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Mercury is about to go retrograde on the 18th of this month (June) and with that, a lot of people are on edge. Sure, this retrograde is going to be overwhelmingly positive but some of us may still find chaos amidst all of the energies before us. 

This retrograde doesn’t have any planetary aspects which means it’s going to be much more toned down than the mercury retrogrades we’re used to experiencing. Thanks to Sirius it will be all about positivity and success. Many of us may find that this retrograde is one that opens a lot of doors. 

This retrograde will be happening in the sign Cancer which as you may expect brings out our emotional side on a deeper level. Cancer is all about expression and well, that can be a bit confusing for those who are not used to showing their feelings and sharing them with others. While that might not sound like much, for some of us that will be a very hard situation to get through. 

Mercury retrograde as a whole is normally associated with communication issues and things of that nature which we will still be experiencing but nowhere near as intensely as we would on your average Mercury retrograde. During this retrograde which won’t end until July 12th, we should all be working to express ourselves but only within reason. If you think you should bite your tongue and not say something that could be misconstrued, please do listen to your gut. 

Astrology King wrote as follows on this retrograde and what we should be expecting if it is present in our natal chart:

Natal Mercury in retrograde motion suggests there may have been a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions. Perhaps you were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.

Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. A repeating theme of challenging events related to your past is likely, especially when young. The aim is to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout.

Natal retrograde Mercury can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing, and comprehension. You could be a shy, quiet person whose thoughts have turned in. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company, and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.

Retrograde Mercury only lasts for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years, you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury in retrograde motion later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.

I for one will be making the most of these energies and seeing where they take me. I hope you too will do the same. This is almost like a breath of fresh air considering the things we’ve been facing energetically lately. I am quite excited to experience all that is to come.