
Use Mercury Retrograde to experiment with the different crystals to see which ones work best for you, and, before you know it, Mercury will be direct again and you will have navigated this retrograde with ease.