On July 7, 2019 at 4:14 PM Pacific Time, Mercury will station retrograde at 10° of Cancer until July 31, 2019 at 8:58 PM Pacific Time, when Mercury will station direct at 29°’ of Gemini.
WHAT’S A RETROGRADE (℞)?
When planets are in retrograde it doesn’t mean they’re actually going backwards. What it means is that from the perspective of Earth, the planet looks like it’s traveling in the opposite direction of what we’re use to seeing. The reason is because Earth is traveling past the planet in comparison to it’s orbit. An analogy I’ve used in the past to help people to understand this would be to imagine you’re driving on a two lane street. One lane is going in one direction and the other is going in the opposite direction. Now let’s say you want to pass the car in front of you. You’ll probably cut over into the other lane when there isn’t any on-coming cars, and pass the vehicle by going quicker than their speed. For a split second, you’re actually going the same exact speed as their car and this is when Mercury is “station direct.” Mercury appears to stop moving in the sky, or slow down, just as the car next to you. When you overtake the car by going faster, it looks as if they’re going backwards from your perspective in the car, and this is when Mercury is in retrograde. The other car isn’t actually going in reverse, it just appears that way.
THIS YEAR MERCURY will STATION retrograde IN WATER SIGNs AND station direct IN AIR SIGNs. This employs conversations based on feelings and thoughts with how we make sense of the world around us.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Mercury is currently “slowing down” (from our perspective on Earth) and will station retrograde tomorrow, July 7, 2019, at 10° Cancer. He will then look as if he’s traveling backward in the sky until he reaches 29° Gemini on July 31st.
29° Gemini is a hot spot in the sky as of late & 29 is an Anaretic Degree in Astrology—a debilitating position for a planet—but a turning point. It’ll be imperative to tend to a contingency before things get “messy” surrounding themes that have to deal w/Gemini & the planet there.
Gemini: talkative, two-faced, distracted, spontaneous, curious, restless.
Cancer: home, family, nurturance, intuition, security/safety, lunacy, sensitivities.
Mercury: communication, thought processes, quick trips, information, decisions.
Pro tip: We need to make sure we’re paying attention to the choices that we’re making—most likely be based on emotions without the balance of logic or vice-versa.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
- How’s the internal dialogue?
- Are you happy w/the information we’re putting out?
- How are you communicating your feelings?
- What’s distracting you from taking care of yourself?
- What needs to be done for your family or home, or your sense of security?
Mercury will be conjunct Mars during the transit which could have you feeling emotionally fiery. Stay away from petty arguments, spewing hate or gossip, and hurting people—especially your family. More compassion, empathy, understanding (Can). Ppl are doing (Mars) things for attention via social media (Mer)—doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad (Gem). They’re damaged & doing (Mars) what they know worked before…how they got attention from their family (Can). The fire/anger will die down after the 18th, but Mercury will conjoin the Sun, which is all ego-driven, lol. It might not get better, but at least you understand the energy. When Mercury goes direct, it’ll catch up to Mars & you’ll experience this shit again, just be wiser.
Some classic Mercury Retrograde (M℞) associations are agitation, confusion and setbacks when it comes to all things ruled by Mercury—communication, language, learning, exchange and the mind. This is a time that’s best for being acquiescent to things not going how you expect them to. Most astrologers will tell you not to start anything you want to continue doing after Mercury goes direct, but I think that isn’t true. I’ve started things during a M℞ that I still do to this day, I even moved during a M℞—drove 9 hours without my moving truck breaking down or traffic, and everything went smoothly—and I’m still living in the same house 2 years later. My other half started a new job during a M℞ and is now a foreman running his own crew and continues to make promotions and get raises. It’s all about mindset.
Pro tip: There’s a lot of doom and gloom surrounding the Mercury Retrograde that people actually manifest fucked up situations for themselves because they go into this transit with that type of a thought pattern. Mercury Retrogrades are the most productive times of the year for me, and the way I’ve made this work in my favor is by learning how to move in tandem with this energy. Be flexible, because sometimes he’ll throw you curve balls and instead of taking it so seriously and getting pissed off, realize that it’s not happening TO you, but FOR you. You will not believe how much you can actually get accomplished and it’ll go better than you thought.
HOW THIS COULD AFFECT YOU
Don’t be surprised if there are communication hiccups between you and others. Emotions could get out of control when you feel like people aren’t trying to understand what you’re saying and you could end up saying some really messed up things to people that you were holding in for a while. Petty topics that don’t really need the conversation will be prominent over more important ones which will leave these critical subjects neglected.
Pro tip: Instead of reacting with your emotions, respond from your intellect. Disconnect from others and regroup by having alone time and stay off social media! lol (not sure if I’ll be able to do that).
One thing I want to point out is a pattern I’ve noticed with people who have their natal Mercury linked with their natal Venus or if the transiting Mercury Retrograde is activating their 5th, 7th, 8th or 11th house, ex-friends, ex-lovers, ex-business partners, ex-whatevers come back into the picture during the M℞. So be ready, hoe.
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