What Mercury's Return To Cancer On July 20th Means For Your Zodiac Sign During Retrograde Season, According To Astrology

Here we go again!

Mercury Retrograde In Cancer July 20-31, 2019 Horoscopes, For Each Zodiac Sign pexels

Mercury is retrograde July 19th-31st, 2019 after spending time in Leo where communication turned assertive and fire-filled. 

Now, that it's back in Cancer after being there during most of July, it can make you wonder what does this mean for your horoscope and your zodiac sign's astrology forecast?

Apparently, Mercury wasn't finished taking care of business before leaving the 4th house behind. So, now to fix what went array in early July, all zodiac signs get a new spin for the sake of good luck-hopefully.


In general, when Mercury is rx things just felt out of sync or nothing seemed to go right.

Your phone keeps malfunctioning, friends keep cancelling on you and you’re left wondering what is going on.

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They’ll say, “Oh, Mercury’s in retrograde right now, that’s why this is happening,” or something like that. But for those of you who don’t follow astrology, you might wonder what that means?

First, let’s circle to what you think of when it comes to mercury as a substance. It’s in all sorts of things, such as batteries or lightbulbs.

However, it’s also toxic.

For instance, when those new energy-efficient lightbulbs were introduced, they contained a lot of mercury.

It was so much that if you broke one you had to call poison control. Pretty nasty stuff right?

Now in mythology, Mercury has an interesting history.

In the Roman version, Mercury was considered to be the god of travelers and merchants.


However, in Greek mythology, Mercury’s mother Maia also exists, who is also the mother of Hermes, who was known as a messenger.

Therefore, Mercury and Hermes are often associated with each other or somewhat thought of as the same person.

This is also how Mercury came to be considered a messenger and how its role in astrology began to develop.

In astrology, Mercury is considered the body that governs communication.

When Mercury enters a zodiac’s house, it reacts to each one differently, but it specifically is strong with fiery types (like Aries).

It also tends to make things negative and difficult. But what is retrograde?

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It’s actually not as mystical as it sounds. Scientifically speaking, retrograde doesn’t actually exist. What it is, as astronomers have observed, is an illusion.

As Earth moves more quickly than Mercury in orbit during this time, it gives the appearance that rather than our planet moving forward, Mercury looks like it’s spinning backwards.

Typically Mercury will go into retrograde a couple times a year. 

So from Aries to Pisces, here’s what it means for horoscope during Mercury retrograde season starting now until July 31st when it stations direct once again.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

For you Aries, retrograde is particularly difficult as Mars is your ruling planet.


You’re typically impulsive in all aspects of life, which can be dangerous at a time like this.

Whether it be romance or projects, think carefully before you act. In fact, take this time of retrograde to review things in your life.

Knowing the conditions of what’s going on around you and what you’re a part of is always important.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

You’ve got two things to watch when in retrograde: family matters and financial decisions. When it comes to finances, try to avoid signing any contracts and doing home improvements.

As for family, try to retain your composure. While it may feel like everyone’s on edge, it’s only temporary or even an illusion.


Apply caution to your life in these areas and you’ll get through retrograde unscathed.

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GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

Mercury retrograde truly is in full-effect when it comes to Geminis like you. This time embodies communication and transportation failure for you.

When you speak you seem to always be misunderstood and even typing your words keeps backfiring.

Your car also breaks down, the bus/train is late, or you just can’t ever seem to be on time.

While in retrograde, choose your words carefully no matter the medium and make sure to leave extra early for those appointments.


CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

For you Cancers, it’s all about money when in retrograde. You should avoid making any unnecessary purchases or major financial decisions (like buying a house).

While Mercury retrograde is in effect, you’re not able to see the full picture, so don’t finalize any decisions you make either.

Instead, take the time to review your budget and make sure everything is in order.

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LEO (July 23 – August 22)

When Mercury goes into retrograde for you, it affects communication but not in the way you think.

While it does affect your words, your actions will speak louder. Body language sometimes says more than we mean to, leading to mixed signals and confusion.


Watch the way you react to others and try not to give them the wrong idea. Try to make yourself emotionally available and approachable as well.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

For Virgos like you, retrograde really affects your intuition. You start to overthink and pick up on things that aren’t accurate.

Try to relax, but not too much. Your lack of intuition can also make you vulnerable to deceit and people trying to take advantage of you.

On top of that, you might let your guard down too much and let something slip you didn’t mean to.

When in social situations, be sure you know what you want to say and how much.

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LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

For social peace butterflies like you Libras, having your communication skills is especially rough.

You’ll find your words don’t come out quite right during this time. Also, the past comes back to play a big role.

Along with potential old problems rising up again, there’s the potential too that an old friend will reappear.

Rather than worrying about your current friend group, focus on reconnecting and mending your past.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

You also have communication issues when Mercury is in retrograde, but it’s specifically with superiors and those in authority positions.

Doing anything rash could put your whole career in jeopardy, so be sure to be kind and clear to co-workers and bosses.


Also, if you plan on making any career decisions, wait until retrograde is over.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

A Sagittarius like you has to worry about saying the wrong thing and paperwork when in retrograde.

Known to not sugarcoat anything, you have to be especially cautious when saying your opinions.

Be sure you’re also clear with professionals such as lawyers and professors.

Along with this is that applications and travel plans may be delayed, so try not to get frustrated.


CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

It’s going to feel like everything is going wrong if you’re a Capricorn in retrograde.

When it comes to relationships, avoid arguments about intimacy.

You’ll get frustrated with both yourself and co-workers, and you find investments and contracts are nothing but trouble.

You’ll have trouble loans and taxes and that surprise check you were counting on is at least delayed.

My advice to you? Deep breaths.

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AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

For an Aquarius like you, it all comes down to partner communication. While Mercury is in retrograde, several problems occur.


First, an old ex could make an appearance, which always complicates things.

Second, there can be communication issues between you and your partner or you might need to fix some long-standing ones.

This leads to the third problem, disappointment. It’s the result from mixed messages and poor communication.

Use this time to find a way to make yourself clearer.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

You’ll find that when Mercury is in retrograde, you struggle at work and wonder about your health.

You’ll keep making mistakes with your work and get frustrated. You’ll also try to find ways to improve your health.

While in retrograde though, avoid actually putting what you find into practice.


Take advantage of this time by fine-tuning yourself so you’ll be even better when retrograde is over.

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Jesse Oakley is a writer who writes about love, relationships, self-care and spirituality/astrology.