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.
1. Retrograde Planets and their Number in the Natal Chart, Gregory Rozek, 2014.

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241 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde May 2016 Old Memories

  1. I am Taurus and my ex is Libra. I haven’t talked to him since a long time. But I have known from my friend that he still loves me and wants me to talk to him. What should I do?

  2. Might you have suggested reading on Mercury stationary direct in a natal chart? There is so much written about Mercury Rx in the natal … But so little on this topic. Though I am finding some references to stationary planets in the natal generally.

    • No Michele, I suppose it is much the same as stationary retrograde or direct. Stations emphasize, or a stronger I believe. You find most action happens when the planets are stationary retrograde or direct.

  3. to Ahsura: It can’t hurt to talk to him, especially if there are any unresolved issues. Now is THE TIME to resolve any old stuff if there is any. That’s my 2 cents of insight.

  4. I am Virgo my ex is Taurus we haven’t talked since February 28.can we possibly get back this may?

  5. I am Gemini and my partner is Aries. We had a past that got messed up with another involved. But now we are back together again yet this other partner is still very close to my partner though repeating there is little spoken betweenthem . I am having great difficulty with this retrograde since some of the problems from past are definitely still in my present. I am trying to communicate my feelings and think itsaking things worse .. any coments?

    • Check your monthly horoscope to see if Mercury retrograde is directly affecting either of you.

    • So you’re dealing with the other woman still in the picture with an Aries male? I can see your dilemma being an Aries female myself. Retrogrades aside, it sounds like you need to deal with whether it’s healthy to remain in a 3-way relationship. Only you can figure that one out. The current planetary alignments are bringing some very HIGH frequency energies which are challenging all of us to the MAX. Old unresolved issues will come to the surface (you already see that playing out.) These issues are not going away until you have dealt with them. Time to have a heart to heart with your significant other on what’s bothering you. This is your time to shine; don’t let anyone rob you of that. xo

      • I see you say partner which doesn’t imply male. The same advice is still offered.

  6. My birthday is April 25 1986. I’m a Taurus. My ex broke up with me on April 26 2016. He’s a libra. Haven’t talked since. Will we get back together? Should I contact him or wait to see if he contacts me?

    • Libra is an intellectual air sign. You are a sensual earth sign. If he hasn’t contacted you by now, IMO he’s still processing the situation. I know it’s hard to do, but bite your tongue (metaphorically) and don’t contact him. I know you want to, but you’ll be setting yourself up for failure. IF and WHEN he’s ready, he’ll reach out. If he doesn’t, then it’s over and time to move on. Get busy doing other things to take your mind off of the “what ifs” kwim? hugs

    • Rotten timing for you Lisa. Up until May 10, making the first move is good. After that it is better for you to back off for the rest of the month.

  7. I’m a Gemini (birthday 05/22/74) and my ex is a Taurus (birthday 05/09/73). We were together 20 years ago. He attempted to reconnect with me 7 years ago (when we both lived in FL) & I resisted. I reached out to him this past weekend, and he says I’m the “one”, & he still loves me. He’s in FL and I’m in VA now. His feelings seem genuine, and talking to him felt like finding refuge. However, not sure if the opportunity for us to be together has passed us by, and this “window” is just an opportunity for us to resolve some stuff, or if he’s really the “one” and the timing is right now. He seems to be sure of his emotions, but I also sense some hesitation on his part. Could this relationship work now?

    • I’m hoping that Jamie will have a more specific response for you based on your birth data. I’m noticing how many people are coming here with questions about relationships, so I will repeat what I told another person “The current planetary alignments are bringing some very HIGH frequency energies which are challenging all of us to the MAX. Old unresolved issues will come to the surface. These issues are not going away until you (we all) have dealt with them.”
      In life in general, old issues need resolution so that we can find our way forward. With the Grand Trine in Earth at the moment, it sounds like this is activating your partner to reach out. Where it goes from here, only you will know. Sending you peace. xo

      • Thanks April! I was the one who reached out, was not expecting him to be single, and for him to say I’m the “one”. He seems to be taking a step back right now. So I am just trying to be patient, gentle, and kind with myself and with him.

  8. Jamie I have a question. The Hubs is up for a job. His BD is 12/5/48, 4:45 pm, Bakersfield, CA. That’s Sag sun, Aqu moon and Taurus rising. Since we are in the retro cycle (Mercury & Mars), I’m wondering IF he’ll be offered the job and be able to get through all the training required (this is for the government.) What do you think? This will greatly shift both our lives if he gets it. Thanks for all the advice.

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