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Brace yourself: Mercury is in retrograde starting Saturday, Jan. 30 until Feb. 19! The cosmos are soon to be wreaking havoc on your laptop, rerouting your texts, and causing exes to reemerge in your life, all thanks to the astronomical optical illusion that makes it look like the planet Mercury is moving backward in Earth’s sky.
Mercury goes retrograde three to four times per year for three weeks at a time, causing major travel issues, messing up all communications, and forcing you to confront the past. Whether or not you believe Mercury is conspiring against you, the supposed side effects of the phase can be annoying, but you can’t stop living your life—or shopping for what you want. After all, you can arm yourself against the mishaps caused by cosmic event with cleansing kits, powerful crystals, a blend of very necessary essential oils, and a calming handmade candle.
Take a moment to relax, meditate, and reassess. Then, check out all the Mercury retrograde essentials we’ve rounded up to help you get through it unscathed.