This summer, AstroFridays are sponsored by Linda Eaves. Through embracing Astrology and her Leo North Node, Linda is “playing” her way to happiness and fulfillment. To keep up with Linda find her on Facebook.
Actually, Mercury doesn’t move into Leo until Monday, June 25 at 10:24pm EDT but I write AstroFriday posts, not AstroMonday posts, so you get a few days notice!
Also, on Monday, Saturn turns direct. But, that’s not a hugely significant event. Saturn is a slow moving planet; therefore, we don’t feel its retrograde motion that strongly. Additionally, Saturn is retrograde several months at a time, each and every year. Basically, we’re used to it.
Venus finally goes direct on Wednesday, June 27 at 11:07am EDT. Venus only goes retrograde every 1.5 years, and we DO feel its impact in retrograde. Strongly. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to celebrate its forward motion! Venus has been in Gemini and will continue to be there until August. You can read all about it at “Love is All Around.”
Mercury, as most of you probably know, is the planet of communication. It’s been super speedy of late, sprinting through an entire astrological sign in just about two weeks. After it enters Leo, though, it will stay there until August 31. What could possibly keep it in a sign for so long?
Yes, this is a pop quiz!!!
If you guessed, “Mercury will be retrograde,” give yourself a silver star! Mercury goes retrograde, in Leo, on July 14 and stays that way until August 7. You are probably uncomfortably familiar with Mercury Retrograde, but if you’d like a reminder, check out “What’s Really Going on When a Planet Goes Retrograde.”
Mercury in Leo
Leo is the sign of fun and charisma and romance but not commitment. Leo also rules sports, gambling and creativity. Leo is the performer who loves to take Center Stage. Leo is “playing around.” Mercury is communication. Mercury, as a Roman god, was also known for playing practical jokes. He’s the Trickster. It doesn’t take an astrologer to imagine what these two energies are going to be like when they are joined together!
As a symbol of this combined energy, I thought of a larger-than-life, accomplished actor, who plays around. Someone like George Clooney. (Actually, I checked his chart, and if the time of birth is correct, he does have MARS in Leo in the fifth house, which is ruled by Leo. Mars rules sex. So, there you go.)
Not to be sexist, I posted on facebook and Twitter, asking for a female equivalent of George Clooney. It was a popular question. Some of the responses: Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Madonna, Glenn Close, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Lauren Bacall. But, as one friend wrote, “Why can’t I think of a single woman who is equal to G.C.? I mean most of these women got married often or were quiet about their relationships. Name a woman who dates a guy for 2 years, makes it clear she will never marry, then puts them up in an apartment for the rest of their lives as she moves on to the next guy. Tell me society wouldn’t look down on her.”
What to expect this summer
This will be a fun, creative time. If you work in any kind of creative communication, you’ll likely be “flowing” like never before.
With the planet of communication in the sign of the Lothario, you could very well be swept off your feet, in any number of areas. If it sounds too good to be true… enjoy it, but please, please, no commitments until September! (This is exacerbated by the planet of LOVE, Venus, being in the mutable sign of Gemini until August 7. It’s almost impossible for Gemini to choose just one thing!)
If you are a smooth talker, have mercy on the rest of us and use your power responsibly!
Leo can also be self-absorbed. During this time, people (and that includes you and me!) might like to “hear themselves talk.” In other words, you might have to remind yourself to LISTEN to other people. If you feel like people aren’t listening to you, pour it into whatever creative outlet you have, and know it will get better when Leo moves on in September. Yes, this might be the “Summer of the Soliloquy”!
Also, we’ll have 3.5 weeks of Mercury Retrograde in the middle of all of this, and that’s already a time of miscommunication. I repeat: No commitments or signing of contracts, during this time, if at all possible!
As for practical jokes, I’m not sure how that will play out. But, pairing The Trickster with the most playful sign in the Zodiac, well, let me know if you pull off anything spectacular. (Or, are on the receiving end.)
Want to know how this will affect you personally?
Much will depend on what house Leo occupies in your personal chart, and if you have any planets there. Feel free to leave your house and Leonine planets in the comment field below, and I’ll do my best to give it to you straight. (Remember, Mercury won’t be a “smooth talker” until Monday!)