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!

Mercury Retrograde Horoscope
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 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.

Sun Conjunct Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde AugustAug 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.

Mercury Retrograde General Meaning

When Mercury goes retrograde the traditional advice is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time. Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain. During the retrograde period it feels like Mercury has gone down into the underworld. In this realm, closer to spirit, we become more right-brain orientated. It is dark, so other senses are heightened. We will feel extra sensitive here, psychic even. Everything will seem hyper-real… you will notice things you had overlooked before.

This will prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, re-form, and re-invent. It’s true you might have to redo things, because Mercury will hit the same degree three times, but this transit won’t let you go into autopilot. There are danger spots though. When Mercury is stationing retrograde we are at a wobbly stage where we are likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread another’s communications. Once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business, knowing that we are in another realm. The same goes for when Mercury is stationing direct, just make sure you give your brain a few days to adjust back to solar thinking.

The house in your natal chart that Mercury retrogrades in, will be your Underworld zone. There you will question everything. It will make you jittery about signing contracts, because you will be constantly thinking, “Is this what I really want?”. Before the retrograde, is a good time to finish off those Solar left-brain projects and gather information to bring down with you into  your retrograde cave. Then you can slow things down, let yourself be taken into other dimensions, try on different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, then recharge and reboot.

Mercury Retrograde 2017 ~ Dates

March 27 ~ Mercury Pre-Shadow period starts at 24° Aries.
April 9 ~ Mercury Retrograde at 4° Taurus.(11.14 pm UT.)
May 3 ~ Mercury Direct at 24° Aries. (4.22 pm UT.)
May 19 ~ Post-Shadow ends at 4° Taurus

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

November 15 ~ Mercury Pre-Shadow period starts at 13° Sagittarius.
December 3 ~ Mercury Retrograde at 29° Sagittarius.(6.34 am UT.)
December 22 ~ Mercury Direct at 13° Sagittarius. (12.50 am UT.)
January 11 2018 ~ Post-Shadow ends at 29° Sagittarius.

Image ref: Stills from the film. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. (2005.)


  1. That retrograde means Mercury stops short of my Ascendant at 15o Virgo and transits backwards and stand right at the midpoint between the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction. I have an idea this timeperiod is going to be the very acme of “interesting times.” Funny you should mention “witches”; I once ruled a coven in my day..also Isis, my Goddess who is being blasphemed every day by having Her name associated with the hated Saracen. Also, the cazimi lands directly on mu husband’s birthday, so that too should produce an interesting result. I will keep you posted as to how you did, Marina!

  2. Fabulous and incredibly valuable info on my current obsession (August eclipses… Leo that I am) but my ephemeris shows Sun Mercury Cazimi on August 26!, not 21. What am I missing? The suggested hours seemed correct but 21 being eclipse date, I see Sun at 3 degrees Virgo, as well as Mercury 3 degrees, on 26 August?
    No impertinence intended… just confusion. Typo?

    Best regards,
    Mark Allen


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