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When Mercury is retrograde, we tend to notice more issues in the areas of communication in our interaction with others, especially our siblings, with our local neighborhood and in local travel.
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.
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2014 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
How to Use the 2014 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
This calendar highlights the significant phases of Mercury Retrograde using different colors:
The Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow phase is shown in blue. This corresponds to the time during which Mercury traces the path in the sky that it will later return to as it moves backwards, during the Mercury Retrograde Phase. Often it is during this time that the conditions are set up for the Retrograde phase that follows. As Mercury slows down, just prior its retrograde motion, the effect tends to be strengthened, and this is indicated in the calendar by a violet color.
The Mercury Retrograde phase is shown in light red. The actual Mercury Retrograde Station, as Mercury appears to have stopped and is about to go backwards is shown in red. Near the beginning and near the end of the retrograde phase, Mercury is moving more slowly, and at this time its effect tends to be strengthened. This is indicated with a darker color.
The retrograde phase is famous for revealing the consequences of inattention to detail, wrong assumptions as well as errors in communication and transportation. Many of these are often set up in the pre-shadow phase.
The Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow phase is shown in brown. Mercury is now moving forwards and this phase refers to the time during which Mercury is retracing the path in the sky where it had formerly moved backwards during the retrograde phase.
The actual moment when Mercury appears to be stationary and is about to move forwards is referred to as the Mercury Direct Station. This is shown in dark brown. As Mercury is still moving slowly before it speeds up the effect tends to be stronger, and this is indicated with a darker shade of brown.
Often, the Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow can reveal the errors in communication and travel that may have occurred during the pre-shadow and retrograde phases.
Mercury Retrograde at the Personal Level
One way of looking at Mercury Retrograde is that it reveals the shadow or disowned component in our awareness, communication and interaction with others and with the world around us.
Mercury rules the signs Gemini and Virgo. With Gemini, Mercury expresses the way that we 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 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. 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
or hope instead of doing something for ourselves. Often the disowned nature
of Pisces is revealed in our disconnection to our core and in seeking that connection outside of ourselves instead.
A more detailed description of each stage of Mercury Retrograde and the main issues and considerations are found in the 2013 Mercury Retrograde Calendar page.
Clearing Your Shadow
You may want to look at each Mercury Retrograde cycle as a small wake up call and an opportunity to notice 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.
The Mercury Retrograde cycle is a good time for introspection and to become more aware of your own patterns. If you seek to take advantage of this opportunity, I heartily recommend you consider getting this book: Being Centered.
It reveals the practical path back to your core and greater becoming.
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:
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