turns retrograde July 26, at 23 degrees of Leo. It won't turn direct
again until August 19. While in Leo, Mercury is ruled by the Sun, which rules
the fifth house of love, romance, friends and children. Leo is dramatic and
rules theatre and drama. We may see many people acting in an overly dramatic
next three weeks may be a period where things seem at a standstill, especially
our outward action. On an inner level however, we can accomplish a great
Mercury turns retrograde 3 or 4 times a year, and generally has a bad name and
elicits groans when mentioned. To an extent this is perfectly
understandable, as retrograde Mercury is the planet that causes delays,
glitches, breakdowns in computers and equipment, relationships, slowdowns and
brings hidden factors to the surface.
of this will occur, but this period does not have to be the disaster many
believe it to be with some basic knowledge ahead of time. The four
most important things are to 1) understand what retrograde Mercury means,
2) know what to expect, 3) know what to avoid, and lastly 4) understand what
you can gain from it.
Does Mercury Retrograde Mean?
the strictest sense, the planet of communication does not actually go backward,
it only appears to. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be
moving backwards through the zodiac, and this is referred to as apparent
retrograde motion. When planets retrograde, their effects on humans
are different than when in direct motion. Thinking is deeper, situations often
appear to go underground for a time or change altogether, and sometimes our
focus shifts. Mercury retrograde is the most talked about retrograde, because
it is a fast-moving planet that controls our thinking, speech, travel, and
cognitive skills. When Mercury retrogrades, there are several phases.
first phase is the pre-retrograde shadow period which began
July 8. This period is where Mercurial energy starts to shift, and it is
time to start wrapping up new projects for the time being and focus on what is
second phase of retrograde Mercury is the stationary retrograde period,
when Mercury starts to shift into apparent backward motion. This occurs
July 26-29 when Mercury starts its retrograde. This is the period most
glitches start to become evident, and thinking and communication may become
continues to retrograde through August 19, when it turns stationary
directAugust 19-21. This is the second period when
glitches, breakdowns and changes in direction may occur.
begins to move forward again on August 22, but remains in the shadow direct phase
until September 2, 2018. Mercurial energy does not pick up its normal pace until
completion of the second shadow period. So, the retrograde Mercury period is
actually a much longer cycle than most people understand. Changes will occur at
the juncture of each retrograde phase.
for slowdowns, delays, miscommunications, interference with travel and
appointments, and the breakdown of machinery, situations and even
relationships. If your car has been limping along and you have been putting off
a repair, know this is the likely time it will become obvious that you need to
fix it. If your computer is slow or having problems, be sure and back up
everything important. If you are in a relationship that is tottering on the
brink of ending, this may well be the period that it can occur, and often does.
course, Mercury retrograde is a wild card. Sometimes, relationships can be
fixed and problems brought out into the open if it is worth saving. Expect
delays, changes of plans, and try and not have situations set in
stone. In other words, prepare to be flexible. Mercury
retrograde is often a frustrating time to be looking for a
job. Don’t give up though, just keep plugging on and stay on top of
all communication. And make sure you are direct and to the point in your
communication with others. If you don’t understand what someone is
telling you, by all means ask for clarification.
what to avoid may perhaps be the most important step in surviving retrograde.Don’t
get married, start a new business, start new projects or begin anything you
hope will become permanent. Don’t purchase high ticket items, important gifts,
paint, or anything you expect to be there for a long time if you can avoid it.
Retrograde Mercury is not the time to start new projects, but rather finish up
the old, and redo, re-organize or re-work. If you have to take a job however,
do so by all means. The job may change in the future or it may not be
permanent, but even if this occurs, you have bought time.
that retrograde Mercury is part of the natural cycle of life and it is not
anything out of the ordinary. Everything serves a purpose and the point of a
retrograde Mercury is to slow down a bit, reflect, rethink, re-do, re-plan and
reorganize and reconsider. It is a period of correction. Often during a retrograde,
thinking changes direction and a more appropriate course of action can be
mapped out. Often new information comes to the surface that must be
considered. Sometimes secrets are revealed, and the truth comes out into
the open. Retrograde Mercury is a time to plan, work on you, and
delve into the spiritual side of life. Sometimes important contacts with people
from our past can be initiated, and there is generally a focus on things of the
past that can come back up to be resolved. Just focus on what is at hand rather
than starting new situations. Most of all relax, and enjoy the summer!