Mercury goes Retrograde about three times per year; basically, indicating Mercury will be going in reverse. Right before and during Mercury retrograde many people freak out and go into fear, believing the next few weeks will be hell….in communication, technology, and life in general. This does not have to be YOUR story, in fact, Mercury retrograde can be extremely beneficial and insightful if you are open and ready to work through the hidden layers of your soul’s personal journey. You can actually feel empowered during Mercury Retrograde!
Mercury does affect communication in all forms: technology, mail, human connection, misinformation, misunderstandings, and miscommunication can occur. It is helpful to back up electronics before the Mercury Retrograde pre-phase (see more below).
Yes, it is true, it is not ideal to push forward on any projects, start something new, or get involved in commitments, agreements, or contracts with lots of details. It is an excellent time to plan, prepare, and re-work things you had already in motion or were considering putting attention into. A great time for re-evaluating goals, plans, ideas, once mercury goes direct, those plans and ideas can take greater form with more assistance instead of resistance, which really is just a lack of powerful influence from Mercury.
Do not give your power away to fear, flip it in your mind to this: Mercury retrograde can assist me to ensure my endeavors and plans can take off in divine timing with the assistance of the cosmos.
You have the ability to harness this time and benefit with miraculous results as you trust in the process as it reveals itself to you.
Mercury retrograde is not the best time to:
- Start new projects
- Sign contracts
- Buy a home (unless it is something that was already started and came back around)
- Get married (unless you have re-worked the relationship)
- Take action that involves tons of detail
- Make travel plans/arrangements
Mercury retrograde is a great time to:
- Sit tight and pause
- Try not to start something new, yet give previous items your attention to reconfigure
- Get crystal clear on old patterns through observation of your own behavior
Tools for Mercury Retrograde:
- Rest & Rejuvenate
- Take hot salt baths
- Practice restorative yoga
- Time in nature
Mercury Retrograde pre-phase (shadow period-prepare and clear)
This is the phase right before Mercury retrograde, a time when Mercury begins to lose its ability to influence, (one reason it is not good to put energy into momentum at this time). It is also known as a shadow period, the first shadow period is before Mercury goes retrograde and carries the energy of preparation and clearing. The post phase is the second shadow period and is centered around integration and process. The shadow phases both last roughly about two weeks before and after Mercury’s Retrograde cycle.
Mercury Retrograde Post-phase (second shadow period-reflect, integrate & process)- the second half of the shadow is when you can recognize and implement anything that has been brought to awareness for healing and insight. This is a great time to break old patterns, habits, and mindsets.
When Mercury begins to go direct, it will pick up momentum once again. It is not yet operating at maximum capacity, so it is beneficially for you to ease into your endeavors during this time, after the Retrograde Post-phase ends, about two weeks after.
Common Mercury retrograde Experiences:
People, situations, or experiences from the past resurfacing
Heightened emotional states
Keywords for Mercury retrograde:
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2017
Pre-Shadow on March 27-April 8th
Mercury Retrograde April 9th– May 3rd
Mercury goes direct on May 4th
Mercury Post-Shadow May 4th– May 21
Pre-Shadow on July 24-August 12th
Mercury Retrograde August 13- September 5th
Mercury goes direct on September 6th
Mercury Post-Shadow September 6th– September 19.
Pre-Shadow on November 15-December 2nd
Mercury Retrograde December 2nd/3rd– December 22/23
Mercury goes direct on December 24th
Mercury Post-Shadow December 24th- January 10, 2018
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2018
Mercury Post-Shadow December 24th-January 10, 2018
Pre-Shadow on 9th– 21st
Mercury Retrograde March 22nd-April 16th
Mercury goes direct on April 17th
Mercury Post-Shadow April 17th-may 3rd
Pre-Shadow on July 8th-24th
Mercury Retrograde July 25th-August 18th
Mercury goes direct on August 19th
Mercury Post-Shadow August 19th– September 2nd
Pre-Shadow on October 9th-November 15th
Mercury Retrograde November 16th– December 6th
Mercury goes direct on December 7th
Mercury Post-Shadow December 7th-25th