Ready or not, here it comes! This summer, Mercury is turning retrograde in the expressive sign of Leo from July 14 to Aug. 8. At least once during this Mercury Retrograde period, you might ask why Mercury has to go retrograde at all. Indeed, there are troubles with communication, traffic jams, and computer outages that drive us a little crazy. Yet, with all the difficulties this phenomenon can present, it's good to know there really are reasons why Mercury Retrograde can be a good thing.
While it's in brash and bold Leo, Mercury inspires us to express ourselves with a new sense of urgency ... and drama. We tend to take ideas and promote them as though they are the ultimate answer to life itself. Obviously, we need to temper our impression of how important we are in the context of the world around us. Yet, this retrograde does give us a chance to grab onto the enthusiasm we have now and carry it with us always.
Mercury will add a little flash to its retrograde when it taps on Jupiter's expansiveness and Uranus' impulsivity around July 22. This might help us to discover ways to show our powers of thought, innovation and inspiration to do things we might not have the courage to do under normal circumstances.
Learn how Mercury will impact your life on a personal level by reading your Mercury Retrograde horoscope below!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Sparkling and spicy as you are, you might find you're even more outgoing and friendly during these few weeks of Mercury Retrograde. Yet, while it's in your 5th House of Creativity and Play, this retrograde period will probably create annoying planning mishaps. Take extra care when you're recording where you're supposed to meet people, and when. Or, be your spontaneous self and look wherever you are for opportunities to meet new friends or a potential mate. The universe has a strange way of putting the right people in the same place at the perfect time -- even when we think a wrench has been thrown into our plans! Show your powers of innovation through creative communication, clever comments and incisive observations that cut through delusion, smoke and mirrors.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
With Mercury retrograde in your 4th House of Home and Security, you might worry about whether you're living a purposeful life. You need to feel as though the things you do are practical and useful. Rather than allowing a rudderless feeling to escalate and erode at your self-confidence, get proactive about making your home life a positive experience. If the people you live with and around need to change the way they treat you, then it's your job to stop and communicate your needs to them without expecting them to read your mind. You could come up with a creative way to inspire your ambitions to earn more money now, too. Make sure you have a happy nest where you can hatch your plans.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Because quicksilver Mercury is your sign's ruling planet, you get a double whammy every time Mercury goes retrograde. This time, as you lose touch with Mercury's magic, it will affect activities that fall in your 3rd House of Communication, Technology and Transportation -- so you could get a triple whammy! Because you're so inventive and clever, you'll handle it with ease. Take those little computer failures and transportation foibles in stride, and tap into your creative nature to work your way around them. Set a model example as you inspire a group of people to discover a fresh approach to solving a problem that's been vexing you or your organization for what seems like forever.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
You're one of those people who tends to have "rainy day" money hidden in every nook and cranny of your abode, so having Mercury go retrograde in your 2nd House of Money and Worth will touch on your fear of never having enough money to allow you to feel completely "safe." You may discover an error on your part, or a raise or a fee you expected to collect might not show up on time. The test for you is to avoid going into panic mode! Use the power of positive thinking and your ability to embrace change to make shifts in your working life that eventually secure the steadiness of income you crave. There's no more reliable kind of comfort and safety than self-support.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
You always seem to like the spotlight, but with Mercury going retrograde in your sign and your 1st House of Personality and Self-Image, you might become a little nervous when you realize you're turning the spotlight on yourself! It's time for some self-reflection and improvement. If you're dissatisfied with some aspect of the way you look, then make some changes! A revamp of your wardrobe or a fresh hairstyle could help you repossess the attention-grabbing flair you were born with. Don't forget to consider the ways you can refine your behavior from the inside out, too. Use your open mind and sense of adventure to find groups of people that can help you develop all your best traits, especially courage and leadership.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
You have a special arrangement with Mercury, because this mentally agile planet is your sign's ruler. This retrograde, because it falls in your 12th House of Unconscious Processes, might be particularly vexing. There will be times when you think you have some ingenious new thought, and then suddenly you could totally forget what it was. Don't be alarmed. Sometimes when we seem to be "off" with certain abilities, we get the chance to truly appreciate them. Institute new practices that help you focus and retain information. Meditation always helps, and you can also count on an extra dose of intuition to help you know just what to do and say when you have to impress the higher-ups.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Harmony, quiet, and balance are primary needs for you, but when Mercury goes retrograde in your 11th House of Others, you might have difficulty preserving the peace. The lesson-potential here is that you can't always control what people are going to do, so you might as well prepare yourself to adjust to the constant change of the stream of consciousness that surrounds you. Be an enthusiastic participant, and listen to people, even when they complain or interfere with your plans. A new and inventive approach to relationships might be necessary now. Keep your options open and embrace the new.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Striving for excellence is your specialty, and you like being recognized for the way you achieve your goals. While Mercury is retrograde in your 10th House of Career and Status, though, you may feel somewhat frustrated. Delays and distractions could prevent you from showing off everything you really can do. On top of that, the people you want to please might not notice how hard you're pushing it. Use this time to evaluate your position in the world, and how well what you do for a living reflects the passion in your heart. If you need to make changes, use your instincts to identify what they are, then roll up your sleeves. If anyone can make dreams come true, it's you!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
If it were possible, you'd find a way to move through your life at warp speed. Always ready for adventures both physical and intellectual, you enjoy moving around to as many places and with as many people as you can. As Mercury Retrograde falls in your 9th House of Expansion and Travel, though, you may not be able to do so many things at one time. Strive to be more selective about the way you spend your time. The less you scatter your energy, the more you can focus on ways of truly making a difference in the lives of those you care about. Use your sociability to cultivate a one-on-one relationship with someone who can give you good reasons to settle down, relax and feel the joys of love.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Sex is something you think about far more than most people would guess, and while Mercury is retrograding through your 8th House of Intimacy, you could discover just how important this part of your life really is. There is more to true intimacy than mere physical sensation, but there's nothing wrong with paying more attention to the things that turn you on, and asking your lover to make sure you get the kind of seduction you expect and deserve. You may also find the need to become more open and honest about your emotions, which can be tough for you. Shake up your foundations a little bit, and give yourself permission to dig deep and experience your feelings.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
You might think the rest of the world and your concern for the collective trump your one-on-one relationships, but the experience of Mercury's retrograde in your 7th House of Partnership could change your mind. You might revisit a connection with someone you dealt with in the past, and by doing this you will learn more about how you can be a better partner to your current significant other. Be more conscious about your connections at work -- with customers, clients and business associates -- and at home with the love of your life. You might say some things that shock others into readjusting their attitudes toward you, but you'll also build bonds that let you feel open-hearted and totally comfortable about being together.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
You have to admit it isn't always easy to get your act together. The lesson of Mercury's retrograde in your 6th House of Daily Routine will be to pay more attention to the way you plan your schedule and deal with the people you must relate to on a daily basis. Although it's sometimes all right to simply go with the flow, there are times when you have to budget your time, so that you don't find yourself struggling to succeed at meeting a deadline. A temptation to spend more money than you should on items that make your home more comfortable might be an unneeded distraction. Try to stay focused on appreciating what you already have, and rearranging the furniture in a literal or figurative sense.