Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs

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Effects of the Astrological Signs When Mercury is Retrograde

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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 you can expect for each astrological sign.

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

When Mercury enters retrograde motion within the range of dates for a given astrological sign, be wary of the listed effects.

IN AQUARIUS (Jan 20–Feb 18): 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 (Feb 19–Mar 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 (Mar 21–Apr 19): 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 (Apr 20–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–Jun 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 (Jun 21–Jul 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 (Jul 23–Aug 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 (Aug 23–Sep 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 (Sep 23–Oct 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 (Oct 23–Nov 21): 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 (Nov 22–Dec 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 (Dec 22–Jan 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.

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LadyLibra (not verified)

2 years 1 month ago

Lady Libra here! I have a lipo and fat transfer procedure scheduled 11/6 ... With Mercury Rx, how bad can this be?

Arlene (not verified)

3 years 4 months ago

During Mercury Retrograde, I'm wondering if I should postpone starting an online store (no contracts, etc. - just listing products to sell).

Pamela (not verified)

3 years 5 months ago

I am scheduled to start schooling for a new profession. I just realized it will begin during Mercury Retrogade August 6 2018.

Do I delay beginning classes?

Thank you

Suzanne (not verified)

3 years 8 months ago

Llewellyn has a book called Llewellyn’s 2018 Daily Planetary Guide. According to it, the last sign Mercury was in, is Taurus. Fortunately, we have the Almanac to tell us what that means, so that between the two, we can get a better idea of what’s happening. Good luck!

Ann F (not verified)

3 years 9 months ago

I have a question. What exactly does it mean by what sign the planet is in when it goes retrograde? I am not sure if I am interpreting that correctly. For example, the first Mercury Retrograde for 2018 is listed as March 23 thru April 15. The zodiac sign that covers those dates is Aries. So then Aries would be the sign that Mercury is in when it retrogrades the first time in 2018? If that is correct, then I would also like to know about the third time it goes retrograde which is November 17 thru December 6 which means it would be in two signs during that time frame (Scorpio and Sagittarius). Is that correct? Thank you!