Things have gone smoothly for most of us this summer in many respects, and many would say that’s because Mercury has not been retrograde since last spring! Alas, every harbor that looks smooth as glass in the morning can get choppy later in the day, and as the summer season winds down it will do so under one of Mercury’s retrograde period.
We’ll need to prepare as we usually do. Back up computer files, successfully upgrade systems and tend to motor vehicles to avoid potential foibles and breakdowns before the actual retrograde takes place from Aug. 2 – 26.
Because Mercury is in Leo Because Mercury is in Leo for the bulk of this retrograde period (Aug. 8 – 21), we’ll be called upon to revisit the way we stand behind what we believe, think and say. Leo has trouble settling for less than the very best we can muster, so prepare for challenges that push you to be the best person you can be, both in terms of professional performance and personal integrity.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Life is probably going along well for you right now, but huge planets such as Uranus and Pluto don’t leave you with much control over it. That’s why you’ll be a little disturbed when the things you want to do for fun are harder to achieve than you think they should be. That plan you had for a weekend at the beach with friends from school or an old job could turn out to be faulty when you find out you scheduled it over an event involving your family, children or concert tickets you bought before. Oops! Your best bet is to ask yourself, when faced with too many options, what "fun" really means to you, and then make that your priority. You’ll want to do the things that keep that blissful smile plastered across your face as long as possible.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The powers that be seem to think you have a little work to do on a domestic situation. While you may have to refurbish a family relationship or smooth ruffled feathers, or even just dust around the house, this could also involve a home improvement project or real estate deal. Although this is no time to sign on the dotted line, you can make a lot of progress investigating the issues that will make or break a deal. Some people from your distant past could also make an appearance, either while they’re visiting their own relatives in your town or as guests in your home. You’ll need to enforce whatever houseguest policies you have, of course, but remain open to the idea that there’s little else that beats sharing quality time with people who know and share your history.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
This could be a particularly tough period for you because communication, transportation and connections — most of the top starters on your "fun to-do" list — will be impaired by the temporary absence of Mercury magic. You will need to be vigilant about your commitment to making things work in your life. Your relationship with a brother, sister or perhaps a neighbor could remind you how important it is to consider the way things you say will be interpreted before you let them come out of your mouth. You might also need to apologize for what another person deems to be insensitive. If you work in a field such as IT or public relations, make sure you’re fully aware of what your customers want, because you run the risk of sweating hard over something that eventually gets taken back to the drawing board.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You like to pretend there isn’t such a thing as money worries, or at least to let someone else take care of them for you. The fact remains, though, that you need to be meticulous when it comes to counting up your assets. The fact that you need security so much won’t be lost on you, especially if you feel your money supply is threatened for any reason. It’s time to check and re-check the ledgers to ensure you have everything lined up the way you want. You might also hear about an expense you hoped had been overlooked, such as an old traffic ticket or late payment on a credit card. We all must pay the piper, and even if you have to suffer slightly, the lessons learned will be worth the tiny bit of pain you may have to suffer.
Leo (July. 23 – Aug. 22)
You probably won’t complain much about having Mercury go back into your sign for its retrograde because this will make it easier to focus on one of your favorite topics — you and your image! It isn’t easy being royalty — it’s so much of a front to keep up, after all! Still, you want to bring out the best of all your qualities and present them in a way that allows you to establish and maintain the stellar reputation you deserve. Work on the art of communication, especially, and avoid being critical of others. Instead, lead by example, and try not to blow a gasket should you run into a technical glitch with your computer or get a flat tire. It’s all about slowing down and paying more attention to every gesture you make, each nuance you convey and the cool and confident package you present to the world.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
You could get slightly frustrated as this Mercury Retrograde grinds on, because when you’re not doing something that lets you be of service, you figure you might as well not be doing anything at all! Maybe the lesson you’re supposed to get right now is along the lines of "chill." While summer’s still here, it really is totally permissible to take an afternoon here or there to sit safely in the sun and watch the clouds go buy. Now, can you do it without counting them or wishing you could get up there to rearrange them? Until you reach a point where you can let go of trying to control every bit of information that comes into your mind, you won’t be open to inspiration. Rest, relax and allow yourself to redesign your life so you can take yourself out on a date every now and then. You well might meet up with your hot and steamy creative core.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
You’ll be charged with the task of working as a team player during this time period, and it might not seem so easy or pleasant to do so. That’s probably because you have to change your approach! There are times when it’s just not good to compromise, and although you always want to be nice, you can’t count on others to have such pure motivations. You don’t need to come on like a flash mob when you want to get your way, but you do know how to argue a point until your opponent just can’t take it anymore. You can use that tactic, as long as you’re pushing for what’s going to be best for everyone involved in the long run. During the retrograde, be alert for opportunities to get involved with an organization that can help your career, especially if you’ve passed a chance to connect with a networking group in the recent past. Some old friends could also come out of the woodwork, just to prove there can be some power — and fun — in numbers.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
It’s time for a career makeover! You don’t necessarily need to change jobs, nor will you lose the one you have, but some things that might happen over these next few weeks will encourage you to change your attitude. You tend to believe the rest of the world never does things to your ideal of perfection or even your satisfaction, but now you might find there’s someone around to point out a few flaws in your performance. Re-think your approach to your image, especially when it comes to the things such as self-promotion. There’s someone around who sees right through you, and who will push you even harder to be as honest and forthright as you are talented and charming.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
This could be a kind of crippling Mercury retrograde for you, but only if you let it. Your ability to get around in terms of long distance travel and intellectual endeavors will be thwarted. This isn’t going to happen just because your life is supposed to be difficult or frustrating. It could be time for you to re-evaluate the way you wander off at every opportunity, especially if someone in your life is asking you to make a commitment. This could involve work as much as it entails the endless tale of love and woe. You hate having your wings clipped or being caged in by a relationship, yet you do like to know you’re valued and loved by someone you admire. Take time during Mercury Retrograde to be honest about your motivations, and whether your wanderlust is true desire to learn something more about the world, or if it’s just a way to avoid the hard work and heavy lifting of relationship.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
You can stomach almost anything, but issues regarding ultra-close personal relationships and psychological intimacy make you just a little bit queasy. It seems the lessons you’ll learn from this Mercury retrograde will involve such unsettling things as emotional commitment, true sharing and utter honesty — about everything. Although you like to tell the truth when it comes to the facts, feelings are a whole different ballgame. You won’t be able to pretend you’re exempt from the world of emotion for long now! An issue you thought you’d put to bed will come up again, most likely with a sex partner, but possibly also at work with someone who wonders if you’re truly a person he or she can trust. Demonstrate your sincerity and act with the kind of integrity that lets you respect yourself in the morning.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Yes, it’s wonderful to want to save the world the way that you do, but there are times when you have to save your own soul through the crucible of one-to-one relationships. This Mercury Retrograde period could definitely be one of those times! If you are already with a partner, you could find the need to revisit an issue the two of you keep trying to sweep under the rug. If you’re out there looking, the temptation of going back to the past to find future happiness through love could present itself. It will be up to you to say "yes" or "no" to the person in question and the possible situations you face, but avoiding the issue will be out of the question. For now, your life will be all about focusing on the importance of the interpersonal, and seeing it as being at least as crucial as the transpersonal.
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Organization, exercise and discipline are not things you’re born to do well, but this Mercury Retrograde is going to give you plenty of opportunities to practice. You might find that your lack of attention to your physical stamina and personal discipline in your daily routine are costing you dearly. It’s tempting to simply go away and hide somewhere so you can convince yourself these things don’t really matter, but every time you try you’ll notice there are voices and opportunities from your past that call you on to "get yourself together." You might also encounter some former co-workers, and find they miss you more than you might have thought. Balance is the key to keeping yourself happy now. When you tend to your body as well as your mind and spirit, you become a whole being who’s far more powerful and eternal than the sum of its parts.
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