April 9 – May 3
Aug 12 – Sep 5
Dec 3 – Dec 22

March 22 – Apr 15
July 26 – Aug 18
Nov 16 – Dec 6

March 5 – March 28
July 7 – July 31
Oct 31 – Nov 20

Feb 18 – Mar 9
Jun 17 – July 12
Oct 13 – Nov 3

Mercury goes Retrograde (appearing to move in reverse) three times a year for about three weeks.

I am not an astrologist, but I am energetically familiar with the energies this event brings to us.

Miscommunication. Verbally, telephonically, email, text, etc. Things get misrepresented, misinterpreted, and misunderstood. Arguments, important discussions, etc. really shouldn’t be allowed to become heated, especially during Mercury Retrograde.

Contracts, Projects. Delays or needing to be redone (see “Miscommunication”). It is not exactly a good idea to start a new contract, project, etc. between the Retrograde dates. Contracts and projects that begin after the Retrograde start date may go wonky. Having said that, I have had success with beginning a contract or project before the Retrograde begin date and have had it be successful.

Delays. Mercury Retrograde can be a lot like walking and moving forward in a vat of molasses…slow and a bit aggravating. Things can get delayed; you could feel like you’ve taken six steps forward and two or three steps backward. Also expect delays or rescheduling for appointments. This also goes for transportation (planes, buses, trains, etc.).

Electronic Glitches. As if miscommunication, wonkiness, delays or vats of molasses aren’t enough, electrical and electronic glitches can occur, including land lines, cell or smart phones, computers, internet connections. Oh, and don’t forget transportation (a lot of computerization in transportation now-a-days).

Mercury Retrograde gives us the opportunity to slow down; be more present  in the “now”; review all aspects of our life. Going within and introspection are key phrases during this Retrograde.

We can get frustrated easily and crankiness can emerge.

Mercury Retrograde also gives us a chance to practice patience…a lot.

Take slow deep breaths and let them out slowly. Allowing stress to build is not a very good idea at any time, but especially during Mercury Retrograde.

Though the start and end dates are listed, some (especially some Virgo’s and some sensitives) may begin experiencing it up to a week before the start date.

Laughter (genuine, not mean) is a great stress buster and I highly recommend it – especially during Mercury Retrograde.

And don’t forget grounding activities (in moderation and in one’s skill set) can help. Gardening, walking, swimming, etc. and “hands on” activities.

I know this probably sounds like I am only showing negative about Mercury going Retrograde, but that is not the case. I am providing information of what may be affected during Mercury Retrograde so one does not feel like they are experiencing this alone and also being armed with information can make the time go more beautifully.

Mercury Retrograde’s role is very important. We spend a lot of time looking and living outward and we may forget self.

Inner work, introspection, self-awareness (not to be confused with selfishness) and self-growth is what this time is for.

by Jan Toomer


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