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Mercury is associated with
communication, information, the way we interact with others and our
surroundings and neighborhood. This includes local travel, schedules and
our relationship with our siblings. When Mercury is retrograde, there is
a greater tendency for issues to develop in these areas collectively and
personally in our lives. Only about 25% to 30% of people are directly
affected during a Mercury Retrograde Cycle.
Pre-Shadow phase intensified
Mercury Retrograde Station
Mercury Retrograde Phase intensified
Mercury Retrograde Phase
Mercury Direct Station
Post-Shadow phase intensified
The Mercury Retrograde Cycle
Mercury Retrograde is that period of time in which the Planet Mercury
appears to be going backwards against the stars in the sky. This usually
occurs 3 or sometimes even 4 times in a year.
Why does Mercury appear to go backwards?
Mercury's orbit is closest to the sun, so it completes its orbit in
about 88 days, compared to the earth's of about 365 days. As a result,
from our perspective we first experience mercury moving forwards as it
passes by the earth on our side of the sun, and then it seems to slow
down and begin to move backwards as it races along on the farther side
of the sun from our perspective.
How to Use the 2013 Mercury
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
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
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.
Mercury Retrograde and the Sun Signs
Each sun sign has its own unique contribution and interaction with the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. That contribution is found at the bottom of the Sun Signs