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Get ready: Mercury is retrograde from Saturday, January 30th through February 19th! The cosmos will soon wreak havoc on your laptop, rerouting your texts and re-popping exes in your life, all thanks to the astronomical optical illusion that makes it appear like the planet Mercury is moving backwards in the sky of earth.

Mercury goes back three to four times a year for three weeks, creating huge travel problems, messing up all communications, and forcing you to grapple with the past. Whether or not you believe Mercury is conspiring against you, the phase’s supposed side effects can be annoying, but you can’t stop living your life – or shopping for what you want. Finally, you can arm yourself against the mishaps caused by cosmic events with cleaning kits, strong crystals, a blend of very important essential oils and a soothing handcrafted candle.

Take a moment to relax, meditate, and reevaluate. Then check out all of the Mercury retrograde basics we’ve rounded up so you can get through them unscathed.