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 because it's nearest to us, 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.
The shadow of this Mercury retrograde begins June 9th and ends August 3rd, lasting eight weeks. The exact retrograde begins June 26th at 9:08AM ET and ends July 20th at 2:22PM ET. While there usually is two storm periods, this retrograde will be one long, never-ending storm period from June 18th - July 28th. Not fun!
When we don't leave the storm period, we don't really get a break from the wackiness of Mercury retrograde. Usually, there's a period in the middle of it where things seem to slow down, and you get a chance to catch your breath before the next storm period begins. Not so with this retrograde. I've got one word for you: relentless.
This retrograde occurs entirely in water sign Cancer. Cancer rules the home, so we could see lots of bad things happening to homes. Your neighborhood is built on an ancient burial ground. A sinkhole erupts in your living room. Nests and swarms of animals infiltrate neighborhoods. Cancer also rules the weather, so it could be a lot of weather events happening that does widespread damage to homes. Make sure your insurance is up to date.
We could hear bad news about real estate, some sort of setback with the housing market, which isn't good considering how bad it's been, but that should change soon after this retrograde is over. Some sort of housing scam could come to light, or more problems with mortgage lenders.
We may have domestic issues that come up that shock us, anger us, upset us, frustrate us. We feel neglected or ignored by our governments, and don't feel like they understand what's really important to us. Domestic issues may be put aside so focus can be put on international issues and the problems facing other countries.
Cancer also rules family, and we could hear something troubling about the state of family, some new wave of wacky parenting, and be more critical of parents, especially mothers. Someone could make headlines for something she's done as a mother, good or bad. We struggle to be as supportive and encouraging as we should be of one another, and feel more isolated and alienated from our families, whether they be our blood relatives or broader, cultural families/countrymen.
To add insult to injury, the turn direct of this retrograde will be square (difficult aspect) Uranus in Aries, which will be stationary (not moving) because it just turns retrograde 3 days prior. Unexpected bad news and developments? Plans suddenly falling apart at the last minute? Out of control rebellion of the youth? And technology could take a hit since both Mercury and Uranus rule technology. Some sort of super hacking case?
On the upside, quickly after this retrograde ends, we put the pieces of life back together again quite well with both Mars and Jupiter in Cancer. That'll help to make everything all better again. We'll be all, wow, can you believe how bad it just was and how quickly it went away? Rad.
The turn retrograde begins at 23 degrees Cancer, so those of you Cancereans born July 14th - 17th may feel the turn retrograde most. The turn direct occurs at 13 degrees Cancer, so those of you Cancereans born July 3rd - 7th may feel the turn direct 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.
Suggested Reading: The Mercury, Venus and Mars Retrogrades page for general interpretations
Jupiter is gearing up to enter a new sign, water sign Cancer, on June 25th, 2013 at 9:40PM ET. He'll remain in Cancer until July 16th, 2014 at 6:30AM ET when it enters fire sign Leo. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, so he's quite comfortable here. The last time Jupiter was in Cancer was in 2001-2002.
Cancer rules the home, so Jupiter in Cancer should be good for real estate, which is something we really could use right now. We should begin to see an uptick in positives for the housing sector.
This could also be a great time to invest in real estate (though that's probably been true for a while, but we may see more people making money through real estate). Hopefully, we can get this mess under control and make things right.
Saturn is currently going through fellow water sign Scorpio, so the two should be working together in harmony. With Saturn in Scorpio, we have to improve our financial situations, so with Jupiter in Cancer, we could really see the impact of that in real estate.
Cancer also rules the broader home, meaning our countries, so we may focus more on our own countries and try to fix problems at home before going out and fixing other people's problems.
Domestic issues become more important, and we demand more attention be paid to us by our own governments. We can feel more patriotic, and like our whole country is our family.
The family is governed by Cancer, and we can try to rectify some of the breaking down of the family structure that's taken place, and see more and more people trying to create families of their own through marriage, children, joining groups, or getting involved in civic organizations. Society wants to feel like a family, and we work at being more supportive of one another, nurturing each other, and encouraging others.
Now, all of this positive stuff probably won't be felt right off the bat because Mercury will be turning retrograde in Cancer the day after Jupiter enters Cancer - joy! Things will probably be thrown off for a little bit until that retrograde is over at the end of July.
At that point, Mars will also be in Cancer, and and we'll be coming off of a grand trine, where you have planets in the same positions in all three signs of an element. Jupiter in Cancer will trine Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces during the second half of July. That should be a very nice time!
In August, there could be an issue with Jupiter involved in a t-square, opposite Pluto in Capricorn with both square Uranus in Aries. This t-square is in cardinal signs, making it about action, and as the planet that is square, Uranus is the focal point, which is unexpected, sudden, rebellious, independent, eccentric, unpredictable.
Libra is the missing sign, called the empty leg, and is the way we can make this work out well and fix it. We have to compromise, work with one another, be respectful and fair, let justice run its course, embrace equality, and always be courteous.
Suggested Reading: Jupiter in Cancer for Each Sign
Jupiter enters Cancer on June 25th. You can read about the overall impact of this in the Jupiter in Cancer post. This is taken from the June 2013 Horoscope for each sign (reminder: all general horoscopes are meant for entertainment purposes only):
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
ARIES MAY 2013
To start the month, on May 1st, Mercury is going to enter earth sign Taurus, the sign after yours. You could talk to someone about your finances or get financial advice. You may have more financial transactions online than usual. You could purchase an electronic or a new car. Your mind also slows down a little, so you’re not moving at such a quick pace mentally, and can think things through a little more.