Mercury retrogrades are typically associated with review periods. Interestingly enough, the incoming one will be surrounded by several repeating aspects. Taken as a whole, the time to reconsider, revaluate and reinvent is at hand. Mercury’s backwards trek begins on September 9th, when the planet of technology and communication will be at 8 degrees of Libra. That places Mercury at odds with expansive Jupiter, also currently retrograde. The two form exact oppositions on September 2nd and 18th, so prior to and during Mercury’s retrograde. Enthusiastic, optimistic Jupiter has a tendency to over-promise. In impetuous Aries, its exuberance can hardly be contained.
On the Full Moon of August 11th (Leo Sun opposite the Aquarius Moon), the Sun will square Uranus as Venus enters ferocious Leo. In addition to the bluster, two other important trends, Jupiter’s retrograde and Mars’ ingress into Gemini, will begin under the Leo Sun.
here is no getting around the fact that this year’s Leo Sun cycle is loaded with challenging aspects. Leo is astrology’s fixed fire sign, and this year the lion will be displaying its more ferocious side. When the Sun, Mercury and Venus move through, they will encounter difficulties with Mars, Saturn and Uranus. Beyond battles between the more cheerful planets, like the Sun and Venus, and the malefics, Mars and Saturn, these confrontations will take place on the unyielding fixed sign faults.
A grand earth trine, Mercury moving beyond the shadow of its recent retrograde and a full Moon in friendly Sagittarius are on the way. Though there are a few bumps in the offing, on the whole, the next two weeks will help us get real work done and launch vacation season 2022. It all gets started under a waxing Virgo Moon in the wee hours of Monday morning.
On February 20, 2022, for the first time in 246 years, Pluto will return to the exact spot it was at on July 4, 1776. In this post, astrologer Elizabeth Pendleton explains the components of this alignment and puts its significance into context. Elizabeth has been a professional psychic reader since 1998, and she has been writing about astrology since 2007. This article will help those unfamiliar with astrology to get their bearings, as the first of these major conjunctions unfolds. It’s 1776 again!