On August 30th, Mercury stations retrograde for the last time in 2016. At 29 degrees, 4 minutes of Virgo, this phase of Mercury gives us the opportunity to carefully ponder our lives, what we want to accomplish, adjust, or change.

During a Mercury retrograde, mental activity has a greater tendency to turn inward. We naturally go back over things, reconsidering, restructuring, reorganizing; our thoughts, our desires, our plans.

As Mercury is the ruler of Virgo, this is a particularly strong retrograde. Virgo is an earth sign that is naturally concerned with making things better, through honest assessment and then developing an organized, detailed plan of action that can set in motion the changes desired. With Virgo’s natural practical energy, this is a good time to clean out closets, drawers and files, as well as setting up new and improved systems of organization within your home and or office.

Jupiter also in Virgo and at 28 degrees is currently in a conjunction with Mercury, and can add a strong dose of optimism as we assess our current position.  As Jupiter increases the energies of a sign, in Virgo, it has the potential to either ramp up our inner critic to an unhealthy level, which is the shadow of Virgo, or, Jupiter’s influence can give us each the ability to see our situation in a more positive framework with a practical, workable solution.

Many (including myself at times) get a bit nervous as this phase of Mercury gets closer. It does seem that during the retrograde, communication, electronics, and important decisions and details of life can become rather tangled, more than normal. With that said,  it would be wise to back up computer files, make copies of important information, and take your time before you delete anything, Make lists, (Virgo loves lists), and double check facts, (Virgo loves to check facts), before you share or base decisions upon them.

Paying attention to the details is always important during this time. Especially if you are considering major changes, commitments of any kind, or any large purchases. And for these types of things, use the retrograde period to understand your intentions, sort things out, and weigh your options. With a clear head, measure your risks. And then, if you’re able to, wait to make long term decisions or sign documents until after Mercury begins its forward movement on September 22nd. And if you can’t wait, go over all details, and make sure everything is clearly understood, and everyone is on the same page.

Adding to the astrological mix and intensifying the energies of Virgo, is the New Moon Solar Eclipse on September 1st, when the Sun, Moon, and Earth will align, creating an eclipse, at 9 degrees, 21 minutes, in the sign of Virgo.

Solar Eclipses signal changes. During an eclipse we individually and collectively receive intensified energy from the Universe, bringing us thoughts, feelings, perceptions that alter our consciousness. Think of a switch that when triggered, resets everything. What are the circumstances, situations, or directions in your life that you sense are about to shift? What in your life doesn’t seem to be working very well, or seems ready to be retired from your life? What skill or gift have you developed that is now ready to be offered to others, or be taken to the next level? These changes can occur before and after an eclipse, sometimes up to 3 months.

This Solar Eclipse squares Saturn in Sagittarius and opposes Neptune in Pisces, and intensifies the third square between Saturn and Neptune on September 10th, at 10 degrees Sagittarius and Pisces. The squares between Saturn and Neptune have brought to our awareness that to realize our dreams, we have to draw upon inspiration, and trust our higher guidance as well as be disciplined and committed to our path. That sometimes difficult decisions have to be made to move forward, and that reality and structure as well as inspiration and vision require integration, so that we may forge the future we desire.

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