Updated: July 3, 2012 10:10PM
Predictions for the week of July 1
All signs: Mercury retrograde is back with communication snafus, forgotten appointments, missed transit rides, dead cell phones, cancellations and silly little mistakes, plus people from the past back in our faces again — aarggh! Yes! All this and more will be yours! However, Mercury retrograde can be useful. It’s a time for reflection. We can easily finish what is already started. Research and the study of history pay off. Solutions appear. But we struggle, oh yes. (Which is worse — a stalled car or a stalled relationship back in your life?) The outer dates when Mercury is slow or behind are July 2 to Aug. 22. (The whole summer?) The dates of the actual Mercury retrograde are July 14 to Aug. 8. (It’s a poor time to buy ground transportation.) Ah yes, where there’s smoke, there’s burning toast.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You might want to run for cover or really spruce up your act because you’re going to bump into old flames this summer. Factoid. Definitely look sharp at all times because living well is the best revenge. (Or you might be forced to hide in the aisle where they sell dog food and firewood.) The good news is this is a chance to renegotiate deals in the arts, the entertainment world, sports and anything related to the hospitality industry. You can also re-think or look again at any situation related to your children. In fact, you might easily drive exactly the kind of bargain you want to achieve. (“Yeah, don’t mess with the kid.”)
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
My advice to Taurus is to stock the fridge this summer. Relatives you didn’t even know you had will be camped on your doorstep and eating you out of house and home. This is especially true for your sign because you have such a good fridge! (You love good food and you’re very discerning about the coffee, bread, meat and produce you buy.) However, this is also a good time (the next six weeks) to wrap up home projects and finish anything related to home businesses or important family discussions. It’s also a great time to finish home repairs. You won’t be as distracted as you think — you’ll have that deck built in no time.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Since Mercury is the ruler of your sign, of course you will feel this pending Mercury retrograde. Ironically, it is going to hit you in a classic Mercury way. Be prepared for transportation breakdowns, jinxes to all communications (cell phones, land lines, fax machines, computers, modems and scanners.) Start to do damage control by trying to anticipate what might go wrong with whatever you drive. Take care of needed repairs. Allow extra time for everything. Pay your phone bill and your Hydro. Murphy’s Law will definitely apply in the next six weeks, so try to figure out how to put out all these little fires before they spread. Good time to mend broken fences with siblings and neighbors.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Fortunately, you are empowered because the Sun is in your sign. Nevertheless, Mercury retrograde will throw a few glitches your way, especially related to all things financial. Definitely stay on top of your bills and checks to avoid being overdrawn or worse. Although you will be able to finish up jobs more easily, a particular bit of unfinished business might also come back to haunt you. You might misplace items or money; yet you might also find previously lost items or money. Could go either way. I love finding things I have lost, especially several years later. It’s like such a weird bonus!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Well, well, Mercury retrograde will be taking place in your sign. This means the disadvantages as well as the advantages will probably feel like they are multiplied. Yes, you will misplace items, be late for things, forget appointments and deal with car problems, missed buses and glitches with cell phones, computers, the Internet, lost papers, books and keys. You will likely run into people from your past, especially ex-partners. However, on the other hand (you have different rings) you can get an amazing amount done! You’re like a hot knife cutting through butter. Stuff you’ve been procrastinating about will suddenly materialize and you’ll just DO IT. Done! (Finally.)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Like Gemini, Mercury is your ruler, which means you often feel the influence of Mercury retrograde more than other signs. Ironically, this particular Mercury retrograde will actually help you to do research, discover solutions to old problems and come up with answers for a number of situations — answers that have eluded you in the past. So this can be a bonus situation! In addition, you will encounter people from your past as well. Naturally, you’ll be forced to deal with silly little errors that make you think “Whaaat? Am I losing it?” Don’t worry. You’re not losing it. Just take all these glitches gracefully in your stride. C’est la vie. Previous contacts could generate money and jobs. Be open to this.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You are in the public eye more than usual. People notice you, especially authority figures. You can use this to your advantage because you look good in their eyes! (You might as well milk this for all it’s worth.) Mercury retrograde will bring you into contact with people from your past, especially people you were involved with through group situations, clubs and organizations. No doubt revisiting these old contacts will make you rethink some goals and possibly modify what you want to achieve or where you want to go. Travel beckons; however, Mercury retrograde can be a trickster for travel! It’s generally easier to travel to places you’ve been before. Double-check all details, especially reservations and schedules.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Mercury retrograde is taking place at the top of your chart, which means it will somehow bring you back into contact with previous authority figures in your life. You might be dealing with old bosses or have the chance to renegotiate old deals or even get work where you worked before. Obviously, parents are authority figures, so many of you will be dealing with a parent more than usual — visiting, assisting or getting guidance. The top of your chart refers to your reputation and your life direction. This is a good time to finish job-related studies and wrap up major projects on the go. Expect some challenges with procedural paperwork and forms. Keep track of your stuff!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You are the traveler of the zodiac. You love to learn and explore as much as you can. This particular Mercury retrograde will totally benefit those of you who are studying anything or getting an education. You can finish your thesis, paper or whatever. Travel to new places could be a bit challenging, so double-check all travel-related details. Assume nothing. Write down information about credit cards, passports, etc. in case you lose anything. Confirm reservations. This is a great time to study history or explore the past. Good time to finish writing projects. Michelangelo said, “Trifles make perfection and imperfection is no trifle.”
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This particular Mercury retrograde will be extremely useful for your sign. (Music to your ears, I am sure.) It will be relatively easy for you to tackle lots of red-tape details that you might normally try to put off or avoid. It seems easier to finish things than ignore them. (Wow! Make the most of this!) In particular, matters that have been dragging on with inheritances, shared property, debt, taxes, insurance matters and wills can be easily finished this summer. You want all these loose ends to be tied up tickety-boo and behind you so you can wipe your hands clean of them and feel freer! And proud of what you’ve accomplished. Yes!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Because this particular Mercury retrograde is taking place directly opposite your sign, it will be an opportunity for you to deal with ex-partners and old friendships. This could be a great chance for closure or for wrapping up loose ends and making decisions about how to share responsibilities, especially for children and jointly held property. It’s also an excellent time to discuss past difficulties with partners. Not necessarily to rehash or beat something to death, but to learn from the past so that you can improve how you relate to each other in the future. Disagreements can be resolved even if you have to accept that you must agree to disagree. (One man’s Mede is another man’s Persian.)
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
I’m not going to sugarcoat this. This Mercury retrograde will impact you in two very different ways. Essentially, it will affect your job and your daily work and how you approach your daily tasks. (Including your dealings with pets.) The downside is you will easily lose items, misplace things and suffer from confused communications, double-booked appointments, missed appointments, lost paperwork and painfully silly errors. But the upside (there’s always an upside) is you can complete a lot of the things you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll be on a kick to turn over a new leaf health-wise, as well as finishing whatever is already on your plate. You want results! Therefore, despite communication snafus and delays, you can get an enormous amount of work done this summer!