Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020

When Will Mercury Next Be in Retrograde? What Does It Mean for You?

December 4, 2019
Mercury Retrograde - OFA
Parts of this image sourced from NASA

Mercury’s retrograde motion will start again on February 17, 2020! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde.

What is “Mercury Retrograde”?

Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky with respect to the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion

Three times a year, it appears as if Mercury is traveling backwards. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in retrograde motion, or simply “Mercury retrograde.” These times in particular were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration. Think email blunders and frazzled travel plans.

However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2020

In 2020, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates:

  • February 17 to March 10
  • June 18 to July 12
  • October 14 to November 3

What to Do When Mercury is Retrograde

The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such.

So, when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Double check your email responses, check in with reservations before you take that trip. 

Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for angrier people and miscommunication. 

Some people blame Mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, this is a good time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas?

Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.

Mercury and You

The type of influence you feel depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes retrograde.

What’s your Zodiac Sign? See here: “Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs.”

Learn more about zodiac sign profiles in general and check out our monthly horoscopes. Make sure that your gardening does not go awry when Mercury is in retrograde by reading your zodiac profile for gardening.


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Mercury Retrograde is real!

March of 2018 and March 2019 I broke my leg - the same leg during Mercury retrograde. Freak accidents. For those who do not believe, believe, especially if your sign rules in Mercury like Gemini or Virgo. Mercury retrograde can have effect on others depending on which sign the retrograde falls under. Computers glitch. Payments or purchase orders may be delayed or not recorded or recorded incorrectly. Relationships can be turbulent because of miscommunications and misunderstandings, especially if the relationships started in a previous retrograde, they can end suddenly without warning. Exes or romantic prospects can appear out of thin air and or vanish once the retrograde is over. Never change jobs during Mercury retrograde because there is a possibility that the change can be short lived. Travel only if necessary but have a list of what you are packing and check it twice. Have room in your schedule for delays. Do not move, get married, divorced, buy a business, house or new car or any large purchase during the retrograde. Also, do not get any planned surgery or physically altering procedure or hairstyle change that cannot be undone.
You can make plans, then wait until after Mercury goes direct.


I do not believe retrograde. Until I read this article I would never known about any of this. So keep in mind you are what you read. Life is good, what happens, happens. But tomorrow really is just another day. It might be sunny, or raining but you either go to work or not. Life it's what we live for.

End of Oct. Retrograde Blues

Towards the middle of this retrograde, I began to subconsciously immerse myself in it and learn from all the lessons its brought my way. For a second, I forgot it was retrograde and began to just go with the jarring, "backwards" nature of this period of time. I found myself going into hermit mode & analyzing a lot of the things I've been going through (perhaps this is an intentional element of the retrograde). However, coming back to the realization that it in fact is retrograde, I'm thankful for it slowing me down & making me go over the little details. This, in conjunction with Scorpio season, has forced a death & rebirth in some aspect.

Mercury Retrograde

I found myself not being able to "land" on a focus for my day today... and suddenly I wondered if Mercury were in retrograde. I googled and found this! and yes, retrograde begins tomorrow...!!! Thanks for being online - so that I could re-member my sensitivity to Mercury Retrograde, and take things a little easier.


I can't say this has been the absolute worst but it's been very unpleasant ~ an unsettled sense of being out of sync with myself, disturbing dreams, not wanting to leave my house. Externally, a chat group in which I participate, got their knickers in a twist over pretty much everything I wrote. One person seemed totally unable to understand simple sentences and refused to own her mistakes. Fortunately, none of the group are important in my life, they're just on the periphery. On the up side, it has been excellent practice in seeing what matters and discarding the rest. It is very empowering to ignore people who are seeking conflict.

July retrograd 2019

Tracked Mercury retrogrades since 1985. This is one of the worst ever. 115 degrees here. Computer battery died. One AC broke last week, the other today. First AC contractor broke my door lock then denied it and won't pay.. $150. Door repair expert didn't come for almost a week. Home warranty company has now offshored customer service to Asia, all by script, no one thinking, so for the first time in 19 yrs says I cannot choose the AC contractor, they will assign one. The one I want shows not on their list but has been for years. Will have to call the contractor and tell them to correct home warranty company records. Knee injury...danced all my life with NO knee problems. Deal closing keeps being delayed 3 weeks. I could go on but you get the idea.....the Mars influence in this one is tough...physical things breaking and conflict. Luckily I have positive communication skills professionally so have avoided conflict except with contractor and home warranty company, with whom I have been very firm but not rudely angry. I too have not wanted to go out to buy food, finally had to. Counting down until lst of August, but remember we have the shadow period which tails off for 2 more weeks, heaven help us all!

It's been alright. Not easy, but alright.

Things are looking up over all. Its not perfect, and I've worked hard to fix up my life. I've done more dumb things outside of Mercury Retrograde, like send a package to the wrong address. So this retrograde thing makes me wonder what it's all about.

Mercury Retrograde

This is just from the 13th on for my Family : Father of the bride - Emergency room Visit Gallbladder attack, Bride Broker her Nose, Nieces Refrigerator died, My Washer broke down/ needed repair its only 3 years old, Air-conditioner Broke down. # 3 friends had car accidents. Calamity at Husbands work with new computer system. I could go on but you may not believe me!

I believe you. Mercury has

I believe you. Mercury has kicked my butt, too.

No Kidding

Kicking mine too. My Hemorrhoids are kiling me and as my subject says, I am not kidding.

mercury retrograde

Came home last night and my automatic door opener wouldn't work. Changed the battery and still no go. I heard electronic and mechanical things go haywire during retrograde..guess it's true!

This one is really awful

One of our chickens got away
our old man parakeet died (stroke?)
The new tablet I just got broke
husband has been moody and under the weather
don't feel like leaving the house to shop for food
the AC water drain thing broke and watered the basement
the water drain hoses for the H2O conditioner came out of the drain and again watered the basement
Today is the 18th. I want to hide until Aug. 2nd.....this is awful!

Wrong dates

Mercury Retrograde ends July 31st at 8:57 PM not Aug 2nd.


So please give us the right dates and name your source.

Mercury in retrograde July 7!to August 2

This is the worst mercury in retrograde. I can’t even focus or function right. Things have been off for me in all aspects of life. Hurry and end.


The moon is beautiful like Joanna Panzera

Mercury retrograde

This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion.

retrograde 2019

Last day of retrograde and my daughters dog got hit by a car, her boyfriend got in a car accident rushing to the vet. Everyone should be OK though Thank God. This is bull****!

Mercury in retrograde

This is the worst bout of Mercury in retrograde I've experienced in a long time. People seem to be impossible (or is it me?), I've had several computer problems, and every time I open my mouth the wrong thing seems to come out. I can't wait for it to be over.

I agree! I didn't realise

I agree! I didn't realise mercury was retrograde, but my total chaos in the last 2 weeks is now finally explained. 3 different parcel deliveries were messed up, to the extent that it was unbelievably pathetic


my dishwasher broke,
my computer has a bug
my dog got deathly ill
my tax bill is in the thousands
etc etc etc

To Regina

Yes, it was one of the most intense in quite some time. Have been tracking for decades. My astrologer says that just before the end of a retrograde primary cycle (after slow down & before the catching up phase) it often intensifies.

2019 March Retrograde

A package I took to post office is lost in space somewhere. Communication between anyone and myself has not been a happy experience. My accounting has been off. I wrote 2009 on a check before I caught myself. Can't remember what the day or the date is. Feel excessively tired and PO'ed. Blah!!! I can't believe we still have two more weeks of this.

mercury rising

I feel totally off - my tummy is off, i have ibs and i feel off balance.... i need to deep cleanse myself with reiki to help

Mercury Retrograde 2019

I am always aware when a Mercury Retrograde is here.I tend to be off balance and I have problems with my personal relationships.I am going to try to be more positive and "Hope for The Best".The Cycle of Life,Blessings


OMG!! I seriously thought I was being spiritually attacked until i saw a post on IG explaining Mercury Retrograde. I never in my life heard about this before, but when I noticed what was happening in the past few weeks, I totally understood. A friend and I have been on a CONSTANT bickering fest non stop for the past couple of weeks. I've been frustrated beyond frustration because I felt both of us was just not getting any understanding from one another and I literally thought I was going crazy. If i had know about this retrograde, I would have been more concious on what was happening and would have handled the events differently. Now I've lost a friend......sad


We are in a time in history where people are deciding what is right (integrity) or wrong (no integrity). I feel most do not realize is 1, you are one or the other and cannot pick and choose like people do with the Bible. Right is light and wrong is dark which would include any thoughts from you or the other person. When we lose friends over communication, perhaps they have the bigger problem or if you were abusive, then you have a time to grow which usually involves pain. If you cannot handle the pain of looking within of y, and you are strong, a lesson will pop up for either you in this present time or your next life but will still be you but just in a different body. If you are interested to resolve, the process will take from 30 minutes to 3 days "for the average upset" . I feel if it was a bigger upset, it may take longer and you will have to be patient with yourself and start doing things to support your mind. i feel if u do not, the dang lesson will keep popping up until u resolve which may also include, you finding the support you need. (dancing, gym and or book clubs).

Retrograde in 2019

The article above shows the dates for Mercury's retrograde for 2018. What are the dates for 2019?

2019 retros

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