Mercury Retrograde 2016
The following is the scoop on our first Mercury Retrograde January 2016 cycle. As is always the case, Mercury goes retrograde approximately every three and a half months for a period of about three and a half weeks.
Below are the dates for Mercury Retrograde January 2016
– Mercury Entered It’s Pre-Shadow on December 19th 2015
– The first Mercury Retrograde of 2016 occurs in Aquarius (1o 3″) on January 5th at 8:05 am Eastern time
– On January 9th at 2:09 pm Eastern time Mercury Moves Into Capricorn
– Mercury goes direct in Capricorn (14o 55″) on January 25th at 4:50 pm Eastern time
– Mercury leaves it’s Post-Shadow phase on February 14th 2016
There are pluses and minuses to a retrograde cycle of Mercury. On the bright side, this Mercury retrograde January 2016 is a good time to go back and review your past. It is not unusual for people from your past to resurface or to feel the urge to connect with people from long ago. This is also a favorable time for getting caught up with paperwork, clearing out closets and drawers and for digging around in documents that haven’t been touched in a long time. It is also a fine time to edit and fine tune any literary projects.
On the touchy side, we often find a greater tendency for glitches to occur when it comes to communications in general. There seems to be a greater likelihood of misunderstanding, for messages to get lost in the shuffle, or a breakdown in communication. Technological snafus occur in greater numbers as well as transportation issues. As a rule, this is not the best time to start something new or to enter into contracts or agreements. However, it’s unrealistic to think life has to come to a complete standstill during such a cycle. So be on the alert for potential hazards as you move forward.
What to do:
There are several ways of avoiding some of the pitfalls of a Mercury retrograde. Back up your computer. Pay attention to the way you communicate with others and make a point of verifying information. MAKE NO ASSUMPTIONS. Double check data, confirm appointments and be sure you have what you need before heading out on errands and trips to avoid having to backtrack. Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger handy. If you’re making purchases, especially of a technological nature or transportation nature, be sure you’re getting what you’re sure you want or need. Hold on to all receipts, no matter how insignificant they may seem. Pay close attention when you are backing up.
For purposes of the explanation below, the period from January 5th through January 8th will be referred to as Part 1. The period of January 9th through January 24th will be referred to as Part 2.
Keep in mind that this information is generic based on sun signs. If you know your ascendant, you can read up on that sign as well. For the most specific assistance, it’s best to consult your friendly astrologer to learn exactly how this retrograde may impact you. If Mercury isn’t doing anything major in your chart, you may slide by without much difficulty, perhaps just a hiccup. If it’s hitting something important, you may need more of a heads up.
Best of luck during this cycle. Remember: Forewarned is Forearmed!
Read below how this Mercury Retrograde 2016 will effect your Zodiac Sign.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Aries
This is a great time to reconnect with friends from your past or any clusters of people with whom you’ve had past social associations. If you’ve been previously involved in political or humanitarian causes and are considering get re-involved, by all means, check out your options. The climate may be different now.
Pay close attention to how you communicate with bosses and anyone that has an impact on your career, as well as decision makers in general. Don’t be surprised if the powers that be are a bit unreachable or difficult to understand. This may also be an appropriate time to reconnect with previous employers.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Taurus
Watch your interaction with decision makers, bosses and authority figures. They may not be as communicative as you’d like or you could be getting mixed signals from them. Getting in touch with past employers is fitting. If you’re thinking about re-applying for a position, go for it.
This is a good time to reconnect with places distant from your current residence. Making long distance travel plans is not recommended unless you know you’ll have a fall back position. Similarly, travel plans may have to be reworked. Getting in touch with college connections from a long time ago is also helpful.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Gemini
This is a fine time to revisit your college years, such as taking another look at concepts you learned that can be reapplied to present day. Or, reconnect with people you knew from that time in your life. Follow intuitive hunches. Although travel is sometimes glitchy under a retrograde, you could get lucky, especially if you’re revisiting familiar territory.
Review financial matters such as loans, insurance matters or wills. This is also a good window for revisiting dream journals if you have any stashed away or paying attention to hunches that seem to arise from your subconscious mind. These are especially potent if you’re aware of a repeated pattern that has resurfaced.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Cancer
Pay attention to flashes of insight that may have a bit of a deja vu quality about them. These may come through dreams or values expressed by others. It can’t hurt to review insurance policies, loan details or matters of estates, such as wills.
Communication with partners is apt to falter. Either there’s a greater potential for misunderstanding or counterparts may be unresponsive. It might be best to let sleeping dogs lie, as they may be in the process of rethinking their stance.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Leo
Contracts have a good chance of being put on hold or the other party backing out altogether. Watch communication with partners. They may be reconsidering their take on things and therefore not in a position to make hard and fast decisions.
Watch for scheduling adjustments in the workplace or reassignments, possibly at the last minute. Communication with co-workers or people in assistant positions may be problematic. You may have to revisit health issues, such as retake tests, however this isn’t a good time to take an initial test. Results are more likely to be unclear, requiring a re-do.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Virgo
Follow gut instincts to reconnect with past co-workers and pay close attention to communication with existing ones. Technological glitches are more apt to hit the workplace and some rescheduling is likely. Medical tests results are questionable and retesting may be required.
Revisit creative projects such as hobbies. It may be time for a revision or to pull an old project out of storage. An old flame may pop back into the picture or into your mindset. Your inner child resurfaces.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Libra
Trust your intuition if you feel the urge to reconnect with past romantic partners. A new slant, particularly a more innovative one, on an old project, is worth pursuing.
Watch the home front for problems, especially old things that break down and need fixing or replacing. Communication with family members could be tricky. Thoughts of the past could keep you up late at night.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Scorpio
Watch for things breaking down in the home, possibly of a mechanical or technological nature. Family communication could prove problematic. Late night brainstorms keep your mind active.
As you make your way around town, pay attention to your driving. A little back-tracking could also be necessitated. Revise writing projects and double check data, including information sources. Communication with siblings could use some extra attention. Be careful not to draw assumptions.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Sagittarius
Your commute could be a little hairy so pay attention to traffic as well as logistics when you’re out and about. Be careful you don’t leave something behind, requiring some back-tracking. Revise writing projects and double check data for accuracy. Sibling communication is subject to misunderstanding.
Watch your finances and be careful when making purchases. Do your homework and save those receipts. Review financial records and documents for errors. Be careful with debit and credit cards as well as checks, if you still use them.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Capricorn
Watch for glitches when it comes to your financial matters. Review your budget and be on the alert for problems when making purchases. Keep your debit or credit cards safe. Hold on to receipts as they may come in handy down the road.
You may not feel as though you’re on sure footing, especially when it comes to getting the message across to others. Do your best to find alternative ways of saying what you’re attempting to communicate. It’s okay to change your mind.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Aquarius
You’re pretty sure that you’re speaking English but those around you don’t seem to be grasping what you’re saying. So, don’t be surprised if people gaze at you with strange looks. A change of heart may be in order, perhaps due to quirky circumstances.
It might be helpful to go into hiding or at least take some quiet time to rethink things. Those inner voices are eager for some communication with you. It’s okay if you’re not prepared to make hard and fast decisions. Some contemplation is in order first.
Mercury Retrograde January 2016 for Pisces
A little quiet time may be just what the doctor ordered, allowing for some healthy brainstorms or flashes of intuition to materialize. Welcome that urge to go within.
Reconnect with friends from the past or groups with which you’ve had past connections. Social causes that have captured your attention in times past may be ripe for re-visitation.
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