It’s that time of year again! The first Mercury retrograde of 2020.

From February 16th to March 10th the planet Mercury is in retrograde motion. Mercury goes retrograde 3 to 4 times a year for around 3 weeks and we have arrived in the first retrograde.

Mercury retrograde gets a lot of bad rep. You will find a lot of fear mongering online about it. Reading some of the posts out there it would seem like the best you could do during MR season was to move underground and wait it out.


As an introvert I love it when Mercury goes retrograde as the whole world gets a little more introverted.

Mercury rules thinking and communications. So when it goes retrograde communications get a little bit more slow. Thinking does not slow down but it is directed more inward, towards the self than to the outer world. Think of an introvert thinking of what to say, or whether to say anything at all, at a big dinner party.

The best use of Mercury retrograde is to go within and meditate on the last 3 months. Think about what you did well and what you can improve on. It’s the time to ask yourself if you are on the right track.

It is a fantastic time to meditate and do deep spiritual work. Mercury is the messenger of the gods and the only god who can move freely between the realms of the gods, the living and the dead. During a mercury retrograde we have better access to the deeper more hidden realms of life. We can use this to deepen our meditation practice and to explore our inner kingdom.

Mercury also rules the internet, transportation and all kinds of agreements so during a retrograde all of this goes slower and less predictable. It’s good to be aware of this. Double check to see if important emails went out. Be extra early to the airport and bring a good book to read in case of delays…


This Mercury retrograde moves through Pisces and Aquarius. Mercury in Pisces is an artist and a dreamer and Mercury in Aquarius is a genius inventor. Pisces is a water sign and rules emotions so this MR season is a great time to do some inner work to heal heavy emotions that come from old wounds. With the retrograde period starting in Aquarius an air sign we can expect to receive brilliant flashes of insight into what we have been working on healing.

An alternative route to go over the next 3 weeks would be to go into the negative aspects of Pisces and Aquarius and go into uncontrolled emotionality, self-pity and doubt and then in about 2 weeks throw our hands in the air and run away from all our commitments and go into ice-queen mode. It’s your choice.

The people who will be most affected by this retrograde are those born at the very end of Aquarius and the first half of Pisces. Also anyone with a strong emphasis on any of the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) or Air signs (Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius). But the best way to know how planetary transits affect you personally is to get to know your natal astrology chart and get a reading from a professional astrologer.