Mercury Retrograde Meaning – Natal and Transit

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

This article is about Mercury retrograde meaning in the natal chart and in transit. See this post for Mercury retrograde in March 2019.

Natal Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury retrograde suggests there may have been a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions. Perhaps you 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. A repeating theme of challenging events related to your past is likely, especially when young. The aim of Mercury retrograde natal is 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.

Natal Mercury retrograde meaning can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing and comprehension. You could be a shy, quiet person whose thoughts have turned in. 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. Use this ephemeris to see if Mercury changes direction in your progressed chart.

Transiting Mercury Retrograde Meaning

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. The illustration below shows the apparent retrograde motion of Mercury as seen from Earth.

Mercury Retrograde Motion

Mercury Retrograde Motion

Mercury retrograde brings 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 might 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 others may be unreliable or dishonest. 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 2019 Dates

740 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde Meaning – Natal and Transit

  1. Hi Jamie,
    If someone has Mercury Rx at birth, but it is conjunct Uranus (4°42′), does this aspect make it easier to overcome Mercury Rx difficulties and break free from past karma ? Thank you! Asti

    • Me as Mercury Retrograde conjunct Jupiter in Aries, in my experience, I experienced overcoming the hardship of my Mercurial energy easily, as I tend to learned a lot in the past!

      • That would indicate a broad mind , and Jupiter is good natured and a benefic.I would imagine that you would have an unusual sense of humor .( in a good way of course.)

    • Someone who has Mercury Retrograde conjunct Uranus can overcome Mercury Retrograde struggles if he or she works well in Mercurial energy, yes, that’s true, it can!

  2. To me mercury retro.seems slot like mercury conjunct Uranus .It can denote a type of genius or border on the insane.I would recommend staying away from drugs , ( especially psychedelic types ) and a lot of down time for the mind of these individuals.It could be a great blessing or a curse depending on how u nurture it.

  3. That would be a very interesting individual no doubt ! I wouldn’t be able to imagine what the conversation would be like.Thanks for your observation !

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