Mercury retrograde lasts from August 30 to September 22 2016 running back from 28º to 14º Virgo. Mercury rules Virgo, so right away Mercury is in a strong position. Those who have Mercury as their chart ruler or have personal planets touched by this Mercury retrograde will probably find this a surprisingly fortunate period. It is challenging yes, but in a way where we have really achieved something. Let’s us now look at how Mercury retrograde fairs in each of the Virgo decans:
Mercury Retrograde 2016 ~ Journey
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo Decan 3 ~ August 30 to 13
Quick wits are highlighted, formidable orators take to the stage and intriguing debates happen at this time. Mercury here can inspire sharpening of the mind. Communication skills are important, wether intellectual or artistic.
Academia welcomes this position of Mercury, since it is the archetypical studious librarian. Unexpectedly, there is also a whole lot of animal magnetism here and the paradox of someone who is prim and scholarly, but also secretly foxy.
We might see people in the media playing down their sexuality or attractiveness in order to be taken seriously. This is a great period for research and having great judgement. So after sober and careful study, those touched by this Mercury retrograde could produce an analysis of current affairs that is totally spot on.
Sometimes an ability to zone into the heart of the matter is envied by less competent individuals. Therefore ‘losses through writings’ can mean slander from rivals.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo Decan 2 ~ Sept 14 to 22/23
The prophetic ability of Mercury is the focus of this decan. Here Mercury is also a powerful healer and can be quite magical. Dedication to the priestess role and being of service is important. Having said that, Hermes’s mental agility can be used to manifest great wealth, which can be used in a positive philanthropic way.
Virgo decan 2 is a great position for doing business as those tuned into this zone will have a real knack for knowing the ups and downs of the market.
This Persephone-like decan can attract Pluto in a positive sense, in that it easily pulls in wealthy investors for business deals. It should be easy to conjure up funding for any projects.
The ability to prophecy gives Mercury retrograde here a real edge when it comes to gambling and playing the stock market. Even though the markets are jittery, some people could make their lucky fortune at this time. Those who have less materialist concerns will be attracted to helping others rise above their victimhood.
Mercury Retrograde 2016 Aspects
Pre-Shadow starts Aug 10, Retrograde Aug 30, Direct Sept 22/23, Post-Shadow ends Oct 6
Mercury enters its shadow zone quite auspiciously on August 10, conjunct the North Node and trine wealthy Pluto. Mercury is then conjunct lucky Jupiter from August 22. We will need to squeeze out as much protection as we from Jupiter while Mars is on Antares from 23/24 August.
A glorious triple conjunction of the benefics at 27º/28º Virgo see’s Venus and Jupiter on the good ship Markeb (in Argos) peak August 28. All the while, pupil Mercury remains close to his teacher Jupiter while it stations retrograde on Sept 1 at 28º Virgo. So far so good!