It’s a week of contradictions here on planet Earth, and handling the contrast between opposing positions and perspectives is certain to require deep reservoirs of patience. On one hand, Mercury Retrograde, in effect from June 26 through July 20, has downshifted the pace of daily life; the normal retrograde interference that tends to snarl traffic and scramble communication is doing just that, which means most of us are repeating ourselves or finding others repetitious. On the other hand, a trine between Venus, in Leo, and Uranus, in Aries, quickens the pace as well as the pulse, particularly when it comes to the rhythms of love.
Crushes and infatuations flourish under this influence, but because Uranus is eratic, you must anticipate falling in love one minute and falling out of love the next. For those not inclined toward romance—and some of us aren’t—this trine also enhances creative endeavors, so be prepared to meet the muse.
Saturn throws a wrench into that spirited expression of free love and creativity, as it “slows down” all week long in preparation to go direct on July 8. When it combines with the retrograde delays and detours, Saturn’s “turn around” could cause the gears of daily routines to seize, another reason why patience is a necessary constant companion.
But wait…there’s more: All of this astral activity occurs alongside the ongoing Jupiter/Saturn/Neptune Grand Trine, a powerful configuration that increases receptivity and empathy, but also has the power to blur all sorts of boundaries. Don’t be surprised if you or someone you love feels dislocated.
And if all that isn’t enough, the backdrop of all these interactions is the ongoing Uranus/Pluto square, an intense configuration that signifies personal as well as collective transformation—and all the upheaval and upset that occur when old outdated systems struggle to hold their own against the inexorable tides of change. Need I say that overwhelm is probable? I’m exhausted just writing about it.
My personal Mercury Retrograde review is focused on scanning the world news, but not dwelling on it. Too often I feel as if life on Earth is an ongoing science fiction epic about two parallel and intermingling universes: One universe is ruled by Troglodytes (a favorite onomatopoetic word that I don’t often get a chance to use), who celebrate and exploit ignorance, at the expense of all life forms, including their own. And the other universe is inhabited by Evolutionaries, who keep searching for knowledge that pushes past the limitations of the human mind into an expanded, holographic perspective that respects life—all life, from the unicellular to the multicellular. Unfortunately, the tension between these two universes inevitably pushes those in the middle to extremes. And the unfortunate result of that polarization is psychic uncertainty coupled with physical instability.
This week, even if you feel pulled apart by contradiction, use Mercury Retrograde to reflect on how to best hold the powerful contrasts of our polarized planet—personal and collective—without losing heart or hope.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Mercury Retrograde occurs in your Solar Fourth House, which represents the home, external and internal. The optimal use of Mercury’s presence is sorting through piles and projects that need to be prioritized and organized.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Mercury Retrograde keeps the emphasis on conversation, and several of those dialogues could pick up the threads of springs past. Stay open committed to heart-felt communication with those that matter.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Use this Mercury Retrograde phase to review your finances, and as you do, pay particularly attention to the details of just how much money you actually need to live a comfortable and rewarding life.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Mercury Retrograde provides an opportunity for you to review your current persona and to make any necessary adjustments you might deem necessary. Don’t misunderstand; there’s nothing wrong—you’re just improving perfection.
Leo July 23-August 22
Mercury Retrograde is going to stir old mental habits, and while some of what you’re thinking about needs to be rethought, much of it needs to be discarded. Try not to let this review turn into a negative brain worm.
Virgo August 23-September 22
You are reviewing history, but not necessarily rewriting it. Let Mercury Retrograde point out the significant moments to learn from, and then allow yourself to review the situation objectively.
Libra September 23-October 22
Mercury Retrograde, in your Solar House of career, is reviewing the details of recent decisions that affect your professional aspirations. As you reflect on those choices, have the courage to change your mind if that’s what’s called for.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Mercury Retrograde could wreak havoc on travel, from the planning stages to the actual adventure. Be prepared for delays, but also be prepared for those interruptions to provide some valuable and memorable moments.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Mercury Retrograde focuses your attention on money, but don’t panic—this is not about running out of money. This phase is about figuring out how you can increase your ability to manage your money with greater skill.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
This Mercury Retrograde is only about relationships—all of them, including and most importantly your relationship with yourself. Contemplate how you treat yourself in times of need, extreme stress, or when you open your heart to yourself with love.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Pay close attention to the details of all your work-related projects and activities. Mercury Retrograde is reviewing all the bits and pieces, which affords you the opportunity to catch the “mistakes” before they happen.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Mercury Retrograde stirs a deep longing to be immersed in creative waters. Allow this process, and don’t be self-conscious about taking as much time as you need. Simply stay in touch with loved ones so they don’t feel abandoned.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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