Mercury retrograde – Another chance to slow down and reflect

Mercury retrograde is always a reminder to listen, learn, clean up and sort. In the practical, earthy sign of Taurus this is even more so. Much of the retrograde will, however be in Aries, a more confrontive sign than Taurus. Before and after the actual time when Mercury goes direct (April 25th – May 12th) Mercury will be conjunct Uranus, planet of revolution and revelation. The combination of Taurus and Aries here makes me think that we should be paying attention to protecting and caring for the things we deem as valuable because there will be many unexpected changes once it goes direct on May 3rd.



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When is Mercury Retrograde in 2017?

Bracken House - London

Bracken House – London (Photo credit: Remko van Dokkum)

When is Mercury Retrograde in 2017?

When is it Retrograde in 2017?  Mercury is retrograde 3 times in 2017.   Make a note and plan around these dates!:

April 09, 2017 – May 3, 2017
Shadow from: Mar. 28  May. 21

August 12, 2017 – September 05, 2017 28
Shadow from: Jul. 25  – Shadow till:  Sep. 19

December 03, 2017 – December 23rd 2017
Shadow from: November 15   –  January 11  2018

If you would like to boost your energy throughout these retrograde periods join Julie and I for our Aligned for Mercury Retrograde Healing Sessions.  We use Resonance Repatterning to help all participants align with the energy and make the most of it.


Does Mercury Retrograde make you anxious?  Repatterning can help. Read our latest blog post.

The energy for all your efforts will flow more smoothly during these times if, where possible you postpone taking new initiatives,  launching new projects, taking major trips, signing contracts or buying big things.  Sometimes of course this is not possible in which case you want to be aware of all the details, do your research and make sure you aren’t acting out of fear or desperation. An astrologer can give you specific details of how this influence will play out in your life.

Generally, it’s a great time to take stock and put things in order.  Remember, to every cycle there is a beginning middle and an end.  To make a smooth transition from one period to the next it is helpful to appreciate where we have been, name our regrets, and revise our plans before moving forward.  Often after a busy period of launching a new project, working extended hours, and pushing the envelope on life, our environment suffers.  Your desk may be a mess, you’ve put off routine maintenance tasks or have not had time to get things fixed.  A Mercury retrograde period can make for a very elegant transition period.  Cleaning out closets and drawers, organizing your home and office, getting things fixed or repaired are all great Mercury retrograde activities. It’s an excellent time to edit your life.

So before starting the next year, use these dates to plot and strategically arrange important events such as  major purchases and significant business initiatives. Use the retrograde periods to actively plan, evaluate, and put life back in order.

Your questions, comments and insights are welcomed.

With love and light,

Carolyn & Julie

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Mercury Retrograde December 19th 2016- January 8th 2017

This Mercury Retrograde period starts at 15 degrees of Capricorn, which is mighty close to an exact conjunction with Pluto. Pluto is ponderous and deep. It suggests we take a good, long almost meditative look at the circumstances of the moment. Given that it’s the holidays many memories both good and bad can arise, unbidden from the cashes where they are stored. Mercury retrograde suggests that there is nothing that needs to be done about the past but there is great power in respecting that this is where we come from, these are the nutrients that have made us what we are. As Mercury journeys through the past it will sextile Neptune on December 26th suggesting opportunities to see things from a nonlinear perspective. The conjunction with the Sun, always the most significant day of the retrograde period, occurs on December 28th just before the New Moon. This conjunction happens along with a sextile to Mars. Mars is action. The conjunction with the Sun is about renewal. It’s as if the marching orders have been issued but it’s not yet time to march. First you must understand or resonate with whatever it is you are meant to be responsible for. On January 3rd Mercury will sextile Venus and on the 4th it retrogrades back to Sagittarius where it will make the station and go direct on the 8th. The sextile suggests kindness as well as beauty. The return to Sagittarius reminds us that the vision we have of the future compels us forward even though it is unlikely that things will turn out exactly as we imagine. Once Mercury goes direct we generally have a sense of moving more easily toward the future we have been thinking about.

Given the time of year there might be lots of things to return to the store. Spend some time with what you have before you rush to turn it into something else. There may be someone who would love it even if you don’t! This Mercury retrograde is about renewal: The renewal of our ability to respond to the world as it is and step up to what that requires rather than to try desperately to make it something other than it is.


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Now that Mercury is direct

On my list of things I have patiently waited to start, launch or act on….

  • Launch an online webinar “The Tech Savvy Practitioner”
  • Start 5 sewing projects (but I was good at planning them all out and doing alterations to the patterns!) – a light fall jacket, a teal plaid 2 piece outfit and another quilt
  • Work with Julie in a pilot to bring one of her amazing Astrology classes online in November.

During this past Mercury retrograde, I did have a few stumbles, but easily flowed around them – Did not have my debit card at the checkout of a store, mild panic, but found it quickly at home and went back to the store.  The delay, took me into the time of day when the library would be open so the second trip the Library run was accomplished as well.

I made pattern alterations as noted above and while I thought these were an easy 1 hour job, it took days. However, the gift here is that in puzzling over the fixes, i managed to resolve a long standing issue to accommodate narrow shoulders.  It was a huge insight.   A lot can happen when we are aligned.

With light and love


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