Voxx Astrology: Mercury Retrograde Explained
(2007 Dates Included Below)
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See the Mercury Retrograde Chart for 2007, below.

Dates of Mercury Retrograde in 2007
Retrograde Begins
Date & Time
Position at Start
of Retrograde
Retrograde Ends
Date & Time
Position at End
of Retrograde
Feb 13, 2007
11:38 pm EST
8:38 pm PST
10:13 Pisces March 7, 2007
11:44 pm EST
8:44 PST
25:24 Aquarius
Jun 15, 2007
7:40 pm EDT
3:40 PDT
11:35 Cancer Jul 9, 2007
10:15 EDT
8:15 PDT
02:28 Cancer
Oct 11-12, 2008
12:00 am EST
(Oct 12)
11:13 pm PD
T (Oct 11)
09:04 Scorpio Nov 1, 2007
6:58 pm EST
3:58 PST
23:23 Libra


(Note: You may notice the following traits in others as well.)
Mercury Retrograde Through the Signs
Mercury Retrograde
in Aries
What to Expect


Marked by Ascendant.
Self Awareness
Self Discovery
The Behavior Temperament Appearance
Physical Self

Effect: Mercury retro in Aries brings intellectual confusion and mixups through fiery impulsiveness, undue haste in thought and speech, as this position can be contentious and antagonistic.

There is a tendency to be wordy and often to exaggerate—though unconsciously. An Aries Mercury endows clever lines of thought, but mental order should be cultivated. Beware of a tendency to leap before you look, as the mind may be too vacillating, thus inclined to avoid responsibility.

Mercury in Aries gives a nervous disposition that frequently produces outbursts of temper. If suffering headaches from nervous strain, you would benefit with regular massage and foot reflexology.

All areas of communication are affected, especially in any pioneering activity, or matters requiring decisive action. This period brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds. Documents can go astray. Be sure to carry a diary and refer to it often.

Aries represents our sense of Self, so the first Mercury retrograde will push us to look beyond the physical to determine our true inner self.

Mercury Retrograde
in Taurus
What to Expect


Personal Resources
M ateriality
House or property
Financial matters

Effect: Mercury retrograde in the sign of Taurus, will affect those things ruled by earth sign presided over by the planet Venus.

Love, art, beauty, luxury, wealth, financial security, and stability are associated with this sign.  While Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Taurus, our mental energies are turned within.  During this time the concerns and issues associated with the sign of Taurus will come to prominence and be much on our minds.

Venus is the goddess of love and beauty.  The mirror is one of her symbols.  It also signifies the gaining of self knowledge. 

During the time that Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Taurus, our mental energy will be focused within ourselves.  This will be a time of introspection and reflection.  As Venus of old would have done, we will likely feel the need to gaze upon our own reflection in the mirror of the soul.  When Mercury is retrograde, we are drawn to examine the past, to go over old ground, and to complete those things which are not yet done.

What we value is being weighed in the balance.  To reevaluate our lives at this time is in keeping with the time.  If we keep our introspective focus harmoniously attuned within we will grow in peace, calm, and clarity, which can greatly aid us to know and understand ourselves better.

As we come to know ourselves better we will also come to have a clear understanding of what is of true value to us and to others.  This increase of self knowledge will assist us to make better use of our own talents and abilities, for our talents and abilities are also valuable.  They are our treasures.

One can see how this has a great potential to bring about a deeper sense of security and stability.  If it is to happen without, it must first happen within.  As Mercury Retrograde journeys through the sign of Taurus, we are encouraged to take a second look at what we do to create our circumstances.  This process can assist us to find ways and means of bringing more peace, love, beauty and prosperity into our lives.

This is also a time when we can turn to the beauty and healing energy of nature.  As we use our minds to look within the mirror of the soul and examine our inner nature and the world around us, we will more easily see how we can nurture ourselves and bring about a greater degree of well being.

It is very helpful to take time to meditate regularly.  This quiets the mind and can aid us to cultivate the inner peace and calm associated with the sign of Taurus.  In so doing we create a firm foundation for further growth and development, true security and stability.

Mercury Retrograde
in Gemini
What to Expect


Mental Activity
Immediate environment
Mental aptitudes
Early childhood
Short journeys
Early education

Effect: When Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Gemini, it is in the sign of childhood, and of the spontaneity of childhood. This is a good time to connect with children, to look at old pictures of yourself as a child, and to renew childhood connections. Take another look at how you integrate your inner child’s need for freedom into your productive adult life.

Gemini is also associated with information and with how we process it. Pay attention now to whether your thoughts, attitudes and connections reflect the real you. You can make changes now.

Gemini is the sign of civilization, represented by the city. When we live with such constant outer stimulation and diversion, it is especially easy to lose touch with our centers— and at the same time become more manageable by powers outside of ourselves.

To counteract this, the great psychologist C.J. Jung built himself a house without electricity or running water. He said that to live in a more primitive way puts us in touch with the deeper archetypal forces which move us.

Spending time in nature would be super productive during this Mercury retrograde period. And in your garden. Connecting with our roots in earth can help break through the static of our busy minds. Try going without electricity for awhile. Pay attention to where your food comes from. Patronize farmers’ markets.
Mercury Retrograde
in Cancer
What to Expect


Home & Roots
Home & Hearth
Inner World
Inner security
Domestic affairs
Family life
Parental influence
The past
Private thoughts
Social Houses

Effect: It will be the most emotional time of the year. The challenge will be to think clearly when all these emotions are coming up and all we can do is feel.

All of our emotional insecurities will rise to the surface and this Mercury retrograde along with the eclipses can make us feel like we could easily loose it and emotionally explode. Family issues that we thought we had dealt with will come back again. Old wounds will resurface to be hopefully healed once again on an ever-deeper level.

During the retrograde we will have emotional issues in personal relationships as well. Who is projecting emotional needs on to whom?

This retrograde will help set the stage for the Moon's nodal axis transit through Cancer-Capricorn. Issues of gender roles gender equality and parenting will come up. There are lessons here to balance that inner female and inner male in all of us. And in our patriarchal world it is way past time for balancing with the matriarchy. Issues concerning familial abuse and incest may also come up at this time.

The essence of Cancerian energy is to learn emotional self-reliance. To realize that no matter how "bad" or "good" our relationships may be, no matter what gender we are this lifetime, it is still our own responsibility to take care of our own emotional needs. No matter who we think is "hurting" us it is just the mirror to help us to greater levels of emotional self-relating. So this Mercury retrograde will help us determine where in our emotional relationships we need to relate to ourselves better.

This is the time period to realize our deepest emotional fears and insecurities and face them, to mentally listen inwardly on how to do this.

The time just before Mercury turns direct can give us additional realizations on what we need to do to take charge and create our world from a foundation of emotional self-reliance. The opposite is to try and emotionally control others through domination or subtle manipulations and victimization games. The choice is ours. What will your choice be?
Mercury Retrograde
in Leo
What to Expect


Love affairs
Luck and speculation
Feel special
Fun, Excitement

Effect: Leo represents our self expression and our will power, so the second Mercury retrograde will review our expression and use of will power with regard to our self and others as well as reviews our creative pursuits.
Mercury Retrograde
in Virgo
What to Expect


Service & Health
Daily Life
Work and job 
Self Improvement
Hard work
Service to others
Material learning
Habit patterns
Food and Diet

Effect: Coming Soon.


Mercury Retrograde
in Libra
What to Expect


Marriage Partner
Business Partners
Joint Endeavors
Significant Others
Social Concerns
Attitudes of intimacy
Friends & Public

Effect: Coming Soon.


Mercury Retrograde
in Scorpio
What to Expect


Death & Rebirth
Letting go
Shared resources
Life/Death attitude
Wills & Legacies
House of Change
The Esoteric

Effect: This Mercury retrograde will serve as an opportunity to see how well we have learned our Taurean self-reliance lessons earlier this year. Intimate relationship issues as well as money concerns will come up for review at this time.

Tthis Mercury retrograde cycle can come with some harsh realities in our relationships to people and resources.
Scorpio is one of the relationship signs and it ranges from the worst of controlling, dominating codependencies to the best of soul mates with mutual interdependencies, and of course everything in-between.

Being the psychological detective that Scorpio is, this Mercury in Scorpio retrograde cycle allows us to intuitively search out any areas where we have codependency with other people, situations or things. Why are we attached, especially emotionally? How are we being asked to mentally look at these emotions differently? What situations and/or patterns do we need to metamorphose?

Mercury asks us to again let go of old beliefs and ways of thinking while at the same time letting the new ideas start to come in. With analytical Mercury in emotionally intuitive Scorpio and nebulous Neptune in detached mental Aquarius there is a kind of mutual reception to make major spiritual, mental and emotional breakthroughs.

At its worst, we could stubbornly cling to our old ways of thinking while they crumble apart around us forcing us to look at things differently, especially our emotional attachments.

This Mercury retrograde cycle asks us to find that fine balance in relationships for all concerned. All relationships, including our relationship with money and resources, work best when there is equality of giving and receiving.

At its best, Mercury in Scorpio is excellent at intuiting this.

This is a time period to search for answers to those deep emotional issues and attachments. A time period to search for those ways in which to empower others and ourselves at the same time.
Mercury Retrograde
in Sagittarius
What to Expect


Mental Exploration
Travel & Quests
Expanded horizons
Higher learning
Foreign countries
Higher Mind

Effect: Sagittarius represents our goals and direction as relating to our philosophy. Scorpio requires that we take a closer look to understand what truly is within.
Mercury Retrograde
in Capricorn
What to Expect


Outer World
Worldly standing

Effect: Coming Soon.


Mercury Retrograde
in Aquarius
What to Expect


Friends & Groups
Group creativity
Hopes & wishes

Effect: Coming Soon.


Mercury Retrograde
in Pisces
What to Expect


Spiritual Path
Search for unity
Subconscious mind
Hidden resources
Hidden problems
House of  secrets
Self undoing


This is one of the hardest signs of the zodiac for analytical, left-brain Mercury to pass through, and then for it to be retrograde can get really confusing. It asks us to entirely let go of excess fluff in our head and let our intuition take over. Mercury is comfortable only when it can be rationalizing, making lists, analyzing all the details. So this retrograde tends to make us doubt ourselves. Answers just won't come no matter how much we dwell on the issues in our head.

At this time on Earth (the end of the Piscean Age) Pisces can really be a sign of victimization and martyrdom, or the opposite of con games and lying to the max, so this Mercury retrograde may easily bring up any of these issues for us. Mercury retrograde in Pisces asks who are we trying to fool? How are we fooling ourselves? Where are we not facing reality as our fantasies come crashing down?

This adds to the theme of asking us to let go of old beliefs and realities so new soul viewpoints have room to come in. Perhaps we are realizing our careers are no longer meaningful. We need to create new realities, especially in work and career.

Positively, this retrograde gives us opportunities to "let go and let God/Goddess", to allow our intuition to guide us instead of just ego and rationalization. This is a time period to search for our connection to the larger whole, to ask how our deepest desires need to be revised. Mercury's retrograde through Pisces allows us to realize what dreams and fantasies we can make real and what is not there for us at this moment in time. In other words realigning our desires with new mental realities.

This is the time period for answers to come, to really let our intuitive right-brain guide us through the details of life at the moment.

Mercury Retrograde Explained
Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, as a rule, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens. This year, again, Mercury turns retrograde four times. How confusing! (see box for Retrograde Periods in 2007).

A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this optical illusion.

Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us earthlings, are not particularly uncommon. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon. Mercury retrogrades approximately three times a year. Mercury Retogrades give us the opportunity to review decisions, directions and ideas.

Mercury relates to thoughts, concepts, ideas, and communication. When Mercury retrogrades, we find that many parts of our life are being revised. Often these revisions can be a surprise or throw us back a step. However, these revisions which occur during a Mercury retrograde, are a "course correction: and provide a stop gap measure until we can review situations. During this time of revision change is compounded and confusion is created by our reactions to the ever-changing situations. Thus anything started during this time will ultimately be taken back or even revised further, making a high-frustration time.

The best mode to be in during a Mercury retrograde is one of "non-reaction". Treat the time period as a time of gathering information, yet because the information will be in constant change it would be like trying to comb your hair in a wind storm. Best to wait til the changes stop before attempting to make things orderly.

Therefore, just let the winds of situations blow around you without reacting. Once Mercury turns direct, take a look at the information that is still around at that time and go about putting everything in order, while maintaining the fine art of flexibility.
Mercury retrograde times call for you to recheck everything, anticipate and plan ahead, and to relearn lessons unlearned since the last Mercury retrograde cycle. It is a good time for review and completing ongoing projects. It is NOT a time to start something new. Mercury energies involve the mind, mental processes, communication, travel, speaking, and writing. The Retrograde symbol is "Rx", the same symbol on all medical prescriptions! Physicians until the 15th century had to also be astrologers before they could practice medicine. Plan ahead for these times. So you can do preventive maintenance and schedule, here are the common things that occur, the things Mercury retrograde times are notorious for the following phenomena:

*Communications go awry - phone calls, letters, emails, faxes, conversations are delayed, misinterpreted, blocked. Recheck everything like appointment times, spelling, wording, the words you say.

*Anticipate detours - memory lapses, confusion, failing to listen, failing to confirm, negotiation failures, changing of plans.

*Avoid signing documents, contracts if possible. You can wait 3 weeks, hopefully.

*Expect travel delays, car trouble, delayed plane schedules, reservations that suddenly becoming "missing", transportation difficulties of all kinds.

*Expect problems with messages, books, letters, magazines, documents, neighbors and the near environment.

*BACK up your computer files! This is the time the screen goes blank and there is nothing there!

*Expect the phone lines, cable lines, power lines to have problems.

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