How to not freak the F out during Mercury Retrograde (January 2021 Update)

by Oct 31, 2019Astro-Branding, Astrology

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius (Janaury 2021 Update

Rethinking Equitable Success
Redo, rethink, reorganize your business’s role in making change for the future

Our first Mercury Retrograde cycle (Jan 30 – Feb 20) is almost here and you don’t need to freak out!

I love Mercury Retrograde cycles because we get to hit pause and rethink, reorganize, reflect, and reiterate.

Mercury will be highlighting Aquarian energy in your business over the next few weeks.

This deep dive allows you to rethink all those Aquarian ideals (social causes, change, innovation, your larger groups, friends…) and the role of you and your business to act on this change.

If you don’t go with the flow of this retrograde energy, you risk feeling resistant to change instead of feeling like an agent of change.

During the retrograde cycle, Mercury is going to be meeting up with a boat load of Aquarian energy, joining up the Sun, Venus, Jupiter (and getting really close to Saturn –oh and the Moon too) ALL IN AQUARIUS.

That is one Aquarius assembly bringing in the future!

The future is about social and environmental change that leads to equitable success!

And you, change-making entrepreneur, have a front line role to bring in this needed change.

Are you ready to see how you are meant to rethink radical change to create equitable success in and throughout your biz?

Mercury Retrograde Schedule

  • 1/15 Enters shadow – Aquarius 11°
  • 1/29 Stations Retrograde – Aquarius 26°
  • 1/30 Retrograde – Aquarius 26°
  • 2/8 Combust – Aquarius 19°
  • 2/19 Station Direct – Aquarius 11°
  • 2/20 Direct – Aquarius 11°
  • 3/13 Leaves shadow – Aquarius 26°

7 things to do in your business during this Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

To rethink equitable success and make radical change

  1. Realize your privileges
  2. Reiterate your social values
  3. Reflect on your desired vision of the future
  4. Reimagine your business as a role model
  5. Rewrite your brand values
  6. Reconnect with changemaking cocreators
  7. Reignite your larger circles and communities

Personalize Your Mercury Rx

  • House: Which house is being highlighted by Aquarius 11 – 26°
    House tells you which part of your business needs rethinking
  • What natal planets are in fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio, Leo between 11°-26°)
    Fixed planets will add creative tension to your Rethinking, their energy will want a voice in what matters.
  • What natal planets are in Air signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra between 11° – 26°)
    Air planets will add support to your Rethinking, their energy will work in flow with your reorganizing.

Mercury Retrograde House Activation

Which house is being highlighted by Aquarius 11° – 26°?
This house is the part of your business needs rethinking equitable success

  • 1H: Rethink your role as a changemaking leader and how you share that power with others
  • 2H: Reevaluate your social values, how they add value to your business, how you share that value with others
  • 3H: Refine and communicate your radical message to promote your business as an agent of change
  • 4H: Recreate your safe communities of diverse beings to create innovative inclusion in your business
  • 5H: Reignite future-forward creative enterprises and causes that set your business and brand apart
  • 6H: Reorganize your innovative ideas of service through your business as being part of a greater whole
  • 7H: Rethink your collaborative partnerships in your business with other changemakers bringing in the future over a shared cause
  • 8H: Reflect on healing the past as a necessary part of healing the future in and through your business
  • 9H: Reimagine sharing your innovative vision of the future as a contribution to the wider world
  • 10H: Recommit to delivering your breakthrough innovation as a platform to creating equitable success
  • 11H: Reactivate your greater social networks of changemakers through humanitarian values and activism
  • 12H: Reveal what innovative reformations are needed to restore truth in and through your business

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer (June 2020 Update)

Mercury Retrograde is happening in the sign of the watery sign of cancer, this time last year, Mercury was also retrograding in cancer, there’s been this theme of mercury retrogrades going through the water signs for the last couple of years.

So we are really identifying, amplifying the themes of cancer on a personal level in our communities as well as on a global level.

You can see how this Mercury Retrograde right in the middle of our year is really asking us to rethink and reconsider and reintegrate Cancerian themes in our personal lives, in our communities, as well as in our world.

On Monday, June 15, at 2pm Pacific, I’ll be hosting a Mercury Retrograde Sur(re)vival Guide. I actually would like to call this eight revival guide, because we don’t have to think about Mercury Retrograde as this time where we’re just trying to keep our head above water.

6 Things to Do During Mercury Retrograde in Cancer

  • Reflect
  • Replenish
  • Reconnect / to our heart’s desires, higher self
  • Re-acceptance / rethink our emotions
  • Re-intuit / listen to your gut/intuition/spidy sense
  • Restore (Home)

What Mercury Retrograde wants you to reconsider House by house

Restore, Replenish and Realign your sense of:

  • 1H: Self and brand identity
  • 2H: Values and finances
  • 3H: Connection and messaging
  • 4H: Emotional security and community
  • 5H: Creativity and passion
  • 6H: Order, wellness, and routine
  • 7H: Relationships and collaborations
  • 8H: Self-trust and true transformation
  • 9H: Beliefs and promoting yourself
  • 10H: Accomplishment and ultimate mission
  • 11H: Humanity and your social impact
  • 12H: Releasing and reconnecting to highest self

Register for the Mercury Retrograde Sur(Re)vival Guide Workshop

In this workshop you will:

  • Get curious with what Mercury Retrograde (MRx) in Cancer wants you to know
  • Learn why you don’t need to freak the “F” out
  • Find out what NOT to do in your biz
  • Discover what to DO and optimize in your biz
  • Uncover what you need to reexamine and recommit
  • Create a 6-week action plan for each point of the retrograde cycle
  • Understand exactly how the MRx will impact you based on your house activation

You will have access to the beautiful slides and worksheets that accompany this class.


I will do as many speed readings as time permits, looking at your MRx season.

Pay what you can
Sugessted Price: $47 – $97.

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio (November 2019 Update)

What do you need to trust + create in your life so you can feel powerful?
Rebuild and deepen self trust – connection with own power

What is a Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde is a 3 week period that happens about 3x a year when Mercury appears to go backwards in the sky from our vantage point on Earth.

Mercury is considered a personal planet and it’s the Messenger in between our creative energy force (The Sun) and us here on Earth.

Because it’s a personal planet, we feel Mercury’s energies intimately!

And if we are rushing about our day, not making space for this Mercury Retrograde energy, we will feel like the sky is falling.

Traffic jams, blackouts, tech glitches, miscommunications abound.

But if you make space and pad your time, Mercury Retrogrades are deep and powerful medicines to help us re-examine parts of our life.

And this Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio – let’s just say that this is deep, powerful medicine!

Mercury In Scorpio

Mercury generally rules communication, the way we process information, learn info, communicate info, technology, short distance travel, as well as siblings.

When Mercury is in Scorpio (which it has an extended stay from October 3 – December 9) Mercury asks us to go deeper.

Tell our truths. Be more “authentic” Be aware of what information needs to come through. Scorpio’s intensity asks us to be emotionally honest, to change our limiting beliefs and to do the deep healing and transformative work that will enable us to become more intimate with ourselves and others.

What’s not to like? Unless you like to RESIST.

And when you resist the things that need the deepest transformation, well you know that doesn’t work well unless you enjoy being batted around like a tennis ball on a court.

Why Mercury Retrogrades are So Important

This MRx is particularly important because of the New Moon we just had on Sunday Oct 27. All the intentions we created around our Scorpio’s deepest desires and healings will ONLY be realized if we do the deep inner work and build our self trust. And this is what the Mercury Retrograde medicine is all about – to do the inner examination.

Asks us to redo things in our life. Reexamine, reorganize, reprioritize. Such a lovely way for the Universe to give us the energy to make sure we are on the right path. And if we’re not to pivot!

When Mercury goes backwards, our thought processes may take a bit longer. We may experience our ability to think and communicate in a different way than usual. For example, I have a lot of Air in my elemental makeup. So my ability to think is generally really easy for me. During a water retrograde like this one in Scorpio, I may start to emotionally feel things in order to comprehend information coming at me… and trust me, this is not my natural state.

For Mercury Rx in Scorpio, we are being called to rebuild and deepen our self trust and to rebuild that connection with our own power.

Mercury Enters Shadows October 11

Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2019

October 31 – November 20

Oct 11 – Shadow
Mercury puts on the breaks enters the area where it will reverse

Oct 31 – Station
Mercury comes to a complete stop before going backwards

Nov 20 – Station Direct
Mercury comes to a complete stop before going forward again

December 7 – Post Shadow
Mercury moves forward but retraces its backwards steps

Where is Mercury Medicine asking you to reexamine your life + business?

Mercury will be transiting backwards from 27° back to 11° in Scorpio. Any planets or luminaries you may have in Scorpio, Gemini or Virgo 11° – 27° will be triggered.

Look at the planetary energies that are being activated to help you understand the energies that need re-examination. You can also look at the Astrological House that Mercury will be traveling to understand what are of your life needs extra attention and TLC.

For me, I won’t have any planets triggered, but Mercury will go backwards through my 6th and 5th houses really bringing into focus my holistic health and my ability to play. I’ve been talking about this as part of my New Moon intentions because I have not been prioritizing my health or play and it’s taking its toll on my business. We need to live a whole life in order to have a thriving business.

And of course because Scorpio is involved, this is where I have a high level of shame that needs to be reexamined. I’ve been ashamed of my weight for all of my adult life and it’s time to do something about it. Also, while it seems counter-intuitive for my creative biz, all my creativity is in the form of work. I don’t actually do any creating just for fun! That can really put the cramp on everything else.

So for this MRx, I’ll be focusing on how to bring back some fun into my health and business. There is a ton of digging I will do.

What do you need to trust + create in your life so you can feel powerful?

When I ask myself this question, it is true, I must create trust in my own body and my own ability to have fun in order to live a full and embodied life. Right now the spokes on my wheel of life are very much lopsided towards work! I will feel more powerful when I learn to live in my body and become more healthy.

6 things to do in your business to get the most of this energy

You don’t have to freak the F out during Mercury Retrogrades if you decide to use the energy to your benefit. Because this MRx in Scorpio is about reexamining Trust and Power within your life and business, what needs addressing?

  1. Re-build the trust in yourself.
    Only you know what’s right for you. Ask those deep questions that allow you to focus inward vs letting others tell you how you should do it. Especially in business when so many gurus want to tell you how. The best guides show you the questions to ask yourself so you can create trust and confidence from within
  2. Re-consider your truth
    Do you truly understand your Truth? Or are you adopting the truth of someone else from your family, your partner, or others? What is your belief that makes you unique?
  3. Re-congnize your shame
    Shame is powerful prevents us from going after the things we truly desire. Everyone has shame, you’re not alone and there is no way to rid shame. There is only befriending shame, understanding why it’s there and then working with it vs resisting it.
  4. Re-enforce your boundaries
    Are you aligned to your priorities? Are you considering what is best for yourself and your business? Or are you putting everyone one’s needs ahead of yourself? What do you need to reinforce so you can accomplish your goals?
  5. Re-iterate your needs
    People will forget what you need. It’s a pain, but we have to constantly remind those that forget our desires. And to those that choose to ignore your desires, well you know what to do with that relationship!
  6. Re-define your possibilities
    Is what you’re reaching for a big enough dream for where you are now? Is it time to redefine what is possible? If you’ve been doing the work and evolving, you may need to move forward your dreams!

Want to understand your Mercury Rx Prescription?
Schedule an AstroBrand Reading and we can take a deep dive so you can rebuild and deepen self-trust to connect to your own power.

July 8, 2019 Update

Leslie Tagorda

If you’ve been feeling you’ve been hearing a ton about Mercury Retrograde (MRx), thank the Internet and the fact that it happens 3 or 4 times a year. Now that we are officially in our 2nd round of 2019 (Mercury stopped and stationed to go backwards on July 7, but you have most likely already felt the shadow period where Mercury slows down before stopping since back in June), you have some choices on how to deal with this sometimes stressful time.

The three MRxs this year focus in mostly emotional, intuitive water signs. In March Mercury went backwards in Pisces. Now in July Mercury starts in fiery Leo until July 19 3:06am UT the first 1/2 of the cycle and then heads into Cancer for the remainder. And in November when MRx happens again we will explore Scorpio.

So what does this have to do with our day to day lives besides messing with traffic, our tech, our communications and the usual suspects?

Take a deep breath, you don’t have to freak the F out.

Mercury is how we give and receive information. A filter of how we connect with others and our inner/outer worlds. Each Mercury sign processes information differently so it’s important to understand your specific Mercury placement.

When Mercury goes backwards, we get to reconsider if things are going the way we like in the part of our life that Mercury is highlighting. AND how we are receiving the info coming to us and how we are communicating the info we are sending out to the world.

To know where this retrograde is activating your life, look up your transits in your favorite astrology software and look at the house in which the Rx is happening, this house placement will tell you what area of your life needs reflection. Also if there are any aspects or relationships to natal planets. This will give you more insight as to different energies that need reexamination.

For me MRx is in my 2nd house of values and material possessions and strong trine to my natal Moon which represents my inner emotional and intuitive self.

So for me, I can interpret that with the Leo/Cancer energy how to bring creativity into my life so that it serves my emotional needs and when I’m in my happy place of creating, this will readjust my financial situation!

What a perfect time for me as I take a sabbatical from client-focused work.

Interesting to note that Rx is the symbol that represents the retrograde AND it’s the symbol that represents a medical prescription.

For me, my interpretation for myself is exactly what I need for myself personally and in business.

So think of these MRx as healing times where we get to prescribe ourselves a course of action to reflect, reorganize and restore our lives so we can redirect it in the right direction after the MRx is over.

What is your prescription for yourself this MRx season?

February 27 2019

The sky isn’t falling, you don’t have to freak the F out.

Yes Mercury is about to go retrograde, you may already be feeling some of that energy since we have been in the shadow period (the placement in the sky where Mercury will appear to retrace while it’s in retrograde). From Earth Mercury, during retrograde will be move backwards in the sky.

  • Shadow Feb 19 – Mar 4
  • Retrograde Station Mar 5
  • Retrograde Mar 6 – 27
  • Direct Station Mar 28
  • Post Shadow April 16

Wanna know more about Mercury Retrograde motion?

Astrologically, the planet Mercury symbolizes the energy that rules, communications, technology, travel, negotiations, transactions, etc.

You know, most everything in modern business life.

And retrograde will take place entirely in the sign of Pisces.

Pisces, traditionally ruled by the Moon, is emotional, compassionate, sentimental, and most definitely mystical. The modern ruler, Neptune represents the watery depths and illusion. Pisces naturally loves the emotional depths, deep ocean dives, and she can go with the flow, often needing structure and containment.

Think everything emotional and instinctual.

Energetically, when Mercury goes backwards, it’s going into a Yin state, a non-active, restorative state. When Mercury goes forward it’s driving the bus on so many modern-world things, it’s no wonder Mercury goes on retreat 3 times a year for 3 weeks each!

If we could only give ourselves permission to retreat like this in our own lives to restore…

But I know, we can’t just stop. Shit still has to get done!

And with this retrograde all in the sign of emotional Pisces, ruled by the moon, we can use the energy to be reflective and intuitive with our decisions.

This is the perfect time to be a bit Yin and approach our lives and businesses to:

  • Reflect
  • Relax
  • Restore
  • Reorganize

We get a redo!

5 things to do in your Business during a Mercury Retrograde.

  1. Redo – You had a prospect/collaborator/opportunity you really wanted to work with but you haven’t heard from them in a while. Check in and reiterate your interest and why it would be a great fit.
  2. Review – Your contracts, agreements, policies, and other negotiation or contractual tools you have.
  3. Refine – Your content that performs well to see if you can optimize it even further. Think your freebie opt-ins, sales pages/funnels that have been active a while, blog posts that get a lot of traffic…
  4. Backup – Yep, backup your shit. Even if your stuff is on the cloud. Good practice to have it archived every once in a while.
  5. Relax – Yes, take more time for self care. Relaxing is just as important as doing, you’ll get to restore your reserves and do an even better job.

See, there’s not really a need to freak the F out if you bring a little INTENTION & REFLECTION into your life, during this Mercury Retrograde in Pisces.

Lastly, here are a few tips to prevent headache this Mercury Retrograde season:

  • Be intentional
  • Slow down
  • Check your work
  • Backup your files
  • Turn off your mobile in the car
  • Pad your commute time
  • Speak with someone you want to forgive

Pss: My friend Ceca’s invited me and several other women biz owners to speak, panel style on her podcast Truth and Dare Cancer, Episode 20 to talk about struggles and inspiration we all have in our lives. Whether or not you have/had Cancer, this is a fun and inspirational episode!

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