• The first of six retrograde planets to turn direct…we’re loosening up

    Mercury’s 3-week retrograde period will end on the 18th of August at 11°33’ Leo (antiscion 18°27’ Taurus).

    In Leo, all planets want to be respected according to their nature. Mercury in Leo wants to be respected for his opinions and views and in desiring this, self-confidence often turns into bravado and presumption.

    During this retrograde we will have had the opportunity to think about in which part of life we want to shine in and be respected for our opinions and ideas (the house where Mercury is transiting, its natal position and the houses it rules in your chart) and possibly how to go about it once the retrograde period is over.

    So, have you been keeping those opinions and ideas to yourself whilst trying to decide which of them will be workable or not?

    If so, now is the time to forge ahead and get on with those newly-planned concepts and schemes.

    Mercury will start his direct station with a sextile to Venus in Libra and a trine to Moon in fiery Sagittarius so that voicing our optimism and good humour come easily and harmoniously without seeming too brash.

    The Sabian symbol for 12° Leo: “An evening party of adults on a lawn illuminated by fancy lanterns.” Indicating group-relaxation in fashionable surroundings as an escape from work routine.

    For the antiscion point at 19° Taurus: “A new continent rising out of the ocean.” Indicating the surge of new potentiality after the crisis.

    “Your opinion is not my reality.” S. Maraboli

    Any tales to tell about how the Mercury retrograde period went for you?


    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 82 and 138, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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