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Mercury Retrograde 2018 Dates

Mercury Retrograde 2018 Dates

There are few misconceptions related to Mercury retrograde. It is generally said that Mercury retrograde brings hardships and a lot of trouble in your life, but in reality this is not true. If Mercury retrograde happens then it doesn’t always bring misfortune. On the contrary, such situations brings a lot of happiness and prosperity in life.

Generally, several assumptions are formed for the planets becoming retrograde. Mostly it is assumed that the occurrence leads to regressing or moving backwards and adding problems in life. Well, in reality it is not possible for planets to start moving backwards or in the opposite direction. In the solar system all the planets are moving in their respective orbits. If any planet speeds up and overtakes any other planet, then it is called a transit. Similarly, if the planet is overtaken by other planets due to its slow speed then it is called retrograding. Later, when this slower planet starts to speed up again, then it is called Direct or ‘Margi’ in Hindi.

Being closest to the Sun, the planet Mercury turns retrograde, transit or Direct sooner than all the other planets. According to the Vedic Astrologers, Mercury retrograde has both positive and negative effects. However, the exact impact is calculated on the basis of Mercury’s relationship and position with other planets. In astrology, Mercury is considered to be an auspicious planet; however, due to the influence of other inauspicious and harsh planets, it produces adverse effects.

Mercury is considered to be the driving factor for intelligence, speech, transmission, and senses. Hence, the retrograde Mercury has negative consequences on the person’s intelligence, speech and communication, leading to drastic changes in his personality. His thoughts and feelings change, and his decision making capability is also affected negatively.

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Generally, the planet Mercury turns Retrograde thrice or four times in a year. Read exact dates and time of the Mercury Retrograde 2018 in the following table:

Mercury Retrograde 2018
Date Time End Date Time
23 March 2018 (Friday) 5:49 A.M. 15 April 2018 (Sunday) 2:50 P.M.
26 July 2018 (Thursday) 10:32 A.M. 19 August 2018 (Sunday) 9:55 A.M.
17 November 2018 (Saturday) 7:04 A.M. 7 December 2018 (Friday) 2:52 A.M.

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Buddh (Mercury) has a strong influence on intelligence, speech, logical reasoning, decision making, writing, business & statistics. Generally if a planet retrogrades, the effects it produces are magnified. Hence, the person’s mental capabilities also become sharper; he becomes more hard working; and his overall efficiency increases.

Mercury generally has good effects on other planets. But when it becomes retrograde, its influence becomes even stronger. In case Mercury has negative influence on any planet, then the Mercury retrograde can lead to serious consequences. If Mercury is at a very high position, the Mercury retrograde produces excellent results. A person with such planetary position can expect a sudden gain of wealth.

  1. Effect of Mercury Retrograde on Profession

Mercury directly influences profession and career; hence if Mercury retrograde, Mercury transit, or Mercury direct happens, then it will naturally affect business or professional life. In Vedic astrology, strong Mercury has a positive effect on career and profession. On the other hand, weak Mercury causes a financial slowdown or business loss.

  1. Increase in Intelligence and Thinking Power

Mercury has a strong influence on a person’s mind. Hence, Mercury retrograde can sharpen his intellectual and thinking abilities. The person gains far-sightedness and his interest in psychological and philosophical matters increases. It is generally said that people with a strong influence of Mercury at birth possess great reasoning and logical thinking skills, and are good at diplomacy and public affairs. They especially do well in astrology or fortune-telling professions.

Read this also: Effects of Mercury on Your Horoscope as per houses

Mercury Retrograde Effects

The greatest effect of Retrograde Mercury is on the person’s behavior and personality. You can notice clear changes in the person’s behavior. This event affects the person’s communication and decision making skills. The person can take some surprising decisions that are in direct conflict with the situation. He may realize the consequences later.

  1. If Mercury retrograde happens in the first house of the horoscope, then the person works at a faster rate; but sometimes this haste becomes a cause of worry. The person is also prone to making hasty decisions that might not work out later.
  2. Similarly, if Mercury retrograde occurs in the second house of the Horoscope, then the person earns a lot of money due to his intelligence and thinking capabilities. If the Mercury retrograde happens in the eighth house of the horoscope, then the person becomes more religious, philosophical, and spiritual in nature. Similarly, Mercury retrograde in the third house makes the person more courageous and determined.
  3. If the Mercury retrograde occurs in the fourth house of the horoscope, then the person leads a royal life. If it happens on the fifth house, then the person bears more female children than male children who also earn a lot of respect and fame for him/her.
  4. Retrograde Mercury in the sixth house makes the person depressed and his outlook towards life becomes more negative. His behavior becomes erratic and unpredictable. On the other hand, retrograde Mercury in seventh house blesses the individual with a beautiful life partner.
  5. Retrograde Mercury in the eighth house shortens the person’s lifespan. The person earns a lot of money and respect due to hard work and determination. If the occurrence happens in the ninth house, the person’s interest in Vedic studies increases and he is likely to become a doctor, teacher or a scientist.
  6. If the Mercury retrograde happens in the tenth house, the person is likely to inherit paternal property. The person tends to have a strong personality with a political bent of mind. The person having retrograde Mercury in eleventh house is rich, happy and has a long lifespan. The person with retrograde Mercury in the twelfth house is a warrior and fights the enemies on the battleground. He is also sincere with a strong interest in religion and spirituality.

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Mercury influences intelligence, thinking, decision making, writing skills, and profession. Hence, when the person is witnessing Mercury retrograde, he should think and work with patience. As Mercury retrograde tends to make the person overzealous, he should avoid making any hasty decisions. The person should also avoid starting any new project or business. He should focus on the existing business and let the work go on as is. Also, the person is advised not to undertake any work related to construction or building or make any long-term financial or business investments. This is also considered to the right time to resolve any long-pending issues.

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