Mercury Retrograde August 2017 Trust Me Babe

Mercury Retrograde August 2017Mercury retrograde 2017 starts on August 12 at 11° Virgo and ends on September 5 at 28° Leo.

This Mercury retrograde cycle is a particularly powerful and significant one that could lead to changes in your love life or finances. Fear, insecurity, suspicion, lying, deception, fraud and adultery are some of the issues that may arise. Whether you are single or in a relationship, you can expect to be thinking or talking about matters of love and trust.

Even if you experience disappointment and sadness during Mercury retrograde August 2017, you can look forward to exciting opportunities to improve your love life or finances. Before I go into more detail about Mercury retrograde 2017 I will explain the meaning of Mercury retrograde in your birth chart and then Mercury retrograde in transit.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury retrograde means there was a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that has 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 repaid 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. 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 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 Enters Shadow Zone July 24 at 28°25′ Leo

From now until when Mercury stations retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this phase you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that may be of concern during the retrograde phase. [see chart]

Venus opposite Saturn is extremely powerful because it is exact, occurring only 12 minutes before Mercury enters the shadow zone. Delays or sadness in relationships or a lack of money will be major issues for these two months.

Mercury trine Uranus brings new possibilities, exciting news and stimulating relationships. Flashes of insight and original ideas bring positive change. This will be opportunities for positive change in your love life.

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.

Mercury Retrograde 2017

Mercury Retrograde August 2017

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.

Mercury Retrograde 2017 Dates

Mercury Direct September 2017

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 Leaves Shadow Zone 19 September 2017 at 11°38′ Virgo

This chart for the end of Mercury retrograde 2017 brings the possibility that not all problems involving mistrust and deceit will be solved. In fact, any lingering doubts are likely to be inflamed with Mercury and Mars still together. Mercury back on fixed star Zosma opposite Neptune retrograde may jog memories of earlier heartaches caused by lies, deceit and disloyalty.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

If Mercury retrograde 2017 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 2017 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

642 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde August 2017 Trust Me Babe

  1. Hi Jamie! I’m very new to astrology but I am learning more every day, thanks to your site. I was born 9/11/1987.. I’ve had a tough time financially and in love over the past five years, with things making great progress over the last 2. Financially I’m progressing well towards my goals for me and my family. I have made major transformations in my life on so many levels and I’m getting to a happier place each day. It’s like a dark cloud is clearing away. It’s the love part that hasn’t reaped me as many benefits. That brings me to my question in regards to Mercury retrograde Aug 2017.. I recently decided I’m completely done with my kids father and I need to move forward(this had been five years of back and forth)… But A guy from my recent past, dob 5/19/1983, is attempting to court me again. He was by far one of the best guys I’ve ever dated but We have had many issues of lies and deceit at the end of the relationship and I have trust issues about being more than friends, even though I would love to. With this Mercury retrograde, does persuing more than friendship seem like a good idea? Even if we are more open, set standards and goals, have faith and trust that things will work out? Before reading this I was more hopeful about a fresh start with him.

    • Generally speaking, it’s not recommended to initiate a relationship during Mercury retrograde. Or initiate contracts, initiate travel, initiate projects, etc. Of course, not telling you what to do. I will say that the theme of Mercury retrograde is to revisit, revise, review, observe. Communication is favored. Although miscommunication is also possible, from words misunderstood to technological difficulties. There may even be some healing that needs to be done. But take the time to see what’s revealed, and try not to attach to a specific outcome.

      • Thanks. Here’s more information.. we met over two years ago, both of us were at the end of long-term bad relationships with kids involved and found friendship that led to companionship and we dated for a few months. The relationship was positive and we both helped each other grow and find comfort and confidence in ourselves.. it ended last year because his divorce process was causing issues but we’ve remained in contact as friends. We both tried going back to our exes but it didn’t work out and now He has finalized his divorce recently and I had the chance to completely severe ties with my kids father around the same time. We have spent time together and the connection/love seems to be stronger even though we’ve had issues. I was thinking that maybe the timing wasn’t good then but now it may be? Or maybe we had to separate last year to make sure that we were ready to move on from our past. I was just wondering since we began rekindling our romance before the retrograde, will it affect us trying to move forward

  2. Hello there ! During this August 2017 Mercury Retrograde – when is the best time to take an online examination ? Will it be after Sept 5th ? Or wait until October ?
    I am a Virgo not sure what time I was born though
    Date of birth was Sept 5 1968
    Pls advise if the best time to take my Certification exam for work.

    Much appreciated


  3. Hi there,

    I’ll have to give a bit of a back story. I met a guy roughly 5 years ago, we dated for 10 months.Turns out he was also dating/sleeping with other people. I didn’t discover this until months after we had already broken up, but we were still physically intimate with eachother. At the time he was still in a relationship with a girl he started dating while we were still in our relationship. So for about a year after we broke up, we continued to be physically intimate… and he stayed in a relationship with that girl the entire time. Then one day I got mad at him and told her everything. I don’t quite know if she believed me or not because I think they stayed together up until about last week. But, it allowed him to finally stop talking to me. Not that I wanted him to, but because I needed him to. The truth is, I was still in love with him then, and I’m still in love with him now even after everything he did. I know that I shouldn’t be with him. And I know that we will never be together. Now all of that ended about 3 years ago. In the last 3 years we had 1 incident where we caught up with eachother and ended up intimate. And then I saw him a few months after that and he was cold and told me that I ruined our friendship. Now, after all that, he contacted me randomly out of the blue just under a month ago. In that time, we’ve been texting every day. We caught up after work with some beers and ended up having an amazing time together. He was very sweet and friendly and he was bringing up memories about the past and about how I was the sweetest to him and everything kind that I did that he remembered and he brought up. We’ve been chatting almost every day since he came back into my life. And we have plans to go out on a pub crawl together on Aug 4th. I already know my feelings and I know that I’m still in love with him. I’m also realistic, and I know that because of what our history was that we’re probably going to end up physically intimate together when we go out, and I know, because of the way his personality is that we would never work relationship wise. I’m okay with all of that and understand all of it, and I’m prepared for it. What I’m considering doing is after we go out, is stopping all contact and if he tries I’m just going to explain to him that because of the fact that I am still in love with him, that I’m unable to be friends with him.

    His Birthdate: Sept 22 1986, My birthdate: April 2nd 1987.

    I guess my main question is, why did he contact me after so long? And is it possible that he still has feelings for me?

    • Oh my dear, Samantha! You are an ARIES WOMAN….so am I, so I get it! He’s a VIRGO. Maybe you just have a strong “intimate” relationship, but that’s IT. The energy in which we are all involved with is asking us to SHED OLD patterns – this is one of those patterns that needs to let go. It’s destructive for you so time to release this relationship. He is feeding your insecurities and that’s not healthy for your NOW. Let it go and I assure you that better things will show up, but not until (you let go of this). LOVE YOU. Shine your Light on!! . xoxo

      • haha Thanks girl! Yes I am a true Aries woman. Yes. I know he’s not right for me. And I plan on cutting ties soon. I am enjoying the summer with him and going to try to end things with us on a positive note. The past week he’s been getting really deep with me and talking about a lot of personal stuff that he’s struggling with. Oh the struggles of being the nice girl. Little does he know that I won’t be around for long. Thanks for the support! I’ll continue to check in.

        • Well. Old habits die hard. However. I did tell him how I feel about him. I learned that while he does have feelings for me, that he’s too dysfunctional to try any type of relationship right now. But we are communicating more openly and we’ve been able to communicate calmly. We have talked of the past and we both apologized for things we’ve done and I do feel lighter.

  4. This is insane…the shadow phase of the mercury retrograde makes so much sense for the last 10 days I’ve been stressed beyond belief about my finances: the last 2 months my pay was basically cut in half so I made an excel report showcasing my value & asking for a raise. I’ve also been networking furiously to land a bigger job..I can’t believe how accurate the mercury retrograde is it’s really scary
    10′ Gemini rising
    11′ libra sun
    27′ Virgo moon
    Mercury Scorpio
    Venus Scorpio
    Mars 29.45′ cancer
    2 more Scorpio signs

    • Me too, ,Aidan…re finances. I always feel the Mercury retrograde in its shadow period more! Love there is no love!! 😌 Ruled by Mercury a late Virgo. Uranus in Gemini, ruled by Gemini maybe plays a role too. Hang in there.

  5. Hi,

    I am having a tough time. i born on 26/11/1989, sun 10:30am. thats the details i only know. kindly let me know what you need so you can tell me something i can make a good surroundings.

  6. part of inheritance..this shld be interesting.My 6yr old son was born wth Merc Dx in Virgo but when he turned aged 1 it progressed retrograde..his behaviour changed so suddenly.He started to throw up his feeds constantly.He was referred to a paediatrician for autism and has developmental delays in both comprehension and communication.His Moon is at 13degs Virgo H7 too and today we have started visits to big boys school while the transiting Moon is in Saggi 29degs in his 10th house.His NN is @ 22 Saggi and prog Moon also at 8degs Saggi trine his H2 Uranus/Ceres conj trine his H6 Leo Venus/Sun conj.He is Aqua Rising and today when I met his teacher on first impression he appears Aquarian to me.I think my son is going to be okay at school.Fingers crossed.

  7. Hi Jamie, Thanks for all your hard work and help, would you pls let me know how i can stop having every post and reply to be delivered to my inbox , i would like to change once weekly or monthly, all replies in discussion are just too much for my inbox.
    kind regards

  8. WOW…this month so far has been chock full of MEN! i met a guy 18 years younger than I (8/19/88) and we have been in contact daily since going out for 3 dates since I met him on the 3rd. he is such a gentleman and we have an understanding and an awesome connection. another, I just smoothly picked up on fb and i’ve known him for years – we grew up together, but we’ve never actually spoken ever. the last one i really like (11/3/70) but he definitely has to prove that he is trustworthy to me. after having not spoken to him for 3 weeks because of his faking, i finally responded to him and we are going to meet up in a public place to discuss “things”.
    i just need to wrap everything up by the retrograde, seriously! I’m 11/28/70, btw.

    • Just my opinion, but the Leo is obviously a better match for you than a Scorpio, unless you have compatible water in your chart. xo

      • with the scorpio, i’m a cancer rising and both of our venus is in scorpio and both of our mars is in libra. he seems like he can be undependable though.

        • If he seems “undependable” now, that’s your sign of future “issues.” xo

  9. I am born 23/5/1980 in Penang , Malaysia. How does retrograde mercury react to me, positive or negative and how long

  10. Hello!!
    Very good article, although I have been quite worried … I’m getting married in the post-shadow period, on 9 September. What implications or trends can this date bring for my marriage? I hate lies in a relationship …

  11. My birthdate is 03/19/1972 @ 11:32 am est. Pennsylvania. I have been struggling financially this entire year, is it going to get better, if so, when? Any suggestions?

  12. Hi ,

    I’m having trust issues. I got with my bf in 2011 we were both young he was my 1st real bf and just really not that into me. He was getting over a break up and I was unfortunately the rebound; he ended up cheating with his ex and I was destroyed. We broke it off but continued to be intimate throughout the years of course he dated other ppl and in the back of my head I always wondered why I wasn’t good enough to actually date and pursue as he was doing with the other girls. Fast forward to 2016 I got into a car accident and he came to my rescue ever since we have been exclusively together. We went on all the dates I dreamed of, we are inseparable as if I thought this moment into existence: but I’m afraid I’m ruining it since I still fear that there will be someone from his pass or someone new that’s going to show up and history will repeat it self. I feel like I’m going to sabotage it. He doesn’t give me any reason to suspect but I just don’t trust him. I don’t know what to do.

    He is Virgo 9/20/90
    I am libra 10/16/89

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