Mercury Retrograde 2020

What does it mean and how does it impact YOU?
2020 has three Mercury retrogrades  and they are all in water signs;  Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. However, two of the Mercury retrogrades touch back into air signs that emphasize relationships, such as Pisces back into humanitarian-oriented Aquarius in February/March and Scorpio back into partnership-oriented Libra in October/November. The water signs emphasize emotional awareness and the alignment with the intuitive connection to the spiritual level, and touch back into air signs to emphasize how we relate our spiritual concepts in connection with others. From the four levels of awareness, we have the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, with the emotional realm as the doorway into the spiritual realm. With the Mercury retrogrades of 2020 from the emotional realms back into how we treat and communicate with others will see the information gathered from this level to make the adjustments in the physical levels of our life. According to our inner essence of emotional and spiritual awareness, the status of these levels are used to determine the journey we will have as we move through 2020.

What is the purpose of Mercury Retrograde?
The purpose of Mercury retrograde is to review and revise our life and our connection with reality. The timing of this universe is geared toward the Sun as it moves through the zodiac. Mercury has an orbit that at times gets ahead of the Sun allowing us to look into the future toward new and innovative ideas. However, we cannot continue in that vein until we come back to the present designated by the Sun and put our new ideas into manifestation. During the time that Mercury jumps ahead, we ultimately have to bring the ideas back into the present to test and evaluate to see how they fit into our life. As Mercury retrogrades back into the present, the connection with the Sun happens as we test drive our ideas and re-align with reality and the natural timing of the universe.


As we know, Mercury doesn’t actually move backwards, the issue becomes that the Earth’s orbit is moving faster than Mercury and so it “appears” that Mercury is going backwards. The important element is to realize that when Earth is moving faster than Mercury, we experience a time when our mental concepts and perceptions are stretching to keep up with the faster moving situations. We can feel confused, disconnected and frustrated as situations feel out of control. 

Mercury itself rules how we think, we will be adjusting everything related to thoughts, concepts, ideas, and communication, especially how technology and material elements play a part in the physical manifestation of ideas. When Mercury retrogrades, we find that many parts of our life are being revised. Often these revisions can be a surprise or throw us back a step. However, these revisions which occur during a Mercury retrograde, are a "course correction" and provide a stop gap measure until we can review situations. During this time of revision, change is compounded and confusion is created by our reactions to the ever-changing situations. Thus anything started during this time will ultimately be taken back or even revised further, making for a highly frustrating time. This will be especially true with changing our minds, reviewing new ideas and our communication being improved and honed so not to be misunderstood.

The best mode to be in during a Mercury retrograde is one of "non-reaction", and fire signs being impacted, emotional and mental reactions to concepts (perceptions and reality) will be changing continually during a Mercury retrograde. Treat the time period as a time of gathering information, yet because the information will be in constant change it would be like trying to comb your hair in a wind storm. Best to wait until the changes stop before attempting to make things orderly. Therefore, just let the winds of situations blow around you without reacting. Once Mercury turns direct, take a look at the information that is still around at that time and go about putting everything in order, while maintaining the fine art of flexibility.

Read more for specific current Mercury Retrograde events:

Mercury Retrograde OnLine News - publication issues for 2020


Mercury Retrograde Phenomena - publication issues for 2020 

Mercury Retrograde Events to come:


Mercury Retrograde for 2020 - The Power of Accountability
February 18 to March 10
12 Pisces back to 28 Aquarius


June 19 to July 12
14 Cancer back to 5 Cancer


October 13 to Nov 3
12 Scorpio back to 26 Libra

Mercury Retrograde 2021 - The Power of Information/Communication
January 30 to February 21
26 Aquarius back to 11 Aquarius


May 30 to June 22
24 Gemini back to 16 Gemini


September 28 to October 19
25 Libra back to 10 Libra




Mercury Retrograde 2022 - The Power of People-Focused Solutions
January 15 to February 5
10 Aquarius back to 24 Capricorn


May 11 to June 4
4 Gemini back to 26 Taurus


September 9 to October 3
11 Libra back to 24 Virgo


December 30 to January 19
24 Capricorn back to 8 Capricorn




Mercury Retrograde 2023 - The Power of Inner Logic
December 30 2022 to January 19 2023
24 Capricorn back to 8 Capricorn


April 22 to May 16
15 Taurus back to 5 Taurus


August 24 to October 3
22 Virgo back to 8 Virgo


December 14 to Jan 2 2024
8 Capricorn back to 22 Sagittarius




Mercury Retrograde 2024 - The Power of Inspired Accomplishments
December 14 2023 to Jan 2 2024
8 Capricorn back to 22 Sagittarius


April 2 to April 26
27 Aries back to 16 Aries


August 6 to August 29
4 Virgo back to 21 Leo


November 27 to December 16
22 Sagittarius back to 6 Sagittarius




Mercury Retrograde 2025 - The Power of Completion
March 16 to April 8
9 Aries back to 27 Pisces


July 19 to August 12
15 Leo back to 4 Leo


November 10 to November 30
6 Sagittarius back to 21 Scorpio

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Major Aspects in December 2020

  • November 30 - Sun opposition Moon - FULL MOON / LUNAR ECLIPSE - 8 Sagittarius / 8 Gemini 

  • December 01 - Mercury enters Sagittarius

  • December 09 - Sun square Neptune - 18 Sagittarius / 18 Pisces

  • December 14 - Sun conjunct Moon - NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE - 23 Sagittarius

  • December 17 - Saturn enters Aquarius

  • December 19 - Jupiter enters Aquarius

  • December 19 - Sun conjunct Mercury - 27 Sagittarius

  • December 21 - Jupiter conjunct Saturn - 1 Aquarius

  • December 21 - Sun enters Capricorn - Solstice

  • December 23 - Mars square Pluto - 24 Aries / 24 Capricorn

  • December 25 - Mercury trine Uranus - 7 Capricorn / 7 Taurus

  • December 29 - Sun opposition Moon - FULL MOON - 7 Capricorn / 7 Cancer

  • December 31 - Moon opposition Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter / square Mars - 24 Cancer / 24 Capricorn









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