Mercury Retrograde in Astrology



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Mercury represents how we Communicate and interact with others (Mercury is the ruler of the 3rd House. 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 revise, 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 2018

(March 22 - April 18)  Aries - 3/22 - 4/18 

(July 26 -August 19) in Leo  - 7/26 - 8/19

(November 16 - December 6) in Sagittarius - 11/16 - 12/6



Mercury (Communications, travel and intellect) affects all of us and even though you may not be an Aries, Leo  or a Sagittarius, the Mercury retrograde will impact you. Expect hassles in communications, with your electronics/computers and issues with cars, trains and transportation in general, weather, home appliances, itineraries and travel plans.

 The best way to navigate this period is to review, reflect, revise, reorganize and finish up important projects. It is not a time to fear. If anything, it's a chance to reflect! 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 and retrace your steps, if needed, during this time!  Every sign will be affected by the retrograde - especially the signs of Gemini and Virgo as Mercury is the ruling planet that rules these two (Gemini and Virgo) 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 RE-thinking the way you come across and COMMUNICATE with others. 

Aries

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (1st House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (5th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (9th House) 



Taurus


 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (12th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (4th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (8th House) 




Gemini

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (11th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (3rd House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (7th House) 


Cancer


 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (1st House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (2nd House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (6th House) 


Leo

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (9th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (1st House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (5th House) 



Virgo

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (8th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (12th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (4th House) 



Libra

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (7th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (11th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (3rd House) 




Scorpio

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (6th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (10th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (2nd House) 



Sagittarius

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (5th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (9th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (1st House) 



Capricorn

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (4th House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (8th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (12th House) 



Aquarius

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (3rd House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (7th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (11th House) 



Pisces

 March 22 - April 18 in Aries (2nd House)

July 26 - August 19 in Leo (6th House)

December 2 - December 22 in Sagittarius (10th House) 


**** For those who use the shadow side of Mercury dates, The shadow sides of the upcoming Retrograde will post as will other important key Astrology dates in your year.

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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 
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