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Planetary Data

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Next Eclipse on December 26th, 2019 at 12:17:46 AM Eastern Standard Time

Upcoming Major Astrological Events

Astrology Events

Retrograde Schedule

Pluto RetrogradePluto Retrograde
April 24 through October 3, 2019
from 23º 9' to 20º 38' Capricorn

Saturn RetrogradeSaturn Retrograde
April 29 through September 18, 2019
from 20º 31' to 13º 55' Capricorn

Neptune RetrogradeNeptune Retrograde
June 21 through November 27, 2019
from 18º 43' to 15º 56' Pisces

Uranus RetrogradeUranus Retrograde
August 11, 2019 through January 10, 2020
from 6º 37' to 2º 39' Taurus

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
October 31 through November 20, 2019
from 27º 36' Scorpio to 11º 54' Scorpio (Mercury will cross directly in front of the Sun during this retrograde)

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
February 17 through March 10, 2020
from 12º 53' Pisces to 28º 13' Aquarius

Venus RetrogradeVenus Retrograde
May 13 through June 25, 2020
from 21º 50' Gemini to 5º 20' Gemini

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
June 18 through July 11, 2020
from 14º 46' Cancer to 5º 34' Cancer

Mars RetrogradeMars Retrograde
September 9 through November 14, 2020
from 28º 8' Aries to 15º 14' Aries

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
October 14 through November 3, 2020
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).