Focusing on ‘the Feels’ to Direct ‘the Work’
Mercury retrograde phases happen every year. Usually the same elemental energy is emphasized. In 2019 Mercury spends extra time in water signs Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. These signs, considered karmic, usually have an influence over career direction, daily work schedules, earnings, and health –all areas that reflect aspects of your value system. Like all members of the zodiac the emotional currents intermingle with thought processes, at times interfering with the ability to step back and rely on logic alone to see us through. For air signs that can be especially overwhelming as there is a tendency to over-intellectualize emotional fodder.
MERCURY Retrograde in LEO/CANCER July 8thuntil August 1st, 2019.
The second retrograde phase of the year begins on July 8thin the early degrees of Leo in conjunction to Mars. Your reputation, how you associate with others, career direction are all aspects of your life that will need attention. In truth this zone in your chart can cause some friction, evoking a need to alter how you present yourself. Possible issues here included sending off mixed signals. On one hand there is a desire to create an atmosphere where everyone gets along – no doubt an honorable intention. On the other hand you may push for that scenario so strongly that your intentions come into question. You yourself may question ‘why am I even bothering’ and then all of sudden there is a switch in thinking ‘I have to do more, I have to take charge’. The latter can rub others the wrong way and so it can be easy to find yourself bouncing back and forth between two extremes that cloud your intentions in the eyes of others. Needless to say Mercury induces the need to focus more on how you really feel so that you can better integrate that into the person you present to the world.
While Mercury retrogrades in Leo from July 8thto July 19thit’s likely that you’ll dive into the mix wanting to bring light to others. Once Mercury returns to Cancer (on the 19th) however, it will become apparent that perhaps you should dial it back and focus on your own individual feelings about the matter sans excessive involvement in how others feel.
Mercury corrects its course on August 1stbut will not re-enter Leo and be out of its retrograde shadow until August 15th. By the time Mercury returns to Leo emotionally charged interactions will begin to taper off.
2019 Mercury RX in a nutshell….
All three Mercury retrograde periods are likely to trigger emotions that are in need of further investigation. It won’t be easy. The tendency is to blame the actions of others for triggering us. While, yes, ‘they’ may play some part in causing us to hurt it is our responsibility to work through what comes up. The truth is no one can actually hurt us if we are aware and can accept that in order to grow, growing pains are to be expected.
* It is always worth noting that this interpretation of how the Mercury retrogrades can influence your Sun Sign only touches on one layer. It is an outline of the general theme. Where your planets were at birth, your rising sign, and a slew of other factors unique to your personal chart touch on deeper aspects.