Mercury retrograde begins on October 13th at 11° Scorpio and ends on November 3rd at 25° Libra.
Mercury Rx is usually associated with communication and technology breakdowns, travel delays, anxiety, and lost items. This retrograde makes your thinking original, experimental, and intuitive as hell; it will also make socialising more enjoyable than usual. Blasts from the past are very possible right now too.
Mercury Rx is the perfect time to learn new things, there will be unexpected changes that will affect business deals, plans, but travel may lead to exciting new opportunities. Great care must be taken with anything that involves legal action, especially between the October New Moon (16th) and November 15th.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury Retrograde occurs around three to four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than other planets, Mercury is only retrograde 19% of the time, far less than Jupiter, Venus, and Mars.
The retrograde brings communication and technology breakdowns, anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. There is a problematic feel on a Mercury-Saturn aspect to Mercury in retrograde. You can expect to dwell on the past during this time.
Mercury Rx can cause havoc with your communication, thoughts, electronics, and travel. You need to take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments if you are provoked. Double-check all of your emails and posts before you press the send button during this period, guys!
Business negotiations are not something to put your focus on during this time, important details will not be available yet, and others may be dishonest or unreliable. If you are going on long journeys, ensure that you get your car serviced/checked beforehand. During the Mercury Rx, it is hazardous to make negotiations or make important decisions.
October Mercury, Rx 2020
The retrograde is only one part of the whole cycle; the full cycle includes Mercury going direct then retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees. The two direct phases are known as shadow periods.
September 23rd to October 13th - First shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stations retrograde.
October 13th to November 3rd - The retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station.
November 3rd to November 19th - The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone.
Mercury Stationary Retrograde
Mercury Rx occurs on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. Mercury opposite Uranus is a challenging influence that causes thinking and unexpected, upsetting events.
However, Mercury Rx is also sextile Moon and Venus, which smooths out and calms Uranus' erratic and impulsive nature. Two fortunate fixed stars also join Mercury Rx.
Mercury Rx Aspects
Mercury opposite Uranus is a significant influence on Mercury Rx; it is a strong influence.
This aspect speeds up your thinking and communication, which can leave you feeling scattered and tense. Unexpected news and surprising events will increase anxiety.
Mercury Rx can make it more difficult for people to perform mental tasks that require self-discipline and patience. With Mercury opposite Uranus this is amplified because of a low concentration span and the tendency to get easily distracted.
This is a great time to free your mind of responsibility and stay open-minded. You could try to make discoveries or meet new people who challenge you. However, it is essential to listen carefully and think twice before you open your mouth when socialising. Mercury opposite Uranus gives us the tendency to blurt things out that may offend or shock others. You may also feel the need to become argumentative for no reason, so watch out for this and for any jokes that could go too far.
Mercury Rx brings unexpected meetings with people or meetings with odd people from backgrounds very different from your own. A blast from the past or meeting someone from a past life is very probable during this time.
This is a problematic time for making plans, negotiating, and making important decisions, especially business, children, siblings, and education. Remain flexible and adaptable will allow your plans to run smoother and avoid travel interruptions.
Mercury direct was opposite Uranus on October 7th, 2020, so any matters that were left unresolved from them may resurface on October 19th. New information can come to light, but final decisions need to be put on hold. There may be more information available on November 17th when Mercury direct is opposite Uranus again.
Moon sextile Mercury reduces the risk of saying the wrong thing because it gives you good intuition. It puts you in touch with your own moods and the moods of other people, so you should instinctively know what to say and when to say it. This reduces the risk of arguments as it encourages cooperation.
Mercury Rx is a great time to catch up with old friends, reconnect with family, and reminiscing about the past. The Moon sextile Mercury has a similar effect because it improves your memory and makes you more caring.
This aspect makes Mercury Rx good for socialising and for talking about relationships and family problems. Others may come to you now to share their feelings with you; you could be their shoulder to cry on.
Mercury sextile Venus is another sociable influence because it aids in your expressing your love and affection. The Moon sextile Mercury reduces tension and anxiety.
This does improve the outlook for business negotiations but still proceed with caution.
Mercury Rx Fixed Stars
Fixed star Acrux in the southern cross has the nature of Jupiter. This brings mystery, justice, and magic. This star is frequently prominent in the horoscopes of astrologers; it is credited with intuition.
Fixed Star Alphecca in the Northern Crown has the nature of Venus and Mercury; this brings dignity, honour, and artistic ability.