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When Is Retrograde Mercury

Updated on August 29, 2015

When The Planet Mercury Is Retrograde

I am not an astrologer, this page is for the the astrology novice. I have simply provided the research that I found while learning more about Retrograde Mercury for myself. This includes answering these questions "What is Retrograde Mercury", "How does this effect me", and "What can I do about it?"

Sometimes the planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac but this is an illusion. This illusion is called retrograde motion. Retrograde Mercury refers to the planet Mercury appearing to move backwards in the sky when viewed from the earth. This phenomenon occurs on an average of three times a year, for about three weeks at a time.

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January 5th we enter into the Shadow Period of #Mercury #Retrograde. :-/ Mercury Rx Jan 21st-Feb 11th

2015 Mercury is Retrograde

In 2015, Mercury will be retrograde during:
January 21 – February 11
May 19 – June 11
September 17 – October 9

Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape - by Erin Sullivan

This favorite astrology book by Erin Sullivan makes the movements of the planets understandable.

"Erin Sullivan's book, Retrograde Planets, was a landmark of sorts in astrology at the time it was first published in 1992. It was the first user-friendly astrology text/book to really address the issue of retrogrades in an in-depth and thought-full manner." ~Astrology Down Under

Retrograde:

Any planet’s reverse movement which results in an opposite direction to that of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, or of the Moon around the Earth.

What Is Retrograde Mercury?

"The phenomenon of retrograde motion is based on our Earth-centered view of the solar system. The movement and cycles of retrograde planets are based entirely on the apparent motion of the Sun through the zodiac."

Astrologers say that when a planet is retrograde, its energy turns inward and becomes reflective, with its areas of influence subject to dysfunction or malfunction.

In the case of Mercury the areas of influence have to do with communication and transportation, memory and thinking.

Mercury retrograde can be a time of frustrating delays, mistakes and u-turns, a spike in incidents of miscommunication, electronic failure, transportation problems, missed appointments and so on. These conditions usually start occurring a few days before the planet goes retrograde and last for a few days afer the planet goes direct.

"Mercury Retrograde is a time to review, revisit, re-examine, rethink and reboot."

Sky Map - August 12, 2010

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Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope

This is a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing.

 

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Astronomy can be a fun family hobby all year long. A telescope can provide many hours of enjoyment for adults and children alike. One of these telescopes will make planet viewing fun and educational with great views of the Moon, planets, and many bright deep-sky objects. Great for personal use or as a gift.

Orion 09798 StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope, Metallic Green
Orion 09798 StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope, Metallic Green

This telescope is a general-purpose astronomical telescope for the beginner. It has mirror optics large enough to keep you busy viewing for years to come

 

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Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope
Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

This telescope is designed to give the first-time user a combination of quality, value, features and power.

 
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Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope

If you are new to astronomy this may be an ideal entry level astronomical telescope for you.

 

What Happens in Real Life? - According to Molly Hall, About.com Guide

In Shaking up Perception Molly Hall writes that Mercury's role is to show us that what we perceive is not set in stone. She writes that during Mercury retrograde,"the picture gets jumbled, sometimes beyond recognition. There's a fated aspect to the cycles, since they seem to bring back old ideas, friends and exes. You can get new pieces of a puzzle, by paying attention to what (or who) crosses your path."

"It's a fallacy that more things "go wrong" during Mercury retrograde. And it's helpful to keep in mind that many things 'go right' and are untangled." ~Nick Campion, noted astrologer

" According to the astrological interpretation, this is a time when everything associated with the Greek god Mercury-contracts, travel, communication, and commerce-seems to run backward with the planet. The Internet crashes. Cars break down. Words can wound or are misunderstood. It is considered an especially poor time to make large new purchases or enter into new agreements." ~~Amazon

Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide to Astrology's Most Precarious Time of Year
Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide to Astrology's Most Precarious Time of Year

This book "is extremely helpful when scheduling events and making plans. She has not only described the types of things that happen but also how to use these periods each year in a very positive and spiritual way, as a time of renewal and reflection." ~~Dr. John Holder, Chairman, The Mind-Body-Spirit Festivals, U.K.

 

Order Your Survival Guide For Mercury Retrograde - Your Survival Guide to Astrology's Most Precarious Time of Year

When the planet Mercury is retrograde, astrologers say, we experience a few weeks of missed connections and communication breakdowns. Things like a package never arrives, or you sign a contract that turns into a disaster. You may feel it's bad luck, but they say "It's Mercury Retrograde and it's happening to everyone, all at the same time"

Use this practical workbook with a calendar to look up the times when Mercury is retrograde and to plan ahead. It's a survival guide with techniques to help you sail through these periods.This guide explains how Mercury Retrograde is a gift to make your life more fulfilling.

The Zodiac

The Zodiac
The Zodiac

Zodiac Photo

The work of Philip Bentham in gilt metal and enamel, it has echoes of the formality and sophistication of a dial. Embellished with Roman numerals, it depicts months of the year, signs of the zodiac and a sunburst motif. ~~photo by Remko van Dokkum

A time of renewal and reflection.

Mercury Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde

Quotes about this book: Customers who get nervous when Mercury appears to move in reverse will appreciate...this insightful, entertaining, book... -- New Age Retailer, January 1, 2005Mercury Retrograde offers a refreshing perspective on this much-maligned occurrence, seeing such periods as times for "reconnecting with our...soul." -- Dragonfly Magazine, February 2005

 

Mercury Retrograde - An Astrology book by Pythia Peay

Mercury retrograde is the thrice yearly cycle when the planet Mercury appears to run backward in its orbit Want to know how Mercury retrograde can help rather than hinder us? Peay offers a practical, incisive analysis of how Mercury retrograde can be a tool for growth and insight into our fast-paced contemporary existence.This book is said to present a literate new understanding of "one of the most intriguing and widely talked about concepts in astrology."

The Amazon Book Description says "According to the astrological interpretation, this is a time when everything associated with the Greek god Mercury-contracts, travel, communication, and commerce-seems to run backward with the planet. The Internet crashes. Cars break down. Words can wound or are misunderstood. It is considered an especially poor time to make large new purchases or enter into new agreements."

Rather than push forward, it's a time to retreat from the usual harried, hurried way of doing things

A time for reconnecting with our...soul.

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Retrograde Planets

Retrograde planets seem to turn around and go backward from our perspective on earth. During their backwards transit, they encourage us to look at the "under" or "other" side of things, The phenomenon of retrograde motion is based on our Earth-centered view of the solar system, but the movement and cycles of retrograde planets are based entirely on the apparent motion of the Sun through the zodiac.

Do You Take Notice During Mercury Retrograde

Do You Take Notice During Mercury Retrograde

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"If one really understands that our 'As Above, So Below' is completely set up in such a divine order -when our Messenger planet takes a little rewind about 3 times per year for an approximate 3 week duration- this is the equivalent to the same amount of time we spend restoring our bodies every night." ~Sharita, Astrologer, and Author

I hope this information about Mercury Retrograde was helpful for you. Did you learn something from this lens? I love to hear from my readers. Comments are monitored and no links are allowed, they get deleted before anyone can see them.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @CrossCreations: Thanks for joining me in the "I don't know a lot but curious" class. LOL!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I don't know a lot about such things as Mercury in Retrograde, yet I remain curious about LOTS of things I know little about, and this is one of them.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @vineliner57: Thanks for visiting and sharing your view! The subject is beyond me, I admit. But I am fascinated by the coincidences.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Back in the day I used to think astrology was a bunch of baloney. Then I started studying it and how history on earth has been affected by it, as well as how it affects people on an individual level. Seems I was wrong back then. Venus in retrograde is another interesting subject.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @David Stone1: Dave, I have tried to learn astrology, but my brain just goes into the fog every time I attempt it. However, I have a bit of experience with MR. I save up my writing projects for those times of the year because I know it will be so much easier during that time. I can guess a sun sign sometimes, especially my own and a couple of others. Thanks for visiting my lens. It's always great to see you!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      When I was a whole lot younger, I tried to make my living as an astrologer. It was a fascinating subject to study and test against reality. I got pretty good at guessing people's sun signs. But the passion finally cooled... Thanks for taking me back.

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @Celticep: Thanks for your comment! Hope your knee is better!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Mercury retrograde is fascinating, I keep a diary of things that happen during this period ... and i broke my knee during Mercury Rx last year, that put an end to my walking communications for quite a few months! Thanks for this info :)

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @chas65: Thank you!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you. I really appreciate it.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Interesting lens about something I knew nothing about.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yours is one of the easiest explanations of retrogrades in general. I'm sure you'll be helping lots of folks with this one! *blessed

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @BarbaraCasey: Barbara, that's been my mode since February! I agree, enought already! LOL

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      This recent Mercury Retrograde had me in repair mode bigtime. Tooth repair, refrigerator replacement which, of course, led to subsequent fridge repairs, roof repair. Enough already!