Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020

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

February 3, 2020
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.

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 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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I have a job interview

I have a job interview exactly before the MR (18/May/15) and I would like to follow up about it . Do I have to follow up with them during the MR or should I wait after 11/June /15?

Can we wear gemstone during

Can we wear gemstone during mercury retrogades?
Especially emerald, which is said to be the gemstone for mercury itself?

What are your thoughts on

What are your thoughts on revealing your feelings during an MR to a *long time crush, who you are almost positive feels the same way. The timing seems to be right, otherwise, and opportunities to do so are abundant during this time. I feel, and my close friends as well, that he has avoided making a move because he is a bit gun-shy. Kind of a long story about why I haven't made that move yet, but I feel ready. Even had some interesting "signs". Would this period of changes in communication be favorable during this time? Our birthdates are extremely compatible. *By long time, I mean over a year. Any help would be appreciated.

How can I find someone who is

How can I find someone who is a legit astrologer and can run my chart and my finance chart to see how comparable we are and when and if retrogrades will affect me. Thus far they seem to be getting worse for me in the past year> I'd like to find a professional draw up my chart.
On a different note- what planet will be in this retrograde?

Mercury will be in retrograde

Mercury will be in retrograde for about 3 weeks. The sun is now in Taurus, moving into Gemini on May 22. Linda Goodman has written books that will help you to answer your questions. Find LINDA GOODMAN's LOVE SIGNS and her SUN SIGNS as well.

You should contact a local

You should contact a local "new age" bookstore to find an astrologer.

I have a good friend who is

I have a good friend who is "legit astrologer." You can find him on Facebook under "Raven Steele." (In Michigan) he is very professional and extremely accurate! Also very affordable.
Good luck!

Just noticed that my

Just noticed that my wedding day is October 3 2015 and it during the last cycle of Mercury being in Retrograde. oh well planned this wedding before I knew this information and going to do it anyway. What do you all think? Never had communication problems before so not gonna let this get to me though I have had people tell me to make it after the cycle ended.

Emry, what is your

Emry, what is your astrological sign?

You need to look at which

You need to look at which house Mercury falls in your astrological chart plus your betrothed's astrological chart to see how the retrograde period will affect you. If I were you, I'd also have a professional astrologer review your wedding date to see if you've picked a day with good planetart aspects. October 3 means that Mercury will retrograde in Libra at this time - the sign of partnerships. You may have delays or changes regarding your wedding planning, etc but since I can't see your chart, I can't help you further.

Life goes on even when Mercury is in retrograde.

I have had my life spin in

I have had my life spin in circles due to retros.

You ought to think twice about scheduling your nuptuals. Twenty years later you may
end up with the Big D!

What a horrible thing to say

What a horrible thing to say to a complete stranger. First of all, getting married during a MR is NO WAY related to the actual relationship.
Secondly, the thing that MAY go wrong is NOT her marriage due to MR, but the actual ceremony itself. MR is not "bad luck", but rather an appearance of time being "out of reach". Travel plans interrupted, the ceremony official suddenly backing out, hotel reservations get lost, etc.

Stop the madness.

Exactly right. Do all the

Exactly right. Do all the planning and scheduling before MR and things should be fine. Maybe some travel SNAFU's, or the minister may stumble over some words, but the relationship is unaffected by the ME.

Shame in y'all for saying the relationship will fail.

Retrogrades are a good period

Retrogrades are a good period for growth too! I agree...not bad luck! Just expect that there could be delays. I think people mess themselves up worrying too much during these periods...way more than what the retrograde itself actually does.

In my study and experience,

In my study and experience, you should be fine. The engagement is a contract made prior. It's okay to do contracts with people you already know, or have had previous relationship. If it makes you really nervous, just remember to build in time for delays, and don't get rattled if something silly happens,like your dj at the reception forgets to plug something in on the sound check. :) And everyone can be forgetful on such a big day. Charge your phone, make a list of every thing you have to bring with on your special day. All will be Beautiful. Congrats!

Good for you. Well put.

Good for you. Well put.

My husband and I were married

My husband and I were married during a retrograde 14 years ago and we are still very happily married. While we've had some blowout fights over the years during retrogrades I wouldn't say cancel your wedding. Just make sure all your t's are crossed, i's are dotted and practice good communication skills.

Hi..... ? anything in

Hi..... ? anything in process prior to Mecury in Retro grade is usually ok to continue with. MR - is a time of completion, so if the Wedding plans or engagement were prior to MR... the Wedding would be a completion event.... your relationship was probably prior to MR - so I think this makes it ok.... :)

Blessings for both of you :)


Hi! I am most likely going to

Hi! I am most likely going to give birth during this retrograde period, and had the same reaction as you. My astrologer friend said "No worries! Just take a little extra time to troubleshoot all of the potentially frustrating scenarios, plan to deal with what IS within your limited control, and let go of the rest." A huge factor during Mercury retrograde is that energetically, a lot of folks are already expecting the worst, which can be a powerful key to manifestation. If you are already prepared for a few speed bumps, and keep your sense of humor, you'll roll through it relatively unscathed. (*just don't leave important details to that last minute window of time) ;-) And congrats!

I was born with mercury

I was born with mercury retrograde as we're my children. There are no worries. People w mercury retrograde tend to be easily distracted during retrograde periods. "Flakey", but in a pleasant way. They are generally intelligent n intuitive. Delivery may be delayed, doctor not on time (I had that happen)or some other minor irritation, but u n baby will be fine :)

Just read about it and work

Just read about it and work with the suggestions that is given. Talk to your soon to be husband and tell him that you need to keep communications opened and that Mercury in Retrograde will be past and all will get better. Communicate with each other nothing is more important

Best to wait and best wishes

Best to wait and best wishes to you : ))

U can get married before it

U can get married before it goes retrograde in a little ceremony in front of a judge; then u do ur dream wedding in October as planned.

I read it too late and ended

I read it too late and ended up calling mine off. It was supposed to be May 30th. Everything went upside down here.

My husband and I have been

My husband and I have been married for just a little 3 years. We were happy as we every could be, had our small minor argumetns like every couple would. Randomly towards the end of december and the first week of January he went on a rage for divorce and has filed. We NEVER had the divorce talk every in our 3 years of marriage. there were no red flags or anything. i told him he should have communicated better and he admit yes he should have, but is still insistent on the divorce. As silly as it maybe, could the MR, make him re-evaluate his entire situation?

we got married religious

we got married religious ceremony on nov 14,2011 but then did a legal court marriage nov 25th,2011 during MR in 2011 . :( just makes me think a lot now

Astrology is extremely

Astrology is extremely complex. MR always intensifies whatever is happening. But a main characteristic of MR is that whatever's going on will be short-lived. This is why astrology warns not to make life-changing agreements during MR. Example: never marry, start a new job, buy a house or any major purchase during MR bc either it won't last or it will be entangled. Hope it helps.

This sounds more like

This sounds more like transiting Uranus hitting something in his chart or your composite chart. Uranus transits are notorious for divorce filings.

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My wife and I met on Labor

My wife and I met on Labor Day Monday 2012 and married in January 2013. We are both in our late 40's and married twice before but this time it was completely different for both of us. We were inseparable but over time, she began to obssess on small communication issues between us (which are normal for 2 people who know each other so briefly). Yet it seemed like she couldn't help herself and came to the point where she wanted us to split, which we did...on Labor Day Monday of THIS year. I am completely devastated and KNOW she is making a huge mistake.

MY QUESTION: Could something like this that happened without MR, be "healed" during MR??