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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.
2016 Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius
The first Mercury Retrograde for 2016 occurs in the sign Aquarius (1o 3" ) on January 5 at
1:05 pm Greenwich or Universal Time, 8:05 am Eastern Time and 5:05 am Pacific Time.
2016 Mercury Retrograde in Taurus
The second Mercury
Retrograde of 2016 occurs in Taurus (23o 36") on April 28 at 5:20 pm Universal Time, 1:20 pm Eastern Daylight Time and at 10:20 pm Pacific Daylight Time.
2016 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Quite a few people remarked how the second half of the May 2015 Mercury Retrograde in Gemini had quite a punch. Since Mercury also rules the 2016 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, it should prove interesting.
The third Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2016 occurs in Virgo (29o 05") on
August 30 at 1:04 pm Universal Time, 9:04am Eastern Daylight Time and 6:04 am Pacific Daylight Time.
2016 Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn
The fourth Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2016 occurs in Capricorn (15o 08") on
December 19 at 10:56 am Universal Time, 5:56 am Eastern Time and 2:56 am Pacific Time.
Please note that all times are approximate. The actual times are defined by the observer location and vary due to parallax.
2016 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
How to Use the 2016 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
The calendar highlights the significant phases of Mercury Retrograde using different colors:
The Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow phase is shown in blue, with violet indicating where the effect tends to be felt more strongly.
The Mercury Retrograde phase is shown in light red, with the time that Mercury is in Retrograde Station indicated in dark red. During the retrograde phase, a darker color is used to highlight the time when Mercury is moving more slowly and when its effect tends to be felt more strongly.
The Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow phase is shown in brown. The Mercury Direct Station, as Mercury stops its retrograde motions and is about to move forwards again, is indicated in dark brown. While Mercury is still moving slowly and has not speeded up, the effect of this phase tens to be felt more strongly and is indicated with a darker color.
A more detailed description of each stage of Mercury Retrograde and the main issues and considerations is found here in the 2015 Mercury Retrograde Calendar page.
Pre-Shadow phase intensified
Mercury Retrograde Station
Mercury Retrograde Phase intensified
Mercury Retrograde Phase
Mercury Direct Station
Post-Shadow phase intensified
The Two Levels of Mercury Retrograde
Mercury retrograde occurs at two levels. At one level, there is not much you can do with the actions of others, except to
be more conscious and prepare for delays and errors by double checking.
Instead we are reacting from our needs, our hurts, from our buttons being pushed, or the way that we take care of others and not ourselves. In that way we act from our shadow, and that is what mercury retrograde is all about.
Mercury Retrograde occurs when it is moving backwards, into its shadow, and thus communication, scheduling, transportation
and judgment becomes cloudy or error prone. As much as outer work is challenged by Mercury Retrograde, introspection and inner work is very supported. Take advantage of Mercury
Retrograde by clearing your own tendencies to get caught up in your own shadows and those of others.
Mercury Retrograde and the Sun Signs
Each sun sign has its own unique contribution and interaction with the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. The details can be found in the description of each Sun Sign found in the drop-down menu or by selecting below:
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