Mercury entered its shadow period preceding the summer retrograde in Virgo/Libra, on Monday, July 24.
Mercury enters Virgo July 25, and will retrograde at 11 degrees of Virgo on August 13-September 5.
During the shadow period that proceeds the retrograde, Mercurial energy starts to shift, and we can see glimpses of the delays and glitches that will lie ahead.
Now is the time to finish up projects, sign contracts and agreements, or do anything else you want before the planet of communication starts its perceived backward treck.
During a retrograde period you should not buy high ticket items, start new projects, marry, get engaged or start anything important. Many things will be delayed.
It is a time for renewing and reflecting, or re-evaluating and researching and these activities can bring great rewards.
If you start a job on a retrograde, it may not turn out as you wish, or you may discover it isn't what you thought.
When Mercury turns direct, the time for direct action opens up again.