Mercury Retrograde: 2018
Upcoming Mercury Retrograde Period
March 22 – April 15, 2018
(16°54′ Aries to 4°46′ Aries)
Pre-shadow period begins March 9 – 21, 2018
Retrograde begins on March 22, 2018 (16° 54′ Aries)
Stationary direct on April 15, 2018 (4° 46′ Aries)
Completes post-shadow period on May 3, 2018
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 2018 Mercury Retrograde Periods
July 26 – August 19, 2018
(23°27′ Aries to 11°31′ Aries)
Pre-shadow period begins July 8 – 25, 2018
Retrograde begins on July 26, 2018 (23°27′ Leo)
Stationary direct on August 19, 2018 (11°31′ Leo)
Completes post-shadow period on September 2, 2018
November 16 – December 6, 2018
(13°29′ Sagittarius to 27°16′ Scorpio)
Pre-shadow period begins October 29 thru November 16, 2018
Retrograde begins on November 16, 2018 (13°29′ Sagittarius)
Stationary direct December 6, 2018 (27°16′ Scorpio)
Completes post-shadow period on December 25, 2018
Copyright 2018 by Linda Kaye