Mercury Retrograde to 2020 – Get the Dates Right!
I am reposting this story, which first appeared on August 26th 2016 (a year ago, as I write this). Why? Because I still see some media, like The Sun newspaper in England, and various astrology websites – getting the Mercury Retrograde dates wrong. Please – it’s not over until the shadow is over.
Do you want proof of that? For all you people posting astrology memes saying ‘Mercury Retrograde is finished, relax’ yesterday – check the weather across America right now. Beyond #Irma, how much more chaos do you need?
I am sorry for venting, but I see so many people ending up with chaos in their lives because they were given the wrong dates. Mercury has a pre-shadow and post-shadow and sometimes the biggest chaos unfolds on the post-shadow. Now, once and for all, here are the correct Mercury Retrograde dates to 2020. And just a tiny hint. If you’d noted these dates a year ago when I first posted them, you wouldn’t be stranded in some American airport now. Okay? (Vent over!)
Mercury Retrograde to 2020 – Details
Reposted from August 2016. On Mercury Retrograde there are always major computer, transport, internet or travel problems across the world, usually in influential cities like New York, Sydney, London, Los Angeles or Paris. These affect your life by six degrees of separation so you will hit delays or reversals to your plans. Always have Plan B on Mercury Retrograde. Always allow for extreme weather, strikes, internet issues or other problems to alter your schedule.
It’s a great time to rehearse and review. It’s a smart time to have alternatives. If your personal birth horoscope is triggered in a powerful way, it can be the wrong time to begin or launch any crucial plan. Check with your astrologer (and make sure she is using the shadow periods, please).
I have included all the risky Mercury Retrograde Shadow periods in the dates below. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 happened on the shadow. They are often the most difficult parts of the cycle so be aware of that.
If you read different dates online it because some astrologers do not use the shadow. I always do. Why? Because it works! The shadow period in August 2016 saw Delta flights grounded in America, Southern trains stop in England and a national Census fail in Australia. Mercury Retrograde Shadow is key. It also rules the big stuff that creates global chaos.
This Twitter image from London shows a classic Mercury Retrograde train delay.
MERCURY RETROGRADE DATES
Allow 24 hours either side of the start and end dates, for the world to catch up with itself.
2017 July 25th to September 19th
2017 November 15th to January 11th 2018
2018 March 9th to May 5th
2018 July 8th to September 2nd
2018 October 29th to December 25th
2019 February 20th to April 17th
2019 June 20th to August 14th
2019 October 11th to December 8th
2020 February 2nd to March 30th
2020 June 18th to July 26th
2020 September 23rd to November 20th
Mercury Retrograde to 2020 – illustrated by this Kate Spade card.
How Does Mercury Retrograde Work?
Mercury is the planet known to the Romans as the Messenger of the Gods. The astrology we know today is Roman so to understand what happens when this planet appears to travel backwards, we need to understand how the Romans saw their postal system. It was created by the Emperor Augustus for the Roman Empire and had thousands of stations on roads, to take the messengers on their horses, mules, donkeys, oxen donkeys, and oxen – from as far as Rome to Egypt.
How long did that take? About the same length of time as the Mercury Retrograde cycle today.
If you update the idea of the old Roman postal service to include e-mails, text messages, contracts, Skype calls, airmail, couriers, telephones, faxes and the rest – you can see how chaotic the world becomes when Mercury the Messenger appears to be running backwards.
The Shadow periods (called the pre-shadow and post-shadow) are part of the cycle.
The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and why you should always use the shadow
The Wall Street Crash on Black Tuesday, October 29th 1929, was the most chaotic event of the 20th century, leading to years of Depression around the world. It happened on Mercury Retrograde Post Shadow.
During the Pre-Shadow Mercury fools everyone by appearing to travel normally. Deals are done. Contracts are signed. Meetings are successful. Statements are made. Trips are booked. Shares are bought and sold.
PRE RETROGRADE SHADOW September 8th through 24th, 1929
Mercury travels forwards through Libra at 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 degrees.
RETROGRADE September 25th through October 16th, 1929
Mercury travels backwards through Libra at 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 27, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 degrees.
POST RETROGRADE SHADOW October 17th through November 2nd, 1929
Mercury travels forward through Libra at 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 degrees.
Wall Street crashed on the Post Retrograde Shadow on October 29th. Always use the shadow!