by Cassandra Bristow

On July 7th, something occurred that would put any Gen Z or Millennial who is familiar with astrology under pressure: Mercury entered Retrograde. 

If you’re unfamiliar with a retrograde, it basically means that everything turns upside-down for a second, cosmically speaking, and you end up having trouble with communication, traveling, and perhaps life as a whole. It’s become a popular explanation for why problems arise. For example, if your ex returns during a retrograde, it’s seen as because of the retrograde. Thus, this planetary predicament has become popular in the new millennia. 

Upon entry, I immediately began to correspond with my friends. How were they handling the Mercury retrograde? Some were panicked, some didn’t care, but one in particular offered insight and advice. She told me that retrograde is not about being afraid, or bad energy. It is about doing the things that start with ‘re’— re-evaluate, revise, things like that. (After all, there is a “re” in retrograde). 

I’ve been thinking about that a lot. What it means to revise and re-evaluate.

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What it means to take care of yourself, especially in a period so tied to this idea of bad energy. Right before the retrograde, I decided to quit my job. Of course, I’m lucky to be in a place in my life where I can make such a decision (though not lucky enough that I don’t need to get another job), and I recognize that. Since we have now entered the period of supposed introspection and retrospection, I think a lot about whether that was the right decision for me, to sacrifice making minimum-wage for my well-being. For me, I can definitely say it was. 

I made the choice to leave a toxic, draining environment because I was realizing I couldn’t take being there anymore, even though I was getting paid. I recognize I am lucky that this was possible, though still a sacrifice. There are times in life when we are forced to make such sacrifices for the sake of our well-being. They are not always comfortable, they tend to be some form of painful, but they are more than often worth the temporary pain. 

During this retrograde, I invite you to take a look at a situation, any situation that could have caused emotional trouble, and think about if it is serving you, and how. Is the way it serves you worth the pain it causes? Are you suffering on a more subconscious level than you realize? Revise, re-evaluate. Cutting ties can be necessary. Moving forward, seeking something elsewhere can be the best thing you can do for yourself. And retrograde, despite its modern stigma, should not be a justification for things going wrong. The only person who can improve life for you is you, and now is the time to look to see where that improvement would make the most difference. Good luck with the retrograde energy and discoveries it might uncover. It will be worth it.