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Upcoming Mercury Retrogrades

Mercury SRx (Retrograde) periods tend to be the cosmic “my dog ate it,” explanation for why and how nothing is going as planned.

It’s a time period that anticipates a higher probability of mechanical malfunctions and glitches. Think of the movie Ground Hog Day, where you find yourself forced into a do-over of a situation when you least expect it. It’s when the check gets lost in the mail, the voicemail box is full and the email bounces back with an error message.  It can behave like a communications traffic jam.

It’s generally not the time to launch any new endeavor because an important component is likely to reverse–or someone involved may change their mind.  For this reason, you’ll want to refrain from committing to a new job, a domestic move or signing any important contractual paperwork during a Mercury retrograde period, as the odds increase that something falls through or someone could back out.  You would be best served to hold off on any purchase of electronic device or large ticket items during this time because you may have to take it back to the store or else there could be shipping delays.

Is there anything more Freddie than Mercury to be found during one of these time periods?

Yes. If you dedicate this time to revisiting old territory, it’s a great time for covering old ground and researching a project. If you are hoping to recover a lost item that went missing during this period, it stands a good chance of reappearing shortly after the retrograde ends. It’s a great stretch for revisiting, re-doing, research, anything that requires introspective quiet time to think. And don’t be surprised if an old friend or colleague turns up on the scene…because often a Mercury retrograde implies the potential appearance of someone you haven’t seen in a while.

Please note that these retrograde periods do not imply that the planet slams on the brakes on the first day and then shoots off like the Looney Tunes’ Roadrunner at the end date. It’s more like a gradual slowdown the week prior, and then takes a few days or so for Mercury to get back up to full speed, even if the retrograde period has officially ended.


2020 Mercury Retrograde Periods

February 17, 2020 through March 10, 2020.

  • Mercury turns SRx at 12′ Pisces 52″ on February 17, 2020.

  • Mercury re-enters the sign of Aquarius on March 4, 2020.

  • Mercury turns SD at 28′ Aquarius 13″ on March 10, 2020.

June 18, 2020 through July 12, 2020

  • Mercury SRx at 14′ Cancer 45″ on June 18, 2020.

  • Mercury turns SD at 5′ Cancer 29″ on July 12, 2020.

October 14, 2020 through November 3, 2020

  • Mercury turns SRx at 11′ Scorpio 39″ on October 14, 2020.

  • Mercury re-enters the sign of Libra on October 28, 2020.

  • Mercury turns direct at 25′ Libra 54″ on November 3, 2020.


2021 Mercury Retrograde Periods

January 30, 2021 through February 21, 2021.

  • Mercury turns SRx at 26′ Aquarius 29″ on January 30, 2021.

  • Mercury turns SD at 11′ Aquarius 02″ on March 10, 2020.

May 29, 2021 through July 22, 2021

  • Mercury SRx at 24′ Gemini 42″ on May 24, 2021.

  • Mercury turns SD at 16′ Gemini 12″ on June 16, 2021.

September 27, 2021 through October 21, 2021

  • Mercury SRx at 25′ Libra 28″ on September 27, 2021.

  • Mercury turns SD at 10′ Libra 14″ on October 18, 2021.


2022 Mercury Retrograde Periods

January 14, 2022 through February 4, 2022.

  • Mercury SRx at 10′ Aquarius 20″ on January 15, 2022.

  • Mercury re-enters Capricorn at 29″‘ on January 26, 2022.

  • Mercury turns SD at 24′ Capricorn 23″ on February 4, 2022

May 10, 2021 through June 3, 2022

  • Mercury SRx at 4′ Gemini 51″ on May 10, 2022.

  • Mercury re-enters Taurus at 29″‘ on May 23, 2022.

  • Mercury turns SD at 26′ Taurus 5″ on June 3, 2022

September 10, 2022 through October 2, 2022

  • Mercury SRx at 8′ Libra 55″ on September 10, 2022.

  • Mercury re-enters Virgo at 29″‘ on September 24, 2022.

  • Mercury turns SD at 24′ Virgo 16″ on October 2, 2022

December 29, 2022 through January 18, 2023

  • Mercury SRx at 24′ Capricorn 21″ on December 29, 2022.

  • Mercury turns SD at 8′ Capricorn 8″ on January 18, 2023



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