A big thank you to astrologer Felissa Rose for her assessment of the upcoming Mercury retrograde:
MERCURY’S SECOND RETROGRADE IN 2018
For the second time in 2018 on Thursday, July 26, the planet Mercury will be going retrograde. Mercury goes retrograde three times each year, this year the first was in March and April, and the last will be November 16 thru December 6. The coming one begins on July 26 at 1:04 am EDT in 23 degrees 27 minutes of Leo. It ends on August 19 at 12:26 am EDT in 11 degrees 31 minutes of Leo when Mercury turns direct.
During the entire time that Mercury is retrograde both the Sun and Mercury will be transiting Leo. Leo is the sign of self-expression and creativity and this would be a favorable time to work on what you enjoy doing. The retrograde will slow you down a bit, tending to make you reflect on what you hope to accomplish. Retrograde energy is internalized and whatever it brings out needs to reflect both what one feels internally as well as expresses externally. Whatever one creates, musically, artistically or through writing needs to satisfy a deeper resonance during Mercury retrograde periods. Many writers were born with this position as they often repeatedly go over their thoughts and ideas before or when they are actually doing the writing.
Mercury is about connections both in and out of the body. This includes the way ideas are shared with people, thoughts processed in one’s mind, as well as the working of different equipment. It rules all types of tubes and with the planet Uranus, which is the higher octave of Mercury, circuits. Some of these circuits include the human nervous system, passages that transmit the fluids in the human body, and the pipelines that move oil and gas from one area to another. In these areas, especially mechanical ones, problems are more apt to take place while Mercury is retrograde.
If possible while Mercury is retrograde, avoid any type of medical tests and procedures. If emergencies occur, they must be dealt with, but if you have a choice put it off till Mercury and if possible, Mars is no longer retrograde. Mars has been retrograde since June 26 and won’t be going direct until August 27, at 10:06 am EDT. This is the planet that rules surgery and if it would be a good idea to delay it, if possible, until Mars goes direct.. Certainly not in all instances, but there’s a greater likelihood of mistakes being made while both Mars and Mercury are retrograde. The clarity of what needs to be done is also somewhat lessened during the time that Mercury is retrograde. As previously mentioned retrograde energy is internalized and Leo, where Mercury is transiting during the retrograde period, rules the spine and the back. Treatment by a chiropractor, acupuncturist or massage therapist can be helpful to those with problems in these areas. Mars will be moving through Aquarius then go into Capricorn during its retrograde period. In the body Capricorn rules the knees, bones, and the skeletal system. Aquarius rules the legs from below the knees to the ankles as well as the circulatory system. If one needs unavoidable medical treatment, then certainly go ahead and see someone. Though maintenance by a competent alternative therapist can be quite beneficial during these retrograde periods as well as when they are not.
So, enjoy the summer, try not to focus so much on work and take some time off. Expect things to slow down a bit and warm and sunny August is a good time for this to occur. August is like the extended Sunday of summer.