It’s been a hot summer and this Mercury retrograde period is asking us to reflect on what, exactly that means to us in the way that we live: Things like the amount of water we use, the preparation of food, our diets and exercise patterns in an overheated world. This is a rather tense time astrologically speaking. It could be a great time to do what Mercury retrograde suggests; reflection and perspective rather than action and forging ahead. As Mercury makes the station the moon is in the balsamic phase (just before the new moon) and gearing up for a solar eclipse in the sign of Virgo on the 1st of September. Anything could happen!