Intuitive Astrology: Mercury Retrograde July-August 2018

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Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods will go retrograde from July 25 until August 18, in the sign of Leo.

Whenever Messenger Mercury goes retrograde, he travels into the underworld, into the depths of our psyche, in order to gather old secrets, clues, and information that we need to go back and look through one more time.

During his travels, Mercury has the job of collecting past messages that either got lost by the wayside or were not heard the first time. Mercury does this in order to bring them to our attention once and for all.

Most of us lead fast paced lives and are always on the go, which makes it hard to always hear and receive the messages that are coming from the Universe and higher dimensions.

During Mercury Retrograde, things slow down and we are given the opportunity to look back over things that we may have missed. Things from our past may come to our attention, and we may receive more insights or information to help piece together events in our lives.

While Mercury travels through the underworld, it is important for us to practice patience and to wait to see what messages Mercury may reveal to us.

Under this energy our subconscious mind also becomes more active, and we are able to become aware of thought patterns or blockages that we may not have realized before. This makes it the perfect time to meditate and delve into the deeper parts of our soul.

As we have so many other planets in retrograde at this time, including Mars, it may be challenging to define exactly what messages Mercury is trying to deliver to us. In fact, we may not really be able to understand them until both of these planets start moving direct again by the end of August.

Mercury is also turning retrograde just a few days before the potent Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 27th, so during this time we may feel a little scattered.

Painful truths or insights may also rise to the surface, and this will be something we may have to sit with for a while until we can figure out how best to deal with things.

Seeing as Mercury is retrograding through the fire sign of Leo, it is likely that whatever comes up for us is going to be something we need to stand our ground with. This Leo energy wants us to find our independence and hold true to our power.

However, instead of using this energy to compete or get combative with others, this energy is guiding us to learn the power of patience. Sometimes, problems have a way of working out on their own without our constant interference. As zen philosopher Lao Tzu said-

“Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?”

No matter what mud is stirred to the top under the retrogrades and Eclipses, there is a power in learning to find our inner peace through it all, and to remain in this state as the chaos swirls around us.

Eventually, once the dust settles, we will know the right way forward, we just have to be patient and trust that sometimes things have a way of working out if we leave them alone.

Mercury retrograde can be a chaotic time in the Universe, but this is just so we can awaken and gain new insights.

While it may not be the perfect time to rush ahead, it is the perfect time to slow down, go within, and tune into the quieter, softer, more intuitive voice of the heart.

Be patient with the energy unfolding, and trust that by the end of August there will be smoother sailing ahead. Things will be easier to understand, and we will be able to look back on this period in our lives with newfound clarity.

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Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.