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Mercury glyph


From the Latin "to step backwards", the term RETROGRADE is applied to the apparent backward motion of the planets through the zodiac as they decrease in longitude as viewed from the earth.


The symbol for retrograde is:
Symbol for Retrograde



Check the Glossary for references to Lilly's use of retrograde planets




 


Mercury Retrograde Periods


2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015


Retrograde planets display an erratic motion which is linked to delays, recurrences, returns to previous conditions, reversals of events, and unexpected events occurring suddenly or becoming more dramatic and intense.

A Mercury retrograde period is a difficult time to begin new projects linked to communication, networking, information-flow and travel. Extra caution is needed to ensure that messages are clearly understood and delivered; this often involves slowing things down and ensuring that compromises are not made for the sake of speed.

Mercury retrograde reminds us that efficiency is built upon stability, so think of it as a maintenance period, ideal for revisiting old problems that call for action but lay ignored. If communication problems exist, Mercury retrograde will bring them back to your attention. By taking time out to resolve them now you will be better equipped to make smooth progress in the future.

Mercury experiences a retrograde cycle about once every 4 months, and remains retrograde for about 3 weeks.




DATE (GMT) EVENT POSITION

- 2005 -
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- 2006 -
2 MarMercury turns retrograde 26 Pisces
25 MarMercury turns direct 13 Pisces
4 JulMercury turns retrograde 1 Leo
29 JulMercury turns direct 21 Cancer
28 OctMercury turns retrograde 25 Scorpio
18 NovMercury turns direct 9 Scorpio
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- 2007 -
14 FebMercury turns retrograde 10 Pisces
8 MarMercury turns direct 25 Aquarius
15 JunMercury turns retrograde 11 Cancer
11 JulMercury turns direct 2 Cancer
12 OctMercury turns retrograde 9 Scorpio
1 NovMercury turns direct 23 Libra
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- 2008 -
28 JanMercury turns retrograde 23 Aquarius
19 FebMercury turns direct 8 Aquarius
26 MayMercury turns retrograde 21 Gemini
19 JunMercury turns direct 13 Gemini
24 SepMercury turns retrograde 22 Libra
14 OctMercury turns direct 7 Libra
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- 2009 -
12 Jan Mercury turns retrograde8 Aquarius
1 Feb Mercury turns direct22 Capricorn
8 May Mercury turns retrograde2 Gemini
30 May Mercury turns direct23 Taurus
8 Sep Mercury turns retrograde6 Libra
29 Sep Mercury turns direct22 Virgo
27 Dec Mercury turns retrograde22 Capricorn

- 2010 -
15 Jan Mercury turns direct6 Capricorn
19 Apr Mercury turns retrograde13 Taurus
11 May Mercury turns direct3 Taurus
21 Aug Mercury turns retrograde19 Virgo
12 Sep Mercury turns direct5 Virgo
11 Dec Mercury turns retrograde6 Capricorn
30 Dec Mercury turns direct20 Sagittarius
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- 2011 -
31 MarMercury turns retrograde 24 Aries
23 AprMercury turns direct 13 Aries
03 AugMercury turns retrograde 01 Virgo
26 AugMercury turns direct 19 Leo
25 NovMercury turns retrograde 20 Sag
13 DecMercury turns direct 4 Sagittarius
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- 2012 -
12 MarMercury turns retrograde 7 Aries
04 AprMercury turns direct 23 Pisces
15 JulMercury turns retrograde 13 Leo
8 AugMercury turns direct 1 Leo
7 NovMercury turns retrograde 4 Sag
27 NovMercury turns direct 18 Scorpio
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- 2013 -
23 FebMercury turns retrograde 20 Pisces
18 MarMercury turns direct 6 Pisces
27 JunMercury turns retrograde 23 Cancer
21 JulMercury turns direct 13 Cancer
21 OctMercury turns retrograde 18 Scorpio
11 NovMercury turns direct 2 Scorpio
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- 2014 -
7 FebMercury turns retrograde 3 Pisces
1 MarMercury turns direct 18 Aquarius
7 JunMercury turns retrograde 3 Cancer
2 JulMercury turns direct 24 Gemini
5 OctMercury turns retrograde 2 Scorpio
26 OctMercury turns direct 17 Libra
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- 2015 -
19 MayMercury turns retrograde 13 Gemini
12 JunMercury turns direct 4 Gemini
18 SepMercury turns retrograde 16 Libra
10 OctMercury turns direct 1 Libra
25 NovMercury turns retrograde 20 Sag
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How to Read this Table:
The dates in red show when Mercury stations (ie., slows down to change direction so that it appears to become temporarily 'stationary'). It then travels backwards through the zodiac against the normal planetary flow. The arrows highlight the degrees that Mercury covers in its retrograde loop. After about 3 weeks Mercury ceases its backward movement and, on reversing its direction again, once more slows down and appears to halt before moving back in a direct motion. The date and position of this second station, when it returns from retrograde motion to direct motion, is shown in the subsequent black line.

2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015






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