Which Crystal Should You Use to Survive Mercury’s Retrograde?

LIFESTYLE

Emily Maggrett

6 Min Quiz

Image: Molly Aaker / Moment / Getty Images

About This Quiz

Have you heard of Mercury retrograde? This astrological phenomenon, which takes place multiple times per year, occurs when Mercury appears to be moving backward in its orbit — from our vantage point on Earth. Because Mercury is associated with language, communication, mental processes, technology and transportation, this backward movement is associated with things going wrong in those areas, from bus delays to accidentally hitting "reply all" on sensitive emails.

During Mercury retrograde, people put their feet in their mouths, forget to back up important files and discover that their crucial business flights have suddenly been canceled. However, all of these things don't usually happen to one person! That's because the effects of Mercury retrograde differ from person to person. Your Mercury retrograde problems take their form from your chart, as well as from your personality in general. For instance, an extroverted Aries will probably say the wrong thing to their mother-in-law during this time, while a scatterbrained Aquarius is more likely to make a bunch of lunch dates with business prospects, then forget to add them to their calendar.

So has Mercury retrograde got you in a twitter? If you're looking for specific guidance on getting through Mercury retrograde, this quiz can help. We're going to diagnose your likely retrograde issues through a series of questions about your personality, habits and self-care. Then we'll prescribe a special crystal which should help you to improve your emotional balance during this time. 

Ready to find out how to beat this astrological beast? Hit "pause" on whatever you're doing and take this quiz!

Let's say Mercury retrograde has made your bus to work 20 minutes late. How do you feel?

Advertisement

When you need to de-stress, what is the first thing you do?

Advertisement

After you make a mistake, you ... ?

Advertisement

You go to a bath and body store, looking for calming bath bombs. Which one of these catches your eye?

Advertisement

When other people pressure you, does that make it hard for you to hold on to your own priorities?

Advertisement

After a long day, what kind of tea restores your spirit?

Advertisement

You want to paint your kitchen a new, energizing color. Which one will you choose?

Advertisement

When you're stressed out, is it easy for you to ask others for help?

Advertisement

A perfumist friend offers to create a soothing essential oil blend for you. What do you ask them to put in it?

Advertisement

What was your mother or father's worst parenting trait?

Advertisement

To brighten your day, your partner wants to bring you flowers. What kind should they get?

Advertisement

On a scale of 1 to 10, how good is your self-care? (Be honest!)

Advertisement

What kind of music do you listen to when you need to create positive emotions?

Advertisement

Are you the kind of person who often puts their foot in their mouth?

Advertisement

Let's say you're going to the spa. What kind of treatment will you have?

Advertisement

It's 3 a.m. and you can't sleep. Why? What are you worrying about?

Advertisement

For your birthday, you're getting yourself a luxurious fragrant candle. Which one of these strikes your fancy?

Advertisement

You've got new responsibilities at work, a twice-a-week dance class and a date with a new (but exciting) person. How do you feel?

Advertisement

Imagine you could visit any gorgeous natural setting in the world ... for free! Where are you going to go?

Advertisement

A friend only calls you when they want to complain. After noticing this, what do you do about it?

Advertisement

What's your favorite self-care ritual?

Advertisement

Your plane is stuck on the runway for three hours. How do you cope?

Advertisement

When's the last time you took a mental health day?

Advertisement

Let's say your landlord is offering you a new lease, with higher rent. What would you do before signing it?

Advertisement

You want to give yourself a small (but wonderful) indulgence. Which one of these will you choose?

Advertisement

If you could eliminate any onerous task from your to-do list, which one would you pick?

Advertisement

Think about a trait that you dislike in yourself. What comes up?

Advertisement

Pets help make life worth living. Which of these pet-related activities sounds the most relaxing to you?

Advertisement

Mercury retrograde has totally destroyed your work-life balance. Which of these calming rituals will help you recover?

Advertisement

Let's say Mercury retrograde made you accidentally appear on a conference call in your pajamas. How would you win the client back?

Advertisement

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes