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Mercury Retrograde July 2019

Mercury Retrograde July 2019

It's that time again when Mercury begins to slow down and start its retrograde cycle. This phenomenon happens three or four times a year, and each retrograde cycle emphasizes different themes, depending on Mercury's sign and aspects to other planets. This time, it comes to a standstill in the sign of Leo and shifts back into Cancer on July 19 before stationing direct on July 31. Let's discuss the themes of this Mercury retrograde and tips for how to make the most of this time, sign by sign. 


Mercury Retrograde, in General


Mercury retrograde is an optical illusion that happens three or four times a year when Mercury appears to be moving backward in the heavens from our vantage point on earth. When Mercury is retrograde, we have a chance to prioritize and focus on all things Mercury, including communication and communication devices, thoughts, ideas, contracts, learning, teaching, transportation, travel, and the details of everyday life. It's a time to finish business, but you could experience delays. 


During Mercury retrograde periods, we look back on our lives, reflecting on the past. We encounter individuals who played significant roles in our lives, and we revisit those relationships. 


Mercury retrograde is usually not a great time to sign contracts unless you've been in negotiations for a long time. In those cases, it could be a time for closure and completion. 


You may discover things about yourself, your past, or others, and gain clarity about life circumstances. You could also work through your fears and limiting beliefs, the ones that hold you back from living your most purposeful life. In this respect, Mercury retrograde is a time for healing and for clearing obstacles along your path. It's a time to go deep, and you may feel more intuitive and sensitive to energy than usual.  

July Horoscopes

July Horoscopes

Welcome to Cancer season, a time when we crave deeper connections, when our heartstrings are more easily tugged, and when our priorities shift from the outer world to the inner one. You will undoubtedly feel that tension this month, as two eclipses accentuate that Cancer/Capricorn axis. Cancer themes are home, family, emotions, and our ancestral roots. It’s the sign ruled by the moon, a symbol of all things yin, which includes the innermost creative and fertile aspects of the self. The opposite sign on that axis, Capricorn, symbolizes the ambitious, driven, striving, and public aspects of the self. It also relates to the structural systems of government, authority, economy, and institutions. For thousands of years, those systems have been patriarchal and kyriarchal, with hierarchical power structures that have their basis in leadership and governance through domination.

Well, all of this is changing! And the North Node in Cancer is helping us evolve in a new direction. So too, our relationships, families, and ideals are changing. You might be experiencing this in your life right now. We are all shifting, in transition, but without a real clear vision for where we will be by this time next year, after the Saturn/Pluto conjunction of 2020, which will be a big astrological influence we’ll all feel! (I’m going to be writing about that more this month.) Some of those 2020 themes will be foreshadowed here this month around the time of the eclipses on July 2 and 16.

A LOT is happening astrologically this month. It’s going to be especially exciting for Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. We start with the solar eclipse on July 2, a time of change and shakeup of any stagnant situation in your life. Connect with others and brainstorm about how to live a more expansive, open, and heart-centered life. You’ve got some big ideas and dreams right now. It’s not a time to hold back or let fear stand in the way.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

It’s that time again; Mercury is retrograde. It stations retrograde at 10:19 am on March 5th at 29˚39 Pisces. This one will be a doozy! I’ll give you a little insight about what it could mean for you as well as offer a few tips to help you gracefully move through these three weeks.

When the planet of communication appears to come to a standstill and begin to move backward, it steals the celestial show. It commands attention, and in doing so, it calls us all to look at our Mercury-related stuff. How are you communicating with others? Do you hold back for fear of conflict? Do others perceive you to be too abrasive? Do you get a little passive aggressive from time to time? Circumstances in your life could show up to help you remedy some of these behaviors, and you won’t have a choice. You will have to face some fears, feel some doubts, and consider changing your ways.

With this one, in particular, we have to be real with ourselves and others. If you have been authentic in any way, you might have to come clean and reveal the truth about yourself. In that, you will liberate yourself and detox your psyche. It takes a lot of psychic energy to keep a secret or hold a lie. It is also energetically draining to sense intuitively when someone close to you holds back. Be brave in asking for the truth from others. Secrets can also be toxic to your system.

Communication devices may go haywire. You could spill water on your keyboard, for example, or drop your phone in the toilet. Mercury can be a little trickster, and so it tends to get your attention in not-so-subtle ways. If something like this happens, know there is a deeper significance, and thank Mercury for the heads-up! For example, if you have needed a break from work, your computer might break. Or if you have been feeling disconnected from others, your wifi might glitch. After all, nothing makes you appreciate your connections than being off the grid for a brief time! If water spills on your keyboard, ask: Am I afraid to express my emotions? Or: Have I sent an email in the heat of the moment when I could have waited a few minutes to cool down?

Chiron

Before it stations retrograde, Mercury moves closer to Chiron, the little dwarf planet of the wounded healer. In the days leading up to Mercury retrograde, you might start to feel pangs of hurt, sadness, grief, or other emotions. You might have memories of times when someone from the past hurt you or traumatic events in your life. You might also feel remorse for times in which you hurt others.

During Mercury retrograde cycles, we have a chance to go inward and reflect on your life. In doing so, we can gain perspective to help forgive ourselves and others. It’s especially important to reframe your victim stories to see yourself as a powerful person. Sometimes, just giving voice to your story is enough. At other times, only therapeutic processes can help.

This is a healing time. A clearing time.

Dazed and Confused

This month, you could feel as if you’re walking through a haze, unclear about situations in your life or your direction. Relationships could feel off, and you could question the big decisions you’ve made throughout your life. Try not to take it all too seriously or make bold moves, like quitting your job on a whim or leaving your partner in the heat of an argument. Also, try not to obsess or ruminate about small things, or make more of a situation than it is.

It’s a cycle, and it, too, shall pass.

Guilt, regret, remorse, and shame have to rise to the surface so you can clear them from your energy field once and for all. If you feel any of these emotions, journal, talk to a therapist or good friend, or see a healer. You don’t need to hold on to the past; let it go.

Tips for Each Sign

Here are some Mercury retrograde survival tips for you!

March Horoscopes

March Horoscopes

We enter a new seven-year cycle of change and progress this month as Uranus enters Taurus on March 6. If you are born during the first three days of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius, or if your moon or rising sign are at the early degrees of fixed signs, prepare yourself for significant turning points in life that will manifest over the next three months. Because of this transition, I can guarantee this will not be a boring month for any of us!

Uranus moves into a new sign every seven years, and we see technological advances and progress in the fields associated with that sign. In Taurus, that means environmental, textiles, currency and the economy, earth and even seismic shifts, possessions, and goods. You can read more about this cycle here.

In addition to this planetary shift, we are also in a Mercury retrograde cycle from March 5-28 in the other-worldly sign of Pisces. Mercury rules mental processes, and with its placement in Pisces, you have the chance to deeply explore the creative and spiritual dimensions of yourself. At the same time, you could feel foggy, unclear about circumstances in your life. You may question others’ motives or doubt your intuition. You could feel as if a cloud hangs overhead blocking the light. The concept of the dark night of the soul explains a period of emotional intensity in which you feel a painful separation from God and others. Alone. During those moments of doubt, you dig deep within yourself to connect with your divine spark, and in doing so, you arrive at faith. If you have moments like these this month, understand they may be critical turning points in your life, and keep going! Often, these crisis points loosen the ego's grip, helping you break down fear-based structures. That process of surrender helps you open energetic space for a new beginning or manifestation.

December Horoscopes

December Horoscopes

This last month of 2018 will feel like the resolution chapter of an intense novel. It’s a time to reflect and recharge before beginning 2019.

We start the month with Mercury still retrograde until December 6. This Mercury retrograde has been particularly challenging for decision-making and communication within relationships. When Mercury goes retrograde, it asks us to fine-tune the way we express ourselves to others, and it’s a time to be honest without hiding or holding back. Mercury stationed retrograde in Sagittarius. The nature of Sagittarius is adaptable, and you may have overlooked details or had a few do-overs, which can be frustrating when you make a holiday purchase only to change your mind the next day.

Keep in mind: Mercury retrograde is a time to go inward and to deeply explore your inner worlds. Anything out of sync in your life will present itself for you to see and remedy so you can be in alignment with your higher self.

On December 1, Mercury slides back into Scorpio, and hidden truth comes into light. If you have had trust issues come up over the past several months, you could learn or intuit clear answers. Mercury’s move back into Scorpio will be especially important for helping us uncover the facts in recent political/social matters. It’s a good investigative influence.

November Horoscopes

November Horoscopes

November starts with Scorpio Season when we are asked to plunge the depths of our deepest yearnings, core truth, buried emotions, and limiting fears. It's a time to slay your inner demons and then experience the grace that follows processes of transformation.

Two significant cycles change this month.

On November 6, the nodal axis shifts from Leo/Aquarius to Cancer/Capricorn. The North Node will be moving from expressive, dramatic Leo into emotional, maternal Cancer. The nodes change signs every 18 months, and the North Node symbolizes our point of focus, our North Star. The North Node in Cancer invites us to care for and protect those we love, to understand the difference between emotional safety and guardedness, and to balance ambition with emotional connections. The South Node will be in the sign of Capricorn, which is the sign related to the public life. At the opposite end of that axis is Cancer, which is all about the home and family. You could feel an inner tug-of-war between these two polarities, especially if you are a Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, or Aries.

August Horoscopes

August Horoscopes

We have been in an "Eclipse Season," a period of emotional intensity between eclipses. It started July 12, and it concludes with the solar eclipse on August 11. Eclipses, being super full and new moons, wake dormant or suppressed emotions, which can rise to the surface of your conscious awareness. Heightened emotions alert us to what is in or out of alignment in our lives. They spur us forward, fueling our energy for personal change.

Because Mars is closer than it has been in 15 years and retrograde (until August 27), some of those emotions might include anger, frustration, passion, or courage. (You can see a live viewing of Mars here!) The heightened awareness you experience right now will ripple change into every area of your life. 

This eclipse (as well as the one on July 27), lies on the Aquarius/Leo axis, one that reminds you to use your talents to contribute to the whole. In living the truest expressions of yourself, you shape the global community. So, if you are looking for a way to make a difference, ask what most brings you fulfillment and satisfaction, and do that. 

March Horoscopes

March Horoscopes

March Horoscopes

We start a new astrological year at the Equinox on March 20, when the Sun enters Aries. In the weeks leading up to that point, you may feel driven to start something new or take action to move forward in some area of your life. The influence of Aries can inspire you (regardless of your sun sign) to move, break out of your comfort zone, and overcome fears. I encourage you to take advantage of this energy, and let it motivate you to do at least one brave thing this month. 

At nighttime, when you first turn off the lights, you can’t see anything. Your eyes adjust, though, allowing you to see in new ways. You could feel this way at times throughout the month… in the dark. This month could feel transitional in many ways, and you might feel uncertain. Rather than looking for what’s next, try to see the present in new ways. 

Your logical mind might be confused about the future, wanting to know how to reach your desired destination, but your heart holds a reserve of faith. As the connecting point between your body and soul, it whispers to you, “Keep going. You’ve got this! It will all be okay.” 

December Horoscopes

December Horoscopes

ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 19):

I hope you have travel plans this holiday season. Your wild spirit and sense of adventure could reach an all-time high. If you don’t make the most of this vibrant energy, you could end up feeling stuck in a rut. And I ask you: Is there anything sadder than a bored Aries? So, plan mini-adventures all month long. Then, you will close the year with a bang.

That doesn’t necessarily mean this month will be all hearts, smiles, and laughter, however. In fact, Mercury in retrograde from December 3 through December 22 could stir up a few conflicts or, at the very least, misunderstandings. You always have a choice. To engage or not to engage; that is the question. What is the best course of action? Is it to fight or let things slide? This month, you don’t want to allow minor squabbles to get you down. So, choose your battles wisely, and try not to let others' mistakes or misunderstandings cause you to go down an anxiety spiral.

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September Horoscopes

September Horoscopes

The August eclipses punctuated last season’s events with exclamation marks. Congratulations. You made it through. The dust has not yet settled. We are still navigating our way through the fog of uncertainty. What’s next? Floods or fights? Economic ups or downs? From the political to the personal, "transition" is a keyword this month.

January Horoscopes

January Horoscopes

Capricorn (December 22-January 19):

Happy birthday! I invite you to kick off your new solar year with a moment of reflection. Take a deep breath and think about 2016. What was your major theme for the year? What accomplishments did you achieve? Did you fall in love? Did you grieve a loss? Did you let go of something or someone? It was a transformational time for all of us on the planet, but you may have felt it more intensely than other signs because you experienced a culmination of changes that began in 2012. For four years, the Universe has been working with you to co-create your life in significant ways. As we enter 2017, you are beginning the next chapter of your life.

Happy Holidays! Here are December's Transits

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

2016 shook our collective conscious- the web we make up through our intersecting spiritual cords. 2016 made ripples throughout it. We have all been changed by unexpected circumstances that carried us on a bit of a roller coaster ride. We had to either hold on to the status quo and make peace with ourselves and others, or we had to step away and move into the dark unknown of new beginnings. We saw this in our personal lives and also in world events.  

Our higher selves have been calling for pretty intense spiritual growth, and 2016 accelerated growth processes. Consequently, we now find ourselves more closely aligned to our North Node paths more than ever. 

What does that mean?

Your North Node represents a point of destiny in your chart, and it is directly opposite the South Node. Together, these points form an axis line that plays a significant role in your chart and life. Your purpose is what brings you the most meaning in your life, what fulfills your soul. However, it is unfamiliar territory. Thus, the closer you get to the realization of your North Node, the more resistance and fear you feel. Your Nodal axis tugs at your ego, urging you forward in often uncomfortable ways and then sends you backward to clear old karma/old emotional and psychological patterns. You slide back and forth between these two impulses throughout your life, finding a balance between the comfort of the South Node and the fulfillment of the North Node.