Mercury Retrograde Cycle: February 16-March 9, 2020

2020 MERCURY RETROGRADE CYCLES: 
February 16-March 9; June 17-July 12; October 13-November 3

February 16, 2020, the Mercury Retrograde cycle begins at 4:54p (PT) and goes Direct (ends) March 9, 2020, at 8:49p (PT). This Mercury Retrograde cycle is in the Sign of Aquarius, and even though Aquarians get “slammed,” wherever we have Aquarius on the cusp or in a House on our birth chart is where we can expect the greatest vulnerability.

Mercury Retrograde in the Sign of Aquarius also brings the unexpected, so we have to be ready for anything – including, but not limited to earthquakes and accidents of all kinds — though particularly related to travel (Gemini/local and Sagittarius/long distance). Our animal companions (Sagittarius) are likely to be more on edge and need more attention than usual.

Many of you know the drill: Count on greater misunderstandings, as all communications are more likely to suffer; expect delays traveling and/or with undelivered mail or messages. EXPECT to write and rewrite in the present and WISH to rewrite the past.

Emergencies excepted, Mercury Retrograde is definitely NOT the time to start a new relationship, a new job, or long-term project — let alone a new career; it is not the time enter into binding commitments (marriage, financial, or otherwise) without the absolute expectation of necessary modifications, alternative compromises and/or reversals in the original plan and/or intent. Unless it’s an emergency, it is generally not a good idea to make or go to medical appointments– let alone undergo surgical procedures — during Mercury Retrograde. Interpersonally, communications at all levels are problematic, and we are inclined to think slower – process communications slower! We have to be patient with each other and ourselves.

Expect computer issues – not the least of which will likely include slower connections (also MUST back-up data). EXPECT misleading information — if not deception (especially with the ongoing transit of Neptune in Pisces). EXPECT missed appointments, traffic problems, the failure to keep one’s word because of a promise that could not be kept; misplaced documents, more computer-related problems.

Any Mercury Retrograde cycle is THE time to re-think, re-do, re-define, re-organize, re-assess, re-orient, and/or re-plan without taking action on the “new plan” until after Mercury Retrograde ends. It is the time for completions; i.e., cleaning up paperwork, paying old debts, doing what we’ve promised that hasn’t been completed OR otherwise handling those matters responsibly. Get repairs done *before* the Mercury Retrograde cycle, as MR is not the time for repairs to machinery or automobiles in particular, during the 3+ weeks of the cycle. Otherwise, chances are, repairs have to be made to the repair! It IS the time to chill – to *think* more than we expand our activities; plan what to change and how to move forward after Mercury Retrograde ends. Think of it as an *opportunity* that comes around 3 or occasionally 4 times in a year.

Remember, as in all Mercury Retrograde cycles, communications are often unclear and imprecise, which, for the entire 3+ weeks, can mean that many of us cannot get a grip on exactly what it is we are trying to put into concise language in proportion to reality. If I happen to be your Astrologer, let’s talk, so I can try to bring some “clarity” to your reality. NO ONE escapes the discomfort of Mercury Retrograde.

Because Mercury rules those with a Gemini or Virgo Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, they will, most likely, be in the uncomfortable position of having to re-think exactly where they are most comfortable; i.e., easy, adaptable communications suitable for the moment. On the other hand, for the Gemini or Virgo who is aware of Mercury Retrograde, the opportunity exists to clarify communications — being so precise there is little room for misunderstanding, and making certain critical thinking is used more than critical speaking.  

The main opportunities for a Mercury Retrograde cycle lie in avoiding aggressive, ill-thought-out actions and arguments, keeping one’s word, and doing more “Inner” work than “outer” action.

To reiterate, during any Mercury Retrograde cycle, one should not enter into any binding agreements or life-altering commitments. Commitments made during a Mercury Retrograde cycle are most often commitments not kept. Where agreements cannot be avoided, there should be an expectation of having to modify the agreement at some point during its term. The signing of any important document should either be put on hold or signed with the knowledge that it will likely have to be changed in some way.

We are all being forced to loosen our grip on one or more situations in order to prepare for what is coming. The first half of Mercury Retrograde is the time for the greatest reflection and introspection. During the second half of Mercury Retrograde, people will be especially inclined to just get on with business/life as usual — foolishly so. Added tension stems from a new perspective and the added awareness that we are literally blocked from doing what we feel ready to DO to the fullest extent.

What we SHOULD focus on is physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being, as well as plans for greater fulfillment in our lives after this cycle ends — for the most part after March 9th. REMEMBER: Sleep deprivation during Mercury Retrograde causes extreme confusion, inflexibility, and general difficulty staying in reality-based thought. When we feel the least bit sleepy it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, not to mention — refreshing — to STOP what we are doing, and close our eyes just long enough to allow the sleepiness to subside. It can be as little as 2-5 minutes.

REMEMBER ALSO: During ANY Mercury Retrograde cycle, most folks are inclined to think/process information slower — just “BE” with that, and USE it for deeper thinking about any subject, issue, or idea. Be patient with each other. Mercury Retrograde also affects all modes of travel and all modes of communication. This is definitely not a good time for travel (and we should do so ONLY when our Personal Energy Influences show positive indications).

My book, Swimming In Your Brain has in-depth instructions for calculating whether or not travel is advisable. Please contact me ElleSimon.Consulting@Gmail.com for a written Reading of how the current Mercury Retrograde cycle is likely to affect you. Be sure to provide your birth date, birth time (from your birth certificate), and birthplace (country, state, city, and county).