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Mercury Retrograde Calendar for 2016


Mercury Retrograde: Detials of the five distinct Mercury retorograde phases and the 4 sensitive points during Merucury's path Copyright 2012 Roman Oleh Yaworsky

This diagram illustrates the 5 distinct periods that are related to the Mercury retrograde phenomena, as well as 4 sensitive points along its path. These are shown with the same color scheme as the calendar.

Details for Mercury Retrograde Calendar, 2015


2016 Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The first Mercury Retrograde for 2016 occurs in the sign Aquarius (1o 3" ) on January 5 at 1:05 pm Greenwich or Universal Time, 8:05 am Eastern Time and 5:05 am Pacific Time.

Mercury enters Direct Station in Capricorn (14o 55") on January 25 at 9:50 pm Universal Time, 4:50 pm Eastern Time and 1:50 pm Pacific Time.

Mercury first enters the Pre-Shadow on Dec 19 2015, the previous year, and is last in the Post-Shadow  on Feb 14 2016.


2016 Mercury Retrograde in Taurus

The second Mercury Retrograde of 2016 occurs in Taurus (23o 36") on April 28 at 5:20 pm Universal Time, 1:20 pm Eastern Daylight Time and at 10:20 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Mercury goes direct in Taurus (14o 20 minutes of arc) on May 22 at 1:20 pm Universal Time, 9:20 am Eastern Daylight Time and 6:20 am Pacific Daylight Time.

Mercury enters the Pre-Shadow on April 14 and is last in the Post-Shadow on June 7.


2016 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

The third Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2015 occurs in Libra (15 degrees 55 minutes) on September 17 at 6:09 pm Greenwich time, 1:09 pm Eastern time and 10:09 am Pacific Time

Mercury goes direct in Libra (0 degrees 54 minutes) on October 9 at 2:57 pm Greenwich time, and 9:57 am Eastern time, 6:57 am Pacific Time.

Mercury first enters the Pre-Shadow phase August 28 and the final part of the Post-Shadow phase on October 24


2016 Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn

The fourth Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2016 occurs in Capricorn (15o 08") on December 19 at 10:56 am Universal Time, 5:56 am Eastern Time and 2:56 am Pacific Time.

Mercury goes direct in Sagittarius (28o 51") on January 8, 2017 at 9:43 am Greenwich or Universal Time, and 4:43 am Eastern Time, 1:43 am Pacific Time.

Mercury enters the Pre-Shadow on December 1 of 2016

Please note that all times are approximate. The actual times are defined by the observer location and vary due to parallax




Please refer to the A detailed explanation of Mercury Retrograde at Astrology Miami2017 Mercury Retrograde Calendar for a more thorough explanation of each phase of the Mercury Retrograde process.

The 2016 Mercury Retrograde Calendar

This calendar shows the Mercury Retrograde process as 5 distinct phases and 4 sensitive points which includes the 2 stations, when Mercury slows down to become retrograde and when Mercury slows down to become direct. It also indicates more intense times within each phase, as Mercury slows down, through using darker shading.

At the Core of the Mercury Retrograde Phenomena

Most people try to plan and anticipate what will happen to them. However there are really two core phenomena to Mercury Retrograde:

One is the tendency for glitches in communication, transportation, details and errors to come to a head during this cycle. For that reason, it is wise to check and re-check your assumptions and the oversights of others at these times as well as to be prepared for the unexpected.

The other is even more important. It is the degree to which you act from your core, heart and sprit or to the degree to which your actions are based on reactiveness, emotions and false judgments and expectations. This is in its essence what invites the results of what we call Mercury Retrograde, when you act from a part of you that is misaligned with your core. Then the Retrograde cycle reveals the results of your actions that did not come from your heart, aliveness and sprit.

I wrote a book that clarifies the path to returning back to that alignment. It addresses the key issue to regain the fuller promise of your natal chart and your life. I heartily recommend it. A detailed explanation of the cored of the Mercury Retrograde at Astrology Miami Being Centered.

A detailed explanation of Mercury Retrograde at Astrology MiamiFor a detailed explanation of the Mercury Retrograde process and ways of working with it, go here.









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