How To Protect Yourself From Mercury Retrograde, Because Yes, There Are Ways

It's no secret that 2017 has been a rocky year, and with Mercury beginning its third backspin on Aug. 12, it doesn't hurt to take some extra precautions. Ways to protect yourself during Mercury Retrograde include everything from wearing protective jewelry to warding off the frustrations of this cosmic kerfuffle with meditation. While this might sound a bit new age-y, with everything that's happening this summer — a lunar and solar eclipse and Uranus and Mercury retrograde at the same time — things might feel more off kilter than usual. And, you need all the help and protection you can get.

Humans have turned to things like crystals and talismans since the dawn of time to protect themselves from negative energy. The forthcoming Mercury Retrograde in Virgo is the third in a new nine-year cycle that began at the beginning of 2017, and will likely inform your life for the next nine years. Additionally, because Mercury is opposite Neptune, it reinforces negative emotions like selfishness, egotism, immorality, meanness, melancholy, and unhappiness, according to Astrology King.

While you can overcome these obstacles with preparation, not everyone will heed Mercury Retrograde's warning, which means dealing with people who are less than tuned in could be frustrating. This is why arming yourself with a little extra Mercury Retrograde protection is beneficial for both body and soul. And, if you don't believe in this kind of thing, at least you'll smell great, be super relaxed, uber-hydrated, and more self aware than you were before. There is literally no downside to trying some of these practices.