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Mercury Retrograde and What it Means in Astrology

Mercury Retrograde and What it Means in Astrology

In episode 276 astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo joins the show to talk about Mercury retrograde and what it means in astrology.

Mercury retrograde periods occur when the planet Mercury begins moving backwards in the zodiac for about three weeks every few months.

Astrologers generally associate Mercury retrograde periods with miscommunication, delays, technological snafus, and other issues in the areas associated with Mercury.

During the course of the show we talk about the significations of Mercury, the astronomy of Mercury retrograde periods, shadow periods, and share some stories about how we have seen these periods manifest in the past.

Astrologers have been talking about Mercury retrograde a lot recently since one is happening in the three weeks leading up to election day in the US on November 3, and it seemed timely to talk about the phenomenon in general, as well as how it might relate to the election.

Jessica recently launched Zodiac the Vote, which is encouraging people to get out and vote, and providing guides to make it easier to avoid possible Mercury retro snafus:


This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.


Here are some timestamps for topics covered at different points in the episode:

00:00:00 Introduction
00:00:98 Zodiac The Vote
00:06:56 Introduction to Mercury
00:20:26 Introducing Retrograde Motion
00:28:42 The Shadow Period & Referencing an Ephemeris
00:48:50 The Station
00:55:30 Experiencing Mercury Retrograde
01:22:13 The Social Phenomenon of Mercury Retrograde
01:30:50 Retrograde Transit Variations
01:34:15 Personal Chart Impact via Transit
01:49:30 Working With Mercury Retrograde
02:10:50 November 2020 Mercury Retrograde
02:18:05 Zodiac The Vote Cont.
02:30:44 Contact Information for Jessica Lanyadoo

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A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 276 transcript

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  • I loved this episode ! I would really like for you to do an episode on the astrology of kink (and the sexuality) with Jessica Lanyadoo, as mentioned in the relationship episode you did with her.