Mercury Retrograde 2012

Dates and Deets

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March 12th to April 4th, 2012
  • Shadow: 23 Pisces, February 27
  • Retro Station: 6 Aries, March 12
  • Direct Station: 23 Pisces, April 4
  • Release: 6 Aries, April 23
July 15th to August 8th, 2012
  • Shadow: 1 Leo, June 27th
  • Retro Station: 12 Leo, July 15
  • Direct Station: 1 Leo, August 8th
  • Release: 12 Leo, August 22
November 6th to November 26th, 2012
  • Shadow: 18 Scorpio, October 19th
  • Retro Station: 4 Sagittarius, November 6
  • Direct Station: 18 Scorpio, November 26th
  • Release: 4 Sagittarius, December 15th
Once More, With Feeling!

There are three Mercury retrograde cycles in 2012, all in fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius). Sound familiar? The Mercury retrogrades in 2011 were also all in fire signs.

When Mercury is in fire signs, the chances skyrocket for outbursts of enthusiastic communication. The instinctual mind has its say. The burning truth comes out impulsively and all lit up. There is vitality to conversation. During a retrograde, that spark returns, and can lead to raw or heartfelt expression. It's a time to review your philosophy, and pick up dropped threads of inspiration!

March 12th to April 4th: Mercury in cardinal Aries is quick to grok what's going on. The messenger's retrograde here, then, hits the rewind for another bold stare and assessment. The mental vacay is for finding your emphatic voice.

That's the one that has a charge, is motivating and single-focused. Aries is Springs first burst, so expect things to dawn on you, without knowing how. Ideas seem to originate from within, fire you up, and propel you forward.

It's a time to spot the essential meaning of anything, and declare it. It could bring fated encounters with people who you've needed to confront, for a second chance to change the story.

If you beat around the bush last time, this time you can tell it like it is.

There can be synchronicity that provokes you to respond in challenging situations. We may have to tell difficult truths that others don't want to hear. We could find ourselves in the role of catalyst, but at first it might feel like we've kicked a bees nest.

It's a break from towing the line, or pretending you're somebody you're not. You receive impressions from your original source, strong and urgent. These can guide you to greater authenticity, and give you confidence in your own mind.

Rx periods can create an atmosphere ripe for misunderstandings, delays, frustrations, mix-ups. With Aries, these could lead quickly to "fighting words!" The first flash may not be the full story. If at all on edge, take time to come down before reacting.

July 15th to August 8th, 2012 Mercury in Leo (retrograde) remind us what we truly love. This respite cycles you back to your own unique story. It's time to journal, and reflect on your ambitions, how you shine, and what you long to create.

Some serendipity happens that puts you in the spotlight. You reconfirm your talent for leading and encouraging others. You help someone see their own uniqueness.

Children, or another kind of pride and joy -- like your artistic creation -- becomes a preoccupation. This could be time to revive a creative idea, give yourself a pep talk, and make plans to bring it to fruition.

November 6th to November 26th, 2012: Mercury in Sagittarius, then Scorpio. This brings us to the fire sign of going walkabout, broadcasting, knowledge. This retrograde is for dot connecting and thinking in an interdisciplinary way. There may be elements that call out for integration, from a more global, expansive approach.

Mercury dips back into the depths of probing water sign Scorpio, to pick up dimensions not perceived before. Going forward, this leads to realizations that take into account the big picture, including unseen influences. Secrets are revealed, even those we've kept from ourselves.

We wise up and have a fuller sense of reality. A more deeply felt truth, one that's liberating and energizing, comes into view.