Mercury retrograde 2018 starts on November 16 at 13° Sagittarius and ends on December 6 at 27° Scorpio.Mercury retrograde November 2018 is square Neptune which adds confusion and deception to the usual Mercury retrograde problems like communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items. Moon conjunct Neptune increases the risk of deception and confusion from Mercury retrograde square Neptune.

Mercury retrograde 2018 also brings potential for contamination and poisoning. So expect to see media coverage, litigation and cover ups involving big chemical and drug companies. The role of the media will likely come under scrutiny because of perceived political bias and interference. Before more detail about Mercury retrograde 2018 you can read about Mercury retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Mercury retrograde in transit.

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. 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.

Mercury retrograde in your natal chart 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 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 2018

The three phases of Mercury retrograde 2018:

1st Shadow Period, October 28 to November 16

Mercury Retrograde, November 16 to December 6

2nd Shadow Period, December 6 to 24

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone 28 October 2018 at 27°16′ Scorpio

From now until Mercury stationary 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 Stationary Retrograde 16 November 2018 at 13°29′ Sagittarius

The most important influence on Mercury retrograde November 2018 is Mercury square Neptune. The chart below shows this challenging aspect is very tight with an orb of only 0°13′. It stays within 1° orb from November 13 to 20. Mercury square Neptune distorts your thinking which can confuse and complicate discussions and business dealings. Even giving or receiving instructions can suffer from lack of clarity and misinterpretation. If you must deal with any important business, government or legal matters, seek professional advice or help from a trusted friend.

When dealing with family and friends, try to stick to the basics of communication. Your imagination and potential for deception can lead to sticky situations. This would only increase the level of confusion and insecurity Mercury retrograde already brings, regardless of any planetary aspects. You really must avoid treachery and scandal. Even little white lies could lead to major embarrassment or the need for more convoluted cover ups.

You may also be more susceptible to believing conspiracy theories or strange and extreme spiritual and religious views during Mercury retrograde November 2018. You need to protect yourself against loan sharks or pushy sales people. Psychic vampires may find holes in your aura so stick to more suitable activities for this transit, like music, dance, poetry or creative writing. Drugs and alcohol are a big no-no during Mercury retrograde 2018.



Mercury Retrograde 2018

Moon conjunct Neptune increases your emotionally sensitivity. It greatly increases the risk of deception and confusion from Mercury retrograde November 2018 square Neptune. An inability to block out negative thoughts and feelings of others could make you feel very uneasy or even ill. This heightened sensitivity also makes you more vulnerable to the deception and scandal of Mercury retrograde 2018 square Neptune.

Dreams can turn into fantasies with a life of their own and suspicion can spiral into paranoia, guilt and such self-destructive habits as drug addiction and eating disorders. It will probably be difficult to filter out background noise. But while some psychic impressions may be off the mark, Mercury retrograde 2018 does allow for compassion and empathy. You can be of great help to the victimized and outcast. The emotional comfort you offer will have a healing quality to it.

Your dreams may be extra vivid but challenging to decipher. Romance is possible but remember the difference between fantasy and reality to avoid rejection and embarrassment. Mercury retrograde 2018 square Moon and Neptune suggests contamination, poisoning and infection. So hygiene and cleanliness are important, especially if you already have low immunity. You could be more susceptible to pathogens and the effects if drugs, alcohol and anesthetics.

Poisoning, contamination and illness caused by chemical will likely be subjects of debate and conspiracy theories during Mercury retrograde November 2018. Expect to see media coverage, political scandal, advertising, propaganda, litigation and cover ups involving big chemical and drug companies. There will probably be new revelations about the long-term effects of plastics and other chemicals on the environment, and especially on the health of children.

Moon square Mercury increases the likelihood of disagreements during Mercury retrograde 2018 because of because of parochialism or moodiness. You may feel very opinionated on a particular subject and care little what others think. However, this is not a good time to be preaching to others and telling how they should think or act. Your emotional biases can influence your thoughts and intellectual reasoning.

Finally, Mercury retrograde 2018 square Moon and Neptune is going to have ramification for the media and how the public perceives the media. The role of the media in swaying public opinion will likely come under scrutiny because of perceived political bias and interference.

Mercury stations retrograde conjunct fixed star Alwaid at 12°12′ Sagittarius. According to Robson, this Nebulous Star in the Dragon’s Eye gives loss of property, violence, criminal inclinations and accidents. This is not a strong influence because the orb is over 1°. But Mercury stays within orb of this star in for November 10 to 22. The fixed stars generally do not have such a strong influence on planets when they station retrograde or direct. The impact is less dramatic or intense because it is spread over a larger amount of time.

Mercury Stationary Direct 6 December 2018 at 27°16′ Scorpio

Mercury direct brings to an end the deceptive and confusing influence of Mercury retrograde square Neptune. The chart below shows Mercury direct quincunx Uranus. This suggests plans will need adjusting because of new information since Mercury retrograde 2018. A different way of looking at things may lead to changing opinions. Being more open to different ideas and new possibilities will cause some confusion and indecision.

However, Mercury direct trine Chiron suggests that higher awareness and empathy will bring greater understanding and agreement. Mercury trine Chiron gives healing hands and healing words. It also means people will notice you are listening to them, and this alone can have a healing influence. This is a good time to resolve relationship problems that arose during the retrograde phase. Business and legal matters will be easier to deal with now without the deception and confusion of Mercury retrograde 2018 square Moon and Neptune.




















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