How to Survive Mercury Retrograde

If you take much notice of astrology, you might find Mercury Retrograde worrying. People see it as a time when everything stops, messages don’t get through, electrical equipment breaks, and life becomes quite difficult.

Some astrologers would interpret this time with more subtlety, but in popular culture Mercury Retrograde is seen as a bad time that you want to get through without your phone exploding or your email freezing.

I use angelic magick to keep everything in order. With angelic magick, projects flow smoothly and any problems that do occur always contain useful clues about your life.

I won’t define Mercury Retrograde, because I’m not an astrologer, but you probably know that there are hundreds of days each year that can qualify as Mercury Retrograde, and these are mostly of little concern. But  every few months that are a few very potent and definite Mercury Retrograde days. These are the times when you might need some angelic help.

If you have my book, call to Raphael when Mercury Retrograde is close. You can ask Raphael to guide you through the period of Mercury Retrograde without suffering.

If there are important messages or projects in your life, you can ask for them to be protected by Raphael. Raphael is an archangel associated with Mercury and can help connect you to the flow of change that accompanies this astrological shift without it being a problem.

– Ben Woodcroft

Angelic Sigils, Keys and Calls by Ben Woodcroft


  1. Ben, love your book. Quick question. How often can you do these rituals? Once a day, once a week, once a month. Or does it depend on what you are feeling? I just want to make sure such that I don’t want to do too much so that the Magick works or am I wrong to say that? Your thoughts.


    1. Thank you very much for the compliment. Many well placed steps are better than a mass of rituals performed all at once. There are not rules, but if you attempt to make too many change at once, each effect may pull another off course. Let your sincere need guide you. Also see the last two paragraphs of The Central Working for a little more guidance on this matter.


  2. Question about the ritual call method. Are you looking at the sigil when you are saying, ” By the power of El..” etc. and you continue looking while stating your request up until you close your eyes? Or, can you do the ritual call without looking at the sigil and only begin to look at it when you start saying heh-yeah, haw-yeah..etc and you continue staring at it speaking the words up until the end when you close your eyes?


    1. It’s written with the assumption that most people will read it – which is fine. If you can learn it and look at the sigil, that works to, but it’s not required.


      1. Thank you for your reply.
        For my notes, I also wanted to ask:
        Is it reccomended that you Sword Banish (or some other method of protection) before each individual angel request, before you start the Preparatory Ritual?

        In line with the above question, If I am planning on tasking several different angels with different and separate requests in “one sitting”, is it recommended and effective to Sword Banish (or use another method of protection) before the Prep. Ritual of each or is just one protection exercise sufficient snd it is not necessary to add this before each call, since I am not breaking my “magickal mindset”..

        Finally, I was curious what would happen if I included G.O.M.’s angel invocation chant immediately after reciting the psalm you provided (since they essentially do the same thing in each method) to call the angel and strengthen the connection to the angel. In your honest opinion and with your great expertise, would this be a bad idea including their chants or could this theory possibly increase ritual effectiveness? With all absolute due respect of course, sir.


        1. If a banishing was required it would be in the book – the method is safe in and of itself. If you choose to banish you may find it helps, although some people find it lessens the chance of spirit contact. See what works for you.

          A ‘mass tasking’ is rarely a wise way to work, even if the tasks a different, because summoning the emotional sincerity can be demanding on yourself, and it is unlikely that one ‘sitting’ will produce the best results. Again, no protection is required.

          Pslams of all kinds are connected to angels and may or may not help. It won’t do any harm if you experiment with this, but the fact that you feel the need may be more of a problem. It is very important to trust the magick, and if you begin the process with many concerns about banishing and adding extra power, this shows that you may be too eager for it to work. The first magickal success usually comes from making a gentle request that is relatively easy to achieve. Some people can get astounding results first time, but if you are making lots of requests and all are tainted with a fear of it not working, it may not work at all. I would strongly recommend taking one request to begin with, approaching it with sincerity and trust. You can perform more rituals, or multiple rituals, but I have found when people write to me at the start of their magickal journey with this desire to do lots of magick it is not as effective as a more steady approach.


  3. I love your book Ben, the Angels are very kind to me.
    Mercury Retrograde isn’t as frustrating to me now that I understand
    that it is clearing out problem areas by making you address them.
    I look at it as maintenance. Still that you can call for assistance is a wonderful
    Bright Blessings

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  4. I only heard about Mercury retrogrades last year when things inexplicably started going pear shaped for awhile.To be honest I thought it only occured once in a while like a solar eclipse ( I’ve only been doing magic for a couple of years),so this was very interesting to learn, I had no idea that this was a regular thing.It would be interesting to know when they have and. of course, will, occur.Since I have been doing magic my life has become very smooth and exciting and that has become my norm but then, out of the blue, a spate of annoying stuff happens, before returning to normal.I’m definitely going to do some research and use magic to avoid the worst effects.A really useful post, thank you Ben.

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