Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mercury Stations Retrograde in Leo | finding our voice, re-thinking what our heart wants, expect delays, mechanical glitches, give yourself time to think, expect over-reactions when things go wrong

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At 1:03AM EDT last night Mercury (communication, ideas, thinking, fast moving gizmos, transportation, siblings, our local neighborhood) stationed retrograde at 23 degrees Leo.

He will move backward (our perspective) to 11 degrees Leo through August 19th and then reverse course and begin moving direct again, finally covering new ground in early September.

If you have planets or points between 11 and 23 degrees of the fixed signs - Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio - you will probably feel this retrograde strongest.

When a planet stations he/she is very powerful. I like to use the finger through a flame analogy - you can easily move your finger quickly through a flame without burning your finger, but if you stop mid-flame (like Mercury is doing now), the heat is much more intense and you burn your finger. We have seen violent acts in the world at the time of Mercury's station and this one takes us into a big (and rather nasty looking) Lunar Eclipse conjunct a retrograde and out-of-bounds Mars, so take extra care with your personal safety.

The usual Mercury retrograde disclaimers will apply for the next few weeks.

It's time to think "re".

Rethink, redo, re-examine, research, repeat, reunion, reminisce, revise, remove (clutter ie the stuff that gets in the way of our life moving efficiently), revisit, relax.

This is not the best time to plow full steam ahead with new things. It's not the best time to sign a contract because things will come to light later that require revision or our thinking (Mercury) can change after Mercury moves direct (September 5th).

It's a good time to READ THE FINE PRINT.

Use clear language - we need to be doubly sure people are understanding what we are saying and that we are understanding other people, because wires get crossed now. Double check the email before hitting 'send'. Mercury, the fleet footed messenger, rules things that are fast moving from our computers to our cars. BACK UP FILES. People and projects from our past can show up because we are looking backward.

Take extra care driving. Slow down. We need to give ourselves extra time to get where we are going. There will be delays - bring a book. This is not a good time to make a major decision and even small decisions will go wonky. THINK THINGS THROUGH. Be clear about the consequences. With Mercury going retrograde in Leo we could be rethinking issues regarding Leo themes (and the theme of our natal Leo house) - things we say/do in public, things we say/do with children, recreation, gambling, romance, creative projects.

Since Leo is a fire sign and fire rules ACTION - we need to be thinking AND RE-THINKING what we are doing. And since fire rushes forward and is impulsive we need to avoid making hasty moves after the re-thinking. We will just have to do things all over again if we do that because more information will come to light later and our ideas/thinking will change.

Be prepared to do the "re's" without any big pushes forward now. With Leo ruled by the Sun and the Sun being the center of the universe - we could be rethinking the way we present ourselves PUBLICLY.

Rushing, while Mercury is moving backward, can trip us up.

Taking our time with important decisions, hesitating, being unsure of which direction to take, needing to think things through slowly and carefully and allowing things to fall into place in their own right timing - are par for the course now.

With Mercury in the white-hot-spotlight of center-stage Leo we can expect people to over-react publicly to delays, mistakes, all the usual Mercury retrograde glitches. Leo is a fixed sign so people will be digging in their heels.

We can catch mistakes and catch up with MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. 

Someone could leave or someone/something from the past could reappear. There could be miscommunications. Stuff could break down. Delays are likely. Plans will change. We can't prepare for everything, but we can slow down and double check what we are doing.

Maybe something from the past needs a second look - something started before Mercury hit his/her retrograde degrees on July 7th. Go back over it. Is it still worth fixing/finishing? Does it stand out (remember this whole journey is in the limelight of LEO)? 

Is it still special? Is your heart still in it?

Until August 19th, when Mercury stations direct, it would be best not to focus too much on future situations, 'what ifs' and final conclusions - let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Let's take care of what needs taking care of in the present and the stuff from the past that has "re"appeared or "re"mains unfinished. Let's take care of the children and our inner child.

We are straddling two worlds now, sitting in the space between the three powerful eclipses -  this stuff is all working together in ways we can't quite see yet! Hang in there. We are all in this together.

xo all

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