This week’s blog 8 July
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Regular readers will know that I always urge caution during the times when Mercury is retrograde, roughly three times a year for about three weeks at a time. Mercury turned retrograde on 26 June and won’t turn direct again until 20 July so we still have a way to go. Last week I did a quick checklist for how to survive Mercury mischief which I’ll repeat here:
· Assume nothing, double check everything
· When in doubt, do nothing
· Keep a close watch on all belongings
· Take extra care with form filling/signing on dotted lines
· Back up all your computer work
· Operate by “re” words – review, rethink, rework, revisit etc
I should add that personal belongings linked to communication are top of the list – so far I’ve heard of a lost video camera, a laptop left on a bus and a mobile phone going over the side on a boat to disappear into the ocean.
Textbook retrograde Mercury says “problems with communication and transport” so please travel carefully too. On Friday my niece was involved in a serious car accident and has sustained whiplash injuries to the neck (the part of the body ruled by Mercury) so this subject is especially close to my heart right now. My own car has just been overhauled by my clever mechanical friend Phil – thank you Phil! – who has told me that all four tyres are seriously sun damaged. So that’s the next job – and btw look out for unexpected expenses too!
On a more cheerful note retrograde Mercury is brilliant for getting “back” in touch with old friends and I’ve just reconnected with someone I’d unintentionally lost touch with about 12 years ago. That has to be the best feature of Facebook!
Mercury is also prominent this week by being conjunct the Sun tomorrow evening and in a minor aspect to Venus midday Thursday. These are benefic contacts. Look out for news or insights into your personal affairs, but bear in mind that no matter how strongly you may feel about something – or someone – you may change your mind in a couple of weeks time. Or someone else will.
What else? This morning Saturn turned direct in the early degrees of Scorpio, having entered that sign last October but retrograde since early February. Being a slow moving planet he now has to “rev up” again but at least he is now moving in the right direction. This is a turning point for dealing with Saturnian issues – loss, obstacles, delays, work. Look out for connections to family/property concerns too as we have the New Moon in Cancer this morning too.
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