We all know and dread it: Mercury retrograde. The planet that astrologically represents communication, spins backwards, and consequentially complicates everyone's lives. The best way to prepare and remain calm during this planetary shift is to take extra precaution when it comes to making plans and using technology. Make sure the e-mail you're sending isn't "Reply All" when it's not meant to be, for instance — and maybe even do a Mercury retrograde-alleviating meditation to help yourself remain calm and collected. It will help you find the humor and the new adventure in that travel itinerary that gets flipped upside down in Mercury's reverse motion.
Whether or not you believe in Mercury retrograde, it's hard to deny that, during this time, things seem a little, well, unhinged. I'm speaking from personal experience here: On a recent trip to Scotland taken during 2017's last Mercury retrograde, the stable itinerary that I planned was decimated by unforeseen obstacles. The sleeper van I rented for an epic roadtrip turned out to have a manual transmission, which I cannot drive. The roads in the Scottish highlands became buried under a random yet severe snowstorm while I was out at dinner, which made it impossible for me to get back to my lodging. I was forced into a scramble to reserve a car I could actually operate and rebook an entire road trip's worth of hotels. On my phone. With spotty wi-fi.
It was a headache made in retrograde. And though I survived the horror of traveling during that time, I found a silver lining. Like, the beauty of an unexpected adventure and the art of staying calm.
So, heads up, we will be entering the mist of Mercury retrograde Mar. 22 to Apr. 15, according the the Farmer's Almanac. Just stay calm with a playlist of meditations and go about your daily business. And remember to enjoy the unexpected ride.