Mercury Retrograde at 11 degrees of Virgo on 13 August 2017 from 01.02 hrs

Mercury, planet of the mind and of communication and commerce, is the ruling planet of Virgo so this retrograde passage could be stronger than some others. If your natal Mercury is in Virgo you will be particularly aware of the effects. How it affects you personally will depend on which part of your natal chart (House) is covered by Virgo. If your natal Mercury is in Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini then you may also be more aware of Mercury's passage as it squares (90 degrees) itself in Sagittarius and Gemini, and opposes (180 degrees) itself in Pisces.

Traditionally people assume that a retrograde Mercury signifies delays with journeys and miscommunications. While this can be the case, a retrograde Mercury can be a three-week period for reflection on matters relating to the sign that Mercury is transiting, taking time over plans and projects, and just thinking. And if other people try to rush you at this time, be aware that a quick decision may not be for the best.

For some people this will be the time they receive their exam results so if you are hoping to go to University or to some course of further education and the results are not what you wanted, take your time to think of alternatives. Obviously there will be the intense pressure to contact Clearing as soon as possible, but just think, is this wise? If you are a parent or relative coping with a disappointed teenager, try to help them not to grab whatever course is offered just because it is available. The reverse could also be true: the exam results are much better than expected. Enjoy the success, but still take time to investigate courses and, again, don't plump for the first offer unless you are as sure as you can be that it is the right one. This is one example of how using the energies of Mercury retrograde in Virgo can be beneficial at this time.

In the archetypal zodiac Virgo is the Sixth House of day-to-day work and health, and of service to others. These issues are already in the limelight because of recent events, so expect a further emphasis on hospital workers, the ambulance service and related areas at this time (not necessarily because of another emergency). There could be a focus on careworkers, or informal carers (the family and friends who voluntarily look after relatives or neighbours who can't manage by themselves). These people could find themselves having to take difficult decisions about the well-being of their “cared fors” or there might be delays in arranging care. People who do voluntary work, especially in health-related sectors, could find themselves thinking over their commitment to such organisations. We could all find ourselves thinking more about how we serve others (even if it's only taking in a parcel for the neighbour we don't like!) or our attitudes to our own health and well-being.

From 1 to 5 September Mercury slips into Leo before turning direct and finally returning to Virgo on 10 September. Leo is the archetypal sign of recreation and creativity, so perhaps there will be a more marked reluctance to return to school this year, or to let go of the holiday feelings and return to Real Life again.

To find out exactly what this Mercury Retrograde is going to mean to you personally, have a reading with one of our fully qualified astrologers.

By Lucy Voss  Consulant Member British Astrological & Psychic Society.  

Chiron retrograde 1st July until 5th December.

Chiron is the wounded healer and our greatest teacher. His position in your particular birth chart gives an indication of the soul wound that you (and all of us) are each here to heal. This can be either a physical condition or a spiritual, emotional or mental wound.

It takes Chiron 50 years to return to the same position within our birth charts and the healing of this wound is often begun by receiving a similar wound, which enables us to heal both at the same time. This is why so many people have what we call a “midlife crisis” because as Chiron returns to the same position we are given the opportunity to heal this original wound.

When a planet goes retrograde it does not necessarily mean that bad things are going to happen.


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