There’s a reason everyone in your life seems a bit flaky at the moment.

You may have noticed that no one in your life has their sh*t together at the moment.

Your friend Jess keeps flaking on your brunch dates.

You can’t seem to plan anything… with anyone.


Or acknowledging your memes.

Yesterday you decided you might like to move to Estonia and sell hand-woven baskets, but then you just kept mindlessly flicking through Netflix.

Maybe you forgot to pay your energy bill and now you’re just sitting on your couch, under a pile of blankets, eating dry cereal out of a mug, and wondering where it all went wrong.

Maybe you got halfway through this article and thought ‘f*ck it’ and just burrowed deeper into that blanket fort.

Do not worry.

It’s not you, it’s Mars.

You see, Mars – the planet that rules energy, action and desire – is in retrograde at the moment.

Which means sh*t’s going haywire.

Plans are falling through.

Miscommunications are happening all over the place.

And we all just generally feel like this ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

According to Claire Comstock-Gay from The Cut, when Mars goes into retrograde – which it only does once every two years – we all lose a little bit of confidence.

We’re a bit less assured and organised.

A bit more scattered and unsure about things.

We’re like a water-downed version of ourselves, an us ‘lite’.

Unfortunately, Mars will stay in retrograde until August 27, meaning you’re probably not going to get your sh*t together for another two months.

The good news is, you won’t have to deal with Mars in retrograde for another two years after this.

And you’ll get to catch up on plenty of Netflix… and eat plenty of dry cereal.

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