Mercury Retrograde May 2016 Old Memories

Mercury Retrograde 2016The second Mercury retrograde 2016 cycle starts on 28 April 2016 at 23° Taurus and ends on 22 May 2016 at 14° Taurus. Mercury retrograde April 2016 is one of the best I have seen for years, certainly much nicer than Mercury Retrograde January 2016 which brought intense battles of ideologies.

This new Mercury retrograde allows you to get in touch with deeply buried memories so you can heal old wounds. Old friends may reenter your life to settle old karma and allow you to move on. Happiness and prosperity will follow once Mercury turns direct.

There will be five retrograde planets between Mercury retrograde on April 28 and Jupiter direct on May 9. This rare event only happens 4% of the time and can increase the negatives associated with retrograde planets.

Before I go into more detail about this Mercury retrograde, I will first describe Mercury retrograde in the natal chart and then give the general meaning of Mercury retrograde in transit. The interpretation for Mercury retrograde April 2016 includes the shadow periods from April 14 to June 7, 2016.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury retrograde means there was a problem with how you thought and communicated in a previous life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advise that had critical repercussions, or were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.

Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. Especially when young, there can be a repeating theme of challenging events related to your past.

The aim of Mercury retrograde in your birth chart is for you to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be reduced and you can get off the roundabout.

Mercury retrograde in your natal chart can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing and comprehension. You may be a shy, quite person whose thoughts have turned inward. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.

Mercury retrograde only last for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury retrograde later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.

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 associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury-Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde, so you can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period may be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.

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 when provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace, and 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 this is not a good time to be signing contracts. Some important details are not yet available, and other parties may not be reliable or honest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced before hand.

Mercury Retrograde April 2016

Mercury enters the shadow zone on April 14 at 14 ♉ 20. From now until Mercury stations retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this phase you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues may be of concern during the retrograde phase.

Mercury stations retrograde on April 28 at 23 ♉ 36. The closest fixed star to Mercury retrograde is Zaurak at 24 ♉ 05. This is a Saturn type star so brings loneliness and depression. Dwelling on the past can make you feel like there is always ‘a long way to go’. However, well aspected it brings future oriented thinking and faith that you are not alone. Importantly, given the nature of Mercury retrograde, this star has given inspiration to many fine writers and poets.

The blue lines in the chart below mark those good aspects. Chiron with two sextile aspects to Moon trine Mercury. This forms a minor grand trine aspect pattern, highlighting creative expression and intelligence. It enhances intuition, objectivity and research. These thinking and communication talents are perfect for addressing Mercury retrograde issues. “Practical Mysticism” is the term used by Elida Natalia Marchisone to describe the minor grand trine:

a deep curiosity about the mysteries of life and a thorough understanding of belief systems that are different from their own … a practical seeker of hidden treasures. [1]

Mercury Retrograde April 2016

Mercury Retrograde April 2016

Chiron at the focal point of the minor grand trine suggests that healing of wounds is the goal. Healing not wounding, because of the positive nature of the aspect pattern. The healing of old wounds because of Chiron conjunct South Node, and the healing of any wounds you have in your mind to due to Mercury retrograde. This is an especially helpful Mercury retrograde if you suffer from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety.

Moon trine Mercury is probably the best aspect to have for Mercury retrograde because it enhances memory and lets you see things clearly. Your feeling, intuitive side is balanced with your rational thought processes to give acute perceptive skills. Your are in touch with your own feelings to give sound judgement and decision-making skills.

This means you can easily identify any Mercury retrograde issues that have been causing problems. You will also be better able to understand where you darkest fears and inhibitions come from because of Full Moon April 2016. Dreams and memories should be vivid and informative. You may learn something about your childhood or family history. Any intuitive or psychic powers are enhanced. This aspect will be especially helpful to calm any nervous problems or spasms.

Socializing with friends and family is more important than usual. If Mercury retrograde shyness has been an issue, you can connect at a more intimate level which bodes well for making friends and taking love relationships to the next level. This is a good time for public speaking and writing, sharing your thoughts and feelings and all types of communications. More personal discussions are favored such as relationship issues or seeing a counselor. Meetings with family members and women in general will be harmonious and emotionally nourishing.

Five Retrograde Planets

As mentioned earlier, from Mercury retrograde on April 28 to Jupiter direct on May 9, there will be five retrograde planets for the first time in ten years. Five retrograde planets is a rare event occurring only 4% of the time. The karmic implications of this are very powerful. According to Gregory Rozek:

many retrograde planets makes the world appear to slow down. It feels like you are living in a different dimension with less inner uncertainty. However, there is an increase in strange or fated events which can include accidents and physical or psychological violence. [2]

The healing nature of this Mercury retrograde is very timely. It will help to heal old wounds that resurface as repeating events is your life today.

Mercury Direct May 2016

Mercury stations direct on May 22 at 14 ♉ 20. This second shadow period lasts until Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on June 7. Areas of life that were a major focus during the Mercury retrograde phase can now be worked on. If healing occurred during the retrograde phase then you can now use your improved mental and communication skills to brings matters to completion.

Fixed star Almach at 14 ♉ 26 is the closest star to Mercury direct. This star brings social popularity, good cheer, benefits from others, patience and artistic ability.

Mercury Retrograde 2016

The blue trine aspects in the chart above form a fortunate grand trine configuration. It is a sign of good karma and brings blessings and ease, so long as you make an effort and don’t let any opportunities go to waste. The nature of all three aspects involved means there will be many wonderful opportunities to grow and prosper, to find happiness and transform your life for the better.

Mercury trine Jupiter brings optimism and good news. Research, study and socializing are favored, and this is one of the best transits for making plans because of your good instincts, future-oriented and positive thinking.

Mercury trine Pluto is ideal for asking for favors and talking people into things. Your brain is very powerful under this influence and it gives the power of penetration at the mental level. Ideal for bargaining or negotiating favorable deals.

Jupiter trine Pluto greatly increases your power and influence. You have the opportunity to use this power to positively transform your life. You will feel in control of situations, and may find yourself in positions of power or authority in group settings.

Mercury leaves the shadow zone on June 7 at 23 ♉ 36 to complete the second Mercury retrograde cycle of 2016.

If Mercury retrograde 2016 affects your decan it will be mentioned in your monthly horoscope. For more detail on how Mercury retrograde aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2016 Dates

7 to 25 January 2016 – 14 Capricorn to 1 Aquarius
28 April to 22 May 2016 – 14 to 23 Taurus
30 August to 22 September 2016 – 28 Sagittarius to 15 Capricorn
19 December 2016 to 8 January 2017 – 24 Aries to 4 Taurus


1. Major Configurations, Elida Natalia Marchisone, 1995.
2. Retrograde Planets and their Number in the Natal Chart, Gregory Rozek, 2014.

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377 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde May 2016 Old Memories

  1. Scorpio born with mercury retrograde. Cellphone got lost or more likely stolen by some one fom my past. on cinco de mayo. Wrecked my life.

  2. My ex boyfriend broke up with me when i found he’s with someone else and he’s mad at me because I found out . He’s cancer july 19, 1984 and i’m aries April 19 1990. I found out that he’s having a hard time to communicate with this new one and still saying to me that he care for me and saying i love you.. it happens this many times before we are on and off… what do you think of our situation is there something that he will come back to me. do you think the mercury retrogade has something to do with whats happenning to both of us? it was very depressive time for me this besides i found out that there’s mars retrogade too and saturn …pls can you read my natal chart as i dont understand it? 🙁

  3. I found this Mercury Retrograde to be one of the most spiritual and amazing retrogrades I have ever experienced. Reconnected and was able to make peace with two people from my past. Did have a nice little glitch with my phone that never happens to me. Sent a text meant for someone about a surprise trip for my mom and my phone sent it to my mom instead…lol. Luckily there was nothing specific about the trip in the text to ruin the surprise!

    • Tammy, i had to chuckle about your mis-sent text. I once was thinking I wanted to work with a medical intuitive I’d just met. She pitched me on the idea of doing a seminar together. I didn’t think it was for me, but after a glass of wine or so, I started thinking it was a GOOD idea. I texted her, and the text went to our (house) painter. He never replied, but that’s where it went. I think my higher guidance stepped in and said NOT a good idea. Funny how these things work out. xo

    • Glad you felt it Tammy because all the charts pointed to more enlightenment compared to the usual Mercury retrograde dramas.

  4. Hi. I am going through a very dark night of the soul I think. Born 23 feb 1982, I have battled a difficult childhood and very painful and debilitating health issues since an accident in May 2007 that have shattered my dreams of independance and working. Since May 9 this year I have felt completely out of control, raging, depressed and suicidal and got into a bad fight with my long time boyfriend who I truly love. But as of May 29 this year he dumped me which has left me absolutely shattered. He does not seem like himself these past few weeks he was uncharacteristically harsh, cruel and went for my deepest fears as he dumped me – he knows well I struggle ernormously with self esteem and victim mentality along with huge physical issues which do not let me work, drive or function like a normal adult. I am trying hard to overcome all this but am worn down by years of failure and traumas and body betrayal. I still don’t want to give up on myself or my relationship with him but he has given up on me and believes that I will never get out of this phase.

    I am reeling from this breakup and am hoping it is the five planet retrograde that brought out the worst in him and also me. Is there a chance that we can make this work? He was born Jan 24,2016. Thanks so much I am desperate for some guidance and am struggling just to eat and sleep and keep my body from deteriorating further.

    He has asked to meet on June 4, 2016 (India). I am hoping this can be a way back to rebuilding our relationship which I always thought was a strong one. I am afraid he not be open to even giving us another try. What should I do?

  5. Hi sorry for the wrong birthday in the previous post, I am so stressed I did not realise it.

    My boy friend was born Jan 24, 1976 and not 2016 which would make him an infant 🙂 thank you for your patience.

  6. born 5/6/1991. The last few weeks have been very difficult emotionally and with my marriage (husband born 4/10/1988). I finally felt a sense of relief and like I was out of a fog yesterday… any significance?

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