Mercury retrograde 2017 starts on August 12 at 11° Virgo and ends on September 5 at 28° Leo.
The upcoming Mercury retrograde cycle will probably be the most powerful one this year bringing a lot of changes. Unfortunately, many of them can be in the negative aspect, so be careful when thinking, talking or making decisions on love matters and trust. Feelings like fear, insecurity and deception can arouse and cause further problems.
As I said, this period is not going to be a walk in the park, but there is no reason not to look forward to exciting opportunities to improve your love life or finances.
Mercury Retrograde Meaning
Natal Mercury retrograde speaks about the problems with communicating your thoughts in a previous life. It can range from bring overly critical, and giving bad advice to making big mistakes. You might had also been a bully who verbally and physically abused people.
It might sound a bit harsh, but you reincarnated into this life with all those bad memories imprinted onto your soul. They don’r fall in the group of our ‘regular’ memories, but they do often manifest as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. Their presence is a lot more noticeable in early childhood when a series of challenging situations, with a certain ‘theme’ may occur.
The aim of Mercury retrograde in your birth chart is for you to learn your lessons from the past and improve those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. This will reduce your karmic debt.
Another interesting detail about mercury retrograde in your natal chart is that, it might be a sign of learning difficulties, especially comprehension, reading and writing. People with Mercury retrograde in heir natal chart may come across as shy, introverted and deep thinkers who live in their own world. Unfortunately, they might be bullied, nagged or even take verbal and physical abuse.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury retrograde.
Transiting Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.
The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods.
Mercury retrograde is closely associated with communication technology malfunctions, nervousness, anxiety, lost personal items and delayed travel arrangements.
Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.
Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet be available, and other parties may not be reliable or honest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand.
The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication and transport are the few days either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations. However, care should still be taken during the retrograde period.
Mercury Retrograde August 2017
Mercury Stations Retrograde August 12 at 11°38′ Virgo
Mercury retrograde starts on the fixed star Zosma (11°33′ Virgo) on the back of The Lion. This causes negative thinking, selfishness, nasty words and fear of poison. The strongest aspect is Mercury opposite Neptune which reinforces the depressing influence of Zosma with suspicion, distrust and more fear. Confused thinking and miscommunication increase the chance of relationship problems. This is a bad time for making important decisions and plans. Beware of lies, deception, spying, gossip and scandal.
Mistrust, deception and confusion will continue for the three weeks of Mercury retrograde, being worst for a few days around the retrograde station on August 12. At the beginning of this story when Mercury entered the retrograde zone, there was good news and bad news. Bright ideas and positive change from Mercury trine Uranus, then love and money troubles caused by of Venus opposite Saturn.
A similar things happens in the Mercury retrograde chart shown above. Love and affection from Venus, then mistrust and fear caused by Mercury opposite Neptune. Sometimes no amount of love will save a relationship poisoned by cheating and lies. Continuing suspicion and mistrust can make reconciliation impossible.
Venus conjunct fixed star Sirius at 14°18′ Cancer does improve the outlook. The brightest star in the night sky gives comfort, faithfulness, devotion, passion and resentment. This super charged Venus can replace mistrust and deception with love and devotion.
Mercury sextile Venus brings loving words and compromise. This peaceful and harmonious influence will help reduce the stress and tension caused by Mercury retrograde opposite Neptune. Unconditional love and affection can prevail over secrecy and dishonesty. A good head for numbers and clever negotiating skills will help with strained finances.
Venus trine Neptune allows for compassion, empathy and forgiveness for minor indiscretions. A more idealized and spiritual view of love can make you feel sensual and dreamy but also leave you vulnerable. Don’t let your loving kindness be mistaken for weakness. Honest admissions may lead to forgiveness but over idealizing your partner is possible with these soft Venus aspects.
You can conquer Neptune deception with Venus honest and open communication of unconditional love. There is a lot to conquer with Mercury retrograde causing confusion and misconception. Mercury stations retrograde on a selfish and depressing star, and the opposition of Neptune add lies and deception.
Have faith that Sirius will bring faithfulness and loving devotion. Trust that the Venus aspects bring you honest, open communication and unconditional love.
Mercury Stations Direct 5 September 2017 at 28°25′ Leo
This second shadow period lasts for two weeks until Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on September 19. Solutions to your love and money problems can now be worked on. You can work very hard indeed with Mercury conjunct Mars giving focused and acute thinking. However, aggressive or defensive thinking can bring nasty words, arguments, outbursts of temper and impulsive actions. You will not have the patience for anymore excuses.
Mercury stations direct on the same degree as the August 21 solar eclipse. This gives more importance to Mercury retrograde 2017 as a whole, not only the direct station. The solar eclipse is already bringing bold, confident changes leading to long-term success. Determined and sustained effort will bring the growth and happiness you wish for.
Fixed star Regulus at 0°04′ Virgo gives ambition and adventure. This regal star makes Mercury honorable and just. However, this conjunction can also cause your generosity to be abused by others. Remember, don’t let your loving kindness be mistaken for weakness.
Mercury direct trine Uranus opens up your mind to new possibilities. There may be some exciting news and unexpected encounters with eccentric or stimulating people. Flashes of insight and original ideas bring new ideas and positive change.
During this two-week shadow period you will likely loose your patience with any continuing problems in your love life or finances. A sense of urgency will bring swift and positive changes. Mistrust and disappointment can be replaced with excitement and passion.
Mercury Retrograde 2017 Summary
If you are single you may have to work on feelings of insecurity or unworthiness. Mercury retrograde August 2017 may bring situations which force you to deal with fears or poor self-image. If you are still hurting over a previous breakup you may feel resentful and jealous all over again.
If you are in a relationship there are three possible manifestations of Mercury retrograde August 2017 that I can think of:
- You may have cheated on your partner or are thinking about it. You will have to deal with guilt, shame or embarrassment. One relationship could end and another may start.
- You may discover your partner has been lying to you or worse still, has cheated on you. Mercury retrograde 2017 will be difficult for you and there are some big decisions to make.
- You may suspect your partner of dishonesty or adultery because of experience or your own insecurities. You have to learn to trust again, otherwise your relationship could become poisoned by suspicion and wrongful accusation.
For these possible scenarios and the ones I have missed, Mercury retrograde 2017 will likely arouse feeling of insecurity or mistrust involving relationships. You could experience very significant events that lead to changes in your thinking on relationship dynamics or your self-image.
Whatever your situation, there will be opportunities to improve your self-esteem and resolve stressful love and money troubles. Mercury retrograde August 2017 may bring disappointment but it does not have to. Faith, trust, honesty, open communication and unconditional love are the ingredients for a loving and lasting relationship.
Mercury Retrograde Dates
April 9 to May 3, 2017 – 24° Aries to 4° Taurus
August 12 to September 5, 2017 – 28° Leo to 11° Virgo
December 3 to 22, 2017 – 13° to 29° Sagittarius