Mercury Retrograde: 2019
Upcoming Mercury Retrograde Period
Oct. 31 – Nov. 20, 2019
(27°38′ Scorpio to 11°35′ Scorpio)
Pre-shadow period begins Oct. 11 – 31, 2019
Retrograde begins on Oct. 31, 2019 (27°38′ Scorpio)
Stationary direct on Nov. 20, 2019 (11°35′ Scorpio)
Completes post-shadow period on December 7, 2019
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.
Past 2019 Mercury Retrograde Periods
March 5 – 28, 2019
(29°39′ to 16°06′ Pisces)
Pre-shadow period begins February 19 thru March 5, 2019
Retrograde begins on March 5, 2019 (29°39′ Pisces)
Stationary direct March 28, 2018 (16°06′ Pisces)
Completes post-shadow period on April 16, 2019
July 7 – July 31, 2019
(4°28′ Leo to 23°57′ Cancer)
Pre-shadow period begins June 20 – July 7, 2019
Retrograde begins on July 7, 2019 (4°28′ Leo)
Stationary direct on July 31, 2019 (23°57′ Cancer)
Completes post-shadow period on August 15, 2019
Copyright 2019 by Linda Kaye