What I learned from Mercury Retrograde for leadership

What I learned from Mercury retrograde as a creative life coach

In this post you’ll learn practical tips from a creative life coach, to maintain your energy and turn triggers into opportunities.


You know when there’s an electrical storm and the power flicks on and off or goes out completely? Mercury retrograde is kind of like that.

So how do you, as a creative soulful leader, keep your energy on during Mercury retrograde? 

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First, a little science lesson: What is Mercury Retrograde??

Mercury, which is the closest planet to the sun, completes one trip around the sun every 88 days. Earth takes one year, or 365 days, to complete its orbit around the sun. Basically, one year on Earth is like four years on Mercury.

When Mercury passes the earth in its orbit every 88 days, it rounds the bend, slows down, and appears to stop and spin backward. This is what we call retrograde, where Mercury seems to be moving east in the night sky, creating a celestial illusion. Prograde, on the other hand, is Mercury moving west in the night sky.

Astrologers, spiritual advisors, and many religions believe that this illusion affects the energy on Earth. Mercury rules over tech, travel, and communication, so during retrograde, computers crash, emails aren’t delivered, miscommunication runs rampant, and old patterns you thought you had handled resurface.

Imagine you’re driving in your car. It rains, so you turn on your windshield wipers. Then you go through some muddy waters, and now you need a car wash. Mercury retrograde is like the universe splashing you with the muddy waters of your past patterns, messing with your windshield wipers while you sit in the car thinking, “What’s happening?! Why won’t anything work?! What’s wrong with me!?”

Here’s the opportunity:

The gift of Mercury retrograde, or any day you are triggered, is to enrich your leadership capacity to handle more. As a creative life coach, I know you have the self-awareness to recognize when you’re being triggered. Maybe it’s your kids in the morning because they “just won’t hurry up!” or perhaps it’s that client who keeps postponing your meeting, making you think, “They don’t respect my time!”

What to Do During Mercury Retrograde, or Any Day You Are Triggered:


  1. Gain awareness of the trigger: “My client has postponed…again.”

  2. Assess your experience: Does your ego take over and respond? Are you angry? Do you roll your eyes and think, “Forget it! They obviously don’t value me or my time!”

  3. Choice moment: Choose your reaction from ego or from your intuitive creative leadership. How would it be different if you chose to see the postponement as a gift? “So my client postponed; now I get to have a cup of tea, work from home, and write this blog post.” Or “Now I can hop on a call with my other client for an added 30-minute bonus session!”

Choose what makes you feel good and is aligned with your most vibrant and holistic self:

  • Creative
  • Empowered
  • Expansive
  • Curious
  • Visionary
  • Wise
  • Open
  • Soulful
  • At Ease
  • Divine
  • In Flow

Shifting Your Mindset

With that awareness, I want to challenge you: How are you being triggered this week? How can you shift your mindset towards a choice that’s in alignment with who you want to be?

And from that place, now what’s possible? As a creative life coach, I work with clients to reset their mindset to have the power to turn these challenging moments into opportunities for growth and self-improvement. 

Mercury retrograde, while chaotic, offers you the chance to realign with your highest self and lead with greater intuition and grace. Embrace it, and see how these cosmic hiccups can actually propel you forward in your journey.

Life and Creative Leadership Coach in Chicago

Hi there!

I'm Lisa Guillot, a Chicago-based Executive Mindset Coach for Creative Leaders, author of the best-selling book, Find Your Clear Vision. I’m a lover of ridiculously deep conversations, bright dopamine colors and house music.

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