As you may know, Mercury is the planet of communication. In our birth chart, the placement of Mercury reveals how we communicate, make new contacts and also how we think and make choices. For example, if you have Mercury in Aries, you may be very direct, spontaneous and passionate. With Mercury in Virgo, you’re likely to be calculating, cooler, and a bit more cautious.
Mercury moves throughout the the twelve signs within a year, where the planet spends time in a sign for about 15 to 30 days. The planet moves forward, but when the planet is Retrograde, the planet appears to move backward optically. Therefore, staying in a particular sign varies depending on whether the planet is Retrograde or not. We have to deal with a Retrograde 3 to 4 times a year so you better be well prepared.
Retrograde periods are there for us to take a step back and what a great luxury is this? Mercury Retrograde reminds you every time to reflect on the choices you make and the way you communicate. Yes, things often go wrong in terms of communication during a Mercury Retrograde period. You hear the clichés: flights being cancelled, tickets booked for another concert, packages getting lost. While certain things are beyond our control, there are a few things we can do to “survive” the Retrograde. CHECK EVERYTHING TWICE. I repeat this every time but try to double check, especially important things. Or three times. Or four. How many times I get DMs about things going wrong during a Retrograde that absolutely could have been avoided. Really, as Ice Cube once said: check yourself before you wreck yourself.
When a planet is Retrograde it means that the energy of the planet is being expressed differently than normal and we can take the time to reflect on this energy. The energy we feel then depends on the sign the planet is in. From August 23rd to September 14, Mercury will be Retrograde in the sign of Virgo. Virgo is an earth sign and is known for its attentiveness and detail-oriented spirit. So what does it mean when Mercury is Retrograding in Virgo?
Well, Virgo loves precision and facts. This means you have to be extra careful when writing things in your calendar. Try to avoid planning too many things into one day or one week. This Retrograde may show you where you have too many things going on and that time is precious. Maybe you will become more aware of the things that need more focus and planning. It is also very possible that something will force you to become more precise yourself or shows you where you are too much of a perfectionist. See, it can go both ways just for you to embrace more balance.
This is a time for introspection. You could become more aware of the choices you make. Habits and routine can become more important and during the full moon in Pisces on August 31, you have the opportunity to let go of things that no longer work for you. This is a great time to think about the habits your future self would thank you for. Maybe this is a time for making progress in silence. You totally got this!