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Mercury Retrograde is here: channel your calmest self with these astrologist-approved candles

Brace yourself: on October 31st, Mercury goes into retrograde for 20 full days of all-embracing not-quite-rightness. If there’s a time to try that graphic winged liner look you saved on Instagram… now’s not it.

Rip up those contracts, cancel that haircut and put your new iPhone order on hold: Mercury Retrograde is here. Infamous for concocting a fine blend of miscommunication, tech malfunctions and travel delays, Mercury Retrograde occurs three to four times per year when Mercury slows down in orbit and appears to be moving backwards—causing a noticeable shift in energy that tends to throw just about everything out of whack. Retrograde or not, we need to live our lives/show up to work, so rather than cancelling our phone plans and avoiding all transport, we tapped our go-to astrologist, Alice Bell, for a glimmer of hope. Keep reading to discover how your sign can best utilise the powers of an energy-shifting candle to stay calm, cool and in-control during this period of mayhem.

AQUARIUS: FORNASETTI PALAZZO CELESTE CANDLE

“Aquarians love one-off pieces that catch the eye, and they prefer when objects have a unique history to them. Fornasetti’s Palazzo Celeste Candle is encased in a ceramic container, inspired by a Roman Amphitheatre. It offers a bit of history for an Aquarius to digest. Its top notes of thyme and lavender also help an Aquarius to calm down when their mind gets too occupied with what’s to come in the future.”

PISCES: IIUVO EMMIE CANDLE

“Pisces is often off in their own little world. They prefer the fantasies they create in their mind over the reality of everyday life, and they often need to be alone to rid themselves of other people’s energies. IIUVO’s Emmie Candle is inspired by a mythical Irish garden, similar to the faraway places Pisces dreams about. Its notes of cedar, myrrh, moss and patchouli comfort a Pisces on those nights they just want to be by themselves.”

ARIES: FLORAL STREET SPRING BOUQUET CANDLE

“When an Aries walks into a room, people take notice. Aries always has an air of excitement and adventure to them, and they’re able to get everyone else motivated too. Floral Street’s Spring Bouquet Candle reflects an Arians’ uplifting qualities with its clean and crisp scent. The mix of florals, rhubarb, bay and cedarwood will keep you active and thinking positively during the retrograde.”

TAURUS: D.S. & DURGA BREAKFAST LEIPZIG

“Taurus appreciates the finer things in life. They’re more likely to remember the things that indulge their five senses, such as how a certain food tasted, how a sweater felt on their skin, or how a work of art moved them emotionally. D.S. & Durga’s Breakfast Leipzig will help activate their memory by recreating a specific scene with its scents. Its notes of coffee, pastries, tobacco and leather transport you to another time and place.”

GEMINI: ELLIS BROOKLYN RAVEN TERRIFIC SCENTED CANDLE

“Ruled by Mercury, Gemini is one of the signs that is more affected by this retrograde. They’re always wanting to learn new things and meet new people, but for now it’s time for them to relax and reflect. Ellis Brooklyn’s Raven Terrific Candle is perfect for a Gemini’s shorter attention span, because as it burns it unleashes different fragrance. It opens with a zesty scent of mandarin and rhubarb, then moving on to softer floral notes, before finally finishing with a muskier smell.”

CANCER: MAISON MARGIELA AT THE BARBERS CANDLE

“Cancers spend a lot of time thinking about the past, reflecting on the childhood memories that have made them who they are today. With the Mercury Retrograde going on, that will be even more the case in the coming weeks. Maison Margiela’s At the Barber Candle will help jog their memory of getting haircuts when they were younger. It replicates the barbershop experience with its notes of musk, soapsuds and aftershave.

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LEO: ANYA SMELLS COFFEE SCENTED CANDLE

“Leos are very playful and have a fun, inner child that comes out from time to time. However, they can often be lazy, especially when they don’t see the direct benefit a task has for them. Anya Smells’ Coffee Scented Candle helps to motivate a Leo and get them going with its distinct scent of freshly brewed coffee with undertones of patchouli, cedarwood and frankincense. The jar’s humorous eyes sticker also offers that quirky quality that Leos love.”

VIRGO: BULY 1803 SCENTED CANDLE ALEXANDRIE

“Virgos crave order and cleanliness in their lives, and they’re very health conscious. When Mercury, their ruling planet, goes into retrograde, they might panic from the sudden disruptions. Buly 1803’s Scented Candle Alexandrie helps to restore some of their peace. Its fresh scent of lemon paired with mint and ginger appeals to Virgo. In addition to this, it comes with a glass bell to cover the top of the candle, keeping dust and other impurities out of the candle wax.”

LIBRA: BYREDO LOOSE LIPS CANDLE

“Libra is the sign of love and partnerships. They like to be able to show their affection for the people they care about. Libras are also drawn to objects of beauty, and usually have an interest in fashion, the arts or other creative industries. Byredo’s Loose Lips Candle is perfect for a Libra with its blend of feminine and fruity scents. It fuses rose petals with notes of Morello cherries and violets, letting off an inviting, feminine aroma.”

SCORPIO: LE LABO SANTAL 26 CANDLE

“Scorpios have a very mysterious air to them, and a magnetic energy that draws people in. However, they also like to always be in control over everything. Since the Mercury Retrograde is taking place in their sign this time around, they might face the most frustrations in the weeks to come. Le Labo’s Santal 26 Candle has a smoky, leathery scent that will put even the most uptight Scorpio at ease.”

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SAGITTARIUS: MALIN+GOETZ OTTO CANDLE

“Sagittarius has a very optimistic mindset about life. They see the endless opportunities the world has to offer, and they are always ready to see more and know more. Mercury Retrograde won’t get a Sagittarius down, because they see it as an opportunity to reflect on what they’ve recently learned and what they can still improve upon. Malin+Goetz’s Otto Candle captures the Sagittarius spirit with its warm and uplifting scent. It blends together a range of different scents including grapefruit, lavender and cardamom.”

CAPRICORN: BOY SMELLS PETAL CANDLE

“Capricorns are not ones to procrastinate. They have set goals that they are working towards, and they push themselves to do well. Sometimes Capricorns need to take a break as they inevitably stress themselves out. Boy Smells’ Petal Candle is the perfect scent to help a Capricorn to relax and decompress. Its mix of earthy florals with sage and patchouli is instantly calming.”

For chart readings, advice, updates and uber-cute outfits, follow Alice at @stalkalice.

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