Mercury Retrograde: 2017
Upcoming Mercury Retrograde Period
August 12 – September 5, 2017
Pre-shadow period begins July 24 thru August 11, 2017
Retrograde begins on August 12 at 6:01 p.m. (11°38′ Virgo)
Stationary direct on September 5 at 4:30 a.m. (28° 25′ Leo)
Completes post-shadow period on September 19, 2017
In general, Mercury is the planet that astrologically represents travel, communication and our thought processes. Known as the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury’s role is to speedily deliver clear and precise information. Retrograding 3-4 times a year, when the planetary trickster strikes, many of our daily activities go haywire.
Mercury also rules electronics and is often blamed for all types of technical mishaps with cell phones, electric devices and computers, warranting an important time to backup your computer files. In general terms, machines of all kinds tend to act strangely and take on a Murphy’s Law theme.
Remain flexible and prepare for delays and miscommunications of all kinds. It is best to avoid signing any contractual agreements as matters begun during Mercury retrograde periods tend to take unexpected twists and turns in the future. During Mercury retrograde periods we often find ourselves revisiting past projects or situations that once again need our attention. It is also a time period, however, when we often hear from or feel compelled to reach out to old friends or lovers whom we haven’t spoken to in some time.
Although Mercury retrograde periods may seem frustrating at times, they provide opportunities to review or finish up old projects, contact old friends or clean out the closet and garage. It’s an opportune time for introspection and deep thought.
Note: Planets do not actually move backwards (retrograde). A retrograding planet is the result of an optical illusion due to its relative speed from our point of view on Earth.
Future 2017 Mercury Retrograde Periods
December 3 – December 22, 2017
Pre-shadow period begins November 20 thru December 2, 2017
Retrograde begins on December 2 at 11:34 p.m. (29° 18′ Sagittarius)
Stationary direct December 22 at 5:51 p.m. (13° 00′ Sagittarius)
Completes post-shadow period on Jan. 10, 2017
Previous 2017 Retrograde Periods
December 19 – January 8, 2017
Pre-shadow period begins Dec. 1 thru Dec. 19, 2016
Retrograde begins on Dec. 20 at 2:56 a.m. (15° 02′ Capricorn)
Stationary direct on Jan. 9, 2017 at 1:43 a.m. (28° 55′ Sagittarius)
Completes post-shadow period on Jan. 27, 2017
April 9 – May 3, 2017
Pre-shadow period begins March 26 thru April 8, 2017
Retrograde begins on April 9, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. (4° 51′ Taurus)
Stationary direct on May 3, 2017 at 9:33 a.m. (24° 16′ Aries)
Completes post-shadow period on May 20, 2017
Copyright 2017 by Linda Kaye