Planetary news this week! Mercury retrograde and a total lunar eclipse

lunar eclipse July 27.  Mercury is in its shadow period now, moving at a snails space as it prepares to turn retrograde.  (Most people know by know that Mercury doesn’t actually travel backwards, or retrograde but because we observe the motion of the planets from Earth they sometimes appear to move backwards from our perspective which we call retrograde motion.)   Mercury will be retrograde through August 18th.  Because Mercury rules communication, learning and communication equipment, anything started or implemented during Mercury retrograde periods MAY bring potential problems or glitches later on.

As someone who has observed this phenomenon for over 40 years, I can tell you that the current hysteria over Mercury retrograde that fills the Interwebs is way overblown.  It sells astrological news perhaps, but the number of people who write me in terror of making a move or even a small purchase during these periods makes me weep.

During the Mercury retrograde, we just need to exercise an additional level of care.  If you’re booking a flight for a trip, REview your flight arrangements a few times to be sure you haven’t made a mistake.  If you have to start a job, sign a contract, or buy a new car because your old one died, do your REsearch, REread the contract or documents to be sure they are clear.

Mercury retrograde periods are excellent for REvisiting a discussion which isn’t quite REsolved, or simply for taking time to REflect and REwind your life.  The waves of the ocean ebb and flow, and the retrograde periods are like the ebb tide, REturning us back to the ocean to REcharge and REplenish our life force.

It will likely help that Mercury is acting as a singleton planet during the lunar eclipse – it makes no aspects to any other planet in the eclipse chart.  This eclipse will last for a very long time and is being called a Blood Moon because of the way the light is distributed and NOT because it will mark the end of the world.

The eclipse occurs at the Aquarius Full Moon, and not only is this a total eclipse (with the lunar nodes of Destiny in tight alignment with both the Sun and Moon) but Mars is tightly involved as well for an increased intensity and a powerful impact.  Eclipses are not to be feared – a client recently told me with the eclipse sitting on her Sun she was afraid that she might die.  That of course didn’t happen!  The effect of eclipses tend to be more energetic and psychological than event-driven.  Often there is an emotional eruption of some kind, although it IS possible that an event may come out of nowhere to create an opening for a powerful life transformation of some kind.  The lunar nodes are like signposts that point the direction from our past to our future, and so there is a fated quality to all eclipses.

This eclipse will be most powerful for anyone who has planets between 0 and 10 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio or Taurus.  Mars is aligned with the South Node here as well as sitting right on top of the Moon, so there is a highly charged energy to release something dark from the past.  As if that weren’t enough, a strong Uranus aspect challenges us to make a clean break and a deeply radical change. This could feel uncomfortable, but it is a key in liberating us for greater personal development.  Relationships and connections with others are supremely helpful during this process but watch for communication glitches caused by the retrograde Mercury cycles.  Expect the energies of this powerful eclipse to last for a week or so

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By | 2018-07-24T12:44:03+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Moon|12 Comments


  1. CeliaALeffler July 24, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    It is a bit scary for me because I have Mars in Aquarius 14 deg in 7th house opposite Leo rising 11 deg. And squaring my Saturn in Scorpio 14 deg in 4th. Also MC 4deg Taurus and Merc in Scorpio 0 deg. Sun-19 Scorpio and Venus 23 Scorp. Is this a grand square?

    • July 25, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Hi Celia, do you mean the eclipse is scary for you? There’s no need to be frightened – just be aware that the energy will be intensified for you. Because the eclipse will square your MC/Mercury opposition it will form a grand square so something could be unmasked in your home life/career path. Your Saturn/Sun/Venus is a triple conjunction that squares your Mars, so you need to be sure you are letting the assertive energy of your Mars express itself in constructive ways. Those planets around 14 degrees are a little far from the eclipse to be directly impacted, but the eclipse itself is Marsy in nature so make sure you get plenty of exercise and physical activity to help channel the energy.

  2. James Freeman July 25, 2018 at 3:01 am - Reply

    >>This eclipse will be most powerful for anyone who has planets between 0 and 10 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio or Taurus.

    Lynn, please clarify – are these highly affected degrees/signs intended to represent natal planetary placement, or current placement, during the time of the eclipse?

    • July 25, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Hi James, these would be the natal placements which would be personally affected by the energies of the eclipse. Individuals who have planets or chart points near the degree of the eclipse may experience more of a personal impact although the eclipse itself does tend to carry a strong energy imprint anyway.

  3. July 25, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

    I just want to remind everyone that we have five to six eclipses every year and we DO survive them!

  4. Tonya July 25, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    After this last eclipse, my sister in law had two strokes, and other family members are bad off and near death and others have started dying off. We have had several deaths around us.

    • July 29, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      That is very sad Tonya. The eclipse energy could have set off something neurological in your sister to trigger the strokes, especially if it hit something sensitive in her chart.

    • Alice July 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Dear Tonya
      I am so sorry.
      My close family member recently died of multiplied strokes and heart attack .He died 14 07.18 ( eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer) when pluto exactly opposed his Venus and Mercury an was also close to his natal Sun at 28 Cancer.
      Astrology seems to show us certain sensitive periods when such thing can happen.

  5. Alice July 25, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Dear Lynn
    Thank you for your excellent writing. My ascendant is 4 Aquarius square natal Uranus 3 Scorpio opposite natal Mars 5 Leo. Eclipse will hit the hottest part of my chart.
    When Mars first reached 4-5 degrees Aqua I burned two hairdryers one by one. I am very irritated and afraid at one time…

    • July 29, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Alice, I’m a little late in responding to you and I apologize for that. I would love to know, know that the eclipse is behind us, what your experience was?

      • Alice July 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm - Reply

        Dear Lynn
        My father as high functinioning alcoholic went too far and he scared my little son to death with his behaviour – unexoectedly during the evening of the eclipse he grabbed his jaw painfully to check whether my kid washed his teeth right . I was scared and shocked.
        If my father drink too much he is capable of cruelty and violence.
        Now I am sorting this out. I comforted my son and confronted my father. I thought he had changed but it sure he still drinks a lot in secret. I am crushed and my memories from childhood emerged again. I am angry and i see red.
        My father has and my mother too have the moon and Pluto around 7 degrees Leo
        My DSC and Mars are 5 Leo they square natal Uranus
        My partners Saturn is 8 Leo
        My attacked son’s Venus is 8 Leo
        My infant son’s Moon is 10 Leo.

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