We're pretty much halfway through this Mercury retrograde in Virgo. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, so a retrograde in this sign is extra thorough. We're getting into the nitty gritty details & whatever house the retrograde is transition for you is asking for retrospective adjustments to be made. I always emphasize that retrogrades are not to be feared because they are something you can prepare for. Prepare to take things slowly, to have back up plans, to review & reevaluate, etc. You can also plan not to initiate things or sign contracts/make commitments during this time & if you have to just triple check the details & ask all the questions.
Virgo is the cleaner, the organizer, the healer. Fixing what's broken, helping where it hurts, & meticulously cleaning shit out. That's what we're up to giving & receiving during this transit, even if just within our own internal lives. Mercury is about connections between us, other people, & information. A foundational aspect of relationship. So when thinking about what messages Mercury retro is giving us, looking into our relationships to those things/arenas is a vital place to start. Mercury is at 2 degrees of Virgo, having fun with the Sun also in Virgo now. Where the retrograde is in our charts indicates where we're taking pauses in-between renovating. Inhale. Exhale. Life-Force.
To help us with the rest of this reflection period, here's a sign-by-sign list of what you can be fixing/taking it easy with according to your Rising sign (or your sun, if you don't know your rising you can generate a chart with your birth time here). It'll be back-stepping into Leo on September 1st so read for the house before your Rising sign as well to see if you can note any overlapping themes, though I think the Leo part of the retrograde will just infuse the main work we’re doing with a reminder of our power & creativity.
With help from The Rulership Book by Rex E. Bills, I've given a few essential keywords for each house/sign that you can use to zoom in on what your Mercury Retro messages might be about. This is super complex relative to each persons individual chart, but this kind of guide is good for reflection & affirmation of what's coming up for you. The word next to the House is from an oracle card; I’ve pulled one message for each of you from the Saltwater Reading Cards oracle deck. Take it as an affirmation, as a hint for what to focus on/avoid, or simply let it sit where it resonates. Especially if you're feeling like this...
VIRGO :: FIRST HOUSE :: HARMONY
attitude, style, habits, self-interest, survival, new ventures, outlook
LEO :: SECOND HOUSE :: GUIDANCE
money, finances, giving & receiving, material possessions, resources, security
CANCER :: THIRD HOUSE :: ENDURANCE
transportation, communication, education, everyday environment, learning
GEMINI :: FOURTH HOUSE :: FAMILY (how in sync is this!?)
domestics, home, family, parents, ancestors, rest, emotional landscape
TAURUS :: FIFTH HOUSE :: SYMBOLS
self esteem, creativity, youth, the arts, friends, romances, play
ARIES :: SIXTH HOUSE :: APPEARANCES
health, habits, jobs, healing, services, work, cleanliness
PISCES :: SEVENTH HOUSE :: ACTION
collaborations, committed relationships, marriage, social life, enemies
AQUARIUS :: EIGTH HOUSE :: EMOTIONAL OVERLOAD
death, shared resources, sex, healing/cycles of the psyche, power
CAPRICORN :: NINTH HOUSE :: THE UNEXPECTED
beliefs, travel, expansion of consciousness, spiritual affairs, teachers/learning
SAGITTARIUS :: TENTH HOUSE :: COMMUNICATIONS
business, career, public image, achievements, goals, mastery
SCORPIO :: ELEVENTH HOUSE :: BE AWARE
community, visionaries, ideals, society, social alliances
LIBRA :: TWELFTH HOUSE :: BE JOYFUL
secrets, spirituality, hidden emotions, solitude, sorrows,