Mercury Retrograde 2018

Mercury Retrograde 2018Mercury retrograde 2018 starts on July 26 at 23° Leo and ends on August 19 at 11° Leo. Mercury retrograde July 2018 could be an upsetting time because of unexpected changes making you nervous and angry. Stationary Mercury retrograde makes no planetary aspects and no fixed star conjunctions. But a very challenging T-square aspect pattern on that day between the Sun, Mars and Uranus will exacerbate the standard Mercury retrograde problems like communication misunderstanding and the breakdown of mechanical and electrical machines.

Mercury retrograde July 2018 comes with an increased risk of arguments, conflict and accidents. Use common sense, caution and patience to avoid rash actions, over reactions and risk taking. Be ready for the unexpected by staying open-minded and flexible. This will make it easier to adjust your plans in response to changing circumstances. Mercury direct has a very calming influence that will return harmony to your relationships and your life in general.

Natal 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 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. 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 could be a shy, quite 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.

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 other parties won’t 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 2018

Mercury enters the retrograde zone on July 7, 2018 at 11°31′ Leo. Now until Mercury stationary retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this time you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase.

Mercury stationary retrograde on July 26, 2018 at 23°27′ Leo. The chart below shows no aspects to Mercury stationary retrograde. There are no fixed stars within two degrees of Mercury either. So Mercury retrograde July 2018 will be much the same as described above for transiting Mercury retrograde: Communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items.

Mercury Retrograde July 2018

Mercury Retrograde July 2018

The strongest influence in the chart above is the red T-square aspect pattern focused on Uranus, which is square the Sun-Mars opposition. This will increase the risk of unexpected changes leading to tension and anger. It increases the risk of temper tantrums, arguments and over reacting to provocation. Mercury retrograde is associated with accidents and the breakdown of machinery and electrical items. The T-square will also increase the risk of these things. Therefore, you must take extra care when using dangerous machinery or driving if you are upset or angry.

Sun opposite Mars increases your level of assertiveness in achieving your strongest desires. Use patience, tactics and a more subtle approach to avoid risk taking and acting rashly. Other people may try to assert themselves over you, especially if you are the quite or submissive type. Be open and honest about your strong desires to avoid arguments. Sexual activity, exercise, sport and hard physical work are other ways to channel this aggressive energy.

Sun square Uranus stresses the need for open-mindedness and flexibility. A buildup of nervous tension can result in unpredictable behavior which can lead to abruptness, rapid changes in direction and even accidents. So this is not the best time for tinkering or experimenting with mechanical and electronic devices. If your car or computer malfunctions, don’t pull it apart yourself. Outbursts of anger would show a scary and unexpected side of your nature if this impulsive and rebellious energy gets the better of you.

Mars square Uranus further increases the urge to break free from restriction and rebel against authority. A tendency to act rashly without regard for the consequences can lead to great disruption and even violence. You cannot restrain this erratic energy so must express your crazy, creative or inventive side in a safe environment. So find a creative outlet socially, sexually or through a hobby. Avoid impulsive actions and taking dangerous risks. Lack of attention and concentration can lead to accidents, especially as when driving or working with electricity or technology. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Applying this T-square to Mercury retrograde brings aggressive thoughts and angry words. It makes people unreliable, provocative and rebellious. Expect people to change plans without notice and miss appointments without notice or explanation. Your phone or computer may malfunction and you internet connection may be erratic.

There is a greater risk of cars breaking down and of motor vehicle accidents. Your bus, train or plane may be delayed or your Uber driver may get lost. People will generally lack patience, be more irritable and short-tempered during this Mercury retrograde phase from July 26 to August 16, 2018. However, most care is needed while Mercury is stationing retrograde, from at least July 24 to 28.

Mercury Stationary Direct on August 16, 2018 at 11°31′ Leo. The chart below still shows Mars square Uranus but at a much wider orb, and therefore weaker influence. There is much more harmonious blue in the chart, including Mercury direct sextile Venus. With no fixed star influence again, this peace-loving aspect is the strongest influence on Mercury stationary direct.

Mercury Retrograde 2018

Mercury Direct August 2018

Mercury sextile Venus will calm your nerves and help solve and relationship problems caused by the rebellion and anger of the Mercury retrograde phase. This fun-loving and friendly influence lowers stress and returns harmony to your relationships. It will therefore be easier to express your love and affection. This Mercury direct phase is a great opportunity to resolve conflict and break down barriers to progress.

Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on September 2, 2018 at 23°27′ Leo.

If Mercury retrograde 2018 affects your decan I will discuss it in your monthly horoscope. For more detail on how Mercury retrograde March 2018 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2018 Dates

  • December 3 to 22, 2017 – 13° to 29° Sagittarius
  • March 22 to April 15, 2018 – 4° to 16° Aries
  • July 26 to August 18, 2018 – 11° to 23° Leo
  • November 16 to December 6, 2018 – 27° Scorpio to 13° Sagittarius

696 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde 2018

  1. My progressed mercury is currently retrograde and stationed to go direct at 14 Aries. I am wondering if this retrograde will be significant for me as the retrograde on March 22 is so close? Thank you

  2. Being Merc rx natal, which is not particularly uncommon, I also have found that unlike the majority with Merc direct, it is often more beneficial partly because of feeling at home reviewing & thinking deeper naturally, yet seems to be also that so long as careful to be aware of any karmic debt or keeping the conscience clear, through communications, even if one seems to have been overlooked or missed out on because of not being rude or aggressive yet that person place thing was untended for them the “neccessary repair work” will often be forced on others who were not listening or being the obstacle because they can, to rectify the situation & be given accordingly? Its the Saturnine ethical half of Karma, more than morally usually, however from what you have written here Jamie & I thank you for that, it seems this may encompass both more equally, due to the Venus/ Pluto aspect effectively. I have a very strong Saturn in my chart, (29 Cap, 3rd house) as a yod nozzle with Sun at beginning of 9th & North node at end of 10th, which literally freezes me to the spot if I even entertain an unethical motivation or route, which I think has helped me to gain a very indepth understanding, I honestly cannot bare to feel I have caused hurt or harm to anyone or any life, intentionally or unwittingly, I literally feel sick, a couple of times I physically havebeen when I realised what I have said or am made aware of what others thought I said? Yeah this is one I have learned well the hard way. So I thought Id share, because this may well prove to be quite rewarding for myself or others like myself who are often taken advantage of or made the scape goat of responsibilty that belongs elsewhere. Not that I get any joy from those who suffer karmic rebound, at all, its simply that it is time for a fair go for me, also to be free from pergatory (Libra Asc, Libra moon 12th house). I actually spontaneously shed tears of relief reading this, so something “moved me” to do so. Thank you Jamie.

  3. I also perceive the Mercury conjunct Venus in aspect to Pluto as an expression of ” the style in which we are becoming or is it actually quite unbecoming…” which may not be pretty… 😉

  4. I will have retro Mercury transit conjuct my natal Mercury this March and april. can U tell me something about that?
    transiting to 8th house

  5. I have Mercury Retro Natal – so true all you have written – apart from the communication problems – living in a country other than my birth, I have huge huge problems with neighbours, who are in fact extended family. Thanks Jamie for another fantastic article.

  6. I have natal Moon at 5 deg Aries 16′, in 9th house and Sun 21 deg Cap 17′, in 6th house. Sun/Moon Quintile

    Those of you wondering about the Mercury stationary direct April 15, Mercury will be Quintile Pluto at 21 deg Cap 16′

    the Sun/Moon Quintile i’ve lived with all my life, which has, as a midpoint, last years (Aug 21) and this years (Feb 15) Solar Eclipse, is now conjoined Pluto and Mercury April 15.

    Jamie, if you could? Go out of your comfort zone and describe a Quintile between Mercury and Pluto on this day… i would sincerely appreciate this. Perhaps add the detail of the role of Venus in this configuration?

    My intuition is that this is a good time to Think Outside the Box. We may be presented with Information that allows us to disengage from traditional thoughts. I encourage people reading this post to prepare for a remarkable, one-of-a-kind period when Mercury stations direct, Mid April.

    • Gerald, intrigued by your very opposite chart to mine. Moon 5 Libra, Sun 21 Cancer. So, what has happened? and midpoint surely is 27/28 Libra. Pluto on your Sun, it will be your way or the highway, no way of stopping that power. watch out.! Regards Lynne. ps. if you are old enough, effect of Chiron in 1970 on your moon please.

      • Hello Linny,
        What happened in April? This story by Caitlin Johnson summarizes the Sun/Moon Quintile we have.

        “Well I’ll be damned. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening all of a sudden.”

        In 1970 I remember watching the Beatles being driven around in lumousines as the news man talked about the imminent breakup. And I remember being scared when my parents were fighting because our family had grown in size quickly and the house was too small. We moved the next year to a larger place.

        Fwiw my Moon is conjunct Juno. People studying the USA might want to look at the Declaration of independence progressed chart. Moon and Juno are conjunct at the Winter solstice point.

        Thx for you reply, cheers.

      • Hi Linny
        Caitlin Johnson wrote an article called Happy Universe Day towards the end of April which summarized some of the things that went on that could be described as a Mercury stationary direct in Aries quintile Pluto.

        In 1970 I was 7 or 8, worried about the Beatles breakup. Stress in the family weighed on me too, until we moved to another larger house the following year.

  7. Hi Jaime,

    This is going to be a huge Mercury Retrograde for me. I was born during Mercury Retrograde. My Sun, Ascendant, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are all in Leo. What are your thoughts. This should be interesting.

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