There’s a busy week ahead in the zodiac world, with Mercury retrograde starting on Thursday, July 26 and a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Friday July 27th.
The sometimes-dreaded Mercury retrograde happens about three to four times a year and causes chaos with our communication, technology, and short-distance travel. Try to save those serious talks and signing that contract until after Mercury moves direct on August 19. Also, be sure to back-up important files on your devices and leave for work early to avoid being late.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse will bring awareness to where we feel we need to stand our ground, even if no one else is on our side. Stand up for your beliefs if they are being challenged, but also allow yourself to be “revolutionary” by keeping the peace and not stirring the pot.
See what the rest of the week has in store for your sign courtesy of astrologer Katy Ibur.
Aries (March 21–April 20)
There could be some delays at the end of the week with your new creative projects, or some miscommunication with your new boo as Mercury stations retrograde on Thursday. Don’t lose your cool; you may blow this obstacle out of proportion and make things worse. This week also brings the realization that you can’t continue to do things the way you have been. Time to reevaluate your life’s direction and check where you want to go next. Resist the urge to take action on these ideas until the end of the month. This weekend, get a massage or go to a fun concert for some self-care.
Taurus (April 21–May 20)
Watch out for some family drama or unexpected, repressed emotions rising to the surface once Mercury goes retrograde! Your coworkers may call you out for being overly stubborn on a project at work. Swallow your pride and admit where you have been unnecessarily inflexible. Go on a walk in nature this weekend and eat nourishing, healthy food during this full moon. Be sure to give extra love and attention to your body.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Your thoughts may run more wild than usual during Mercury retrograde. Put your thoughts into action with some mindless creative projects—maybe coloring or a craft project. On Friday, you may feel an urge to throw all of your responsibilities out the window and take a spontaneous adventure. Only follow the urge if you can find time to finish all of your errands. This weekend be sure to do something with your partner that involves some stillness. Go fishing or take a quiet walk in nature.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
This week something happens that makes you question your security, both financially and emotionally. You may feel that no one has your back or that things are pretty intense, but don’t fall too far into victim-mode. You have friends that will be there for you, so reach out to the friends that make you feel calm and centered and avoid the people in your life that feed on the drama! In the bedroom, focus on being generous toward your partner and things will definitely heat up!
Leo (July 23–August 22)
This week it is time to get honest about where and how you have been stubborn and how you have been the “rebel without a cause” with your partner. You may feel a strong need for your partner to treat you like royalty and fulfill your every need, but you need to figure out how you can give that to yourself. Be your own biggest cheerleader during this Mercury retrograde and reflect on how to recognize and fulfill your own needs. This week, focus on creating some peace and calm within your workplace. Maybe take a walk during your lunch break or dive into a new project where you can get in the zone.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
This week may bring some confusion about where you are going next and how it will all come together. Trust that everything is working out, but also be sure to trust your gut and not over-analyze new opportunities when they arise. The lunar eclipse will highlight how the way you are expressing your gifts and talents is limited. You are not being as helpful as you would like. The solution? Do some research on new ways to be helpful to others and try something new and adventurous.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
You are starting to realize who your real friends are. It’s time to cut the friends and relationships that are holding you back and make more room for the people who believe in you and support you. This full moon highlights where you have been careless and flaky in your love life, with your children, or with your creative spark. It’s important for you to address the emotions you have been hiding. Share these feelings with your partner or close friends and know that you will be supported. Put some calming music on in the bedroom to set the mood.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
As Mercury stations retrograde on Thursday, expect some delays at work and in your community. Wait to ask your boss for the raise or to confront your lazy coworker until after Mercury stations direct on August 19. The full moon lunar eclipse will shed light on how you might have been stubborn and controlling at home. Lighten up and be sure to only pick the battles that matter. This weekend have a relaxing, drama-free night in with your sweetie.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
How do your beliefs and convictions serve other people? This is a worthy thought to ponder during Mercury retrograde. You will want to reevaluate how to be more open-minded and generous toward the people in your life. Friday’s full moon will bring miscommunication and conflict if you remain stubborn about getting your point across. Instead of participating in a verbal battle, focus instead on being of service to the valuable people in your life. Bring in some cupcakes to your coworkers or take your partner to their favorite restaurant. You will be rewarded for your thoughtful efforts!
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
Fiery emotions are bubbling under the surface during this Mercury retrograde. Try your best to address and express these emotions or you could end up taking it out on the people you love. You may also encounter some financial problems and things not panning out the way you planned. You are getting too wrapped up in anxiety over your to-do list. This weekend don’t think about work and instead do an activity that is fun and playful! Take your partner on a romantic picnic or go out for a night of salsa dancing!
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
Mercury retrograde may bring up feelings of discontent in your intimate relationships. You may feel that you have been the one giving and giving, with nothing being given in return. Hold off on any serious talks with your partner until after Mercury stations direct on August 19. Do not withhold affection and instead focus on how to compromise where both of your needs are met. You may feel stubborn about what your needs are in the relationship but try to honestly find a solid middle ground that works for both of you. This weekend be sure to carve out some alone time, whether it be reading a book or taking a bubble bath.
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
You may start to feel unappreciated for the work you do for others, or you may find that a mentor or authority figure is not supporting you in the way you need. This week will have you wanting to feel like a victim or the martyr but resist the urge. Know that you are responsible for the quality of your own life. This weekend, spend some time meditating or do some deep breathing to get yourself centered. Find ways to be of service to others, without expecting anything in return. The favor will be returned to you in the future in unexpected ways.