Yup, it’s that time again: We are under the influence of another Mercury retrograde period.
Mercury retrograde began yesterday, Sunday, July 7 in the sign of Leo. Mercury will remain in Leo until Friday, July 19 when it slips back into the sign of Cancer.
Once Mercury goes direct again on July 31, it won’t make its way back into Leo until Sunday, August 11.
Mercury was already in Cancer in June. During this retrograde period, you may find yourself revisiting some of the same ideas, conversations or concepts that came up between June 17 and July 6.
Don’t get frustrated if you feel like you’re going around in circles with something here.
Mercury retrograde can sometimes feel like we’re riding a boomerang, with a certain sticking point or issue repeatedly showing up.
Once Mercury backs up into Cancer on July 19, the focus becomes much more about feelings – ours and everyone else’s.
This can be a particularly powerful time to sort through the tough stuff within your personal relationships:
- Is there an issue that you and your partner just can’t seem to get sorted out?
- Do you feel like a broken record, continually telling someone what you need from them and having it fall on deaf ears?
- Do you hesitate to share your feelings? You may be pressed to express something you’ve been keeping under the surface.
- Do you feel your values or priorities have changed among your friends or loved ones, and you’d like to catch up on what’s most important to all of you at this stage in your lives?
These are just a few examples of the themes that can emerge during this summer’s Mercury retrograde period.
I pulled the Queen of Swords for this week’s message, which made me laugh: This card is often thought of as direct, assertive, and sometimes cold – this queen has a way of getting her point across. But does it have to be either / or when we talk about our feelings? Do feelings have to be soft and vague?
Can’t they benefit from some of the open, honest energy of the Queen of Swords, a card that encourages us to just get the heart of the matter?
In 2019, Mercury retrogrades through the water signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio as a way to help us reconnect to our emotional realms. While Mercury is a cerebral planet, it is expressing itself through the depths of the heart at these times, and so is pushing each of us ensure our heads and hearts are better aligned.
“I am giving voice to my deepest needs.”
Until next time,