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  • Writer's pictureDomenic Falcone

Retrograde and combust Mercury in Leo

Mercury is almost at peak combustion, being one degree away from the Sun in Leo. This in itself makes Mercury very weak, but it is also retrograde. It is not only retrograde, but it is being aspected by two retrograde planets, a retrograde Jupiter in Aries and a retrograde Saturn in Aquarius.

When planets go retrograde obstacles arise in the areas of life they rule, this ideally causes one to introspect and perhaps change oneself or one’s direction. Put a different way the outward expression of the planetary energy is blocked and it is turned inward. This presents the opportunity for personal, psychological, or spiritual growth, but it is only an opportunity. Normally it ends up being a frustrating and unpleasant period in one’s life, because making use of such an opportunity is not easy.

As all of this retrograde energy is focus on a weak and retrograde Mercury, this will likely be a period when one feel intensely criticized, restricted, and hopeless. One will feel their limitation in an intensely psychological manner. This criticism may come from one’s self or from outside. If it comes from outside, it is likely to be from an institution or an authority figure such as a father or a teacher.

As Mars is in Mercury ruled Virgo the likelihood of communication, even if only about mundane details, turning into intense emotional arguments is high. Venus has just gone direct in Cancer, which can make emotions intensely felt and expressed dramatically or hysterically. It can also make one more sensitive to criticism. It is a period when emotional fragility and reactivity are increased. It is important to maintain an awareness of the energies at play and to kept reactivity in check and one’s feelings in perspective.

To understand how these transits affect you an individual analysis is required. The interaction between your natal chart and the transits of the planets is always very individual and personal. Contact me for a reading at .

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