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.
The 5 Distinct Periods of Mercury Retrograde
Using the Mercury Retrograde Calendar
The 5 Significant phases and Stations of Mercury Retrograde.
2018 begins with the remnants of Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow from the Sagittarius Retrograde of December 2 of 2017. The Post-Shadow ends on January 10 at 4:31 pm Universal Time (11:31 am, EST).
Pre-Shadow begins on March 8 at 10:54 pm EST, and March 9 at 3:54 am UTC*.
Retrograde Begins 00:19 am UTC*, on March 23, 2018 in Aries (16º 54"), and March 22 at 7:19 pm EST
Retrograde Ends on April 15 at 9:21 am UTC*, in Aries (4º 47")
Post-Shadow Ends on May 3 at 8:59 pm UTC*, 4:59 EDT.
Pre-Shadow Begins 2:35 pm UTC* on July 7.
Mercury Retrograde Begins at 5:02 am UTC*, on July 26, in Leo (23o27"). On the Pacific West Coast, the station occurs on the evening of July 25.
Mercury Retrograde Ends at 4:25 am UTC* on August 19 and the late evening of August 18 on the Pacific West Coast.
Post Shadow Ends on September 2 at 1:37 am UTC*, 9:37 pm DST on September 1.
Mercury rules Gemini and Sagittarius is its Shadow, so this retrograde will be interesting. It suggests the revelation of international missteps. Because Sagittarius rules the courts, past misdeeds and missrepresentations may surface. In 2017, the December retrograde in Sagittarius presented a clash between the US, NATO and the United Nations.
Pre-Shadow begins in Scorpio on October 29 at 12:50 am UTC* (October 28 at 8:50 pm EDT) shown on the preceding chart.
Mercury Retrograde Begins in Sagittarius (13o 30")at 1:33 am UTC* on November 17 and 9:33 pm EST on November 18.
Mercury Retrograde Ends at 9:22 pm UTC* on December 6 in Scorpio (27o16").
Post-Shadow Ends on December 24, 2018 at 11:26 am UTC*.
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