The planet Mercury with illustrated constellation of Leo

Mercury is the planet that affects the way we communicate. When it is moving through a particular zodiac sign, it influences people and events on Earth in synch with that sign’s characteristics. The sign of Leo is regal and carries authority. Mercury begins its visit to Leo on July 17. It will be there until August 2. While it is there, communication on Earth will have a self-centered tone. No matter how charming or persuasive a person might sound, the core interest being expressed while Mercury is in Leo is self-interest.

The five senses are ruled by Mercury and this will allow us to pick up on clues people give as they communicate; clues regarding their true intentions. Often there is no secret – people can be quite blunt when Mercury is in Leo. But often, the hallmarks of the zodiac Lion are expressed by people of other signs quite effortlessly: they can turn on the Leo-like charm while Mercury is visiting the sign of the Lion. They can make you seem to be part of something that they control or would like to control completely.

The other side of Leo, though, is a caring and tender protector. While people may be speaking out for their own best interests, they often will have the foresight to know what is best for you. This is a trait of the Leo that allows them to be such great leaders. So when someone offers some solid advice to you during this forecast period (July 17 – August 2), do not reflexively ignore what they have to say.

One word of warning: It is difficult for Leos to take criticism and when Mercury is in Leo, communication may be taken quite intensely even if you try to assuage people that you are only offering constructive criticism.

Read for your sign below to see how you will be sending signals during this forecast period:

Aries March 21 – April 19

A seduction possibility appears. You have the power to talk anyone you want up to your place or theirs. Consider for a moment that this power of attraction does not turn off and so one enchanted new conquest will likely expect a return engagement, blocking you from reeling in too many others. While Mercury is in Leo, romance slips from your lips.
Best Days: July 20 and 26

Taurus April 20 – May 20

If you are buying a house, negotiating a lease or trying to convince a cute co-worker to spend the night, conversations about real estate bring you profitable business dealings and intense nights of passion that can lead to office gossip.
Best Days: July 26, 27 and 28

Gemini May 21 – June 21

You will have the right words at the right time, but the tendency will be to overdo it. Suddenly you will be asking for things you don’t really want and then needing to find room when they are given to you. Mercury in Leo is the chance to use your voice for getting what you need, not just what you want.
Best Days: July 20 and 22

Cancer June 22 – July 22

You will have to talk about money, and it is likely you will be talking about the money situations of some friends or family, too. You may end up spending this forecast period playing matchmaker with friends who need jobs and friends who need help and are willing to pay a qualified person.
Best Days: July 21 and 31

Leo July 23 – August 22

Mercury in your sign will have you turn into a self-promoter with both the gift of the gab and the charisma to sell your audience on what you have. The problem is … what do you have? Thru August 2 you will be gabbing and getting attention, but after that, if you do not have something to show for it all you may be one lonely Lion.
Best Days: July 18, 21 and 22

Virgo August 23 – September 22

Being unselfish with information will get you closer to a lot of the right people. You are a wealth of information while Mercury is in Leo, and the chance to share it makes you shine. Wait, however, for that chance to arrive and do not become the annoying friend who always gives unsolicited advice. A reputation can take a dive in three short, chatty weeks.
Best Days: July 20 and 22

Libra September 23 – October 22

Now that you have got them paying attention, is there anything that you would like to say? While Mercury is in Leo, you will be approached by people who are flattering you. Do you want or need something from them? Ask these people for it while you are in the spotlight, Mercury will deliver it.
Best Days: July 26, 27 and 28

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

While you are trying to speak your mind to a lover or possible passion partner, a career opportunity will be in reach. Love obsessions could cloud many positive developments on the job search, the promotion, or the successful harnessing of office politics in your favor.
Best Days: July 20 and 26

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

There has got to be a better way to explain yourself than sitting at home. Mercury in Leo will inspire a short trip, perhaps even a vacation. There you will find people much more willing to accept you as yourself. Don’t lose touch with your obligations at home; they will be waiting for you.
Best Days: July 26 and 29

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

It will be in listening that you receive what you want. The Capricorn who is silent while Mercury is in Leo will be the happy goat. Getting exactly what you want is easy when you sit back and wait for the offer to arrive. With so many chatty friends and associates gabbing on and on you are bound to soon hear an offer you want.
Best Days: July 24, 25 and 29

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

The words of a close business partner, friend or lover will carry the most weight. Perhaps you should let a casual suggestion guide you during this forecast period. There will be a great lesson learned if you fail to follow a distinct direction that is pointed out to you. Sadly, though, it could be a lesson of loss.
Best Days: July 18 and 30

Pisces February 19 – March 20

A boss or co-worker will carry unusual influence over you while Mercury is in Leo. You might be a little too wrapped up in life at the office and could be neglecting home and other relationships. If there is a big project that promises a promotion or payday, this is good, but if you are in avoidant mode and using your job as an escape, this is bad.
Best Days: July 26 and 27

Mercury Communication Forecasts of 2009