The biggest and best news of the week: Mercury goes direct just before midnight tonight, July 31, at 11:58 PM EDT (just before dawn, August 1, at 4:59 AM BDT). But don’t jump into action immediately—take a deep breath and be glad it’s over. This Mercury Retrograde was such a slog that I’m sure it turned several skeptics into believers. If you want to be safely away from the detours and delays of this retrograde, try to wait until August 4 or 5 to put any new plans or projects in motion. While it might require patience to wait out these next few days, it will be worth the discipline to get back on track the first week in August.
Jupiter is the next biggest and bestest news of the week. Currently in Sagittarius, its Home Sign, and about to go direct on August 11, Jupiter sits at the midpoint of Sagittarius—at 14°—for nearly all of August. We love Jupiter’s 2019 summer residence, mostly because Jupiter is a big, fat, happy planet, whose only failing is its tendency toward excess. Its influence is at its peak in Sagittarius, and given the gloomy political climate, a little over-the-top positive excess would be a welcome relief. But what makes Jupiter’s station in Sagittarius exceptional is a series of trines it forms to several planets lining up in Leo—that fiery, passionate, dramatic Sign of summer that loves romance and thrives on creativity and self-expression.
Mars’ transit through Leo was the first of these positive interactions. We’ve been under the influence of an energetic Mars/Jupiter trine since July 17. It was exact on July 25 and, I’m sorry to report, ends this week on August 2. But Jupiter is already busy trining the Sun, also in Leo, and that positive interaction generates a convivial, optimistic, and generous atmosphere that is certain to bolster a sense of goodwill. Jupiter symbolizes humor, and that devotion to the funny means we can anticipate all kinds of jokes, from the really stupid and silly to sarcasm that’s sharp as a razor. This Sun/Jupiter trine lasts until August 13.
But that’s not all. The Moon enters Leo early this morning and by the end of the day, a Moon/Jupiter trine fans emotional and creative fires, and some of those hot blazes burn quite brightly and for longer than the Moon’s position in Leo.
On Monday, August 5, Venus, also in Leo, moves into a trine with Jupiter, stoking the urge to take a chance on love. This positive interaction lasts until August 12, and it’s so strong that even if you aren’t in the mood for love, you could be persuaded to dabble with a flirtation or two. Even if romance isn’t your thing, this same Venus/Jupiter trine can stoke the fires of creativity, so if you’re looking for a muse that just won’t quit, you’re likely to find it under this influence.
Interestingly, all of these trines more or less come to a conclusion when Jupiter goes direct on August 11 (except for Mercury, which doesn’t begin its trine to Jupiter until August 18). While I am extolling the virtues of the next several Jupiterian weeks, try not to mistake the positive charge of Jupiter for a return to normal—we’re far from normal and won’t be returning anytime soon.
What’s more, the same day Jupiter goes direct, Uranus goes retrograde approximately 12 hours later. Yes, the planet of surprising plot twists begins its review of the havoc—social, political, and spiritual—of the last nearly eight months. As many long-term readers know, when Uranus changes direction, the routines of daily life resonate with a Mercury Retrograde signature, especially when it comes to technology. You don’t have to back up your files, but it would be wise to do so anyway. That week is certain to be chaotic.
So here’s the gist: For the next two weeks, we’re in a sort of honeymoon phase, with Jupiter trining all those planets transiting Leo—consider it much-needed astral relief (although the last time I said there was a smidgen of planetary relief, I was wrong). Mid-August the ethers start to intensify again, and we’re back in the thick of our ongoing personal and planetary transformation, trying to find solutions that unify and remedy the seemingly endless destruction of ignorance and fear. If ever there was a time for kindness, it would be now, and in the days, weeks, and months that lie ahead. Let’s pool our spiritual resources and find ways to inspire our fellow travelers by example.