Mercury stations retrograde in Virgo for North American on the evening of August 12th. But you may have already been feeling the energy shift, especially since we’ve simultaneously entered an eclipse season beginning with the Full Moon this week. Mercury entered the pre-shadow phase on August 1 and a more intensified pre-shadow on the 8th as it moves toward Retrograde Station. During this time you may already have been experiencing glitches in communications, and personal relations. August 14-17 are the most intense days of this retrograde cycle, before settling in on 18th through the 31st. Mercury will once again enter an intensified phase from Sept 1 through 4, before it stations direct in Leo on Sept. 5., after which it enters a post-shadow stage (intensified Sept. 6-8), then leaves the post-shadow phase on Sept. 19.
During the Mercury retrograde cycle we are dealing with daily life on two levels. One is how others affect us. There’s not much we can do about the behavior of others except to stay centered, conscious, and aware of possible delays, miscommunications, or misunderstandings. That’s not to say that you should EXPECT these things since that’s sending a message into the Universe that you don’t want to be reflected back to you. However, when we are conscious of our surroundings and are working from our heart, things will generally go more smoothly when dealing with the world around us. So, maintain balance, groundedness, and insight, and don’t let the actions of others or glitches in technology throw you off your game.
At a deeper level, this is a period that fully supports introspection and inner work. It’s a perfect time to slow down, breathe through it, and take time to RE-visit, RE-evaluate, RE-view, RE-vision, RE-pair, and RE-align. That can include anything from contractual agreements to how you operate your business. It’s also a good time to take a closer look at your daily life. Is your schedule so cramp packed that you don’t have time to take care of yourself? Is it time to learn the value of saying, “No!”? Take time to RE-flect on these and other areas of your life. It’s a time for a deep dive into how you approach life in general. Focus on RE-newing relationships and giving meaning and actions to heart-centered work. Clear your tendencies for getting caught up in the shadows of others as well as your own. When we work or react from our needs, our pain, from our buttons being pushed, or taking care of others and not ourselves, we act from our shadow…and that is what mercury retrograde is all about. So take advantage of this time to create an inner life that will give you RE-newed energy for the months to come. It’s especially important as we enter the last quarter of the year with all the demands these months bring. So take the next few weeks to establish some new inner and outer habits that will sustain you in the coming months.