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Upcoming Major Retrogrades

Astrology Events

Retrograde Schedule

Neptune RetrogradeNeptune Retrograde
June 25 through December 2, 2021
from 23º 12' through 20º 24' Pisces

Chiron RetrogradeChiron Retrograde
July 15 through December 19, 2021
from 12º 56' Aires to 8º 26' Aries

Uranus RetrogradeUranus Retrograde
August 20, 2021 through January 14, 2022
from 14º 48' through 10º 49' Taurus

Ceres RetrogradeCeres Retrograde
October 9, 2021 through January 14, 2022
at 12º 8' Gemini through 27º 58' Taurus

Venus RetrogradeVenus Retrograde
December 19, 2021 through January 29, 2022
from 26º 29' through 11º 7' Capricorn

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
January 14 through February 4, 2022
from 10º 19' Aquarius to 24º 23' Capricorn

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
May 10 through June 3, 2022
from 4º 51' Gemini to 26º 5' Taurus

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
September 10 through October 22, 2022
from 8º 55' Libra to 24º 13' Virgo

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
December 29, 2022 through January 19, 2023
from 24º 21' Capricorn to 8º 9' Capricorn

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
April 21 through May 15, 2023
from 15º 37' Taurus to 5º 51' Taurus

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
August 24 through September 16, 2023
from 21º 51' Virgo to 8º 0' Virgo

Mercury RetrogradeMercury Retrograde
December 13, 2023 through January 2, 2024
from 8º 29' Capricorn to 22º 11' Sagittarius

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).