Red Responds: Bouts of Completely Uncontrolled Anger

Dear Red,

I need help when Mercury goes Retrograde (three times per year). I seem to have bouts of completely uncontrolled anger over incidents that normally would have annoyed me, but now turned me into a maniac. During these times, I’m sure I am upsetting people badly, because they don’t know what is happening. Any advice you can give would be appreciated. Thanks.


Dear Diana,

Mercury is really good at creating chaos when in retrograde. That includes emotional chaos. You are definitely not alone with these bouts of celestial PMS.

Aside from screwing up paperwork and account balances, encouraging appliances to go on the fritz, and accidents of all kinds, retrograde Mercury encourages us to deal with past issues and emotional baggage. I have to commend you for recognizing your heightened emotional state is connected to the retrograde. This is an observation many people miss.

Because you are aware, you can take steps to prepare for these times. While it is very hard to control an emotional response, it is not impossible to decrease the severity of the reaction.

I would suggest setting aside a few moments each day of the retrograde to meditate before placing yourself amongst people. While people and things are still going to send you into a bit of a tizzy, use the old counting method before you respond, giving yourself time to think about your reaction before you put it out there. While it may not do wonders for you at that moment, you are less likely to upset those around you.

When you are calm, think about the things that made your blood pressure rise. While they most likely aren’t the culprit, ask yourself what the underlying issue is. There is something that you need to come to terms with or release.

Sometimes we are brought to a negative place because it forces us to grow. We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose how we handle it. Do what you can to make the retrogrades less stressful. Get a massage, take a long bath, go sit in the park. Do whatever helps you to replace aggressive energy with that which is more peaceful.

I hope this helps.

Brightest Blessings,
Ext. 9226

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