|"WHAT IS MERCURY
Mercury Retrograde happens three times per year and lasts for three weeks each time.
From our perspective here on Earth, the planet Mercury appears to move backward in the
sky at these times. Technically, it doesn't move backward at all, it's just our perception. It is
due to Mercury's position and movement in relation to the Earth that gives us this perception
of backwards motion.
When measured against the backdrop of the fixed stars, from the perspective of an observer
on the Earth, it actually does slow down, stop, and move backward. Actually, Mercury does
not move backwards any more than a car travelling at thirty miles per hour appears to be
moving backwards from the perspective of an observer in another car passing by at anything
over thirty miles per hour. All of the planetary factors above us, except the Sun and the
Moon, will partake of this phenomena.
It tends to be a problematic time for many, however, with a few precautions, can be dealt
The Difficulties Of This Time Are As Follows:
1.) It is not a good time to buy mechanical or electronic devices which includes
everything from can openers to cars, and computers to cell phones. They
will tend to break down, not perform as anticipated or needed, or they may
become obsolete much sooner than expected.
2.) It is a bad time to make commitments or to try to make commitments. It will be
difficult to get all parties to agree. New information will be revealed after the
agreements are signed that will change the nature and meaning of the
commitments. Not necessarily bad things, just different things.
3.) Changes in plans, meetings postponed, people being late, things lost in the
mail, mis-communications, misspellings, and decimal points not being in the
right place all will happen more often than usual. Just take your time and
double-check everything; and then prepare to be flexible.
4.) Test taking, as well as the application of any subjects that require precise
measurements and specific facts to be memorized, will prove to be more
problematic than usual.
In These Cases:
Do not plan for specific activities to work out as planned. Expecting specific outcomes is the
problem. The delays and problems are, in the grand cosmic scheme, quite normal. Things
get lost in the mail, mis-communications happen, appointments are missed, airplanes are
late, these are just days that are bad to take tests, when cars can be lemons, and plans get
changed. The trick is to plan your activities at these times so that there is some leeway for
these very normal occurrences, at these times.
Some Mercury Retrograde time-periods are more intense or stronger than others and some
individuals experience them more intensely than others. Much depends upon personal
expectations and what is trying to be accomplished. It is difficult to know which will be which
and what will be what for each individual, so plan ahead.
There Are Many Activities That Are Favored:
1.) It is a good time to study, gather information, and for researching.
2.) Brain-storming and open-ended discussions are favored.
3.) Meditation, in all forms, spiritual and intellectual, are very beneficial.
4.) Vacations, in the true spirit of getting away from it all, and exploring some
unusual and unfamiliar territory are favored, but only if there are no
schedules or deadlines.
In These Cases:
Expect no specific results. The mind does not always work in a linear, logical, or mechanical
fashion, so getting away from it all, relaxing, and doing something 'mindless', or radically
different will allow the imaginative part of the mind to function more easily.
The dates that follow are universal. This means that no matter what other influences are
occurring, all people will experience them. Of course, not everyone will experience the same
events. Some individuals will experience more difficulties than others.
All of the possible problems and all of the beneficial effects, while very normal regardless of
Astrology, will just happen with a greater frequency than at other, non-Mercury Retrograde
Upcoming Dates For Mercury Retrograde:
I allow a few days to a week after Mercury goes direct.
Plans made during this time, no matter when the actual planned activities are set to occur,
will be affected.
For 2016: January 5 through January 25th
April 28 through May 22
August 30 through September 22
December 19 through January 8 2017
For 2017: April 9th through May 3rd
August 13th through September 5th
December 3 through December 24th