As with all Mercury retrograde transits, including this latest one starting on July 26, 2018, you can expect setbacks, mishaps, and miscommunications, as well as running into old contacts, colleagues, and crushes (yikes).

Mercury in Leo is loud and proud. If Mercury normally deals best when in rational, objective signs, when in Leo, Mercury is instead entangled deep into our hearts, begging to express that which beats from within.

Mercury is clever and full of tricks.  Mercury in your Natal Chart embodies the ways we think, speak and write, as well as the ways in which we use our cunning to bend the truth and sidestep responsibility.

Planet Mercury’s themes: the manner of our minds, the ways in which we learn, our brand of intelligence, our rational processes, the speed with which we integrate new information, the ways we write, communicate, or speak, a natural place of play or discovery, our powers of persuasiveness, our connection to curiosity, a place of play and changeability, an area of cunning, transactions, trade and negotiations, skills of the hands, travel and journeys, divination, magic, and astrology.

Typically, Mercury retrograde is not the ideal time to launch new ventures or sign with new clients; later, you may come to realize that you did not have all the information needed to make the best decision possible. If you must interview for a job or rent an apartment, your best bet is to return to people, places, and companies you already know and trust.

This is definitely a classic case of the old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Translation: take an extra beat before you speak or act if you don’t want to spend the next few weeks apologizing. Mercury retrograde… comes with an increased risk of arguments, conflict, and accidents,” “Use common sense, caution, and patience to avoid rash actions, over reactions, and risk taking. Be ready for the unexpected by staying open-minded and flexible.”

Obviously, this is easier said than done, especially with four other retrograde planets influencing your thoughts and behavior. If you’re wondering how Mercury’s latest backspin will affect your sign, it largely depends on how you react to Mercury’s dark and twisty energy.

For these reasons, the classic advice during Mercury retrograde is to re-do, re-think, and review instead of simply doing.

There is also the matter of the Mercury retrograde shadow. Mercury’s retrograde transit lasts almost exactly twenty-two days, but there are 10-20 days either side of this period where Mercury is moving sluggishly and not at his best. This is known as Mercury’s ‘shadow’ period. During this time, we may feel as if Mercury is already (or still) in retrograde and experience the same types of miscommunications and frustration. The safest bet is to wait until Mercury is both out of retrograde and its shadow before undertaking important decisions.

Although the most obvious effects of Mercury in retrograde happen externally, the most important work manifests when we undertake deep internal reviews.

Mercury’s retrograde cycles, however disruptive they may be at times, offer us the ability to gain greater objectivity in a particular area of life. In normal waking consciousness, and in an increasingly over-scheduled, distracted world, we have left ourselves precious little time for reflection. For many, once we are on a given path, we can end up myopically married to it, losing all perspective; viewed in the right light, Mercury retrograde becomes an opportunity to re-approach important aspects of our lives with renewed vision.


Re-do, re-think, review

Check and double-check travel plans and schedules

Leverage old contacts

Revisit leads that had previously fizzled out

Approach previous clients for business

Repair old items

Search your closet for forgotten goodies

Back up your computer, phone, etc.

Tie up loose ends

Leave for Later:

Final negotiations, especially with new/unknown partners

Starting a new job

Launching a new venture

Purchasing electronics or big-ticket items

Sending or receiving shipments (buy insurance!)

Last-minute travel

Highly-detailed tasks, especially numerical/mathematical ones



Aries, if an ex or old friend you haven’t spoken to in five years suddenly texts you, it’s because Mercury retrograde is notorious for bringing unresolved issues to the surface. Be prepared to deal with long-suppressed emotions, as well as some people you thought you’d left in the rearview mirror a long time ago.

“With the messenger planet reversing through your house of love, an ex-flame could reappear on the scene, with tempting promises or a repentant mea culpa,” “Remember, Aries: There’s a reason it didn’t work out the first time. You need solid proof that you won’t have to go through the same chaotic drama again.”


Taurus, while the totality of this summer’s retrograde energy has you moving forward like a boss, Mercury retrograde is here to remind you to slow your roll. While your normal stance is to make a list and check it twice, and you subscribe to more of a wait-and-see mantra than a fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants motto, once you get going it’s hard for you to put on the breaks.

However, if you ignore the stop signs from Mercury retrograde, you might regret it later after you come to your senses. “Attention to home and family matters increases towards the end of July, and any imbalances between personal and professional pursuits become glaring, demanding that a balance is found,”If you focus on slowing yourself down, this can be a very rewarding month.”


Gemini, if you’ve been having a particularly rough summer-retrograde season, I have good news. This particular Mercury retrograde is going to be your new best friend. While everyone else is mired in myriad misunderstandings, for you, everything will finally come into focus. “You can absorb a lot of information so this is a good time for studies and exams

What’s more, aside from you not getting bogged down in miscommunications with others, people will totally understand where you’re coming from. It’s kind of like you’re wearing a shield of teflon that deflects all of the dark and twisty retrograde energy. “You can express yourself strongly and clearly without upsetting anyone. This is the best time of the month to buy and sell, apply for a new job, and ask for favors.”


Cancer, you’ve had a pretty easy summer retrograde season so for, and all good things must come to an end. For you, the July 2018 Mercury retrograde is going to be an exercise in frustration, which is why being prepared is mandatory. Adopt the motto “hope for the best and prepare for the worst” because this Mercury retrograde will throw up roadblocks for you at every turn.

“Watch for misunderstandings with clients and coworkers, budget snafus, and computer crashes at the job,”. “Early in the month, take precautions by backing up your data to the cloud and deleting any questionable emails, especially ones sent on the company server. A promising financial lead could ghost you, or a key meeting could be delayed.” Try to weather the storm the best you can, and hold onto the knowledge that this drama will only last three weeks.


Leo, because Mercury is retrograde in your sign, you can use its energy to your advantage if you pay attention. During the pre-retrograde shadow period, others will seek you out for advice and be eager to listen to what you have to say. If anything is weighing heavily on your mind, get it off your chest before Mercury turns retrograde July 26 because after this others might not be as receptive and could become immune to your charms.

“Mercury turns retrograde, the day before the [lunar] eclipse. This indicates that you might have to play a longer waiting game with regard to love or partnership until Mercury is back up to speed mid-August. This could feel unbearable if you’re dealing with strong emotions but rein in your Leo appetite for leaping into action.”


Virgo, the July 2018 Mercury retrograde cycle is going to require a lot of self awareness on your part if you don’t want to alienate everyone around you. It’s no secret that you love to be in control, and when Mercury is retrograde this is next to impossible. Accept the fact that you might be late, electronics will malfunction, and others won’t bend to your will. Take an extra beat before saying or doing something you’ll surely regret later.

“Mercury will be retrograde in Leo and your foggy twelfth house, potentially creating a minefield of confusion and passive-aggressive behavior. Trying to get a straight answer out of anyone will be an exercise in futility. “You could also reach a breaking point — probably a necessary one — wherever you’ve made sacrifices that aren’t in your own best interest or tried to control a situation in vain. Enough!”


Libra, you already spend way too much time dwelling on what you should have said or done because you want to make everyone happy. Unfortunately, the July 2018 Mercury retrograde cycle is going to bring you even deeper into the well of dwell hell. Try not to beat yourself up. You can’t make everyone happy. After all, you’re not pizza. When you start to feel dark and twisty, close your eyes focus on your breath.

“You might dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. “Business negotiations will be in a state of flux. Some important details may not yet be available or other parties won’t be reliable or honest.” Keep in mind that it’s not you, it’s Mercury. Everything should resolve itself when Mercury goes direct.


Scorpio, the July 2018 Mercury retrograde is going to force you to resign yourself to the fact that no matter how hard you try, little can be accomplished. It might feel like you’re pushing a rock up a hill every day only to have it roll back to the bottom every night. For you, Mercury’s backspin is going to be  frustrating so make sure you take some extra time for self care.

“Clients and bosses may be royal pains, changing their minds or delaying decisions with bureaucracy. If you’re thinking of investing in a new laptop, phone, printer, or email or website host, wait until after the retrograde. “If you can, spend the few extra bucks for the insurance and full warranty. Back up all your files, and always review before hitting ‘send’ or ‘publish.'”


Sagittarius, your go-with-the-flow nature means that you’ll adjust to the changeable energy of Mercury retrograde more quickly than other signs. However, you’ll still want to trust your gut and exercise a little bit more patience than normal. Anything you try to push through during Mercury retrograde will likely fall apart later. Use this time to relax and recharge so you can resume your regular pace once Mercury goes direct.

“You’re naturally inclined to adjust, build, and observe in July. “The trick now is to avoid pushing things that need some more time. Brand-new endeavors may not get off the ground, but work in progress can benefit significantly from your attention now.”


Capricorn, if you have unused personal days or vacation time, Mercury retrograde is the perfect time to take a break. However, instead of going on a trip you might want to hole up at home with your favorite Netflix series. If this isn’t an option for you, exercise extreme caution and try to fly under the radar as much as possible because this one’s going to be rough.

“You really might want to hang the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign starting July 26, when Mercury — the planet of technology, communication, and travel — turns retrograde in Leo and scrambles signals with your closest people. “Back up any sensitive data, from racy photos to classified documents. Increase your privacy settings, strengthen passwords, and guard against identity theft while tech-titan Mercury’s awry.”


Aquarius, the July 2018 Mercury retrograde cycle could have you getting in your own way to the point that you unintentionally sabotage a project or relationship that’s near and dear to your heart. While you might feel compelled to shoot first and ask questions later, this tactic will definitely backfire. If you just can’t stop yourself, consider taking a break from projects and spending more time alone until Mercury goes direct.

“You may very well reach an impasse with a significant someone or experience other forms of misunderstandings or delays. “Watch for impatient communications and a self-destructive way of shooting yourself in the foot. Also this month, you could be wrestling with something from the past or insecurities that undermine your performance, which results in occasional choppiness.”


Pisces, Mercury retrograde is here to remind you that it’s important to slow down and do one thing at a time. If you don’t stay grounded and pay attention to what you’re doing, you’re likely to send an inappropriate (and highly embarrassing) text or email to the wrong person. Try to get more sleep and engage in physical activities that both ground your esoteric energy and help prevent you from getting sick.

“Back up electronic data and cut down on multitasking because this signal-scrambling retrograde can wreak havoc on your workflow. “Watch your stress levels and boost your immune system, as you could be prone to catching a summer cold or virus during this powered-down time.”

Overall, the July 2018 Mercury retrograde cycle is going to be a huge pain in the butt for almost everyone. However, if you surrender to the fact that things are going to wrong no matter what, and you let go of control, you’ll get through it just fine.

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