Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2015

Up in the Air

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Aerial Stunts

In 2015, Mercury performs its retrograde act in air signs beginning with Aquarius, then Gemini and finally Libra.  The spiraling back in air signs whirls up the terrain of thoughts, bringing dormant ideas back to life.

Here are the dates:

Look below to see dates and degrees for the entire retrograde cycle, from the shadow phase to release.

Air Mail by Season

Mercury never strays too far from the Sun, and that's why Mercury's retrograde occurs in signs that follow along with the solar wheel. 

In the deep chill of Winter, we have the crystalline views of Aquarius.  In the gregarious Spring, the messenger mixes it up in Gemini.  Finally, with the harvest season of equinox, the messenger weighs it all in Libra

Mercury retrograde in air signs is a chance to unplug from mental chaos, and to clear the air.  Be curious about the currents that swirl back into your mindscape -- ideas, lines of inquiry, research topics, fascinations, theories, concepts, and blueprints for action.

Debunking the Drama

Maybe it's because I have natal Mercury retrograde, but I don't have any anxiety going into these annual cycles of big swirling.  I've come to see the expectation of mishaps as a meme that feeds on itself.  That being said, I've had some wildly "as above, so below" Mercury retro experiences over the years.

  Like finding a water-soaked missing book on my neighbor's porch, after Mercury came out of direct shadow in Pisces (February 2014). 

With spacious air signs, a wise attitude is to be curious and observe your own thought stream, and what crosses your radar.  Mercury's retro is thought to be an inward time, so why not clear the static, and bend your antennae toward the higher mind.


Wit and Wisdom

One outcome for these three cycles in 2015 is to recover (another "re" word that goes with retro) native brilliance.  What happens when you disconnect from the hive mind and matrix of programming created for you, in favor of self-sourced currents. 

A retrograde like this takes us into those interior private mental landscapes.  That makes it a super creative one for thinkers of all kinds, to cut a path into the edge of originality. 

The air sign retrogrades could be a way station, to ride out a wind storm, and emerge with a new perspective.  Think of how wild air gets, if it's swirling around -- like being inside a twister.

There could be a tempestuous time of high winds, with charged ideas out there that set things in motion when you act on them.  So tune in to your own discernment -- it might be wiser to wait until the wind storm passes.  

The meaningful act of updating perception based on new awareness comes into play here.  And when things change at the though level, that's the start of outer change.   

Here are some possibilities for each, based on the sign's potential for confusion, but also for catching a fresh wind.

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius - Possibilities

  • Breaking out of a stuck mindset, seeing life from a detached view.
  • Reconnecting with a circle of friends, a club or colleagues.
  • Being diverted into strange, fringe-y and fruitful detours with your attention.

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini - Possibilities

  • Some mania and mix-ups to do with everyday communications.
  • Picking up dropped ideas and fascinations.

Mercury Retrograde in Libra - Possibilities

  • Encountering someone from the past with whom things felt out of balance in some way. 
  • Reconsidering an agreement, like a business arrangement.
  • Getting in touch with a long lost friend, reconciling with a past love. 


Dates - From Shadow to Release

January 21st to February 11th -- in Aquarius

  • Shadow: 1 Aquarius, January 6th
  • Retro Station: 17 Aquarius, January 21st
  • Direct Station: 1 Aquarius, February 11th
  • Release: 17 Aquarius, March 4th

May 18th to June 11th -- in Gemini

  • Shadow: 4 Gemini, May 4th
  • Retro Station: 13 Gemini, May 18th
  • Direct Station: 4 Gemini, June 11th
  • Release: 13 Gemini, June 18th

September 17th to October 9th -- in Libra

  • Shadow: 0 Libra, August 18th
  • Retro Station: 15 Libra, September 17th
  • Direct Station: 0 Libra, October 9th
  • Release: 15 Libra, October 25th