Mercury Retrograde 2017 Eye of the Dragon

Mercury Retrograde 2017 Dragon EyeMercury retrograde 2017 starts on December 3 at 29° Sagittarius and ends on December 22 at 13° Sagittarius. I chose the image above to represent Mercury retrograde 2017 because Mercury stations retrograde on a fixed star called Etamin, the Right Eye of the Dragon in Constellation Draco. That is nothing that special but Mercury stationing direct on the Left Eye of the Dragon 19 days later certainly is. Draco Constellation will have a strong influence on the astrology of Mercury retrograde December 2017.

Mercury stations retrograde right next to Saturn to make this a sombre retrograde phase with serious thinking and discussions. This fits very well with Draco Constellation because it gives a penetrating and analytical mind. This is an excellent few weeks for deep research and investigation. You can use this time to uncover the truth of a matter or rediscover ancient knowledge.

However, Mercury retrograde 2017 will bring especially bad travel restrictions and delays as well as general bad news and sorrow. I discuss Mercury retrograde December 2017 below, followed by the meaning of Mercury retrograde in your birth chart and then Mercury retrograde in transit.

Mercury Retrograde 2017

Mercury enters the retrograde zone on November 14, 2017 at 13°00′ Sagittarius. From now until when Mercury stations retrograde is 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. [see chart]

Mercury Retrograde December 2017

Mercury stations retrograde on December 3, 2017 at 29°18′ Sagittarius. Mercury aligns with an esoteric star in Constellation Draco the Dragon. However, the strongest influence is a conjunction to Saturn. This is generally a challenging influence but positive aspects to Mars and Uranus will make Saturn less restrictive and more expressive.

Mercury conjunct Saturn brings critical thinking which is best applied to serious or challenging mental work. Without a productive outlook for your intellect, your mind may dwell on negatives. Such negative thinking can lead to depression and difficulties communication. Harsh or critical words can cause relationships problems like coldness, isolation or rejection.

Mercury retrograde compounds the problem of negative thinking. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury–Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde. Therefore, Mercury retrograde 2017 conjunct Saturn means darker thoughts, a morbid outlook and melancholy. It makes communication more difficult because of abruptness, nasty words and arguments.

The key to dealing with this heaviness is positive thinking and keeping your mind busy. When dealing with others it is more important than ever to listen carefully and think twice before speaking. What you may think is friendly teasing will likely be hurtful to others. A simple multiplication error or spelling mistake could have serious consequences.

It is important to show respect, especially for authority, tradition and your ancestors. Retrograde motion and Saturn are both associated with the past. This means you can use your memories and experience to solve problems and find practical applications for your ideas. This is a good for past life regression, passing on your knowledge, paying back or collecting old debts, writing your will and for handing down family heirlooms.

Mercury retrograde December 2017 conjunct Saturn will also make other general Mercury retrograde problems worse, especially transport problems such as travel delays and restrictions. Communication and technology breakdowns could range from losing your cell phone to massive internet hacks and interruptions in satellite transmissions.

Fixed star Etamin at 28°11′ sits between Mercury retrograde and Saturn. This orange star in the Right Eye of the Dragon gives a liking for solitude. Ebertin says that Saturn with this star can bring dishonor, downfall and loss of prestige. However, with good aspects to Saturn:

this star is said to be helpful for mental concentration and gives a liking for philosophical and esoteric studies. [1]

We know the ancients gave special significance to this star in their worship. Temples at Thebes in Egypt were aligned to its rising from at least 3500 B.C.  The same occurred in the Greek city of Thebes from 1130 B.C. “Thebes” literally means City of the Dragon.

Mercury retrograde December 2017 conjunct Saturn on the fixed star Etamin is ideal for study and research, especially for finding and understanding ancient knowledge. Mercury retrograde 2017 is a good time to study history, mythology, cultural and religious beliefs, secret societies, star lore and astrology. Mercury retrograde December 2017 is good for hermits and druids.

Mercury Retrograde 2017

Mercury Retrograde December 3, 2017

Mercury sextile Mars speeds up your mind and reflexes, giving a strong sense of purpose and initiative. You can do a lot of work in a short amount of time, especially anything requiring a little extra effort to get started. This is an ideal time to get things done that have put off in the past. Things you know you should do, things that you feel guilty about for not doing.

Mars gives the energy and courage to break down the Saturn barriers to communication. You should be more direct in asking for what you want or telling people your side of the story.  You will be able to take on the kind of daring actions that you would otherwise be too shy or cautious about. Mercury conjunct Saturn is overly shy and cautious, wanting to study every detail. Mercury retrograde December 2017 sextile Mars will help you take decisive action. You can take daring risks or stand up for your rights.

Mercury trine Uranus opens up your mind to new possibilities. While Saturn has a sobering influence on your thinking, Mercury retrograde December 2017 trine Uranus will have a very stimulating, electrifying effect on your thinking and communications. Keeping an open mind increases your chance of making new discoveries and making new friends.

Mercury Stations Direct

Mercury Stations Direct on 22 December 22, 2017 at 13°00′ Sagittarius. This second shadow period starts with a challenging planetary aspect, a square to Neptune. There is also a fixed star influence and amazingly it comes from another Draco star, this time the Left Eye of the Dragon. Mythology and religion have many stories about left and right eyes meaning good and evil depending on various variables.

Fixed star Alwaid at 12°11′ Sagittarius has a destructive influence similar to Saturn and Mars. Robson said it gives loss of property, violence, criminal inclinations and accidents. Given this strong Draco influence on the retrograde and direct stations of Mercury, the general influence of the Constellation should apply to Mercury retrograde December 22017. According to Robson:

Draco gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. [2]

Mercury Retrograde 2017

Mercury Direct December 22, 2017

Mercury square Neptune causes mental confusion. This is not surprising coming after a retrograde phase of fear but also deep research and serious questions. It means that the information learned during the retrograde phase will challenge your old ideas and lead to more questions. If your old ideas about your reality are threatened, you will now be more susceptible to believing conspiracy theories or strange and extreme spiritual and religious views.

It would be better to wait until Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on January 22 before coming to conclusions or making final decisions. Distorted thinking and an overactive imagination will only increase your level of confusion and insecurity. If things do not make sense you should wait for things to become clearer. Avoid making things up or believing anything just to satisfy your rational mind or to answer questions from others. Even little white lies could lead to major embarrassment or the need for more convoluted cover ups.

Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on January 10, 2018 at 29°18′ Sagittarius. This chart for the end of Mercury retrograde 2017 shows Mercury conjunct Saturn though not as closely as when Mercury stationed retrograde. Unlike the previous charts, this one has many good aspects for finding the truth and being confident about your decisions. The Sun, Venus and Pluto sextile Mars and Jupiter will give a very powerful self-confidence to know what is real, especially about your feelings for another person. Moon trine Neptune means your intuition will also be reliable.

If Mercury retrograde December 2017 affects your decan I will discuss it in your monthly horoscope. For more detail on how Mercury retrograde 2017 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2017 Dates

August 12 to September 5, 2017 – 28° Leo to 11° Virgo
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

Mercury Retrograde December 2017

Mercury Retrograde 2017

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 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 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.

Mercury Retrograde December 2017 Transit

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.

  1. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.70.
  2. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.43, 194.

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