Sluggish Scorching Summer: Mercury Retrograde Summer 2018

Mercury Retrograde Summer-Fall 2018


Pre-Progression: Jul 7-20, 2018 (Begins in Cancer)

Pre-Progression Intensity: July 21-24, 2018 (Leo)

Mercury Station Retrograde: July 25-26, 2018 (Leo)

Mercury Station Regression: July 27-30, 2018

Mercury Retrograde Juncture: July 31-Aug 13, 2018

Mercury Direct Regression: Aug 14-17, 2018

Mercury Direct: Aug 18-19, 2018

Post-Regression Juncture: Aug 20-22 (Virgo)

Post-Juncture: Aug 23-Sept 1(Leo/Virgo)


By Maharani Rutan©

The heat is officially here and along with it is a sign from the universe that we must slow down and enjoy the family. Life is already slowing down for families with children; perhaps giving room for relaxation and spending quality time with friends as well.

On the other hand, for many of us who are not used to a slow-paced life, this will be a time of irritability, especially in communication. Interpersonal relationships could either end due inconsequential differences, or suddenly experience an abrupt silence. There could also be a chance that people from the past could unexpectedly resurface, bringing closures or new beginnings. However, going back to the past is not always healthy. Furthermore, don’t trust or feel all that happens during this period. Make your choices after September 1, 2018, that is if the past is here to stay or when one finally realizes there was a “reason for the season”Maharani Rutan.

Just a few days after the U.S Independence Day, Mercury officially enters Cancer/Leo. Thus, the ghost period begins in the sign of Cancer, from July 7 through July 20th. Cancer is a nurturing sign and often referred to as a sign of mother and Leo as nurturing and embracing family structure. Together, both will bring reconsideration, recollection, and remembrance of how it used to be.

One of the main problems from July 7 through July 20th is that while it is in Cancer/Leo, people will be very expressive of their feelings, but perhaps may be misunderstood. Cancers never forget anything, especially when it comes to holding on to past pain. Often, when we dig deep it causes the most emotional conversations which can be difficult to move on from. Like my mother used to say, “don’t listen to how someone is saying something really listen what they are saying”-Mom. The interpretation may be misunderstood between what is being said and body language is being projected.

Retrograde energy in Cancer will affect all those that have Cancer anywhere in their VPAT chart. It will be a time for introspection for these people. There is no choice but to evaluate their interpretations about life. Hence, it will give enough energy to consider their own self-perception. Nevertheless, there will be much confusion between the spiritual way of thinking and the emotional way; then again, it would not surprise me if there are gaps between what it was and what it was perceived to be. A possibility to dismiss the thoughts because of past hurt is possible, but there is a reason for all this. It is time to reexamine who, what, where, why, and how it happened.

Many times, of the year the Cosmos questions if the decisions of the past were made in haste. This is one the reasons Mercury retrogrades at least three times a year, to fix our mistakes and discover if your desires are realistic. It also inquires if shutting the door to open a new one is an absolute. In the VPAT teachings, it states that any relationship that begins/renews during this period usually does not last long, usually ending with the next retrograde (Oct-Dec), as during the retrograde period breakups are possible due to misinterpretations and differing expectations.

The day before the ghost period, Chiron, the wounded healer, will be retrograding. As I pointed out in my December 2017 blog, for the next 8 to 9 years Aries will go through a spiritual transformation. Wherever the placement of Aries is in your chart there may be severe pain. This is no joke; there may be sadness, loneliness, and feelings that something is missing. Trust me, I feel your pain, as similar pain was there for me when Chiron was in Pisces for so long. It was the most depressive time of my life, especially when it was in my 10th house.

Along with confusion, the energy of Mars retrograde, which began Jun 16, has a 90-day window. This will make many people lethargic and less motivated. It does, however, allow us to concentrate more on things that we have dismissed or put off, and it could have a lot to do with money, resources, or other goals. Additionally, it will affect all those who have planets in Aquarius and Capricorn.

If life is not confusing enough, let’s add Neptune retrograde into the mix. This “drunk planet” as I call it, began to retrograde June 08 and will not go into direct motion until the fall of this year. Neptune always makes us feel like we are drunk or everything is rosy. Sometimes, we imagine a person in our life to be perfect for us, or a career is the best, but when Neptune is retrograding it gives us a reality check. This is especially true for those that have Neptune in Pisces. The illusion began in the spring of 2012 and perhaps we will all undergo some awakening by the time it ends in 2027. But Neptune won’t just affect Pisces, but all mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius).

While the cosmos is stirring the pot of retrograde energy, why not add Pluto to the mix? Power and control is what Pluto is all about. The more control of situations you want in your life, the more you will realize you can’t have control and perhaps it may be the other way around. Nevertheless, control is not always a good thing, it’s time to really look at what you can control and what you can’t. This is intense for all those that have Capricorn in their charts as well as (Libra, Cancer, and Aries). Unfortunately, you too will not have any relief until the fall of 2018.

Release is exactly what Sagittarius is asking while Saturn remains in Sagittarius until 2020, according to VPAT. As Saturn is the Karmic planet it is asking Sagittarius, and those that have planets in Sagittarius, to take things slow and look at everything with a fine-tooth comb. Make sure your T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted because things may become difficult, and don’t lose it as our heart may say yes but our minds say no. It seems that this too shall pass in the fall.

All the retrograde energies seem so dim and perhaps it is for a reason. In my opinion everything has a substantial connection. Mars (Men), Saturn (Karma), and Mercury (communications) want us to slow down. In my interpretation, authoritative communication must be reconsidered, as the karmic past always comes back to haunt us. Additionally, Chiron (healer) and Pluto (darkness) want us to consider the power of healing. This, I would consider as we all have wounds that we hide in our closet. But when we open the closet doors this is when the healing can finally happen. While Jupiter, who is going direct (July 12, 2018), is in the mix, of all this mess is coming to give Libra’s (according to VPAT), a gift. Wouldn’t that be nice?

When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s views are more reflective and we tend to think about matters and worries that relate to the sign involved. When Mercury begins its cycle in Cancer on the 7th of July, people who have this sign prominent in their charts will be predominantly disposed to such contemplation.

In the mix of all the scattered energy, the Partial Solar Eclipse will enter Cancer on the 14th. At least it will be during the pre-progression period. However, as the pre-progression period intensifies July 21 -24, 2018, the many obsessive tendencies tend to suppress the oppression. Relationships may become inconsistent and unpredictable due to personality eccentric arrogance, and all areas of communication are embellished, especially in any affected leadership-oriented movement. This will manifest in anything having to do with home, children, romance, and creativity.

When Mercury enters Leo on July 23, 2018, it becomes a paralyzing moment for them. Leo’s are at no time concerned with evaluation, and they often speak from the core; however, during the retrograde period it seems it will be the opposite. With their straightforwardness in communication, frequently words will pull themselves from goal oriented to logical. Words may flow easier than ever before but they could be internally detaching when it comes to one’s self-image.

During this time communication will tend to be excessively melodramatic, often amplify issues including those around perceptions of arrogance which could cause explosive situations. Mercury will station retrograde July 25/26, 2018, just in time for the second eclipse which will be a lunar eclipse in Aquarius. Aquarius’ will be able to let out a sigh of relief. However, the eclipse energy is always in a holding pattern for 6 months to a year from the original eclipse, which in this case was August 2016 (read more here).

Mercury energizes communication and transportation; these two areas are most inclined during a Mercury Retrograde. Discussions could be trying, as overlapped indicators and uncertain connotations cloud ordinarily forthright conversations. Still, with a bit of thoughtfulness and reflection, you’ll get your point across. Likewise, be ready with a back-up plan when you’re traveling. If your trip gets canceled or your car won’t start, stay cool and make the best of it. The most intense time for this will be July 25/26, 2018.

As we move away from Mercury stationing retrograde and the energy lightens through Mercury regression, many people’s rationale and insight will be giving out confusing messages, especially in areas of transportation. People who work with their concentrations or their intelligences such as writers and lecturers, or critics and censors, will have a difficult time. Personal confusions, faulty, interrupted, or late communications, negotiations and crafts, malfunctions and failures with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains are all part of the energy of Mercury. This is because some vital piece of information, or element, has gone off track, or skewed.

Unfortunately for Leo’s and fire signs (Aries and Sagittarius), this is a double whammy. The eclipses of last spring and this summer, including Saturn, have been poking at fire signs and may continue to do so for a short time longer. While this is not completely a bad thing, the irritation may cause some outbursts. This would affect all those that have fiery planets.
Throughout this period, at its worst, Leo’s may experience unexpected trials such as: monetary losses, losses of friends or family, the nonexistence of acknowledgment, sensations of abandonment, detachment from family and friends, feeling of being tremendously sophisticated yet immobilized to find their way through life, and bad luck. At its best, during the transit, Leo’s may have felt: hopeful life, an event that brings blessing, unlimited wealth, and magnetism.

However, the Mercury retrograde juncture from July 31 through August 13, 2018, could very well lessen the intensity. Even though there are always positives and negatives to all retrograde juncture periods, Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries will begin to feel a bit more positive. Fixed signs (Scorpio, Taurus and Aquarius) will be the most tested, as colliding right in the middle of our second and final eclipse in Aquarius, will also be a Super full moon.

This Mercury, everyone is a detainee when it is in the sign of Leo as it rules families and leadership, this is especially true for siblings of Leo by domain (Aries and Sagittarius) and by kin (Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius). It then moves into Virgo and its brothers and sisters (Taurus and Capricorn) and by the domination (Pisces and Gemini). Finally, as Mercury is a ruler of Gemini, it will rule all Air signs. This can only mean that Libra, who is an air sign, will be pretentious and its domain (Cancer) will have Mercury troubling them as their transformation begins.

On August 14-17, 2018, Mercury moves into direct regression to make sure all fire signs, and fixed signs have closed their doors of introspection. The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde, even though its juncture and regression period, include: contemplate, consider, manage and organize, spend time with children and pets, enjoy music, but most of all, catch up on sleep!

As we take the time for ourselves, Mercury will become stationed direct in Leo/Virgo on August 18/19, 2018, when things will become so clear that we may amaze ourselves. But don’t believe that you know everything as the third, and final, eclipse of the year is only a week away. All that you know or come to know will be in a vacuum of dust.

The cosmos will really try hard to make things a little less complex for everyone as Mercury post regression juncture moves into the sign of Virgo, August 20-22, 2018.
With Mercury retrograde in Virgo, people with this sign obvious in their charts will be primarily inclined to such inspection. Additionally, because Mercury is moving into Mutable signs (Sagittarius, Pisces, and Gemini), they will not be left out. Even though Mercury is in the mutable sign, Mercury usually rules Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces. Therefore, those with mutable signs in their chart will have some difficulties. It does not, however, have to be bad characteristics and some people say that Virgo will defiantly love the retrograde period. But all others may be confronted.

The relaxed energy may not come until August 23 and it will last until September 1, 2018. For many folks this could cause difficulties with not being able to see the larger picture of life; being harsh, disproportionately troubled about inconsequential matters, and exhibiting inflated OCD tendencies.

Virgo rules everyday work, health, and service of others. When Mercury retrogrades in Virgo there may be reconsideration to rid oneself of old manners that revolve around food. Health checkups may give misdiagnoses and must be re-done. On the other hand, there may be a need to look at what is not working in your day-to-day life and begin to clear out, break habits, and set a temperament for the future. It is time for all that is causing feelings of being locked in or blocked out, to go.

But don’t think that on September 1, 2018 it’s all over, because in less than one month, Mercury will again retrograde, in preparation for Scorpios to have at it with Mercury. But by that time the energy of retrograde planets will not be as intense, or will they? Therefore, the material beneath will be a significant facet to learn about the negatives and positives which will affect you.

What I am about to bring to you is not Western or Vedic Astrology. Rather, Zodiac signs are place holders of features in which energy is placed. If your focus is primarily on Western ideologies, please speak to my recommended astrologers Lee Stillwater or Leslie Hale, but if they are not available you may seek any of my recommended astrologers here.

Please remember VPAT (Vedic Philosophical Ayurvedic Theories) are based upon where you are today, what you could possibly be tomorrow, and what you can do to avoid danger and how, by knowing ahead of time, you can remedy the situation.

I will begin with those placeholders as Mercury shifts through each zodiac sign, the paraphrases that could be positive or negative, depending upon your view of life.

Cancer, Leo, and Virgo


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Family, friends, travel, and illness.

Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Home and career
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Finances, Health, and Stress


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Money, home, and charisma
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Fame, virtue, and work
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Finances and friends


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Health, finances, and family
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Obsessive habits and supporting others
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Profession, health, and attitude

Sagittarius and Aries


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Happiness, partnership, and fame
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Career prospects and partnership
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Family, conflicts, and misunderstandings


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Career, health, and friendship
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Finances, support, and relationships
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Criticism, health, and profession

Gemini and Pisces


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Confusion, anxiety, and assets
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Courage, Harmony and travel
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Home, family, and travel


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Insults, arguments, and property
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Friendship, health, and conflicts
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Time management, arguments, and marriage


Scorpio, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius and Taurus


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Financial gains, friends, and health
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Financial gains, respect, and appreciation
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Career, financial gains, and Friendships


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Travel, illness, and expenses
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Friendship, finances, and love
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Religion, spending, and travel


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Work, health, and luck
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Health, work, and delays
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Research, religion, and profession


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Finances, health, and investments
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Partnership, travel, and support
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Conflicts, attitude, and ideas


Mercury: July 7 through July 19 (Cancer): Finances, family, and love
Mercury: July 20-Aug 20 (Leo): Happiness, home, and acceptation
Mercury: July 21-Sept 1 (Virgo): Investments, habits, and feelings

These are just insignificant inclinations and things that could inspire a world view through Mercury retrograde, as well as what needs to be well thought out. Also, please remember these are wide-ranging Vedic philosophical dispositions and do not emulate astrology as the signs are just place holders.

If you are exquisitely curious on how this journey will affect you independently in areas of Western Astrology you may consult my recommend astrologers Leslie Hale and Lee Stillwater or my other recommended Astrologers here if they are not available. Unfortunately, I am neither a Vedic Astrologer, nor can I recommend a Vedic astrologer who can give instant advice; many of the advisers live in India and turnaround time is usually 90 days or more.

Since Mercury is a very lethargic planet and it touches almost all planetary signs, it is my recommendation that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through to the wick. Anoint the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant Psalm 70 every single night. This period will last for 6-9 weeks and it will be hard on all of us.

You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until September 1, 2018. Remember that with all uses of psalms and mantras, completing the preferred result is determined by the value of intention.

The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy. I have chosen four mantras for you during this Mercury retrograde:



Om Braam Breem Braum Sah Budhaay Namah


(oom braaam brim brauum saha bud hayya nama ha)


Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaye Namah


Om Budhagrahaya vidmahe, Indu putraya dhimahi, tanno somya prachodayat


Priyangukalikashyaamam ruupenaa-pratimam budham; Saumyam saumyamgunopetam tam budham pranamaamyaham
Om budhaaya namah

These mantras are used to realize mental clarity, to evade and overcome confusions, and keep friendly communications flowing.

Please note I am not an astrologer, nor do I claim to be. I am a Vedic reader. The claims of a Vedic reader are to take planetary inclinations, as well as defiance and conduct pattern of the reading, and bring forth consideration of the truth. It is about precautionary remedy and to appreciate that not every human is an exact science. This means that for every action there is a reaction; however, we all have the free will and ability to change our future.

I wish you the most rewarding retrograde period, that you get plenty of rest, and you have the chance to re think and renovate yourself after this period is over.



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