Mercury Retrograde Dates 2020: February, June, & October
In all three of Mercury’s annual retrogrades, there will be a puzzling elemental mix of water sign sensitivity and air sign aloofness. (As if Mercury’s tricks weren’t enough on their own!) Because of this, we’ll be challenged to harmonize our deep emotional experiences with our social, intellectual sides while communications get scrambled.
Where logic and structure become less reliable, we may need to lean on our intuition to navigate connections, or switch to objectivity when overwhelmed by emotion. To help yourself out, mark your calendar with these key Mercury retrograde dates so you can minimize being dazed and confused.
Mercury Retrograde in Pisces & Aquarius (February 17 – March 10)
Keywords: Disorganization, disconnect with reality, creativity, fresh perspectives, technology, abstract concepts
Detailed Mercury becomes disoriented in expansive Pisces, causing thoughts to drift and imagination to wander.
Trouble is, we still have schedules to keep, so while time tends to dissolve in Pisces world, we may need to set those text reminders, and stick to a to-do list to organize our days and provide some necessary external structure. It will be important not to expect the typical linear type of progress that we are used to, so use this time for what it’s made for; going deep into the creative process to meditate on fresh perspectives.
Mercury continues to back up into Aquarius, an objective and intellectual sign—which turns our focus back to the outside world. Thoughts are still abstract, yet issues in our social networks arise that may take some innovation to resolve. Aquarius is associated with technology and inventions, so don’t be surprised if emails get lost or electronic devices get glitchy. Communication may have to get more direct to compensate, so hop on the phone, or better yet, meet up for coffee to make sure the message is getting through.
Mercury Retrograde in Cancer (June 18 – July 12)
Keywords: Emotional, defensive, restoration, repair, emotional health
June and July’s retrograde stays deep in the emotive waters of Cancer, where our urge to nurture and protect is strong. Any miscommunication or crossed wires that may occur here are likely to have us feeling hurt and defensive, but it’s important to stay focused on the bigger picture.
We may also feel a need to retreat into solitude and rest, as this moon-ruled retrograde focuses on restoration and repair. It’s an ideal time to tend to our emotional health so that we can connect with our loved ones with more clarity.
Though we’re feeling vulnerable and self-protective, opening up about our deepest needs may be what is in order now to help us feel supported and secure. Mercury retrograde often takes us back to an unresolved conversation, so that we may have a chance at a do-over. Retrace your steps to find out where the connection was lost the first time and restore trust again.
Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio & Libra (October 14 – November 3)
Keywords: Delays, broody emotional turmoil, manipulation, insecurity, trouble with compromise
Moody, broody Scorpio can set the tone for misunderstandings when Mercury goes retrograde here. Delays in replies can have us assuming the worst, causing emotional turmoil if we retreat rather than check in with the other party for clarification.
Your gut reaction may be accurate, but there could be more to the story. Scorpio likes to gain control when uncertain, so be aware of any tendencies to manipulate outcomes if feeling insecure.
Libra, the sign of balance and social harmony, hosts the last Mercury retrograde activity of the year, turning our awareness to communications in our intimate relationships. The deep emotional topics kicked up to the surface in Scorpio season now have a chance to be examined with more objectivity and clarity.
As a Venus-ruled sign focused on negotiation, Libra supports mediation when communications have reached a stalemate. We are challenged to keep the peace amidst Mercury’s antics, finding a win-win solution to restore equality in love and friendship. It may be the perfect time to take the “media” out of social and host a gathering where friends can celebrate and connect in person.
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