I had an ex who would declare "Mercury must be in retrograde!" every single time we came to a disagreement. It wasn't that he (a Capricorn, by the way) was into astrology—actually, over the course of our relationship he came to loathe being guided by the sun, moon, and stars, except for one thing—blaming things on the chaos caused Mercury going into retrograde.
Well, no matter how deep your belief is in astrology: mark your calendars, because Mercury is going into retrograde four times this year: January 14th to February 4th, May 10th to June 3rd, September 9th to October 2nd, and December 29th through January 18th. If you just let out an audible groan (same), it's okay. We've tapped the AstroTwins, aka ELLE's official astrologers Ophira and Tali Edut, for some sage advice on how to make it through the tumultuous times in one piece.
"When Mercury in retrograde is coming up, just try to get ahead of it," advises Tali. "If there are people that you're dreading talking to, block them; or if you know there's a conversation that might occur, reach out ahead of time; or if there's some information that you don't want to come out, pull a Kris Jenner and spin doctor it. Also really create some better boundaries with people who are draining you of your energy."
The AstroTwins also suggest using aromatherapy and crystals to protect yourself during Mercury in retrograde.
If only I had had this advice from the AstroTwins and products to keep my relationship safe through retrograde—maybe I wouldn't be calling the Capricorn an ex. Then again, Leos and Caps don't work that well together, anyways.