Mercury Retrograde in Leo July 26

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Like the Hanged Man who is suspended between twin trees and seemingly within the grasp of Fate, Mercury is retrograde now in Leo, where he has a flair for the dramatic. Mercury is also the agent of transformation. Over the next three weeks, you may need to ask yourself: What needs to be transformed?

I believe in the perfect timing is demonstrated day in and day out, century after century. There is none of the chaos we see here on our planet Earth. The planets move with a precision that neither we nor any of the technology we have available can understand. Yet, in every moment there is change that is distinct from what was or ever will be again.

What do these planetary relationships show us?

Many who have studied the movements of Earth and the planets believe what was written by Hermes Trismegitus in The Emerald Tablet:

“That which is below corresponds to that which is above, and that which is above corresponds to that which is below to accomplish the miracle of the one thing.”

If you look carefully at this ages-old quote, you’ll see that it implies we are co-creators in our lives, and by extension, we are co-creators of the world we live in. I believe what this means is that while our lives are fated—we’re born into a family and community, with a body that is predisposed to a spectrum of health or illness, intelligence, and talents. And within the set of circumstances we’re born with and into, we have free will to make choices that will move us forward or hinder our growth. I also believe things happen at the right time and if we’re not ready (or willing) to respond to the urge or opportunity, there will be other opportunities. These things happen so we can grow into our own unique potential.

I suggest that a good way to use Mercury retrograde periods is to pay attention to what you’re thinking, feeling, seeing within yourself and in your environment— with emphasis on “reflective thinking.” If you’re being whacked along side the head by some awareness or memory or opportunity, trust that the universe is trying to get your attention.To Do: Find an image that reflects something about you at this time. What are you thinking about? Feeling? Missing? Wanting?

Reflection: How are you feeling suspended?

Sun in Leo Horoscopes: Bask in the Rays

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We’re at the midpoint of summer in the Northern Hemisphere as the Sun shifts into Leo on July 22. Many of you will use this time of abundant sunlight to enjoy reunions, festivals, and celebrations; and road trips, and vacations at lakes and beaches. Others will feel drawn to slow down and relax poolside or in the shade with with a good book to read. Mercury’s message to everyone about it’s retrograde period (July 27 – August 18) is: spend time now renewing your energy, live joyfully, and revel in the generous nature of all that surrounds you. The Full Moon lunar eclipse that occurs just after midnight CDT is a metaphorical “last curtain call,” and in the months that follow, there will be a final ending to many things. The eclipse won’t impact everyone to the same degree or in the same areas of life. Those of you with birthdays near July 27 or January 27, will feel this eclipse more. Others may feel it on a more subtle level.

Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”  ~ Hal Borland

Look at the horoscopes below to see what area of life the Leo Sun is lighting up in your life and what the potential is for your month ahead.

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) The Leo Sun energizes the place in your horoscope associated with fun, romance, and creativity through August 22. That’s also the area of life where Mercury will turn retrograde for about three weeks, beginning July 27. This creates opportunities for you to review roles you play and ways in which you express yourself and take risks. You may decide to make changes in social groups you’ve been active in. The Leo Sun’s relationships with Jupiter in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius delivers a big dose of yang energy all month long, which tends to ramp up your enthusiasm, passion, and energy. Positive expressions of this, sometimes, irrepressible energy are: self-confidence, adventure-seeking, directness, courage, vitality, and good old-fashioned fun. The flip side, or negative expressions are: arrogance, taking excessive risks, or aggression, loud and obnoxious behavior. Be a student of your own life and let past lessons be your teacher/guide in the present.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) The Leo Sun moves into the place in your horoscope home and the very foundations of your life through August 22. Mercury’s retrograde (Jul 27 – Aug 18) in that place could make previously planned class and family reunions, and vacations at your favorite places, memorable and fun-filled times. A stay-cation is a good option, too. Your sign’s ruler, Venus, is poised to bring you a new love interest, if you are open to that possibility. You may also be inspired to use your creativity now to freshen up your home with either your own or purchased art and decorations. The Sun in Leo is opposing retrograde Mars in Aquarius now—a strong signal that a confrontation with someone is likely, but if you stay mellow, the situation can be resolved easily and peacefully the week of August 5. There’s an abundance of yang energy in the environment all month long, which can feel like too much contrast for an earthy Taurus. Stay on the path of least resistance as much as you can; it’ll help you feel more stable and less resistant to what feels to you like too much of a lot of things.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20) The Leo Sun is in harmony with your Gemini Sun and focusing attention on your community and connections with others through August 22. The Leo Sun inspires gratitude for all that is and generosity to share with those you come in contact with. If you’re planning to travel, plan well ahead and then double check your reservations and traffic conditions if you’re taking a road trip. With Mercury retrograde between July 27 and August 18, there are likely to be some miscommunications or some things that are lost or misplaced—both personal and travel related. While your sign’s ruler, Mercury, is retrograde in Leo, it’s squaring off with Jupiter (in your sixth house of daily habits that affect your well being) and opposing retrograde Mars in your tenth house of advancement and change. You may experience this energy as a push to do more, more, and more, but don’t just agree to something because someone is urging you to, and try not to take on too much for the time being. You won’t notice, until it’s too late, how exhausted you really are. Time will be well spent when you rest and renew yourself.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Resources, assets, and earnings are the focus now as the Leo Sun casts its rays in the place of resources and earnings through August 22. Mercury is right there with the Leo Sun, and it will be in retrograde motion July 22 – August 18. They’re nudging you to take notice and perhaps do some review of your resources. Notice, too, any random thoughts that feel like reminders of the resources—people and things, small and large—that are available to help you reach a goal or fill a desire. Optimism comes easy now due to retrograde Mercury’s beneficial connections to both Venus and Jupiter in mid-August. If you’ve created big plans and long-range goals, but the time never seemed right to follow through, the Mercury-Venus-Jupiter alignment could trigger an urge to splurge on a lavish home remodel or new decor. Your abilgity to see the big picture serves you well, but be sure your bank account and resources are a match to your creative enthusiasm before signing your name on a contract or overspending on a credit card. Better yet, refine you plan now and delay finalizing agreements and payments until later in August or even early September after Mercury is direct again. You may not have all the answers you need before then. In the meantime, nurture yourself. Seemingly trivial pursuits such as reading for amusement or visiting museums can be beneficial for your relationship with your inner you. Relax and enjoy these mid-summer days.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22) Happy birthday to all of you Leos! The cosmos is lining up to help you in any way you desire during your birthday month BUT, and this is a big BUT, you need to pace yourself. There will be a lot going on in both in your relationships and at work. The Leo Sun is opposing retrograde Mars now, and it’s likely that sparks will fly in your close relationships or business-related partnerships. You get to choose your reactions, but “chilling” rather than overreacting to circumstances will give you the best protection from this fiery duo’s confrontation. The July 27 lunar eclipse will initiate a natural release and redistribution of tensions. In the meantime, dealing with the unexpected in the place career and achievements will keep you guessing as the Leo Sun squares Uranus August 4. When the Sun and Uranus are tuned in with an easy trine August 17 – 31, life takes on an exciting new quality. You may receive new insights that help you make changes based on new understanding. On the other hand, if restlessness has you pacing, free yourself from your routine for a few days. Let the restless spirit within express itself playfully and creatively, but be mindful of taking unnecessary risks as this Sun-Uranus energy is accident prone. And while Mercury is retrograde between July 27 and August 18 in your Sun sign, distract yourself from anything that involves permanent changes. You could decide that you want to modify, or even leave behind, a role you’ve been playing. Or you might feel inspired to revamp your personal appearance, get a tattoo or piercing, but wait. You’ll avoid regrets if you postpone major decisions until early September after Mercury is moving direct again. The Full Moon eclipse on July 27 in the place of relationships will challenge you to act with heart-felt courage. Let the Universe know what’s in your heart and then be ready to receive what’s coming to you. This eclipse could bring about endings which will make way for new beginnings. In fact, when retrograde Mercury and the Leo Sun meet up on August 7 – 9, expect ideas and plans for future growth to fill your conversations. Jupiter is involved through a square to the Sun-Mercury combo during the first week of August. This energy can help you succeed if you remember to pace yourself and to say yes only when the commitment feels REALLY right.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) A retreat of some kind may become your highest priority as Mercury and the Sun move through Leo, the place of “what is hidden” in your horoscope. The Leo Sun opposes retrograde Mars in Aquarius, the place associated with health and injuries, until August 2. While it’s in Aquarius, Mars retrograde is the guest of Uranus, the planet that symbolizes social change (and upheaval). This combination may amp up any agitating elements present in your life. It also increases potential for personal injury. If the open road calls you in your near future, wear a helmet (always a good option) if you answer the call on a bicycle or motorcycle. In fact, this is a good time to avoid risks altogether that can lead to injury. Virgo’s ruling planet, Mercury, will be retrograde July 27 – August 18, and squaring Jupiter in the place of communication and short-distance travel during the next several weeks. While Mercury applies the brakes, suggesting that you take your time getting involved with new people or things, Jupiter is ready to take a deep dive. You can overdo now and develop an attachment that limits your perspective. Patience is both a virtue and an asset when used to protect your interests. If it’s possible to wait until early September when Mercury is moving direct again to make important decisions, you’re more apt to feel satisfied in the long term. Mercury backs up enough to help you gain new perspective and optimism by August 20. You may find it’s easier then to entertain easy thoughts and enjoy the lighter side of life.

Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Reunions of any kind, especially with old friends, school pals and alumni are highlighted with the Leo Sun and Mercury retrograde in the place of friends, associates, and groups. Double check your plans, reservations, tickets — in fact, anything and everything related to travel. Yes, even the batteries in your devices. Your ruling planet, Venus, is in the place of “what is hidden,” increasing the likelihood that someone or something will show up and mess with your equilibrium. You can’t plan ahead for such events, but you can decide to be intentional in your life. Manage your money wisely to avoid overspending. At the same time, pay attention to “not so subtle” vibes that draw your attention to things you desire to have. The desire for things, people, or dreams that you thought were in the past could become active again. Resist the impulse to be impulsive, though. Good investments require research. Bad investments lead to regret. Retrograde Mercury stalls between August 14 – 20 and allows time for you to reflect and make a new plan, which you can put into effect in early September after Mercury is moving full-speed ahead again. Stay tuned in to your refined intuition and let your creative inspirations lead the way.  Fill up the rest of summer with love and fun in the Sun.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Your home and family are competing for attention even as things heat up in the area of your horoscope associated with achievement and what you’re publicly recognized for. There’s an abundance of positive energy flowing to support actions both at work and at home. There will also be challenges during the Sun in Leo month. Recognition at work may come with a financial reward that you can, in turn, direct toward your home to make improvements or relieve some pressure there if that’s what you want to do. Any increase in activity or responsibility that accompanies recognition for work well done is likely to bring challenges, though, as August gets underway. Some relief comes around August 8, but it’s not over. The good news is that things appear to work out well if you just keep your cool and do your job while not over-extending yourself or your personal resources. Someone who’s older (a male friend or family member) could become your mentor if you recognize the opportunity and then ask. Say yes to offers of help from someone in a group you associate with, as well as to new friendships. Be patient with yourself and others. Things on the home front improve and then become less of an issue by mid August. If you’re thinking about a vacation, try to arrange it for the week of August 19. Check and recheck reservations, tickets, road conditions, flights, etc. Even though Mercury is traveling direct again on the 18th, things could have gotten snarled up during your preparation for the time away.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) The kind of adventures that make dreams come true are on deck for you as the Leo Sun moves through the area in your horoscope that’s associated with travel to distant places, as well as advanced degrees. Mercury will be retrograde in this same area July 27 – August 18, which could cause delays, jumbled or missed communications, lost items, or theft. If you do have travel plans, build some slack time into your schedule so you won’t feel rushed and have time to secure your belongings and important information. In fact, you can apply that advice to big plans of any kind. You won’t be sorry you did. You have an opportunity now to learn a lot about yourself and what’s really important to you. Don’t be surprised if you change you mind about some long-held beliefs. Watch for opportunities that can help your financial bottom line, or add to your resources, IF you are willing to accept a change in your status. You’ll need to ask, or get people to notice you (which won’t be hard to do) in order to receive the rewards, though. There is a solid feeling about changes you make now, because you’ve been preparing for the changes for a while. Your innovative plans are also logical, so keep moving ahead as you’ve planned. You may experience some tension in a valued relationship that will come to some beneficial resolution after August 14. What you value will be in focus when an event or message near August 21 brings up something from the past. It’ll work out fine if you go with the flow.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) The Leo Sun and soon-to-be retrograde Mercury are occupying the area of your horoscope that’s associated with other people’s resources. At the same time, Saturn, the ruler of your Sun sign, is retrograde in the area associated with your personal identity. It’s common to identify with what you own, your possessions. But you may need to remind yourself again that you are not your car, or your furniture, or the balance in your bank account if you find yourself on the other side of an argument about who owns what. On the other hand, you may experience very positive movement now if you’ve been working hard to manage someone else’s resources. You’re not home free, though, and Mercury is retrograde and plowing back through what was recently done or decided upon. Time is on your side at the moment, so be thorough about what you do. This is a good time for travel. Any new experiences now will broaden your thinking. What you thought was one way may actually be quite different and you’re likely to change some of your beliefs because of your new viewpoint. You can also enjoy concerts and trips to an art museum at this time, but use caution if a beautiful artifact or a beautiful person stimulates your imagination to soar to new heights. You could feel strong desires that have a powerful effect on you. Indulge in the fantasy if you must, but resist the urge to commit now.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Mars retrograde in the area of your horoscope that represents you, your identity, and your perspective on the World beyond your front door signifies a time to focus on YOU. However, your attention may actually be on a relationship or partnership (including a business relationship) as the Leo Sun and Mercury travel through that area of your horoscope. It’s likely that you’re noticing someone who is also noticing you now. This is a good time to examine and reevaluate your role in your important relationships. Are your needs being met? Are you doing all that you need to do to ensure those relationships continue on a good trajectory? Mercury will retrograde in Leo between July 27 and August 18, giving you ample time to realign, reinvest, rethink, readjust, reorganize, and so on. Uranus along with Saturn set the tone for the place you call home. With both of these planets retrograde in the weeks ahead, you may experience tension there, especially if something previously unknown comes to light. There’s always a range of possible issues and be anything from powerful encounters with people to something that creates unfavorable living conditions. This influence will be around for awhile so do your best to adjust. You’ll feel freer in the end when you allow the changes to occur. You can experience too much of a good thing and begin to feel stressed throughout the month of August. Be sure you’ve set reasonable expectations for yourself and for others.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) With the entrance of the Leo Sun joining soon-to-be retrograde Mercury in the area of your horoscope that represents work and routines, some of your attention moves to managing those things. But not all of your attention, because there’s also something happening in the area of your one-on-one relationships and partnerships. Check your attitude. Are you seeing things clearly or is there some confusion or feelings of disillusionment or disappointment? It can be difficult to see personal responsibility when things are going other than the way you planned, but are you really being too idealistic or expecting the other person to fulfill some dream or fantasy? It may also be difficult to communicate with that person. Perhaps the best thing to do now is shift your focus back to your work and routines. The Full Moon lunar eclipse will illuminate things that need your attention and bring closure to things that need to be released. You probably won’t have a choice about some things that go away at this time, buy you always have choices about how you feel. Reach for the best feeling as often as possible and then keep moving in that direction. Don’t rule out travel, which could be overseas, and either work-related or for pleasure.

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Retrograde Magic

Hermes Trismegtus

That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds with that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One thing.
– HERMES TRISMEGISTUS in The Emerald Tablet

It may seem as though magic is involved when planets appear to stop in the sky and then move backward, but it’s not magic. This phenomenon occurs because planets in their own orbit around the Sun are at times closer or further away from Earth, as it also travels around the Sun. A similar phenomenon occurs when cars pass each other. To passengers in the faster moving car, the other car seems to be moving backward. In reality, the planets never stop or go backward. Their apparent backward motion does seem to affect Earth’s passengers, however, as that which is below (all things here on Earth) corresponds to that which is above (retrograde planetary motion).

Mercury will be retrograde in Leo from July 27 – August 18, 2018. It joins five other planets in retrograde motion.

  • Retrograde Mars in Aquarius through August 26
  • Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn through September 5
  • Retrograde Neptune in Pisces through November 24
  • Retrograde Pluto in Capricorn through September 20, and
  • Uranus will be retrograde in Taurus (and also Aries) August 7 through January 5, 2019

Retrograde motion is considered an interference with a planet’s normal functioning; it’s actions are less predictable. Retrogrades signify reversals, delays, and cancellations. Obviously, retrogrades don’t bring everything to a screeching halt. Nor do they impact every human in the same ways. But just pause for a moment and reflect on the implications of having six of nine planets moving in retrograde motion at the same time. (The Sun, Earth, and our Moon are never retrograde.) Briefly:

  • Mars signifies “impulses toward action,” energy and passion in the pursuit of goals; competitive drive; excessive force; feeling angry or aggressive
  • Saturn signifies “responsibilities” related to work and real-world concerns; structures (buildings, time, schedules, boundaries); maturity; constricting forces; boundaries and separation; enslavement to the past
  • Uranus signifies “impulses toward freedom, breakthroughs, originality,” individuation and independence; inability to cooperate or compromise; unwillingness to work within structures; fanaticism; hubris
  • Neptune signifies “yearning for connection,” imagination; sympathy and compassion; escapism; confusion and deception; false notions of security
  • Pluto signifies “processes of destruction and renewal,” rebirth, regeneration, and transformation; purging; evolutionary forces; brutality; obsessiveness

Take a moment and reflect on what you see and hear going on in your personal environment, among your friends, and on the world stage. Do you have the sense that many people and things have been pushed way beyond what is considered “normal?” There is a lot of reevaluation going on in many different arenas. The energy to review, reconsider, redo, reevaluate, resist, reorganize, recharge, refresh, etc., is STRONG and the will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead. The changes won’t come about easily, but they will come.

The good news is that the benefactors of the Universe, Venus and Jupiter, are not on the retrograde list. Venus is direct in Virgo and will be moving into Libra August 7/8, depending on the time zone where you live. Jupiter is direct now in Scorpio.

  • Venus signifies “impulse toward love and friendship,” harmony and pleasure; the forces of attraction; as well as vanity, social pretensions, shallowness, and self-indulgence
  • Jupiter signifies “impulses toward doing what’s right,” growth and expansion, optimism and tolerance; generosity and acceptance of others; as well as inflation and excess, arrogance and sense of entitlement

It’s not known whether Hermes Trismegistus, which means “Hermes the Thrice Greatest,”  was a real person or someone invented by the Greeks. He is given credit, however, for the Emerald Tablet and is thought to have lived long before Moses’ time.  Hermes is the guardian of astrology and alchemy, the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Hermes is synonymous with Mercury.

Retrograde Mercury

Mercury signifies “impulses toward thought and communication,” perception; teaching and learning; movement and transportation; metal habits; the mind separate from emotions; nervous over-stimulation. When Mercury is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius), thoughts can turn toward “rising above” and “separating from.”

What you think matters

In every moment, you are sending and receiving thoughts. What you think brings about your present and future circumstances; your thoughts also affect the world we live in. While you’re not a magician in the traditional sense of the world, you are a co-creator of everything that happens, or doesn’t happen.

There is no way to predict what will specifically happen to you during the current season of retrogrades. I will say though that the likelihood is VERY HIGH that you are now or soon will be feeling the energy of one or more of the retrograde planets. As you reminisce, review, renegotiate, revise, reformulate, renew, recharge, restructure, rebuild (notice that there’s a theme here), please consider carefully what your thoughts and actions mean today and in the future. Live intentionally, because you are in charge of you and what you do.

 

Feeling the July 12 Eclipse of the Sun

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Eclipse lore that appears in cultures around the world has a common theme; it’s always disruption of the established order. What that disruption is likely to be depends of beliefs held by people in the various cultures. Many eclipse stories explain eclipses as times when the Sun is devoured by something evil—demons, dragons, wolves, or even a demon in disguise. According to ancient astrologers, eclipses were negative events that caused tragic events to happen here on earth. People felt afraid when an eclipse happened. But not every culture views an eclipse as an evil thing.

Batammaliba people in Togo and Benin in Africa, believe the Sun and the Moon are fighting during an eclipse, and they encourage the Sun and the Moon to stop fighting. They see it as a time of coming together and resolving old feuds and anger. And the Navajo believe an eclipse is just part of nature’s cosmic order and that it represents a time to pause and reflect of the order of things in life. Some Navajo still observe the tradition of staying inside with their family, singing favorite songs, and fasting.

Today, we know that nothing is swallowing the Sun during a solar eclipse, which always occur during a New Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and the Sun is temporarily hidden from our view. The July 12 partial solar eclipse occurs at 8:47 PM EDT, when the Sun and Moon are both at 20 degrees Cancer. It’ll only be visible on July 13 at 3:00 AM only in southern Australia and Stewart Island.

Jul 12 eclipse path

Influences of Eclipses

Astrologers interpret eclipses as interruptions, reversals, sudden change and rapid developments, particularly at the government/political level. The strongest impact is believed to occur in the regions of the world where the eclipse is visible. Because this event will be a solar eclipse, related changes will be noticeable for a year or more. The changes related to a lunar eclipse tend to be short duration, extending for only a few months.

Not everyone will “feel” the effects of the July 12/13 eclipse intensely, or perhaps at all. It’s likely though that those who have birthdays within two days either before or after the eclipse, or who were born when the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn was at 20 Cancer in the sky, will experience eclipse-related interruptions, reversals, and changes in some area of life. Those events may not happen immediately. Eclipses begin manifesting their effects in the months before they occur and those events will continue on for up to a year, or longer.

Each planet affects the “influence of the eclipse” according to its own nature. For example, because the Sun represents basic identity, leadership, authority, conscious purpose, and will/ego, someone who’s Sun is between, say, 18 and 22 degrees Cancer may experience changes in their basic identity. Those changes may involve leaders, leadership, or authority figures.

Other planets and their areas of impact are:

  • Moon: Emotions, feelings, habits
  • Mercury: Communication, conversation, capacity to think, short-distance travel
  • Venus: Diplomacy, what is loved, romance
  • Mars: Conflicts, competition, wars
  • Jupiter: Beliefs, legal issues, long-distance travel
  • Saturn: Capacity to create structure, order, and discipline

In Cancer, these planets represent the need to give or receive emotional warmth or security. The July 12/13 partial solar eclipse could initiate change related to one of more of the above topics if, at the time of your birth, any of the planets were near 20 degrees Cancer. So, for example, if Mercury was near 20 Cancer at your birth, you might experience a sudden shift in the way you think about your personal security; if Venus was near 20 Cancer, you could experience sudden change in a personal relationship.

Solar eclipses tend to influence events that have power (from an outside source) in our lives, while lunar eclipses trigger inner and emotional changes. Things that are hidden become apparent, what has been postponed or ignored must change now. Events that are eclipse related will most likely be permanent. Whatever is separated, interrupted, or reversed will stay that way.