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What is all of this Mercury Retrograde Wonkiness?

I have the dates for when Mercury Retrograde happens from 2016 to 2030 in this post for your reference. hope it helps. Good to know.

Mercury Retrograde

Are you puzzled and wondering what is all of this Mercury Retrograde Wonkiness?

Some of you may have already been experiencing some forgetfulness and other interesting things happening to you. Here is why…

Updated for Oct, 2020

In 2020, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion from October 14 to November 3, 2020.

Don’t forget we are still in Mars Retrograde at the time of this post.


The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such.

So, when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Double-check your email responses, check-in with reservations before you take that trip.

   Several times during the year, Mercury will go into retrograde.  Most of us will be subject to its maddening effects and consequences, particularly if you happen to be a Gemini or Virgo as these signs are ruled by Mercury. 

Mercury Retrograde

What is all of this Mercury Retrograde Wonkiness and what does it really mean?

To start with you need to understand what a retrograde planet is.


A retrograde planet is a planet that (when viewed from the earth) appears to have stopped and then the Planet temporarily reverses its regular movement through the sky.  The planet then goes retrograde (or backward).  After a certain length of time (depending upon the planet involved), the planet then appears to once again stop and reverse its movement through the sky.  The planet then goes direct and back on its normal path through the sky. A planet being in retrograde means that, to us here on Earth, it appears to be moving backward. The opposite of retrograde motion (or Rx for short) is direct motion. Of course, the planets are not really going backward. It is an optical illusion.


What happens when Mercury is in retrograde? 

Just about anything! 

You may miss appointments, your computer crashes, cars don’t start, checks or important documents get lost in the mail, there will be delays, cancellations, and postponements.   Keep this in mind you are traveling just before the holidays start. But these will be of benefit to you in the long run so don’t fight them.

 It’s like having pregnancy brain on steroids! 

What should we do during Mercury Retrograde?

These will be very frustrating and restless times.  It is best to keep a low profile when mercury in retrograde is upon us.  Take nothing for granted.  Don’t sign important documents or make major decisions.  The effects of Mercury can be felt prior to and after retrograde itself.  And even though they are not retrograde, they are very influential as Mercury as at its most erratic. Loads of the chaos suggested in Mercury Retrograde is the stuff that’s more likely to happen when we’re tired, hungry, rushing, or disorganized! This is the season for that, isn’t it?

On the Positive side, take advantage of some of this Mercury Retrograde time to nest and rest a little at home, connect and declutter.

De-clutter your Home during Mercury Retrograde and start getting ready for the New Year!

Clear your space. 

 This is the ultimate time to start clearing the clutter from life, and the benefits include:  having more time, peace of mind, money, connection, creativity, and love every day.   Learn how to perform a space clearing today.

You might not be able to clear your whole life of clutter during Mercury Retrograde, nor should you force it, but you can start now and get the flow going.

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Get some Rest and Clarity with great expectations

Great Rest and Clarity go hand in hand, then Great expectations are to follow!  We get more of what we expect, so start the day with the simplest decision that amazing things are on the way and see how that changes the flow of things! Meditate, drink water take care of you, and engage in some self-care activities. or create a mini zen garden.

 Go to bed one hour earlier to unplug from all the devices and daily noise. With Clear intentions of getting some rest for the soul, clarity will follow during this Retrograde time of confusion. 


Friends and Family time 

See friends & family, catch up with loved ones you haven’t seen in ages, and embrace a season of togetherness.  Spend time with the people you love and the love multiplies! Enjoy some shopping together or some playing a board game on a Friday night.  

Travel for Mercury Retrograde

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Traveling During Mercury Retrograde

Plan ahead, Mercury typically rules communication and clear thinking, so when it’s retrograde, those things tend to get a little screwed up. It usually results in a lot of confusion, communication issues, and poor decision making — all things that are essential for a comfortable traveling experience. This December, Mercury is going retrograde in Saturn, which can actually make transportation problems worse.

Being Pro-ACTIVE and Communication is Going to be KEY! 

According to Astrology King, Mercury retrograde in Saturn can bring about a lot of Negative energy along with critical thinking that is best applied to challenging mental work.  If you have not planned ahead, made some extra Buffer travel time, and communicate your plans to your loved ones. Do so now to avoid any confusion later.

If you don’t have a productive outlook on it, it can easily be turned into negative thinking, and that can lead to a whole bunch of other issues like difficulty communicating.

Both of these things can translate into a lot of general travel annoyances, like making poor decisions you wouldn’t normally make, or causing you to miscommunicate with someone and possibly screw up plans. And it might not even affect you directly — it could affect someone you’re traveling with or to, and affect you in turn.


Be Present and  100% Available 

  When we’re fully present, we are showing up and paying attention,  we’re super powerful.  Spend time getting grounded in Nature or in meditation.  Prepare for things a little more.  Slow down the pace so you catch all the details.  Sleep, eat, and move enough to feel awake and alive.  It’s the simplest way to have more confidence, radiance, and creative genius.  During times of Mercury retrograde, you will need your energy to be alert and present. That is why you should get some rest first!

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In Conclusion, I hope that you take it easy during all of this Mercury Retrograde Wonkiness, and yes, it will be over before you know it.

In 2020, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates:
  • February 17 to March 10
  • June 18 to July 12
  • October 14 to November 3
 This chart is a great tool starting from 2016, take a look at what manifested in those times.
Mercury is going into retrograde from the following dates for 2021 until 2030,  – hang in there!

Keeping track of Mercury retrograde periods can allow you to increase your productivity and avoid at least some of the frustration they can bring about. Let’s look closely at Mercury retrograde and what it means to you.

Mercury Retrograde Periods from 2020 to 2030


January 5 – January 25, 2016 in Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn
April 28 – May 22, 2016 in earth-sign Taurus
August 30 – September 22, 2016 in earth-sign Virgo
Dec 19 2016 – Jan 8, 2017 in earth-sign Capricorn, ends in fire-sign Sagittarius


Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 8, 2017 earth-sign Capricorn, to fire-sign Sagittarius
April 9 – May 3, 2017 earth-sign Taurus, to fire-sign Aries
August 12 – Sept 5, 2017 in earth-sign Virgo, ends in fire-sign Leo
December 3 – December 22, 2017 in fire-sign Sagittarius



March 5 – 28, 2019 in water-sign Pisces
July 7 – 31, 2019 starts in fire-sign Leo, ends in water-sign Cancer
October 31 – November 20, 2019 in water-sign Scorpio


February 16 – March 9, 2020 in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius
June 17 – July 12, 2020 in water-sign Cancer
October 13 – November 3, 2020 in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra


January 30 – February 20 in air-sign Aquarius
May 29 – June 22 in air-sign Gemini
September 27 – October 18 in air-sign Libra


January 14 – February 3 starts in air sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn
May 10 – June 2 starts in air sign Gemini, ends in earth-sign Taurus
September 9 – October 2 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign
December 29 – January 18 in earth-sign Capricorn


See above, Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 18, 2023- goes direct in earth sign Capricorn
April 21 – May 14 in earth sign Taurus
August 23 – September 15 in earth sign Virgo
December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024 in fire-sign Sagittarius


See above, January 1, 2024 goes direct in fire-sign Sagittarius
April 1- April 25 in fire-sign Aries
August 4 – August 28 in earth-sign and ends in fire-sign Leo
November 25 – December 15 in fire-sign Sagittarius


March 14 – April 7 starts in fire-sign Aries, ends in water-sign Pisces
July 17 – August 11 in fire-sign Leo
November 9 – November 29 starts in fire-sign Sagittarius, ends in water-sign Scorpio


February 25 – March 20 in water-sign Pisces
June 29 – July 23 in water-sign Cancer
October 24 – November 13 in water-sign Scorpio


February 9 – March 3 starts in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius
June 10 – July 4 starts in water-sign Cancer, ends in air-sign Gemini
October 7 – October 28 starts in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra


January 24 – February 14 in air-sign Aquarius
May 21 – June 13 in air-sign Gemini
September 19 – October 11 in air-sign Libra


January 7 – January 27 starts in air-sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn
May 1 – May 25 in earth-sign Taurus
September 2 – September 24 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign Virgo
December 21 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn


See above, December 21, 2029 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn
April 12 – May 6 starts in earth-sign Taurus, ends in fire-sign Aries
August 15 – September 8 in earth-sign Virgo
December 5 – December 25 starts in earth-sign Capricorn, ends in fire-sign Sagittarius


Read more: about Mercury  Retrograde here at


Comment below and let me know what Mercury Retrograde Situations and Stories you have experienced.

Also, have you heard we are now in Mars Retrograde?
Have a read on our blog and prepare yourself and stay safe.