Mercury Retrograde — it happens every 90 days, and anyone who knows what it is dreads that 3-week period when Mercury appears to travel backward in the sky. It’s notorious for causing upsets in travel, modes of transportation, and anything having to do with communication and contracts.
Mercury’s next Retrograde period is from February 17 to March 10, 2020.
Mercury Rx Dates for 2020:
- February 17 to March 10
- June 18 to July 12
- October 14 to November 3
In this article, you’ll find out why Mercury Rx isn’t all bad, and how you can use this seemingly bothersome energy to take life’s lemons and turn them into lemonade.
But first, here is how Mercury Retrograde works…
Why is Mercury moving backward?!
It’s impossible for a planet to literally move backward — it’s an illusion. The other planets do this as well, just not as often as Mercury. It happens when the earth is passing Mercury in orbit. Here is an explanation from NASA:
“Normally, the planets move west-to-east through the stars at night. This is referred to as prograde motion. However, periodically the motion changes and they move east-to-west through the stars. We call this retrograde motion. The retrograde motion continues for a short time and then the motion switches back to prograde. This seemingly strange behavior is easily understood within the context of a Sun-centered (heliocentric) solar system. The explanation for retrograde motion in a heliocentric model is that retrograde occurs roughly when a faster-moving planet catches up to and passes a slower moving planet.”NASA
Mercury is closest to the sun, so it moves faster through the sky than the other planets — that’s why it appears to move in a backward motion every 90 days.
Okay, but how/why does it affect us on earth?
How does a planet 48 million miles away mess with your ability to communicate? Or catch the bus on time?
Nobody really knows exactly why. There’s no scientific data to back up astrology, except for the collective experience of it. This is also a question that can’t be answered in one blog post. (This stuff goes deeeep).
But it all comes down to energy. All matter has energy, so all the planets have a unique energy. The planets in our solar system and where they are in relation to us dictates the kind of vibes we get from them.
Mercury’s energy influences communication, travel and business transactions.
When Mercury is scooting backward in the sky, things like this can happen:
Your car or other vehicle is more likely to break down or need repairs. You’ll probably get into an argument over a simple misunderstanding. You’re more likely to hear from someone from your past out of the blue or hit rough patches with loved ones.
The good news? If you do a few things differently, your Mercury Retrograde can actually be useful and helpful.
Prepare for the Worst
That sounded way more ominous than I intended. The worst might not happen, but it could. Some careful planning can save you a lot of headaches later.
☿ If you get stranded on the side of the road, what would you need to stay safe while you wait for help to arrive?
☿ Backup all the information on your computer to an external hard drive.
☿ Save receipts and tracking information for your packages.
☿ Go ahead and get the extended warranty.
☿ Go ahead and get the nice, protective, waterproof case for your phone!!
☿ Have a backup plan in the works, just in case something falls through.
☿ Double-check the plans with your friends. Call ahead. Confirm appointments and meetings.
☿ Get your car tuned up, get an oil change or just have a mechanic look it over to make sure it’s all running smoothly.
☿ Give yourself extra time — flights are more likely to be delayed, or there could be unusually heavy traffic.
Ways You Can Make the Most of Mercury Retrograde
The word “Retrograde” itself holds a clue! The RE at the beginning also leads words like “review”, “renew” and “recharge” — 3 things you should definitely do during those 3 weeks!
Here are some great things to do during Mercury Retrograde:
☿ Revisit projects you left by the wayside.
Before starting something new right now, go back to what you were working on before. You’re likely to get a new rush of creativity during Mercury Retrograde, so take advantage of it!
☿ Reject the things that aren’t serving you well.
Be honest with yourself. You might need to let go of something (or someone) or confront something (or someone) so you can move on. Cutting ties with toxic habits thought patterns and people will be easier right now.
☿ Review (and double-check) all the details of legal documents before signing them.
This is a major one. You might be advised to not sign any contracts during Mercury Retrograde, but what if you can’t avoid it? If you have to do it, just reread things, ask lots of questions.
☿ Reread your texts and emails extra carefully before you send them.
Embarrassing typos in your work email to all of your coworkers? Not today, Satan.
☿ Rejuvenate yourself by taking a retreat, even if it’s just for a night or a weekend.
This is the perfect time to spend time alone. Introverts naturally enjoy alone time, but extroverts need some coaxing. It’s always good to take some time to gain a better understanding of yourself, and Mercury Rx is prime time for that.
☿ Reconnect with your lover or your friends/family to establish deeper bonds.
You should also plan to spend quality time with your friends, family members or your significant other. Turn off your phones, get rid of distractions and have deep conversations. Let them know how important they are to you.
☿ Reminisce and reflect.
You can gain even more wisdom from your experiences during Mercury Retrograde. Reflect on your life and the things that have lead you to where you are now. Writing in a private journal or scrap booking would be great to do right now.
☿ Reunite with old friends.
If you don’t have a way to contact someone from your past, don’t be surprised if you randomly hear from them, or run into them somewhere!
☿ Rethink your reactions.
Petty arguments are more likely to happen. Stop yourself before you react irrationally. Think of a better way to respond.
Mercury Retro is a great time to refresh your home or office. Something as simple as new curtains or a change of artwork — any small change in your surroundings can change how you feel.
☿ Reconnect with your roots.
You might get some important information and insight from your past, or your family’s history.
☿ Re… clean!
I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, BUT it’s the perfect time for some spring cleaning! Your house will feel cozier and you’ll probably find some things you thought you had lost forever.
It’s inevitable. You can’t stop the planets, and you can’t stop unforeseen things from happening. There’s no use worrying about it. Now that you know more about what to expect, you can change the outcome! ♡