Mercury Retrograde

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Moon into Aries, 3:15 am MST

Kapow! Zap! Our emotions are active, lively, punchy, and loud. The aspects the Moon will make are 50/50 between “good/easy” and “bad/difficult.” with the real danger being overdoing “it,” whatever your “it” may be. It’s also a good time to start projects (despite the “difficult” things).

Mercury/Capricorn trine Nortn Node/Virgo, sextile South Node/Pisces, 9:13 am MST

You may get a great idea or inspiration today. Just bear in mind that Mercury is in its retrograde zone and will re-visit this aspect two more times. By all means take notes, but don’t kid yourself into thinking this is a done deal.

Looking ahead to Friday: a lucky day! And, Ceres turns direct.

I need a website kind of like Is Mercury in Retrograde? but it would be Am I Procrastinating Right Now? And it would just magically know. And it would be good because it would be unbiased and just confirmation of something I already know, but wouldn’t be so judgmental (like my mother) or too nice (like my friends).

Originally posted by lux-kin

How to Prepare for the Mercury Retrograde

Beginning today (September 17) and until October 9th, Mercury will be going ‘backwards’. Mercury rules over communication, thought, and mental awareness, because of this, and the planet flowing backwards, it will throw everyone out of line, some more so than others.

What will it affect for each signs and how do I prepare?

Aries: Your health and over-all well being will be affected during this time. Be careful not to cause disputes with loved-ones, don’t put yourself in particularly dangerous situations, and make sure to not give into angry feelings.

Taurus: Try not to spend a lot of money during this time and also remain wary of how you treat others. Keep money saved somewhere safe during this time and make sure to only spend it during emergencies. Keep an eye on how your words affect people so you don’t do damage to particularly important relationships.

Gemini: You may find yourself feeling particularly lazy during this time and harsh in your treatment of others. Be sure to keep yourself motivated and make sure that things get done as well and quickly as they need to be. Don’t push people away during this time or you could lose them for good. 

Cancer: Don’t make any major decisions during this time, you may become overwhelmed by stress and end up ignoring or giving up on important tasks. Make sure you keep your head straight and make sure things get done during this time.

Leo: You may find yourself easily taking offense to others’ words during this time and reacting poorly to conflict, make sure that you remember where your heart is and don’t take what people say personally. Take time to yourself when you feel like lashing out. You don’t want to damage personal relationships during this time.

Virgo: A feeling of isolation will overcome you during this time and you will feel overwhelmed with responsibility. Remember that this feeling will pass and you are still accepted and adored by those close to you. Do not take any harsh feelings to heart or put yourself down.

Libra: Your love life may take a traumatic turn during this time if you do not take the precautions to keep it in line. Let your significant other know you love them and make sure to keep your friends close. 

Scorpio: Your past may be coming to bite you during this time, so make sure you remember where your heart is and don’t let confusing feelings damage what your have built. Keep your head on straight and don’t think too much until it rides out.

Sagittarius: You may find yourself feeling snappier and it will begin to affect how those around you feel more than usual. Make sure you watch your words and don’t let these retrograde feelings get in the way of what you have at the current moment.

Capricorn: Everything during this time may be a bit off, so make sure you keep a close eye on those most important to you. You may find yourself closing off and partaking in reckless behavior, so make sure you don’t let yourself get into too much trouble, it could be hazardous.

Aquarius: The only majorly affected thing during this time may be financial, work, or school related issues. Make sure you do what needs to get done, don’t over spend, and don’t get behind in your affairs. This time has a huge impact on your future, so make sure you don’t mess it up.

Pisces: Don’t make any major decisions during this time without first thinking through every piece of it. If you aren’t careful, you could damage yourself financially or socially. Keep your friends close and don’t close off from them too much, or you could lose them for good.


What is a Retrograde?

Retrogrades is a word given to the period of time where a planet looks like it is suspended in a stationary position then proceeds to travel in an apparent opposite rotation motion. During this duration of time the energy that the planet possess is often slowed down and become more subjective. 

What does it mean when I was born during a planet’s retrograde?

In general it can cause a minor setback for you in what that planet represents. You may find yourself struggling in that area, but it doesn’t mean you are doomed to failure in that placement what so ever it will be just more of an obstacle.

How do I know when my planet is in Retrograde?

You will need to view your birth chart so if you don’t have it saved anywhere click here to recalculate it. 

Once you do that in the column next to the degrees if there is a “R” next to it means the planet was in retrograde when you were born. You can have several or none retrograding planets when you were born. Above is my birth chart and you can see that there is a retrograde in Mercury and Saturn. 

What does each retrograding planet stand for?

Mercury: Those born during a Mercury retrograde may find themselves struggle in the social scene and be reluctant to voice their opinions/idea. Non-verbal communication is what they are succeed best with such as a creative pursuit. They are prone to being deep-thinkers and having the capability to draw their own conclusions, but this often makes them trapped in their own mind. 

Venus: Those born during a Venus retrograde may find themselves struggle with self-love and acceptance of oneself. In a relationship they can cause difficulties in it because they are prone to self-sabotage. The overwhelming fear of rejection may be present as well. Also people born in this retrograde may seek socialization more then others, but can be rather shy about it. 

Mars: Those born during a Mars retrograde may find themselves struggle to stand up for themselves in a conflict. They aren’t one to love competition because it can often bring discomfort. They are prone to fits of rage rather then healthier outburst of emotion. They can also come on too strong in certain situations. 

Jupiter: Those born during a Jupiter retrograde may find themselves with a different set of beliefs/morals and hold unusual perspectives. They prefer to learn how to behave from own experiences rather then what other people tell them. They also are not ones to believe in luck and because of that they are prone to constantly worrying about the future. 

Saturn: Those born during a Saturn retrograde may find themselves struggle with the feelings of guilt and self-doubt more so then others as well as feelings of anxiety in certain situations. These fears are internalized therefore not might be that apparent in those born with Saturn retrograde. They are prone to feeling as if they are letting people down and that they are not fulfilling their responsibilities despite the fact that they are doing nothing wrong. 

Uranus: Those born during a Uranus retrograde may struggle with change and have a distrust with new technologies or improvements. They also may hide their eccentric attributes of their personality. People with Uranus retrograde are prone to outburst of rage and/or rebellion and then carry on normally afterwards. 

Neptune: Those born during a Neptune retrograde may find themselves struggle with showing compassion and often hide their insecurities and spiritual side. They take comfort in being reserved and keeping their secrets private. They also tend to have a realistic outlook on life but is prone to thinking very negatively. 

Pluto: Those born during a Pluto retrograde may find themselves struggle with trusting others and fear being controlled, manipulated or betrayed more then others. They often desire power and control because of this fear. However, they often keep these fears to themselves rather then talking about it. 

What does it mean when a planet is currently retrograding and who does it effect?

You can expect daily hiccups of the aspects the planet rules. This effects everyone, but can really be more present in those who are ruled by that planet. 

When does a planet retrograde?

Click here to see future retrogrades!

Anything else I should know?

What is very important to note that a retrograde can cause obstacles in your daily life, but that doesn’t mean it controls you. If something goes wrong during a retrograde you can fix it, don’t use that as an excuse to not be proactive. Retrogrades happen all the time (it is very common) so don’t let that put a pause in your life. 

Natal Retrograding Planets

Retrograde comes from Latin for “backward step.” Astrologically, the planets are felt on a more inner, deeper level and expressed more inwardly than overtly. They swirl on the soul lining rather than project through the body  

Born with Mercury rx:
Thoughtful, slips into meditation easily, speculative, reflective, constant conversations with the mind that are not verbalised, trouble grasping new ideas, uncomfortable in academic settings, slow processing of information, takes time to respond, shy, self conscious about communication, self critical, can have dyslexia

Born with Venus rx:
Approaches relationships and social encounters with seriousness, takes responsibility for others, has a unique portal of social ideologies and values, reticent to enter relationships and intimate experiences, creatively talented, attraction to odd and unusual romances, emotionally disconnected, nonmaterial

Born with Mars rx:
Trouble self starting and initiating, slow inertia, difficulty with self assertion and aggression, lost ego, high level of responsibility, self competitive, represses bouts of anger, difficulty finding passion, sexually compulsive and ritualistic, rage turns inward - at the self, misplaced fury

Born with Jupiter rx:
Extremely rich and broad inner life, slips into meditation easily, learns best in solitude, easy access to the internal divine guru, unique view of philosophy and the universe, excessive nature, easy weight gain, more concerned with inner riches than material, original belief systems, trouble interacting with others 

Born with Saturn rx:
Hyper diligent and responsible, streams of ambition and endurance, self contemptuous and critical, self demanding, places high expectations on the self, paternalistic, prefers to work in solitude, feels victimised, feelings of inferiority, need for security and safety, weak or absent father figure

Born with Uranus rx:
Spontaneous bursts of universal insights, unique and original domestic and social habits, views the self as the one who needs rebelling against, appears conventional but is quite eccentric within, makes abrupt and unpredictable sweeping life changes, highly acute intuition

Born with Neptune rx:
Swirls with internal imaginative imagery and fantasy, tendency to procrastinate, struggles turning vision into action, enjoys the use of drugs alcohol and hypnotics in solitude, compelled to raise the consciousness of other people, oversensitive, self sacrificial, requires copious time in solitude and meditative states, can fall into trances

Born with Pluto rx:
Believes one was born with a special purpose in life, struggles overcoming trauma, self destructive, intimate with the processes of life death and rebirth, challenged with their own internal depths, self regenerative, resourceful in the face of pain, provoked to heal and transform others, faces strong resistance from others throughout life


What is Mercury Retrograde you ask?

All of the planets move in the same direction around the Sun, each with a different rate of speed.  Mercury’s orbit is 88 days long; therefore approximately 4 orbits of Mercury around the Sun equals 1 Earth year.

Mercury appears to slow down, then stop, (stationary retrograde) and then move slowly backwards for several weeks (retrograde).  Eventually, it appears to stop again and reverse direction (stationary direct) moving slowly forward once again (direct). Eventually Mercury appears to return to its normal orbital speed.(Mercury isn’t really going backwards, it’s just hanging out by the sun, but from Earth, that makes it look like it’s in reverse) There are three Mercury Retrograde periods each year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks.

As Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth & travel, during the time of retrograde it is advised that you don’t make any new beginnings or projects etc. This time period is perfect for:

❤ Reviewing and revising plans

Evaluate how well you've achieved your goals and what things you’d still love to bring into your life.Mercury Retrograde marks a period of Mercury “slowing down,” which means our requests and longings can find more potent expression into the universe. This is a terrific time to ponder intentions.

❤  Finish up any old, lingering projects.

You might not want to submit, release, or publish them during this time, but old projects can benefit from a fresh look. Mercury also helps with creativity, making Mercury Retrograde an ideal time to edit or revise.

❤ Rejuvenate your living space!

Clean out your closet, organize your wardrobe, get rid of clutter, even do a little Feng Shui to your home. That Retrograde energy amplifies your ability to process through old things.

❤ Relax & take care of yourself

Enjoy some solitude or time away. Read a book, take a walk in nature, have plenty of sleep, stay hydrated & do a lot of stretching. This especially applies during Mercury retrograde. Even book a spa day. Go on Treat yourself!!

Back up data

Have patience with your electronics. They’re trying their best. If your phones, computer, email, cell phone or internet act up, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you really need to push things right now. Pushing usually makes things worse, especially during a Mercury Retrograde.

So even though to many people the Mercury Retrograde is something they dread, make this the perfect time to just kick back and relax from everything. Use the Retrograde to your advantage!! 


Mercury Retrograde: What You Need to Know!

Originally posted by heyyhaleyheyy

What is a retrograde?

Retrograde is a phenomenon where a planet appears to be moving backwards from our position on earth. Because the planet appears to be going backwards,  there is a period of time where the planet’s energy has a reverse effect on us. Think of retrograde as a planet going on vacation, and there’s no one to fill in for it.

What is Mercury retrograde? How does it affect me?

Three to four times a year, Mercury enters a period of retrograde, which usually lasts 3-4 weeks. Because Mercury is the planet of communication and technology, anything falling under this umbrella may spin out of control. This may lead miscommunications, failing transportation, broken technology, etc. There may be difficulty reasoning, or at least may take you longer.

Be advised that Mercury rules listening, reading, speaking, writing, technology, transportation, business, negotiation, and travel. These areas of your life may be compromised because of Mercury retrograde.

When is Mercury retrograde?

In 2016…

  • Mercury will retrograde in Taurus on April 28th, and go direct May 22nd.
  • Mercury will retrograde in Virgo on August 30th, and go direct September 22nd.
  • Mercury will retrograde in Capricorn on December 19th, and go direct January 8th, 2017 (ending in Sagittarius).

In 2017…

  • Mercury will retrograde in Capricorn on December 19th 2016, and go direct January 8th (ending in Sagittarius)
  • Mercury will retrograde in Taurus on April 9th, and go direct May 3rd (ending in Aries).
  • Mercury will retrograde in Virgo on August 12th, and go direct September 5th (ending in Leo).
  • Mercury will retrograde in Sagittarius on December 3rd, and go direct December 22nd.

In 2018…

  • Mercury will retrograde in Aries on March 22nd, and go direct April 15th.
  • Mercury will retrograde in Leo on July 26th, and go direct August 18th (ending in Scorpio).
  • Mercury will retrograde in Sagittarius on November 16th, and go direct December 6th (ending in Scorpio).

In 2019…

  • Mercury will retrograde in Pisces on March 5th, and go direct March 28th.
  • Mercury will retrograde in Leo on July 7th, and go direct July 31st (ending in Cancer)
  • Mercury will retrograde in Scorpio on October 31st, and go direct December 6th.

In 2020…

  • Mercury will retrograde in Pisces on February 18th, and go direct March 9th (ending in Aquarius).
  • Mercury will retrograde in Cancer on June 17th, and go direct July 12th.
  • Mercury will retrograde in Scorpio on October 13th, and go direct November 3rd (ending in Libra).

Who is affected by Mercury retrograde?

Everyone is affected by Mercury retrograde, but at varying degrees. Those who have their Sun or Mercury in Gemini or Virgo, or are Gemini, Virgo, or Mercury dominant may feel a greater effect. Anyone who has their Sun, Mercury, Moon or Ascendant in the sign Mercury is retrograding in will be the most affected (for example, when Mercury retrogrades in Taurus, anyone with a Taurus Sun, Moon, Mercury, or Ascendant will feel a greater effect). However, no one “escapes the wrath of Mercury retrograde”.

Those who have a Gemini Sun, Moon, and/or Ascendant are forced to rethink where they are most comfortable in life, and to clarify their communications so there are no misunderstandings.

Those with a Virgo Sun, Moon, and/or Ascendant will be troubled by the miscommunications brought on by Mercury retrograde. However, they are granted the opportunity to analyze their relationships and how they communicate with others. They may analyze everything to death, because Mercury retrograde brings about an air of slower reasoning. They may also find themselves unable to tolerate disorder.

Everyone can expect to be affected by misleading information, miscommunications, missed appointments, traffic, misplaced work, and broken promises. Those with their Sun, Mercury, Moon or Ascendant in the sign Mercury is retrograding in will experience these miscommunications and other issues more.

What should I do/not do?

DO take this time re-organize, re-assess, re-think, or re-do anything without taking action.

DO pay back old debts, clean up paperwork, follow through with promises.

DO expect to think slower and process information slowly.

DO be patient with yourself and others.

DO focus on physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing

DO make sure you get enough sleep, as sleep-deprivation will add to the confusion already brought on by Mercury retrograde.

DO backup all your data and information on your computer.

DO NOT start a new relationship, job, or long-term project

DO NOT enter a binding agreement. This includes any sort of contract or verbal agreement.

DO NOT fix any automobiles or technology. Try to wait until after retrograde, unless it is an emergency.

DO NOT travel unless it is out of your control.  If you must, expect great stress in this area.

DO NOT have surgery or make medical appointments, unless it is an emergency. Health comes first, so if it’s an absolute emergency, try to avoid it.

DO NOT make any rash decisions. If you cannot hold off on making an appointment or decision, make sure you ask plenty of questions.

Each year, Mercury favors an element. In 2016, it is earth; in 2017, it’s earth and fire; 2018, it is fire; in 2019, it is fire and water; in 2020, it is water. To solve problems that occur during retrograde, consider looking at the element of that year:

If Mercury favors air…

• Talk to a lot of people and ask questions.

• Research, research, research!

• Go with the solution that supports your research.

If Mercury favors earth…

• Be practical about finding a solution.

• Stay within your limits.

• Try sticking with the status-quo when suggesting solutions.

If Mercury favors fire…

• Apply new and innovative solutions to a problem.

• Be creative.

• Don’t be shy when suggesting a new solution.

If Mercury favors water…

• Follow your intuition.

• If research tells you one thing and your gut tells you another, follow your gut.

• Start listening to your instincts and intuition.

And most importantly, DO NOT STRESS OVER RETROGRADE! The more you think about bad things happening, the more likely they are to happen!

Good luck!

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Mercury in retrograde: how it influences your Mercury sign
  • Aries Mercury: your communication skills are aggressive as is, combined with retrograde your will be good at getting your point across, but not so good at showing empathy and keeping your opinions unbiased. You may be disorganized at this time.
  • Taurus Mercury: your organization is about to be A+, but your goals may be a bit hazy. Your may loose sight of the finish line and get discouraged, loose ambition. Surround yourself with uplifting people.
  • Gemini Mercury: say hello to stutter city. You are going to be all over the place. This is going to be a good time for slowing down, chilling out, and going with the flow. Don't get ahead of yourself.
  • Cancer Mercury: you are going to be pretty bad at making decisions. Everything will have emotional influence. Try not to base your decisions on everyone else's opinion. Focus on yourself.
  • Leo Mercury: please please please keep yourself in check. You're probably going to have a major ego boost, but you may not always have the best ideas. Think things through a bit more thoroughly during this time.
  • Virgo Mercury: you're going to get messy, but you're going to have amazing ideas. Write everything down, EVERYTHING.
  • Libra Mercury: your eyeliner isn't going to be on fleek for a while. You're probably gonna fall into a funk. I prescribe maximum pampering at least once a week, so you might feel a bit more like yourself.
  • Scorpio Mercury: your gonna feel like nothing is going your way. Your grades might faulter some, but your social life might spark. Embrace new relationships, and try to censor yourself a little more.
  • Sagittarius Mercury: you're going to want to talk... A lot... About everything. You're probably going to say a lot of stuff you shouldn't. Go with the flow, keep apologies ready, and try to think before you speak.
  • Capricorn Mercury: everything is going to jumble together. You might loose track of yourself, que the existential crisis phase. Just because time isn't real and work is meaningless in the scheme of things doesn't mean you can gorge yourself and binge watch breaking bad. Try to sort yourself out.
  • Aquarius Mercury: this is basically a 3 week long period cycle for you. Mood swings af. All these emotions might confuse you, so try to calm down. Try to sleep more.
  • Pisces Mercury: you're going o worry, about EVERYTHING. Homecoming is coming up (will my dress fit? Does my date still like me?) quit questioning everything. It'll all work out.
  • Mercury signs represents reasoning, communication, and thinking.
  • Mercury in Aries: Quick thinking, very vague thoughts. Comes off as coarse and unrefined.
  • Mercury in Taurus: Slow, very precise. Hates admitting they are wrong.
  • Mercury in Gemini: Scatter-brained, entertaining too many thoughts at once. Excellent communicator.
  • Mercury in Cancer: Guarded, measured words. Thoughts clouded by sensitivity and worries.
  • Mercury in Leo: Authoritative and know it all. Idealistic and loves sharing their thoughts.
  • Mercury in Virgo: High-strung, receptive to appreciation. Open minded yet structured.
  • Mercury in Libra: Diplomatic and pleasing. Tactful and compromising.
  • Mercury in Scorpio: Truth seeking and observant. Passionate, helpful, and strategic.
  • Mercury in Sagittarius: Freedom of thought and has grandiose ideas. Optimistic and fascinating.
  • Mercury in Capricorn: Diplomatic and concise. Methodical and guarded.
  • Mercury in Aquarius: Frivolous and enjoys stirring reactions in people. Superiority complex and detached.
  • Mercury in Pisces: Gentle and vague. Indirect but observant.
  • To calculate your Mercury sign, use this link and follow the instructions. http: //
Mercury Retrograde Jan. 5th

Mercury is all about pushing us out of our comfort zones…

Have a strict routine? Mercury will shake it up

Have a fight with a loved one? Mercury is showing you something you need to see within yourself. 

Overworked and stressed, then suddenly sick/injuried? Mercury is telling you to slow down, see the bigger picture.

Electronics breaking? Time to unplug and go within

Random events showing up? Pushing you outside of that comfort zone

Mercury retrograde is a cleansing period, you may feel the urge to clean out a closet, go through old things, get rid of bad habits, release a relationship. 

Mercury is here to say:Slow down, Step back, Focus, Look around you, heal reevaluate, reinvent ourselves and Awaken the renewal of spirit. 

Mercury Retrograde this Week! The Myths about Mercury Retrograde! 

Mercury is turning retrograde this week and many astrologers will tell you to not do anything mercury related as it will be full of problems(travel,communications,information, arranging business matters)! 
But Mercury retrograde periods can actually be extremely beneficial and productive!
When any planet goes retrograde it is closest to the earth so it has more influence. It is also brighter in the sky at that time, larger, so it has a bigger influence. If the planet is in a good shape in the personal horoscope by birth, the retro times will rock-one will get a lot of business matters sorted out, things arranged and organised, skills developed, important negotiations and conversations, travel, etc! 
If Mercury is in a bad shape in the personal horoscope(which means that the person is naturally not good at Mercury things: organization and planning things, attention to detail, book keeping, information relaying, practical skills etc) then the retro time will be a time of catching up with all the problems caused by misusing Mercury. But that is a good thing too and you get to sort these problems and become more aware and proficient with Mercury things! 

The idea that there are more plane crashes, train crashes, etc. during mercury retro was proven false by a study that showed that the amount of crashes was the same regardless of mercury retro or direct.

I am naturally messy and disorganised and when Mercury becomes retrograde, I get to sort out the messy business things and also get a lot of Mercury business done! 

Communications, organization, socialising with friends and travel become predominant but all these require you to be more precise as Mercury is a precise and factual planet, if you are not naturally like that–then mistakes become more obvious during the Mercury retro period, if you are naturally detail oriented, practically skilled and ordered, then Mercury retro periods are just fabulous and totally productive!

by Astrolada