Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020

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

February 3, 2020
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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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My boyfriend of 5 years just

My boyfriend of 5 years just up and left us and is on a plane today coming back from another state after visiting his ex girlfriend he left me and his 2 year old son. He went to stay with her since Thursday night.
I am virgo with Gemini and he is Gemini with either virgo or leo I cant remember but this last week has been a very jealous one for me I know he will try to reconcile once he gets back but I am so hurt I dont know what or why he would go visit her when our relationship isnt over.
Does this MR have a lot to do with it? He moved out a while back but only comes around when he wants then I find this out...
I just want my family back together but still I just dont know if I can forgive him for leaving us to be wit her its considered cheating to me :/

First of all, he is your

First of all, he is your 'boyfriend' for 5 years??????!! That should tell you something right there, he is NOT GOING TO MARRY YOU. Then he's in and out, went to visit his ex girlfriend?? Come on, get real. Are you kidding me? Please wake up. You are a Virgo, use your intuition, leave this looser, make him pay up his child support or what ever, but stop wasting your time and emotions on this jerk.

Right on Twelve!

Right on Twelve!

Amen Twelve! What is it? I

Amen Twelve! What is it? I know 3 Virgos in similar situations who are convinced that they don't deserve any better. YOU DO! Let him go, the faster and the farther the better.

You both need more

You both need more spirituality in your life, it's not godly and he is disloyal. very hurtful and this other person is probably keeping in touch too, I would put a binding spell on her, not to hurt her, but for her to leave you and your family alone.. surround you and your boyfriend in the light and ask for protection.. be blessed and good luck.

Luisa, Mercury Retrograde has

Luisa, Mercury Retrograde has nothing to do with his irresponsibility and his inability to commit to you and your family. MR seems to affect communications etc., but if he is a jerk, he is a jerk.

He probably comes back from his girlfriend's house when they have had an argument and he returns to have sex with you to assure himself that he is still "the man."

Tell him to get lost and not return. You are FAR better off without him. You want someone who thinks you are wonderful and that your son is a great kid, not some loser who is going to teach your son by example, how to treat women (you).

I just want to let Sharon

I just want to let Sharon know, "What a great answer to such a common problem with so many men disrespecting women!!!" Sometimes when you find a good man, you just can't believe it. Thanks for being so right on. I certainly hope your comments to the damsel in distress heeds this knowledge.


Lisa, you got a loser! He

Lisa, you got a loser! He crawls back to you because he knows he can! Wake up! He's robbing you of your self respect. Throw the bum out! It's worse for your child seeing this going on!
Once a cheater, always a cheater! They don't change! Give your child a stable home and get rid of him.

MR is the least of your

MR is the least of your problems. Your choice in men is bad. Grow a spine & kick this jerk to the curb! We teach people how to treat us.

Dear love, no one can tell

Dear love, no one can tell you how to follow your heart except to follow your heart. Your inner self will tell you the right thing to do. You may want to seek guidance from a counselor about this. One thing for sure, when we give our bodies to a man who does not respect us, we lose self respect too. Cheating is not necessarily the end, but in my experience, sharing a man typically gives him carte blanche to continue to play around.

Wow, my boyfriend and I

Wow, my boyfriend and I almost broke up March 6-10, then again June 24-29. Both during Mercury retrograde or darn close to it.

He broke up with me last weekend, a week before Mercury goes retrograde again. He called yesterday wanting to work it out...But Mercury is about to go into retrograde again tomorrow!

He has Gemini moon and a number of planets in Virgo. I have a Virgo sun.

What to do?!? I don't want to lose him...

Mercury retrograde usually

Mercury retrograde usually means miscommunication, lost data, lost car keys, etc. I would say that the realizations about your relationship have more to do with Mars, Venus, and the Lunar Eclipses and New Moons that have happened lately.

I was born when mercury was

I was born when mercury was in retrograde. As a result my bad luck happens within the week before MR. But during MR, I can't do anything wrong. My business thrives, my relationships are remedied or end because they should. MR is the best time for me. I look forward to them. I am a Scorpio with an Aries ascendant. All of he posts regarding dating, breakups, buying, and signing. If you are truly interested in making decisions regarding MR or any other transitions, you should plan better. Do not forget the other person is affected differently by the transits. You need to check their signs and their issues, to help you solve yours. But mostly, you should step forward in life and stop trying to step backwards.

Any bad intentions by the

Any bad intentions by the offeror of the contract should be just as defective during MR as any bad intentions you may have. Make life happen. Just plan better.

I am in the process if

I am in the process if interviewing for a job that I used to do before just at a different company. Will this situation work in an MR? Same area, similar title, same responsibilities but different company and product.

This is my first time to hear

This is my first time to hear MR its sounds interesting I'm a Scorpio lady and my bf is a Married Cancer guy does this Mr has a good effect to our relationship? I mean does our relationship will be more stronger? I was born on October 30,1972.He was born on July 16,1969. How this MR affect our relationship? I hope it could answered I love him.

Scorpio and Cancer are of the

Scorpio and Cancer are of the same element (water), which by itself, means little. All of it depends on other planets in your respective charts, how those planets are related to each other and how your current transits are affected.

If you know the time of your respective births, you can check out (you'll also need to input your birth locations).

Planets that govern these types of relationships are the moon, Venus and Mars.

It's a place to start.

OMG only a scorpio sex addict

OMG only a scorpio sex addict would have the nerve to come on asking for advice in adultery with a married cancer... Your relationship success in whole is already doomed. Move on to someone more appropriate.

Be careful how you judge.

Be careful how you judge. It's doubtful that you have all of the information and those that are 'superior' are quite frequently the next to fall. Consider this your warning....

Firstly he's MARRIED!!! Love

Firstly he's MARRIED!!! Love him all you want but he's using you. MR has nothing to go with your stupidity. Dont play second fiddle to a man who took vows. Why do women steal other women's men, fall in love and then the men use it as leverage in using you. And hurting another person or family.

Um, my grandmother

Um, my grandmother gave me this advise long ago.
If he will cheat with you, he will cheat on you. What makes you so special that you would change the nature of a man ?

Cancer men often cheat and

Cancer men often cheat and NEVER leave their wives.

It took me sooo long to get

It took me sooo long to get on the blush bandwagon, too, Tricia!

I have met a guy during MR.

I have met a guy during MR. At the time I was not interested, but after the date changed my mind, but it was too late. He replied that he wasn't interested. I can't stop thinking about him. Can he change his mind if he made that decision during MR? Should I contact him again when Mercury is retrogate (as it brings people from the past) or should I contact him when Mercury is direct, so there is no further problem in communication. Meeting him during MR was the worst timing ever, we didn't communicate very well... And it left a bad impression. Or should I just forget about him and move on?

The meeting chart steers the

The meeting chart steers the relationship. If this is meant to be you can look at the natal synastry, I don't put everything based on a simple mercury retrograde there are many more complicated factors.

If he's not interested, not

If he's not interested, not much any planetary influences can do about this. Find someone who IS interested! If the synastry is good it's good. It's obviously not good if he's not interested. Allow a universe-arranged relationship.

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I broke uo with my ex-gf 3

I broke uo with my ex-gf 3 months ago for the 2nd time. I realize I made a mistake both times. I attempted to reconcile during the first day of retrograde 6/26. She didn't want to. We were together for over a year & thought we were soul mates. There was even akashik record stuff on both ends, separately before we got together. There's a lot more to this. Anyway, she said she's not dating & neither am I while we both work on ourselves. She said that she doesn't think she wants to reconcile ever in the future but she said she's not completely sure. Is there a chance for us to reconcile when I'm done working on myself (in 4-6 months or so)? I'm recently divorced 2 months ago.

A lot of problems with

A lot of problems with Mercury in retro are misattributed. That tiny mud ball has very little influence on human beings. And while in retro, intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
No, solar flares are the current issue and geomagnetic interference caused by these unpredictable flares. I am afraid there is at least another year before things settle down. Be patient.

Hey Tim , If you only

Hey Tim , If you only divorced 2 mos. ago? I'd say you still have alot of issues to work out. Divorce is like death and many of us tend to cling to others to help us over the hurdles of a break up. No matter how much you and your ex-wife may have agreed it was best. I would say give yourself at least a full year before you plan to be serious with someone else. You don't want them to feel the residue of your past relationship. You're already bringing in someone and breaking up with them..that is totally unacceptable and just because the 2 of you feel a spiritual connection, doesn't mean you should be in a committed relationship. I have a soul mate and even though we thought of being each others loves, we knew our friendship and bond was more important than the intimacy that involves sex and family. Just let her be and not confuse her. Also you don't know that 4-6 mos of working on yourself is enough time. If you need companionship then have dates and be platonic. Learn to be someones friend first and not think only of your needs to have someone by your side.