Mercury Retrograde in Virgo August 2016 - 8/29/2016 5:00:00 PM ~ Social Butterfly
Mercury stations retrograde at 29°04' Virgo just after sunrise on August 30th. For the next three weeks, our perceptions of reality will be somewhat altered, as the Messenger Planet takes side roads to show us new ways of viewing the landscape of our lives. A creative Jupiter–Saturn quintile, exact at 8:42 p.m., helps us to find more efficient and effective alternatives to processes currently taking place.
Mercury goes retrograde usually 3 times a year, but in 2016 he is going retrograde 4 times. This is also somewhat rare and means that the universe must really be requiring us now to get in touch with our truth and how we really feel. As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury rules our “lower” mind–how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others.
During this phase of Mercury Retrograde Venus and Jupiter will be adding luck and the want to enjoy life, socialize more and be be attracted to beautiful environments and loved ones. Venus would like things to be more beautiful and harmonious. Jupiter knows that some work will pay off later. We could learn a lot during this particular retrograde period. Mentally we see that there are going to be some benefits to fixing, changing and reviewing our processes. Generally, with Virgo being a mutable sign, change is easier as Virgo is flexible. If you have an open mind and be willing to make improvements great things can be accomplished.
It is a great time to shine and forget about the more complex detail oriented affairs normally associated with Mercury and Virgo. Travel plans will work better than other retrograde periods and business projects can be worked on with much greater ease. We can benefit from looking at life more symbolically (rather than literally) until Mercury goes direct on September 21.