Mercury Retrograde Dates 2018

When Will Mercury Next Be in Retrograde?


Mercury retrograde begins on November 17! Learn what Mercury retrograde is, how it can affect your everyday life, and when it will happen next.

What is “Mercury Retrograde”?

We are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde. 

Due to the way our own orbit interacts with those of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky with respect to the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion.

Several times a year, it appears as if Mercury is going backwards. These times in particular were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.

Perhaps Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

Mercury Retrograde in 2018

In 2018, Mercury will only be in retrograde during the date ranges of:

  • March 23 to April 15
  • July 26 to August 19
  • November 17 to December 6

What to Do When Mercury is Retrograde

The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such. So, when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.

About a week or two before Mercury retrogrades, finish any tasks or projects at hand. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for angrier people and miscommunication.

Some people blame Mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, take this time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas? Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.

Mercury and You

The type of influence you feel depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes retrograde.

What’s your Zodiac Sign? See here: “Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs.”

Learn more about zodiac sign profiles in general and check out our monthly horoscopes. Make sure that your gardening does not go awry when Mercury is in retrograde by reading your zodiac profile for gardening.


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What is it with the person

What is it with the person from 22yrs ago? What do you feel your missing?

No he's married to another

No he's married to another woman,but for now im here in china to work and he is in philippines...thanks for replying my msg.

Im a Gemini . I broke up with

Im a Gemini . I broke up with a man I am very in love with at the beginning of retrograde .i was under stress but it really did make a lot of since .we are not really communacating now even though I said I was sorry as he is hurt and angry at me. Hoping to make some head way when mercury turns direct .

Darlin as a gemini you always

Darlin as a gemini you always need to keep an eye on your twin brother or sister. Watch for crazy making when merc goes rx in oct-nov. Accept what happened under the covers. It is what it is. Kathi

Identifying with certain

Identifying with certain blogs and interested to reach out.

This blog shined a brighter

This blog shined a brighter light on my life. Me always having to keep a an eye on my twin sister. Be the voice of reason. Curious about the sheet situation.... we'll certainly see soon enough.

Intuition is high during

Intuition is high during these retro periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary, but it is the Sun which is the problem. It is sending out incredible flares. These will mess with life here on Earth far more then the tiny mud ball millions of miles from Earth and just a wee bit larger than our Moon. One more year in this cycle. Have fun.

February 23–March 17: Went

February 23–March 17: Went back to Nebraska to visit my 80 year old grandma. The 2nd day of my visit we rushed her to the ER with abdominal pain and, a few days later, learned that she had pancreatic cancer.

June 26–July 20: After taking care of my grandma during her first round of chemo, I returned to Arizona for a breather. My cat jumped at the window to swat at a bird, landed funny, and within minutes had a terribly swollen hind leg. After taking Xrays and performing other diagnostic tests we found that she had landed on a malignant tumor and it had burst, causing the swelling. Had she not landed funny we may never have known about the cancer until she was too sick and weak to go on. Coincidence? As they could not remove the cancer, we had to put our girl to sleep.

I look forward to things evening out for awhile.

My wife left me during all of

My wife left me during all of this mercury retrogade and I was reading that because we may get back together. can you tell me if this is happening do to the retrograde?

You are smart to question the

You are smart to question the atmosphere now! Only the spirit and soul knows the outcome. You two will sort this out once mercury rx leaves the dead zone. You and your wife may have trust issues for now. She is unhappy with herself. Not you! Her stability needs to be in question.

I'd look into transits more

I'd look into transits more than retrograde. Most disputes or no communications is due to the transits in someone's astrological chart.

My ex and I hadn't been on

My ex and I hadn't been on talking terms since february. I started talking to him on june 1st, but he was hardly responsive and dismiSive until recently- late june! The communication is great now and we - actually I won't jinx anythig by talking :) this one retrogade has worked out for me!
He's pisces and I'm a gemini

i am a taurus woman im with a

i am a taurus woman im with a capricorn man he is married...weve been together since 2005,now i am planning to buy a house this this the good time to buy...

So, your having an affair

So, your having an affair with a married man and you want to know if it's a good time to buy a house? I think you should be asking some very different questions IMO..

Seriously......your big

Seriously......your big question is whether this is a good time to buy a house when you are with a married man? OMFG.

Good girl for sharing your

Good girl for sharing your relationship. Many folks dont understand the dilema of being a very good person yet having a most debilitating situation to the statis quo. Buy the house! But not during mercury rx. The house is for your soul and spirit. This is for u! You know the rules of a mistress by now. The house is a comfort zone. Go for it! Hugs. Kathi

Thank you so much for sharing

Thank you so much for sharing your comments,its not easy for me to have this situation,actually i need advice,this house is for me.

when is the mercury rx?thanks

when is the mercury rx?thanks kathi.hug and kisses

Yes! It is a great time for a

Yes! It is a great time for a taurus woman who is with a capricorn married man to buy a home. But only if you have 8 dogs and 8 cats, if you don't, you simply must get 8 puppies and 8 kittens first, or you'll be sorry.

thank you i will do your

thank you i will do your advice...

???? What the hell does the 8

???? What the hell does the 8 cats or 8 dogs have to do with it???? I would break up with someone if they had that many!! That was CRAZY advice!!

I want to know what is the

I want to know what is the meaning of this kittens and puppies? Thanks

Is he married to you? Are you

Is he married to you? Are you married to him?

That is what I'm thinking.she

That is what I'm thinking.she isn't married to him and he will have her waiting forever!! everever, everever!! Like all Capricorn men do!

Right now would be a good

Right now would be a good time to buy..but please read about Oct 21'st retrograde..You need to avoid that Uranus in the 4th house. It's more about the date you move into the property ..there is so much more going on there.

so I am about to have a baby,

so I am about to have a baby, my boyfriend and I are about to close on a house and our car broke down beyond all repair. we have to buy and new car, sign our housing contract and welcome our lil bundle of joy all during Mercury retrograde... is there any hope for this all to work out okay??

Yes! These are sure signs

Yes! These are sure signs that this retrograde is a time of new beginnings for you. Enjoy!

With or without Mercury Rx,

With or without Mercury Rx, never, ever buy a car or any other large item when you are purchasing a home!! You must wait until after the house deal is completed before purchasing other items that are financed. If you purchase the car before the house deal is done, it will change your approval status with the mortgage company. Your mortgage approval was determined on your credit and repayment ability, prior to having an additional monthly payment for a car. The mortgage company could cancel your loan approval or charge you higher interest. Wait to buy the car!

I am Pisces and Mercury in

I am Pisces and Mercury in retrograde has really negatively affected me in the past. I need to sign a legal document and I may miss a deadline if I wait until July 21st.

Do I have to wait or is it just during the direct phase that legal documents cannot be signed?

I would wait...Pisces.

I would wait...Pisces.