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 August 20th Mars began its seven-month journey through Gemini. With such a bold, assertive planet moving into the sign of communication and media, the astrology world was abuzz about the potentials of the transit. On the same day, Mercury stealthily entered the shadow zone of its upcoming retrograde at 24° Virgo 12′. On September 3rd, Mars will follow suit and cross the shadow point of its forthcoming retrograde at 8° Gemini 08′. Gemini is of course one of Mercury’s two domiciles, the other being Virgo where it is presently. So while Mars may be garnering a lot of attention, Mercury’s influence is apparent and important.
An exciting and insightful couple of weeks are in store as Venus opposes Pluto, the Sun squares Uranus and Mars heads into Gemini, for an unusual seven-month-stay. The action starts late Monday night with Venus. Back on July 18th and 19th, Mercury and Sun found themselves opposite of resourceful, transformative Pluto, when they were completing their tours of Cancer. Now, the planet of money, love and pleasure will have to negotiate with the Lord of the Underworld before she too can move into Leo.
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.