Mercury Retrograde

The planet of communication and self-expression, Mercury will start its retrograde motion in Leo on July 8 then it will retrograde back to Cancer and finish its retrograde period on August 2. This period is called Mercury Retrograde and it occurs three times in one year. This is the second one for this year. 

Mercury rules the mind, communication, decisions, electronics, travel, education, contracts, shopping and meetings. When Mercury goes retrograde, there can be some problems in the areas that are ruled by Mercury. In this period, confusion in matters of communication may arise, especially when Mercury is retrograding in Leo since the sign boosts ego and pride -making you talk more than you should. Misunderstandings or miscommunications may occur frequently. Problems relevant to electronics may increase significantly. You may encounter problems with your mobile phones and computers. Mercury also rules travel. Be extra careful with delays and/or cancellations and try to give yourself some time to avoid rushing.  Suitcases or important items like passports or other IDs may be misplaced. Be sure to double check your train, bus and plane times and schedules. Try to keep your valuables on your person at all times. 

In this period, you may run into or hear from old friends and lovers. People from your past may suddenly come back to your life. You may have to deal with thoughts and emotions from your past (especially when Mercury starts to retrograde in Cancer). You may have to confront unsettled issues. Even if you don’t want to deal with them, they may cross your path nonetheless. It is actually a great time to go back, review and reminisce. 

Since Mercury rules your mind and decision making processes, it is not beneficial for you to sign any contracts or make new commitments. Getting married, buying or selling a house, starting a new business venture during this time may cause significant problems in the near future. When Mercury goes back to its direct motion, these agreements can be broken or may become problematic. If you decide to get married or start a new business, it is highly possible that once Mercury goes direct in about 3 weeks, the terms of such contracts may change and create personal or professional issues. In this period, you should also pay attention while shopping online. You may not be satisfied with what you have purchased. Whatever you decide to purchase may not be delivered on time or you may end up with the wrong product. You may also realize that the goods you purchase at a high price are being sold at a much more reasonable price after the Mercury Retro process is over. If you are planing to apply for a job or having a job interview, these proposals or negotiations may be affected by the retrograde period. Mercury is also the ruler of all communications. While the planet is in retrograde, try to pay extra attention to the messages and emails you send, as these will also be affected by Mercury. The flow of information may also become highly confusing and your meetings and appointments might be postponed as a result. 

When Mercury is in retrograde, take care of your daily work and review your work from the past months. Make plans but do not take action. You can of course complete your existing projects and put them on the right path. Focus on the projects and ideas you have already begun working on. In this period, you may be inclined to go into deep thought and analyze your mistakes. This way you can review all of your past decisions. You can also question what you are and are not doing. This period will slow down certain aspects of your life. Lean into it and slow things down yourself. Avoid taking on new responsibilities or taking new steps forward. It is best to act on big plans and projects after August 2.

Mercury will retrograde both in in Leo and Cancer. Watch your tongue and try not to be arrogant and prideful before you speak. Do not speak more then you should. Cancer itself rules the past. And with Mercury’s retrograde motion in this sign- you will certainly need to deal with problems from your past. You may get emotional and reminisce about certain things you may still be holding on to. Try to evaluate and process these emotions to move on instead of letting them overwhelm you. Mercury Retrograde is a wonderful period that reminds us all to slow down a little. It is a great time to review, re-do, re-read and re-analyze. You can use this period to focus on untapped, unspoken, and postponed issues from your past and resolve them once and for all. You can use this energy to your benefit by thinking and planning instead of taking bold actions. 

Check your natal charts and see where the area between the 4th degree of Leo and the 23rd degree of Cancer fall on your personal charts as those degrees will be affected by this retrograde period. If you have natal planets between those degrees, you may feel the retrograde intensely. Check which houses in your chart are ruled by Cancer and Leo. You may have a private consultation for this retrograde period and learn how will it effect you.

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