Mercury transited into Leo last Friday and because it will go retrograde in Leo, August 12-Sept. 5th, it will spend over two months in Leo.   For the most part, the transit is mostly unafflicted in August. We already went through the Rahu conjunction a few days ago and the square from Saturn (270 degrees) will not happen until Sept 27th.   The conjunction with Mars in September is more troubling into Sept. 17th and their association together is problematic the first few weeks of Sept.   As we have discussed before, Mercury retrograde is not a problem for everyone and it depends on what rising sign you are and what house the retrograde is going through.

If you were born with Mercury in Leo, you are bright-minded, have good memory, are inspiring speaker or writer, are confident and are a good planner and organizer, may be well-know in business, are ambitious, travel frequently and have a keep intellect.

The first part of the transit is through Magha (Leo 0-13.20) until August 2nd which is know as Regulus by Western astrology and is owned by Ketu.  Mercury in Ketu’s constellation can create a strong vision but the ambitious nature of Leo/Magha may force them to cut corners or rush through projects and be a bit impulsive. Slow down and do not be too hasty with big projects.  Ketu is mystical and intuitive so be sure to seek divine guidance within  to get the answers to difficult decisions.

The second part of the transit is in the constellation of Purva phalguni (Leo 13.20-26.40) August 3-22nd and then again Sept. 17-24th. This will connect Mercury to Venus who will be transiting through Mercury’s sign of Gemini in August and set up a nice symbotic relationship supporting artistic writing and sweet speech. It is a highly sexually charged constellation and Mercury, the prince, likes to play in the bed in this constellation symbolized by the front legs of a bed.  This constellation is considered fierce and is not considered a good time for major new events unless your are scheming. It does support construction but stay on top of accidents and health.   Mars will conjunct Mercury  in this constellation on Sept. 17th.  This can again bring up angry disputes if you are not able to let go of your position or get stuck on being right in in the fixed sign of Leo, it will be more problematic.

Mercury will be retrograde and combust in the sign of Leo August 19-Sept. 2nd and this actually has a spiritualizing impact on Mercury as the material and rajasic desires of Mercury for money and success in business are turning to the Divine so a good time to take a meditation retreat. Still when Mercury is too close to the Sun around August 26th within 2-3 days on either side, it can create money mismanagement, being too complicated and having a busy/buzzy mind that will not stop to rest and gets too detailed or complicated.

Mercury transits from the moon or the ascendent are best in the 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 11th positions so if you have your moon or rising sign of  Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus or Cancer, this transit will be beneficial for you.  For Gemini and Virgo rising, ruled by Mercury it is more difficult with Geminis particularly needing to curb their sexual dalliances and Virgos being inclined to foreign travel, meditation retreats or deep inward and psychological introspection.   The Mercury retrograde will be harder for Virgos and Geminis this time around but it fosters intuitive brain function and allows the logical mind a rest particularly if you were born with Mercury retrograde.

Mercury governs plant life and gardening so take time to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty and greenery of nature, Mercury’s color.   Good month for writing poetry or songs or creative writing, for a meditation retreat during the retrograde period.   Get used to Mercury in Leo–we have 9 weeks of it.

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