In August and September 2017, Mercury will be retrograde in the two adjacent signs of Virgo and Leo.
This particular retrograde period will specifically affect the signs Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, and Sagittarius. It will be felt moderately by Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio, and slightly by Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
To prepare for a retrograde, it’s important to note that not all retrograde periods are created equal. Each backwards cycle has a variable length and occurs in different signs. Further, all retrogrades have a set sequence of: 1) shadow, 2) station retrograde, 3) retrograde, 4) station direct, and 5) after shadow.
The shadow period (1) begins on Tuesday, July 25th when you can expect that things decided and actions taken will be modified once the full retrograde energy is in effect. The exact station (2) is on Sunday, August 13th as Mercury stops moving forward, changes direction and the retrograde period (3) begins. Now anticipate reversals and redirections. Mercury retrograde attracts all the “re-words” like review, redo, and revisit. If you make plans under a Mercury retrograde you will probably have to revise them later. These three special times of the year are good for all revision of any prior work which requires another look with a fresh eye.
Mercury is in the natural astrology wheel’s health area this time which suggests that if you have niggling wellbeing issues you can finally resolve them. Pay attention to your diet and revisit the micronutrients which you consume every day. This particular period will bring (and for Virgo especially) reflux, regurgitation, and possible intestinal upsets as well as it will return things to you which you thought were complete. Now the details have to be rechecked for flaws and your attention has never needed to be higher.
To achieve a successful navigation of this Mercury retrograde period you will benefit by editing and removing from your life things, people, and thoughts that no longer serve you. This is an opportunity to hone into the nitty-gritty of your existence. August 27th is the central point and the deepest time for personal review. Issues that you face now will be pivotal and help you determine the direction you will take at the end. Use this time to check yourself and discover where you may be incorrect in what you do or say. Relearn new habits.
As Mercury reverses into the sign of the lion on the last day of August, it brings some relief to the minutiae of the moment. You now have a chance to recreate some dramas that you thought were past. You will have to play your role and act the part to get through this time as Mercury leaves its own earthy sign and backs into fiery Leo. Mercury stations direct (4) and resumes forward motion on the fifth day of September, although the planet is still in the after-shadow and a little sluggish at first. Use these days to discuss what went on recently and document or journal your experience.
By September 20th Mercury shall clear the after shadow (5) and will once again be orbiting at a fair pace. Now the Messenger of the Gods is strong in its own sign of Virgo and is happy again. Communications are clear as pieces of the puzzle easily fall into place and you can attend to the details that go to create the tapestry of your life.
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Alison Price is our resident astrologer, a second generation enthusiast with a certificate from the Faculty of Astrological Studies and a diploma from the South African College of Astrological Studies. Alison’s wisdom will help you find enlightenment within the stars, and encourage you to delve deep within yourself to evaluate your creativity and path in life.