Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs

What to Watch for by Sign with Mercury in Retrograde

Zodiac Signs

When Mercury is in retrograde, its influence depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs the planet is in when it goes retrograde. Below is a brief look at what to expect.

There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen.
–Hugh Prather, American writer (b. 1938)

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Mercury Retrograde and the Zodiac Signs

IN AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19): With Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, the sign 
that governs relationships, 
friendships are put at risk. Petty 
squabbles, misunderstandings, and miscommunications abound. Know who your friends are.

IN PISCES (February 20–March 20): Foggy thinking,
 daydreams, and escapism are 
the norm; day-to-day realities
 confound otherwise clear heads
 when Mercury, the planet that rules logic, is in Pisces, which governs illusion. Practice creative pursuits—writing, dancing, photography, film, or painting.

IN ARIES (March 21–April 20): Expect to be frustrated and frazzled. Assertive,
 impulsive Aries wants to move
 ahead, and all of the energy is going backward. Watch what you say and how you say it. Pay attention to what people say to you; you might be pleasantly surprised.

IN TAURUS (April 21–May 20): Take time to formulate your thoughts. Taurus, an unhurried sign, slows down the 
mental processes. He also governs banking, so delay money matters. Review financial matters, and position yourself for growth.

IN GEMINI (May 21–June 20): Because Gemini 
rules communications, be prepared for miscommunications
 when Mercury is in this sign. Expect lots of phone calls or none, and lost or misplaced mail. You may not articulate clearly, and gossip abounds. Old friends may reconnect.

IN CANCER (June 21–July 22): Expect annoyances 
at home with baking, gardening,
 and household duties under domesticated Cancer. Complete repair projects that weren’t finished or done correctly.

IN LEO (July 23–August 22): Avoid speculative investments. It is not a good time to
 buy and sell or do any trading.
 Instead, analyze your investment
 portfolio. Use your know-how and advisory skills to help friends and associates.

IN VIRGO (August 23–September 22): Challenging situations arise, especially in the 
workplace. Expect product delays and equipment breakdowns,
 as well as crankiness among coworkers under finicky, detail-oriented Virgo. Double-check your work before you call it finished.

IN LIBRA (September 23–October 22): Accept your physical
 attributes; do not have a makeover. Indecision reigns, so limit
 purchases—or risk returning
 them. Libra, representing beauty, grace, charm, and diplomacy, is out of balance. Refresh, relax, and rejuvenate.

IN SCORPIO (October 23–November 22): Emotions rule—not common sense—so beware.
 Avoid affairs of the heart. Passionate Scorpio is also secretive, 
and your secrets may seep out. Keep them in a diary.

IN SAGITTARIUS (November 23–December 21): It is not a time 
to travel, so reschedule or expect
 delays, lines, and lost directions.
 Instead, take care of local affairs.
 Patience and a sense of humor are needed.

IN CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19): Avoid buying, 
selling, or renting real estate un
der Capricorn, the sign that governs property matters. Expect
 problems with paperwork, packing, and movers. Reunite with family or vacation at home.

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A Man With a Message

Mercury comes from the Latin word merx, or mercator, which means merchant. Mercury is the name given by the ancient Romans to the Greek mythological god Hermes.

Mercury is depicted as a male figure having winged sandals and a winged hat, indicating the ability to travel quickly. He was the official messenger of the ancient gods and goddesses and, as such, governed communications.

In 1782, Mercury became the first symbol of the United States’ fledgling postal service. Today, he is recognized as an icon of an international floral delivery service as well as the official symbol of the postal service of Greece.

In astrology, all of the planet’s attributes are rooted in ancient Greek and Roman mythology. In that context, Mercury is the god of travelers, literature, poetry, merchants, and thieves. He is cunning and clever and witty at a moment’s notice. But he is also recognized as a trickster and thief, prone to misbehavior.

For more on the zodiac, see The Man of Signs—a representation of how each astrological sign affects a different part of the body.


The 2007 Old Farmer's Almanac


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CANCER & LEO dates incorrect

I would try to re do the dates for cancer and leos. July 23 is first day of leo's not the 24th. I love your website and it's accurate but I wouldnt want to show others this website with minor mistakes. Keep up the great work!

Zodiac signs

I don't seem to find Dec. 21st.

Mercury retrograde.

When the Merc is in retrograde, take extra precautions everywhere. From your language, actions and communications, to getting enough rest, eating right, and taking a general safeguard with everything. Better to be safe versus sorry. You don't have to win every race, but if you finish, you're in! :)


Hey, I was just wondering what you meant by "You don't have to win every race, but if you finish, You're in!" thank you, what should i be doing during this transformation?


Thank you for this useful, clear information. I love Mercury. Great Guy!! :-)

What if....

What if a large automobile purchase was made during retrograde. It's true indeed the problems that can arise, and have risen with this purchase. What's done is done, but is there anything I can do to put an end to all the issues? I will definitely pay closer attention to astrology in the future.

I made the same mistake, and

I made the same mistake, and I can tell you from experience that selling, trading in, or otherwise ridding yourself of the vehicle is in the best interest of all involved. I did none of the above and after pouring money into the vehicle for years, its engine blew. Leaving my family and I without a car for over a year. Dont do anything during a retrograde other than rest review relax, etc and get rid of that car as soon as you can, but definitely not during another retrograde or you will bring more trouble, wait and when mercury goes direct, I wait a few more days after to be sure, then sell or trade or whatever you have to do, don't wait until it's too late

I am trying to get a

I am trying to get a construction loan on a house. I was turned down, even though i have all the $ to pay for a gigantic down payment, will own the 2 lots house to be put on, outright, etc., and house will be TOTALLY PAID IN FULL w/in 4 years.
The one man at the bank just said 'paperwork' and DtoI wasn't working. that there were some errors on the loan papers, etc. they never bothered to call my Trust Account.

I have a new construction loan personnel that is trying to help me get the loan. Should i wait until after Oct. 9 to send in the NEW loan paperwork???

I am Aries, born April 8, 54

Been trying to but out family

Been trying to but out family in regards to a family estate. Should have closed September 30th now pushed out two more weeks. City having us move stuff in the basement apartment. What a mess. I am a Gemini, HELP!!

Capricorn in mercury retrograde help

Seems I'm always moving in a new house at this time. I have signed two contracts a lease for example. I've been trying to move for two weeks. I keep having to push back dates or out f the blue dates have been pushed back slowing me down from moving in the house. Mercury retrograde is over October 9 I need to be in this home the first of the month. I'm concerned about where I will be staying. I'm pregnant with small children what do I do? I've been visualizing and feeding my mind positive thoughts I'm striving to be positive. Advice?

Hi, I have a Court Hearing

I have a Court Hearing scheduled for Sept 17 - a claim I brought because somebody defamed me and I lost a lot of money as a result. Does this sound problematic. I am Cancer, my business was set up as Sagittarius.
Thanks for your thoughts.

I hate when Mercury

I hate when Mercury seems that everything I have work so hard keeps slipping away..I'm a Scorpio. My main worry my family and finances any good tips Thank You!

Lost custody of my son and am

Lost custody of my son and am going to trial September 29-30. I'm a Libra born October 2, 1969 at 3:39 am. Does it look like we will be reunited soon thereafter? Thank you for Any help or advice.

Noelle Smart, the Energy the

Noelle Smart, the Energy the year is a Nurturing one for you as it favours family ,make plans as to the best way of accommodating your son's needs, going forward..

I have been unemployed for a

I have been unemployed for a few months and was wanting to know if I'm going to be getting a job soon with good pay?

when to move houses

I am a Leo. I want to sell my place and move. When is a good time, if at all this year? Thank you.