Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2019

When Will Mercury Next Be in Retrograde? What Does it Mean?

September 24, 2019

Mercury enters retrograde motion on October 31, 2019! (That’s right—Halloween!) Find out what that means for you and see when Mercury will be in retrograde motion for the rest of 2019. Plus, we’ll explain the meaning of Mercury Retrograde and how it may influence your life.

What is “Mercury Retrograde”?

According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in 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 going backwards. 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 2019

In 2019, Mercury will be in retrograde three times, during the date ranges of:

  • March 5 to 28
  • July 7 to August 2
  • October 31 to November 20

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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Nurse's job

The nurse needed a doctor's order to put rails up/fall precautions. Just saying.

I would not take the chance.

I would not take the chance. My husband was advised not to go through a cornea transplant because Merc. retro. 2011. He stopped breathing and was given a 50/50 chance of making it. He made it thank God. I would never take that chance again!

I would be interested to have

I would be interested to have access to hospital statistics. My take is that if it was so obvious there was a link between Mercury retro and serious hospital accidents, it would be known by now.

ALOT of things are obvious

ALOT of things are obvious that aren't commonly made known, especially where conventional wisdom is concerned! But this isn't conventional wisdom and you won't find it on Fox News...

During Mercury retrograde you

During Mercury retrograde you do not have all the usually this is not a good time for surgery.At the same could have some other transitsbor aspects that suggest it is a good time. But in general, I personally hold of a decision during a mercury retrograde period. hope this helps. Blessings to you either way.

It's not a good idea to have

It's not a good idea to have surgery during Mercury retrograde, but it's okay if it's for a recurring problem. If you can't avoid it, then read the fine print and ask questions, double-check on things, etc.