Mercury Retrograde August 2016 Lucky In Love

Mercury Retrograde 2016The third Mercury retrograde 2016 cycle starts on 30 August 2016 at 29° Virgo and ends on 22 September 2016 at 14° Virgo.

Mercury retrograde August 2016 is the best I have ever seen. Squeezed between loving Venus and lucky Jupiter, you can forget about lost luggage and dive headlong into a romantic cruise on the Love Boat.

Travels, studies and business deals can be undertaken with more confidence than during other Mercury retrograde cycles. Mercury direct does point to some minor adjustments or renegotiation but the fixed stars involved point to profit and even marriage.

Before I go into more detail about Mercury retrograde August 2016, I will talk about what it means to have Mercury retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Mercury retrograde in transit.

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 August 2016

August 10, 2016, Mercury enters shadow zone at 14°49′ Virgo.

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 may be of concern during the retrograde phase.

August 30, 2016, Mercury stations retrograde at 29°04′ Virgo.

The two most fortunate planets in astrology tightly straddle Mercury retrograde to bring love and good fortune to this three-week period. Venus love and harmony will smooth over potential communication mishaps and brings romance to new friendships. Jupiter’s association with journeys and profit take away any concern about Mercury retrograde travel and business matters.

Fixed star Markeb at 29°06′ Virgo in the good ship Argo gives piety, a wide knowledge, educational work and profitable voyages. Markeb also represents a spiritual quest involving learning and sharing of knowledge in the service of others. The Jupiter nature of this thinking person’s star supports any travel, study or business plans during Mercury retrograde August and September 2016.

Mercury Retrograde August 2016

Mercury Retrograde August 2016

Mercury conjunct Venus is the right time to tell someone you love them. You could receive a compliment, letter, invitation, gift or even some money. Trading and negotiating are favored because of your smooth communication style and eye for a bargain. You can find peaceful settlements to disputes and be confident about signing contracts.

This is the perfect time for socializing, making friends and dating. Mercury retrograde makes it more likely that any new relationships will be actually be with old friends or lovers from this life or previous ones.

Mercury conjunct Jupiter brings good news, optimism and a happy frame of mind. Fortune comes to many areas of life so this is an excellent time work and play. You should feel broad-minded, generous and sociable. This lucky aspect ensures the new relationships and business dealings will be blessed and add to your happiness and wealth.

Venus conjunct Jupiter is the luckiest of the lucky. It portends love and money, harmony and happiness. You do not have to strive, struggle or work hard. This is a time to enjoy the benefits of the good karma accrued from  your previous good deeds and hard work. Beautiful things are attracted to you. It further increases the profitability of business matters and makes love the focus of new friendship.

September 22, 2016, Mercury stations direct at 14°49′ Virgo.

This second shadow period lasts until Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on October 6. Areas of life that were a major focus during the Mercury retrograde phase can now be worked on.

Fixed star Mizar at 15°55′ Virgo is important in Hindu astronomy. Along with the neighboring star Alcor it symbolizes marriage. In some Hindu weddings, the priest points these stars as a symbol of the closeness marriage brings to a couple. Relationship commitment is certainly a live option considering the good luck in love associated with Mercury retrograde August 2016.

Mercury Retrograde September 2016

Mercury Direct September 2016

Moon square Mercury suggests some moodiness causing squabbles in close relationships. Such communication problems stem from an internal battle between your heart and your head. Your emotional biases are influencing your thoughts and your intellectual reasoning can influence how your feel about a person or subject. You can take a critical look at both sides as you perfect your ideas.

Mercury trine Pluto gives the power of penetration at the mental level. This could be applied to any planning, business matters or education started during Mercury retrograde. Mercury trine Pluto has a profound influence on relationships, often marking the beginning of a karmic friendship or successful partnership. It also takes your thinking to a deeper level to compensate for the emotional influence of Moon square Mercury.

October 6, 2016, Mercury leaves the shadow zone at 29°04′ Virgo to complete the third cycle of Mercury retrograde 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

28 April to 22 May 2016 – 14 to 23 Taurus
30 August to 22 September 2016 – 14 to 29 Virgo
19 December 2016 to 8 January 2017 – 24 Aries to 4 Taurus

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424 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde August 2016 Lucky In Love

  1. Hi Jamie, reading all these posts and your comments make me think that we really doesn’t have free will in many aspects in our life?If My planets are in some position I will do something without Me making decision about the real thing.Where is our free will then in our life?

    • Being forewarned is always a good thing. The fact that you know about a transit happening helps you because when it happens you know what will manifest and can act accordingly. For example, today Venus just moved into Virgo so it’s at 0 degrees. Let’s say your 7th house is Virgo and your natal sun is also at 0 degrees. Since the 7th house is the house of relationships (marriage/romantic and business partnerships) and Venus (love/pleasure) is transiting over that house and over your natal Sun (ego/your personality at your core) then it could be predicted that you might meet someone romantically who will like you for you.

      If you knew about that transit beforehand you would be able to act accordingly and put yourself out there where you would be likely to meet someone. If you were to sit at home then the transit would just come and go and nothing will likely happen since destiny likely won’t just manifest a man on your doorstep lol.

      • I agree – an illusion. We can always choose to walk away from our path, but that’s just PAINFUL.

      • Good on you Jamie,I agree with you…like no ending Karma, whatever you do (good or bed ) you will manifest something again…I am just thinking whats happens with souls who decide not to reincarnate again for good, is there option like this?Thanks for excellent website and all your input to all of us.All the best.

        • Thank you Danka. I suppose if we did have an option whether or not to reincarnate it would be our soul/super-conscious not our ego or subconscious that decided. The other scenarios depends on something else deciding.

      • Free will is a broad term, how “free” are really our design making? And how much “will” do we really practice and how strong is it?
        Details.. Details…

  2. Thanks Sims, fair enough but Still doesn’t really convinced me in existence of free will , just wisely use of planets configurations;I imagine will be great help knowing all these but then how many people really knows about or have excess to horoscopes etc…looking from this perspective we should all get our natal charts on the birth(together with Birth Certificate) and learn to read day by day planets configurations ….not to miss our Mr right …:)
    .Cheers

  3. Hi Jamie! What if in early September I have someone I like visiting from abroad and possibly beginning a “new” relationship (changing the nature of our relationship to romantic), I mean, the web is overloaded with “NO NEW relationships” during Mercury retrograde warnings, so I’d appreciate your take (Virgo is on my fifth house natally, because I’m early Gemini rising, additional reason why I’m curious even more if your positive interpretation on this particular Mercury retrograde holds true for my case)!

    • Hi Mo, generally it sounds good but I would want to see you chart to know what aspects Mercury retrograde made to your chart.

  4. Hi. This is confusing 🤔. Excuse my ignorance as I know practically nothing about astrology, but you write about avoiding contracts (etc) while Mercury is retrograde, but then go on to talk about Venus and how then it’d be okay to. I’m a Gemini born on June 9th. I’m looking to make a tiny investment in a household item which will require us to a) apply for a new credit card and b) make said purchase online. This would be happening between now and the first part of September. So should or shouldn’t I? 🙂

    • This is a rare Mercury retrograde Adi. In the general description I say don’t sign contracts during Mercury retrograde. But for this particular retrograde I am not so worried because it looks so fortunate.

      You should avoid these dates when you have Mercury square Sun transit (see your monthly horoscope):

      Aug 13
      Sep 15 Retrograde
      Sep 29

  5. Hi Jamie – do you do elective astrology? I’m looking for an astrologer who can help me select the best dates for a dental procedure. I have previously had a botched up root canal and this time I want to make sure I choose dates when the planets are very favourable. Please let me know if you can elect a date or recommend someone. Would like to do the surgery, before Mercury goes Rx or when it’s direct, as it’s in Virgo. I need 2 dates, 1 month apart. My D.O.B is 22/02/1979 at 4.30am, Kisumu, Kenya. Many thanks!

    • I don’t do elective astrology Teressa. Follow your monthly and yearly horoscope and avoid challenging Mercury transits or Saturn transits.

  6. What should I expect if during this retrograde cycle mercury sextiles natal venus and moon, and squares natal sun and mercury?

    • It all comes down to the timing Ben. Love and socializing on the good days. Avoid arguments and important negotiations on the bad days.

  7. Hello Jamie – I was asking you if there’s any second chance in my marriage but today, I got a divorce notice from my wife. I’d like you to tell me if this decision is being taken in haste and she will reconsider in future or she won’t reconsider and no second chance?

    Thank you so much, again and please do provide your guidance/insight into this as this has been eating me slowly since the beginning of this year.

    Also, I looked at the Saturn conjunct Sun transit link but couldn’t find anything related to my case in the comments section. Please let me know if there’s anything specific I should look for.

  8. Hi Jamie , I am a Gemini, born 5.29.1963
    I was trying to understand if it “safe” to start a new relationship on this coming retro .. Or it’s better to wait .

  9. I was curious about a few things re: natal mercury retrograde. Firstly, i was wondering what inspires you to talk about previous lifetime issues coming into this lifetime through having a natal Mercury Retrograde. That would imply, would it not, that everyone born at these regular times of year (ie: August and most Virgos as an example) all struggle with these kinds of issues. Seems a little harsh on certain signs 🙂 Secondly, mercury retrograde going direct in a progressed chart – how long for and can we expect it to return retrograde again later on in life ? I don’t know how to find out what times in my life it was retro and when it went direct. Aug. 24 1964 Thank you Jamie- i’m planning to read your site and all your incredible articles on a regular basis. with gratitude, – Nicole

    • More good questions Nicole. Any planet retrograde says something about previous lives, and I believe we have all had them. It is common to have repeating themes throughout incarnations, for example, there is a belief that we have the same rising star each incarnation.

      Mercury is direct for longer than retrograde and you can find out your progressed dates by taking one day to mean one year from an online ephemeris.

  10. What about having plastic surgery (repairing broken nose) during this mercury retrograde starting on aug.30 2016?
    Thank you in advance for your answer

    • So long as Mercury retrograde does not make challenging aspects to your Uranus or Neptune I think you should be OK.

  11. I have been asked to start a new relationship with a person i have known for 3 years and we both have come out of our serious relationships recently. Should i start our relationship this end of Aug? How do i share my chart details with you? Thanks!

  12. Hi Jamie, in the last 3 weeks, every broken relationship over the last 2 years that needed repair has resurfaced in some way. An ex boyfriend, old best friend, my old coach, “the one that got away,” an old accountability partner, all have reached out for different reasons. Could this Merc retro be the cause? It’s NUTS. I thought I’d “lost” all these people, and grieved each of their exits because they were all so significant. And suddenly they are a part of my life again. I’m 4/13/1979 11:19pm, Baton Rouge LA, USA Any insight into what would cause this and the lesson would be helpful.

    • It sounds like they’re back for a healing. Hopefully, Jamie can tell you the details. Born 4/17, myself. This is the LOVE fest.part. xo

  13. Jamie my bday is 9/23/75 and I found out my boss wants to let me go before the end of my one year contract date of 10/25/16. Her bday is 7/14/67 and it boils down to her feeling my life is better than hers yet she’s an award winning writer and I’m her underpaid live in nanny( saw text msg convo and found out she wants to let me go). So when I get back from a trio 9/6/16 I was going to give my resignation on 9/7/16. Your thoughts.

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