Major Planetary Note (MPN): Mercury is in retrograde.
Basic Meaning of MPN
Stop the freakin' presses! Do we even pay attention to presses anymore? Twitter, Grindr, Facebook, etc., must have it now and before now. Paying attention is not the same as having awareness. And, please, rarely, if ever, are you too broke to pay attention. Thank you, very much, I'll be here all week.
Mercury as ruler of Gemini and Virgo has a strong relationship to our perceptions. When in retrograde, we can sometimes look back and long for a "do over." The four signs on the mutable axis (Gemini, Virgo, Sag and Pisces) seemingly need Mercury to back up in order for each of them to re-examine their lives. Gemini and Virgo examine how much they give; Sag and Pisces examine how much they receive. The sign, house and element of the Mercury slowdown will give more detail, but that's what the pros are here for. Suffice it to say, Mercury is in Leo for nearly 10 weeks. Walking the fine line between arrogance and confidence is a good place to begin self-analysis.
Mercury has a strong connection to our sibling relationships. This column is dedicated to my baby sister. We both are born under each other's sister, or sibling, sign.
Thought Food (contemplate): Tell me, mama/would you live your life the same?/or come back and rearrange? (Lenny Kravitz, "Thinking of You").
Do you have someone in your life who acts as your listening, nonjudgmental sister? One medical study notes that those who have sisters live an average of four years longer.
Do you know which astrological signs are your sister signs? Count three over from your sun sign.(Hint: We're on the astrological wheel or circle; you must count your sign, too. Example: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are the eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th signs. Scorpio and Capricorn are sister signs; Sagittarius and Aquarius are, too.)
Sister signs have telepathic capabilities between them, ease of communication depicted by their compatible elements. Scorpio and Capricorn, water and earth respectively, feed each other. Scorpio through the depth of soul, and Capricorns through for their expression. Or put it another way, Scorpio has the pulpit and Cap passes around the collection plate. Sagittarius has the long-range vision of the future, and Aquarius brings in the social network to realize said vision (with their original tweaks and quirks.) The other seven signs in order are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra.
Here's your guide to your own sister signs. (Each sign has two. Remember: We're on a circle, so you count in both directions.) Oh, I haven't forgotten the men; it's just that hetero bizarre world being what it is, we, as a gender, haven't learned how to collectively add length to life yet ... (or there's no study I've seen).
Your sibling signs breeze through the less intense air element.
Leo, July 23-August 22, concentrating spirit, aka individuality (fire)
As the second fire and fifth sign, you thrive on being seen as important. Your need to dominate situations and folks increased in direct proportion to your insecurities. What didn't daddy give to you? Your sister signs, Gemini and Libra, will no doubt be able to write a dissertation to answer how your parents (Mamma, too) did not do right by you. Gemini plays the role of entertaining sprite, full of ideas and spicy varieties to your ofttimes conventional nature. It's one thing to be conventional because it had not occurred to you to be anything else; it is another thing to be so because the good opinion of the world is more important than your free spirit. Librans can come to your aid as your PR friend. They can place you in touch with those who want to explore the naughtier sides of life, while maintaining your more, shall I say, controlled persona. Until August 8, while Mercury backs up in your sign, please locate your inspirational wanderer within your soulful spirit ... chances are that when you accept you, we'll follow and not judge. But if you judge your behaviors, I guarantee nothing.