Welcome to our guide on how to survive Uranus in Mercury over the coming weeks. With the help of ELLE's weirdly expansive astrology knowledge (don't question it), here's how to make it through one of the most testing astrological seasons of the year.
What do you need to know about it? Scroll down for all the tips you need.
WHAT DOES URANUS IN MERCURY MEAN?
Uranus in Mercury is basically an exaggerated version of a regular Mercury in Retrograde scenario, which is when Mercury orbits the sun in a retrograde (or countering) circuit to planet Earth. This sees the planets' orbits aligning with one another, causing patterns of frustration and leaving us Earth dwellers a little flummoxed for weeks on end.
However, Uranus is now entering retrograde too—and as the 'planet of disruption', this will cause further hindrances of plans as the great blue planet enters a torrid astrological cycle.
If all of the above was basically Latin to you, we'll say this: Brace yourself.
WHAT DOES URANUS IN MERCURY MEAN FOR ME?
Like all other planetary retrograde scenarios, you'll totally be fine! It just means that, as with other cosmic phenomena, you'll have to abide by a few little precautionary steps to make sure everything in your life continues to run as smoothly as possible.
The retrograde is occurring in the constellation of Taurus, which is good news if you happen to be a Taurus — you'll experience a heightened sense of homeliness, and will feel a stronger sense of relaxation over the coming weeks. However, if you're any of the other eleven signs, you should probably brace yourself for a bout of sudden changes, and account for exaggerated responses to any wrongdoings you might make.
This means you should tread lightly throughout the next retrograde; and think twice before you say or do anything you might consider a risk. Normal Mercury in retrograde is high-stakes enough, but act carefully and exercise diplomacy for the next 155 days, and you'll be completely OK.
On the plus side, the erratic behaviour shift under Uranus in Capricorn could also lead to heightened levels of intimacy, so be sure to try things you never thought you'd be able to with your lover. The stars support you!
HOW LONG WILL URANUS IN MERCURY GO FOR?
This planetary cycle will last for the next 155 days, starting from 7 August 2018. This means it'll round out for quite some time, and while you may endure a testing introductory period, you'll be completely used to the altered planetary state in no time.
And don't even stress, because considering Uranus takes 84 Earth years to orbit the sun, this is probably the only time you'll experience Uranus in Mercury in your entire life (unless you're immortal, like, I don't know, Kris Jenner).
SHOULD I RECONSIDER YELLING AT MY BOSS FOR MAKING ME WORK LATE FOR NO REASON?
YES. A strongly-worded email should still be fine, though.
This story first appears on ELLE.com.au.
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