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.
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 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