Mercury retrograde July 2019 begins on July 7 at 4° Leo and ends on July 31 at 23° Cancer. Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days.
Mercury retrograde is generally associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. You may reminisce about the past or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. Business negotiations are often in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde, with some important details not yet available.
This particular Mercury retrograde 2019 is very intense and combative because it is conjunct Mars. It is also impulsive and provocative because it is square Uranus. Nervous and rushed thinking brings the potential for losing your temper and getting in arguments.
Mercury retrograde July 2019 requires self-awareness, concentration, patience and impulse control. Chose your battles carefully and avoid making spontaneous decisions. A tendency to act rashly without regard for the consequences could lead to great disruption or conflict.
Mercury Retrograde July 2019
The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone (23° Cancer to 04° Leo). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde July 2019:
- June 20 to July 7 – The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (23° Cancer to 04° Leo).
- July 7 to July 31 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (04° Leo to 23° Cancer)
- July 31 to August 15 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (23° Cancer to 04° Leo).
Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone
Mercury entered the retrograde zone at 23°56′ Cancer on Thursday, June 20, 2019. During the first shadow period, you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase.
The chart below shows Mercury and Mars opposite Pluto which is extremely competitive, argumentative, and combative. At 23°28′ Cancer, there is also a very combative fixed star called Pollux, the Gemini Twin famous for his skill in boxing.
Mercury conjunct Mars gives focused and acute thinking which is good for arguing your case and defending others against harassment or provocation. But it also gives aggressive or defensive thinking which can lead to arguments, temper tantrums and being unnecessarily rude or abusive.
Without using up this intense energy in mental work, a good debate or solving puzzles, you may encounter hostility in others. This could come in the form of threats, abuse or intimidation. Choose your battles carefully because of a tendency toward acting before thinking.
Fixed star Pollux at 23°28′ Cancer bisects Mercury and Mars. It has a Mars nature and has always been considered to portend eminence and renown, but can indicate a cruel, rash nature and is connected with poisons. The energy of Mars can be extremely valuable in such areas as war and business and politics.  Pollux greatly increases the Mercury-Mars risk of arguments, losing your temper, and of verbal and physical abuse.
Mercury opposite Pluto creates subjective and narrow thinking and an even more competitive environment battle of ideas, either within your own mind or between competitors. Such mental intensity brings a risk of threats, intimidation and other forms of psychological abuse.
Propaganda, secrecy, mind control, superiority complexes and obsessions are possible. This aspect also increases the Mercury-Mars and Pollux aptitude for getting into quarrels.
Mars opposite Pluto also gives a competitive spirit. So combined with the aspects already mentioned you may become quite ruthless in achieving your objectives. Powerful and primal urges could result in aggressive instincts and danger of violence.
You may face resistance from powerful enemies and other forces acting against you. Perhaps you will realize success is not possible and a tactical retreat is needed. If this is the case, this aspect helps you transform your goals.
If you chose to fight, enlist the help of other motivated people. Success will only come by maintaining high moral standards. Any coercive tactics, threats or intimidation will more than likely backfire. Sexual conquest also comes with dangers. Your will power and sex drive may become overbearing. If dating. beware of predators and the potential for violence and rape.
A good example of this potentially destructive combination of Mercury and Mars on Pollux opposite Pluto was seen in the crucial ten minutes before Trump stopped war with Iran, on the same day that Mercury entered the retrograde zone.
Mercury Stationary Retrograde
Mercury retrograde on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 04°27′ Leo is still conjunct Mars as shown in the chart below. They make another challenging aspect, this time a square to Uranus. But this impulsive and erratic energy is softened to some extent by two subtle influences. Love and harmony come from a semisextile to Venus. While healing and empathy come from a trine to Chiron.
Mercury conjunct Mars stays within 2° orb from June 8 to July 15. The exact conjunctions are on June 18, July 8 and September 3. During this retrograde conjunction, there is a less competitive, less restless feel without the opposition to Pluto. There is also a less combative feel without fixed star Pollux, and there are no major fixed stars around 4° Leo.
But the square to Uranus brings out the more impulsive and provocative nature of this conjunction. Your thinking may become nervous and rushed, while your reflexes increase will be very fast. So the potential for losing your temper and getting in arguments is still very high.
The key to handling this confrontational energy comes by gaining self-awareness of the buildup of nervous and impulsive energy. Remember, chose your battles carefully and think before acting.
Mercury square Uranus brings excitement and change which can cause upsets and nervous tension. Unexpected news may force you to change plans. A lack of concentration and a tendency to become distracted makes this a bad time for studies, paperwork and making plans.
Misunderstandings could lead to arguments, and you are more likely to offend others and be offended. Be flexible and open-minded. Think twice before making bold statements, and double-check and travel plans. Avoid making spontaneous decisions or agreeing to things on the spur of the moment.
Mars square Uranus gives a strong urge to break free from restriction and rebel against authority. A tendency to act rashly without regard for the consequences can lead to great disruption or conflict.
You cannot restrain this erratic energy so must express your crazy, creative or inventive side in a safe environment. Find a creative outlet socially, sexually or through a hobby. Get your kinky or dangerous desires out of your system in a safe way without upsetting others.
Avoid impulsive actions and taking dangerous risks. Lack of attention and concentration can lead to accidents, especially as when driving or working with electricity or technology. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Mercury and Mars trine Chiron helps you understand other people’s pain with empathy and a sympathetic ear. Your words, hands, and actions can heal and teach people who are in trouble. Strong personal and spiritual willpower helps you stand up for others and confront sensitive issues.
Mercury opposite Pluto is much easier to deal with without Mars opposite Pluto, as was the case with Mercury entering the retrograde zone. And the orb is one degree wider than back then too.
So while there will still be intense debates, there is much less likelihood of threats, intimidation and other forms of psychological abuse. But propaganda, secrecy, mind control, superiority complexes, and obsessions are still possible.
Mercury direct conjunct the competitive fixed star Pollux still brings the risk of arguments. But compared to the first two phases of Mercury retrograde 2019, this is a good time for research, investigation and uncovering secrets.
Psychological self-analysis or relationship counseling could lead to positive transformation in your thinking as deeper levels of understanding are reached. Finally, Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 04°27′ Leo (see chart).