Mercury Retrograde and Latinas: What You Need to Know

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The first Mercury retrograde of 2024 runs from April 1 to 25. Mercury entered its pre-retrograde shadow on March 18, so if you're already feeling a bit of the unanticipated chaos, that's the reason why. So how does this affect Latinas, who let's be honest, some tend to have a bit more chaos than others. Does the retrograde hit a little differently for Latinas? Luz Media caught up with Luz Community contributor Sisther Pravia to ask the clarifying questions we all need right now.

Let’s dive in.

LM: What is retrograde, exactly?

SP: It's when the planet appears to travel backward across the sky. This is an optical illusion caused by the position of Earth in relation to that of the planet since a planet in orbit always travels in one set direction and can’t suddenly reverse course.

LM: What's unique about this time?

SP: This period can cause confusion and uncertainty, but the retrograde can offer some insight. Just as we see the planet from a different point of view, the retrograde asks us to look at our journey the same way. When we see things differently, they become different. What in your life needs redirection?

LM: What are some best practices for people navigating this time?

SP: I always recommend the 3 C's: Cleanse your aura weekly, carry protection (like obsidian crystal), and cojelo suave. Overall best rule: be patient there's no need to rush into anything or anyone we're not ready for. Take this time to reflect and reassess.

LM: What should people know about retrograde? How often does it occur?

SP: Retrogrades invoke planets to do the opposite of their traits. Therefore since it’s in Mercury, the ruler of communication, technology, travel, and home it can disrupt these areas of our lives. So be mindful of your words, back up all your tech, plan to leave early so you're not late for work and possibly disrupt travel plans and make sure home is your safe space to relax. This transit occurs about 3-4 times a year.

LM: Are certain signs more impacted than others?

SP: Because Mercury rules Virgo they might feel it the hardest. On the contrary, people born during retrogrades are lucky and won't be affected by it.

LM: What is the impact of retrograde on the Latina community?

SP: The Latina community already puts so much hard work into building their dreams and doing the inner work to heal generational trauma that it means every retrograde, it's especially important to rest. What will help is to reevaluate your “how to become the first millionaire in the family game plan” or any other game-changing plans and meditate on the why.

LM: Do you have any specific guidance for Latinas managing retrograde? Suggestions on resting?

SP: Latinas can definitely manage this retrograde and live in peace. Mindful practices are important because this transit causes confusion, delays, and uncertainty.

For example, starting the day with an intentional morning routine can be a big game-changer. It's a righteous practice that says, "I come first," especially since Latinas' energy is asked off in so many directions (eldest child, 1st family graduate, financial provider, breaking cycles, healer, etc.). A morning routine can be like this: Wake up, stretch your arms up to the sky, and say, "Gracias divina vida." Next, step outside and take three deep breaths to ground yourself. Then come back in and try a guided meditation for 15 minutes. Finally, brew your cafe and nourish your body.

The same is true for the evening; you want to have a night routine to experience proper rest. The world can feel challenging for us today but don't let it tear you up. Come home and unplug from it all.

For instance, start by putting your phone on DO NO DISTURB. Next, run a hot shower/bath with some essential oil/herb like Eucalyptus. Then take time to journal. Here are some prompts I focus on "What’s one thing that went right today? What’s something you did today that you’re proud of? What’s one thing you can do tomorrow that your future self will thank you for?" Finally, when you're ready to sleep, listening to a sound bowl meditation will help you fall asleep with ease.

So again, take it easy, rest, and evaluate your journey rather than push yourself to work hard.

Sisther Pravia comes from a native Nicaraguan background. Born and raised in Miami, her ability to harness her inner magic through practices such as moon magic, tarot, astrology, yoga, meditation, sound healing, and more has led her to use her divine connection to counsel others. Dedicated to serving the Latino community, her specialty revolves around her healing practices.

You can learn more from Sisther at her website, Instagram, and TikTok.

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