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When Mercury is retrograde, we tend to notice more issues in the areas of communication, in the way we interact with others and in our surroundings and neighborhood. It may also show up in our travel, the way we get around and in our interaction with our siblings.
Mercury enters retrograde station in Pisces (3o 20' 15") on February 6, 2014, at approx. 21:43 Greenwich or Universal Time).
Mercury enters direct station in Aquarius (18o 9' 42") on February 28, 2014, at approx.14:00 Greenwich or Universal Time)
Mercury enters retrograde station in Cancer (3o 10' 03") on June 7, 2014, at approx.11:56 Greenwich or Universal Time).
Mercury enters direct station in Gemini (24o 22' 53") on July 1, 2014, at approx.12:50 Greenwich or Universal Time)
Mercury enters the pre-shadow in Libra (16o 45' 36") on September 14, 2014, at approx. 10:15 am Greenwich or Universal Time)
Mercury enters retrograde station in Scorpio (2o 18' 45") on October 4, 2014, at approx. 17:02 Greenwich or Universal Time).
Mercury enters direct station in Libra (16o 45' 36") on October 25, 2014, at approx.19:16 Greenwich or Universal Time)
Mercury leaves the post-shadow in Scorpio (2o 18' 45") on November 10, 2014, at approx.12:25 pm Greenwich or Universal Time).
Please note that all times are approximate. The actual times are defined by the observer location and vary due to parallax.
2014 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
How to Use the 2014 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
The calendar highlights the significant phases of Mercury Retrograde using different colors: Pink, for the period of time during which Mercury is actually in retrograde, blue for the period before the actual retrograde, often referred to as the Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow, and brown for the period of time after the actual retrograde, often referred to as the Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow.
A darker color is used to identify the period of time when Mercury is slowing down, before it actually appears to be stationary in the sky and begins to change direction. At his time, there is often a stronger effect. The Retrograde Station and the Direct Station, are shown in Red and Brown, respectively.
Mercury Retrograde at the Personal Level
Mercury Retrograde is really about becoming aware of and addressing our shadow in our awareness, communication and the way we interact with out surroundings.
Mercury rules the sigs Gemini and Virgo. With Gemini, mercury expresses the way that reach out into our neighborhood, interact and discriminate. The shadow of Gemini is Sagittarius.
When Mercury is retrograde, the negative or disowned nature of Sagittarius is often expressed. When this happens, the tendency is to generalize, anticipate, gloss over, judge or assume, without reality checking. This is one path of the expression of Mercury Retrograde and the challenges it tends to reveal.
The other path is through the sign Virgo. With Virgo, mercury expresses the way that we integrate what we experience and also the way that we co-create our experience of the world around us through our mind. The shadow of Virgo is Pisces.
When Mercury is retrograde, the negative or disowned nature of Pisces is expressed. It is then
that we may think that someone else will do it, or we may imagine that things will turn out for ‘the best’ or we may imagine instead of doing something for ourselves. Often the disowned nature
of Pisces is revealed in our disconnection to our core and seeking that connection outside of ourselves instead.
A more detailed description of each stage of Mercury Retrograde and the main issues and considerations is found here in the 2013 Mercury Retrograde Calendar page.
Clearing Your Shadow
In a way you may want to look at each Mercury Retrograde cycle as a small wake up call or an opportunity to catch yourself when you are caught in
the patterns of your shadow. It is then that we tend to be less conscious, and not as aware as we could be. And of course, when we act from this place, we set ourselves up.
Mercury Retrograde and Your Sun Sign
Each sun sign has its own unique contribution and interaction with the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. Here are the details for each Sun Sign:
Pre-Shadow phase intensified
Mercury Retrograde Station
Mercury Retrograde Phase intensified
Mercury Retrograde Phase
Mercury Direct Station
Post-Shadow phase intensified
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