Mercury is currently sitting at the anaretic 29th degree in its natural sign of Virgo, getting ready to station retrograde early tomorrow morning. Virgo’s position as it stations shows us that big decisions will be made during this two month retrograde period (including both Rx shadow periods) as we tie up loose ends and get all of our ducks in a row before transitioning into a new phase of life. Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, it is much closer to the Earth than it is when the planet is moving direct, making Mercury's energy much more potent during this time. This is why Mercury retrograde can bring more intensity to our Mercury-ruled daily activities including communication, administrative tasks and short-distance travel, causing things to feel a bit chaotic across the board. Over the next three weeks, Mercury will require us to put substantially more effort and attention to detail into the Virgo area of our lives. Mercury rules the “lower” mind which is concerned with what’s logical and practical, and at this time more emphasis will be placed on communication as well as practical matters including our work, finances and our health as we wrap things up, tie up loose ends, and re-vise, re-visit, and re-arrange what’s already begun in the Virgo area of our charts. Humble Virgo lives to serve and finds meaning and purpose in helping others. This retrograde has us focusing on self-care in order to be our best possible selves so that moving forward we can take much better care of those around us.
One of the most notable aspects Mercury will make during it’s retrograde period is it’s threefold conjunction to Jupiter, which first came exact last week on Monday (8/22), bringing higher wisdom and Divine Inspiration into our logical, practical minds. This aspect brings messages from God and beautiful communication that leads to greater expansion in the Virgo (and Libra) areas of our lives. This conjunction between the planets of the higher and lower minds will come exact again on Friday (9/2), and circumstances and themes from the beginning of last week can come around once again to be re-examined. The conclusion of this transit, which can bring greater meaning and purpose into the practical matters of our lives, happens on October 11th in Libra, just five short days after Mercury leaves it’s shadow phase.
Pairing this retrograde with two very powerful eclipses taking place in Virgo and Pisces this month and we’re all in for some major changes, endings, purges and upheavals during the month of September. While this energy can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and confused, it is helpful to be aware that this energy is bringing us all a major upgrade in some area of life. The trick to this Mercury retrograde and eclipse season is to make plans very loosely, keep engaged with the energy and take action needed. Do your best not to cling too strongly to your plans, because it is likely that they will change more than once throughout this period. Relinquish control and recognize that the events of your life are being guided by something much bigger than yourself right now. You’ll come out of this much stronger and more on top of your game so long as you can go with the flow and move where the energy takes you.