Thankfully both Saturn and Venus are now direct and we have some room to breathe! It is however short-lived because Mercury stations retrograde in Leo on the 15th of July until the 8th of August. This retrograde won't be as intense as what we have been through since since mid January. We have been through the worst of it and survived the Mars, Saturn and Venus retrogrades. This is Mercury's second retrograde cycle for the year, the last one for 2012 will be in November when it retrogrades from early degrees of Sagittarius back into late degrees of Scorpio.
But for now, lets concentrate on this upcoming Mercury Retrograde. Mercury, now in the constellation of Leo, is calling for confident communication, showing feelings openly, demonstrative, passionate, generous and enthusiastic expression and speaking with authority in a constructive and non-arrogant manner. Mercury in Leo energy is excellent at promoting ideas creatively, getting the message across, possessing admirable style and charm, organizing by delegating, expressing in glamorous and artistic ways and winning people over with warmth and good will. However, because Mercury will soon station retrograde, we can expect the mis-mangement and internalization of these aspects to expose themselves at times.
Firstly, under a Mercury retrograde we advise you to rest, retreat, read, study, research, re-asses, re-define, re-address, and review issues which appear to be an issue. The next important thing we advise, is under a retrograde do not REACT. Retrogrades want you to go back and revisit unresolved issues in order to move forward because they bring out dysfunctions and issues that have to date gone unresolved - a retrograde highlights lack/fear. Thus, this retrograde will highlight the areas of life and yourself where clear communication is lacking, feelings are internalized or mismanaged, arrogant "know it all" communication and attitudes abound, the inability to communicate what one needs recognition for may go into hiding, creativity may become stifled or run wild, as could the lower ego. Loyalty and integrity may fly out of the window, or you could find yourself revisiting issues around the lack of loyalty and integrity from the past. Mercury is retrograding in fiery Leo, therefore carefully watch your own and other people's emotional and spiritual reactions. People and events from the past return to be re-kindled or re-addressed and finally laid to rest, so be prepared.
There are some key factors always to consider under a Mercury Retrograde, which if ignored tend to throw a spanner in the works. Never sign a contract, even a marriage contract during this period, unless you are renewing the contract. Do not buy anything with moving parts because it will end up giving you problems, especially expensive items like motor cars, computers, electronics etc. Taking your car in for repairs can also turn out to be a frustrating experience because it will more than likely have to be returned because something is overlooked. Things being overlooked is one of the main reasons why we suggest contracts are not signed during this phase. You will miss something important which can end up costing you for up to 4 years after the deed is done. New contracts cannot not deliver what it originally promised. It is also best not to start anything new, like a business or important project under the Mercury Retrograde, rather use this time to do a little more research and trim the edges as needed, and then launch or begin your project from around the 12th of August, which is a few days after Mercury has turned direct.