MERCURY RETRO (Aug 12 – Sept 5 – and in the making) News & Toolkit

29 Jul

Hello Astro Friends,

What on Earth and in the Heavens is going on, these days? 
you might wonder… and I’ve been asked a lot lately…

Yes, it’s the era of massive awakening and transformational shifts in society on a big scale, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) and PLUTO in CAP (2009 – 2023)

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately?

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Bingo! Another Mercury retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!

As those of you know who have read my Mercury retro support notes (or even advocacy) 3 times a year over the years,

M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nut shell, with M-r, the Archetype of MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into a ‘New Mercury’ (hey, what’s that???).

Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY is creating some ‘U-turn’ slowing down stationary ‘storm’ this coming week (calculated to start on Aug 3 but already in the making).

MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop on Aug 12 which goes technically until Sept 5.

Perhaps an overdue and well timed adjustment, esp. since URANUS, the ‘higher octave’ / transpersonal dimension of MERCURY is also in ‘storm’ and will go retro on Aug 2! URANUS is the Archetype of ‘the Awakener’ – incl. FROM the crazy Monkey Mind.
But it shows up also in ‘lower vibrations’ (that each Archetype has) as a crazy acceleration of… our perception of… everything – a hyper, wired, crazy, manic energy. SO much going on in the collective hyper Uranian cyber sphere.
And our mer-curious ‘Monkey Mind’ can jump from one ‘tree of information’ and stimulation to another, get distracted and scattered in a hurry, and loose track of what really matters.

Good to know we can stop, consciously choose, and re-adjust to ‘upgrade’ into FREEDOM 😊

The Thinker

The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

A precious opportunity to get out of the head, check in to see who is that thinker (whether there is one?), tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

The affected Zodiac sphere of the upcoming MERCURY retro phase is between 12º VIR – (back to) 28º LEO, wrapping around the ‘Sphinx Point’ from LEO to VIR – where the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21 will be!
Seems like this an important M-r phase, and Mercury the ‘Divine Messenger’ wants to show us something about Self (LEO) Awareness (VIR) that is also mirrored in the Eclipses.

I wrote an ASTRO~NEWS Blog Article about it on July 27 – check it out here.


The Mercury retro cycle always  starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – this time until Aug 26) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).
With the VIRGO energy, good to be aware of ‘details’ that can open up a world of synchronicities, bring back unfinished business that may connect the dots in new ways, and may well give the awareness and practical skills we have been looking for.

At the half way point of the MERCURY retro phase (Aug 26), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN, which produces a ‘NEW MERCURY’ – which happens 3 times a year:
Time to REgenerate the mind, and REnder it more conscious (SUN). It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.
Since URANUS (the Awakener Archetype) is also this July / Aug a stationary focal point, as it turns retro on Aug 2 at the very end of ARIES, August is quite a wake-up, shake-up month.
It’s a great, bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom, esp. freedom from mental patterns, and freedom for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS.
AND the ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ (Aug 26) comes only 5 days after the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the Sphinx Point (Aug 21)!
The question of SelfAwareness is ‘rebooted’ big time, in this collective initiation.

Check out what’s new and exciting! And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of Mercury retro (Aug 26 – Sept 5) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where the NEW can be planted – in conscious awareness.


Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that required adjusting and clarifying communication, REsending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing. The changed mode could have also brought a REnewed openness for breakthroughs and aha effects, as we bypass the rational (VIRGO) censor, trust intuition, truly address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘pseudo talk’), are able to read between the lines, pick up now what wasn’t communicated before and where loose ends were left open.

As we make suggestions or are asked to change the original ‘plan A’ things get a little ‘mixed up’, which REquires and opens up for flexibility. Often, we are afraid we might inconvenience others, but a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyways.


Funny (might appear overwhelming and chaotic) how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information (the www just being an obvious expression of it) – NEPTUNE in PISCES is opposite the point where MERCURY goes retro.

If one person whom you had made plans with and ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can have a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved…
Good to stay fluid like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), intuitive, and ride the waves a la NEPTUNE.



“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)


…valid for the whole phase of pre-retro ‘storm’ (Aug 3 – 12), the exact retro phase (Aug 12 – Sept 5), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Sept 10), and post-retro shadow time (until Sept 20):


1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since late July as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’ this coming week, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion).


2) Be particularly mindful now – very VIRGO

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be REtrieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters – in the face of the apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ which can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.


3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Therefore align and practice even more now meditation and mindfulness – so VIRGO. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one was in April to early May 2017).


4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…

The REason for me pointing out all these RE-activities: During Mercury retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting REsidual communication issues with people from the past. They / it comes up like a mirror. Talk about what REally matters and solution rather than problem focused (which can easily take over with the VIRGO vibe).

And check out how what people say very often comes from a place of wanting to be acknowledged and loved (LEO – VIR), even if that place is being over compensated by the ego.


5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email, meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think or they know what you think). Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be scattered and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”, or actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?


6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).


7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and REpeat / REphrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after Mercury retro is over!).


8) Mercury retro REminds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…


9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! The pieces and details (VIR) actually have a natural way of coming together and BEING connected or need to be let go of (PISCES), and all the frantic, busy organization might be obsolete – ooops!


10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the VIR – LEO flavour, be clear and come from the Heart.  In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by where it leads to when you speak to them.


11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU depend on the particular planets and house that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where LEO / VIR is situated.

I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you. Maybe it’s time to come for an update / cosmic tune-up in Self Awareness (very LEO / VIR) anyway.
You could save $$ in August too (and the VIR side in us likes that): It’s my yearly CLIENT APPRECIATION MONTH: As a client, you save between 10 – 50% on the consult fee, depending on how long ago your initial session was. First time clients get 10% off too!


12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (Mercury’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’ and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? REframe your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode could have come up with?


13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind, be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your Mercury retro friends 😉


14) If you would like to know…

  1. a) whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under Mercury retro, as yours truly)
  2. b) in which part of life the retro trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  3. c) how to play creatively WITH the energy,

feel welcome to get in touch with your astrologer…


If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.
August is Client Appreciation Month in my practice – substantial discounts, esp. if you’ve been my client for years. But even newbies get 10% off!


© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to YOUR INNER ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’ those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘HUB OF THE WHEEL’where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified WITH them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

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Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
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Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!





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