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Mercury Retroshade: We’re Not Out of Danger Yet

This 2019 Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio has been a doozy. Everyone I know, even non-believers, have experienced travel delays, electrical problems, technological fails, had exes pop up out of the blue after 20 years… it’s been a time. Now that we’re approaching November 20th, you might be tempted to start feeling relieved – you made it through the Retrograde! But be warned: Retroshade is a thing.

What is Retroshade?

As you may have noticed, leading up to the Mercury Retrograde there was a short period of around 2 weeks when things started to get a little sticky. Little faults, little glitches, that sort of thing. And then the Retrograde hits and everyone battens down the hatches and hides out for a few weeks, right? During the Retrograde, we are warned not to make real estate deals, or sign business contracts, or contact an ex or old friend, or anything like that. But directly after the Retrograde, we have what is known as the Retroshade, which is sort of like the cool-down period.

A white and brown art deco lampshade.

Before and after the Retrograde, we experience ‘shadowing’ periods, which are kind of like the pre and after parties of the shift. During these times we get a taster of the full-blown Retrograde effects, like slight glitches or pickles, or little hints of problems in the areas affected by the shift, like travel, communication, business and interpersonal relationships.

So what can I do?

During this two-week period, take advantage of the cooling-off of the full Retro feels to assess what you have learned from this time. Have you re-thought some business decisions that you were about to make? Has something become a little more clear in your relationship? Has something come up that you thought was resolved but actually needs a little more attention?

An old pink dial-up telephone.

During this time, it’s still not a great idea to make any huge decisions or sign legal paperwork. Additionally, you could still benefit from keeping your distance from interpersonal drama and sticky situations. But it’s a great time to review your own status in work and at home, and see if there’s anything you might work on once this Retroshade period is over. Now is the time for reflection, working on our relationships and taking good care of ourselves. We need to be mindful of our feelings and aware that we might still be a little sensitive after the bashery of Retrograde. So get out your journal, work on some self-care spells and take a little extra time to meditate and be kind to yourself.

What can I learn?

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Leave the heavy work-lifting until early December, Witches – for now, just take care of you and yours, and pay extra attention to your feelings and the feelings of the important people in your life. It’s a good idea to take a look over any paperwork, assignments or writing you did during the Retrograde period and check it for mistakes, errors or anything that’s been missed. Double check any travel bookings you’ve made, and check in with your friends and family. Mercury Retrograde has lessons to teach us, so make the most of it. It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom – it’s time to clear house.

Oh – and don’t answer unknown numbers.



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