“Study the past..”: Mercury Retrograde April-May 2016


“…if you would divine the future.”


Pre-Ghost Period: Apr 12-23, 2016

Pre-Ghost Period Intensified: April 24-27, 2016

Retrograde Station: April 28, 2016

Retrograde Intensified:April 29-May 3, 2016

Mercury Retrograde  Regression:May 4-17, 2016

Retrograde Intensified Clarity: May 18-21, 2016

Mercury Station Direct: May 22, 2016

Post Ghost Period Intensified:May 23-28, 2016

Post Ghost Phase Return to Normal:May 29 – June 4, 2016

By Maharani Rutan©

We began 2016 reflecting and introspecting on the recent changes, but more so reflecting upon our visions of 2015. The cosmos slowed us down as we transitioned in to Mercury retrograde in Earth signs around Christmas with the ghost period in Capricorn (read about it here).

As I stated in my blog at the end of last year, Earth signs are in for a very bumpy ride with Mercury retrograde and Jupiter retrograde (read about it here). At the end of the day life will be better than it ever was for them.

Lately, I am sure many of you may have notice I am in search of my own truth and this means investigation and looking at patterns in the cosmos. Just as history repeats itself so do aspects of cosmic interrogation.

Mercury retrograde transited Earth signs in 2003, beginning the retrograde motion at 28 degrees and stationed direct at 12 degrees in Capricorn (Earth signs). Moving forward 6 years into 7th year (2009-2010) Mercury moved retrograde 21 degrees and stationed direct 5 degrees in Capricorn again. Both in 2003 and 2010, the degree did not matter even though it was always 16 degrees difference. Earth signs will dominate Mercury every 6 to 7 years which means there is a possibility that the next Mercury retrograde in Earth signs, if my calculation is correct, will be January 2022.

Since the retrograde this year began at almost 1 degree in Aquarius and ended with 14 degrees in Capricorn with the leap year included, it will be 24 degrees in Capricorn in 2022. I hate math but the patterns make me wonder if we are going back in time or moving forwards. Or is there a special energy that is allowing us to redo life? Whatever the case is, it is something to consider.

Here we are again, the ghost period (some people call it the pre-shadow) slowly moves towards retrograde. It will begin moving retrograde on the 12th of April and intensify over time until it reaches 23-24 degrees in Taurus. The intensity will be at its maximum on April 27, 2016. The energy may also feel a bit weird as it will be stationed retrograde. It will sit there for 6 to 7 days until approximately May 3rd or 4th. Thereafter it will move backwards and the intensity will ease a little for another 10 days or so, through May 14-15, 2016.


We again will ride on a roller coaster as it becomes intense again for 5-6 days from May 14/15 to May 20/21, 2016. Finally on the 22/23 of May, Mercury will station direct. This is where many people will be told “Mercury is direct, everything is fine, you can now resume doing what you are doing, etc.” However, what most people fail to consider is that post ghost period intensity (Post shadow) is equally as important and all the steps are required to completely comprehend the perceptive notion of retrograde. Thus the post ghost period will continue for another 4-5 days placing it one month from its intensity which is the 28th of May. Things will become much clearer to everyone by June 06, 2016.

When Mercury is retrograde decisions are more reflective and we are inclined to contemplate about matters and worries that relate to the areas of our life that are directly impacted by the slowness. With Mercury retrograde in Taurus, people with this sign conspicuous in their charts will be particularly prone to such introspection.


Since Mercury is impacting all Earth Signs, it is going to be prone to primarily impact not only those that have the sun or the moon in Taurus, but also Earth Signs (Virgo, Capricorn or Taurus). Additionally, by association Taurus is a fixed sign, which means (Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) will not be excluded.

Mercury rules Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces. Therefore, those who have their sun and moon sign in Gemini, Virgo, or Pisces, or protruding in their chart, will also be affected. It does not have to be a destructive aspect as some people say that Taurus will defiantly love the retrograde period. But all others may be tested.

Below are short para phrases giving the warning signs for each zodiac during this 8-12 week process. These are not fixed in stone and are merely general tendencies. To find out how Mercury retrograde will affect you personally, it is my suggestion you speak to an astrologer.

The tendencies below are based upon Vedic premonitions not astrology, numerology, nor any other component of new age philosophical prediction utilities. I will begin with the most impacted due to Mercury affecting Earth sign.

Taurus: Difficulties trying to express yourself

Virgo: Scattered with ideas and feeling a bit suffocated with, and without, personal space

Capricorn: Too much work, not enough time for play and re-connections with people from the past (further information due to Pluto)

Gemini: Feeling drained around large groups of people

Aquarius: Overly subjective or overly objective nothing in between

Libra: Obsessive and dominate conversations

Pisces: Unable to communicate clearly which can lead to misunderstandings

Cancer: Unable to look at unconventional things and difficulties with people and groups

Scorpio: Difficulties communicating with people you love.

Sagittarius: Missing deadlines, inability to work with groups

Leo: Lazy & irresponsible and may have blocks

Aries: Stubborn, inflexible, and lazy

During Mercury retrograde there is an opportunity to develop understanding into our own self-image. Mercury retrograding in the sign of Taurus favors retrospective, concrete answers and vital perception where principles are an essential means for understanding. Mercury retrograde generates a psychological and expressive emphasis on self-autonomy and love with independence. People’s arrogance may force adjustment and may be motivated to be very determined and hypercritical. The big enticement will be to burden people into sharing the same mind-set.

Taurus denotes to principles and those things that are a normal part of the structure such as food, shelter, and clothing. Mercury in Taurus transports data which delivers evaluation of such items and the standards we place on them. Assets will become a key component which influences the modification. Some people may amend their financial objectives and find a diverse means of financial structure.

A planet labeled as retrograde seems to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This outmoded concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never essentially retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this optical illusion. Retrograde periods, while challenging, are not predominantly unusual. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon. Mercury, much like the winged messenger of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and advises us toward expression.

Communication, understanding, and consciousness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are rationality and perceptiveness, our manner of thinking, and how we produce and direct our assumed processes. A mercurial nature conveys concentration, impatience, and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen fast here. Mercury is about a rapid wit, speedy rational ideas, potentials, thoughts, perception, and the capability to streamline things.

Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but it will certainly be energizing! This Planet also stimulated us to change from one thing to the next – to seek answers on both a physical and psychological level. Furthermore, Mercury’s energy is both agile and sensitive. Mercury is about short journeys: a visit to a neighbor or a friend across town, the routine travel, and a weekend escape. Siblings, and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm. Talking, writing books, online communications, and education are also within Mercury’s domain. This Planet pleads with us to express ourselves often — and well.

Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most inclined during a Mercury Retrograde. Discussions are problematic as overlapped gestures and uncertain values cloud typically forthright dialogues. Still, with a slight carefulness and reflection, you’ll get your point across. Similarly, be prepared with a back-up plan when you’re traveling. If your flight gets canceled or your car won’t start, remain cool and make the best of it. Who knows — you might not have met that captivating new person in the airport lobby or bus stop if you had taken your journey or driven to work.

Think of this influential energy in optimistic ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: renew, repair, review, renegotiate, and research.

In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information, and all means of communication, commerce, and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and debaters, commentators and critics, blathers and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves. Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal confusions; inconsistent, disordered, or deferred communications, consultations and trade. Malfunctions and failures can occur with cell phones, processors, cars, buses, and trains. These glitches typically rise because some vital part of data, or element, has gone awry, or has been skewed.


When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more introspective and we tend to focus on issues and concern that relate to the sign involved. Artistic predispositions comprising of artistry, composition, painting, or design are inclined to be jammed by conditions outside one’s control. Legal matters will advance sluggishly and unexpected complications are likely to appear.

Mercury retrograde leans towards absence, complexity of insight, and has no endurance for thorough analysis. All areas of communication are affected. Approaches and incentive for learning, communication, and transportation are subject to problems under this aspect. It brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds.

Fire signs (Leo, Aries & Sagittarius): Directly or indirectly, you will be affected by all the predispositions. To find out how these predispositions are going to affect your personal life, I recommend you contact my recommended astrologers here.

Sagittarius people may feel that triple whammy as they will be shoved, pushed, and pulled with messages that are discombobulated. A few days after Mercury begins its ghost period, Mars will be entering retrograding in their sign. During retrograde there could some passive aggressiveness for fire signs in general. Adding to the passive aggressiveness, Saturn is still retrograding in Sagittarius which began in early March. Saturn is a planet of karmic lessons (read about it here). Usually, when Saturn is direct he is being appeased by ones actions, but when he is in retrograde it is about taking the entire length of time (Past, present and predetermined future) and punishing Sagittarius people. An example of this is the old saying, “Karma bites harder when it is done to you.” Lastly, by association it is Mercury retrograde who like to aggravate Sagittarius people. I wish I could tell Sagittarius people to go on a one month vacation but they won’t listen. Perhaps Aries can sprinkle some Venus fairy dust on to Sagittarius. Then again, Aries had a beautiful New Supermoon in their sign on April 07, 2016; did you see it? Of course not, it was a new moon, thus nothing to see. But it was a great day for affirmation and making a wish. Leo: Not much is happening to you but keep your head on a swivel as you may get caught in the crossfire.

Earth Signs (Taurus, Capricorn & Virgo): By association, all Earth signs will be going through difficulties in many areas, especially with two retrogrades in your sign, or three for others.

Taurus: This Mercury has your name written all over it. Perhaps it may be best for you to look back to the spring of 2010 as similar energies were in place at that time. Additionally, Jupiter retrograde does not help either; perhaps both your love life and work life can be on trial. Additionally, with Pluto retrograde, Taurus people have a chance to look at their past actions and behavior patterns, accept responsibilities, face those whom they have hurt, and then move on. It is all about transformation. Then again, Virgos are also feeling that push and pull but in a different way. Mercury has always been difficult for you. Especially when people don’t call you in time, when flights are delayed, or electronics break down. There is a greater chance of zero patience.

Furthermore, the universe has tested your patience since the beginning of January when the planet of luck, Jupiter, has retrograded in your sign (read about it here). You may have found that looking for a raise, finding that right networking connection, or even finding that right job has been hard to come by. Added to that, you are also dealing with matters of the past; perhaps you are looking at past work, what you were doing, who you were with, or whom you were or are. That introspection could get a little intensified. This is because your brother Capricorn started it.

Capricorn, the planet of transformation, Pluto, has been retrograde and stationed in Capricorn a while now for you and you have been going through continual changes. But your Virgo friends did not help you any when they dropped the ball of Jupiter retrograde on you. Thus, your work life may seem difficult and you have already felt the crisis mode of Mercury retrograde at the beginning of this year – well, you get to feel it again.

Air Signs (Gemini, Libra & Aquarius): You may be the lucky few, perhaps for now. Then again, I may have to bite my tongue when falls comes around. Gemini: Mercury retrograde has always been somewhat of a problem for you but then you may be very used to it by now as it always slows you down to reconnect with people, places, and things from the past. However, as a mutable sign you might be slightly affected by Saturn in Sagittarius as well as Jupiter in Virgo. Libra and Aquarius may be saved by the bell or perhaps they will feel the pain by association. But remember Libra, you just came out of a period of the Eclipses which means that internal and exterior transformation is pivotal for you. As for Aquarius, the only suggestion I have is to enjoy this as you will go through your own transformation in the fall.

Water Signs (Cancer, Pisces, & Scorpio): Mercury retrograde many not affect water signs as much as anticipated, after all, water signs are always emotional sponges to many other astrological brothers and sisters. Hence Pisces is a mutable sign and by association they are always affected by Mercurial energy and their eclipses have affected everyone, either directly or indirectly. Therefore, the only suggestion I have is that water signs are going to have to breathe deeper than many other signs as people may act a bit more disoriented than expected.

Mercury retrogrades antidote is to reflect, envision, edit the book/poem/song/essay you’ve been writing, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, and catch up on sleep! Remember that Mercury is a very sluggish moving planet and it affects almost all planetary signs.

It is my recommendation that a yellow candle be continually lit after carving your name through to the wick. Anoint the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant the Psalm 70 every single night. This period will last for 8-12 weeks and it will be hard on all of us.

The flow of the yellow candle will bring forth friendly communications as well as understandings in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until May 21, 2016.

The application of psalms and mantras in accomplishing the anticipated result is contingent upon the value of aim. When it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear understanding of what your goal should be. The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy. I have chosen two mantras for you during this Mercury retrograde:

“Om Budhaya Namaha”

(Om Bood-han-yah Nahm-ah-ha)

“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding spirit of planet Mercury”

This mantra is used to attain spiritual transparency, to avoid and overcome misunderstandings, and to keep friendly communications flowing.

Additionally, earth signs are still going through Jupiter Retrograde until May 2016 and I highly recommend they continue their mantra:

Om Gurave Namaha

Om Ga rua vee Nam a ha

This Mercury is more intense for earth sign people than for any other signs. Sagittarius should continue the Shani Pooja and Shani Mantra.

Please remember. I am NOT an Astrologer nor do I claim to be one. Rather, I am a Vedic Sanskrit Reader who embraces Astrology as an effectiveness as the basis of the reading. It also ambiances the splendid transformational destiny with the Karma reading as a conclusion to all readings.

I would highly recommend that during the retrograde period no legal, relationship, travel, or major decisions be made. If you can wait then do so until June.

Relax and give yourself extra time.

Remember to be on the lookout as we will transit through two beautiful moons during this retrograde period.

Maharani Rutan©

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