MERCURY RETROGRADE IN LEO AUGUST 3-22ND
Mercury goes retrograde on Saturday so get all your pre-retrograde communciations in order, back-up your computers, get out important business and marketing campaigns early. This is the third of the fire sign retrogrades as the last two were in Aries and Sagittarius. Mercury retrograde is not not bad for everyone and it will depend on your rising sign and the houses that are being transited through. In general, Mercury retrograde is most difficult for Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces rising and Taurus and Libras will not notice it much with 4th and 11th house transits. Aquarius and Leo will have more relationship issues. Virgos and Geminis will notice it most.
Mercury will be 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.
The retrograde will start in the constellation of Purva phalguni (Leo 13.20-26.40/Theta and Delta Leonis) where it went into on August 3-22nd and then again be there 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 symbiotic 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.
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