The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
This Mercury retrograde begins on July 7th at 7:14PM ET and ends on July 31st at 11:58PM ET. The shadow period is June 23rd - August 15th. The first storm period is June 29th - July 19th, and second storm period is July 23rd - August 7th.
Here comes another round of Mercury madness! This Mercury retrograde begins in fire sign Leo, which can create some serious drama and theatricality. We can turn mountains into molehills with Mercury retrograde in Leo, so we need to watch ourselves. Not cool to be so desperate for attention that you go crazy over nothing! If you’re feeling like you need attention, maybe ask yourself why that is.
Leo is the sign ruling love, so we may feel we need more love and affection. This isn’t necessarily bad, as long as we’re controlling ourselves (and not looking for love in all of the wrong places!). Be good and considerate of others.
Who and what we love comes under Leo’s domain, so we may want more time with loved ones or experience issues in love relationships, and we may want more time to play and do the things we love, or may feel that we just don’t have enough time for it and keep wishing for a vacay. With Leo, creative outlets can be very helpful, so try to inject creativity into whatever you do.
Mercury doesn’t retrograde entirely in Leo though, going back into watery sign Cancer on July 19th (3:06AM ET). This can bring out super emotional energy, and we need to take care of our emotional needs. BUT we also need to be considerate of the emotions of others, and not get totally stuck in our own feelings that we ignore everyone else’s. That can create problems we don’t need!
Comfort and support, familiarity and what we know best can be more important, and we may stick to that as much as we can, yet feel like the outside world is trying to push us away from that, and it makes us feel even more shaky internally. Try not to lash out, and have healthy outlets for your emotions, and be more flexible in life.
We may feel that something bottoms out around this time, that we have to get back to basics in some way, or focus on the foundation of something that is shaky. We may have more issues at home or with family to address, and can reconnect with family or make improvements to our living situations, or go back to places we’ve lived before.
During the retrograde, we’ll have a lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 16th, and when Mercury retrograde ends, Mercury will be opposite the eclipse point (and it’s reeeally close). So the end of the Mercury retrograde may trigger the eclipse, and factor in that it’s so close to when the eclipse actually is, we can feel this energy crazy strong! We need to be careful with emotional energy, and watch ourselves very carefully. There may be some issues with Cancer/Capricorn that play out in the world, and we need to make sure we’re finding balance between the two energies instead of letting them fight each other.
While Mercury is retrograde, Mercury will make 3 major aspects, first a conjunction (aligned with) with transit Mars on July 8th (6:27PM ET). This is the day after the retrograde starts, so it starts conjunct transit Mars. This brings super high energy, super impulsiveness, rash, impatient, reckless. We need a positive outlet for the energy at the start of the retrograde, otherwise we may experience accidents (I’m actually a little worried about an accident or some violence!). The retrograde also starts square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) transit Uranus in Taurus, but this isn’t exact at any point, only in orb. But that adds to the wonky energy to start the retrograde, and makes it more important for us to be careful, cautious, and in control of our energy.
Mercury will make a conjunction to the Sun on July 21st (8:34AM ET). This is called the inferior conjunction, and can be a good point in the retrograde to get started with something new that you focus on for the next 6 weeks or so. Mercury retrograde also conjuncts Venus in Cancer on July 24th (8:26PM ET), and this can bring pleasant energy, help us focus on the people in our lives, or make compromise, balance, and diplomacy more important. Watch for stubborness, vacillation, or overindulgence.
Mercury retrograde will end opposite transit Pluto in Capricorn, so this may bring out power struggles and fighting. We may feel like we’re struggling for control of something, and want to tear something down. We need to avoid trying to dominate and control, and watch for hatred, anger, and rage.
I’ll be honest, I’m not super liking the energy of this retrograde at all! I’m very concerned about accidents and violence. Cancer is ruler of the homeland as well (your country). Sooo . . .
Mercury will be at a critical degree, points of critical energy, July 23rd - 25th, at 26 degrees Cancer. There can be some extra hot energy at that time, especially emotionally. But that can pale in comparison to when Mercury is at 29 degrees Cancer July 19th - 20th! 29 degrees is the last degree of any sign and called the anaretic degree. It’s a point of crisis energy, and with retrogrades, tends to trigger some crazy energy (and sometimes crazy events). So everybody, just stay calm, for crying out loud!
The retrograde begins at 4 degrees Leo, so those of you Leos born July 25th - 30th can feel the start of this retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 23 degrees Cancer, so those of you Cancerians born July 13th - 19th can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
Make sure to check out the Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrogrades page for general interpretations of Mercury retrograde by house and aspect!
I published an article on Lilith some time ago that has been super popular, yet it's very basic, so I decided to write another article going into Lilith more since it seems many are interested in this position. So let's dive in!
Who is Lilith?
To understand Lilith, you need to understand the mythology. Lilith was the original woman in the Garden of Eden, Adam's first wife. She didn't want to be sexually submissive, so she was cast out and replaced by Eve. Since Eve was made from Adam, she had to be submissive. No surprise she ate that apple from the Tree of Knowledge - she couldn't think for herself!
So basically, Adam was a dumbass, not very woke and super self-entitled (at least that's what we can think now!). Poor Eve had no chance being made from said dumbass. Of course she was going to eat that apple. If Adam hadn't been an idiot and kept Lilith around, that wouldn't have happened.
I feel like the whole point of the story has been missed for so many centuries. It's been used as a way to show women are too stupid to think for themselves, but what it REALLY shows is that when a woman isn't allowed to think for herself, it all goes to Hell (literally). Eve wasn't allowed to be able to think for herself because she was made from Adam. She was designed that way. But Lilith wasn't! So of course Lilith stood up to Adam. She had no dumbass in her DNA!
What does Black Moon Lilith represent in astrology?
In astrology, Black Moon Lilith represents a variety of things. You'll quite often see Black Moon Lilith tied to sexual desires. This is from the part of the mythology where Lilith pushed back from not wanting to be sexually submissive, as well as some myths that show her as a succubus (sex demon). Really, Lilith is a sexually independent position astrologically. While having a prominent Black Moon Lilith can make you a more sexual person, it's not necessarily in the same way as say, Eros (asteroid of sex) or Pluto (ruler of sexuality). It's not having a super sex drive, it's not wanting to have lots of sexual partners, it's not being super sexually intense (depending on other placements, anyway). It's more of a, this is what I know I want and I don't want to be made to do anything I don't want, kind of thing. It can give a certain amount of sexual confidence and assertiveness. Remember, Lilith knew what she wanted (to be equal) and didn't want to be forced into what she didn't want (to be sexually submissive). This can also play out not just sexually, but with the areas of life ruled by the house and sign your natal Lilith is located. With these areas, you may know what you want and what you don't, and don't want to be forced into anything.
In practice, I've seen prominent and challenged natal Black Moon Lilith's also tend to have, shall we say, difficult relationships with their mothers. What happened to Lilith after being cast out varies in myths, but one of the most common is that she went nuts and killed babies (they sure had some very negative views of women!). I think it's really just representing the challenging relationship with the mother. Some of us have wonderful mothers and we love them to pieces; and some of us have Mommy Dearest. With challenged Black Moon Lilith, it tends to be abusive, dominating, controlling mother energy (rather than distant, neglectful, more Saturn stuff). There can also be a degree of your mother feeling threatened by you or competing with you (as Lilith was ousted and another replaced her).
Black Moon Lilith is also one of the witches in astrology. Apparently in the old texts, Lilith translates to night hag (which is derived from the Old English word meaning witch), so having a strong Lilith can show you're someone with strong mystical energy. Like Adam, Lilith was made from the Earth, so Lilith may give strong connections to the Earth, giving you access to the natural powers of the Earth. This energy can be scary when you're not ready for it, still need to mature, and are in challenging environments. But it's part of what can give you a great deal of power in life.
Which brings me to my favorite astrological representation for Lilith - a hidden inner power within us all that gives us the ability to stand up for ourselves, to speak up, and to not be quiet. Not be submissive. Not be ignored! This is often found by the sign and house placement in your natal chart of your Black Moon Lilith. For those with a strong Black Moon Lilith in the natal chart, you may end up having to undergo some of the Lilith transformation in your life before you can access the power (refusing to be forced to do what you don't want, fleeing from situations, being isolated, living with the anger/grief/fear, and then emerging). Embrace your inner Lilith!
P.S. If you want to explore your own Lilith more, check out the Soul Astrology Masterclass!
June's new moon comes on the 3rd (6:02AM ET) in airy Gemini. Gemini new moons are great for lots of new ideas, coming up with new plans, gathering information, and sharing what we know. We can put a spotlight on what we know, what we share, and certain ideas and plans. We can get excited by them, but have to make sure we see things through if we take action with any of them.
We may want to be more positive, not wanting to focus too much on the negative, and instead look for options, possibilities, and try to think our way out. Our minds can be more active, and we may want to share with one another more, getting advice and opinions. We can freely share our own opinions, and try to be more open. And we can enjoy ourselves a little, and have a little fun.
We can keep ourselves busy, wanting to use up the extra mental energy we have, and can fill up our schedules with plenty to do. We can enjoy being around others and the mental stimulation company can provide.
This new moon occurs at 12 degrees 33 minutes Gemini. The aspects made to the new moon are:
Conjunction: 10 degrees 33 minutes - 14 degrees 33 minutes Gemini
Sextile: 10 degrees 33 minutes - 14 degrees 33 minutes Aries or Leo
Square: 10 degrees 33 minutes - 14 degrees 33 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 10 degrees 33 minutes - 14 degrees 33 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Opposition: 10 degrees 33 minutes - 14 degrees 33 minutes Sagittarius
The full moon for June comes on the 17th (4:31AM ET) in fire sign Sagittarius. Sagittarius full moons tend to be lighter full moons, and we don't want to be overly serious. We can continue with a brighter outlook, and avoid getting into anything dark. We can look for the silver lining, but need to make sure we're not avoiding something we need to be paying attention to.
We can be more defensive of our beliefs, feeling emotionally connected to them, and stand up for what we believe. This can bring out some extra combative energy, so we have to work on maintaining an open mind and hearing one another.
We may need to watch what we say since we can stick our foots in our mouths at certain points, and some may be prone to overstating, inflating, boasting, and skirting. Stay in the truth!
Space is something we may need more of with this full moon, time to ourselves to do whatever we want without strings and responsibilities. That may not be fully possible, but a moment just for ourselves could do some good.
This full moon occurs at 25 degrees 53 minutes Sagittarius. The aspects made to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 27 degrees 53 minutes Sagittarius
Sextile: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 27 degrees 53 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Square: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 27 degrees 53 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 27 degrees 53 minutes Aries or Leo
Opposition: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 27 degrees 53 minutes Gemin
The water signs in astrology are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. This trio of signs are governed by the element of water, which is an important energy in their lives and personalities. Water signs tend to be emotional, intuitive, and nurturing; they can also be overly sensitive, subjective, and irrational.
In love, the water signs in astrology bring this emotional energy with them, and they're not usually too happy with just dating because of this. They prefer the safe space within relationships to express what they're feeling and feel supported by you. They can fall in love fast, and have a hard time falling out of love. Pisces can be the most sensitive of the trio, and needs some healthy boundaries so they don't get lost in relationships. Cancer can be super nurturing of those they love, cheerleading you through every triumph. Scorpio can take the longest to fall, but falls the hardest and strongest, loyal to a fault at times.
The water signs in astrology want and need relationships. They need people in their lives who help soothe them emotionally and make them feel safe. When they have that, they can stick by you no matter what. When they don't feel safe, they tend to go off of the rails. Scorpio may try to hide it, but they can become the most pessimistic and sour without some healthy love in their life. Cancer may be the most open, but can also be the best self-soother of the group, so they may be able to hold out longer. Pisces is so in tune with the subtle energies all around them that they may use that as their partner while single.
When it comes to romance, the water signs can be incredibly romantic, even dark Scorpio! Given they're so in tune with their emotions, they love sappy romantic gestures and appreciate affection, even yearn for it. They can go without romance, but it won't be a good thing for them for too long. They need someone who can spice things up sometimes since they might avoid it.
When it comes to passion, the water signs can be full of it, but it's channeled through their emotions. If they don't feel the emotional connection with you, then they won't get fully revved up. They may try, but to no avail. They want intimacy to be full of emotional connection, first and foremost. Casual flings won't satisfy them fully. And when they're feeling off emotionally, this may impact their desire, even though it may have nothing to do with you.
Coming out of a relationship, the water signs in astrology can have a supremely difficult time. Perhaps the hardest! It's because they fall so hard and let themselves get so emotionally invested. Even if it doesn't appear so on the outside, they may feel like the world has flipped upside-down after a breakup. They need to do a better job of guarding themselves emotionally so they aren't so thrown. Healthy boundaries can do them a world of good. Pisces can get the most invested and lose themselves with others, however they can also be the most prone to cheating since they can get lost in the imagination of it all. But they'll also be the most likely to forgive you of it. Cancer can shut themselves off from others when they've had their heart broken, and can keep themselves alone for a long time. Scorpio can have it the hardest given their loyalty, but it may come out as rage and hatred toward you.
If you end up with a water sign in love, this can be someone you share a deep emotional bond with, who you know will be loyal and have your back, and who supports you through all of life's trials.
P.S. You may want to check out the articles on the fire signs in love, the earth signs in love, and the air signs in love!
The air signs in astrology are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. This trio of signs are governed by the element of air, which is a prevailing energy in their lives and personalities. Air signs tend to be intellectual, sociable, and engaging; they can also be scattered, flighty, and superficial.
In love, the air signs in astrology bring this intellectual airy energy with them, and they tend to enjoy both dating and being in relationships. They can find someone new fairly quickly with their charm and social abilities, and more than anything, they want someone to talk to and stimulate their mind. Gemini has endless curiosity they want you to match, while Libra has a pleasant way for communicating and doesn't want big fights, and Aquarius can open you up to brand new perspectives you never would've thought of.
The air signs in astrology can be comfortable single and committed. Either way works fine, what's most important to them is that they find an equal partner they feel connected to intellectually. Gemini can be the one who likes to date the most, but has a surprisingly loyal side to them once they find someone they respect intellectually. Libra is the sign of commitment so is the most apt to commit of the air signs, but wants interdependent relationships. Aquarius is the most likely to just be alone, not date or commit, until they find someone that intrigues them endlessly.
When it comes to romance, the air signs can have a good appreciation for it, but they generally want to be romanced rather than do it themselves. They take a more head-y approach to romance, so they may write love letters or poetry or songs for someone they adore. While they do appreciate romance, they can do just as well hanging out in a quiet restaurant talking for hours.
When it comes to passion, the air signs can seem very cool on the outside. It can take a lot to really rev them up. Being the intellectual signs, talking can be their foreplay! You want to turn them on? Talk to them! (even talk dirty!) The air signs wants passion to not just be physical, but mental as well. If they don't feel turned on by you mentally, they're not really interested.
Coming out of a relationship, the air signs in astrology can have an easy time. They rarely have a shortage of potential suitors, and rarely have a hard time finding someone new. Because of their intellectual approach, they can guard themselves emotionally by keeping a cool distance to protect themselves. When you really want an air sign, you need to get them to open up emotionally. Sometimes, when they are hurt after a breakup, they will jump into something fast with someone else to either try to forget about you or try to hurt you. But most often, if they're really into you, they may just cut themselves off emotionally from someone else for a long time.
If you end up with an air sign in love, this can be someone you can share your visions of life with, who you can talk with about anything, and who can keep life interesting, varied, and open up new worlds for you.
P.S. You may want to check out the articles on the fire signs in love and the earth signs in love!
The earth signs in astrology are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. This trio of signs are governed by the element of earth, which is a dominant energy in their lives and personalities. Earth signs tend to be practical, grounded, focused, and hard-working; they can also be stubborn, pessimistic, and avoid change.
In love, the earth signs in astrology bring this practical earthy energy with them, and tend to be the ones that are more willing the commit. Aimless dating usually doesn't fit these signs too well, and they want to find someone compatible, but won't rush too fast, willing to take their time. Taurus can take the longest, needing some certainty first, while Virgo usually wants you to make the first move, and Capricorn tends to have a list of what they want in someone.
In spite of often taking longer to move into a relationship, the earth signs in astrology can be quicker to commit. They're not so scared of that idea, and feel it can be a practical thing to do. They don't care too much for anything too wild, so committing helps them to secure their lives. As a fixed sign, Taurus can be the most loyal - stubbornly so sometimes! Virgo needs some assurance that you reciprocate and will show them the same kind of loyalty, otherwise they may become anxious (and the neurotic Virgo comes in!). Capricorn just may need to work on balancing their dedication to their endeavors with their dedication to you.
When it comes to romance, the earth signs in astrology tend to opt for more subtle gestures, and usually don't go for anything too flashy. Taurus and Virgo in particular may find that to be too much. Capricorn may go for it more, but if it's too over the top, they may think you're overcompensating for something. The little things can go a long way with the earth signs.
When it comes to passion, the earth signs are usually the ones that are difficult to get going, but once they do, they can be surprisingly passionate. You may need to instigate things and it may take a little time to get them interested, but block out some time when you get them going! Don't mistake them not jumping into physical intimacy quickly as them not being interested in you though. They just need more time.
Coming out of a relationship, the earth signs in astrology can have a hard time. Because they can be so loyal, they may not let go quickly. They just won't show it too much on the outside since they're not the biggest fans of outward emotional displays, so they may seem like they don't care on the outside, but they're a total mess inside. Taurus may be more obvious because rage may come out! Virgo may seem more anxious, while Capricorn tries to play it as cool as possible, wanting to give the appearance of not caring when they actually do.
If you end up with an earth sign in love, this can be someone who helps you feel you're on more solid ground in life, who you generally don't have to worry about straying, and who can be a rock for you emotionally.
P.S. You may want to check out this article on the fire signs in love!
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