If you’re not familiar with Mercury Retrograde, allow us to indulge you. In astrology, there are a few times a year when Mercury appears to be moving in the opposite direction. This is due to Mercury’s orbit around the Sun being significantly shorter than Earth’s orbit, causing Mercury to speed past Earth and create the illusion that it is moving backwards.
Even if it is ‘just an illusion’, the energetic shifts that happen when Mercury passes Earth in orbit certainly aren't! For many, Mercury Retrograde causes mass miscommunication, technical mishaps, and even disruption in sleep. Some people are lucky enough to never experience the negative aspects of Mercury Retrograde, while others are plagued by mishaps. It can be a very challenging time for many, especially for those who are unprepared or especially sensitive to Mercury's energy.
While we can’t stop Mercury from zooming past us, we can lean on magick to help us ride out the energetic hurricane. And here on the coast of Florida, we like to ride out hurricanes with a good old fashioned party...why not take that same approach to the retrograde? You can’t have a hurricane party without a little booze, so we're shaking things up over here at Solstice Sisters with this super fun (and effective!) Mercury Retrograde Mojito. The gods know we're gonna need it.
- White rum
- Club Soda
- Lime wedges
- Fresh mint leaves
- Mortar and pestle
- Rose Quartz
- Your favorite candle
Kitchen Witch Tips:
- Add in strawberries when crushing your ingredients to give yourself an extra boost of good luck
- If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can use a bowl and potato masher or fork to crush the ingredients
- If you’d prefer a non-alcoholic version of this magickal beverage, replace the white rum with lime juice and use one less lime edge when crushing the ingredients
Mix Up Some Magick
Start by cleansing your working space both physically and energetically. Using your tools, assemble a small altar on your workspace and light your candle. Take a moment to ground and center, focusing on releasing all of the tension that you're holding in your face and shoulders. Breathe in deeply, and imagine the negative energies weighing you down leaving with your breath as you exhale.
Grab your ingredients and place them in your workspace. If you feel compelled to, you can announce your gratitude for the ingredients that the earth has provided. Cut your lime into 6 wedges.
Pinch off approximately 10 mint leaves and place them in your mortar along with 1 lime wedge. Using your pestle, crush the mint and lime together until it is a chunky paste.
Add in 2 more wedges of lime and 2 Tablespoons of sugar. Begin crushing the ingredients again. This time, imagine energy flowing from your hands into the mixture, illuminating the ingredients with protective light.
Spoon the paste into a glass and add in ice. Measure out 1 ¼ ounces of white rum and ½ cup of club soda, then pour them into the glass. Garnish the glass with the leftover lime edges, give your mojito a stir, and enjoy!
Mint and lime both offer strong protective energy that will help repel some of the impacts of Mercury Retrograde’s energetic hurricane. The rum offers an extra layer of protection over your material belongings for when those techy storms decide to hit.
So kick back, whip together this Mercury Retrograde Mojito, and ride out the storm with us!