Up until now, the formative forces expressed by the zodiac under the previous signs have been orientated towards the inner realm of self-expression that doesn’t wish to be hindered by external influences. This all changes when the Sun enters Virgo on August 23rd.
August certainly packed a punch and I’m sure left many of us reeling. Between Mercury retrograde and the Eclipses, a lot of information was thrown at us. This month, we get the chance to breathe and make sense of it all. The atmosphere in general during this time of year is of getting ready. Autumn begins this month and “winter is coming” (forgive me George R.R. Martin). Now we harvest what we started in Aries and analytical, discerning Virgo is here to help with that task.
Mercury will begin its retrograde orbit in the sign of Virgo on August 12th and then move into Leo on the 31st and remain there until it turns direct on September 5th. Virgo works hard; it is driven to perfect the skills it acquires so that it may be of service to the whole. Having Mercury retrograde during Eclipse season is definitely a cautionary tale to slow down and not be in a hurry to act. It also means that more information is likely to be revealed when Mercury goes direct again.
The planet Mercury turns Retrograde from August 30th to September 22nd. As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. Needless to say, it is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business. We all know the drill.