Mercury retrograde is a planetary circus fire, and we all know it.
Some of us have already done the research to figure out what we should avoid, but others don't even have a clue.
So, here it is, your definitive survival guide for what to avoid during this (and every) Mercury retrograde:
Mercury is a planet that rules over all forms of communication and technology, so expect delays and misunderstandings in communication.
If you've put off your taxes and are just dealing with them now (as I am), make sure you have all the paperwork necessary to send in to your accountant.
If you're in the middle of moving and have signed a lease, don't be surprised to find that you won't be able to move in as quickly as you were promised.
And also, don't be upset if the roommate you thought you had secured doesn't pan out.
Making travel plans
Because travel is ruled by technology and communication (and basically runs on it nowadays), making travel plans during the retrograde can be tricky.
Actually, it would be ill-advised to make any definitive travel plans during the retrograde that are set in stone.
There will likely be some delays and even some cancellations.
If you're purchasing plane tickets, it's better to wait until after Mercury goes direct on May 3, even if the trip is happening after that date.
If you absolutely have to purchase tickets now, then at least make sure you make them refundable.
It's always best to keep your travel plans flexible when Mercury is in retrograde.
Launching new projects
If you're in a creative field, or any field that involves the communication of ideas, Mercury retrograde is not the time to start a new project or to launch your project into the world.
Even during the shadow period, a few weeks before and after the retrograde, communication and media projects aren't likely to be received in the best light.
Best-case scenario, your project gets ignored or technological difficulties delay the launch.
Making major life decisions
Because of all the communication snafus happening all around you during this difficult planetary time, you're bound to have a few misunderstandings in your personal life as well.
Not only that, but it can also be difficult to think through solutions for these problems because of the confusing effect Mercury can have on your mind.
It can be difficult even to distinguish one day from the next, let alone try to think through your own intricate feelings.
For this reason, it's best to put off any major decisions for a bit and wait until after Mercury goes direct. Then, you can break up with your partner or leave that job you hate with full confidence.
Obviously it's going to be a tough few weeks, but Mercury retrograde is a time when we actually can learn a lot.
It might be confusing, but it does give us the opportunity to rethink some things we previously believed, and a chance to throw out the stuff that no longer works for us.