Astrology, in simple terms, is based on the simple understanding that each of the planets that make up our solar system exert their own unique influence on us and the world we live in. So when Mercury appears to be moving in an opposite motion when viewed from Earth, it’s no surprise that life might feel a little backwards.
Gear up everyone, because Mercury, the ruler of communication, began its retrograde on July 25th and will continue until August 18th. It is moving through the fiery sign of Leo, which has a volatile and dynamic influence that may affect the areas we are most passionate about.
Mercury retrograde affects all types of communication-- from verbal and written to online communication. It also affects your self expression and communication style. Consequently, this “retrograde”, or slowing down, of messenger mercury generally affects our 5th chakra (the throat chakra—communication and speaking truth). Overall, you may find yourself in a rut because nothing you say or demand seems to translate well to others. It causes an unintentional mental and communication fog that can make the passage of information simply unreliable. So unfortunately, expect frequent misunderstandings, scheduling problems, and disagreements among friends.
Through all of this chaos, you may decide to harness the energy of Mercury by re-organizing, re-thinking, or re-defining a plan without taking action until Mercury is direct again. Its also a good time to focus on throat chakra alignment by using mantras, stones and essential oils. Think of it as a time to clean up what has yet to be finished and start a new slate for the end of retrograde.
You will feel more inclined to think and process information more slowly, and rather than fighting this frustrating feeling, simply be with it. Maybe Mercury retrograde is just a time for us to take a step back from our busy, hectic lives and thoroughly focus on matters at hand. Use it to curate deeper thoughts and understandings about a subject, issue, idea, or plan.
Whether your communication skills are simply lacking or things are feeling all sorts of wacky during this time, at least we can seek validation through one thing-- Mercury retrograde. Happy retrograde!