The next Mercury Retrograde is going to be ultra out-there. If you need a new computer/phone or to upgrade something techie, do it in August. Why will it be more than the usual late capitalist, end-of-Pluto-in-Capricorn deglobalizing bonfire of narratives?
Well, Mars will be in mercurial Gemini, warming up for a historically long stay in this Mercury-ruled sign. This phenom lends extra energy to everything Mercury-associated.
How to balance the big gains in focus, elating dialogue and inspo with the potential for mischief and costly mistakes? You’ll figure it out in the moment – it’s not like a Saturn scenario, where forethought and careful planning counteracts a lot of the fuqery.
In this case, it’s better to work on mental agility and thought speed, so you can be responsive.
Another reason this is going to be a particularly lit Mercury Retro? It means Mercury will trine Pluto and oppose Jupiter on multiple occasions between late August and early October.
Everything is super-extra when these two power-players are involved: Pluto deepens intimacy and meaningful rapport but can also manifest as a merde-fest of control-drama theatrics. Jupiter in opposition supersizes negotiations and ideas but could also inspire exaggarated responses to low-grade Vibe Vampires.
Potential Pitfalls: Pass-agg, power-tripped negotiations – particularly within relationships. Micro-details blighting an overall good macro-outlook. Cryptic tech glitches. Freudian typos in emails or text messaging. Over-reactions to, well, anything.
If you know your birth-chart, the most likely zone of impact will be 24° Virgo to 8° Libra.
MERCURY RETROGRADE DATES*
Mercury Enters Shadowzone: August 21
Mercury Retro @8° Libra: September 10
Mercury Direct @24° Virgo: October 2
Mercury Leaves Shadowzone: October 17
*In Universal Time – please check the Moon Calendar for the exact time in your zone.
Mercury turns Retrograde in Libra on September 10 and then backs into Mercury-ruled Virgo for two weeks. before turning Direct in Virgo in early October. If you’re a Mercury Retro purist – and for this specific one, I certainly am – you can extend the dates to include the ‘shadowzone.’
While it sounds satisfyingly medieval, it merely means that you’re counting Mercury as retrograde when it reaches the degree it will shortly retrograde back to. Similarly, you don’t count it as direct until it passes the degree that it turned retrograde on.