That time of the year is upon us again, which means the planet of communication—Mercury is in Retrograde until the 3rd of May. During this Retrograde period, communication goes awry— messages are not delivered, electronics malfunction, travel plans fall through and sometimes the bonds of relationships are tested. It is also possible to begin to feel the effects of Mercury Retrograde a few days before and after the three-week period, however, there are ways to help navigate this time unknown.

The top 5 things one should try and avoid during Mercury Retrograde.

  1. Do NOT get married:
  2. Marriage is a contract, mind you a very sacred contract. We all know that during Mercury Retrograde signing any contract can lead have an adverse effect, so if you wish to have a long and successful marriage, try and hold off until Mercury is direct.

  3. Do NOT take a new job, or start a new career:
  4. This is one is tricky because if you are out of work, take the job needed. If you can, however, hold off on those three or four weeks, do so. Starting a new job is much like a contract, and you could find yourself looking for another sooner than later, or find that if was not the original job you had accepted.

  5. Do NOT Purchase a new electronic devices:
  6. Why do you ask? This is when you will discover that you bought the "device from hell." You will regret not buying the three-year warranty the salesperson suggested. And, when you install your new software, expect glitches. Hard drives fail, so make sure to back them up ahead of time.

  7. Do NOT initiate new projects, launch a product, or start a new website:
  8. You may find that you will have a higher chance of opposition; this may lead to people dropping out of the project, or to a major failure or flaw. Ultimately, if you do not want to have to go back to the drawing board, try to avoid moving forward with these plans until Mercury is direct again.

  9. Try and avoid traveling, if at all possible:
  10. You may experience an unusual amount of delays during Mercury Retrograde. If you need to travel; allow yourself some extra time, secure your bags and take extra precautions. Be sure to re-confirm everything.

Occasionally the above and more, are unavoidable, thus after much practice, Eugénie LaCroix has developed a Shielding Spell to help see people through the most negative aspects of this period. The Mercury Retrograde Shielding Spell was designed to generate an Energy barrier around a person to negate all ill effects that will be thrown in their direction.

Always know that Mercury Retrograde is not all bad of course; it does allow us time to tie up some loose ends we have been putting off. Allow yourself not to take things too personally during this time, you will find that some people will be more dramatically affected by Mercury Retrograde and could have consequences with their communication, be patient and give them the benefit of the doubt. Take some time to clean out your closet, look up old lovers, read old journals and get a bit nostalgic!