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.
Mercury enters Direct Station in Sagittarius (28o 51") on January 8 at 9:43 am Universal Time, 4:43 am Eastern Time and 1:43 am Pacific Time.
Mercury first ends the Post-Shadow on January 27.
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. Coyright 2016 Roman Oleh Yaworsky AstrologyMiami.com Powerfullight.com Astrologyhoroscopereadings.com
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 (11o 38"). 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 (28o 25"). 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!
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 (29o 18"). 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 (13o 00"). 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
Details of the Mercury Retrograde Phases
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