Hello lovely ones,
Hopefully this finds you all faring well, having navigated the first eclipse and not drowning in a tsunami of flames as depicted by this image!
Just to add to the cosmic intensity this month we also have Mercury ‘s retrograde to contend with, in both Leo and Cancer.
Mercury’s retrograde begins this Sunday July 7 at 4 degrees of Leo and will continue until July 31 when Mercury stations direct at 24 degrees Cancer.
First and foremost, if you can look at your chart and check where you have these degrees of Leo/Cancer in your chart (so from 24 degrees Cancer moving through to 4 degrees Leo) you will be able to see exactly where this retrograde is impacting you and perhaps even any natal planets you have that are going to be impacted by this retrograde.
If you are a Leo/Leo rising or a Cancer/Cancer rising, or have specific planets or points in your chart between 24 degrees Cancer through to 4 degrees Leo, then you will feel this retrograde more than others.
If you were born with Mercury retrograde in your natal chart (and specifically if you have Mercury in Cancer or Leo) you may well enjoy this period as it is one in which you may feel more ‘understood’ and as though your thoughts and communications are flowing properly.
If you are a Soulstrology newbie or none of the above applies to you, then you can simply use the Soulstrology zodiac guides below to see the areas of life ruled by both Cancer and Leo in your natal chart, which in turn are the areas of life which may be impacted over the next few weeks.
Regardless of our sign, our natal chart, or whether we were born with Mercury retrograde, we all need to watch out for the usual Mercury retrograde snafus - miscommunications, mail not being delivered properly, emails going missing in cyber space, misunderstandings, technology issues, travel snafus etc.
It’s a time in which we all need to take extra care with what we say, what we do, where and how we travel, and our technology, just because these are all themes which can be subject to Mercury’s mischief.
However, and I feel like a broken record saying this, but it must be said: Mercury’s retrograde is also a powerful portal for us to work with the cosmic energies and reset/rebirth ourselves or an area of our lives.
Some of the biggest miracles in my life, both personal and professional, have taken place during a Mercury retrograde (and no, I was not born with Mercury retrograde in my natal chart).
Sometimes the past can come knocking in the best possible way, with an opportunity for healing, closure, or a fresh start.
Sometimes past endeavors (or people) we have given up on can return for revival and a rebirth.
At other times, it is just a great opportunity for a redo, or reset!
As always, as Soulstrology teaches each of us, that the stars impel but they do not compel.
Mercury’s retrograde is going to happen whether we like it or not, but it doesn’t have to be ‘bad’, what we need to do, is work with it mindfully in order to extract the best possible outcome for our lives.
Onward, it is no cosmic coincidence, but rather a beautiful synchronicity, that this retrograde takes place halfway through the year during eclipse season and also in one of the signs which we have experienced eclipses and big shifts in (Leo) in the last couple of years, and one of the signs we are currently experiencing eclipses and therefore big shifts in (Cancer).
It is as though the cosmos is asking us to look back at the shifts which took place in the Leo ruled areas of life (triggered by the Leo/Aquarius eclipses of the last couple of years) and tie up any loose ends and make sure that things are as we desire them to be. A beautiful opportunity to REflect and REset!
Equally, the Cancer ruled parts of our charts and lives is currently undergoing huge transformation and will continue to over the next 18 months, so we are able to harness the power of Mercury retrograde to do more reflecting, reviewing and reconciling around certain themes and/or areas of life.
For each of us, regardless of our sign, the following themes, known as the natural zodiac themes of Leo and Cancer (in other words the areas of life that they traditionally rule for each of us) may pop up for retrograde resolution.
Love, dating, romance
Fun and joy, socializing and downtime
Children, whether yours, others, children you wish to have, the role of children in your life, and your inner child
Creativity, self-expression and your unique creative light that makes you, you
Pride, courage, passion
Family and family life, past, present or future
Your private, domestic life and your inner self
Home - who, what and where is home to you
Your emotions and your emotional health
These areas of life and the areas of life for your sign (read for both your Sun and Rising sign) in the Soulstrology Mercury retrograde zodiac guides below, are the areas of life that may either pop up for you with a Mercury retrograde snafu, or are ones in which you may wish to reflect upon and reset.
With Mercury’s retrograde in Leo, we need to be mindful that we are not too fiery or headstrong/proud.
Fiery foot in mouth syndrome backed with an ego dose of pride can have its ramifications, which aren’t necessarily so pleasant or for the highest good of anyone…
With Mercury’s retrograde in Cancer, we need to watch out for being overly emotional, or overly withdrawing in our shells and not expressing our truth, and/or being a ‘victim’ of circumstances.
When our emotions get away with us, it can lead to outbursts which have a domino effect.
If we completely withdraw, we don’t serve ourselves, or others, and actually this is a form of ‘victim syndrome’ too….
All food for thought as we approach this retrograde and the powerful lunar eclipse…
Take the time to review both this blog, my Huff Po piece, and the Soulstrology zodiac guides to see where and how this forthcoming retrograde may impact you, but remember, whatever happens, is happening for you, not to you.
You have the power within to make this a mindful experience, even if there is some mayhem, and who knows, maybe even extract a miracle or two out of this retrograde….
I have included some Soulstrology Soundbaths in this post which I feel will be of most use during this retrograde, but as always, listen to whichever ones bring you the most peace, clarity and grounding.
Wishing you a mindful Mercury RX!
SOULSTROLOGY ZODIAC GUIDE MERCURY RETRO IN CANCER
Aries/Aries rising: home - who what and where you consider home, family, your childhood, domestic life
Taurus/Taurus rising: your mind, communication, your 'voice' in all formats and related projects, short trips, your siblings, neighbors and local community
Gemini/Gemini rising: your income, your possessions, your personal finances, your values (who and what you value in life) and your self-esteem
Cancer/Cancer rising: your identity, the very essence of who you are, how people see you/your appearance
Leo/Leo rising: healing, secrets, your subconscious mind, secret projects, what you keep hidden (including the hidden you) endings and completion
Virgo/Virgo rising: your tribe, friendships, groups you belong to, causes you support, your most cherished hopes, wishes and dreams for the future
Libra/Libra rising: success, career, ambition, your status, your public legacy
Scorpio/Scorpio rising: spirituality/religion/higher learning, legal matters, travel, foreign places and people
Sagittarius/Sagittarius rising: joint projects and finances, merging, sex and transformation that comes through merging
Capricorn/Capricorn rising: partnerships and close relationships of all sorts - romantic, platonic and professional.
Aquarius/Aquarius rising: your daily routine/work/lifestyle, your health - mind/body/soul
Pisces/Pisces rising: love and romance, children - yours and/or others, fun, self-expression and creativity
SOULSTROLOGY ZODIAC GUIDE MERCURY RETRO IN LEO
Aries - love and romance, children - yours and/or others, fun, self-expression and creativity
Taurus- who what and where you consider home, family, your childhood, domestic life
Gemini - your mind, communication, your voice in all formats - including related projects, siblings, neighbors, short trips
Cancer - your income, your possessions, your personal finances, your values (who and what you value in life) and your self-esteem
Leo - your identity, the very essence of who you are, how people see you/your appearance
Virgo - healing and hibernation, secrets, your subconscious mind, secret projects, what you keep hidden (including the hidden you) endings and completion
Libra - your tribe, friendships, groups you belong to, causes you support, your most cherished hopes, wishes and dreams for the future
Scorpio - success, career, ambition, your status, your public legacy
Sagittarius - spirituality/religion/higher learning, legal matters, travel, foreign places and people
Capricorn - joint projects and finances, merging, sex and transformation that comes through merging
Aquarius - partnerships and close relationships of all sorts - romantic, platonic and professional.
Pisces - your daily routine/lifestyle and health - mind/body/soul