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When is the Next Mercury Retrograde? Review & Reconsider the 2020 Mercury Retrogrades

Updated: Jun 16


When is Mercury Retrograde in 2020?

Welcome 2020! In this series of astrology articles, I’ll be sharing astrology news you can use for some Insight for the new year.


There is a general theme for 2020 about the right use of power and managing resources wisely.

The first month of the new year, be sure to take a step back and make a practical plan before forward progress. The new year begins with a powerful alignment in the careful sign Zodiac sign of Capricorn.


What is Mercury Retrograde?


Mercury retrograde is an illusion in the planet pattern of the sky story that happens for about 3 weeks, 3 times a year. There are 3 important Mercury Retrogrades in 2020.


Mercury retrograde often gets a bad rap for glitches and miscommunications. Mercury gets blamed for all kinds of things: computer crashes, transportation delays or communication misfires. Mercury supports analysis and organization, so during a retrograde, there is reversal, or invitation to go with the flow. The gift of this cycle is less attention on order and logic, with a greater invitation to rest, relax and regenerate.


Mercury Retrogrades are times to simply shift from left to right brain focus.


How to align with the positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde:

Be creative. Think out of the box. Be open to surprises and spontaneity.

Mercury is known as an archetype both as the Messenger and the Trickster. Mercury supports both commerce and trade, as well as how to exchange ideas. Since Mercury is the ruler of communications, commerce and transportation, when Mercury is retrograde it’s important to double check details in these areas.


Mercury the Messenger rules over:

communication; talking, listening, learning, reading, editing, & researching trade; negotiations, selling & buying. contracts & agreements; documents, book manuscripts, titles & deeds transportation; planes, trains, automobiles, shipping & travel.


Planning ahead vs. being spontaneous are the symbolic themes of Mercury retrograde. If you have important projects or travel plans, take the time to plan ahead before the Mercury Retrograde begins. However, in the weeks during Mercury retrograde be sure to be open to surprises and be flexible to make adjustments quickly.


Irritation or frustration may arise if you are digging in your heels trying to maintain your idea of order to control a situation. Be open and go with the flow. Mercury retrograde times are an opportunity to look back, revise, redo, reconsider and reflect.


2020 Mercury Retrogrades

If you have planets in your personal birth chart near the Mercury Retrograde points, pay attention! Reflect on your own personal birth chart with this reference for the 2020 Mercury Retrogrades to find the potent points activated by this year’s sky story.


When is Mercury Retrograde in 2020?

(Please note, if you are new to astrology, the degrees mentioned below relate to a specific section of sky. They serve as reference points, like mile markers on a highway. There are 360 degrees in a circle and 12 Zodiac signs. For astrology references, that is 30 degrees for each sign, the range is from zero to 29 degrees.)


Mercury Retrograde February 16 - March 9, 2020:

Begins in the water sign of Pisces at 2 degree, and ends in the air sign of Aquarius at 28 degrees.

What are you thinking? If your new years intentions were larger then life, dream bigger! This Mercury Retrograde begins with Neptune the planet of dreams and visions. Then, make sure you have a practical action plan that is down to earth. Revisit, revise or reflect on your goals for the new year. Whatever you are creating, build it slowly. If you feel it, you can do it! Don’t rush and take your time.


Mercury Retrograde June 17 - July 12, 2020:

Occurs in water sign Cancer, from 14 - 5 degrees.

Take some time off and slow it down. Have a ‘stay-cation’ this summer. Do what it takes to enjoy the simple pleasures and comforts of life with the people who are closest to your heart. Recognize who and what you truly love. All aspects of perceptions of self care are highlighted during this timing. Gift yourself the opportunity to give extra attention to healthy eating, or nurture yourself by scheduling a healing massage.


Mercury Retrograde October 13 - November 3, 2020:

Begins in the water sign of Scorpio at 11 degrees, and ends in the air sign of Libra at 25 degrees.

Look before you leap! What is fair in love and war is a general theme the months of October and November. Consider how best to manage your financial and physical resources wisely. This retrograde starts off with Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, facing off to unpredictable Uranus. Action oriented Mars is also retrograde during this time, so there is a double emphasis on slowing down.





Supportive suggestions for Mercury Retrograde:

Mistakes may happen. Create extra time in your schedule for spontaneity.Double check details. Be kind with your self if you have to redo or repeat something.Remember: back up computers, take care of car maintenance and review receipts.If possible, avoid major purchases, creating contracts, or serious surgery during this time.Don’t push the river, go with the flow

Just before and after a Mercury Retrograde, the planet “stations”. When a planet stations, it seems to “stand still” for a few days at the same point of the sky from our view on Earth. When any planet stations, astrologers say there is more power with this planet. Why? Just like an acupuncture session that aligns the meridians, the stationary planet is focuses on a particular part of the sky, therefore energizing a specific area of life related to your personal birth chart. This illuminates what area of your life that wants your extra attention to reflect and review.

Look to your own personal astrology chart or consult with Kathryn to find out how Mercury is activating your chart during the Mercury Retrograde cycles of 2020.


Eyes on the Sky:

You know a Mercury Retrograde cycle is coming when Mercury is visible in the western sky just after sunset. Quickly over the coming weeks, Mercury gets lost in the rays of the Sun on it’s journey through the solar system, so it disappears for a time from our view on Earth. Finally, within two weeks, Mercury reappears in the morning sky just before dawn. This dance in the sky story is known as Mercury Retrograde.


Kathryn Andren is an astrologer and intuitive currently based in New York. Dedicated to healing service since 1997, she integrates astrology, art, energy healing & massage therapy in her private practice. Her deep connection to land, sea and sky inspires a holistic approach to her consulting and teaching. She holds a BA in Psychology and embodies years of professional experience with intuitive wisdom. Learn more, visit www.kathrynandren.com


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