When Mercury is retrograde there is a tendency for mix-ups and delays. This is a time when it is good to go over old ground, to review, re-edit, re-do, re-think, and reorganize. It is a good time to process and go over what has happened in the previous 3 months.
Mercury will be retrograde from 17 June 2020 (14° Cancer 45′) to 12 July 2020 (5° Cancer 29′). The shadow period is from 1 June to 26 July 2020.
All times stated are USA Central Time (C.T.)
What you can expect this Mercury retrograde
To find out how this particular Mercury retrograde might affect you, read the information related to your Ascendant sign.
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Cancer Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 1st House
Gemini Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 2nd House
The 2nd house is associated primarily with our income, finances, and possessions. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 2nd house you may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitude towards these matters.
There is also the potential for mix-ups, delays, and confusion around these topics. Try to ensure that you are being paid correctly and double-check change and receipts when purchasing items. Keeping receipts in case a new purchase is faulty is also a good idea at this time (well any time really, but especially at this time).
Signing contracts may be more prone to errors, delays, or glitches, so make sure to double-check important documents. Money you felt sure would arrive on a certain date could be delayed at this time as well.
Taurus Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 3rd House
The 3rd house is associated primarily with communications, short distance travel, siblings, and our local neighborhood. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 3rd house you are likely to be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitude towards these matters.
You may find that you have problems with your car or other forms of transport. You may also have issues to do with email, computers, and electronics in general. Make sure that any important information or documents are backed-up.
Dealing with siblings and those in your local neighborhood may be prone to mix-ups and confusion during this time. Alternatively, if you rarely see your siblings or your cousins, you may hear or see from them during this period.
Aries Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 4th House
The 4th house is associated primarily with our family, especially our parents, along with our home, and real estate in general. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 4th house you may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitude toward these matters.
There may be mix-ups concerning your family, especially communications with your parents. There could be long lost relatives that show up during this time.
Matters to do with your house, particularly selling or buying may be prone to mix-ups and delays. Make sure you understand documentation and the fine print when it comes to all paperwork if you are involved in buying, selling, or renting during this period.
Pisces Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 5th House
The 5th house is associated primarily with our children, romance, hobbies, creativity, socializing, and what we do for fun. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 5th house, you may find yourself rethinking or re-evaluating your attitude towards these matters.
This is likely to result in delays with regards to your children or creative projects. This is a good time to go back to creative projects that you want to rework and finish. You may find yourself returning to a hobby or pastime that you enjoy. This is also the house of romance, so you might hear from exes.
Aquarius Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 6th House
The 6th house is associated primarily with our work, daily routines, health and fitness, and our pets. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 6th house your may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitudes on these matters.
In the workplace, you may find that you need to check your work more thoroughly and that miscommunications with coworkers or those that work for you are more frequent. You may see or hear from someone that you used to work with, or who worked for you in some capacity.
You may find that there are mix-ups with medical test results, or callbacks to get retested for something health-related. This is also a good time to research and plan out how to improve your health and fitness going forward. You may also find that a pet can return at this time, or may need some attention for a prior problem.
Capricorn Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 7th House
The 7th house is associated primarily with our partnerships. This includes business and romantic partners, as well as close friends. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 7th house your may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitudes on these matters.
You may find that you hear from ex-partners during this time. There may also be issues relating to communications between you and your partner, whether this is a business or romantic partner.
The 7th house is also the house of open enemies, so it could be that if you have a particular nemesis, that they may come out of the woodwork during this period.
Sagittarius Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 8th House
The 8th house is associated primarily with shared finances and resources and death. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 8th house your may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitudes on these matters.
This can cause delays and mix-ups in regards to such matters as inheritances, financial agreements, including divorce settlements, taxation, insurances, and loans from financial institutions. There may be a need to double-check paperwork concerning these topics.
Scorpio Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 9th House
The 9th house is associated primarily with our beliefs and expanding our horizons. This includes such matters as overseas travel, religion, philosophy, higher education, publishing, the law, and other countries and cultures. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 9th house your may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitudes on these matters.
This can cause delays and mix-ups concerning travel, especially long-distance travel. As this is the house of higher education, you might hear from people that you knew through college or university. You may also hear from people that you know through religious or philosophical organizations or that live overseas.
Libra Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 10th House
Virgo Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 11th House
The 11th house is associated primarily with groups, friends, organizations, and your hopes and dreams. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 11th house your may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitudes on these matters.
This may result in you seeing long lost friends and acquaintances. You may find that you run into people that you know from groups and organizations that you may not have seen for a long time, or in completely different surroundings.
This can be a good time to go back and work on some hopes and dreams that you may have started on but didn’t get around to completing.
Leo Ascendant or Mercury retrograde in the 12th House
The 12th house is associated primarily with hidden and secret matters. The 12th is related to hidden illnesses such as mental health or psychological issues that are not necessarily visible to others. If you have Mercury retrograde through your natal 12th house your may be rethinking or re-evaluating your attitudes on these matters.
This is said to be the house of our undoing, so this could be a time when self-defeating issues may come back to trip us up. Addictions, psychological issues or mental health may need to be re-assessing or need addressing during this time.
The 12th house can also be related to spiritual matters, resting, recharging, dreaming, and the unconscious. This can also be a time when working behind the scenes can run into issues. If you have spent time in places of confinement or seclusion such as a hospital, prison, or spiritual retreat, you might encounter people you know through these places.
Mercury Retrograde Shadow dates
There is a phenomenon known as the retrograde shadow period which takes into account the degrees that Mercury retrogrades from (station retrograde) and retrogrades back to (station direct). The retrograde shadow period basically extends the dates that the effects of Mercury retrograde (mix-ups, confusion, and mistakes) may be experienced by some people.
Mercury first passed over the station direct degree (5° Cancer) on the 1st of June 2020. Mercury was in direct (prograde) motion at the time. During this Mercury retrograde, Mercury will retrograde (appear to move back to) this same degree. This is also the degree that Mercury will station direct (assume direct or prograde motion again after being retrograde for approximately 3 weeks).
The retrograde shadow period will not end until Mercury has caught up to the degree that it was at when it first stationed retrograde (stopped and appeared to reverse direction). This retrograde shadow period ends on the 26th of July when Mercury passes 14° Cancer which is the degree it was at when it first started its apparent backward motion.
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