For Sun sign Leos, it's a time good time to review personal progress. What has been successful, what has not and what adjustments, if any, need to be made. For people with planets in Leo and where ever you have Leo in your chart, some area of your life may require a second look or some rehabilitation. Leo governs confidence, so if you're feeling good about your efforts, stay the course. The retrograde job is not to throw you off your game, contrary to popular belief, but to test the firmness of your commitment and convictions. For Sun sign Aquarius, this may be a time where some overlooked issue or matter will reassert itself, calling for corrective measures. You may only be required to acknowledge the matter, but as with all astrological oppositions, it will need to be addressed in some direct way. People with planets in Aquarius will also confront some past concern that, with time and attention, could prove rewarding or restorative. For Scorpio's and Taurus', this retrograde may place you in very trying circumstance about who you are and where you belong. Again, the retrograde's purpose is to help you find clarity and resolve to honor who and what you are.
You will feel the effects of this retrograde well before and after the actual transit. Know as the storm of the retrograde, this phenomena can produce experiences similar to the retrograde both prior to July 14th and after its conclusion after August 8th. Remember that it only during the retrograde itself you truly experience it's direct influence.
It is at this point I'll add the standard reminder about retrogrades having the power to delay and confound plans and day to day operations Devices for communication are susceptible to Mercury's caprices so be mindful of this when dealing with computers, cell phones and written information. This retrograde has a particularly strong emotional component, so moodiness and melancholy may emerge at this time. The potential for miscommunication are considerable so strive for clarity in all of your messaging.
"Know thyself" and "to thine own self be true" are good mottos to adopt for this retrograde. As Mercury retrograde ask you question about who you are, search inside your heart for the answers.