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Retrograde Schedule

Neptune Retrograde
June 18 through November 24, 2018 Neptune Retrograde at 17º 0' Pisces at 7:26 PM ET.
Uranus Retrograde
August 7, 2018 through January 6, 2019 Uranus Retrograde from 2º 34' Taurus to 28º 36' Aries.
Venus Retrograde
October 5 through November 16, 2018 Venus Retrograde from 10º 50' Scorpio to 25º 15' Libra.
Mercury Retrograde
November 17 through December 6, 2018 Mercury Retrograde at 1:02 AM ET - Retro from 14º 0' Sagittarius to 27º 21' Scorpio.
Mercury Retrograde
March 5 through March 27, 2019 Mercury Retrograde from 29º 36' Pisces to 16º 13' Pisces.
Mercury Retrograde
July 7 through August 2, 2019 Mercury Retrograde from 4º 25' Leo to 23º 59' Cancer.
Mercury Retrograde
October 31 through November 20, 2019 Mercury Retrograde from 27º 36' Scorpio to 11º 39' Scorpio (Mercury will cross directly in front of the Sun during this retrograde).
Mercury Retrograde
February 17 through March 10, 2020 Mercury Retrograde from 12º 53' Pisces to 28º 13' Aquarius.
Venus Retrograde
May 13 through June 25, 2020 Venus Retrograde from 21º 50' Gemini to 5º 20' Gemini.
Mercury Retrograde
June 18 through July 11, 2020 Mercury Retrograde from 14º 46' Cancer to 5º 34' Cancer.
Mars Retrograde
September 9 through November 14, 2020 Mars Retrograde from 28º 8' Aries to 15º 14' Aries.
Mercury Retrograde
October 14 through November 3, 2020 Mercury Retrograde from 11º 40' Scorpio to 25º 57' Libra.

Mercury Retrograde and Astrology

When Mercury is the ruler of the mind, communication, and short trips. When he is in retrograde there can be travel delays, misunderstandings, computer crashes, internet mix-ups, and sometimes even wrong decisions. But, Mercury's retrograde can also bring positives into our lives. When Mercury is in retrograde, its time to look at the past. Some may find themselves reminiscing down memory lane, and others may find themselves reuniting with ex lovers or old friends. Its also a great time for spiritual connections and "ghost hunting," because the veil between us and the other side gets thinner. Often things initiated during a Mercury retrograde will fizzle out, so its not a good time to change jobs or make major investments.

All of the planets except the Sun and the Moon will go retrograde every now and then. When a planet is passing us, or we are passing it in our orbits, it appears to be moving backwards. Its similar to when you pass a car on the freeway, and for a few moments while you are passing, the car appears to be moving backwards. So, basically, when a planet is in retrograde, its orbit is close to the earth (and possibly adding a little more gravitational tug). That's why we notice those retrogrades.

Mercury is a fast little planet. His orbit around the Sun takes about 88 days, and he usually turns retrograde about 3 or 4 times a year. Venus and Mars actually turn retrograde about every 2 and 1/2 years, but because they don't do is as often, they don't get the attention Mercury gets.

Mercury's retrograde lasts approximately 24 days. The first day of his retrograde is called retrograde station, and the last day of his retrograde is called direct station. When a planet is at it's stations, it is practically burning a hole in the universe. That is why these days are considered the most difficult. Some astrologers also look at the entrance (the day the planet crosses into the retrograde zone) and the exit (the day the planet moves forward past the retrograde zone).

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The Planets Now
17 October 2018 at 22:37 GMT
24 Lib 30' 11"
07 Aqu 22' 55"
11 Sco 55' 50"
07 Sco 56' 59" R
13 Aqu 36' 14"
25 Sco 24' 06"
03 Cap 54' 39"
00 Tau 48' 18" R
14 Pis 05' 03" R
18 Cap 49' 37"
29 Pis 03' 04" R