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Mercury Retrograde Meaning In The Natal Chart

Retrogrades in Astrology can be looked at in two forms the Birth Chart and through Planetary Transits. Each of these types gives us a different feel so one could be felt collectively and the other in a Personal Chart.

One of the more prevalent planets to be Retrograde Natally happens to be Mercury. If you're born with Mercury Retrograde in reverse, you are in the 20 percentiles of the population to have it in your chart, which is expected considering Mercury's orbit with the Sun. This planet goes retrograde approximately three to 4 times a year, so the chances of having Mercury Retrograde in the Natal Chart are relatively high.

Mercury in Astrology is the way we think, speak, and understand our environment, so whenever this planet's expression turns inward, it brings out a person's non-linear side. The cool thing about having a Retrograde planet in a Birth Chart is that it allows you to be unique in that way, which does become a strength in the long run. With Mercury Natal RX, there is a more internal process of how the planet works.

Sure, it isn't easy having Retrogrades in your chart, especially with a personal planet like Mercury, so work through your struggles the best way you can at your own pace. It takes time to get where you want when there are difficult placements in your Natal Chart, but having planets in Retrograde doesn’t mean you are doomed in any way.

Natal Mercury Retrograde Experiences

Retrogrades have a unique way of playing out in our charts, but it isn't a one-size-fits-all condition. Everyone experiences their Natal Retrogrades differently, so you could have 4 of these themes while someone else has 8. It all depends on how Mercury is situated in your chart.

There are some things to consider when looking at your Retrograde because not all are created equal. Depending on what Sign Mercury is in plus Aspects, the conditions could be a breeze or feel more complex.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Is your Mercury in a Conjunction with the Sun? In other words, it could gain strength by being in something called a Cazimi, which is when these two planets are in exact conjunction by degree and seconds.

  • Alternatively, if your natal Mercury is within 17 degrees, it could feel burnt out or overpowered by solar energy in a situation called under the Beams.

  • Do you have any Conjunctions to other Planets? This could amplify your condition.

  • What kind of aspects is forming to Mercury from other planets; is there a lot of Trines and Sextiles or Square plus Oppositions?

  • With regards to placement, which house is the planet in? The houses are crucial because it could be in one it enjoys or another place it would rather not hang out.

  • The same goes for Sign, element, and mode; you want to look at what they are in as well.

The kind of Mercury Retrograde you have in your chart can vary, so check out some of these combinations to better understand how your Natal Inverse placement works. Having an Inverse Mercury can amplify this planet's effect in your life, and because it is in front of the Sun, you will feel the waves of the planet more than people who are born during Mercury Direct.

Natal Mercury Retrograde Themes

Here are some of the themes you could experience with this Inverse Cycle in your Natal Chart:

  • When it comes to being outgoing, most people with this particular Retrograde can be more introverted; there is a chance for some to become ambiverts. A smaller percentage of them convert into extroverts.

  • It causes one to be more in touch with their intuition and gut instincts, which is not Mercury's style.

  • People might have difficulty assimilating to what's considered the "Norm," which could cause them to be deemed unique, on the fringes, or statistically an outlier.