Mercury Retrograde 2017

 In Body Mind and Spirit

“I know people that run for cover when there is any mention that the planet Mercury is going retrograde. What does mercury retrograde mean and why does it send people into such a tizzy?”

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde is an astrological term

I know people that run for cover when there is any mention that Mercury is going retrograde. If you don’t know astrology, you may have wondered what they were talking about. I didn’t know about this until recently and now I know about it I want to use it to my advantage.

What happens that makes planet Mercury go Retrograde?

All the planets in our solar system move in a continuous orbit around the Sun. Planets always move around the Sun in an anti-clockwise east to west direction. Mercury’s shorter orbit sometimes makes it appear to be moving in a west-east

Mercury’s shorter orbit sometimes makes it appear to be moving in a west-east  direction though, this gives the illusion that Mercury is moving backwards. This illusion can happen for any planet but when it happens with Mercury it is known as a Mercury retrograde.

Planet Mercury rules over all kinds of communication

Planet Mercury is said to rule all types of communication. When Mercury is in retrograde communication of all kinds can get negatively affected – delays, errors, changes, misunderstandings, cancellations. You can see why people are wary of the frustrations that Mercury retrograde can bring.

Why would Mercury retrograde have this effect on communication? Susan Miller from  Astrology Zone says ‘When a planet retrogrades, astrologically it is in a resting or sleeping state. Therefore, while Mercury naps, the activities that it governs don’t have the benefit of a well-functioning, wide-awake planet to supervise them. Expect a certain degree of pandemonium to ensue!’

Do I really believe in all this? Well, it seems to me that it is better to be open minded and to ‘stay in the flow’ with the planets in our solar system as they move through the heavens. ‘As above, so below. It’s clear that the moon has an

It’s clear that the moon has an effect on the water on our planet, so it makes sense that the planets must each have an effect on the other planets in some way. If anything affects the earth then it will effect life on earth too.

Pay attention during Mercury Retrograde and see what happens

I’ve been as objective as I could about the periods of time during Mercury Retrograde and to be honest, once you begin to pay attention to how events in your life change during these phases you start to be more inclined to err on the side of caution and be careful about all matters involving communication when a Mercury Retrograde is about! Who needs all that potential frustration!

What to be careful of during the Mercury Retrograde

Anything to do with communicating is a pretty wide goalpost. The Roman God Mercury was supposedly the patron God of finances, business and commerce, communication and divination, luck, boundaries, deception and theft. Imagine if this Patron god was asleep – chaos would breakout.listening, speaking learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, buying

Be cautious during Mercury Retrograde about listening, speaking learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling and buying, and do it cautiously and carefully. Pay attention to the detail…just in case. This is not the time to do something last minute or do something major with someone that you haven’t a longstanding and trustworthy relationship with.

Think about contracts, agreements, book manuscripts, exams,  school assignments, deeds, policies,  contracts, wills, leases and mortgages.

Mercury also seems to have domain over computers and phones, technology and code, as well as any kind of maps and travel too.

Quite a list of things that could end up in turbulence!

Is Mercury in Retrograde really as bad as they say?

There is a general assumption that Mercury going retrograde is not good for us. That Mercury Retrograde sends all our best laid plans into disarray and that anything under Planet Mercury’s domain will stall, get changed, go bad, or even blow up in our faces altogether. I’m launching another Book soon, am doing teaching events and have plans for travelling quite a lot this year too. Maybe I’ll hedge my bets and not tempt the wrath of Mercury Retrograde…just in case!

Mercury Retrograde dates for 2017

Here are the dates for 2017 when Mercury goes Retrograde. Don’t forget that the weeks leading up to and moving away from the Mercury Retrograde may have echoes of the effect too.

The First one being a carried forward from 2016

•   December 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017 – From earth-sign Capricorn, to fire-sign Sagittarius.

•   April 9 – May 3, 2017- From earth-sign Taurus, to fire-sign Aries.

•   August 12 – September 5, 2017 From earth-sign Virgo, ends in fire-sign Leo

•   December 3 – December 22, 2017 in fire-sign Sagittarius.


Susan Miller AstrologyZone