What the Hell Is Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury Retrograde. A wonderful excuse as to why you never clicked send on that email to your boss or why you have to bring in your MacBook to the Apple Store for the third time this year. 

But what exactly is Mercury Retrograde anyway? It gets the most attention out of all planetary movements because it seems to affect everyone, whether they know it or not. Do you ever have those periods of time when everything seems to go wrong? Everything? Well, it's probably Mercury Retrograde, or you have to get your shit together. (Or both). 

So What Is Mercury Retrograde? 

Mercury retrograde occurs when Mercury goes around the Sun at a faster speed than the Earth (passing us 3-4 times per year), which makes it seem like it's moving backward from where we are. At this time, all areas of life which are associated with Mercury "go backward". Mercury is the messenger planet which rules communication, technology, transportation, and data. (Remember, Mercury is the "messenger of the gods". Refer to painting by Peter Paul Reubens Mercury and Argos for an accurate representation of what Mercury Retrograde feels like). 

Beware of delayed flights during Mercury Retrograde. Make a plan for alternative travel or non-travel during this time. Long distance flights might be especially tricky.  Also, technology will shit itself during Mercury Retrograde. Just breathe through it. You’ve got this.

Also, beware of getting into insane ethical debates which can last for hours. Be the bigger, smarter person and just walk away!

What to do during a Mercury Retrograde:

  • Don't start anything new in regards to relationships and work. Just wait till after the holidays. Take this time to rest.

  • Reflect on your accomplishments this year.

  • Review your communication via email, contracts, messages, etc.

  • Renew commitments.

  • Recheck travel plans and rebook if necessary.

  • Don't get back together with an ex. It's going to be a disaster. You're exs for a reason.



If you keep track of Mercury Retrogrades, it can help you with your productivity and frustration during the period. 



March 5 – 28, 2019 in water-sign Pisces

July 7 – 31, 2019 starts in fire-sign Leo

October 31 – November 20, 2019 in water-sign Scorpio


February 18 – March 9, 2020 in water-sign Pisces

June 17 – July 12, 2020 in water-sign Cancer

October 13 – November 3, 2020 in water-sign Scorpio


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

September 9 – October 2 starts in air-sign Libra

December 29 – January 18 in earth-sign Capricorn


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