Mercury is now Retrograde!! What Does This Mean For You?



Mercury Retrograde – The Details…

At 11:01:14 am here in Brisbane (AEST, GMT +10) this morning (August 13th) Mercury turned retrograde in our skies at 11degrees and 38seconds of Virgo, which means that from our position here on Earth he will now appear to move backwards for a little over 3 weeks.

When Mercury reverses direction it gives us a chance to review, repair, refresh and reignite and with Virgo being the first sign of this particular retrograde, you can bet that practical matters will be coming up for review at some point during the next few weeks.

Between now and 5th September (09:29pm AEST, GMT +10), when Mercury will once again turn direct,  anything that pertains to your Earthly reality is set to undergo a period of re-organisation.

And, Virgo loves the details, so be prepared to dot any outstanding Is and cross some Ts!!


Time to Get Organised…

Think’ Practical Re-Organisation’; such as D.I.Y, Finances, Bodily/Physical Health, Work Matters, Routines, Daily Habits.

What needs to be reworked so that you can move forward unencumbered for the next stage of your journey?

Those mounting accounts may seem a dull and dreary chore, but by not going there you’re only making that chore appear bigger.

By attending to what needs to be done you can release any negative feelings towards it, freshen the energy of yourself, your home and your daily life and make saying ‘Yes’ to future projects/opportunities easier, as you’ll have freed up space to fit it in.


Why Not Set Some Health Goals…

As Virgo is also strongly aligned with health, it could be time to check in with how yours is going.

Is it time to introduce or increase healthy rituals into your life?

If so, then this is a fabulous time to really look at your day to day life, eating and exercise habits.

Could something in this area do with a rethink?

How could you gain more vitality and everyday well-being?

Perhaps you’d like to bring more natural into your life when it comes to your choice of treatment as well, as Earthy Virgo is also concerned with the natural World.

Think Bush Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Fresh Fruits, Veggies, Earth-Given Therapies…


Potential Communication Challenges

This particular Mercury retrograde appears alongside our upcoming August New Moon, which is also our second Eclipse of the month and our final Eclipse of the year.

Therefore, pay close attention to any communication issues that may arise now.

Something could be being bought to the surface for attention and healing.

In my experience, sweeping things under carpets doesn’t keep them hidden for long, so it may be time to take a good look at what’s really going on and see what you can refine and re-establish in this area.

Bernadette Brady has also connected this particular Eclipse with health issues or tiredness, which ties in with the Virgo theme of self-care, ritual and getting back to nature that we were discussing earlier.


Time to Re-Skill?

Virgo is the sign of the perfectionist. Hence the need may also arise to hone your skills in some area of your life.

Perhaps something needs some re-attunement now or perhaps you’ll find yourself needing to revisit something you thought you’d mastered…


Watch for Self-Criticism and Criticism of Others…

It can also be a very self-critical sign, so rather than wallowing in an overwhelming self-berating emotional wash of despair, try to stand back emotionally from any challenges that you may face during the retrograde period and instead, take a deep breath and tackle those challenges one by one in a methodical way.

Pay extra attention to the words that you use at this time too. Are you being overly critical of others?

Do they deserve your tongue lashings?

Mercury Retrograde in Leo

Renewed Inspiration and Taking Time for Recreation (Re-Creation)

Mercury will also be backtracking into Leo during his retrograde journey. As he traverses ‘seemingly backwards’ through this fiery sign you may find yourself re-thinking how you want to express yourself.

There could be a review of creative projects and changes to what inspires you or to how you want to inspire others.

Mercury retrograde in Leo is all about reviewing what sets your heart alight, your ability to be spontaneous and to re-connect with what you find playful, so give it time.

You’re re-creating yourself and the way that you manifest your World!!

Make time to relax and have some fun.


Have Patience…

Patience is always a good trait to have during these retrogrades, so if you’re feeling somewhat blocked creatively or held back from achieving your desires, give your mind time to upgrade and once this particular retrograde is over you may have more of an idea about why those frustrations arose.

As Mercury rules short distance travel and all forms of communication there can also be issues with vehicles, mail mix ups (including email) and network dilemmas.

Check, Double Check and if something doesn’t seem to be progressing as fast as you’d like, try dropping the impatience and doing something else for now or perhaps trying to do it differently.


How I’m Handling This One…

It’s no coincidence that I began my fasting marathon as Mercury passed 28 degrees and 25 seconds of Leo (the point to which he will return during this particular retrograde).

The lead up to a Retrograde is classed as a ‘shadow period’ by some Astrologers and I’ve certainly seen this at work in my own life.

Being Mercury-ruled, I am rather sensitive to Mercury Retrograde energy and this time (with Mercury moving through the 8th house of my natal chart – transformation!!) I certainly feel that I’m re-building and re-forming myself to a much healthier, re-energised me!!

Natural Health and Fasting are also something that I feel passionate about, so this fast is really giving me the opportunity to walk my talk.

That doesn’t mean that it’s been easy to do, of course.

Yesterday was probably one of my toughest days yet and I could have so easily eaten, but with only 8 days remaining on the juice fast component of this program there’s no way I’m throwing in the towel!!

Roll on Monday 21st August when I’ll begin gently breaking my fast and eating delicious raw food 😊

On top of that I have some mounting paperwork to climb through and we’re renovating, so it’s certainly a busy period in our house!!

Remember – real transformation takes effort and a willingness to act.


How Will This Retrograde Likely Affect You?

Perhaps you’ve also begun something (or been nudged to re-do something) over the last 2 weeks, as Mercury slowed down to turn retrograde or perhaps this week has been particularly frustrating for you in some way.

If so, then see if you can look at what Mercury may be attempting to change for you as you venture into the next 23 days.

Where does this retrograde travel through within your natal chart?

If you’re unsure of how to find this and would like help with understanding your natal chart, you can sign up for my newsletter and receive my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness” for free.

Look for where 11 degrees of Virgo to 28 degrees of Leo falls.

Which house or houses (areas of life) are being highlighted in your chart?

Are there any planets, which fall at (or very close to) those degrees within your natal chart?

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Wishing you a productive and healthful period and a beautiful re-connection to your radiant heart energy.
Much Love,
Toria xo



Time to Relinquish Judgement and To Open to Optimism & Trust – Mercury Reverses into Sagittarius


At 12:17am this morning (AEST) Mercury reversed into Sagittarius on his retrograde journey.

With Mercury currently disposited by Jupiter in Libra, you may now receive insights that enable you to reflect upon your relationships; family or otherwise.

Where do you feel stifled and uninspired?

Is it time to consider how you can rework your life to honour your desire for greater freedom, truth, growth and adventure?

What aspects need to be relinquished, restructured or at least reviewed?

With the Moon in Aries from 02:20am Thursday 5th January until 06:18am Saturday 7th January (AEST), be aware of situations that trigger impatience, intolerance, moralistic attitudes, self-righteousness and judgement.

Sagittarius energy has a reputation for being blunt and when coupled with reactive Aries energy, you may find it difficult to count to ten before blurting out a few “home truths”.

What are those emotions attempting to alert you to and what can you learn from them?

Perhaps there’s a need for more optimism, generosity of spirit and acceptance either of others or of self?

Perhaps there’s a need to let go and forgive and to remember that we’re all doing the best that we can with the life that we’ve been given.

How connected do you feel to your spiritual self, your inner guidance and your innate wisdom?

Do you feel a need to refine this connection or to re-examine your spiritual beliefs?

For more possible expressions of Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius click here.

Mercury will turn direct on Sunday 8th January.

Until then, make the most of this time to redo your life; opening to trust and relinquishing fears and negative beliefs.

Think positive and get your optimism on 🙂

With Love, Toria xo

Any Communication Difficulties Yet? Mercury Retrograde – Plus Timeline


The week before a Full Moon can be a little crazy.

Full Moon energy can bring us face to face with the shadow side of our personalities.

It wouldn’t be surprising given the energy of this particular Full Moon,which falls in Gemini (Gemini is the sign ruled by Mercury) and the fact that we are currently in the lead up (the shadow period) to Mercury’s impending retrograde if you have been experiencing communication issues.

Mercury rules communication and his retrograde periods (when Mercury seemingly travels backward across our skies) can be synonymous with delays and communication mayhem, so be on the look out for what is arising around you and within you.

Of course, all of this does not just happen.

It is always a prompt to something that is needing attention.

Something that Mercury is showing to us from within our psyche that is asking us to take responsibility.

Mercury Retrograde works very well with ‘re‘ words.

Words like rework, renovate, research and Mercury often gives us a chance to redo what isn’t working so well.

Often we experience technical glitches and mix ups.

Cars, computers and white goods can all be affected; often needing repair or replacement.

And… it’s a good time to check and double-check; to reread and to review, so in the build up to Christmas make sure that you’ve ordered everything that you think you have – that it’s the right item, size and colour.


Mercury will travel between 15degrees and 17seconds of Capricorn back to 28degrees and 50seconds of Sagittarius during this particular retrograde.

Where does that fall in your birth chart? Which house (area of life) is up for review?

Do you have planets around those degrees? What do those planets represent?

The following keywords are from my Ebook “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”, which you can download for free when you sign up to my Newsletter.

Do you have lessons to learn around any of these?



Keywords: Optimistic, Traveller, Freedom-Seeker, Spiritual-Seeker, Religious/Spiritual, Expansive, Exuberant, Adventurous, Inspirational, Unrestrained, Intelligent, Spontaneous, Restless, Explorer, Outspoken, Extroverted, Boisterous, Aware of the Bigger Picture

Negatively: Blunt, Opinionated, Indiscriminate, Clumsy/Accident-Prone, Careless, Extravagant, Exaggeratedly, Unreliable, Self-Righteous, Preaching, Fanatical



Keywords: Serious, Disciplined, Responsible, Hardworking, Reliable, Structured, Resilient, Careful, Prudent, Cautious, Ambitious, Incredible Integrity, Self Sufficient, Respectful, Reserved, Honest/Law-Abiding, Honest, Enterprising, Traditional, Conservative, Enduring, Wise, Mature, Achiever, Appropriate Boundaries

Negatively: Burdened, Pessimistic, Stern, Mean, Narrow-Minded, Fearful, Guilt-Ridden, Opportunistic, Hard, Inhibited, Bound, Walled-In


It is likely that this particular retrograde will bring up a combination of themes across both signs. These themes are vast and it all depends on your own personal circumstances as to how this may affect you.

You can play around with the keywords and look at the examples that are happening in your life.

Combinations; such as given here in the following examples, may well be playing out for some and more examples can be found in my previous Mercury Retrograde posts on these two signs, which can be found in the ‘Related Posts’ section below.

  • Lessons around loosening what keeps us bound, so that we can open to more spontaneity and adventure.
  • A need to take more responsibility to become more reliable where we have previously been a little lax.
  • Communication problems that may stem from being over-authoritative and strict or that arise from judgement. Is there a need to be more open-minded and open-hearted and less critical?
  • Is more inspiration required? What has become dull?


Related Posts:

Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period – Mercury Retrograde Through Sagittarius

Mercury in the Shadow Period – Mercury Retrograde Through Capricorn

Releasing Shackles, The Power of Words and Awakening to a Deeper Love – Full Moon in Gemini – December 2016

Mercury in the Shadow Period – Mercury Enters Capricorn


If you remember from Thursday’s blog post we are now in the shadow period for our last Mercury Retrograde of 2016 and at 07:18am this morning (AEST) Mercury entered Capricorn.

Mercury will climb from zero to 15 degrees of Capricorn before changing direction, re-traversing the same degrees and re-entering Sagittarius.

Therefore, paying attention to what arises between now and 19th December may help you to gauge what this particular area of the retrograde is going to mean for you.

As I pointed out in Thursday’s post, there is likely to be a correlation between this Mercury retrograde and the Jupiter/Pluto square that is currently traversing our skies.

That’s because Mercury will backtrack through both Capricorn (the sign where Pluto is currently resident) and Sagittarius (which is a sign ruled by Jupiter).

In this post, we will focus on Mercury’s journey through Capricorn, as that is where he is currently residing and it is whilst he moves through the initial degrees of this sign (between now and December 19th) that you are likely to start to encounter Capricorn-related mishaps that you may be re-visiting once Mercury backtracks through the very same degrees of this sign.

For information on Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius you can click here.

Mercury relates to the way that we think, speak, learn and communicate (in all forms – email, phone calls, networks…).

Mercury also rules short-distance travel and can be associated with siblings and neighbours.

So, when Mercury backtracks through Capricorn you may encounter one or several of the following examples:

  • Are you taking responsibility for all aspects of your life?
  • Do you go after what you want or are fearful thoughts holding you back from chasing your goals and honouring your ambitions?
  • What exactly are those goals and ambitions? Do they need a re-think?
  • Do you tend to pessimistic thoughts when you feel that things don’t go your way?
  • How controlling are you? Even if you’re initial answer to that question was “Not at all” pay attention over the next two weeks. Maybe you’re more controlling than you realise. Holding on too tightly to expectations can block the flow of life. Sometimes we have to relinquish a little of that control and trust that everything is working out as it should.
  • Do you do things out of guilt? If so, then maybe you need to rethink your relationship responsibilities and relinquish the ones that you’re doing from a place of self-condemnation rather than love and responsibility.
  • Capricorn is an Earth sign, so this retrograde could relate to the structures that you have in place within your life. Does something need to be more structured/better organised? Remember that organisation can actually allow for greater freedom within your life. What’s requiring rework?
  • Is something requiring more discipline or boundaries?
  • Mercury is strongly aligned with health matters, so watch for Capricorn-related symptoms and ailments, which may arise and see if you can find a mind/body or emotion/body correlation. Capricorn is associated with:
    • The Bones,
    • The Teeth,
    • The Skin
    • The Joints
    • The Gallbladder
    • Health issues may arise to highlight where you may be experiencing feelings of stress, over-burden or a lack of support. I.e. Depression, skin disorders, joint issues, bone disorders, frozen shoulder…

Remember to look at which houses in your birth chart that Mercury will retrograde through, as this area of life is likely to be most affected.

If you’d like help with that you can sign up for my Newsletter and download my free E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

I’ll be sending out a timeline to help you track Mercury’s movements next week.

Until then, stay aware and see if you notice anything arising related to the Capricorn points raised here.

Much Love, Toria xo

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Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period

Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period


We have just entered the shadow period for our last Mercury Retrograde of 2016.

At 11:02am this morning (AEST), Mercury passed 28 degrees and 50 seconds of Sagittarius.

This is the point, to which Mercury will return on his next backwards journey before he once again turns direct.

Mercury will traverse two signs during this apparent-backwards journey – Sagittarius and Capricorn.

Interestingly, the energy of these two signs is also prominent right now owing to the Jupiter/Pluto square, so there is likely to be a correlation between what this transit is bringing to you and how our upcoming Mercury retrograde plays out.

For now, we will concentrate on his journey through Sagittarius, as that is where he is currently residing and it is whilst he moves through the last degrees of this sign (between now and 07:18am Saturday morning (AEST)) that you are likely to encounter Sagittarius-related mishaps that you may be re-visiting once Mercury backtracks through the very same degrees of this sign later in December.

Jupiter is the natural ruler of Sagittarius, so any planet in Sagittarius is currently disposited by Jupiter’s placement in Libra.

With Mercury in Sagittarius this relates to the way that we think, speak and/or learn, so we may be about to discover a few truths about ourselves. For example:

  • Do you tend to ‘shoot from the hip’ in your speech without giving thought to how the other person may feel? Do you perhaps need to consider being more tactful?
  • How do you handle delays and challenges as they arise? Fiery Sagittarian Energy is naturally spontaneous and optimistic with the ability to think on its feet. During Mercury’s backward motion through this sign you may become conscious of negative thinking or situations that trigger you to go into stress or panic. Are you being shown an area of life where your reaction (and not necessarily the event) is creating a depressive or difficult view of reality? Do you need to work on being more optimistic, more trusting of your life path and less controlling with regards to outcomes?
  • Fire is also representative of inspiration, play and creativity. If you find that you go through a period of feeling stagnant, joyless or blocked whilst Mercury is retrograde,  don’t worry. It’s likely that Mercury is showing you where you need to enliven and revive an aspect of your life. How can you renew your inspiration in this area?
  • There could be delays, confusion or misunderstandings in relation to a study course, your spiritual beliefs, long-distance travel or projects/work where you have neglected to check or confirm the details.  This Mercury Retrograde can highlight where we have tended to be rash or sloppy, so remember to check and double-check the details.
  • Believing yourself to be right (even when you’re not) and issues around judgement could arise.
  • Problems with Writing/Journalism/Publishing.
  • Mercury is strongly aligned with health matters, so watch for Sagittarius-related symptoms and ailments, which may arise and see if you can find a mind/body or emotion/body correlation. Sagittarius is associated with:
    • The Hips, Buttocks and Thighs
    • Accidents that arise from rushing around/recklessness/a lack of focus, so remember to ground and centre yourself – more speed, less haste – how balanced are you at the minute? Remember that Sagittarius’ ruler (Jupiter) is currently in the sign of balance (Libra).
    • Issues with the brain – Sagittarius rules the left hemisphere of the Cerebrum.

Remember to look at which houses in your birth chart that Mercury will retrograde through, as this area of life is likely to be most affected.

If you’d like help with that you can sign up for my Newsletter and download my free E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

We’ll look at possible effects of Mercury retrograde through Capricorn later in the week. Until then, stay aware and see if you notice anything arising related to the Sagittarius points raised here.

Much Love, Toria xo

The Next Phase of Mercury Retrograde

We have now entered the next phase of this Mercury Retrograde in Virgo.

Are you starting to intuit a few ideas? 

Can you now see a glimmer of hope around the way forward?

Is light starting to break through at the end of all the frustration? 

Between now and September 22nd be prepared to take an area of your life out for a road test.

Think research, refinement, testing the waters…

Remain flexible and open and be patient.

Honour the process and do the groundwork.

Great preparation now will equal an easier forward momentum once Mercury turns direct on September 22nd.

Related Posts:

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 2016 – Timeline

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo – Time to Revisit the Details

Mercury Is Now Retrograde

From now until September 13th take the time to tune into your intuition 🙇🏽 and be alert for signs and symbols ⚛.

Delays may arise🚦🚗, so it’s a good idea to factor in extra time and place caveats around deadlines.

Note what is coming up for you.

What message(s) 🌬 are you being given?

What needs re-work, re-vision or re-visiting?

This is a powerful time for meditation 🙏🏽and creative insights ✍🏽

Taking time out to rest 😴 can restore calm and lessen frustration.

With Mercury conjunct Venus and Jupiter today and forming an opposition with Chiron there could be lessons around use of words in relation to money 💸 and relationships 💏

Remember that simply moving the ‘s’ can make words your sword!! ⚔

Are you using your words for good or are they causing pain? 

I.e. Are your words keeping you stuck in repeating negative patterns, are you engaging in negative self-talk or are you excessively critical of others?

💖 Use them wisely 💖

For more detail on Mercury Retrograde in Vigo during 2016, click here 👍🏻

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September’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo – Time for Practical Solutions?

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo – Time to Revisit the Details

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