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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Mars and Mercury: the Passionate Mind

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“Just as the Greek intellectual achievement had reached its climax during the fourth century BCE, Alexander the Great swept down from Macedonia through Greece and onward to Persia, conquering lands and people from Egypt to India…The very qualities that had served Greece’s brilliant evolution—restless individualism, proud humanism, critical rationalism—now helped precipitate its downfall, for the divisiveness, arrogance, and opportunism that shadowed the Greeks’ nobler qualities left them myopic and fatally unprepared for the Macedonian challenge.”

Excerpted from The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnes

Alexander’s army of warriors is representative of the Mars archetype. and our human urges to be assertive, self-protective, self-gratifying, and competitive. Mars is also associated with feelings of anger and aggression.

The Greek intellectual achievement that served individualism, humanism, and critical rationalism is representative of the Mercury archetype, and our human impulses to communicate, observe, teach, and learn. Mercury is associated with our thinking processes, which can tend toward overly rational or to come from a one-sided perspective, as well as dogmatism, literalism, and fundamentalism.

As we know oh so well: history does tend to repeat itself. We’re seeing the Mercury-Mars clashes play out in various ways all around the world. And the reasons behind the behavior haven’t changed since ancient times.

Mercury in Leo (emphasizing need to be appreciated by others) and Mars in Aquarius (emphasizing need to innovate and create social change) are opposing each other in the sky. At the same time these two planets are locked in a square with Uranus, the planet that represents our impulses toward freedom, rebellion, breakthroughs, innovation, and individuation, in Taurus (emphasizing need to be resourceful and get productive results). A square is symbolic of resistance. You know what happens when electric current is restricted by a knot or sharp bend (square) in a cord. The cord gets hot and often sparks fly. That same energy is active in our environment.

So, now what can we do? Can we change and do somethings different?

The movements of the planets, as they approach and separate from their different relationships with each other, provide some clues. What we observe is that the planets move gradually toward and away from each other. When they are in very close relationship by opposition (180 degrees, plus or minus a few degrees) or square (90 degrees, plus or minus a few degrees), they bring our focus and attention to something, like a focusing lens does. Our attention to things we see, hear, and feel increases and then diminishes in the same way. Nothing is as abrupt as it may seem to be. Planetary relationships change gradually, as does our thinking, which always precedes our actions.

Let’s think about this just briefly. We all think differently from one another. We’re individuals. which Mars in Aquarius is reminding us of. We each have our own thoughts and beliefs (beliefs are just thoughts we keep on thinking), which Mercury in Leo is reminding us of. Each one of us wants to be recognized and appreciated (Leo), and when we think that’s not happening, we can, in turn, feel anger, which activates the need to protect ourselves and our beliefs.

Real learning only ever happens through experience and reflecting on our own experiences. We actually teach ourselves. So, think about these few things:

  • You have the ability to direct your own thoughts. You have the option of observing things as they are or changing them as you want them to be. Your thoughts are vibrations, too. Like-minded people are attracted to each other. Do we need to repeat the battles that have gone on since before Alexander the Greats’ time?
  • Your attention to something invites it into your awareness. Every thought you give your attention to expands as more and more thoughts follow the original thought. Whether it’s a thought of something you want or don’t want, your attention to it invites more of what you think about into your experience.

Somethings, like the planets moving through the heavens, are fated. However, even as they come together and your attention is focused (through your individual lens) on what you do or don’t want, you have the freewill to make choices and change what comes next.

What has your experience taught you? What do you want to change, do differently? This is a good time, while the resistance is bringing things into focus, for personal reflection before taking any next actions.

 

 

Emotions Reveal Your Focus

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The moon is full today in the sign of Capricorn and reflecting the light from the sun that has been traveling through the sign of Cancer since the Summer Solstice on June 21. There are lots of stories and legends about the effects of the moon cycle, especially the full moon, on humans. Most of these stories feature words like “moody,” “loony,” or “lunatic.” All of these words imply some kind of unconscious reaction—feeling emotion—to living life. They describe moods.

Moods are always triggered by some event—a chance meeting, a conversation, a song, a memory, etc., which could be anywhere on the emotional spectrum from joyful and happy to sad and lonely.  When a thought triggers an emotion, other thoughts will quickly join with the first thought and in no time at all, a mood develops. Often, the mood is familiar because we’ve “been there, done that” lots of times…

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