You entered into your maternal month and all the happy planets are around your sign; ready to support you more than anyone else. April 5 will mark an important moment for all Dashi’s people and twice as much for those who celebrate the birthday near this date.

As far as work is concerned, the management department seems to be facing changes and is putting pressure on everyone, including you. Be careful when answering and finding a diplomatic way to express your opinion. Working or not in the media, Jupiter (the planet of good fortune and gifts) is protecting you. Do you like the presence and behavior of one or more VIPs, you do not have to worry, you are completely protected.

If you are single, you can find love this month through a joint venture. Whether married or not, the best time of April to find, enjoy love, or conceive a baby will be April 13-14, when Sun in Dash will be in line with Jupiter in the Sagittarius. The transit moon will also be in your favor, making your weekend more fun than ever. On May 15, there will be many opportunities to “rush” somewhere out.

It is not often a Dash to suffer from a lack of self-esteem, charisma or charm. If you are long alone, when Venus enters your mark on April 20 is the ideal time to socialize.

Buy some new clothes these times; will make you feel better. As for your appearance, you know that the point is the hair, so invest in them. A different cut, a good treatment or why not; an experiment in color!

At work, you’ve got a lot of responsibility lately. During the Full Moon, on April 19, important people will know your work and will appreciate it. If you did not seem to hear them, blame Saturn and Pluto, but stay calm because your position is strong and secure.

When the planets are in the background, the good thing is not to start any new business project. Wait until August as this month will be fantastic for you. And if you thought that was closed, the end of December would reserve infinite good news for your career. For now, keep working without being felt.

This month will begin to calm. It seems like you want time to think about the new actions you will make. The new moon in Dash on April 5 will encourage you to spend a little qualitative time just to reflect on what the other direction your life will be.

You will spend a little more money than usual this month because you have things to do. But as Dem you are, do not be afraid because you know your bank is never empty. You can feel some tedious changes in your lifestyle now that costs will increase, but do not worry, there are good news regarding finances.

The full 19th of April will bring an unexpected but temporary event. The uranium can make the work less difficult; a project may not work properly and you will need to maneuver.

During the full moon of April 19, Jupiter will be very beautifully oriented and will help you financially.

Social life will be better than ever this month. You can travel somewhere to break up a social event where you will leave and get some good memories. And do not forget; from May 15 to June 8 you will be part of the city’s elite feast! So for now, how do you hang out.

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Mercury Retrograde and What it Means for You

By Susan Miller April 19th, 2016
You may have heard friends say, “Oh, no – Mercury is about to retrograde again!” If you don’t know astrology, you may have wondered what they were talking about. Of all planetary aspects, this one seems to garner the most attention from readers, and it certainly generates the most mail.

The reason for their interest is clear – this phenomenon is one of the few that affects everyone in a fairly uniform way, and its effects are always obvious. Once you begin to pay attention to how events in your life change during these phases, you will soon see how important it is to take note of them.

Keeping track of Mercury retrograde periods can allow you to increase your productivity and avoid at least some of the frustration they can bring about. Let’s look closely at Mercury retrograde and what it means to you.

Mercury Retrograde Periods from 2016 to 2030

January 5 – January 25, 2016 in Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn

April 28 – May 22, 2016 in earth-sign Taurus

August 30 – September 22, 2016 in earth-sign Virgo

Dec 19 2016 – Jan 8, 2017 in earth-sign Capricorn, ends in fire-sign Sagittarius

Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 8, 2017 earth-sign Capricorn, to fire-sign Sagittarius

April 9 – May 3, 2017 earth-sign Taurus, to fire-sign Aries

August 12 – Sept 5, 2017 in earth-sign Virgo, ends in fire-sign Leo

December 3 – December 22, 2017 in fire-sign Sagittarius

March 22 – April 15, 2018 in fire-sign Aries

July 26 – August 18, 2018 in fire-sign Leo water-sign Scorpio

November 16 – December 6 in fire sign Sagittarius, ends water sign Scorpio

March 5 – 28, 2019 in water-sign Pisces

July 7 – 31, 2019 starts in fire-sign Leo, ends in water-sign Cancer

October 31 – November 20, 2019 in water-sign Scorpio

February 18 – March 9, 2020 in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius

June 17 – July 12, 2020 in water-sign Cancer

October 13 – November 3, 2020 in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra

January 30 – February 20 in air-sign Aquarius

May 29 – June 22 in air-sign Gemini

September 27 – October 18 in air-sign Libra

January 14 – February 3 starts in air sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn

May 10 – June 2 starts in air sign Gemini, ends in earth-sign Taurus

September 9 – October 2 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign Virgo December 29 – January 18 in earth-sign Capricorn

See above, Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 18, 2023- goes direct in earth sign Capricorn

April 21 – May 14 in earth sign Taurus

August 23 – September 15 in earth sign Virgo

December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024 in fire-sign Sagittarius

See above, January 1, 2024 goes direct in fire-sign Sagittarius

April 1- April 25 in fire-sign Aries

August 4 – August 28 in earth-sign and ends in fire-sign Leo

November 25 – December 15 in fire-sign Sagittarius

March 14 – April 7 starts in fire-sign Aries, ends in water-sign Pisces

July 17 – August 11 in fire-sign Leo

November 9 – November 29 starts in fire-sign Sagittarius, ends in water-sign Scorpio

February 25 – March 20 in water-sign Pisces

June 29 – July 23 in water-sign Cancer

October 24 – November 13 in water-sign Scorpio

February 9 – March 3 starts in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius

June 10 – July 4 starts in water-sign Cancer, ends in air-sign Gemini

October 7 – October 28 starts in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra

January 24 – February 14 in air-sign Aquarius

May 21 – June 13 in air-sign Gemini

September 19 – October 11 in air-sign Libra

January 7 – January 27 starts in air-sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn

May 1 – May 25 in earth-sign Taurus

September 2 – September 24 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign Virgo

December 21 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn

See above, December 21, 2029 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn

April 12 – May 6 starts in earth-sign Taurus, ends in fire-sign Aries

August 15 – September 8 in earth-sign Virgo

December 5 – December 25 starts in earth-sign Capricorn, ends in fire-sign Sagittarius

Does Mercury Really Move Backward?

Mercury doesn’t actually move backward. If you do a bit of stargazing, you will see that Mercury appears to move backward, just as the ancient astrologers perceived thousands of years ago. After a while – in Mercury’s case, a three-and-a-half-week period – the planet will reverse itself and move “forward” again.

Because Mercury is the planet situated closest to the Sun, its orbit is much shorter than Earth’s. About three or four times a year, Mercury speeds past Earth, and that is when we experience a Mercury retrograde period. If you were in a car and another car passed you, you could tell it was going faster than you. But if it slowed down and you then passed it, it would appear that that car was actually going backward. Then when the other car speeds up and passes you again, it kicks up all of the dust in the road. As Mercury speeds by, it is like a train flying past, creating a powerful, turbulent gust of “wind” in its wake. The turbulence and disruption Mercury creates when it retrogrades can affect what we feel on Earth in our everyday lives.

In astrology, we always believe the following rule is true: “As above, so too below.” By that we mean there is a fractal relationship between the orbits in the heavens and human activity down here on Earth. This idea pervades all of astrology and is a very good concept to keep in mind.

Areas of Life Mercury Rules

Mercury rules all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules all formal contracts and agreements, as well as important documents such as book manuscripts or term papers, agreements, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, and so forth.

Included under this planet’s domain are all types of code, including computer codes, as well as transportation, shipping, and travel. When this planet retrogrades, these areas tend to get scrambled or spin out of control.

Why does this happen? When a planet retrogrades, astrologically it is in a resting or sleeping state. Therefore, while Mercury naps, the activities that it governs don’t have the benefit of a well-functioning, wide-awake planet to supervise them. Expect a certain degree of pandemonium to ensue!

What You Should – and Should Not – Do During a Mercury Retrograde Phase

Don’t make any important moves when Mercury is retrograde. Nothing will be settled successfully for the future during these periods anyway – you will find it nearly impossible to nail down a plan. During a retrograde period, it is hard to get decisions from others. Even if a decision is made, it will be subject to change, either just after Mercury turns to direct motion or much later.

Mercury retrograde periods would not be good times to do anything involving communications, such as launch a magazine, website, or an advertising or publicity campaign.

These phases are also considered poor times to launch any new endeavors, even if they are not related to the communications industries.

Similarly, a retrograde period is not a good time to sign any contracts or even to shake hands on any new agreements. Do not close on a house during this time nor sign a lease. Verbal agreements are considered the same as written ones. The environment will be quite fluid and changeable, no matter what you are told or what you think.

It’s not that the people you are dealing with are necessarily duplicitous. It’s just that nobody can fully predict what conditions will be like later. If you start a new job, it won’t necessarily be the position you thought it was when you accepted it. If you are a manager, you will have difficulty choosing the right candidate for the job, so, if you can, hold off hiring anyone. If you buy a house, problems could crop up later that were completely unanticipated.

Do Not Have Plastic Surgery or Other Elective Surgery When Mercury, Venus, and Mars Are Retrograde

Of course, if you have an emergency, you must have surgery. At other times in life, we do have a choice about when to schedule an operation or procedure. In those cases, such as having plastic surgery, it is best to avoid Mercury retrograde periods. These are periods where mistakes are more prone to happen than at other times, or when judgment is off. Your surgeon is under the same conditions as you, so I would suggest waiting.

I would also strongly suggest that you avoid plastic surgery when Venus retrogrades, because Venus rules beauty, and the whole purpose of the surgery is to improve your looks.

Mars rules the whole area of surgery, so you would ideally want Mars to be in the best possible form, too. It is said not to have an operation on the part of the body that the sign Mars is moving through rules. For example, if Mars happens to be in Capricorn, it would not be the best time for a knee operation because Capricorn rules the knees. It is said that Mars will increase pain and swelling. A full moon at the time of the surgery will increase bleeding. We do the best we can.

Again, let me reiterate, if you have an emergency, don’t worry about any of these rules – have your surgery. I had to have very serious surgery, triggered by a new moon solar eclipse, on the wrong part of the body (because Mars was in the sign ruling the part of the body that was being affected by the surgery). Admittedly, it was a tough surgery, but it was highly successful. If you need surgery, have it!

Mars Will Retrograde

April 17, 2016 to June 29, 2016 in fire-sign Sagittarius
June 26 to Aug 27, 2018 in air-sign Aqua. ends earth-sign Capricorn
September 9 to November 13, 2020 in fire-sign Aries

October 30, 2022 to January 12, 2023 in air-sign Gemini
December 6, 2024 to Feb 23, 2025 in air-sign Leo ends in water-sign Cancer

Venus Will Retrograde

March 4 to April 15, 2017 in fire-sign Aries, ends in water-sign Pisces
October 5 to November 16, 2018 in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra
May 13 to June 25, 2020 in air-sign Gemini

December 19, 2021 to January 29, 2022 in earth-sign Capricorn
July 22, 2023 to September 23, 2023 in fire-sign Leo
March 1, 2025 to April 12, 2025 in fire-sign Aries, ends in water-sign Pisces

What Other Specific Things Should You Watch Out For?

Since Mercury rules the mail and the conveyance of information, be extra careful when sending important documents. If you send faxes, be sure to call the people at the other end to let them know your documents are waiting for them. Otherwise, they may never see it. If you work in an office and have to photocopy an important document, be sure to retrieve the original. Be equally careful about whom you send email to – you don’t want to send a private email to the wrong person or have a sensitive email forwarded to others.

Your client may suddenly change direction on a project you have been working on and give you new instructions, which may require you to discard some of the work you did. Miscommunications abound, so during these periods keep summarizing what you think the other person has just told you. Go the extra mile – you will be glad you did!

Mercury retrograde periods are notorious for causing computers to crash and for machines, appliances, and other electronic devices to show signs of wear, requiring urgent repair. Backup your computer in advance of any Mercury retrograde period. If you had planned to install new software on your personal computer (or, if you work in IT, on your network), wait until the retrograde period is over to do so. Weird things happen during these periods. For example, you may suddenly discover that you were sold a defective hard drive, even though it may never have given you problems in the past, at least not until you created that vital document and your whole system went down.

Mercury also rules trade and commerce, so don’t buy or sell anything expensive during its retrograde phases. Often you will find that the item you want is out of stock. If you do buy something expensive, such as a car, computer, or jewelry, for example, you may regret your purchase later. If you are buying or selling a house, expect problems, errors, delays, and setbacks to arise. The only times you can buy something expensive during a retrograde period are if you are returning something you already bought.

Computers, high tech items, appliances, automobiles, and other machines and electronics are highly susceptible to Mercury in a retrograde period. Mercury rules moving parts, so that can be one reason. Yet, other things happen. You buy an air conditioner and 30 days later discover it has gone on sale for much less than what you paid. Or you by an expensive smartphone during a retrograde only to drop it (and crack its screen) or lose it soon afterward. It really does pay to wait to buy electronics.

In years past, Mercury always seemed to retrograde during the holiday shopping season. For example, in 2011, Mercury was retrograde from “Black Friday” (where retailers go into the black because everyone loves to shop on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25) until the end of the day on December 13.

If you are driving any significant distance during a period where Mercury is retrograde, bring extra maps (or make sure your GPS is up to date), make sure you have enough gas, and verify that you have the correct address and clear driving instructions. If your car is making strange sounds, have it inspected before you leave; you don’t want a problem to emerge when you are on the road. If you are flying, check with your airline to make sure your flight is going to take off on time. Have your luggage well marked so that it won’t get lost or sent to the wrong airport, and bring your iPod and a good book to the airport, as there could be lots of delays.

Some people do not travel when Mercury is retrograde, and perhaps that might be wise if your trip is business-oriented. However, if you are returning to see a former client you’ve worked with in the past, traveling during the retrograde is fine. Sales people know that business is always most likely from former clients. If you are in sales, earmark all your former clients for special attention during these phases.

You can take a trip for pleasure during these periods. Actually, this could be a perfect time to go, for you get away from it all, and everyone back at the office will “feel” the retrograde – they will miss your quick problem-solving ability and advice while you are away! During a retrograde phase, you might want to travel to a place from your childhood that you loved but haven’t seen in a long time. It could be lots of fun because going back to places you knew is favored.

Forgetfulness can be a problem during these phases. You are more likely to leave your airline ticket or passport on your desk rather than put it in your pocket; leave your cell phone, sunglasses, or gloves in the back seat of a cab; or lock yourself out of your car or house. I always advise that you tape your business card on the back of your computer or smartphone case, and slip your card into your case holding your eyeglasses in case one of these treasures is lost.

I also suggest that if you buy a gift card for someone, you photocopy the card’s serial number so that if you or your recipient loses the card, you can get it replaced quickly by the retailer. (Of course, keep your receipt stapled to the photocopy. Some retailers can give you a gift receipt with the serial number on the receipt, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of having the card photocopied. Even so, keep a copy in your records too, for your recipient may lose everything!) Tell your recipient that you are taking precautions, in case they do lose your gift and are too shy to tell you that they did! Often there is a comedy of errors surrounding Mercury retrograde!

While we are on the topic of photocopying important documents, photocopy your passport and give your family members a copy, too. If you ever should lose your passport, you will have a copy to show the passport office, and it will make things much easier for you! Do that today, while you are thinking of it!

Romance tends to go haywire, too, during Mercury retrograde periods. Couples tend to create miscommunications that in turn can cause a domino effect of errors. Try not to jump to conclusions, and keep striving for clarity. Your sweetheart or spouse could also have a sudden change of mind. For example, if your boyfriend or girlfriend says, “I want to break up,” he or she could say later, “No, let’s not! I didn’t really mean it!” That’s because people aren’t always thinking straight during these phases. Mercury retrograde is notorious for creating confusion.

Keep in mind that Mercury retrogrades in three different signs of the zodiac during the year. If it retrogrades in your sign, delays and frustrations will become even more pronounced than usual. In this case, try to be even more vigilant and double-check proposals, ideas, creative efforts, and other plans to root out flaws or incorrect assumptions. Always go the extra mile to find errors during a retrograde. These periods demand a slow and deliberate approach.

A Handy Truth About Mercury Retrograde: Things Are In Flux, But You Don’t Know They Are – Yet

When Mercury retrogrades, think of it as an instant signal that the wind is changing direction. Something is in flux up on the road ahead, but the problem is, everything looks the same and unchanging. What makes these periods so difficult is that you cannot see yet that they are about to change, often radically.

Let’s say you take a new position while Mercury is retrograde. After you start, the company starts extreme cost-cutting procedures, and you suddenly discover you will lose some of the people who report to you. On top of that, your title changes – not in a way you like. In this typical example, you had no idea these procedures were being planned, and had you known, you would have never taken the job. Things like this happen all the time when Mercury is out of phase. Do not take a job when Mercury is retrograde, and don’t start one during a retrograde, either.

A Key to the Solution to Any Mercury Retrograde Problem Lies in the Element Mercury is Found In: Fire, Earth, Air, or Water

Each year, Mercury will favor one element over another. In 2012, Mercury will retrograde in fire signs, so that tells us we need to apply completely new, visionary, and innovative solutions to the problem that comes up. Fire signs are highly creative and also brave and pioneering – don’t be shy about suggesting a very unusual solution. Fire signs also think on a big, broad scale, so you should think that way when attacking the problem, too.

If Mercury retrogrades in an earth sign, be very practical about finding a solution, and strictly adhere to limits of time or budget. Money often plays a big part of both the problem and the answer when Mercury is retrograde. You would probably do best by not suggesting a blue-sky idea, which would have worked with Mercury in a fire sign.

If Mercury retrogrades in an air sign, lots of discussion will need to take place, as air signs are highly communicative. Talk to a lot of people and poll their responses. Do a great deal of research, too. Air signs are analytical and modern – you may hear of a solution that is so new, you may not even have known it was possible. Use the answer that seems best for you after going through this process, and make sure you are objective and not emotional in choosing your answer.

If Mercury retrogrades in a water sign, use your intuition. Research can be driven by the way questions are asked, so if your research says to go a certain way, but your intuition tells you to reject the research, follow your gut. Intellect can only get us so far; often our emotional intelligence is more accurate. If Mercury retrogrades in a water sign, it’s an instant signal to start listening to that small voice within.

What If You Can’t Put Off a Decision Until a Later Date?

What if you can’t wait a few weeks? In that case, you may have to proceed anyway. Do so knowing that the conditions around the situation will probably change, so plan to be flexible. For example, if you are looking at a great apartment, you may have to sign the lease or risk losing it. However, before you do, ask lots of questions.

If you are buying a house, hire a top engineer to check it out, or get two engineers’ opinions. Be ready for something to come up. Do all you can to extend the process: Say your lawyer is out of town or in court. Say you will be in Paris during that time!

My own daughter re-signed her lease during the retrograde (she’s Aries, and as a typical Aries, Diana doesn’t like to hear about rules). Four months later, the landlord sold the building, and Diana was forced to move immediately. A year later, my little Aries bought a computer during the retrograde. (“It’s a Mac, what could possibly go wrong?”) Nothing went wrong, except her judgment. She later said she regrets not getting the more expensive model with a much bigger screen. She finally sold her new Mac laptop to a friend, bought a Mac desktop with the big screen she needed, and is happy now.

Are There Any Exceptions to the Rule:

“Don’t Plan Big Actions During a Retrograde”? Yes!

Indeed, despite what I have just said, there are situations where you can move forward, gingerly, during Mercury retrograde. The main time you can is if you are going back to the past, either to correct something or do more with a person you know and admire.

If your editor gives you an assignment that was put on the back burner a year ago, and it has jumped to life again, proceed!

Here is another example: Let’s say you are out of work and looking for a new job. Your old boss (whom you enjoyed working with on a previous job) invites you to join the company he is at now, as a member of the team. In this case, you will be going back to a former professional relationship that you actually started a long time ago, and this is simply an ongoing situation. In this case, you CAN take the job.

Readers ask, “Well, I started interviewing for a new job before the retrograde, but the offer for the new job was made after Mercury retrograde. Technically, I knew the interviewer for a few weeks before the retrograde, so can’t I take the job?” Actually no. In this case, you have had no real history with this interviewer or company. Sorry, this does not apply. However, if you are desperate and badly need to find a job, take it, but realize it will not be a long-term solution. You may be out looking again soon, possibly because you don’t like anything about that new job. That may be fine with you, for at least you will have income for a short time, which is better than no income at all. Also, it is said to be easier to find a new job after you have one, so in that sense, it may be helpful to take a short-term, stopgap job.

What if you gave a bid on a house you loved and wanted but that was rejected. Can you go back and put in a new bid on that same house during the retrograde, even months later (assuming the house is not yet sold)? Yes. In this case, you have a history with the house, the people who live there, and your broker. This would actually be a good time to “redo” your bid and send it in again. When it comes to exceptions, if you have a history with the person or situation, you can proceed carefully during the Mercury retrograde period.

What If You Were Born Under Mercury Retrograde?

It has been said by some astrologers that people who were born under Mercury retrograde are immune from much of the mayhem of this phase, but I do not agree that this is true. (I was born while Mercury was in retrograde, and I always find these periods quite difficult, perhaps because I work in Mercury-ruled publishing!)

You can find out if you were born under these phases by checking your natal horoscope wheel. The planet Mercury’s symbol will have a small “R” under it on the horoscope wheel.

People born under this phase are said to have philosophical and reflective natures that help them think through complex concepts quite creatively. Never worry about having a baby during one of these retrograde periods – it is always a good time to have a child!

Mercury’s Impending Shadow Period

As Mercury approaches its “switch point” (the day it actually turns retrograde), it will progress along a path that it will later retrace in the sky over the next few weeks. The two- or three-week period prior to Mercury retrograde is called the “impending shadow period.” If you initiate anything important during that shadow period – that is, in the time before Mercury begins to retrograde – you still may encounter problems.

If you have a choice whether to sign papers or initiate an action prior to Mercury retrograde or just after it is finished retrograding, there is no question that I suggest you wait and act afterward. Try to secure a little breathing space (a few days or even better, two weeks) from the date Mercury goes direct, for safety. It doesn’t pay to rush to do things before Mercury retrogrades. Waiting is always the wiser option.

Here is another vital point to keep in mind: Mercury is more powerful on the onset and finish dates of its retrograde. I call them the “bookend” dates of the retrograde, and static and dust seem to fill the air more noticeably than any other time.

The presidential election date of 2000 (when President Bush was declared the winner) was on a day when Mercury was due to turn direct. This is a good example of the problems that can occur just as the planet is turning forward or backward. In that case, it was weeks until the winner of the election was chosen.

This point deserves reiteration: Always allow two days, minimum, after Mercury moves ahead to normal direct speed before you start initiating projects or making big purchases. The more time you can allow after this planet goes direct, the better. If you can wait two weeks, all the better.

Is Mercury Retrograde All Bad? Not at All!

Although these Mercury retrograde periods can be frustrating, they are often useful too, for they allow us to reassess, revisit, readdress, redo, and redesign our plans. Sometimes we rush along in life without fully considering our basic assumptions or actions. Mercury retrograde allows us to stop, look, listen, and redirect our energies more productively. Mercury also helps us find closure to certain situations.

Reconnecting with old pals and relatives is very common during retrograde periods, and that can be one of the most positive and fun sides of this planet’s retrograde orbit. If you hear from an old friend or colleague during Mercury retrograde, I feel there is a potent reason for it. It seems to me that there is something that the two of you are meant to do or plan together.

We can all benefit from taking a closer look at situations with greater depth, which happens when Mercury retrogrades. Mercury retrograde periods are like walking through glue, so they do tend to make us slow down, which at times can be a blessing.

Here are some examples of ways Mercury retrograde can help you:

  • Perhaps you have been working on a project that seems to have gone down the wrong path. When Mercury retrogrades, it could become evident that the project needs to be altered slightly or redirected. Even if you did not get your way originally, if you argue your case persuasively, things might go your way now.
  • You stall on accepting a job offer, and lo and behold, a better one comes your way in the meantime.
  • You refrain from buying a certain big-ticket item, and within a few weeks, the coveted item goes on sale and you will be glad you waited.
  • If a meeting is postponed or cancelled, you have more time to gather additional information that probably will come in quite handy.
  • If you are in sales, go back to old customers and clients. You may do better by asking for more business from people who have always trusted you than by trying to extend your reach into new sales territory. Former customers like being contacted, and under Mercury retrograde, you will have the time to do so.
  • Missing objects are likely to be found. That beautiful bracelet wasn’t lost after all – it was on your bookshelf, behind your favorite book!

What Else Should You Do During Mercury Retrograde Periods?

It would be a great time to reorganize your files or closets. Pack up clothes you haven’t worn in a while and give them to charity. Polish your shoes and decide which ones need repair, and while you are at it, decide which appliances need to be taken in for repair as well. Oddly, as busy as we are, during these phases we always seem to find more time to get things done. When you clean your closets, you will find treasures you thought you lost or had completely forgotten about, always a bonus of going through things you have not seen in a while.

Mercury rules anything that begins with “re”: redo, reassess, repair, repeat, redesign, or revisit. It’s always human nature to want to hear that new opportunities are coming our way, but we really do need to focus on the quality of our work and improve it to the best it can be. Often this is a better use of our time than continually chasing the newest idea. Mercury retrograde allows you to be thorough and to perfect your performance.

Don’t assume everything goes wrong during Mercury retrograde – sometimes things work in your favor. If you are self-employed and turned down an assignment because the price the client was willing to pay was too low, this same client may come back after the retrograde (after he sees many others turning down his offer) – and you get the project after all, at the right price. People reconsider their stance when Mercury is retrograde, and in some cases, conditions turn out to be more favorable to you than they might have been before.

As you can see, Mercury retrograde is not all bad – you can count on it!

Revised March 2016

2019 Mercury
Retrograde Calendar 

How to Use the 2019 Mercury Retrograde Calendar

This calendar indicates the main phases of Mercury Retrograde using a color code.

The Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow

The Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow phase is indicated in blue and corresponds to the time during which Mercury traces the path in the sky that it will later return to as it moves backward, during the Mercury Retrograde Phase. Often it is during this time that the conditions are set up for the Retrograde phase that follows. As Mercury slows down, just prior its retrograde motion, the contributing factors and the experiences of the cycle are strengthened, and this is indicated in the calendar by a violet color.

The Mercury Retrograde Phase

The Mercury Retrograde Phase is in light red. The actual Mercury Retrograde Station, as Mercury appears to have stopped and is about to go backward is shown in red. Near the beginning and the end of the retrograde phase, Mercury seems to slow down in the sky, and its effect tends to stronger. This is shown with a darker color.
The retrograde phase is famous for revealing the consequences of inattention to detail, wrong assumptions as well as errors in communication and transportation. Many of these are often set up in the pre-shadow phase.

The actual moment when Mercury appears to be stationary and is about to move forwards is the Mercury Direct Station. This is shown in dark brown. As Mercury is still moving slowly before it speeds up the effect tends to be stronger, indicated with a darker shade of brown.

The Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow

The Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow phase is indicated in brown. Mercury is now moving forward, and this phase refers to the time during which Mercury is retracing the path in the sky where it had formerly moved backward during the retrograde period.

Often, the Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow can reveal the errors in communication and travel that may have occurred during the pre-shadow and retrograde phases.

The Full description of each cycle is found here

Mercury Retrograde at the Personal Level

One way of looking at Mercury Retrograde is that it reveals the shadow or disowned component in our awareness, communication, and interaction with others and with the world around us.

Mercury rules the signs Gemini and Virgo. With Gemini, Mercury expresses the way that we reach out into our neighborhood, interact and discriminate. The shadow of Gemini is Sagittarius.

When Mercury is retrograde, it often expresses the negative or disowned nature of Sagittarius. When this happens, the tendency is to generalize, anticipate, gloss over, judge or assume, without reality checking.

The other expression of Mercury Retrograde is through the shadow of the sign Virgo. With Virgo, Mercury expresses the way that we integrate what we experience and how we make sense of the world around us through our mind. The shadow of Virgo is Pisces.

When Mercury is retrograde, often the negative or disowned nature of Pisces is expressed. We may think that someone else will do it, or we may imagine that things will turn out for ‘the best’ or we may imagine or hope instead of doing something for ourselves. Often the disowned nature of Pisces is revealed in our disconnection to our core and in seeking that connection outside of ourselves instead.

Clearing Your Shadow

You may want to look at each Mercury Retrograde cycle as a small wake up call and an opportunity to notice when you are caught up in the patterns of your shadow. It is then that we tend to be less conscious, and not as aware as we could be. Moreover, when we act from this place, we set ourselves up.

The Mercury Retrograde cycle is a good time for introspection and to become more aware of your own patterns. If you wish to take advantage of this time, you may find this book is very helpful in revealing the ways we become unconscious in our actions, and it gives clear practical steps to regain our integrity with our core. It comes highly recommended:
Being Centered.

Mercury Retrograde and Your Sun Sign

Each sun sign expresses the path of spirit and reveals our contribution to the way we interact with the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. That contribution is at the bottom of each Sun Sign description. You can click the glyph of your Sun Sign in the menu below or choose it from the pull-down menu at the top of the page.

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Your Sun sign can provide a great deal of information about how you relate to others. It is fun finding out how much you can learn about yourself AND your partner by reading this guide. Susan wrote every word, and the entire guide comprises 65,000 words.

Astrology is not destiny, so while the two of you might not be a classic match in astrological terms, you both can still find a way to get along quite beautifully by understanding each other’s needs and personality traits.

To use the compatibility guide, choose your sign and then enter the sign of your partner, friend, or business associate (ignoring the romantic references for all except your romantic relationship). You’ll receive a free, detailed analysis personally written by Susan about how the two of you are likely to get along. You will learn the areas you have in common and areas that might bring a challenge or two. Susan feels strongly that all people can relate well with each other, for there are no bad pairings. For some of your relationships, you may have to work a little harder, but in putting in the effort, you may be creating the strong glue that holds you together—and you both may have fun working on the relationship in the process.

If you know your rising sign, by all means, read the report for that sign as well. For example, if you are a Pisces with Gemini rising, and your friend is a Cancer with Libra rising, read for the compatibility of Pisces with Cancer, and Gemini with Cancer (these two examples would relate to you), and then read Libra with Pisces and Libra with Gemini, so that this time you would get a perspective from the other person’s point of view.

If you would like to know your rising sign, Susan can analyze your chart and explain it to you in easy to understand terms. For information, see

This is a noisy, passionate, ardent combination of two Mars-ruled lovers, guaranteeing a relationship filled with action. Neither of you do anything half-heartedly and you both have strong, powerful convictions. This is not a classic astrological love-match mainly because winning is so important to each of you. Still, if you were to give this relationship a try, I’d bet it would be lots of fun. It could last — but you are going to have to put in the effort.

In bed, you two have nearly insatiable appetites, which is good, for you will enjoy one another to the hilt. Both of you have tons of energy and passion, although your Scorpio’s feelings may run deeper than your own. As an Aries, sometimes you don’t delve down to their emotional depth. They have a need to be understood and you will have to try. But you will be able to act out all your fantasies with this amazing person who will “let you be you.” Your lover is a master at technique and more sensual than you, so you could pick up some lovely insights from them, too.

Be aware that your Scorpio will demand complete loyalty and fidelity. You will get the same in return. This means, Aries, that your roving eye has to close shut if you want to keep your Scorpio. But too often, no flirting, no frolicking, and no frivolity on the side means no fun to you. You aren’t sure you want to be anyone’s one-and-only, an issue you will have to resolve early in this relationship. On that point alone you may find yourself at a make-it-or-break-it juncture.

Still, this is such a vivacious relationship, if you love a Scorpio and are willing to duke out the issues, what you stand to gain will make it all worthwhile.

If you are in love with an Aries, you’ve got a very tough road ahead, because your orientation is so different. Still, anything is possible, so let’s have a look at where the trouble spots could be.

You are a traditionalist at heart, Capricorn, and do your best work within large, structured organizations. Capricorns understand chain of command, and you enjoy all the perks that having a good job in a big company brings. Aries, however, don’t want to work for anyone but themselves. Their ability to walk on the razor’s edge — waiting for overdue shipments, raising venture capital, blazing through crises — could drive you mad. You want a rather settled life — they don’t care. You will feel the outside tension at home, too. They express themselves best by creating new projects, and their role is to be innovators. Aries, by temperament, are meant to be a bit self-absorbed, and this is another trait you could find hard to take. But a Capricorn wants and needs social approval, so if your Aries makes it, no one will be prouder than you. You will shout their successes from the rooftops!

This coupling could be better suited to a business partnership than a romance because you both are such workaholics. Both of you are driven to succeed, which could hold you together, even though this is not a classic astrological love match. These two Sun signs form an aspect denoting obstacles.

In bed, both of you enjoy sex, but you are the more tactile and sensual. Aries likes anything done quickly, but in bed, this isn’t always the best way to go! Just making the effort at getting in sync should show immediate results.

Your Aries is an enthusiastic dreamer, full of ideas and grand schemes. He or she isn’t always realistic, but will remain firmly focused on the goal he or she has set. You may enjoy being the anchor in the relationship, offering sound financial advice and practical solutions. If you stay together you can build something substantial. This is a hard match to call, since so much of the relationship’s final outcome will be up to you.

Your Horoscope by Susan Miller

This month’s full moon of June 17 falls in Sagittarius, your twelfth house, and Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and planet of healing, will be orbiting close in conjunction. The moon is the natural ruler of your seventh house of marriage and commitment, so you might get engaged or wed within four days, plus or minus, of this full moon June 17. I love that Jupiter is so close—it shows such happiness for you. You might be keeping your engagement a secret, for the twelfth house is the house of secrets. Or, you might be cooking up something with a partner (in love or business) that you will reveal weeks or months later.

This same full moon of June 17 might have other benefits. If you have been going through treatments for a medical condition or are in rehab to overcome a dependence on painkillers, you will come to a moment where you might feel you can now be free. If you have been seeing a psychiatrist for help with a psychological difficulty, you may see a breakthrough now, within four days of June 17.

Try to get all your most pressing matters wrapped up in early to mid-June because Mercury, the planet of communication, will soon retrograde, from July 7 to July 31. You will always feel the onset of Mercury retrograde two weeks prior to the official date of the retrograde, so I will suggest you not sign any contacts or make any major decisions in July. Also, if you need a new computer, cell phone, headphones, or TV, as some examples, buy those items now. If you purchase electronics while Mercury is napping in retrograde, you will not enjoy the product in the way you expect for a whole variety of reason.

Also, next month we have two eclipses coming, one in Cancer, a solar new moon eclipse, July 2, and a full moon lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 16. You are likely to feel those eclipses directly, especially if your birthday falls within five days of January 2 or January 16. The way you view yourself, in terms of your talents, dreams, and life priorities and potentials may be due for a shift after these eclipses have spoken. Think back to January 5 when we last had a new moon solar eclipse in Capricorn. Something that came up then, perhaps out of the blue, will advance to a new level of discussion. I will give you details about both eclipses next month.

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Cosmologically speaking, 2018 will be remembered by quickie engagements, an ultra-rare eclipse, and (anecdotally) the *most* retrograde of retrogrades. (Am I right, or am I right?) As for 2019, rockstar astrologer Susan Miller says the universe has an equally complex interstellar equation in store.

Some will find love. Some will find fame. Some will find themselves in search of a new suitcase. Others will have to spend this year dismissing the part of their lives that no longer serves them (and make room for when 2020 deals them a new hand). So to find out what your forecast looks like—and to prepare your New Year’s resolutions accordingly—just keep reading.

Below, Susan Miller gives her best prediction for your year ahead—according to your sign.

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Aries: Pack your bags

“For Aries, it’s about going out into the world and learning: to travel, or to go back to graduate school, or to get into publishing and broadcasting. If the Aries is already there, they’re going to do really, really well. This is a house ruled by information, and it’s a house where you need to prepare. You need a passport, you need to get tickets, you need to take tests to get into college. But it’s a broadening influence, so it’s great.”

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Taurus: Rake it in

“Taurus is the one that really needs to have money to feel secure, and they’re going to be so happy with the way the money comes in this year. They’re finally going to make the money they deserve.”

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Gemini: Couple up

“Gemini is the most likely sign to get married this year. Geminis who don’t want to get married may use this coupled energy for business—for twosome things. Some are screenwriters and they have a writing partner. And, let’s say you’re already married: Your partner does well, and you do well as a result. It spills over to you.”

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Cancer: Be the HBIC you were born to be

“A lot of Cancers are self-employed, and they don’t have to worry about business this year. The phone keeps ringing off the hook, actually. They’ll probably have to hire a few people, and while small-business owners often have trouble finding people to work with them, this isn’t the case for Cancer this year. Cancer managers in big companies will be able to find great candidates as well.

“Also, Cancers will get well this year. And if they say, ‘You’re wrong! I need and operation this year!’ Well, it will go well. It’s the best time to have that procedure.”

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Leo: Spread the love

“Leo hit the jackpot. It’s the best romantic year in a decade for Leo. What if they’re already married? Your marriage partner’s still your lover, your sweetheart—a piece of paper doesn’t change that. This could also be the year to have a baby. And their creativity will flourish.”

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Virgo: Put a stake in the ground, literally

“Real estate, real estate, real estate. They’re going to find the most wonderful apartment or house! Whether they’re buying, selling, or renting a vacation house, it doesn’t matter. Property is where the golden nuggets lie for Virgo.”

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Libra: Say what you need to say

“This is the year for Libra to start a blog, or change or redesign their website, start an app, or start a podcast. Something with communication. If they always wanted to write a book, get that agent now. Or send query letter to editors.”

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Scorpio: Show me the money

“Scorpio is going to make more money than they’ve ever seen in their life. Bushels of it.”

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Sagittarius: Let the good times roll

“Sagittarius is this year’s celestial favorite. They have had such a hard time in the past—December 2014 until December 2017 was very tough. They had this waiting year where they just caught their breath and now all the good comes.”

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Capricorn: Let go of the bad to make room for the good

“Capricorn will be the next celestial favorite , but not until December, 2020. When you’re the celestially favorite, you have balance. Everything is fabulous for you, but you have to empty your basket to allow for the new goodies. So, little Capricorn: If the tide starts taking things out, don’t worry about it, because the universe is going to help you in this process of weeding out the friend who tears you down, or the apartment that’s too small—whatever it is that’s driving you a little crazy.”

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Aquarius: Make new friends, and keep the old

“Aquarius is friendship. This past year, it’s been what you know. In 2019, it’s who you know. And Aquarius will do very, very well with friendships. They have many, many friends—but just a few get close.”

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Pisces: Toot your own horn (everyone else is)

“Pisces hit the jackpot too. It’s career success to a magnitude that they’ve never seen. It’s the best in their life. And we’re not talking just work projects, like Cancer has. It’s fame. It’s having your name on the big marquee. It’s everything they’ve ever wanted. And it’s funny because Pisces doesn’t want anything. They’re like: ‘I just want to do a good job’—and then the parade is coming to their house.”

If you just don’t identify with your zodiac sign, this might be the reason why. And while we’re on the subject, here’s why horoscopes won’t make or break your love life.

One week into January, I got laid off. Two days later, I was sued by an actual state after paying my taxes in the wrong one. My in-progress novel—which had been “for real, almost finished” for a couple of years—was still (and possibly forever) in progress. My 10-year-old niece took over my Tinder and got better responses pretending to be me than I got on my own.

Basically, 2019 was looking very much like a dumpster fire.

I tried everything to turn it around: meditation, stress ­eating, yoga, swimming, catatonically sitting through three seasons of Prison Break. I was even sleeping with crystals (citrine and malachite, for healing and positive transformation) under my pillow. And…nothing. I was burned out from all the attempted self-improvement. Wasn’t there something—or someone—that could just do it for me? Oh, right: astrology.

For 30 days, I decided to actually follow my horoscope—not just read it. The universe would be my life coach.

For help, I reached out to quite possibly the most famous astrologer in the world: Susan Miller of Astrology Zone. Her fans include Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Katy Perry. At least 1.3 million readers visit her site every month to pore over her epically detailed horoscopes. Who else would I ask?

Here’s the thing about Miller’s horoscopes: Sometimes they’re terrifying.

When I told my friend Katie about this plan over drinks, she put down her wine and slapped my hand: “Stop it,” she said. “You can’t.” Here’s the thing about Miller’s horoscopes: Sometimes they’re terrifying. Like vague-but-ominous-warning-about-a-parent’s-health terrifying.

“I can be brave,” I told Katie.

“You literally cannot be that brave,” she responded.

Still, I emailed Miller. The first thing she told me is that she’d help. The second is that my premise was all wrong.

“Astrologers work much further out than a month—we think in terms of many months or years,” she explained in a tone that was glamorously scolding, like a mom reminding you to polish a candelabra. (Fitting for the woman the New York Times describes as a “Chanel-clad Upper East Side mother of two.”) “Six months would make more sense.” Cool, cool—but because I’m not a quitter, I decided to start small and see what happened.

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Some tasks were easier than others: One of my daily horoscopes on Miller’s Astrology Zone app suggested I “focus on rest and retreat”—a direction I followed wholeheartedly and with snacks. Then there was the day that I could expect “a swell of kindness and compassion” from friends, so I preemptively told my closest ones how grateful I was for their help. (This resulted in an actual swell of kindness and compassion—a self-fulfilling prophecy but also a win. Astrology: 1. Whatever the opposite of astrology is: 0.)

Spoiler: I had my most successful month ever.

Two weeks in, I learned that I had “energy to focus on finances.” So I set up a payment plan for those overdue taxes and used an app to identify all the autopays I always forget to cancel. Then came what Miller described as a “golden opportunity to fine-tune a business venture,” so I gave my Etsy store, where I sell vintage paintings and housewares, an overdue refresh. (Spoiler: I had my most successful month ever.)

Miller also offered to interpret my birth chart. The reading was equal parts magic, mind reading, and therapy—so on point that I genuinely forgot she didn’t actually know me.

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According to her, I love my family and travel almost equally—yes, it’s a key conflict of mine (I have been to 70 countries and counting but also always feel the pull toward home). Had my dad experienced a reversal of fortune? (Yes! Long story.) Did I have any health concerns related to my throat “and that includes your thyroid”? YES. (I know, thyroid issues are common, but this is the dominant medical issue in my life. Just ask my thyroid
surgeon!) There was also the exciting news that I might marry a man with “an old soul” I’d meet sometime soon.

One of the final ’scopes from my 30-day experiment: “You’re coming alive in exciting ways.” In a word: Yes (again!). The month had forced me to tend to all aspects of my life—as in all the themes of the 12 astrological houses, including love, family, and self-care—rather than keep defaulting to work and more work.

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Doing that on the daily is hard, though, so now I think more about larger astrological themes and seasons, and I do monthly check-ins to track my personal progress. Oh, and for the record, I did meet someone, several someones, in fact. Nothing gets you out of the house like a famous astrologer saying you’re about to meet your true love.

My horoscopes promised that if I tried, something good would happen—which can sometimes be easy to forget. Until then, there are always more episodes of Prison Break.

Diane Vadino Diane Vadino has written for The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Marie Claire, Travel + Leisure, Buzzfeed, and other outlets.

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