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Mercury Retrograde Calendar for 2017


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


January 2017 The second half of the previous year’s retrograde in Capricorn

January 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius. Image copyright  ©2016 by Roman Oleh Yaworsky

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.


April 2017 Retrograde in Taurus

April 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Taurus. Image copyright  ©2016 by Roman Oleh Yaworsky

Mercury goes retrograde at 11:14 pm UTC*, on April 9, in Taurus (4o 51"). It does not go direct until May 3 at 4:22 pm UTC*, in Aries (24o 16"). For this retrograde cycle, the Pre-Shadow began on March 27 at 4:48 am UTC*, and the complete cycle finally ends with the Post-Shadow on May 21 at 12:58 am UTC*.


August 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

August 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo. Coyright 2016 Roman Oleh Yaworsky

The Pre-Shadow at 3:13 pm UTC* on July 24. The Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 1:00 am UTC*, on August 13, in Virgo (11o38"). In North America, this actually occurs on evening of August 12. Mercury Direct station occurs at 11:29 am Greenwich time on September 5 in Leo (28o25"). Finally, Mercury leaves the Post-Shadow at 3:59 pm UTC* on September 19.

Mercury rules Virgo, so the effect is likely to be more pronounced for this cycle!


December 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

December 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius. Copyright 2016 Roman Oleh Yaworsky

The Pre-Shadow begins at 1:49 am UTC* on November 15. Mercury Retrograde begins at 7:34 am UTC* on December 3 in Sagittarius (29o18"). On the West Coast of the US, it will occur at 11:34 pm on December 2. Mercury goes direct at 1:51 am UTC* on December 23  in Sagittarius (13o00"). In North America it would occur in the evening of December 22. Finally, the Post-Shadow ends on January 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm UTC*.

As with the previous cycle, this one is also likely to be more pronounced because Mercury rules the shadow of Sagittarius, Gemini.

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



Mercury Retrograde is
Really Two Phenomena

Most people that hear about or know about Mercury Retrograde are aware that it is a time when the events in their lives that are associated with Mercury tend to have a greater tendency to not work as well, with unexpected delays to communication and transportation.

The is however only one face of the phenomena. The other face is you, how you interact with the world around you and how you co-create the world that you project it to be.

When you are out of center, when you do not act from your core, heart and sprit, you amplify the Mercury Retrograde phenomena around you.

Why is that? Because when you are not connected to your core, then you are acting out of the disconnection, out of your emotions and past negative experiences and assumptions. And when you act from that place, you invite wrong assumption, errors, missteps and miscommunications.

There is not a lot of literature that addresses how to return to your core in practical steps. It is for that reason that I wrote a book to support my clients in doing just that. I heartily recommend it. Here is a link to browse through its contents and where to order it: A detailed explanation of Mercury Retrograde at Astrology MiamiBeing Centered

Mercury Retrograde Sensitive Point 1:
Entering the Pre Shadow

The Mercury Retrograde process begins as Mercury passes over the same location in the sky (by longitude of the ecliptic), that it will later pass over again as it stations at the end of its retrograde motion.

This is the first sensitive point and it initializes the Mercury Retrograde Pre Shadow phase that can last about two weeks. People sometimes experience the time around this point as having similar effects to the Mercury Retrograde Station.

Pre-Shadow Phase

Preceding the actual retrograde, Mercury starts to slow down, passing through the same place in the sky where it will later begin to go direct again. This begins what is referred to as the Pre Shadow.

Although there tends to be a focus on the retrograde period itself, this pre-shadow phase often sets up much of the difficulties we may later encounter during the retrograde proper. The Mercury Retrograde pre-shadow is indicated in blue in the calendar and in violet as it intensifies.

Sensitive Point 2: Mercury Retrograde Station

During the Pre-Shadow, as Mercury slows down before it finally stops during the Retrograde Station, the effects of the Pre-Shadow strengthen. The moment that Mercury's progress through the sky momentarily stops before beginning to reverse its direction is referred to as the Mercury Retrograde Station. This is often when the Mercury Retrograde is most felt.

Often this coincides with a peaking in the Mercury retrograde phenomena, and is indicated in red.

Mercury Retrograde Phase

After the Retrograde Station, Mercury appears to go backwards in the sky.

Those experiences in life normally associated with Mercury, such as sharing information, emails, schedules, communication, short travel, learning, distribution of information, computers and computer programs, details and accuracy tend to become more challenging or reveal more errors.

The Mercury retrograde phase is shown in a tan color, with the more intense times, when Mercury is moving more slowly indicated in a darker color.

Sensitive Point 3: Mercury Direct Station

Mercury’s backward motion slows down until it appears to hang in the sky again, and this second station also tends to coincide with a second peaking of the retrograde phenomena.

Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow Phase

Mercury moves forward, and in doing so it passes over the path in the sky in which it earlier went backwards. The Post-Shadow Phase can sometimes show the consequences of choices made during the retrograde proper. While Mercury is still moving slowly, right after the retrograde, the effects are more intense, and this is indicated with the darker color of brown.

Sensitive Point 4: The End of the Post-Shadow

The last point in the Mercury Retrograde process occurs as Mercury passes over the same longitude in the sky as it occupied earlier during its Retrograde Station. Some people experience this point as an echo effect similar to the Station.

Mercury Goes Direct

After the Mercury Retrograde Process, Mercury continues in the sky following a direct motion for about two months until the retrograde process begins all over again.

The Calendar for Mercury Retrograde

The three periods for Mercury Retrograde are shown as different colors. The darker color represents more intense days when the retrograde effect is stronger. Note that because of time zones, the actual dates may vary by a day as indicated.





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