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Mercury Retrograde Calendar for 2017
This drawing illustrates the path of Mercury in the sky and the different stages of the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. Each stage is color coded, and the corresponding
dates are shown in the Mercury Retrograde Calendar, below.
2017 Mercury Retrograde Calendar courtesy of www.astrologyhoroscopereadings.com, our sister site. Copyright ฉ2015. All rights reserved.
January 2017 Completion of Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn. 2017 begins in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde cycle that started with Mercury
entering the Pre-Shadow in December 1, 2016, followed with the Mercury Retrograde station at 10:55 am Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on Dec 19. Note that UTC used to be referred to as
Greenwich Mean Time.
April 2017 Retrograde in Taurus. The first full Mercury Retrograde cycle of 2017 begins with the Pre-Shadow on March 27 at 4:48 am UTC*.
August 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo. Because Mercury rules Virgo, the retrograde in August should prove interesting! The cycle begins with Pre-Shadow at 3:13 pm UTC* on July 24.
Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 1:00 am UTC*, on August 13, in Virgo (11o38"). Note that in North America, the station occurs on the evening of August 12.
Mercury Direct station occurs at 11:29 am Greenwich time on September 5 in Leo (28o25"), leaving the Post-Shadow at 3:59 pm UTC* on September 19.
December 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius. Mercury rules Gemini, so its retrograde in Sagittarius, which acts as Gemini's shadow. should also prove interesting! The cycle begins with the Pre-Shadow at 1:49 am UTC* on November 15.
Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 7:34 am UTC* on December 3 in Sagittarius (29o18"). For those living on the West coast time zone in the US, it will occur at 11:34 pm on December 2.
Mercury goes direct at 1:51 am UTC* on December 23 in Sagittarius (13o00"). Note that in North America, this would be during the evening of the
previous day, December 22. The Post-Shadow ends on January 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm UTC*.
* Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) replaced Greenwich Mean Time in 1961. They are often used interchangeably.
Please note that all times are approximate. The actual times are defined by the observer location and vary due to parallax.
Mercury Retrograde Dates 2013- 2015
These dates are accurate for Greenwich time, and are not corrected for other time zones. As a result the actual day in your time zone that Mercury Retrograde stations and goes direct may vary as much as one day from the date given. Mercury is retrograde between the Mercury Retrograde Station and the Direct Station.
February 23 2013 Mercury Retrograde Station in Pisces
March 17 2013 Mercury Direct Station in Pisces
June 26 2013 Mercury Retrograde Station in Cancer
July 20 2013 Mercury Direct Station in Cancer
October 21 2013 Mercury Retrograde Station in Scorpio
November 10 2013 Mercury Direct Station in Scorpio
February 6 2014 Mercury Retrograde Station in Pisces
Feb 28 2014 Mercury Direct Station in Aquarius
June 7 2014 Mercury Retrograde Station in Cancer
July 1 2014 Mercury Direct Station in Gemini
October 4 2014 Mercury Retrograde Station in Scorpio
October 25 2014 Mercury Direct Station in Libra
January 21 2015 Mercury Retrograde Station in Aquarius
February 11 2015 Mercury Direct Station in Aquarius
May 19 2015 Mercury Retrograde Station in Gemini
June 11 2015 Mercury Direct Station in Gemini
September 17 2015 Mercury Retrograde Station in Libra
October 9 2015 Mercury Direct Station in Libra
The 5 Distinct Periods of Mercury Retrograde
There are actually 5 distinct periods that are related to the Mercury retrograde phenomena: The Pre Shadow Phase, The first Mercury Station (often referred to as the day it goes retrograde), The Mercury Retrograde Proper Phase, the Second Mercury Station and the Post Shadow Phase.
Within the the 3 shadow phases, there are times when the phenomena is more strongly experienced and this is indicated in the Mercury Retrograde Calendar for 2013
About the Mercury Retrograde Calendar for 2016
The three periods for Mercury Retrograde are shown in the calendar provided. In each period, the darker color represents more intense days when the retrograde effect is stronger. For a more detailed version of this calendar, visit our sister site: Astrology Miami at www.astrologymiami.com
Mercury Retrograde: The Pre Shadow
This is the period of time when Mercury begins to slow down and passes over the same path in the sky that it will later stop and return to go backwards or retrograde. Although the Pre-Shadow is often ignored, it is very important, because much of the difficulty that is encountered later with the Mercury Retrograde period itself is set up in the Pre-Shadow.
The day that Mercury enters the Pre Shadow can show up as a more sensitive time as it is at the same relative location that it will later become retrograde. This date is shown on the Mercury Retrograde Calendar as a blue square.
The Pre Shadow Sets Mercury Retrograde Up
that we may contribute to the Pre-Shadow is to ignore our inner voice,
ignore our intuition and to ignore the hints that the universe poses to
us. Watch yourself during this period when you ignore things because you
think they are not important, because you make assumptions or follow the
assumptions of others.
Mercury Retrograde: The First Station
The effect of the Pre-Shadow strengthens as Mercury slows down before it retrogrades. It then becomes 'stationary' and is about to move backwards. Often, the time when Mercury is stationary or slowed down coincides with a peaking in the Mercury retrograde phenomena.
This time is indicated in the calendar as a darker shade of color at the end of the Pre-shadow and at the beginning of the Mercury Retrograde Proper.
The Right Attitude During the First Mercury Retrograde Station
This is a good time to have the attitude of checking and rechecking important matters or decisions and making sure others do the same. It is not uncommon for people involved with communication to experience the first station as a short period of time when the work load appears to be diminishing or quieting down, but the effect is much like the way the water recedes before a tsunami, and may catch people off guard, as the wave of Mercury Retrograde Proper often comes in with more than the expected work or challenges.
The Actual Mercury Retrograde
As mentioned above,
this is the time span when Mercury goes backwards against the sky.
The Right Attitude While Mercury is Actually Going Retrograde
As a rule of thumb, about a third of the people will feel a particular
Mercury retrograde. It especially effects those involved more directly
with communication, computers and education. Often the work load may
increase, or the number of deadlines.
Mercury Retrograde Goes Direct: The Second Station
The effect of the Mercury Retrograde Proper re-strengthens as Mercury slows down before it goes direct again. It then becomes 'stationary' and is about to move forwards. Often, the time when Mercury is stationary or slowed down coincides with a peaking in the Mercury retrograde phenomena. This time is indicated in the calendar as a darker shade of color at the end of the Mercury Retrograde Proper and at the beginning of the Post-Shadow. If the first station was like the quiet before the storm or the receding of the water before the tsunami, the second station can be like the moment the debris field is about to be revealed. Errors made during the rush of Mercury Retrograde Proper may begin to come to light.
Mercury Retrograde: The Post Shadow
This is the period of time when
Mercury begins to speed up and move forward, and in doing so it actually
passes over the path in the sky in which it earlier went backwards.
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