Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020

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

February 3, 2020
Mercury Retrograde - OFA
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Mercury’s next period of retrograde motion will last from February 17 to March 10, 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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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.

Folks, do not post personal

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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.

Thats so sad. I hope you can

Thats so sad. I hope you can work it out. Because true love is had to come by. I know this awesome Spiritual Advisor Scarlet. She really help me with my situation.If your into that type of thing here is will tell you this shes so amazing and caring:).You will not regret it!!!!

you divorced 2 months ago and

you divorced 2 months ago and were dating your gf as recently as 3 months ago. astrology has nothing to do with your problems. work on yourself for a few years and stop acting like a fool.

your last sentence needed to

your last sentence needed to be your first. with the emotional upheaval of a divorve, a new realtionship so soon is hardly doable. you may try to justify it in your present state of mind but given yourself a significant emotional rest to regroup and recover. explore other ways for now to disract youself from relationships. spend time with a hobby, travel, visit new places closer to home. D!o volunteer work. There are so many community initiatives that could use a little help. above all, rest your emotions and give your heart a chance to recharge.

Hi it's been nearly two

Hi it's been nearly two months I just can't stop thinking of someone I knew 22 years ago it driving me mad it has taken over my life please why this happening he's settle down and so have I

What is it with the person

What is it with the person from 22yrs ago? What do you feel your missing?

No he's married to another

No he's married to another woman,but for now im here in china to work and he is in philippines...thanks for replying my msg.

Im a Gemini . I broke up with

Im a Gemini . I broke up with a man I am very in love with at the beginning of retrograde .i was under stress but it really did make a lot of since .we are not really communacating now even though I said I was sorry as he is hurt and angry at me. Hoping to make some head way when mercury turns direct .

Darlin as a gemini you always

Darlin as a gemini you always need to keep an eye on your twin brother or sister. Watch for crazy making when merc goes rx in oct-nov. Accept what happened under the covers. It is what it is. Kathi

Identifying with certain

Identifying with certain blogs and interested to reach out.

This blog shined a brighter

This blog shined a brighter light on my life. Me always having to keep a an eye on my twin sister. Be the voice of reason. Curious about the sheet situation.... we'll certainly see soon enough.

Intuition is high during

Intuition is high during these retro periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary, but it is the Sun which is the problem. It is sending out incredible flares. These will mess with life here on Earth far more then the tiny mud ball millions of miles from Earth and just a wee bit larger than our Moon. One more year in this cycle. Have fun.

February 23–March 17: Went

February 23–March 17: Went back to Nebraska to visit my 80 year old grandma. The 2nd day of my visit we rushed her to the ER with abdominal pain and, a few days later, learned that she had pancreatic cancer.

June 26–July 20: After taking care of my grandma during her first round of chemo, I returned to Arizona for a breather. My cat jumped at the window to swat at a bird, landed funny, and within minutes had a terribly swollen hind leg. After taking Xrays and performing other diagnostic tests we found that she had landed on a malignant tumor and it had burst, causing the swelling. Had she not landed funny we may never have known about the cancer until she was too sick and weak to go on. Coincidence? As they could not remove the cancer, we had to put our girl to sleep.

I look forward to things evening out for awhile.

My wife left me during all of

My wife left me during all of this mercury retrogade and I was reading that because we may get back together. can you tell me if this is happening do to the retrograde?

You are smart to question the

You are smart to question the atmosphere now! Only the spirit and soul knows the outcome. You two will sort this out once mercury rx leaves the dead zone. You and your wife may have trust issues for now. She is unhappy with herself. Not you! Her stability needs to be in question.

I'd look into transits more

I'd look into transits more than retrograde. Most disputes or no communications is due to the transits in someone's astrological chart.

My ex and I hadn't been on

My ex and I hadn't been on talking terms since february. I started talking to him on june 1st, but he was hardly responsive and dismiSive until recently- late june! The communication is great now and we - actually I won't jinx anythig by talking :) this one retrogade has worked out for me!
He's pisces and I'm a gemini

i am a taurus woman im with a

i am a taurus woman im with a capricorn man he is married...weve been together since 2005,now i am planning to buy a house this this the good time to buy...

So, your having an affair

So, your having an affair with a married man and you want to know if it's a good time to buy a house? I think you should be asking some very different questions IMO..

Seriously......your big

Seriously......your big question is whether this is a good time to buy a house when you are with a married man? OMFG.

Good girl for sharing your

Good girl for sharing your relationship. Many folks dont understand the dilema of being a very good person yet having a most debilitating situation to the statis quo. Buy the house! But not during mercury rx. The house is for your soul and spirit. This is for u! You know the rules of a mistress by now. The house is a comfort zone. Go for it! Hugs. Kathi

Thank you so much for sharing

Thank you so much for sharing your comments,its not easy for me to have this situation,actually i need advice,this house is for me.

when is the mercury rx?thanks

when is the mercury rx?thanks kathi.hug and kisses

Yes! It is a great time for a

Yes! It is a great time for a taurus woman who is with a capricorn married man to buy a home. But only if you have 8 dogs and 8 cats, if you don't, you simply must get 8 puppies and 8 kittens first, or you'll be sorry.

thank you i will do your

thank you i will do your advice...