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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 2018 Completion of Mercury Retrograde
in Sagittarius

January 2018 Mercury Retrograde Copyright 2017 Roman Oleh Yaworsky

2018 begins at the tail end of a Mercury Retrograde cycle where Mercury entered the Post-Shadow after going direct on December 23, 2017 in Sagittarius (13o 00"). The Post-Shadow ends on January 10 at 4:31 pm Universal Time (11:31 am, EST).

March 2018 Retrograde in Aries

2018 Mercury Retrograde Calendar, March to June. Copyright 2017 Roman Oleh Yaworsky

The first full Mercury Retrograde cycle of 2018 begins with the Pre-Shadow on March 8 at 10:54 pm EST, and March 9 at 3:54 am UTC*.

Mercury Retrograde Station occurs at 00:19 am UTC*, on March 23, 2018 in Aries (16o 54"), and March 22 at 7:19 pm EST

Mercury goes direct on April 15 at 9:21 am UTC*, in Aries (4o 47")

Mercury leaves the Post-Shadow on May 3 at 8:59 pm UTC*, 4:59 EDT.

July 2018 Mercury Retrograde in Leo

2018 Mercury Retrograde Cycle, July to October. Copyright 2017 by Roman Oleh Yaworksy

The cycle begins with  the Pre-Shadow at 2:35 pm UTC* on July 7.

Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 5:02 am UTC*, on July 26, in Leo (23o27"). Note that in North America on the west coast, the station occurs on the evening of July 25.

Mercury Direct station occurs at 4:25 am UTC* on August 19 and the late evening of August 18 on the west coast of North America.

Mercury leaves the Post Shadow on September 2 at 1:37 am UTC*, 9:37 pm DST on September 1.

December 2018 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

Mercury Retrograde Calendar November 2018 Roman Oleh Yaworsky Asrology Horoscope Readings

Mercury rules Gemini, so its retrograde in Sagittarius, which acts as Gemini's shadow. should prove interesting! In 2017, the December retrograde in Sagittarius presented a clash between the US and the United Nations.

The cycle begins with the Pre-Shadow in Scorpio on October 29 at 12:50 am UTC* (October 28 at 8:50 pm EDT) shown on the preceding chart.

Mercury Retrograde station occurs in Sagittarius (29o30") at 1:33 am UTC* on November 17 and 9:33 pm EST on November 18.

Mercury goes direct at 9:22 pm UTC* on December 6  in Scorpio (27o16"). The Post-Shadow ends on December 24, 2018 at 11:26 am UTC*.

2018 Mercury Retrograde Calendar 

The Mercury Retrograde Cycle is composed of 3 zones and 4 sensitive points. Image Copyright 2011 by Roman Oleh Yaworsky

How to Use the 2018 Mercury Retrograde Calendar

The calendar highlights the significant phases of Mercury Retrograde using different colors:

The complete Mercury Retrograde Cycle

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 tends 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 A more detailed explanation of Mercury Retrograde is found hereMercury Retrograde Cycle Details 

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.

But at the personal level you can do a lot in order to avoid the consequences of Mercury Retrograde. Most of us encounter the consequences when we are not centered, aware or conscious of what is going on around us, and more often than not the culprit is that we are not acting from our heart and spirit.

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.

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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:      

Aries Astrology Sun Sign


Taurus Astrology Sun Sign


Gemini Astrology Sun Sign


Cancer Astrology Sun Sign



Leo Astrology Sun Sign


Virgo Astrology Sun Sign


Libra Astrology Sun Sign


Scorpio Astrology Sun Sign


Sagittarius Astrology Sun Sign


Capricorn Astrology Sun Sign


Aquarius Astrology Sun Sign


Pisces Astrology Sun Sign



Please note that all times are approximate. The actual times are defined by the observer location and vary due to parallax.

 * Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) replaced Greenwich Mean Time in 1961. They are often used interchangeably.

To convert to your time zone, subtract an hour for each time zone west of UTC and add an hour for each time zone east of UTC.