Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020

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

November 1, 2020
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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 exactly does it mean for each of us, though? Read on to find out.

What Is “Mercury Retrograde”?

Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they 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 in the sky. 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 confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, 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 folowing ranges of dates:

  • February 17 to March 10
  • June 18 to July 12
  • October 14 to November 3

The final Mercury Retrograde of 2020 ends at 12:50 p.m. on ET November 3 (Election Day!), after which it will start moving forward again! Traditionally, the end to Mercury Retrograde brings less confusion and chaos; let’s hope this is the case. Given the elections, expect much discussion and communications surrounding this particular event. Learn more in the November Horosope.

In 2021, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates:

  • January 30 to February 21
  • May 29 to June 22
  • September 27 to October 23

What You Should Do When Mercury is Retrograde

The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.

So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and 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 people’s shorter fuses and miscommunication. 

Take a Moment to Reflect

Some blame Mercury retrograde for all chaos that happens in their lives. However, this is a good time to sit back and review what you put your energy toward.

For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting enough of your energy into them or have you become overextended in other areas such as your career or a hobby? Losing the balance between different parts of your life can cause all of them to suffer, so being aware of the connections between them—especially during Mercury retrograde—can help you to maintain or at least better understand how that balance works.

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 also 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.

Source: 

The Old Farmer's Almanac

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I'm going to sleep for the

I'm going to sleep for the next 30 days......

Help! I start a new job on

Help! I start a new job on 7/15/13......the area where I live jobs are limited so I can't postpone my start date AND I would like to stay with this company for a while! Geeesh plus my birthday is during this retrograde 7/13.......my moon & asc are both in Sag

You should not postpone your

You should not postpone your job. Just practice some meditation to clear your mind, every morning and night. Then just remember that this will pass soon, and mercury retrograde is just an illusion. It just appears to be going backwards... the mind is a terrible thing to waste and it is quite powerful enough to go slowly and make check lists, and just be aware that miscommunications and other misplacings can happen and they are natural :) Good Luck !

I have come to understand and

I have come to understand and realize :
"I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts" and " I can change my thoughts". This is from the studies of Atonement.
Therefore the answers to many questions can be found by listening and asking your heart brain what to do.
This daily practice will help One ,become more aware of their inner strengths to kick out the ego
speaking of fear and failure. Then EGO feeds off the negative thoughts manifested in our head brain. Think with ones heart brain and all that is good or is meant to be will follow. We are each perfect the way we were made. Kick out the negative .

What a wonderfully insightful

What a wonderfully insightful post. Thank you for your perspective. Not only do I whole heartedly agree, I plan to put this into action in my own life. Cheers!

I received a job offer and

I received a job offer and have already been to a few ice-breakers with the new team and training sessions. I don't sign the contract however, until July 18th. Am I doomed? I have already booked the vacation day and the appointment is scheduled. Advice?

Valerie G. I consider myself

Valerie G.

I consider myself to be a "student of astrology". About your "contract" - I would delay signing it until after July 20th, when Mercury goes direct. But use this time (now) to review the contract, assess its merits, its objectives and HONESTY (most important of all). Contracts should protect both parties, all parties. Not be one sided. I wish you blessings and prosperity in your new endeavor!

I had 2 experiences with a

I had 2 experiences with a job and retrograde. Whether I signed the contract later or not, I still BEGAN getting the job during the retrograde and NEITHER of them worked out well. I lost them both within months. I interviewed and was accepted for one before the retrograde, and they opened the club DURING the retrograde. The gym has been doing VERY poorly since and I have left because they haven't paid me even once on time.
The other was similar, I was getting jipped with money and the owner was a total disgusting person, so I left there too.
Good luck. It all works out for the best though. So don't fret. Mercury retrograde=Re-write, Re-view, Re-do, RELAX!

I decided to start doing

I decided to start doing affirmations for this retrograde. I have used them in the past and got wonderful results. http://www.reikilifeworks.com/...

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...
Thanks

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.

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