Mercury Retrograde

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Mercury represents how we Communicate and interact with others. Whenever Mercury goes Retrograde (or backwards/slows down) there is a tendency for all properties of this planet to go haywire. Mercury rules computers, cars, cell phones, travel, travel schedules and all things related to how we communicate and utilize these methods of communication.


Schedules or your best laid plans can be interrupted on short or, in fact, no notice at all. People can arrive late or not show up at all. Traffic, cars, planes and any other form of transportation especially can be a nightmare during this time. If you buy anything during this transit, chances are very high that your purchase will malfunction or need to be returned. If you order something on the Internet, it could arrive only to be the wrong size, item or color. Another example of Mercury's influence would be that your mail doesn't arrive or it's sent someplace else. Associates, employees and others will make mistakes that will need to be corrected at a later date. And if you sign any contract during this time, expect problems to arise and probably a need to go back and renegotiate.


Cover your tracks and double check the fine print during Mercury retrograde. During this time, it is best to postpone major purchases, romantic commitments (you could change your mind and not want to be with this particular person after all) and be clear and concise in all of your communications with others. Say things twice if you have to so that you can be certain that nothing is left open to interpretation. You might notice that people from your past tend to come back into your life (or at least try to) during a Mercury retrograde. So, be on the lookout for people from your past reaching out to you during this time as well. Think of Mercury retrograde as time of rebuilding, revisiting, rethinking and rewriting. The key word is re:! You might want to rethink, review, return or reevaluate someone or something in your life. This is not an ideal time to begin new projects or relationships according to Astrology.

This year, Mercury will retrograde three times. Make sure to see which HOUSE will give you the most trouble during the Mercury retrogrades in your sign this year. The sign into which Mercury goes Retrograde also can give you an idea into additional areas that will be strongly affected.


Mercury Retrograde in 2016

(January 5th - January 24th) in Aquarius to Capricorn - 1/5 - 1/24 

(April 28th - May 21st) in Taurus - 4/28 - 5/21

(August 21st - September 21st) in Virgo - 8/21 - 9/21



Mercury (Communications, travel and intellect) affects all of us and even though you may not be a Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Sagittarius or an Aquarius, the Mercury retrograde will affect you in some way. Expect major hassles in communications, with your electronics/computers and issues with cars, transportation in general, home appliances and travel plans.

If you are a Taurus, Virgo or a Capricorn, realize the effects of this year's transits can intensify and really get to you. The best way to deal with this period is to review, reflect, revise, reorganize and finish up important projects. Rest and relax and try to take it easy as much as possible. The good news is that you can find a better way to communicate during this time!  Every sign will be affected by the retrograde - especially the signs of Gemini and Virgo as Mercury is the planet that rules these two mutable signs. Check the House that Mercury will enter to see what additional areas will be affected. You could find that the properties of the House that Mercury transits will be areas that tend to cause you more frustration, miscommunications or delays. However, remember that you can use this time to your advantage by rethinking the way you come across and communicate with others. 

Aries

January 5 - Jan 24 in Capricorn (10th House)

April 28 - May 21, 2016 in Taurus (2nd House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (6th House)


Taurus

January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (9th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus  (1st House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (5th House)


Gemini


January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (8th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (2nd House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (4th House)


Cancer

January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (7th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (12th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (3rd House)


Leo


January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (6th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (11th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (2nd House)



Virgo

January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (5th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (9th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (1st House)



Libra

January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (4th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (8th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (12th House)


Scorpio


January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (3rd House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (7th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (11th House)



Sagittarius

January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (2nd House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (6th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (10th House)


Capricorn

January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (1st House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (5th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (9th House)


Aquarius


January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (12th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (4th House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (8th House)



Pisces

January 5 - January 24 in Capricorn (11th House)

April 28 - May 21 in Taurus (3rd House)

August 21 - September 21 in Virgo (7th House)



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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 
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