Mercury into Virgo and the Coming Retrograde

Mercury enters the pre-shadow to its retrograde on Monday the 24th, and it will enter Virgo on Tuesday the 25th. As always when Mercury goes retrograde, it spends a longer amount of time than usual in one sign. This time, it’s hanging out in Virgo.

(You can view the exact dates at the bottom of this post).

With Mercury in Virgo, we are able to see clearly what isn't working. The good news is: We can fix it!

Virgo medicine allows us to get clarity. Sometimes it is overwhelming to see so much that needs to be done. It can feel like we will never get to the end of our ever-growing to-do list.

So, here are a couple strategies for this Mercury in Virgo time which I’d like to share with you (and that I’ll be practicing right along with you):

Take notes and break it all down

Have a place where you make notes as you think of things you need to do: a notebook, audio memos, or a reminders list on your phone or tablet. This is helpful in a couple of ways. Firstly, you don’t have to keep going over and over things in your mind so that you won’t forget them. And secondly, you can break the big projects down into smaller tasks later. If I make note of things as I think of them, I can relax. I know that I can go just back to my reminders list or audio memos when I am ready to begin scheduling the work.

For example, my office has been in need of a deep-clean and re-org for several months now. Every time I think about it, I get queasy. The filing system will need to be re-done, many papers need to be shredded, and I will have to go through everything page by page. I'll have to make decisions about what to keep, what to archive, and what to toss. But if I break it down into smaller tasks, I know that I can sit down (likely throughout the month of August) and chip away at this big project, bit by bit.


This one is a challenge for me. Because I have such a strong Mercury (and Virgo presence) in my chart, I am a multi-tasker. This can be for good or for ill. Since I work at home, however, my Mercury/Virgo stuff is often a liability: I constantly see things to do. The cats need their water cleaned, the floor needs to be vacuumed, the laundry needs to be done -- but I have this blog post to write sometime before Mercury leaves Virgo. So, I keep returning my attention to the most urgent matter (in this case, writing the post), and let the cats wait a few more hours, and let the floor be dirty, get the idea.

It takes some discipline to continually re-focus ourselves on the things which are really important to us. In my case, this is because it’s easier to clean the house than to write a blog post, so the vacuuming looks very appealing all of a sudden. But if we continually strive to put first the things that are most important to us, eventually we see real progress toward our goals.

Questions for reflection and brainstorming:

-What isn’t working well for you right now?

-What is the different outcome you’d like to see?

-What tasks need to be done to get you there?

-Where can you create a little time each day to accomplish a task?

Overall, use these next couple months as a time to assess what needs to be repaired, reorganized, or redone. Choose carefully where you spend your precious time and energy. Then, move forward with the tasks that lead you there, one step at a time.

I wrote a previous essay about Virgo energy which you can find here.

*Mercury will be in Virgo during its pre-shadow from 7/25 - 8/12, where it stations retrograde at 11 degrees Virgo. It re-enters Leo on 8/31, then stations direct at 28 degrees Leo on September 5th. Moving forward, it re-enters Virgo on 9/9. Then, it leaves its post-retrograde shadow on 9/19. It finally leaves Virgo on 9/29. So altogether, Mercury is in Virgo from 7/25 - 8/31, then from 9/9 - 9/29, a period of about 8 weeks.

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