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Mercury Retrograde 2016

Mercury Retrograde 2016

When Mercury goes retrograde the traditional advice is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time. Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain.

During the retrograde period it feels like Mercury has gone down into the underworld. In this realm, closer to spirit, we become more right-brain orientated. It is dark, so other senses are heightened. We will feel extra sensitive here, psychic even. Everything will seem hyper-real… you will notice things you had overlooked before.

This will prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, re-form, and re-invent. It’s true you might have to redo things, because Mercury will hit the same degree three times, but this transit won’t let you go into autopilot.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

There are danger spots though. When Mercury is stationing retrograde we are at a wobbly stage where we are likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread another’s communications. Once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business, knowing that we are in another realm. The same goes for when Mercury is stationing direct, just make sure you give your brain a few days to adjust back to solar thinking.

The house in your natal chart that Mercury retrogrades in, will be your Underworld zone. There you will question everything. It will make you jittery about signing contracts, because you will be constantly thinking, “Is this what I really want?”.

Before the retrograde, is a good time to finish off those Solar left-brain projects and gather information to bring down with you into  your retrograde cave. Then you can slow things down, let yourself be taken into other dimensions, try on different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, then recharge and reboot.

Mercury Retrograde 2016 ~ Dates

January 2016 ~ Stars Vega & Altair

Dec 19 Enters Shadow
Jan 7 to 25 Retrograde – 14º Capricorn to 1º Aquarius
Feb 15 Exit shadow

April/May 2016~ Stars Capulus, Menkar & Almach

Apr 14 Enters Shadow
28 Apr to 22 May Retrograde – 14º Taurus to 23º Taurus
Jun 6 Exit Shadow

August/September 2016~ Stars Denebola, Alkes & Alkaid

Aug 10 Enters Shadow
Aug 30 to Sept 22 Retrograde – 14º Virgo to 28º Virgo
Oct 6 Exit Shadow

December 2016/January 2017 ~ Stars Facies, Nunki & Vega

Dec 1 Enters shadow
19 Dec to 8 Jan 2017 Retrograde – 28º Sagittarius to 15º Capricorn
Jan 27 2017 Exits shadow


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      “Ophiuchus has nothing to do with Astrology,” said expert astrologer Rick Levine. “It’s not an Astrology issue. It has to do with the stars — it’s not a sign, it’s a constellation.”

      “There are four seasons each with a beginning, middle and end,” Levine continued. “That makes 12 zodiac signs, and there’s no such thing as a 13th astrological sign.”

      So why are people freaking out, wondering if they went to bed last night a Gemini and woke up a Taurus? Here are the answers you’ve been waiting for on this cosmic controversy:

      What is Ophiuchus?

      Ophiuchus is a large modern constellation commonly represented as a man grasping the snake represented by the constellation Serpens.

      Is Ophiuchus the 13th sign?

      No. It’s just a constellation. Even the founding text for Astrology (Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy written 170 AD) only mentions 12 signs. A few astrologers who practice the controversial sidereal (constellation-based) zodiac use it as the 13th zodiac sign — and by a few we mean about 1 percent.