This drawing illustrates the path of Mercury in the sky and the different stages of the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. Each stage is color coded, and the corresponding dates are shown in the Mercury Retrograde Calendar, below.
The 5 Distinct Periods of Mercury Retrograde
Using the 2020 Mercury Retrograde Calendar
The 5 Significant phases and Stations of Mercury Retrograde.
January 2017 Completion of Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn. 2017 begins in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde cycle that started with Mercury entering the Pre-Shadow in December 1, 2016, followed with the Mercury Retrograde station at 10:55 am Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on Dec 19. Note that UTC used to be referred to as Greenwich Mean Time.
Mercury goes direct in Sagittarius (28o 51") on January 8, 2017 at 9:43 am UTC*, and 4:43 am Eastern Time, 1:43 am Pacific Time.
Mercury leaves Post Shadow on January 27 at approximately 5:00 pm UTC*.
April 2017 Retrograde in Taurus. The first full Mercury Retrograde cycle of 2017 begins with the Pre-Shadow on March 27 at 4:48 am UTC*.
Mercury Retrograde Station occurs at 11:14 pm UTC*, on April 9, in Taurus (4o 51")
Mercury goes direct on May 3 at 4:22 pm UTC*, in Aries (24o 16"). Mercury leaves the Post-Shadow on May 21 at 12:58 am UTC*.
Because Mercury rules Virgo, the retrograde in August should prove interesting! The cycle begins with Pre-Shadow at 3:13 pm UTC* on July 24.
Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 1:00 am UTC*, on August 13, in Virgo (11o38"). Note that in North America, the station occurs on the evening of August 12.
Mercury Direct station occurs at 11:29 am Greenwich time on September 5 in Leo (28o25"), leaving the Post-Shadow at 3:59 pm UTC* on September 19.
Mercury rules Gemini, so its retrograde in Sagittarius, which acts as Gemini's shadow. should also prove interesting! The cycle begins with the Pre-Shadow at 1:49 am UTC* on November 15.
Mercury Retrograde station occurs at 7:34 am UTC* on December 3 in Sagittarius (29o18"). For those living on the West coast time zone in 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"). Note that in North America, this would be during the evening of the previous day, December 22. The Post-Shadow ends on January 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm UTC*.
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