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Mercury Turns Retrograde

Mercury Turns Retrograde
Dale Osadchuk

2018 Mercury retrograde in Leo- July 26- 1.02 am EDT to Aug 19- 12.25 am EDT

When planets go on a retrograde journey they have what is called a “shadow phase”. Mercury, the messenger planet, first entered Leo on June 29. Leo is the sign of goals and aspirations, creative courage and “the heart of a lion”. It is also a sign that feels it has a special destiny in the world. I believe that destiny is to become centered in the compassionate heart and release ourselves from the ego’s agenda of having power over anyone or anything. The only true power is discovering the Sacred Flame within our hearts and letting it shine brightly into the world. To me that is what this Mercury retrograde in Leo is about. Leo rules the heart.

Our Archangel guides for Mercury Rx in Leo are Raphael, the shinning one who heals, Mary, Divine Unconditional Love, Michael, spiritual destiny guide, and Faith, trust and belief in self. Our Animal totem guides are Salmon, courage and perseverance (Northern Hemisphere) and Otter, companionship and sharing (Southern Hemisphere). The Clan Mother is She Who Heals, the mother of intuition. She teaches us to serve the truth. (The 13 Original Clan Mothers  by Jamie Sams).

On July 07 Mercury reached 11 degrees of Leo and entered his retrograde shadow. (Just to explain a planet moves into its shadow period when it reaches the degree it will eventually move direct at. Mercury will move direct on Aug 18/19 at 11 degrees Leo. He will clear his shadow period when he reaches 23 degrees Leo on Sept 02 the degree he has turned retrograde at). So today (July 25/26 depending on your time zone) Mercury has reached 23 degrees Leo and begins his actual backward journey until Aug 18/19 when he moves direct. Whatever you have been experiencing for the last two and a half weeks is now up for review, rethinking, re-evaluation, and revision. When Mercury moves forward again we move into the realignment phase. The areas of focus are creativity, romance, children, and surprisingly risk taking.  Avoid the latter during the retrograde as you may not like the results.

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The cautions during the retrograde are: don’t start anything new but review what is working and strengthen that. Get ready to release what is not working. Expect communication issues so say what you mean and mean what you say. Mercury Rx can really cause havoc with computer related correspondence. Be careful what you write in e-mails. Avoid major purchases. Try not to sign contracts but if you have to sign read the fine print. Be extra cautious while driving as traffic accidents increase during a Mercury retrograde. The advice: be patient, kind, and heart centered. Use this time for reflection and discover your inner power and courage to be your authentic self.  

The Sun is the planetary guide for this Mercury in Leo retrograde journey. The theme is courage of your convictions and courage to be yourself. But this morning (July 25) the Sun in Leo and Uranus in Taurus were square (finding new ways of doing things) each other setting the tone for the Mercury Retrograde action. Uranus in Taurus asks us to break free from what is no longer of value or importance. He will also play an important role in the Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27/28. With Uranus “expect the unexpected” is key. The Sun in Leo asks us to shine our Divine light into the world. Uranus in Taurus will also square Mars in Aquarius on Aug 01/02. This is the second square in a cycle that began May 16. The final square will be Sept 18. Mars in Aquarius is associated with the collective consciousness. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Expect the unexpected. The theme for their current cycle is revision and realignment. So this Mercury retrograde journey has some powerful opportunities for becoming heart centered and transforming the collective consciousness from ego control to compassionate Love. On Aug 08/09 the Sun and retrograde Mercury will meet giving us all the courage to release what no longer serves us and create a foundation in our life built on Loving Kindness.

Blessings Dale

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Copyright Dale Osadchuk 2018. 
Reprinted with persmission from Dale Osadchuck on crystalwind.ca. All rights reserved. 

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