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Leo Mercury Retrograde 2018

Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.
— Sophie Scholl

It's here, but do not fear, this shit happens at least thrice a year!

Me twirling into Leo season

Me twirling into Leo season

From now until August 19th we are in Mercury Retrograde 2 out of 3 for 2018, all happening in the dazzling, shiny fire signs of the zodiac (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius respectively). When Mercury retrogrades, things that the planet Mercury rules over can get all, for lack of a better word, fucky. This includes our mental processes and how we communicate, whether it's in our own heads, with our words via mouth/text, media, how we travel, etc... With this happening in Leo, the sign of our ego, heart and beautiful dazzling selves, there is going to be a real need to take a step back and process before interpreting everything that is happening as a personal attack.

We're in the middle of a heavy eclipse season, and a Mercury Rx in Leo will have the drama queenz wilding out and fighting for center stage and trying to eclipse each other (see what I did there). It doesn't always have to be this way, but when Mercury's energy is amped up people tend to fly by the seat of their pants and move forward without thinking things through. That's when all the infamous Mercury Rx tales start to happen. It's less to do with Mercury having it out for you and more to do with how you deal or don't deal with what's bouncin' around in your beautiful noggin. This can be via anxiety, projecting your shiz onto others, picking fights, or being a general assclown. We've all been there at some point in some way whether we were aware Mercury was trucking along, retrograding, or whatever else. So don't beat yourself up! 


Before I go forward I wanna take a momo to say that of all the planets in the sky, Mercury turns retrograde the most frequently. On average three times a year, sometimes four. I dunno about y'all, but I am pretty over the whole "Mercury retrograde is going to ruin our lives!" astro clickbait that flies around during these times. That's sooo 2014. It's 2018, we're taking responsibility for the state of our awareness now.  It's time to be clever and do better on a personal level so that we effect things on a larger scale. The planets may impel, but they certainly don't compel or force anyone to do anything. Remind yourself of that when things feel overwhelming or impossible this month, my babes. You can and will get through this like you have in the past.

The very simple and less woowoo-spiritual explanation for Mercury Rx is you make the choices, you deal with the consequences. If you've been running your brain all raggedy by treating it like garbage, it's probably going to be amplified during the Rx. Whether that's by being a pot stirrer, smoking too much pot, or being the pot that called the kettle black, it's time to slow down and re-evaluate where our mental energy has been spent, and how we've been fueling it.

Mercury Rxs are a great time for us to become more aware of how we can do some mental cleanup and stop sabotaging ourselves in certain areas of our life (for this one in particular, the areas in the birth chart that cover 11-23° of Leo). Planets in that 11-23° range in the other fixed signs of Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio will be getting pinged during this retrograde too! For you witches reading this, it's a REALLY great time to sort through what needs to be cleared out/obstacles that are blocking the way to your intuition. This is something every single person, no matter their level of self-mastery, can benefit from. Think of it as a time to stop at a resting place to refuel, tune up, and clean off your mental car on a road trip. It's natural to get a build up of bug guts, or need to patch up a tire, or change your oil. It's when we put off doing these things that we find ourselves stranded on the side of the road at 3AM with a flat tire crying about how the world hates us while conveniently forgetting we've been meaning to get the tires checked for the last 3 months.

So own up and buckle up because we're in for a show. Leo rules over the theatah and drama, and with Mercury being the messenger of the gods giving us a Leo remix, you can bet a great narrative is about to unfold. What roles do you play? What scripts do you read to yourself in your head that you don't even really believe, you're just so used to hitting the replay button that it's comfortable? This Rx is  gonna be weird, and surreal, and probably also kinda fun at points too. Leo loves to put on a good show after all!

Some quick tips for this Leo Mercury Retrograde:

  • Think before you speak, practice patience
  • Don't take everything personally
  • Practice methods to release anxiety, creative outlets are a plus
  • Don't take everything personally
  • Don't rush into shiz or sign anything before you get into the nitty gritty details
  • Don't take everything personally
  • Keep road rage in check
  • Don't take everything personally
  • Attempt to see things from the perspective of others and recognize where you may be acting a little extra stubborn

Did I mention don't take everything personally? The solar eclipse on August 11th is going to be snuggled up right next to this Mercury retrograde, and the dramatics can be taken to an extreme during that time. Mind your business and worry about yourself more than you worry about what everyone else is up to during this time.

This Mercury Rx as a cue to truly align with our hearts and get ready to start walking that walk we've been talking and preaching about since that great American Eclipse last August. Mars Rx in Aquarius has been working its way to the Aquarius south node this summer. The nodes have been in Leo/Aquarius since May of 2017, beckoning us as a collective to let go of detachment from our communities & networks and express ourselves from our core being.  There is so much anger, finger pointing, and deflection going on right now, especially in the US. It's time to let go of the fear of standing out from the crowd and take pride in the creative spirit. To find the courage and strength to do what is right, even if no one sees you to reward you for your courage. There is no sugar coating it, things have been hard and shitty. But we cannot allow ourselves to circle the drain and continue to look the other way while our fellow humans suffer. In November, the nodes will move into Cancer/Capricorn and our collective focus will shift to nurturing boundaries in a healthy way, love vs repression, and other themes. More on that in November, though :)


The time for empty platitudes is over, it's time to fearlessly step into what you're about and express that beautiful discoball light of yours to the world. Be inspired, be inspiring, share that passion and energy to inspire and drive change within your community and beyond. The world needs you right now. Yes, you. Let this Mercury Rx be the inward path to waking up the part of yourself that's been trying to sleep through the chaos out of fear. When Leo vibes low, it's self-obsessed, tyrannical and jealous. When Leo vibes high, it's courageously indomitable spirit finds creative ways to protect and inspire the collective. We all have work to do.

Practice, daily, honoring your character, your moral compass. Do things that are right, and just, because they are right and just. Not because you want to win woke points with your friends or to get a better reach on instagram, or because you have a new product or service to sell, or because it's what other people are doing. Deep down in your heart, you know what is right. If you've been led astray, this Leo season will bring the inspiration and courage to get you moving forward again. A hero isn't going to come and save us from the state of the world, we must save ourselves. If we want things to change, we have to stand together.Get ready to glow up, babes!

See you, space cowboys 👽,

                                                  Artemis Ashley