Mercury Retrogrades in 2016

Mercury Retrogrades in 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 what this transit won’t let you do is to go into autopilot.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

There are danger spots though. When Mercury is stationing retrograde we are at its wobbly stage where we are likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread anothers communications. But once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business knowing 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.

Mercury Retrograde 2016The 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 into your cave at its retrograde point. 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 Rx – 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 Rx – 14º Taurus to 23º Taurus
Jun 6 Exit Shadow

August/September 2016~ Stars Mizar, Denebola, Alkes & Alkaid

Aug 10 Enters Shadow
Sep 2 to 22 Rx – 14º Virgo to 28º Virgo
Oct 6 Exit Shadow

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

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


  1. Thank you for an excellent and profoundly accurate explication of this mercury retrograde. Spot on as it explains work i was called to do in Montana on April 20: I gave stress management workshops to all the state’s social workers and first-responders dealing in the highest burnout niche in all of social work: child protective services. Your interpretation of the theme, “there is a sacrifice of a child in order to get ahead” is congruent with not just this work situation but with the miraculous lynchpin that will ignite a massive karmic firestorm that will blowback against not strong but rich evil a major media corporation corrupted an industry since 1994 and two levels of the judicial system. Karmic resolution and accelerated manifestation of fated destiny is well put for this particular merc. retro. I am a Virgo and seldom enjoy merc. retrogrades, but this so far, because I am working in synch with the reversion, has been glorious thus far. Following the advice of poet James Richardson: “Some things need to be fixed, others to be left broken.” Things meaning relationships, dreams and structures.

  2. The thing about story-telling – wow!

    I’m a regular participant in a music forum, and a couple of days ago, a post there prompted me to write a little recollection of my childhood (so there’s an appearance of the child theme, although not about abuse). It was just a half-dozen paragraphs or so, but that is much longer than most of my posts.

    I had the weirdest feeling while writing. It was as if I had suddenly turned into a “real” writer who knew from long habit how to shape and control the flow of the writing just the way I wanted for maximum effectiveness. And it was a pleasure to be writing, as well.

    So, I finished it and I posted it, not really expecting much of a response. Much to my surprise, it has elicited a very positive reaction, one of the biggest and strongest to anything I have ever posted there during all the years I’ve been a member.

    So now I come here – I was checking into when this retrograde would end – and read that what had happened to me was precisely in line with what you said about story-telling. Wow!!