When is Mercury in retrograde? What is this phenomenon, exactly? Read on to learn when the next Mercury retrograde dates are and to see how Mercury’s retrograde motion might affect you!
What is “Mercury Retrograde”?
We are all influenced when Mercury is in retrograde. But what does this mean? Let us explain…
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 Dates
In 2017, Mercury will be retrograde during the date ranges of:
- January 1 to 9
- April 9 to May 3
- August 13 to September 5
- December 3 to 23
In 2018, Mercury will be retrograde during the date ranges of:
- March 23 to April 15
- Jul 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 time for extra 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 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? Click here to find out: “Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs.”