Navigating this Summer’s Mercury Retrograde

Mercury appears to move backward in the sky for three weeks a few times a year. Expect glitches and delays. It’s not a bad thing – just give yourself a little extra time to do your normal tasks. For example, if you normally just make it to work on time, try leaving ten minutes earlier than usual. Or if you dash off emails without reading what you’ve written, take the time to double check them for spelling and tone before sending them off. In other words, avoid rushing and strive for clarity.

While Mercury appears to move backward in the heavens, we often have mishaps with communication (Mercury the Messenger rules Communication) and tools that help us communicate. This is a good time to back up your computer! It is NOT a good time to buy a new cell phone—however, Mercury helps you comb over details, so it would be a good time research cell phones.

On a lighter note, Mercury Retrograde is a good time to resume a project you may have put aside. It is also a time when you may find things that had previously been lost, or, you may hear from a long lost friend.

My friend Robert Alvarez has posted what to expect for Mercury Retrograde by which  zodiac sign it is moving through. Currently, Mercury will be Retrograde in Leo. According to Robert—

Mercury Retrograding in Leo (the upcoming Mercury Retrograde)–Ah, those of you that LOVE looking good and are focused on appearances are going to have an especially challenging time during this Mercury Retrograde.  Bad hair days, clothes not “looking right” and making a sunlit splash may be rather difficult at this time.

For instance, with Mercury Retrograding in Leo, it may be a time to let go and enjoy the warm summer sun while not worrying about looking “perfect”! It’s nice to look good, but this may be a lesson in relaxing about our outer appearance. On the other hand, if you’ve got an important event to attend, it may be wise to be prepared by bringing back up attire, or allow extra time for ironing—just know that you may have to make an extra effort to feel good about how you look, or that someone may spill red wine on your white blouse . . .

If you’d like to see what Robert says about what to expect while Mercury Retrogrades in other zodiac signs, check out his post, Mercury Retrograde Mysteries, Part 1.

I wonder how Mercury Retrograde in Leo effects cats. This weekend I accidentally locked my cat Tiger in a room for a day and a half!! Poor kitty! (I’m sorry Tiger!!)

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Holly hails from an illustrious lineage of fortune tellers, yogis, folk healers, troubadours and poets of the fine and mystical arts. Shape-shifting Tantric Siren of the Lunar Mysteries, she surfs the ebbs and flows of the multiverse on the Pure Sound of Creation. Her alchemy is Sacred Folly — revolutionary transformation through Love, deep play, Beauty, and music.

5 thoughts on “Navigating this Summer’s Mercury Retrograde

  1. Holly, you post was wonderful! Frankly, there were some things that I did not seem to have the time to write when I wrote “Mercury Retrograde Mysteries, Parts I and II” but here they are in your blog post. Anyone wanting to learn more about Mercury Retrograde Transits is going to enjoy reading both my blog posts, and yours, too. Not to mention learning a lot about something that seems to mystify a lot of people, even the Astrologically savvy. You honor me greatly, and I remain ever thankful.


      1. I published it approximately four hours ago, so it is definitely ready to read! However, again, I must state that what you wrote in your blog post truly complements what I wrote in both of my Mercury Retrograde Posts. And again, thank you.


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