WEEK OF July 6 – 1 2, 2020
Set the countdown timer for Sunday, July 12. That’s when messenger Mercury snaps out of a three-week retrograde that just so happened to fall in YOUR sign. With the normally articulate planet out of sync, you’ve probably struggled to find the right words since June 18. Or maybe you made promises you slowly realized that you couldn’t keep. Getting yourself out of any jams will be a lot easier starting Sunday as Mercury pivots back into direct motion AND blesses you with the gift of gab until August 4. Stalled personal projects will pick up pace again and you can get those brave new initiatives in motion. Before Sunday, keep as low of a profile as your private sign can. An overdue clapback could come rushing out in the heat of the moment. No, it probably won’t be elegant, which means you might have some s’plainin’ to do next week when communication is flowing more favorably again. A good rule of thumb? Unless the conversation’s too essential to stay out of, pause and go research so you can formulate the most powerful response.
While Mercury is waking up, another heavenly body is hitting snooze this Saturday, July 11. Chiron, the “wounded healer” comet, slips into its annual retrograde, which lasts until December 15. This year (and until 2027), it’s backing up through Aries and your tenth house of career, which could illuminate a soulful calling—or a more spiritually aligned way of doing your work. If this vision involves a course of study or mastery of a certain skill, look to the past. Maybe it’s time to pick up where you left off with a half-finished training or webinar series. A healing profession or something distinctly “woo” could have your name written all over it. Perhaps you already love what you do, but just want to have a greater impact. Use Chiron’s retrograde window to connect to people on a similar path whose skills are complementary. If you’ve fallen in the habit of handling all the hard work by yourself, engage your colleagues and let the hive-minding commence.
Sunday’s ripe for a daydream, so don’t put the brakes on your imagination, even while Mercury is resuming its clarifying forward march. You might jet across the globe and back without ever leaving your living room, thanks to a flowing trine of the Sun in Cancer and dreamy Neptune in your travel zone. Look back through your camera roll to favorite trips you’ve taken—or start a Pinterest board of the top places on your ever-expanding, post-COVID bucket list. Even if you can’t get away right now, you can still expand your horizons by stretching outside your comfort zone. Whatever your “usual” is, give it a pass in favor of the new, unfamiliar and slightly off the grid.
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