Is your ex blowing up your phone with “I miss you” texts? Are you running late to every appointment? Is it harder than ever to find the motivation to get things done? Sounds like you’ve got a case of Mercury Retrograde, so feel free to blame all these inconveniences on the most infamous astrological transit of all. If you were hoping for a Summer of smooth sailing, you might want to think again, because Mercury Retrograde begins on July 7 and ends on July 31. Oh, and it will also return from Oct. 31 until Nov. 1.
What is Mercury Retrograde, anyway? Everyone’s talking about it, but what is it exactly? Well, in astrology, Mercury is the messenger planet. It’s responsible for the way you think, plan ahead, get from point A to point B, and of course, exchange information with others. When it’s undergoing apparent retrograde motion, Mercury is essentially traveling back in time, which tends to bring up unresolved issues from your past. Since it’s not functioning in the forward-moving way Mercury is used to, this transit causes loads of technological and communication mishaps. So, really, it’s not totally your fault you accidentally sent your crush a screenshot of your conversation that you meant to send to your best friend. Mercury retrograde has to take some of the blame.
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The Mercury retrograde taking place in July 2019 begins in audacious, expressive, and confident Leo. This zodiac sign has everything to do with your ego and your sense of self. When Mercury retrogrades in this fiery and bold sign, it puts your self-esteem to the test. It can call attention to the areas of life in which you feel inadequate, causing you to do something drastic to get the recognition and attention you desire. Trust that the only approval you truly need comes from within.
However, Mercury won’t stay in Leo for long. On July 19, Mercury will re-enter sensitive, protective, and homebody Cancer, which ups the emotional ante of this transit. You might feel extremely nostalgic during this time and thoughtful about everything that has come and gone. Unfortunately, Cancer is also known for being passive-aggressive, which means the communication crisis might result from not communicating at all. Remember that not everyone can read your mind.
So, how do you get through Mercury Retrograde? Try not to force things to happen a certain way, and do your best not to make any hasty commitments. Things aren’t likely to stick during Mercury Retrograde. Instead, use this energy to revise old projects and revisit issues that still need your attention. In fact, Mercury Retrograde can be an incredibly beneficial transit if you’re searching for closure. Also, remember you’ve got another Mercury Retrograde coming in October and November, so you might as well make the best of it, right?