The Mercury Retrograde in August travels from 11º Virgo back to 28º Leo. The retrograde lasts from Aug 13 until Sep 5 and what a Leonine theme we have! Mercury retrograde’s path travels from the tail of Leo the lion all the way to its very heart. Fixed star Regulus is one of four so called ‘royal stars’ that lie at the heart of constellation Leo.

There is no escaping the regal lion this year, as this Mercury retrograde activates the eclipse degree 28º Leo (Of the Aug 21 Solar Eclipse.) This is extremely significant and Mercury will actually station direct on Regulus too. This is rather like giving the Lions’ back a good scratch. Will this Mercury retrograde put the Lions back up or make it purr like a kitten? Let’s see!

Aug 15 to 21 Mercury starts off in weak opposition to Neptune while also being on the irritable tail star of the Lion, Zosma. Generally this is not a fortunate position. Robson says “It causes benefit by disgrace, selfishness, egotism, immorality, meanness, melancholy, unhappiness of mind and fear of poison, and gives an unreasonable, shameless and egotistical nature.” Personally I have found Zosma to be a little too self-sacrificial, to the point where it can get really resentful if it doesn’t eventually stand-up for itself.

It’s not all bad news, Zosma has the ability to prophesy and heightened intuition which is further amplified by the Neptune opposition. As ever with Neptune, if it is dragged to a low dimension then this opposition can be very treacherous. Sadly, Neptune being stirred like this is likely to agur more Mediterranean drownings as human traffickers exploit the ‘refugee crisis’. Deceptive..

July 24 ~ Mercury Pre-Shadow period starts at 28°Leo.
August 13 ~ Mercury Retrograde at 11° Virgo.(1.00 am UT.)
September 5 ~ Mercury Direct at 28° Leo. (11.29 am UT.)
September 19 ~ Post-Shadow ends at 11° Virgo

Mercury Retrograde August Horoscope

What a busy chart! Yes there is a T-square, but it is totally overshadowed by lots of really juicy aspects. The chart on the whole can dwarf the influence of the sly Mercury opposition to Neptune, and it really is inspiring!Mercury Retrograde Horoscope

Venus conjunct Ceres is beautiful, and softens the blow of the T-square. The two sensual and fertile goddesses activate the illumination of Sirius.(Goddess Isis). Isis is the resurrection goddess, who re-membered her divine masculine husband Osirus, and brought him back to life. All seems doomed, but is it? On a more basic level, Venus on Sirius according to Robson brings “Ease, comfort and luxury, extravagant, gain by inheritance.” Nice…. Venus/Ceres are both trine Neptune which is just so dreamy.

This can be deep soulmate love and inspired creativity from a muse. The grand trine is in blazing fire signs. A whistle-blowing Moon conjunct Eris, trine a protective Leo Sun, trine a fateful, but supportive Saturn Retrograde. That glorious fire trine turns the T-square into a kite. So we are all flying optimistically and high as kites during this time. Mind your step though, you could daydream yourself off a cliff. I’m thinking of the Fool tarot card here!

Mercury Retrograde 2017 Astrology

Aug 13 to 18 ~ Virgo Decan 2

The prophetic ability of Mercury is the focus of this decan. Here Mercury is also a powerful healer and can be quite magical. Dedication to the priestess role and being of service is important. Having said that, Hermes’s mental agility can be used to manifest great wealth, which can be used in a positive philanthropic way. Virgo decan 2 is a great position for doing business as those tuned into this zone will have a real knack for knowing the ups and downs of the market.

This Persephone-like decan can attract Pluto in a positive sense, in that it easily pulls in wealthy investors for business deals. It should be easy to conjure up funding for any projects. The ability to prophecy gives Mercury retrograde here a real edge when it comes to gambling and playing the stock market. Even though the markets are jittery, some people could make their lucky fortune at this time. Those who have less materialist concerns will be attracted to helping others rise above their victimhood.

Aug 20 to 31 ~ Virgo Decan 1

Mercury rules Virgo of course and is strong here. This will help to channel some of the pain and melancholia that can come with the more difficult stars of this decan. Creativity at this time can be surprisingly poetic, that is, when the right brain is allowed to take over. The collective’s right brain could be triggered by a traumatic event during this time, otherwise logic has the upper hand. Mercury here is highly analytical and very fact-based as a rule. It can be overly literal however, which means there is trouble reading between the lines and seeing hidden motives in the media. There is gullibility here because the youth of Mercury makes it very childlike and pure. Those innocent qualities can bring out a very blatant honesty.

This is a great time for fixing things that have been broken for a while. Reconstruction is easy at this time. As is solving puzzles and finding the missing link. Mercury here is less nervy than usual. It can become so absorbed in whatever it finds interesting at the time that it forgets its own body. Don’t forget to plant your toes in the soil every now and then, otherwise there is a tendency to dissolve into a drunken negative Pisces. Frying your brain for too long in facts and figures can result in us gasping for that large glass of cool Vino.



  1. Yay for more 8º stuff! I don’t have anything at 8º Leo, but I think I have something around 8º in every other sign. Thankfully thinking with the right side of my brain is no problem at all, but in my 9th house? Hmmm…

  2. Marina!

    Thankyou! I love the way you write. You put all these images that for me are so clear and that I am so able to recall! I love your writing style.

    My Persephone lays on 19° Leo, on my 2nd House, in Leo.

    You always talk about this tight grades, so I should feel free because there are nothing I may notice in my chart.

    Nevertheless, my karmic thing is getting in these little triangles, starting with my father. I have been back and forth seems like forever looking at those and trying to heal them (and NOT acting them, mainly…).

    My Inner Child is so full of energy and lust and love for life. Thus, acts pretty much like a Persephone. She is very vivid to me. This is a set alarm for me (because of the scientist I many times cited, who “ows me one”).

    I really pray Godess/God to help me, in these times. And -yes- I always blamed my father and other men. But it was always ME! So I can use my otherwise clever and mature Saturn (opposing my Venus and Sun in Aries in the 10th, and quadrating my ascendant cancer), to learn more about my impulsiveness!

    Nice to have the info now, so I may reflect and act otherwise than Lillith cutting beautiful flowers with Persephone, eating the cherries and finding my self on a vertiginous trip to the Underworld.

    I wish me luck, really!



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