Annalee Kornelsen
Visual Practitioner, graphic facilitation, illustration, and visual thinking


Thoughts and advice on creativity, art, wellness, and living wholeheartedly from a fiercely intuitive soul.

Annalee Kornelsen is a visual practioner, graphic recorder and artist based in Vancouver BC.

What to do during Mercury Retrograde

Mercury retrograde seems to be the trendy go-to excuse for when things go wrong. Astrology enthusiasts and anti-thusiasts use it with degrees of irony ranging from zero to "all of it". If you do a bit of digging many folks have written at length about this planetary phenomenon, so I'm not going to go into that side of it here (though I can tell you we are in it right now; from the 5th to the 25th).  Here's a refresher if this is the first you're hearing of this. 

I wouldn't describe myself as an astrology "enthusiast". I have much more of a booty-call relationship with it. I pick it up as it suits me for entertainment, distraction, and as a way to give meaning to boring or vexing things in order to make them more tolerable. It's fun and I like it, but I wouldn't bring it to my office holiday party or introduce it to my family. 

HOWEVER, when I conversationally blamed something on Mercury retrograde to a wise friend/RMT  (as he viscously elbowed my butt. Seriously though, everyone should get a good butt elbowing from time to time) he suggested that this was Yin time, and that I should go with the flow and do Yin things. THIS was interesting to me! Our generalized revulsion and scapegoating of Mercury Retrograde seems like a micro cosmic version of resistance and fear of anything that is not obviously part of that active, go-get-em, fiery, male energy (known as Yang, but it doesn't matter how you look at it. Even the most scientifically minded person would have to admit that, societally, we do not encourage or appreciate things that do not appear immediately and outwardly productive). This is to our own detriment because we miss out on the whole, slow and soft, dark and cool, nourishing and moonlight side of things. I don't want to miss out on that! Those are some of the nicest things! 

All that to say: I drew us a little reminder about Mercury Retrograde but it goes for lots of other times.  For any of those those-things-are-going-wrong-times. Those-Nothing is-working times. Those everything-feels-like-a-struggle times. Those why-don't-people-call-me-back-so-I-can-ignore-them-because-I-don't-want-to-talk-to-them-anyway times. GOOD! PERFECT! This is our chance to be flexible, flow like water and get some rest. Or, if we must be productive, lets find yin ways (self reliant, planning, organizing, purging, creating ways) to be productive and give ourselves a break. Who knows maybe many of us happen to need this break at the same time?

Rest well, space travellers. 

Much love,