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Mercury Retrograde: How to Survive A Three-Week

Brace yourself! Communication planet Mercury is retrograde in fiery, expressive Leo from July 26 to August 19, 2018, making for one hot HOT summer that could unleash some selfish moments and rash outbursts.

Ever have a moment when everything seems to go wrong? Your data disappears, people argue over nonsense, traffic is hellish, and your computer crashes as you’re putting the final flourish on your Powerpoint pitch deck. Flights are delayed or cancelled or you forget your passport at home on the way from an international vacation. Plans change without warning and your friends stand you up. There’s drama, sure…but this is just BEYOND.

Chances are, you’re smack in the middle of Mercury retrograde.

Tail between legs? From July 26 until August 19, 2018, messenger planet Mercury will be traveling retrograde through expressive, dramatic Leo, stalling plans and mixing up messages just as you were oh-so-sure you were ready to shout it from the rooftops. Tempting as it may be to charge full steam ahead with a passion project, doing so might only delay the mission further (or worse, cause an epic crash and burn). With Mercury back-spinning through hearts-on-sleeves Leo, attempts at vulnerability could lead to bruised egos. As the trickster planet reverses its course in the proud Lion’s den, random acts of courage could go up in smoke if the proper checks and balances aren’t put into place.
Mental Mercury also rules the transfer of information, and during this signal-jamming cycle it’s wise to password-protect all sensitive data and back it up to the cloud. Since Mercury retrograde can disrupt technology, take special precautions with your digital data. Back up all your important files and photos to the cloud. Mercury rules contracts, so think before you ink any deals. Either wrap up important negotiations before the cycle starts, or wait to sign documents until after Mercury goes direct.
Pro tip: To play it extra safe during Mercury’s backspin, keep beverages far away from your computer; this is the time when you could knock over a cup of coffee onto your keyboard or laptop. These are mistakes that can be avoided with a little extra caution until Mercury stations direct in late-August. (For more on how Mercury retrograde will affect your star sign, read your Monthly Horoscope.)

So what IS Mercury retrograde, really?

Three or four times a year, Mercury passes the earth in its orbit. As it rounds the bend, Mercury slows down and appears to stop (station) and spin backward (retrograde). Of course, it really ISN’T moving backward, but much like two trains or cars passing each other, this creates the optical illusion that one (Mercury, in this case) is going backward.
In astrology, Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology—so all of these areas can go haywire for about three weeks. To top it off, Mercury retrograde also has what’s called a “shadow period” (which we explain in this post), so you may feel the #retroshade a couple weeks before and after it actually happens.

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