This Mercury Retrograde Is A Good Time To Watch What You Say


It'll be tempting to put your foot in your mouth

You probably know how to prepare for Mercury Retrograde by now. You probably know that Mercury rules traveling, contracts, deals, technology, and the exchange of information. You probably heard tell that retrograde periods are great for returning to old and unfinished endeavors along those lines, like developing an archive you've already started, or finishing that copy edit you've already agreed to take on. Retrogrades are retrospective and reflective times, which we all need, and they serve a purpose. But, sometimes we've got to make new plans or new moves in a world that doesn't adhere to the whims of planets. These actions aren't inherently doomed, and it stands to reason that everything will work out fine regardless. It's just that there are inauspicious possibilities at hand. And, if you've been a good listener, you've prepared for those possibilities.

In Sagittarius, Mercury is particularly adventurous and curious. The god of transactional information under the star of philosophy and intellectual fire comes on hot on the debate trail, ready to suss out the truth of how things are and how they could be. Sagittarius is a mutable sign, invested in connection and community structures, but they tend to spend a lot of time alone, pondering. And, although this solitude gives them peace, it also makes desperately desired socializing difficult. These centaurs often find themselves putting their hoof in their mouth when they so deeply ache to make a good impression.

Given that communication is particularly challenged this month, it's a good time for all signs to watch what they say and how they say it, especially in an era of political discord and danger, when the bonds we make with others are crucial to our emotional and physical survival. Additionally, Mercury joins Jupiter in the sign of Sagittarius, which inspires confidence and faith in luck—attitudes that retrograde periods tend to really put to the test. Instead of gambling on your resources and reserves of energy by agreeing to take on more work opportunities or ethical battles, now is a great time to reassess all the wheels you've already put into motion. Which ones help the others spin and which clog up the gears, causing friction and obstruction? Make what you've already got going go better for you. Let whatever luck you feel lead to acts of gratitude and tending rather than gluttony and disregard.

Speaking of tending, Venus stations direct in Libra the day before Mercury stations retrograde. This sort of do-si-do might have you wanting to rejoice and run for the hills after a month of emotional storms and traumatic dry spells. But listen, the shadow period of Venus retrograde aches for repair—especially in the sign of balance-seeking Libra. The ground of your relationships, upturned and harvested, wants to be mulched, irrigated, rid of invasive thoughts like weeds. Work with each other. Let Mercury in retrograde teach you how to commit to something all the way through or how to close a life chapter with sacred intention. Take time to protect the most delicate bulbs that wait underground for blossom. What parts of you await your attention and your care? What parts of your relationships hold new promising possibilities? What parts of your relationships need to die so that you can thrive? Store the bulbs of these flowers, these many possible worlds, in a dark safe place. Then, when you're done, look at the ones you've chosen to do this work with. Kiss each other's hands for the work you've done to keep things alive, separately and together.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.