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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.
Please note that this calendar begins the week on a Monday!
January 2017 Completion of Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn
2017 begins in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde cycle that started with Mercury entering the Pre-Shadow in December 1, 2016, followed with the Mercury Retrograde station at 10:55 am Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on Dec 19. Note that UTC used to be referred to as Greenwich Mean Time.
Mercury goes direct in Sagittarius (28o 51") on January 8, 2017 at 9:43 am UTC*, and 4:43 am Eastern Time, 1:43 am Pacific Time.
Mercury leaves Post Shadow on January 27 at approximately 5:00 pm UTC*.
April 2017 Retrograde in Taurus
The first full Mercury Retrograde cycle of 2017 begins with the Pre-Shadow on March 27 at 4:48 am UTC*.
Mercury Retrograde Station occurs at 11:14 pm UTC*, on April 9, in Taurus (4o 51")
Mercury goes direct on May 3 at 4:22 pm UTC*, in Aries (24o 16")
Mercury leaves the Post-Shadow on May 21 at 12:58 am UTC*.
August 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Because Mercury rules Virgo, the retrograde in August should prove interesting! The cycle begins with Pre-Shadow at 3:13 pm UTC* on July 24.
Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 1:00 am UTC*, on August 13, in Virgo (11o38"). Note that in North America, the station occurs on the evening of August 12.
Mercury Direct station occurs at 11:29 am Greenwich time on September 5 in Leo (28o25"), leaving the Post-Shadow at 3:59 pm UTC* on September 19.
December 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius
Mercury rules Gemini, so its retrograde in Sagittarius, which acts as Gemini's shadow. should also prove interesting! The cycle begins with the Pre-Shadow at 1:49 am UTC* on November 15.
Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 7:34 am UTC* on December 3 in Sagittarius (29o18"). For those living on the West coast time zone in the US, it will occur at 11:34 pm on December 2.
Mercury goes direct at 1:51 am UTC* on December 23 in Sagittarius (13o00"). Note that in North America, this would be during the evening
of the previous day, December 22. The Post-Shadow ends on January 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm UTC*.
* Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) replaced Greenwich Mean Time in 1961. They are often used interchangeably.
2017 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
How to Use the 2017 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.
Using the 2015 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
The calendar shows the main stages of Mercury Retrograde by using a selection of colors: Pink, for the time when Mercury is retrograde, blue for the Pre-Shadow, and brown when it is in the Post-Shadow phase.
As Mercury is slowing down and is close to changing direction, there tends to be a stronger effect, and this is shown by a darker color.
The Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow
As Mercury proceeds in its forward motion in the sky, it enters the region against the stars where it will later retrograde or appear to go backwards. This period of time is referred to as the Mercury Pre-Shadow, and is shown in the calendar with a blue color.
Often it is during the Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow that incorrect assumptions, unfortunate short-cuts or lack of attention to details occur that are later revealed as Mercury goes retrograde.
As Mercury appears to slow down in its motion, before it appears to go backwards in the sky, the effect of the Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow is intensified. This is indicated in the calendar with violet color.
Mercury Retrograde Station
There is a moment in time, when mercury by our line of sight has slowed down from moving forward and is about to appear to move backwards. That moment is referred to as the Mercury Retrograde Station, and often somewhat incorrectly as "Mercury Retrograde". This tends to be the most intense part of the Cycle, and is show in Red on the Calendar.
Mercury Retrograde, Proper
Then for about 3 and a half weeks or so, it appears to be going backwards in the sky - when Mercury is retrograde. Often mistakes, false assumptions and unfortunate 'short-cuts' are revealed at this time, and it is an especially important time to do due diligence and to check and recheck the details of important matters. For some people at this time, transportation and communication issues may develop.
At the beginning and end of this phase, Mercury appears to be moving relatively slowly, and is a more intense part of the retrograde phase. This is indicated on the calendar by a reddish brown color.
Mercury Direct Station
Towards the end of the retrograde period, Mercury has reached a place in its orbit where it begins to move in the same direction as the earth around the sun. The moment Mercury appears to stop moving backwards and is about to move forewords is called the Mercury Direct Station. This is indicated in the Calendar with dark brown. As much as the Mercury Retrograde Station, discussed earlier, tended to be a focus of errors, false assumptions, lack of clarity and proper execution, the Mercury Direct Station tends to be a focus for revealing the consequences.
As Mercury appears to move forward again, it passes through the part of the sky where it had previously gone backwards. This phase is referred to as the Post-Shadow, and is indicated by brown on the calendar. During the early part of this phase, Mercury is still moving slowly, and thus the effects are more intense. People often experience this phase of the cycle as a time when the consequences for not paying attention to details or asking the right questions become apparent.
Examples of the Mercury Retrograde Cycle
A classic example of the cycle occurred in the final grinding of the Hubble telescope mirror. During the Pre-Shadow, the assumption had been made that the deformation of the mirror due to the earth's gravity had been compensated for, prior to grinding. The Mercury Retrograde Proper would have been the grinding of the mirror with incorrect calculations. The Post- Shadow would have revealed that when it was in orbit, the surface geometry was now flawed, and a later shuttle mission had to be created to fix it by adding more lenses.
My personal experience, that indicated the importance of the post-shadow occurred many years ago when I purchased a computer system. Of course, I avoided the Pre-Shadow and the Retrograde. However, when I purchased the system during the Post-Shadow, it bought it a day after the price had gone up. During the Pre-Shadow and Retrograde proper, while I had been waiting and delaying the purchase, I had not bothered to ask the store whether the price would stay the same, if it would go up, etc.
Mercury Retrograde Can be a Blessing
The retrograde cycle tends to reveal what is not working properly, and although it can contribute to delays and frustrations, it can also reveal issues that are important to resolve, fix or address.
It is actually a very good time to deal with what has been put on the back burner, or to finish what had already been started much earlier.
It is a good time for reflective and creative writing, inner work, journaling, spiritual work and completing long overdue tasks.
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
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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