It is no coincidence that the retrograde Mercury which began last week is governed esoterically by Leo, the sign of individuality, of power, and of truth, at a time when our world is in confusion as to whether it wishes to be governed by the Fish or the Water Bearer, illusion or reality, ego or inclusiveness.
However much some people wish to remain in the Piscean Age of Illusion which has shaped humanity for 2000 years, focusing upon materialism and the self, there is no option but to accept the new world of community and caring which is the hallmark of the Age of Aquarius. You cannot stop it, for it is on its way, and the more we resist, clinging onto the old Piscean ideals, the harder it will be.
This Mercury retrograde will help us to understand the non-choice that we have, but it serves us to remember that Mercury is cunning and likely to set some tricky traps as he tests us in our humanity and our spirituality. So, as he flits from Cancer to Leo, and then on to Virgo at the end of August soon after he ceases his backwards movement, he will present us with illusions that appear to be reality and will shroud the truth with pretence: like a parlour game, he will challenge us to discern what is real, what is not, and he will give us, one last time, the choice whether to follow the example of the Fish or the Water Carrier as we live out the Leo aspects within us.
The game he plays with us is serious, however much it may be disguised as otherwise, for it is more akin to an exam than playtime in the School of your Life. Playtime is over, for now, for how well we do will determine if our place in the Age of Aquarius is painful or joyful, whether we are a prefect or are called for re-sits. Be aware, be discerning, look out for trick questions and look beneath the obvious, for face value is worthless now.
If you are in doubt as to what to do in order to overcome the wiles of Mercury at this time of Mercury being retrograde, choose, always, the path of caring as you live life like a lion, for it will lead you easily to the airy, exalted new era which is Aquarius without any danger of being tripped up on your way.
And Mercury, the great Communicator, will smile, for this is what he wants.