Mercury Is in Retrograde—Here's What It Means for You
At MyDomaine we want to prepare you for all of life’s challenges, and what better way to do that then get some foresight from the stars? Each month, we’ll be bringing you your horoscope along with a power product to help you get through the month, brought to you by our resident horoscope expert, Rose Theodora. Whether you’re changing careers, moving into a new home, or getting married, consider yourself in good hands. Ahead, Rose shares what's in store for you this month—and what you'll need to get through it.
You may have heard the rumblings in the office, on the streets, or in your home: Mercury is in retrograde. Again. And it seems that no sign is safe. But it turns out this month, Mercury being in retrograde might be a good thing: It can bring inner growth, which is crucial to help you achieve your dreams. So that sounds all well and good, but you may be wondering what exactly is a retrograde? It's when a planet appears to be moving backward, but really it's receding (pulling away) from the Earth. Planets are magnetic, that's how they affect us. Our bodies rely on planetary support, so when their magnetism lessens, we don’t feel as supported. Retrograde means to go back in time and translates to a do-over—a second chance to get it right.
So here’s how to make the most of it this month. Don’t focus on any new endeavors. Instead, rethink business decisions and contracts; call your cable company to see if you can get a reduced rate or discount; fix things around your house; deal with persistent family issues—in a nutshell, you should aim to clean up the past, so that you’re working with a clean slate moving forward.
Mercury will be in retrograde until May 22, which affects travel and communication. Don’t invest in any electronics during this time. Instead, contemplate old business decisions—refine them, double-check that all your emails have been sent, follow up with people, and lastly triple-check everything. Ready to dive into what’s in store? Find out how these retrogrades will affect you—and pick up your power product to help you get through it.
You are ruled by the planet Mars, which relates to how we direct our energy—and it’s in retrograde until June 29. Because you're naturally energetic, maybe even a little impatient at times, this month might be frustrating for you. Hold tight. While you may feel like your life is on pause, this is an opportunity to stop and think about redirecting your energy in more positive ways. What changes can you bring in your life to focus on the endeavors that actually matter? It’s time to cut some fat in the aspects of your life that suck your energy without actually bringing you much in return, and pivot your energy toward more important things.
You may also start May being a little cash poor, but don’t worry. You'll be more prosperous by the end of the month, so you'll need a new wallet to rake in the profits. The New Moon on May 6 promises prosperity—both of love and money. So while you’ll have to take a good hard look at your life going into the month, you’ll reap the rewards later. Enjoy!
Your May power product is a new wallet as an omen for more prosperity.
Happy birthday, Taurus! You're on fire this month. Your ruling planet is Venus, and luckily for you, it’s one of the few that isn’t in retrograde. However, Mercury—which is in retrograde until May 22—will affect your sign pretty heavily, so don't make any financial commitments until the end of the month. If it can’t wait, choose wisely and move slowly. Remember that appearances aren't everything, and as beautiful as you'll feel this month, don’t become blinded by flattery. Choose your entourage wisely. When you’re surrounded by the right people, you'll feel more elegant and ooze sensuality. Invest in some quality makeup, treat yourself to a facial, and make some time for a few candle-lit baths.
Your May power product is a mirror. It’s your time to shine—you'll need a mirror to help you be the best version of yourself.
Don't stress more than you have too, your love life will work out eventually. If you're single, lie low until after May 22, when Mercury is no longer in retrograde—you’ll get an extra passionate boost to attract your mate at the end of the month. Keep in mind that during the first weeks of May, you’ll need to focus on yourself, whether you are in a relationship or not. You need to make yourself happy before you can focus on doing the same for anyone else. Your ruling planet is Jupiter, and it's been in retrograde since January 7, so you haven't been feeling quite yourself—but all that will change when it goes direct on the 9. Hang in there, the best is yet to come!
Your May power product is a journal to keep track of your feelings and to reflect on how you can love yourself even more.
No particular planet is inhibiting you this month, but you'll still feel affected like the rest of us. How? Your career has been on a high lately, but things are going to slow down. This isn’t a bad thing, it just means that your focus needs to shift a little. Instead of putting your nose to the grindstone, nurture your contacts a little more, reach out to people that you haven't talked to in a while—check in to see how they're doing. You'll especially want to do this on May 2 and 4, when luck is largely on your side. After the 20, let your intuition guide your next steps.
Your May power product is a computer case, since you'll want something lovely to look at while you type all those reconnecting emails.
Career is where your head and heart are focused on this May. Fortunately for you, the sun, your ruling star never goes in retrograde (obviously), but both Jupiter (the planet currently dominating your financial prosperity) and Mercury (which directly pertains to how you think about your career) are currently in retrograde. This means that although you're focused on your career, it's best to rethink your work strategy. Go back and look at the choices you've made related to business affairs. You'll want to try to streamline things, so that when Mercury straightens out on May 22, you'll be crystal clear about your finances and investments. Look out for May 6: It will be one of your best career days! Plan something special.
Your May power product is a calendar that will help you plan appropriately.
Don't ever underestimate the power of expanding your mind and strengthening your personal philosophy. Reading is the road to enlightenment for you in May. Your ruling planet is Mercury, and because it’s in retrograde this month, it’s getting you to rethink your skill set. June will take you to new career heights, so take May as a preparation month—how can you enhance your knowledge base to become even more well-rounded? Not only will you be benefiting, but your career will soar to new heights due to your self-awareness. Mark May 6 in your calendar as a deadline to commit to expanding your mind—buy a book, or sign up for a class that can help you grow as a person.
Your May power product is a book on psychology or the universe to expand your mind.
This month, you need to learn to value the little nuances of everyday life even more than harmony. Think of this as a transition period, where you are working toward bigger and brighter things—that's what happens when half of the planets are in retrograde—it forces us to recalibrate the way we go about our life, so that when things progress, we're prepared.
You're ruled by Venus, which pertains to intellectual harmony and peaceful relations with others. This month, due to several of the planets being in retrograde, you're having to put your relationships with others on hold and focus instead on organizing the everyday stuff, like organizing your schedule and balancing your checkbook. Your relationships will improve after May 14, so give it some time.
Your May power product is a clock, which will remind you to stay present and focused on the details.
Currently, your ruling planets—Mars and Pluto—are both in retrograde, which means you are doing some deep psychological purging. Why, you ask, what's the point? To open you up and empty yourself so that true love can fill you up. Self-love is the first step to finding a meaningful relationship. If you're already in a relationship, greater self-love with only strengthen it. May is about self-care for you: Rest when you need it, pamper yourself, eat well, and remember to love yourself. May 6 is optimal for making some big declarations or wishes—don’t be afraid to take the center stage!
Your May power product is an aromatherapeutic bath oil that induces warm feelings of comfort and reminds you to love yourself and others authentically.
Your goals are becoming much clearer, Sagittarius, but things may still feel stagnant. Your ruling planet, Jupiter, which pertains to travel and growth, has been in retrograde since January 9, and will finally go direct on May 9! You will finally start to see some movement with your career and your love life. If you meet someone before May 22, there may be delays or miscommunication—it's better to wait until after the 22 to really make a move. For now, focus on getting in shape by taking better care of yourself. When you look good, you feel more confident. Moving your physical body will help you to actualize more movement in all aspects of your life.
Your May power product is a yoga mat. Make a point to invest in workout gear and break a sweat.
Your approach is always to be practical, but this month is about finding your creative voice and embracing your playful side, which may still be completely dormant. Speak from the heart, and really take others into consideration—this is what you are preparing for. It may sound abstract, but you'll need to get more in touch with your inner child to understand where others are coming from. On April 19, your inner child began crying out for your attention, and now that the planets are in retrograde—particularly your ruling planet, Saturn—you'll need to focus on getting in touch with your more hidden side. Go inward, and sing out! This may not feel natural to a naturally productive person like you, but be patient, be still, and learn to enjoy the moment.
Your May power product is a karaoke machine or record player. May is about embracing your voice, so sing aloud while listening to music.
Focus on your home this month, Aquarius. You've been completely external, focusing on work for the past year. Your career will continue to flourish because you've built a solid foundation. However, since one of your ruling planets, Saturn (which pertains to focus and hard work) is currently in retrograde in the networking and socializing part of your life, you'll need to take a break and ride the wave of stillness for a bit, at least until May 22. Spend the month beautifying your home, getting plenty of rest, and focusing on deep sleep. Once Mars is no longer in retrograde on the 22, you'll feel completely renewed and ready to tackle anything.
Your May power product is a new sheet set made of luxe Egyptian cotton to revamp your personal space and help you get some well-deserved rest.
Balancing your work and home life are never easy, but it's a task that you need to tackle this month, whether you like it or not. May is about strategizing, and discovering more constructive ways to use your energy. If you spend time focusing on petty matters, you'll have no room for bigger more important projects that are about to require a whole lot of your energy. You'll need to deal with things head-on and in the most mature fashion. Your career is about to soar once Jupiter goes direct on the 9. Until then stay centered, practice patience, and if things get intense at home, play some music to lighten the mood.
Your May power product is headphones. You feel connected to music more than any other sign, Pisces. Take your headphones everywhere, and play your favorite song to help you stay balanced.