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Mercury in Retrograde: Your Guide to Buying and Selling While the Planets Go Crazy

July 17, 2019


If the sh*t really started hitting the fan for you right around July 7, you wouldn’t be the only one. Mercury is in retrograde until July 31, which explains why your mood might be all over the place and why you and your S.O. got in those epically dumb fights last week. It also explains why, as I was writing this piece, I found myself running to catch a flight at the changed (unannounced) gate, laptop open, coffee spilling down my shirt, only to end up having my seat moved to an aisle with the world’s unhappiest children.

But let’s back up for a second: Several times a year, planet Mercury is said to go retrograde—meaning it moves in an opposite direction to Earth. (“This backward movement is actually an illusion, similar to the one you experience when you’re in a car on the highway moving faster than a train alongside you,” according to Mother Nature Network.) Regardless, astrologers believe that this brief planetary upheaval also throws chaos into life down here on our planet.

While there’s no need to stock up on your favorite instant mac and cheese and prepare for the apocalypse, you might want to be a little extra cautious during this time, says astrologer and psychic Suzie Kerr Wright—especially if you find yourself about to make a particularly huge and consequential decision, like, say, buying or selling a house.

“Mercury rules our communication and thinking, so all of that can become murky,” Wright explains. “The period messes with our minds so we may misplace or lose things, we might feel a little off, or, if we’re rushing to send an email, we may reply to all instead of one person. We may find we’re a bit clumsier too.”

So how does Mercury play into buying and selling?

“Some people out there are more sensitive to Mercury retrograde than others,” explains Mary Dunne, real estate broker at Warburg Realty in New York. “In many instances, I believe a Mercury retrograde can add some complications or delay some aspects of the process, and generally highlight the need to read the fine print.”

With all of the craziness happening, you might start thinking a moving Mercury might wind up derailing the close on your new house. But both Dunne and Wright insist this isn’t the case.

“I don’t highlight the timing to clients unless it’s brought up,” Dunne says. “I just play more cautious around the time.”

And despite all of the spilled coffee and drama-filled days, Wright actually insists that Mercury in retrograde can be a positive thing.

“The real purpose of a retrograde period is to get us to slow down, rethink what we’ve been doing, revisit old ideas, and reconnect with ourselves and others,” she says. “It’s a break, not a curse.”

How to get through a retrograde sale

The key to getting through a big decision while Mercury does its business isn’t to hole up and hide away. Get out there and keep on keepin’ on—just do it thoughtfully.

“Make decisions from the perspective you had prior to the retrograde,” Wright says. “In other words, if you want a Craftsman home and that’s what you’ve always wanted, but you find a ranch during a retrograde you feel you can’t live without, step back. Think, think, and then think again. Is this really what you would want long-term and why did you want a Craftsman for all this time?”

Some fine print details to get you through the crazy

  • Check contract numbers twice, and double-check everything before signing anything.
  • Overcommunicate your expectations to everyone involved in the deal. That means your real estate agent, and possibly even your buyer or your seller. Make sure everyone is on the same page, and avoid any miscommunications.
  • Avoid last-minute changes. “Buying and selling during retrograde is fine,” Wright says, “so long as contracts have been drawn up before.” If any major last-minute changes take place, consider waiting until after retrograde to sign the paperwork.
  • Don’t be swayed by your own change of heart. Lots of folks are changing their minds right now, so don’t let your new inkling for a ranch make you throw out weeks of negotiating on your former Craftsman dream home.

The bottom line

Sure, weird stuff might happen during this period. But ultimately, everything is going to be OK.

“Starting something new in a retrograde period is not advised, but life goes on and you won’t die if you do,” Wright says. “Just double-check everything, and stay out of the panic mode.”

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Your Ideal Vacation Home, According to Your Zodiac Sign

August 3, 2018

Your zodiac sign can be telling about so many important things in life—your personality traits, your compatibility with a partner, your best hair days each month.

So it only makes sense that the stars are also all-knowing when it comes to where you should spend your hard-earned vacation days. Whether you prefer seclusion in the woods or need to be near the water, your ideal vacation home/destination investment could very well be determined by when you were born and that all-important zodiac sign.

Aries (March 21–April 19): Golf course condo

This airy home in Palm Desert, CA, backs up to a 27-hole golf course.

Fore! A condo near the ninth hole on a par 3 would be ideal for a fiery, athletic Aries, says Amy Tripp, an astrologer who offers personal consultations through her website, Starheal Astrology.

“Their love of sports and being part of an active community would make a golf-side community a great fit,” she explains. (Investing in shatterproof windows is a must, though.)


Taurus (April 20–May 20): Timeshare at an all-inclusive resort

This condo in Miami Beach, FL, touts world-class, resort-style amenities.

A Taurus would appreciate an all-inclusive resort where housekeeping, food delivery, and poolside mojitos are built into the experience, says Suzie Kerr Wright, an astrologer and psychic medium at

“It’s nothing but the best for Taurus—they love to go high-end,” she says. “They love to be pampered and doted on, and not worry about what they’ll be doing next.”


Gemini (May 21–June 21): City townhouse

This Brooklyn, NY, townhome was originally part of a 1915 soap factory.

Paris, New York, or London—Geminis need to be where the action is, Wright says.

“A lot of excitement, parties, and places to see works fantastically for them,” she explains. “Window shopping and wandering around a city is perfect, because there are so many surprises for their curious minds.”


Cancer (June 22–July 22): Woodsy cabin retreat

This secluded log cabin in Boone, NC, sits on 2 acres above a bubbling creek.

A secluded cabin in the woods isn’t for everyone, but a Cancer would love it.

“A nest in the woods, tucked away safe from the world, with family or close friends, cooking big campfire meals, and sitting outside on the porch at night looking at the stars is the ultimate getaway for a Cancer,” Wright says. “They need to have a place to retreat on vacation.”


Leo (July 23–Aug. 22): Sailboat

Let the wind carry you to your next vacation spot.

A Leo’s life philosophy is to go big or go home. Wright can see a Leo vacationing on a sailboat out on the clear blue.

“They do everything big. And granted, not every big cat likes water—but [Leos] do,” she says. “The freedom to explore the vast expanse of the ocean is just perfect.”


Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Country farmhouse

The Wanderin L’ Ranch in Burton, TX, sits on 35 acres and promises “abundant wildlife.”

Earthy, plant-loving Virgos would enjoy retreating to a farmhouse to escape their hectic lives, Tripp says.

“A Virgo rules in diet and health, so a place where they could grow their own vegetables would suit them well,” she explains. “Plus, a Virgo’s birthdate falls during the time of year when crops are harvested. A farmhouse aligns with this sign’s nature.”


Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22): Garden cottage

This charming cottage in Nashville, TN, was featured on “This Old House.”

A Libra’s love for clean aesthetics makes a garden cottage a great fit.

“A beautiful, charming, harmonious environment is what they seek,” Tripp says of Libras. “A home with flowers blooming that’s surrounded by a white picket fence would be ideal.”


Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21): Lake house

This waterfront home in Glenbrook, NV, offers dramatic views of Lake Tahoe.

Scorpios are water signs and, as such, they’d find serenity at a private lake house, Wright explains.

“The calming effect of a lake helps Scorpios settle down from their typical intensity; they need to rejuvenate with water” she says. Plus, “lakes are full of mystery—they are clean and clear, but can be exceptionally deep and foreboding, just like the depth of Scorpios’ emotions. It’s the most private of signs.”


Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21): Camper/RV

Photo by William Johnson Architect 
Sags are the most outdoorsy and adventurous of the astrological signs, so Tripp can see them hitting the road in a camper or RV.

“An RV allows the sign of expanded horizons to be in their element—outdoors,” she says. “This sign loves going to new places, and the mobility of a camper/RV allows them this freedom.”


Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19): Mountain ski lodge

This ski-in/ski-out home in Aspen, CO, is one of a kind.

“Caps are the goats of the zodiac—they love the mountains,” Wright explains. “They also have a fondness for spaces with lots of wood beams, fireplaces, and stone, all typically found in a ski lodge.”


Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18): Tiny home

This 520-square-foot home in Anacortes, WA, offers 180-degree views of the Cascades.

If you’re an Aquarius, chances are good you’ll be drawn to go big in an adorably small home, maybe even one in a tiny-home community

“They go for anything quirky and unusual, environmentally conscious, and they love their freedom,” Wright says.

“If there are other folks into tiny homes nearby, that’s even better,” she adds. “Aquarius will be among their tribe. They love to chat with folks who have the same vision.”


Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20): Beach house

This oceanfront home in Marathon, FL, offers breathtaking water views.

As a water sign, Pisces can’t get enough of the rolling surf and warm sand, Wright explains.

“They’re the mermaids of the zodiac, and they love colors of the sea,” she says. “A beach house in a town with charming boutiques and pretty things for them to look at is best.”

Forgo anything in a noisy beach party town though, Wright warns: “A Pisces needs the quiet sounds of the ocean to lull them to sleep.”

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