The August Mercury Retrograde 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 of 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! (See above) 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!
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 August Journey
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo Decan 2 ~ Aug 13 to 18
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.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo decan 1 ~ Aug 20 to 31
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.
Sun Conjunct Mercury
Aug 26 Sun cazimi Mercury at 3º Virgo. Here opens a window of wonderfulness where we can stand in the eye of the hurricane but miraculously come out in one piece. You can make use of the special Sun exact conjunct Mercury moment (Cazimi in traditional astrology). Send a romantic message that really hits the mark or pitch an artistic idea. Try as close to these times as you can. Aug 26: 1.42pm PDT. 4.42pm EDT, 9.42pm BST, 10.42pm CEST. Aug 27 6.42pm AEST. (Cazimi lasts about 3 hours either side of the hour.)
Mercury Retrograde on Regulus ~ Aug 29 to Sep 5
Sep 2 Heated debates could occur when Mercury meets Mars on Regulus and as it slows down to turn direct. Mercury on Regulus. “Honorable, just, popular, generosity abused by opponents, fame, gain through high position.” and Mars on Regulus “Honor, fame, strong character public prominence, high military command.” So Mercury conjunction Mars here is better than you might think. Passionate, fiery but honorable. When people act on impulse, they don’t have time to be be crafty and think up lies. What comes out is raw, unrefined truth.
Mercury Retrograde August Summary
This is a really exciting Mercury retrograde with great creative potential. It also has the power to ignite courage. (Or core-rage!) Mercury retrograde can be deceptive, as theories and words are turned upside down. There is also the tendency to lie and for people to go back on their word. All this can still happen of course, as there is still the potential to make a right pigs ear of that Mercury opposition Neptune! On the whole though, there are so many co-operative aspects and refreshingly honest stars that justice should prevail. If anything dramatic does happen, (and with the world as it is unfortunately one cannot rule that out) it will somehow backfire on those who would use the event to divide and conquer. Truth will out no matter what.