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 am concerned after reading

I am concerned after reading the comments about surgery. Earlier this month, June, I was scheduled for lasik eye surgery in July. I am just realizing it is during MR. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Pattyann, I recommend an

Hi Pattyann,

I recommend an article of the late Howard Sasportas where he rapported a similar personal issue. The book title....? I will let you know at short. Problably it will clear the sky a lot more for you!

Best regards,
Paul Rietman, The Netherlands

Hi, PattyAnn, Seeing that you

Hi, PattyAnn,

Seeing that you need those eyes and they would be hard to get fixed, I would postpone any surgery unless life threatening during Mercury retrograde period.

I have a closing on a house

I have a closing on a house 07/11/13, and I was wondering if anything, it is okay during MR Thank you CB

being a landlord myself I

being a landlord myself I know time is of the essence get a couple red candles the glass ones with your 7 days dress them with Mercury oil keep one burning all the way through a retrograde. double check all your paperwork and don't take any detail for granted

That sounds like a good way

That sounds like a good way to burn the property down. Then you won't have to worry about your tenant anymore.

Or, you could just read each

Or, you could just read each thing very carefully and also expect obstacles or snafus. It's hard to tell - were you born with Mercury Retrograde like me? If so, then you dont' feel the effects nearly as much and also, what is your rising sign? That will determine what house Mercury is in when it turns retrograde at 22 Cancer. Be very careful though - make sure you know every single thing about the house you are buying before signing those papers. Seldom does "something hidden" not come up after mercury goes direct.

Well what happened?

Well what happened?

I have a tenant to evict

I have a tenant to evict which I have never done before. I sent a legal letter 2 month ago which made him pay half of the balance over 4 months, but he hasn't responded since. I just realized if I see a lawyer tomorrow as scheduled, it might be too close to MR. What would you do? I'm debating if I should wait another 3 weeks which is a huge burden on me...

since you are re-visiting the

since you are re-visiting the situation it is probably a perfect time to deal with this

Oh I should have read your

Oh I should have read your message before I decide to postpone! It bugged me the fact that I might start a court process during the MR. Oh well. I can resume after this :)

Do you guys recommend getting

Do you guys recommend getting and going to a new gym (la fitness) during mercury retrograde?!

Don't sign any contracts!!!

Don't sign any contracts!!! AND be really careful you don't hurt yourself on the equipment.

Two monthly horoscope guides

Two monthly horoscope guides have July 19 as good day to sign a contract, during next MR.
I have a house closing scheduled for that day, what wins out? Both horoscope guides list same date 7/19 which doesn't often happen they agree, MR ends 7/20.

Better not to have surgery

Better not to have surgery when the moon is in scorpio if you have a choice. ditto for mercury retrograde.

I do not expect anything

I do not expect anything furing MR I roll with it, work with the Trickster Gods and enjoy new adventures. In my head that is xD.

I got a job offer before MR,

I got a job offer before MR, however started the job during it. I'm having a lot of problems with my boss, it's almost like she hates me. I'm wondering if this will get better. Ugh

I am wondering what influence

I am wondering what influence the election of a new Pope and the Conclave has during retrograde Mercury. I feel this bears watching very closely and is significant for millions of Catholic followers as well as the world news. Could 1978 repeat itself again or will the Church's “Sexual Scandal” rear its ugly head again. This unusual timing (retrograde Mercury) will have far flung effects on many areas of the election process via the spoken and written word (the casting of ballots). I wonder if any other recent Conclaves were done during retrograde Mercury. Certainly would be interesting to research this information!!

Well right before the new

Well right before the new pope was told to us a lone bird lit near the area an omen of who would be selected and did we get, St Francis of Assissi

my bike was stolen during

my bike was stolen during this March 2013 Mercury Retrograde ... I rode it to University 25k there and back again everyday ... now I'm unable to ...

Mercury retro affects people

Mercury retro affects people differently depending on their signs and charts. Some people seem to go unscathed through a Mercury retro while others like me accumulate delays, unusual incidents, coincidences and obstacles that completely drain all my energy. I have tried all sorts of things to make this period as smooth as possible but as I cannot control other people's actions and needs, I simply cannot avoid Mercury retro's effects.
Things I would not do during a mercury retro are signing important contracts, launch an event, have surgery or medical exams, business travels, purchase equipment especially IT equipment. Things I would definitely do are meeting up with long lost friends, work on tasks and things I have not completed yet and that are long overdue.

I was wondering if I should

I was wondering if I should buy my paralyzed dog a wheelchair during mercury retrograde. She's been slowly going paralyzed for the last year, but has been confined to just sitting on the soda for the last 3 months, as her disease progressed. I would love to make her mobile again. I think she would be a lot happier too, but I don't want it to fail. It is new, it is transportation I guess. However it is helping her with an old problem. So I'm confused if it will work or not during a MR. Thanks.


Jeepers...expect transportation problems and communication problems...might be better to wait, so she understands better that this is not a half-cage. Is she otherwise fit? Is she in pain when she moves? Might be kinder to put her down and let her spirit find a new puppy body to live in. I'm sorry for your situation.

Mercury retrograde is the

Mercury retrograde is the perfect time to do things starting with "re-". With a cart, your dog may re-learn how to move, re-discover the outside world, re-alize that you love her that much and re-new her vigor and attachment to life.

Killing her in the hope that next time around will be different overlooks the operation of purpose, or karma. She may well have to go through this again & again until she finds someone willing to help her on her journey through this interesting process of learning to move differently through the world. It would suck for her to have to repeat the painful and embarrassing parts until she can get help getting to the good part :) I bet you're the right person though. Best wishes to you both.

Hi Chris79. MR or not, I

Hi Chris79. MR or not, I would definitely go straight away and get the wheelchair! Of course you're afraid it might not work but you won't know until you get your poor dog the chair and see how she does.
I've had animals all my life and not once have I let MR stop me from getting one of my animals whatever they needed. How would you feel if you were her? "Hmm.... better not because Mercury is Retro and it might not work."
They have had such tremendous success with animals, not just dogs, and wheelchairs! Too much success to stop me from getting her what she needs! The animals who have been blessed enough to have people who love them enough to get them whatever it may take to improve the quality of their lives, MR or not, have seen their animals make tremendous comebacks and become very active, healthy and happy!!
Please don't put her down and hope for "next time"! If you're going to do that, please give her to PAWS or another non kill shelter where they will get her whatever it takes to improve her quality of life instead of killing her!! How would you feel if the situation were reversed and you were the pup?
They've even developed prosthetic legs for horses and have had tremendous success with those! Nowadays, a wheelchair for a dog is nothing! Even with MR. This is taking MR way too far!!

I am a Gemini. I have a job

I am a Gemini. I have a job interview during MR. Will it affect the outcome?

Maybe, maybe not. Just make

Maybe, maybe not. Just make sure you have plenty of time to get to the interview and that you are well prepared.

Everything went well, just

Everything went well, just waiting on a phone call!

Never never do the following

Never never do the following things during merc retrograde if you can help it:
1) Buy new electronics of any kind
2) Start major new ventures
3) SCHEDULE Surgery, esp. new surgery. If you are re-doing things including surgery, that could work.

If fate intervenes and you can't help/reschedule, then don't be surprised if the outcome is less than perfect. Good Luck!

Thanks for yur comment but I

Thanks for yur comment but I know some people who have had their best surgery under a Mercury retro. There are no divine rules that say that Mercury retro's surgery are a no no. It works well for some people