Mercury Retrograde July 2019 – Impulse Control

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Mercury Retrograde 2019Mercury retrograde begins on July 7 at 4° Leo and ends on July 31 at 23° Cancer. This Mercury retrograde July 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.

This Mercury retrograde 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.

More detail about Mercury retrograde follows. Information about natal Mercury retrograde and the general meaning of Mercury retrograde phases can be found at the end of this article.

Mercury Retrograde July 2019

The 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:

  1. June 20 to July 7 – The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (23° Cancer to 04° Leo).
  2. July 7 to July 31 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (04° Leo to 23° Cancer)
  3. 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 Retrograde 2019

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone in June 2019

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. [1] 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 stationary 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 Retrograde July 2019

Mercury Retrograde July 2019

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 Stationary Direct

Mercury direct on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 23°56′ Cancer carries on the challenging theme, though not to the same extent as the first two Mercury retrograde phases.

Mercury Direct July 2019

Mercury Direct July 2019

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).

For more detail on how Mercury retrograde 2019 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2019 Dates

  • March 5 to 28, 2019 – 16° to 29° Pisces
  • July 7 to 31, 2019 – 23° Cancer to 4° Leo
  • October 31 to November 20, 2019 – 11° to 27° Scorpio

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Transiting Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.

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. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods. The illustration below shows the apparent retrograde motion of Mercury as seen from Earth.

Mercury Retrograde Motion

Mercury Retrograde Motion

Mercury retrograde brings communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury–Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde. You can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period might be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.

Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels, and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.

Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet b available, and others may be unreliable or dishonest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand. The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication, and transport are the few days either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations. However, care should still be taken during the retrograde period.

Natal Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury retrograde suggests there may have been a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions. Perhaps you were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.

Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. A repeating theme of challenging events related to your past is likely, especially when young. The aim of Mercury retrograde natal is to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout.

Natal Mercury retrograde meaning can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing, and comprehension. You could be a shy, quiet person whose thoughts have turned in. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company, and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.

Mercury retrograde only lasts for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years, you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury retrograde later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.

If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury retrograde. Use this ephemeris to see if Mercury changes direction in your progressed chart.

  1. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.39.

31 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde July 2019 – Impulse Control

    • So is mine! It’s such a wonderful time, isn’t it? Everything irritates me.

  1. This is so well written. You explain the planetary positions along with an interpretation. This also gives a timetable for the different phases. This is very educational and your explanations can be used for further self investigation.

  2. Hello! Thanks! What is the Health issues with mercury Retrograde? Thanks

    • Good question Michael. I would expect mental anxiety for Mercury retrograde in general, but especially for this one because of the square to Uranus. Also nervousness.

    • Mercury retrograde could be a especially challenging period for the signs ruled by Mercury and, possibly, for people who have their Ascendant in the signs ruled be Mercury. And Jamie perfectly explained Mercury retrograde challenges! Although, we are going to experience Total Solar Eclipse on July 2nd, 2019….:)

  3. Thanks, Jamie, for you post on Mercury retrogade! I have noticed this retrograde in July will conjunct my partner’s sun (Leo 3 Degrees, house X) and his Venus (Cáncer 23 degrees house X) Mercury conjunctions to these planets are good, you have written in your blog. Will this be true in July for him?

    • Thank you Sonia! Those Mercury transits are good but you also have to consider transiting Mars on his Sun for the retrograde station. Mercury with Mars can make for sexy words but also angry words. It also depend how his Mercury is aspected by other natal planets.

  4. thanks so much!! very clear and easy to understand! I’m getting ready… my north node is in leo and that’s my ascendant as well …. knowing is half the battle 🙂

  5. My Venus is 23 ’55 Cancer but haven’t noticed anything at all in regards to any issues to happen during the actual retrograde. Not surprised. Lol. Everything is boring.

    • Hi Mitch. You may notice Mercury stationing direct on your Venus on July 31, more than the retrograde phase. I would think you will also feel Pluto opposite your Venus from February 2020.

  6. Hi Jamie, I just wanted to take a moment and say how much I appreciate your writings.

    You have such a gift of saying just the right words to capture the essence of the aspects. I was raised in and have self-studied astrology since I turned 7 years old so I look forward to your interpretations and impressions. Thank you so much for sharing your talents!


    Ms. Leo with Aquarius and Pisces rising

    August 11 1962, 7:55pm, Vancouver BC Canada

  7. On June 20, my Sig.Other was run over by a car.
    He was not seriously injured, he saw the car coming and dived out of the way. But he was still pushed over and landed on his left wrist, which was badly sprained.
    I can’t see anything much in his natal chart that is touched by the transits of the day, except perhaps that tr Sun conjuncts his natal Uranus in Gemini – heck, that happens all the time, right?
    Tr Sun is also in semi-square aspect to his very close Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Leo.
    Oh, and tr Pluto is con his natal Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn.
    The tr Mercury/Mars conjunction is opp his natal Lilith.
    Tr Chiron is square his natal Mars in Cancer and con natal Eris.
    Now that I’ve written out the details, I can see there’s a lot of deep darkness here after all. All the orbs I’ve used are tight, there’s probably more here if I use wider ones.
    Perhaps he had quite a lucky escape…

    • What are the transiting Quincunxes? Saturn/Pluto and his natal Uranus in Gemini (the body part in question)? Perhaps the accident was a mis-communication? Did your husband make eye contact with the driver before the mishap, and did the movements get misread?

      • Tr Quincunxes =
        Jupiter qcx North Node
        Ceres qcx Vesta
        Asteroid Atropos qcx Asc.
        According to Rex Bills, wrists are Leo (his Sun sign) and Gemini (his Uranus sign).
        The car came around the corner too fast. No communication except the wing brushed against him. No eye contact. FLOODS of tears and abject apologies from the driver.
        He saw the bonnet of car alarmingly close to him and dived forward, but not quite far enough. it happened too quickly for any kind of misreading of communication.

        • Thanks for pointing out the wrist sign, actually, very interesting.
          – I watch the Asc qcx 6th house cusp as the primary health aspect for speedy recovery or not.
          on another note…
          …. do we want a Leo/Gem catching the baby?
          Have you been a doula, Char? Was your husband?

          • He heals quickly. 6th cusp = Leo, with three of his 5 Leo (Sun on Regulus) planets in the 6th house. Several years ago, he recovered from a condition that is fatal 80% of the time.
            Doula? Now that’s what I call an interesting question. My first thought was: no way have either of us ever been a doula… but then my mind went back 50 years (!! I KNOW!) – near the start of our relationship – in a very oblique way, both of us were involved in being doulas. I am Sun in Leo, Moon in Gemini – what does that tie into?
            BTW, he is not currently my husband. He has been in the past and maybe he will be in the future, but not right now.

            • Cheers Char, I’ve just come from one of those starseed astrology articles, and I’ve learned I’m from Arcturus. So Im feeling very strange and lonely, but wish you and your partner, temporary or otherwise, much luck and happiness. I apologize for pissing people off here, and during the Suns transit of my 12th it’s time to lay low. Until next month, namaste.

            • Moon in Gemini is a sign of intelligence, particularly what is called “a quick study” someone who learns rapidly. As was posted previously in Saturn retrograde, Saturn retro is squaring Mercury till Sept, this can trigger dangers for Mercury ruled signs, Gem and Virgo. Gemini rules the hand, and Aquarius the forearm, it is news to me about wrist/Leo, but it makes sense to me also. Bending the hand to catch himself strained the wrist I surmise.

            • I never saw you pissing anyone off, Gerald, in fact it was good chatting with you.
              Namaste – and I think Arcturus is a cool star.

            • Ben, I don’t know if I’m such a quick study… but I have been accused of intellectualising everything (which is nonsense). My Gemini signature is strong – Uranus & Mars are there too, and Mercury in Virgo is one of my final dispositors.
              I didn’t know that Aquarius rules the forearm – interesting.
              I’ve seen quite a bit of bad luck recently, with all this Saturn & Nodes & Mercury retro!
              I suppose that having his hand forcibly bent at the wrist put a lot of strain on my SO’s wrist. He put out his hand to prevent a bad bump to the head, which could have been serious, considering how hard the bump was.
              He’s still in a lot of pain, but is healing.

  8. I have Uranus square Mars in my natal. I describe it as being stubborn, it is a supressive thing, makes one get in way of action. “excitement and change”?? if you mean stopping things, getting in the way and causing an argument. Sometimes it is described as a kind of madness or insanity. Nip it in the bud and you will get the better side of the energy.

    • Ben, that sounds like a really interesting (and uncomfortable?) aspect for you to live with. Did it take you a long time to find the better side of the energy? And does it still occasionally get the better of you?

  9. This is extraordinary! Very comforting after a seemingly unexplainable, totally irrational turn of events with my mother the antagonist (she is Aries, the Mars energy) me on the defensive (Scorps) and the pluto energy unfortunately started simmering as staying calm and measured (as is the most usual for me in other such situations) was not working with her (as is also usual) even despite several attempts at rational reasoning with her and then lastly trying to appease her over the 5 days leading up to the 6th July by which time the emotional reactivity built up inevitably had to be released through her final verbal attack on me and my father in the middle (you guessed it, a Gemini) not being able to take sides (because it was totally non-sensical) yet being demanded by my controlling mother so had “no choice” (also was even manipulated by her into believing I did something I did not even do.) Dear lord it was a total breakdown of sensible meaningful relations BUT this time though I had to stand my ground, this once finally I did not give in because it was the more adult thing to do, I was willing to suffer the consequences because I have been under her control for far too long and it was not healthy. It was about something that is totally my choice anyway and I disagree with her narrow mindedness on the subject. Thank you so much Jamie, you truly are the King! No joke. Your explanations are always excellent but this was the most astounding revelation for me thanks to the way you set it out so clearly. It just clicked. I finally feel ready to be more independent of her. But the hurdle had to be overcome for me to see that is how I move on with my own life. I realise I have taken over the narrative of my life now. Who knew mercury retrograde could be so instrumental in liberating me? It truly is a trickster that was torture but it’s over for me now. Big sigh of relief.

  10. Man i dont understand any of this. That wheel thing or the natal or the stations ugh😩im bummed out. I rwally want to understand this stuff. Degrees and charts? All i k ow is im a scorpio born November 7th 1989 at 920am. And i believe my moon is in aquarius. I dont know all the vocabulary and lingo with this stuff. But i really want to learn . I understand what i read just not the chart stuff. I have been having a hard time lately and just want to understand more.

    • The lip synching pop group Milli Vanilli peaked and crashed around the time of your birth. This band from West Germany. And a connection to what was to occur in Berlin, later in December?

      So your chart suggests a disbelief, shock, surprise and a need to learn new life patterns. Perhaps a new relationship with the cosmos. Saturn Return, the 29-30 year orbit of Saturn. Start with Saturn conjunct Saturn transit.

  11. Your explanations are amazing Jamie. Is it possible to say if it’s safe to buy an electronic item as soon as Mercury goes direct on the 1st August? I’m under pressure with the purchase and have held off for a week now and can’t wait any longer due to work requirements. Thank you !!

  12. Having my natal Moon at 24 degrees in Cancer, this is really putting a high strain on my nervous system. There are not only Pluto and this Mercury retrograde/standstill/forward but also Eris which squares from 24 Aries.
    Feels like going mad Lunatic might be a better word…

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