Mercury went back into Retrograde in Leo on July 7, 2019, and will subside on the 31st. This is a time to be in tune with your way of communication, patience levels, and inner reflection because it's going to be a doozy!
What is Retrograde?
Three or four times a year, Mercury passes the earth in its orbit. As it rounds the bend, Mercury slows down and appears to stop (station) and spin backward (retrograde). Of course, this is only an illusion because Mercury doesn't actually move backwards. Still, it seems things get all funky when this retrograde occurs.
In astrology, Mercury rules communication, intelligence, and timing. When Mercury is retrograde, we tend to notice more issues in the areas of communication, in the way we interact with others and in our surroundings and neighborhood. It may also show up in our travel, the way we get around and in our interaction with our siblings.
What Happens in Retrograde?
Every retrograde comes with its own cautions and warnings. During this specific retrograde (which is Retrograde Leo into Cancer), things from one's past may come up from the wood works. This can be an old love, a past friendship, etc. Also, travels may get delayed, emails may be incorrectly written, arguments from misunderstandings can happen, you may get less proactive with things, or even have self doubt.
What Should I do?
Energy is now moving inward, rather than outward, so use this time to turn inwards with yourself, and realign with things that matter. Mediate on what’s affecting you, and find a solution that not fueled by overactive emotions. Also, clarify your thoughts before speaking, since this is the time when communication may be difficult--and this can be towards others or to yourself!
Another thing you should do is to try to not start anything new. Instead, focus on things that start with "re", like: Review, Realign, Reset, Reunite, Rekindle, Redecorate, Repeat, Revive, Reassess, etc.
Apart from this, the biggest piece of advice I can give is to be mindful of your words during this time. You may get easily frustrated with something, and have your words come out harshly, or not as you intended. So, take a breath before you speak, and gather yourself. Rise above the frustration, and be mindful of your speech.
The Signs that will be the Most Impacted
If your sign rises with Gemini, Cancer, Leo or Virgo….Oh boy. You are going to be the most impacted. Review any decisions you will be making, and be mindful of how you react to things. Your emotions will be easily affected, which means the way you express them will be, too.
Gemini: Mercury is your ruling planet, so you may be the most affected out of all the signs. Communicate with care, and don’t be worried if you find yourself at a roadblock. Use this to be a time to reflect, recompose, and rest. After you do, it’ll be easier to find the way around that roadblock! It’s not that you’re trying to avoid it, but rather flowing through to the other side. (Side tip: try to not splurge on anything you don’t truly need)
Cancer: This is going to a bit of an emotional time. Secrets long since buried may come up, or your thoughts may turn to self-doubt. Therefore, meditate and work on grounding yourself. Allow your inner-self to be sees clearly, and to keep your thoughts focused. It’s okay to focus on yourself at this time period, because you deserve nurturing, too.
Leo: Things are going to happen that are out of your control (and if you’re a Leo like me, you know we hate not being in control). Don’t let this get you down. If you are feeling critical of yourself (whether it’s regarding how others think of you, how you want to be seen, or want to be control), don’t let that make you retreat into isolation and self-doubt. Reassess, Review, and Regroup at this time period so to Rekindle your energy.
Virgo: Mercury is also your ruling planet, so just like the Gemini, this is going to be a hard time for you—or does it? Things are going to become disorganized, and changes will happen that interrupt the normalcy you adore. In reaction, adapt, ground yourself, and take it in stride. Refrain from overthinking or overtaking responsibilities, and go with the flow. Things will not stay this way, so trust in yourself as you maneuver your way through the retrograde.
When Will Retrograde Come Back?
The last Retrograde in 2019 will be October 31st (HALLOWEEN!) until November 20th -- So make sure to have the good candy out for trick or treaters this year!