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Mercury Retrograde 2017-Meaning and Dates

Mercury Retrograde April 9, 2017. Mercury retrogrades on April 9, 2017 to May 3rd in the signs of Taurus and Aries. When Mercury is retrograde it is in a backwards state altering its energy in an odd way. For the next three weeks Mercury will be hovering between the signs of Taurus and Aries. You may feel stuck in a rut or like life is suddenly on pause. Mercury Retrograde in Taurus can influence people to be more stubborn, bullheaded and temperamental. Don’t rush people or you will be sorry. Once Mercury transits into Aries people will be really itching to start something new but they won’t be on solid ground. They also will be sharp tongued and overly impatient or bossy. Generally during this time it will highlight areas that need a little redo in your life. Communications will not be as easy as they normally are and there is a high probability of missed messages, misinterpreted words, missing phone calls and phantom emails. Double check all your appointments and travel plans during this time. The general theme from Mercury retrograde is communication snafus and chaos. Life will go back to normal when Mercury stations Direct on May 3 at 24° of Aries. However Mercury will not be up to full power and speed until it is Out of Shadow on May 21st.

During a retrograde transit there is a higher than average chance of missed appointments, problems associated with communications, travel chaos, computer crash’s, electronic or mechanical problems and general confusion. That said, Mercury retrograde is a wonderful time for a redo or to finish up projects you have already begun. Before Mercury goes retrograde, back up your files on your computer, double-check your appointments, travel plans and commitments.

Don't worry, surviving Mercury retrograde is easy and it's a wonderful time for a redo. Re-calibrate and restructure the things in your life holding you back. Before Mercury goes retrograde, back up all your files on your computer and double-check all your appointments and commitments. You can easily survive Mercury retrograde by reviewing your life. Are you happy with the direction it is taking? Re-evaluate and make improvements. Reorganize and reduce your clutter. Give old items to charity. Rewrite your bio and replace old photos on social media sites. Double-check all travel plans. Give yourself plenty of time. Complete projects that you have already started. Clean your living space and environment. Take a class or a new course of study. Read everything you sign, twice and above all, go with the flow because everything happens for reason.

In 2017 Mercury and other planetary energies put a focus on earth and fire elements which will shift our focus to mature matters, material gain, achievement and logical thinking. Mercury is the earth signs are like a voice of reason pushing you towards logical thinking, reasoning, studies and being frugal. In the fire signs it can spark heated communications and aggression. You can gain the most benefit from this by working hard towards your goals and hanging on to your money. Mercury is encouraging and nudging us towards a more stable way of life now, be mindful of how you come across to others.  

Life will begin to get back to normal; however it is best to wait until Mercury leaves its shadow phase on May 21st to be extra sure. Business, travel, communications and new beginnings will run much smoother at that time. Watch my video on Mercury retrograde for more information on the subject. To see how the planets may affect you personally in 2017, order your In Depth Astrology Reading with me based on your date, location and time of birth.

What does Mercury Retrograde mean?
Mercury retrograde is when the planet Mercury appears to slow down, go backwards in the sky, slow down and begin to move forward again. This is only an optical illusion that happens three to four times every year for approximately three weeks at a time per cycle. Mercury retrograde is what astrologers refer to as a transit and is a classic example of Astrology in its simplest form. It was said in ancient times that the planets in the sky affect us here on earth, "As above, so below". This is a pattern in Astrology and your personal horoscope.

The planet Mercury takes approximately 88 days to travel through the 12 signs of the zodiac. In astrology, Mercury is the ruling planet of the zodiac signs Virgo and Gemini which represents all forms of communication, speech, reasoning, travel and writing. Mercury also rules over technology, electronics, social media, music and short trips. All the planets go in retrograde motion during their transits through our solar system. Like all planetary transits in astrology, Mercury retrograde will only affect you if you have these signs, planets and degrees in your horoscope. Each time Mercury goes retrograde through a sign it influences us with the characteristics of that zodiac sign. When Mercury is retrograde in Gemini or Virgo it affects our speech, communications and generally makes people more critical than at other times.

What to expect when Mercury is Retrograde 
During this time you can expect cancellations, missed or garbled messages, texts, phone calls, communication breakdowns, vehicle, electronic, computer and device problems. If you purchase a vehicle, computer, device or electronic item at this time you may find the item to be faulty or a lemon. Save your money. Travel plans are more prone to delays or complications and major moves may be regretted later. Mercury retrograde also brings out con artists, liars and thieves. Keep this in mind at this time and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Beware of scams, shady sounding deals or someone promising you the Moon. You may notice for yourself that you experience these things around you. Watch for computers, electronics and vehicles not operating properly, cancelled appointments and people promising more than they can deliver. Watch what you say during this time.

Mercury retrograde is not a favorable time to sign important documents, contracts or to make major life decisions. It is not a favorable time to marry, begin a new job or to move to another country.  Business, travel and communications will run much smoother at that time. Don't worry, surviving Mercury retrograde is easy and it is a wonderful time for a redo. Re-calibrate and restructure the things in your life holding you back.

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus and Aries. What does it mean for you Sun Sign?
Aries
Mercury retrogrades in Taurus as it visits your 2nd house of money, income and material gain. You may experience frustrations, delays or challenges regarding these areas of your life. You may have to resubmit paperwork regarding a money matter or money that is owing to you. This is not a favorable time to request a loan or to borrow money, it is better to wait. It will then enter Aries and go in your 1st house.

Taurus
Mercury retrogrades in your sign Taurus which can have you feeling wonky. It has stopped by your 1st house of your physical body, your image as well as your true self. You may be having a hard time expressing yourself but actually, people just don’t get you right now. You will want to spend time alone and take it easy when Mercury enters Aries in your 12th House. Concentrate on positive thoughts as this too shall pass.

Gemini
Your ruling planet Mercury retrogrades in Taurus as it pauses in your 12th house of behind the scenes matters, private matters and secrets. There could be relationship issues associated with a secret communication for some of you. Others will have incredible visions or dreams in their sleep. This energy may have you visit hospitals, nursing homes and places of incarceration such as gaol or prison's. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 11th house.

Cancer
Mercury will stall or retrograde in Taurus as it drops by your 11th house of groups, clubs and large gatherings of people. There might be a misunderstanding or communication problem with a friend or someone you have met in an organization. You may temporarily suffer from foot and mouth disease and be unpopular for a few weeks. Mind what you say and how you say it. You can always catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. It will then enter Aries and go in your 10th house.

Leo
Mercury retrogrades in Taurus as it lingers in your 10th house of career, prestige, promotions, awards and honors. You may find there are delays, challenges, frustrations or problems regarding these areas of your life. It is also possible you will have to resubmit paperwork or more information needed to move forward. Use this time to go over every detail of your career with a fine tooth comb. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 9th house.

Virgo
Your ruling planet Mercury Retrogrades in Taurus as it stops by your 9th house. You may experience delays, misunderstandings or challenges associated with education or travel. It's possible he will have to submit your paperwork once again or that your travel arrangements have not been completed. Spiritual matters are also on your mind and some of you will look deep within and begin to re-evaluate your life so far. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 8th house.

Libra
Mercury Retrograde in Taurus pauses in your 8th house of joint income could delay money matters for a few weeks. Particularly if this involves an inheritance there could be more paperwork that is required. This is money that you get from a source that you have not actually earned yourself so this could also represent a bank loan, student loan, gift or gambling win. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 7th house.

Scorpio
Mercury retrogrades in Taurus bringing potential misunderstandings regarding your 7th house of partnerships, relationships and marriage. This also includes partnerships you have with people in business or through business. Relationship confusion is in full swing for a few weeks. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 6th house.

Sagittarius
Mercury will retrograde in Taurus pausing in your 6th house of work, service to others and health issues. There could be complications or misunderstandings regarding your work. You may have to re-submit paperwork for a job or the promotion you were promised has not come through yet and will take more time. A health issue or illness from the past may resurface depending on your horoscope. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 5th house.

Capricorn
Mercury retrogrades in Taurus stopping by your 5th house of fun, creativity as well as children. Normally you love to have fun, however you may feel less enthusiastic now or your plans involve a lot more work than you had anticipated. There is a possibility of communication problems, developments or adoption delays associated with children or small pets. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 4th house.

Aquarius
Mercury retrogrades in Taurus halting in your 4th house of home and your current living environment. You may experience complications, delays or relationship problems associated with your home. There could be unexpected repairs or damage to your home during this time. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 3rd house.

Pisces
Mercury retrogrades in Taurus as it stops by your 3rd house of writing, communications, your neighborhood and short distance travel. Double check all appointments and correspondence. This made also highlight past relationship issues associated with your relatives such as sisters, brothers, cousins and the like. This would be a good time to bury the hatchet if there is one. Mercury in Aries then drops by your 2nd house.

Mercury Retrograde 2017 Survival guide
Mercury retrograde can be a breeze if you follow my advice. Here are my Mercury retrograde survival tips to help you. I've even thrown in a bonus. (Before Mercury goes retrograde back up all files on your computer.)

Mercury Retrograde is actually a great time to:

1 Review your life. Are you happy with the direction it is taking?
2 Re-evaluate and make improvements.
3 Re-organize and reduce your clutter. Give old items to charity.
4 Rewrite your bio and replace old photos on social media sites.
5 Double-check all travel plans. Give yourself plenty of extra time.
6 Complete projects that you already have started.
7 Clean your living space and environment.
8 Go with the flow. Everything happens for a reason.
9 Take a class or a new course of study.
10 Read everything you sign…twice. Relax

Mercury Retrograde Dates 2017 
Retrograde April 9, 2017 at 4° of Taurus

Direct on May 3 at 24° of Aries

Out of Shadow May 21


Retrograde August 13 at 11° of Virgo

Direct on September 5 at 28° of Leo

Out of Shadow September 19th


Retrograde on December 3 at 29° of Sagittarius

Direct on December 23 at 13° of Sagittarius

Out o Shadow January 10, 2018


2018

Retrograde March 22, 2018 at 16° of Aries

Direct April 15 at 4° of Aries

Out of Shadow May 4


Retrograde July 25 at 23° of Leo

​Direct August 19 at 11° of Leo

Out of Shadow September 3

Retrograde November 16 at 13° of Sagittarius

Direct December 7 at 27° of Scorpio

Out of Shadow December 26, 2018


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