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Mercury Retrograde Is Over! How To Move On With Your Life


Can we get an amen? Mercury ends a three-week retrograde that caused interruptions with technology, travel and clear communication from August 12 to September 5.

Rejoice: Mercury retrograde is over! Three to four times a year, Mercury, the planet of communication, spends three weeks in a special brand of upheaval—as most of the world now knows. As Mercury passes the Earth in its journey ’round the Sun, it appears to spin backward.(Read our in-depth explanation of a retrograde here.) Thus, everything under Mercury’s jurisdiction—conversation, simple instructions and plans, transportation and technology—gets muddled as well. People argue senselessly, flights are missed and trains are delayed, and electronic equipment fizzles out.

This go-round, expressive Mercury was reverse-commuting through his home sign of analytical, anxious Virgo from August 12-31, before rounding out the final days of its cycle in egocentric, expressive Leo. You’ve probably experienced a few meltdown moments with friends, family members and colleagues, especially during Leo season, when we all had a tendency to err on the side of drama.

As Mercury corrects course, it settles into a new cosmic landscape. The Sun is in Virgo, the zodiac’s analytical ace, helping us bring order to leftover chaos. Mars is also in Virgo from September 5 to October 22, sharpening our wits and revving us to clean up any messes (self-created or otherwise).

Mercury will linger in Leo until September 10, then it joins the Sun and Mars in Virgo from September 9 to 29. If your brain was a foggy field in August, you can really make up for lost time. Since Mercury rules the transfer and travel of information, hopefully your data has been password-protected and backed up to the cloud. (Tip: Try to keep it that way.)

retroshade: it ain't over 'til it's over

Not so fast! Mercury’s “shadow” is in effect until September 19.

Don’t rush to launch your new podcast or book an instant weekend getaway. Mercury’s “shadow phase” is still in effect until September 19 (it began on July 24). It’s like a slow fade-in and fade-out, where we’ll feel lingering effects of the retrograde a couple weeks before and after. We call “retroshade,” since messenger Mercury still seems to be throwing shade at us!

That said, the coast IS clearing for the standard post-Mercury retrograde activities: shopping for gadgets and a new set of wheels, signing contracts, getting tattoos, deciding whether or not your love interest is undateable. Move ahead at a gentle clip and give your good senses a chance to resume.

And just a friendly reminder…

One thing you should know is that EVERY planet goes retrograde. The word “retrograde” has become so ominous these days, and even oversaturated in the mainstream. And while we might find this annoying in some ways, these cosmic cycles are also key times to really review, refine and reconfigure. While Mars and Venus only go retrograde every other year, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are in reverse annually, for a good chunk of each year, giving us all ample time to fine tune our most cherished projects and goals.

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