Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020

What Is Mercury Retrograde and What Does It Mean for You?

August 25, 2020
Mercury Retrograde - OFA
Parts of this image sourced from NASA

Mercury’s last period of retrograde motion in 2020 lasts from October 14 to November 3! 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.

When Is Mercury in Retrograde 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 You Should 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 the Zodiac

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

There is a greater power than the influence of Mercury, or any other earthly power.. Yeshua/Jesus son of God "YeHoVaH" who created them all. His influence over my day & life sets me free from the lesser negative powers, of sin & death, as I choose His TRUTH & walk under His influence.

Mercury retro

These are not powers. They are reflections, and observations of the heavens remind us of how beautiful and unified is our Unuverse. You should not use G-d to discourage or berate awakening souls. Your comment was combative and ego driven. Definitely mercury & mars retrograde!

You're both wrong

You are both deluding yourselves. Believing that a god controls what happens on Earth is just as silly as the belief that the movements of celestial bodies can somehow influence our lives. Open an astronomy book.

Reply to “You’re both wrong”

Before you decide if Astrology is valid, educate yourself. How can you form an opinion from ignorance? Astrology stems from the seasons, not the position of the constellations. It is based on thousands of years of observations.


I definitely notice things in my life breaking down during Mercury Retrograde. Last year my dryer went out. I didn't want to wait 3 weeks till Mercury Rx was over to buy a new one. I made my purchase of a brand new dryer and within 1 week I had a repairman out to fix the switch. And this year before Merc Rx hit the best had to be replaced. Now this year on the very day Mercury went retrograde my AC went out. I am against my better judgment getting a new system put in today, as to not wait until after August 19th! I'm hoping for the best!!!

How can it get any worse?

I have been feeling MR effects since last Thursday. How can it be not even started yet! Ugh! I can't take 3 more weeks of this. The discussions have gotten such to great lengths I had to be silent with intent. I don't think my throat or patience can take much more! Is there hope of getting through this????

Re: Making hay when Mercury goes retrograde...

Back in the mid-90's, a renowned astrologer refused to believe I had closed closed a million dollar real estate transaction several years earlier while Mercury was retrograde, even after being offered copies of the closing statements. Don't get me wrong, I always follow the universal suggestions during Mercury retrograde to "remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts" and to "review projects and plans at these times." But there is no such thing as telling a client we can't close their commercial real estate transaction until Mercury goes out of retrograde.

As such, all work done during Mercury retrograde is double-checked, and to deal with the predictable "out of left field" unexpected developments, I always try to build in extra time into every aspect of both my daily routine and any pending contracts.

That said, past experience has proven that regardless of how well I follow those "universal suggestions," invariably, stuff happens. As such, I pay extra special attention to my dream takeaways, any intuitive flashes I get during meditation, especially intuitive flashes during waking hours.

In the immortal beginning of my favorite Rudyard Kipling poem, "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs," then there is no reason that anyone who's paying extra special attention to their daily life and their work, Mercury retrograde "stuff" can't be transformed into an "auspicious time." At minimum, whether you're in the service business or not, doing the extra work while Mercury is retrograde means you should be able to help others in your circle of influence who let themselves get turned upside by "out of left field unexpected developments."

Hay Maker

Congratulations on being an adult! I loved hearing your ownership of the fact that, 'Yeah, stuff might not be as smooth, but it's my job to plan for that and act appropriately, not blaming the universe, and owning my screw ups if I make them.' Thank you. Quite refreshing!

Retrograde and chaos

I have researched my own personal experiences within the last 4 years, basically getting time frames for when guano hit the fan in a big way. I realized that in 2017, my personal life went up in flames during each RG. And then, I looked at 2018 RG and sure enough, all hell breaks loose during the entire cycle of RG. Seriously, astrology for me, is a bit of a fortune. I can call it before it happens. Further, depending on the sign of RG, I can call the outcome. I use tarot for anyone but myself, I can never see things pertaining to me. But I can flip cards and tell anyone else EXACTLY what's going on present past and future. I am a true Cancer. Have been called a high priestess. If more people would read up on RG and astrology, a better balance could be attained.


So true! I too will pull the tarot for others, but not for myself. I am religiously mindful of MR, especially when it comes to vehicle mayhem, planning a short road trip toward the end of MR but having second thoughts.


OYE!!!!.........I always dread this time, because it's inevitable that "crap will hit the fan" in one way or another. I have felt some (negative) affects from it in the past week, because supposedly, it affects stuff a week before, some still a week after. OYE!!!! Don't we all have enough to deal with just DAILY. Do we have to go thought THIS crap too? GEEZ

Wanted to ask IF you do also tarot readings for others? According to your post, sounds like you do. You sound so positive about what you can do for others in a reading, but not yourself. That's akin to the shoemaker not being able to make shoes for himself, but does wonders for his customers. <VBG> IF so, I'd like to know IF you would do one for me, the cost, even more so, how do you feel about doing it with Mercury practically here?

OK, get back to me AT YOUR LEISURE.

Thanks, and have a good day.

Silvia Brooks

high priestess

ye u sound like a true Cancer

Flat tire

Is it just an incident that I have a flat tire 3x in just less than two weeks in the same tire and having a deflating air bed that I sleep in almost every night?


This can definitely be a difficult time for people who have personal business that hasn't been properly worked through. Some people can coast through, while others have a really hard time. I have noticed that if I've been avoiding dealing with something, or if my life balance and routine aren't quite right, during mercury retrograde is when my chickens come home to roost :P

Having said that, even when all is well, energy still feels very low, so the only thing one can practically be productive in is relaxation and reflection :) having a good balance and routine helps to get through the day-to-day commitments during this time.

Mercury Retrograde

When I was younger I followed astrology closely. I learned about Mercury's retrograde peroids and the adverse effects of certain activities. There are things I avoid during these times. Major purchases being high on the list.

Retrograde has ended but still having misunderstandings

I understand the retograde finished on the 5th but I have been seeing a lot of misunderstandings the last 3 days. Any idea why?

spillover effects

Mercury retrograde has spillover effects, which covers 4 days to 2 weeks in decreasing intensity afterwards.


Is the first and last day of retrogade the worst?

Mercury Retrograde

I was told by my astrologer that the beginning, usually the first 2 weeks, and more so, the first week, is the worst. As the retrograde is ending and Mercury starts moving out, it gets a lot better. The last 5 days or so should go easily.

Oh the air is so heavy!!!

This retrograde has been a heavy one. I have made the best of it but so glad to see the back of it. Life hasn’t been great!!!

Mercury Retrograde

I did notice an abnormal amount of miscommunications this retrograde. This was worse than others.

So this is new to me, it

So this is new to me, it makes more sense now why I feel like I have no control in my life. Some people maybe scoff at Seasonal Affective Disorder but I have a feeling it is like this retrograde stuff. If the sun is not out then I find myself moping, teary-eyed, dismal, lazy and in despair, but as soon as the light shines again wow I can do my chores and smile and play with the pets etc. Need to pay attention to this stuff, and not dismiss it because some lying and deceitful talking head says otherwise.

Solar Powered

Colleen, is your zodiac a fire sign? Both my western and Chinese zodiac signs are fire and when the sun is not out I also have no energy, find myself in a very low mood and my head feels cloudy and unfocused. But once the sun is back out it's like I'm another person full of energy and feeling great. I've always said I was solar powered and wonder if it has to do with all fire in my astrological signs.


Hi Sarahdawn, actually yes I am, an Aries! Very fascinating info, thank you!

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what farmer wouldn't enjoy another viewing of Mel Brooks "Blazing Saddles"

this thread has my brain retrograde

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Think of it this way...

What about all those other times when things went awry - or worse - and it WASN't Mercury retrograde? I am sure most people who are concerned about this would find plenty of memories; but for some reason many Mercury RX believers seem to remember only those inconveniences that happened during a Mercury RX period.

Fear it not. Just live life fully.

No Need To Explain

I had already thought of it that way. No need to explain it to me. Thanks.

2017 Mercury Retrograde is the worst.

January 1 to 9: is a time where my father found out he had cancer.
April 9 to May 3: is a time where my father had died of cancer.

I'm NOT looking forward to August 13 - September 5 OR December 3 - 23, as I can only deal with so much bad news in one year. :(

your concern with Mercury going retrograde in Aug 2017

Hi Natz...I have been a reader for nearly 30 yrs & having done much research ( as well as doing readings) & checking out to see how it all works I would love to share what I believe. Some of what I wish to share with you is from a very interesting man many years ago.
Please relax Natz as ''fear of " can certainly be exausting. I believe Astrology can be very interesting if you study the main factors. It is easier to break it down yourself without using a book to work with as the book is not necessary, it just fills you up with useless information.Although it is a very complicated business it is better to work in general than in great detail. My thoughts at this time are that health is dependent on magnetics or vibration. So therefore maybe understand that astrology has nothing to do with the planets, but of the gravitational magnetic force. I might be wrong but it depends on the magnetics. One of the strongest planets is earth because it has a balance.Maybe time of birth is not as important as that of the time of our conception....isn't that interesting:-) After 30 years of searching for my own truth on all of this I have found alot of confusion.
My personal interest is powers of the mind Natz....please relax & just be in the now & see what interestingly wonderful changes occur around you.I feel you are entering a whole change of your persona Natz. Sometimes our eyes and ears can deceive that not true.
Good luck & go well Natz wherever you are on the planet.