By Tony Sokol
Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system but, because it is the closest planet to the Sun, it casts the biggest shadow. It is never more than 28 degrees away from te sun and being so close to the gravitational center of the system it exerts a very strong magnetic pull. Mercury retrograde happens when the planet passes between the Earth and the Sun. The planet is visible during morning and evening twilight hours and during the period it looks like it is moving backwards in the sky.
Mercury’s orbit is about 84 days, so it turns retrograde more frequently than any other planet in the system. This happens three times a year. The fourth Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2016 occurs in Capricorn (15o 08″) on December 19 at 5:56 a.m. Eastern Time. Astrologically, this happens under the capricious eyes of the earth-sign Capricorn and…
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