Revise Your New Year’s Resolutions: It’s Mercury Retrograde in January 2016


Here we go again, a Mercury Retrograde begins the first week of the new year on January 5th. 


There is a general theme for 2016 astrology for bringing your vision into reality. Before you jump in to your action plan, be sure to take a step back before rolling forward, since January 5 - 25th, 2016 Mercury is retrograde.


What is Mercury Retrograde?

From the perspective here on Earth, if you were to watch the day to day or month to month the movement of the planets in the solar system, there are specific times when Mercury appears to stand still or move backward in the sky story. This phenomenon is known as Mercury Retrograde.  All the planets in our solar system are moving forward in the same direction around the Sun, but at different rates and speeds. However, just like 2 cars in different lanes accelerating after a stop light, or trains traveling on nearby tracks, the viewer from one location may look out the window and notice it seems that the other is moving backwards! This is the illusion. Mercury Retrogrades generally occur for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. 


In 2016, there are 4 Mercury Retrogrades!

Learn more about the “Secrets to 2016” from 16 Astrologers HERE


Why is Mercury Retrograde important?

Mercury is known as the Messenger. In the symbolic language of astrology, embracing the “as above, so below” mystery, if a planet is retrograde, there is a reminder to simply slow down, or embody the “opposite” qualities of that planet. Since Mercury rules communication, transportation and information, perhaps it is time to think of something in a new way. First reflect on your thought process before initiating too much movement.


Mercury retrograde has the reputation for glitches and miscommunications. Poor Mercury gets blamed for: computer crashes, transportation delays or communication misfires. Since Mercury supports organization, during a retrograde, there is an invitation to do the opposite, simply go with the flow. The gift of a Mercury Retrograde cycle is less attention on order and logic, with a focus on revision and reflection. 


Mercury Retrogrades are times to simply shift from left to right brain focus. 


How to align with the positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde: 

  • Be creative. 
  • Think out of the box.  
  • Be open to surprises and spontaneity. 
 Mercury the Messenger, rules the Zodiac sings Gemini & Virgo.   Art created by Kathryn Andren c 2002

Mercury the Messenger, rules the Zodiac sings Gemini & Virgo.  
Art created by Kathryn Andren c 2002

Mercury supports both commerce and trade, as well as how to exchange ideas. Since Mercury is the ruler of communications, commerce and transportation, it’s important to double check details in these areas. Mercury retrograde times are an opportunity to revise, redo, reconsider and reflect.

Supportive suggestions for Mercury Retrograde:

  • Mistakes may happen. Laugh it off.  Allow flexible time in your schedule for spontaneity
  • Double check details. 
  • Be patient. Relax if you have to redo or repeat something.
  • Remember: back up computers, take care of car maintenance and review receipts.
  • If possible, avoid major purchases, creating contracts, or scheduling a serious surgery during this time.
  • Don’t push the river, go with the flow

Mercury Retrograde takes on an additional flavor or theme, depending on the current astrology Zodiac sign.  Look to your personal astrology chart and see what ‘house’ or area of life Mercury is activating in your own chart.

Mercury Retrograde January 5 - 25th, 2016

Begins in the air sign of Aquarius at 1 degree.

Ends in the earth sign of Capricorn at 15 degrees.

If you have planets in your own personal astrology chart near early Aquarius through the late degrees of Capricorn, pay attention! Mercury Retrograde is supporting a revision in some area of your life.

(Please note, if you are new to astrology, the degrees mentioned above are related to a specific section of sky. They serve as reference points, like mile markers on a highway. Since, there are 360 degrees in a circle and 12 Zodiac signs, that’s 30 degrees for each sign, with a range from zero to 29.)

January Mercury Retrograde Astrology Themes

What are you thinking? Revise your dreams with a practical plan.

At new year’s perhaps you are going over board with your ideas. While it is important to dream big, it is just as important to have a practical plan. As the new year begins, Mercury is retrograde most of the month of January so it’s best to revise and reflect on your goals for the coming year. Whatever you are creating, build it slowly. Don’t rush it, take your time. More forward momentum is available in February.

Look to your own personal astrology chart or consult with Kathryn to find out which areas of life is Mercury is activating for you during this time. 

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Kathryn Andren is an astrologer, writer and intuitive based in New York and Hawaii. Dedicated to healing service since 1997, she integrates astrology, art, & energy healing bodywork in her private practice. Her deep connection to land, sea and sky inspires a holistic approach to her consulting, writing and teaching. 

She holds a BA in Psychology and embodies years of professional experience with intuitive wisdom. Learn astrology in 2016! Register for her new 5 hour audio program: The Secrets to the Zodiac, A Foundation Guide to Astrology. Consult with Kathryn for your personal astrology update. Schedule a session here