During 2014, Mercury was in retrograde for three periods. The dates were February 6 to 28, June 7 to July 1 and October 4 to 25.
Since Mercury travels faster than Earth, it periodically passes the Earth and appears to slow down, stop and move backwards. Communication, travel and learning are ruled by Mercury. According to astrological beliefs, periods of Mercury retrograde are not recommended for activities such as signing contracts, traveling, starting school or making important decisions. Revising plans, dealing with old business and in-depth consideration of issues are some activities that are recommended during Mercury's retrograde periods. Mercury in retrograde is one of many conditions, such as planetary placement at a person's birth and planetary positions, that astrologers believe can impact the retrograde cycle.