Table of Mercury Retrograde Periods 2005
I have had requests from
several of you wanting to know about Mercury retrograde periods by transit.
Every three months, for a period of about three weeks, Mercury goes
through one of its infamous retrograde periods.
But, what does that mean? What
sort of effects does it have?
of all, while retrograde literally means backward,
none of the planets ever really throw their engines in reverse and
accelerate backward. It just appears that all of them (with exception of the two
lights, the Sun and Moon) appear to do so on occasion, when viewed from the
perspective of the earth. What’s
really happening is that the earth is moving faster that the planet, hence
giving the appearance, when viewed from the earth, that it is moving backward.
Whether or not we have
retrograde planets in our natal charts, all of us can experience the influence
of a planetary retrograde, especially if the planet that is retrograde is making
key contacts in out natal and progressed charts or if it is “captured” in
its retrograde status in a progressed or return chart.
When a planet is captured in its retrograde status in a chart, the
affairs ruled by that planet are slowed down and the individual is more
introspective concerning them. There is a great potential to be “tuned-in” to all the
fine details related to that planet.
Mercury is the fastest
moving planet, with the exception of the Moon (which really isn’t a planet but
for the sake of convenience, is often referred to as one.)
Mercury orbits the Sun in about eighty-eight days, but because of its
retrograde motion it takes about a year to traverse the entire zodiac.
Mercury normally takes less than three weeks to move through a sign when
its motion is direct. It will take
eight to ten weeks in a sign when it is retrograde.
Mercury rules the mind,
mental processes and all forms of communication including travel, speaking, and
writing. This means that messages,
letters, books, magazines, contracts, and the signing of documents, neighbors
and the immediate neighboring environment, commuter-type travel, and the
transportation facilities all fall under Mercury’s rulership.
When Mercury turns
retrograde by transit then, think in terms of the possibility for communication
breakdown. Think for it as
the Director of the Communication Department is “out to lunch” for about
three weeks. The details normally
handled by Director Mercury aren’t being tended to as carefully as they are
when this planet is direct. All
types of communication have the potential for becoming confused, delayed, or
misunderstood. There can by
confusion, changing of plans, indecisiveness, mail-slowdowns, lost letters,
transportation problems, electronic equipment breakdowns, and failures in
negotiations. For these reasons, it
is felt that the Mercury retrograde period is not a good time for signing
contracts, scheduling negotiations, or launching new projects.
So, you may be thinking, what
are these Mercury retrograde periods good for?
They are a fine time to draw on knowledge and guidance from deeper levels
of consciousness. The three weeks that Mercury is retrograde presents us with
an opportunity for carefully considering all the possible ramifications of
pending actions and decisions. We
are encouraged to take care of unfinished business put into motion during the
months following Mercury’s last retrograde period and preceding the current
I remember reading
somewhere once that the Mercury retrograde periods are a good time to confine
activities to those that have “re” at the beginning of the word. I think that is good advise.
Therefore, rehash, review, rejuvenate, refine, reflect, repair, recheck,
reschedule, realign, rewrite, reformulate!!
Take inventory of what has occurred over the previous three months and
reconsider and reexamine your experiences.
That is good use of Mercury retrograde energy. When Mercury is directed in motion again, proceed with
confidence in planning and acting on your new activities and endeavors.
MERCURY RETROGRADE PERIODS 2005
at 11 degrees Sagittarius
March 2 Retrograde at
27 degrees Pisces
July 4 Retrograde at 2 degrees