Mercury goes retrograde approximately three-four times a year and in 2020 is in Retrograde from:
- February 17 to March 10
- June 18 to July 12
- October 14 to November 3
Firstly what is a retrograde?
A retrograde is when a planet appears to turn backwards in the sky. This happens due to an optical illusion caused by differences in orbit.
All the major planets (excluding the luminaries – the sun and the moon) go retrograde from time to time.
When planets go retrograde the impact of the planet changes and the type of activities that are recommended change too.
What is Mercury Retrograde all about?
Mercury is the planet of communications, contracts, local travel, legal affairs and technology and is ruled by the sign of Virgo – and the 3rd house of Communications.
Mercury represents the way that we communicate, think, learn and process information.
Mercury can be thought of as the Messenger.
It is considered to be a fairly harmonious planet but whilst in retrograde however, it tends to bring disruption, technological difficulties, and problems with agreements and contracts.
So when Mercury goes retrograde this heralds a time for taking a step back, slowing down and waiting it out.
During a Mercury Retrograde, we may feel slightly disoriented, stagnant, stuck or like nothing is moving forward easily.
A Mercury retrograde will ask us to double check everything, put off what can be delayed and, for what can’t, make sure we are checking the fine print!
It is not recommended to launch a new product, set up technology, sign contracts, travel or make major purchases during this period.
But with Mercury retrograding so frequently sometimes this can’t be helped and we can’t always avoid it so instead plan ahead, be prepared for potential issues, have back-up plans, and don’t be surprised if there are miscommunications.
This is the time to be flexible, double check all communications and travel arrangements, and avoid signing contracts.
By the time Mercury turns direct, if we have taken the time to reflect and review we will be ready to make headway with our goals.
It is worth noting that if you were born during a Mercury retrograde you might actually find that the impact is reversed for you and that this period is super productive for you!
Where is Mercury retrograding in your chart?
Mercury retrogrades in different zodiac signs and each retrograde will be subtly influenced by the characteristics of the sign Mercury is in.
February 16-March 9, in Pisces (until March 4) and Aquarius
June 18-July 12, in Cancer
October 13-November 3, in Scorpio (until October 27) and Libra
So this current Mercury retrograde is in Cancer and Mercury will retrograde from 15-5 degrees Cancer so take a look at your natal chart to see which house this is in for you and take note of any other planets around this area.
If you are not sure what the different houses represent then check out my FREE astrology basics course.
Astrology King wrote about this specific Mercury Retrograde:
“Mercury retrograde 2020 makes no planetary aspect but is under the influence of the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. This portends business success, honor, renown, and wealth.
Another positive influence comes from an asteroid associated with wisdom, prudence, and deep thought. So rational thinking, wise counsel, and caution can help you make intelligent decisions that lead to success and wealth.”
What might the position of Mercury’s June/July 2020 Retrograde mean for you?
In which part of your life do you need to reflect and review?
For me, it is in my 10th House of Career and Public Recognition.
I’ve had an intense few months in my corporate work and my business with the culmination of some of my corporate projects as well as moving into Branding work using Astrology. We’ve also just started transitioning back into an office environment after 4 months working full-time from home – which I love – so it’s making me want to throw in the towel so to speak.
I’ve felt some frustrations around the timing of wanting to be able to just dive 100% into my astrology work yet knowing I’m working on this amazing corporate project.
This feels like a reminder to take a step back, reflect, and review and not to make any rash decisions just yet!