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All You Need To Know About Mercury Retrograde

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  • The Mercury retrograde calendar 2020 is out and is expected to take place thrice this year.
  • Astrologers believe that the phenomenon of Mercury retrograde affects life on Earth significantly, especially in terms of communication and technology.
  • People who dread the retrograde motion of Mercury even say that when the planet is in retrograde, it becomes a chaotic force in the lives of humans.

You might have wondered what Mercury retrograde is all about. When it comes to planetary aspects, the Mercury retrograde cycle definitely garners the most attention from people.

The reason is clear. The phenomenon of Mercury retrograde affects everyone uniformly and has very obvious effects.

For those of you who don’t know, Mercury retrograde is essentially an optical illusion that makes it seem as if Mercury is moving backward when viewed from Earth.

What Is Mercury In Retrograde?

So what does Mercury in retrograde mean? The planet Mercury goes into retrograde or moves backward as seen from Earth three to four times every year. In other words, it moves in the opposite direction as planet Earth.

Typically, planets move around the sun from east to west. However, when Mercury is in retrograde, it moves from west to east. That said, it is essential to remember that the phenomenon is only an illusion.

Since Mercury moves slower than planet Earth, it creates the illusion of the planet moving in retrograde.

Irrespective of whether or not it is an illusion, it is believed by astrologers that when retrograde happens, it affects life on Earth significantly. This holds especially true when it comes to the field of communication and technology.

It is pertinent to mention here that in astrology, the planet Mercury governs travel, learning, and communication. This is precisely why Mercury is essentially blamed for everything that goes wrong with humans on planet Earth.

This includes miscommunication, botched business deals, mechanical issues with a vehicle, technological bugs, missed flights, broken cellphones, and much more. However, there is absolutely no science or evidence to back up these claims.


Astrologers even believe that during this time, you must take extra care and be extra cautious. You must not buy a new computer, car or phone (lest they all turn into lemons).

Moreover, you must protect your electronics even more. This includes keeping your phone properly in its case and keeping water bottles away from your PC.

You must also avoid signing business deals during this time, double-check all your flight timings and avoid any relationship-defining conversation.

Mercury Retrograde Periods

When the planets of Mercury and Venus lap us, they seem to go into retrograde. Since Mercury takes 88 days to orbit around the sun, it retrogrades three to four times every year.

This happens for nearly three weeks each time. Furthermore, outer planets have longer-lasting but less frequent retrograde motion periods.

The Mercury retrograde dates for 2020 are believed to be 13th February to 9th March, 17th June to 11th July, and 13th October to 13th November.

    Himanshu is a law student who lives in Delhi. He caught the writing bug a few months ago and has been unstoppable ever since. He enjoys traveling, coffee, and the company of like-minded people.

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