Mercury Retrograde Dates to 2020

Your Mercury Retrograde dates from 2016 to 2020 including risky Mercury Retrograde Shadow periods. Don't get caught!

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 ion Twitter posting astrology memes saying ‘Mercury Retrograde is finished, relax’ yesterday – check the weather across America right now. Beyond #Irma, how much more classic Mercury Retrograde outcomes do you need?

Mercury Retrograde to 2020 – Details

Mercury rules – cars, buses, trains, trams, aeroplanes. This planet rules the worldwide web, telephones, fax machines, computers and the media. When Mercury appears to move forwards, slow down, stand still, move backwards, slow down then move forwards again (over the same spot where he hesitated the first time) we have Mercury Retrograde.

It comes with two shadow periods. Just before and after the actual ‘retrograde’ period. Always use the shadows.

On Mercury Retrograde there are classically major computer, transport, internet or travel problems across the world, usually in influential cities like New York, Sydney, London, Los Angeles or Paris. We live in a 24-hour and 365-day time zone, because of the internet, so you can see why chaos in one major hub can affect everything else. Sometimes we have chaos affecting two or three places at the same time. That creates a chain reaction. And it affects you.

Always have Plan B and Plan C on Mercury Retrograde. Always allow for extreme weather, strikes, internet issues, hacking, product recall, reversed decisions or other issues to alter your schedule. Back up your computer.

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. If Mercury goes over the same zodiac sign and degree as anything in your chart, skip that day for paperwork or meetings, if you can. You can check the position of Mercury any time on my website. I also warn you about Mercury Retrograde and Mercury Retroshadow (sometimes called Mercury Retroshade) in your weekly horoscope.

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.

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.


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This Twitter image from London shows a classic Mercury Retrograde train delay.

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Mercury Retrograde – illustrated by this Kate Spade card.


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 2nd to July 26th
2020 September 23rd to November 20th


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. It’s about relays. Relayed information. Relayed paperwork and news.

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!

Brexit in December 2018 – Prediction

I am writing this on Wednesday 28th November so you can date-stamp this prediction. It will also prove to you that Mercury Retroshadow works. Between December 13th and 25th (Christmas Day) the world will see the British government retract statements, reverse decisions and reschedule the Brexit departure.

You’ll see a lot of astrologers telling you life is back to normal. They will tell you that Mercury in Sagittarius is now going direct, or forwards, and the muddles, mess and mayhem is over.

Not so. This will work out really well for Britain, actually, as fortunate Jupiter is also involved. Yet, it’s still classic Mercury Retroshadow. The end of the cycle.

What To Do on Mercury Retrograde and Mercury Retroshadow

Rehearse and be prepared to reschedule. Rethink your plans. Review the past few weeks and months and be prepared to retract some promises or statements and perhaps deal with product recall. You’ll have to re-do some important matters and there may be a lot of rewinding in your life, as you have issues with your computer, telephone, fax machine, USB sticks or paperwork. What not to do – expect final and fixed outcomes. Rewrite the story of your life.

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56 Responses

  1. Dear Jessica,
    I have just gone through a terrible divorce after 10 years of marriage. My husband cheated then filed for divorce. It has been devistating. I have been alone for 2 years. I need to know if things are going to get better? Is this Mercury Rentrograde? I was born in California, USA, February 4, 1966 at 9:30pm
    Thank you for being a light for us here in the dark

    1. I am very sorry about your husband and the divorce. This is not Mercury Retrograde. It is the fact that you had Saturn in Scorpio going through your Tenth House of position, mission and ambition between the end of 2012 and 2015. You clearly identified with your ‘job’ as wife so much that your horoscope decided this *was* your job, and so when other Aquarians were having major struggles with their career, you had it with your marriage. You have Neptune at 22 Scorpio in your birth chart, so it was a double whammy. You had to deal with the money, the possessions, the house or apartment as well. Hit ‘Search’ and look up Scorpio to find out more about these kinds of marriages. The good news is, the worst is over. In fact you will be thrilled with the way the universe pays you back financially, or through cash in kind, when Jupiter moves into Scorpio at the end of 2017 and throughout 2018. At that point you could also get into a new relationship with particularly meaning for you financially, or with property. In the meantime please join a group or do more with the old group. You are strongly Aquarian and you need a tribe. It heals you.

  2. Hi Jessica

    I seem to have a permanently terrible time with Mercury, retrograde or not: my emails go constantly missing, important documents and payments get lost, I touch any electronic equipment or machines and it tends to crash or bug (my husband is the only one allowed to pay at car parking payment stations). The last episode was on Tuesday when the check-out in a shop in Lyon (France) crashed during my card transaction and I ended up waiting 45 minutes in the shop before they let me go (the check out had still not recovered and I could tell the checkout girl hated my guts as she was supposed to be finishing at that time and could not leave; she assumed it was my fault as I used a ‘foreign’/UK credit card). The IT guy could have pitched a tent next to my PC when I was working as he had to come and reboot my computer on a near daily basis.

    This lifelong issue has made me appear completely paranoid as I click every receipt option when I send emails and panic every time a document does not reach the intended destination quickly. I also spend my life at PC World with laptop problems, problems which tend to disappear the minute one of their members of staff looks into it: ‘it looks fine to me’ is what I often hear after not being able to even access documents back at home. If it was not for my husband being a witness to the earlier problems and being with me talking to the tech guy, I think I would have been accused of having an IT Munchausen by proxy syndrome a long time ago…

    Can you see anything in my chart that can explain why I am so catastrophy-prone re. Mercury and communications of any kind?

    As another example of my bad luck, I have at least two questions on your website blog posts (Neptune and Sinead O’Connor) still left unanswered (when everyone else got the answer to their question), so I hope this one will not join that list…

    Many thanks in advance and in the hope you will see this! Carole

    1. I am so sorry that my website has added to your Mercury Retrograde issues! I hope this comment appears (and for the record I did reply to your other comments – let me see if I can find them). There is a very simple explanation for your particular issues with this cycle. The average person has up to three factors in Virgo – ruled by Mercury – in her chart. You have four. You are also a Virgo, full stop. Your ruling planet is Mercury so when he goes backwards, you need to be ready. Your IT Munchausen comment is funny – at least you can have a sense of humour about it!

      1. Thanks Jessica, my sense of humour has saved me from ‘brooding’ many times. I have a lot of Virgo friends and my sister is also one: she was born exactly a year minus one day after me; although we appear very different, we are like two sides of the same heavy coin. Our saving grace (and of many of my Virgo friends) is definitely our dry sense of humour: without it, I think we run the risk of turning into really obsessive types that get lost in very deep thinking! Humour helps us take some distance from whatever may hit us…If you can laugh about it, it cannot be that bad! Although there are limits with that philosophy of course.

  3. I just had the worst Mercury retrograde ever! 5 Major areas – child, child, security, finances outlaid for the forementioned, sibling, and my phone blew up! leaving me without contact during a truly frightening time.
    The worst that had happened so far during retrograde was two speeding tickets during one travel work trip.
    Since i have a heavy Saturn influence i guess it was that energy plus Mercury Retrograde that did it in this last one!
    However its done and the silver lining is using the Sagittarius energy i had to expand change my way of thinking. What i believed to be true my whole life in one circumstance (with my twin) i had to be forced to see in writing of legal document no less, that what i had believed was true was my fantasy not reality. So had to severe the ties with the twin.
    Silver lining no more wasted energy convincing myself using excuses to explain her behaviour and see reality as it truly is – she has her Karma and has to live with herself.
    I found my serenity peace and joy once i realised the truth and accepted it.
    I truly hope none of the dates above have a resemblance to the last one do they?
    Question how can twins born 20 mins apart be so different? Have you done a blog on this?

    1. I am sorry you had the Mercury Retrograde from hell. I had to cancel two flights so you are not alone. And at least we were not under water like Sydney and Paris! Your question about twins is a good one. I will write a story about twins one day – absolutely. The answer is, twins born 20 minutes apart *may* have a small number of different horoscope factors, purely because 20 minutes is enough to shift one planet (for example) into another zodiac sign and house. The real reason you are so different, though, is the way astrology works. You are the product of your people as well as your place. They also have horoscopes. Those horoscopes create chemistry or alchemy with your own chart so you are a unique experiment. The classic example is two twins both choosing different partners. That alone can trigger two totally different ways of living out the horoscope patterns. If one of you moves to London and the other one moves to Melbourne, both those cities also have charts, which again creates unique chemistry with your own personal chart. Think of it like two cocktails or two laboratory experiments. Both unrepeatable, both an absolute one-off. You would have to have exactly the same friends, lovers, children (impossible), permanent home towns and all the rest to eliminate that – and even then there is the question of freedom of choice!

  4. Hi Jessica

    I feel like I have been struck in a pit hole for 10 years. Made so much effort to break old patterns from relocation, took a new qualification, changed my career path, tried to create my own business all for nothing. It doesn’t lead me to any success as other astrologer have told me.

    I have no motivation, no friends, no one that i can share anything or talk to. I just want to know what happened to me and when will my time come? Am I also affected by Mercury Rentrograde?
    I was born on 9/9/1982 at 11:20am in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Even a short response from you would be very much appreciate..

    1. I am very sorry you are depressed. Before we go any further, try some free videos and websites online to help you. There is nothing to lose by trying. Start with the world famous Black Dog Institute at which a good friend of mine works for. Go to YouTube and search ‘hypnosis for depression’ and see what comes up. Professional hypnotherapists donate their work here and with tens of thousands of views and so many positive comments – it has to be working for someone, some of the time! Moving right along to your chart – this is not Mercury Retrograde. This is (firstly) that you were born with Saturn at 20 Libra exactly square Vulcano at 20 Capricorn. You are a Premium Member so please pick up my complimentary book Asteroid Astrology to read about Vulcano. You can read more about Saturn in your chart by hitting Search. This pattern at 20 degrees is being triggered by transiting Uranus at 20 Aries. It happened in June, July, August and September 2015 – then March, April 2016 – and there is one more transit in November, December 2016 and January, February 2017 – then the cycle ends. By the time you are near Christmas you will have so much experience at dealing with the feelings that you will know exactly what to do. In astrology Saturn describes the part of your personality which holds the most fear about the future. You have this in Libra so it tends to be about former, current or potential partners – and also enemies, rivals and opponents. One way to deal with Saturn is simply not to give him too much space and time in your life! It can be so easy to dwell on what you suffered in the past, or what you fear about the future – instead of using the good things in your horoscope which help you. You have a stellium in Scorpio. You were born to gain through money, business, property or precious possessions, as you will see from the end of next year into 2018. You would actually be an extremely good fundraiser for a charity or other good cause. I don’t know if you have ever explored that. You also need to look at the price you pay for holding down your feelings about success, your career, ambition and achievement. Vulcano in Capricorn describes someone who holds his emotions in. Please explore the square between Vulcano and Saturn in your chart, realise it is being triggered now in order for you to fix it. In fact it can only be triggered like this once in your lifetime. No wonder you have found this website! Use free online resources for depression. Join online forums of people who are dealing with depressive illness. You are not alone and you can be helped. This is not about Mercury Retrograde it is about something far more serious, but you are over the worst.

      1. Hi Jessica

        Thank you so much for your quick response and the insight of my life! This might explain why I love(?) being sarcastic and always got criticise for being too negative and holding to many things in..

        To be honest, I didn’t think I should do anything with my depression until now. The link looks very helpful so i think this might be a time to fix it.

        Thank you again Jessica.

  5. Jessica;

    I divorced in 2007. My ex was terrible with finances. Our a son who suffered health issues from this. The ex had a massive stroke three years ago and has been hospitalized in England since. Due to my son’s work, he has not been able to return to England since October. I now travel there for a few weeks every couple of months or so. It helps us all to heal. However, I have difficulties with trips and communications when Mercury is retrograde.

    My son and I hope made investments in his tech/app startups in the last couple of years. With my Mercury in Scorpio, I have communication issues with my son and with the guy I was seeing every single time there is a retrograde.

    I want a real partner/companion, but what should I do about Mercury retrogrades in the future? Stop talking to my son and a a new partner (I hope)? Seriously.

    Any insight on communication, finances, and marriage/partnership would be greatly appreciated.

    I was born 10/6/48 in Rochester Minnesota at 11:11 am. My son is a Leo, if that helps.

    Thank you!

    1. You have been really put through the mill, but it does get better. You have Mars at 22 Scorpio and Chiron at 23 Scorpio. So – you have Mars conjunct Chiron in the Eighth House. This describes your ex, the finances, and the investments with your son. You can hit Search on this website and look up people who share Scorpio factors to see what is going on, in more depth. You are correct in saying you are being affected by retrogrades, but actually it is Mars Retrograde in Scorpio which has been so difficult. It first passed 22 and 23 degrees in February 2016 and that should have been the end of the matter. Instead, it went underground through March, April, May and is now returning – June 19th through July 11th. This is the last part of the story and once it is written you need never go back there again. How should you be writing it? Understand that Mars in the Eighth House is about the need to fight, compete and win. When you put that out there, you will always find yourself in a battle, and sometimes a war. Understanding Mars better is one way to handle this position in your chart. Chiron is one degree away. This is that part of you which wants to see what you can get away with – which has a punk rock attitude – which attempts the so-called impossible or unthinkable. You are a formidable person to be involved with financially, in business or with property and I wonder if you know that? Having Mars himself conjunct your Mars-Chiron placement is like oxygen on a fire and you need to handle this transit carefully. Of course that is what astrology is for – conscious change. Having washed your hands of one burning issue, once and for all, by the second half of July – you can look forward to considerable repair work, healing and improvements when Jupiter goes through Scorpio. This cycle begins on October 11th 2017 and it will change your life. By 2018 you should be thrilled with what has transpired with your business interests, money, house or apartment.

      1. THANK YOU! I did not see your response a while back!! You are so wise and great at what you do. No, I had no idea I was good at property, business, etc., That really gives me courage to follow my intuition. As to the Mars placement, you are right about the “fire” part, so may God help me toward conscious change.

  6. Hi Jessica,

    I am seriously considering buying a piece of land near where I live in order to build my future house. At the moment, I am negotiating with the seller and am a bit worried because this person seems a bit disorganized. Could you tell me if this sale is going to happen and if I am making the right thing ? Will I be happy there ? Merci mille fois for your help, all the best from France

    1. You wrote – Hi Jessica, I am seriously considering buying a piece of land near where I live in order to build my future house. At the moment, I am negotiating with the seller and am a bit worried because this person seems a bit disorganized. Could you tell me if this sale is going to happen and if I am making the right thing ? Will I be happy there ? Merci mille fois for your help, all the best from France.

      My reply – Keep going with this. The reason you are dealing with Madame/Monsieur Flakey is Mars Retrograde in Scorpio, which rules joint property transactions, including land – and you have a great many Scorpio chart factors. Mars will finally be out of Scorpio on 2nd August which should help you. Then, from October and into November, we see a good flow into this sign. Without knowing this person’s chart it’s hard to say more, yet you have put your foot in the right direction. If this comes off, despite delays or reversals, you should be very happy once Jupiter is in Scorpio, final quarter of 2017 and presumably that is when you would start to see benefits.

  7. Hi Jessica, so pretty much nothing has gotten done prior to the 10th and I feel like Mercury Retrograde knocked on my door on August 1st. Everything I do from trying to make a simple doctor appointment for my son is met with frustration and the end result is zip, nada, still at the same place. My car which is a lease is being inspected tomorrow to be returned so this should be lovely. So is it the Post Shadow that’s the worst because the Pre Shadow wasn’t good. How does my chart influence this Mercury Metrograde (LMAO, Metrograde) Hope all is well on your end. Thank you Jessica

    1. Yes, this is a classic Mercury Retrograde cycle, and the shadow begins today (Wednesday 12th) although this year it seems to have been back-announced by a couple of days – Delta grounded all their American flights and the Australian census website is down. Best thing to do with Mercury is treat August and September as dress rehearsals and most of all – allow for other people to be flakey, have e-mail or telephone problems, unreliable and the rest! With your North Node in Virgo you will feel it on a daily routine level – thus the issues with the car and so on.

  8. Hello Jessica! I am a little nervous about this Mercury Retrograde! Both myself and a colleague (a very special friend) are both Scorps. he, Oct 27, 1969 and me Nov 13, 1970. We work together in a labor union and we have a very important arbitration case scheduled for late September. We were just notified of the date yesterday, August 10th. Any insight on what to expect?

    1. You have Pluto at 29 Virgo in your Sixth House of work. I don’t have his full chart to check, but yes, you will be affected by Mercury Retrograde. he moves to 29 Virgo on August 30th, 31st so near that date you will have a key discussion/paper trail/meeting. It will then go backwards or change, perhaps even being rescheduled, or the talking points reframed, before the next pass at Virgo 29 on October 7th. This is about your power and control and your natural need to take over/dominate. You do actually have quite a lot of power; a labor union is the ideal job for you. Watch out for empty promises (just be aware) and keep your diary flexible. Check basics like computers, phones, transport. You will get there but it will be a long and winding road. The best way to be the boss of you in this situation is to boss yourself around a bit.

  9. Does Mercury Retrograde also cause restlessness? I know this sounds like a stupid question but I have always saved my paperwork, documentation or any legal stuff thnx to your blogs. However, I’ve always noticed a heightened degree of restlessness something that you can’t point your finger on but bothers you and eventually depression for reasons unknown. I’ve noticed this peaking during Mercury retrogrades. As it is patience is not my virtue but with Saturn stationed in Sag I’ve learnt to go with the slow yet sure flow of saturn but Mercury retrograde does stir a bit of anxiety for unknown reasons

    1. If your birth time is accurate you have a Grand Cross involving Mercury in your birth chart. It falls at 1-2 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, Libra. That does require a bit of management. Restlessness is a function of Mercury and so is depression – and anxiety too. The cross means Mercury is at cross-purposes with other aspects of yourself, so your inner ‘messenger’ (especially at work) is always running into road blocks or speed humps. This causes frustration. One way around it is to find a physical activity which allows the old messenger of the Gods to ‘gallop’ and work his energy out of his system. Swimming and walking are good, because they involve a lot of stop-start, twist and turn. It’s an outlet. If you don’t use your body but stay desk bound you will definitely feel the typical Mercury/Grand Cross effects. You can read a lot about the Grand Cross elsewhere. It’s unusual and it’s worth knowing about – you can manage it.

  10. Hello Jessica

    You have such a fun sense of humour. Your replies and tweets are very funny.
    So. Here’s a general mercury question. I was born with Mercury in Sag (direct, not retrograde) so why is life like a constant mercurial retrograde day time soap drama. More misses then hits. Lots of re-writes, re-dos, changes and the like. . . . . Just wondering. When Mercury retrogrades come along, I don’t really seem to notice much difference. . .
    Have a peaceful day!

    1. Thank you. You are too kind. Chiron and Minerva are both in aspect and are both retrograde in your chart (see the R for Retrograde next to them). Every time you try to ‘do’ your Chiron or your Minerva, you go back and forth. One triggers the other. It’s like having two people tied together in a three-legged race, running backwards.You just have to allow for that, basically. I think your Minerva is the real culprit. You can read more about her by hitting Search.

    1. Without a birth chart it’s impossible to say, I’m sorry. If you’re a Leo or Aquarius (or your partner is) you might just swing it, but you have to know what you’re doing.

  11. Hi Jessica,

    I had been preparing for a practical course teaching younger generation very practical knowledge to kick start with their career in my chosen field. I have been recruiting some interns to make my name of it as a start. I was trying to get them all sorted out by Wednesday before Mercury Retrograde shadow hits but for some reasons it didn’t happen. Could you see if the change of direction in my career will succeed and when?
    What I need to do to make my dream comes true?
    My DOB: 25/11/1966, 11:17am in Shanghai China.

    Any professional insight will be much appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.


    1. You’re a Scorpio with Mercury Retrograde in your Eleventh House of groups and friends, so this is not about your students. Career? Easter 2017 will show you how to be free, how to be independent, how to break with tradition, how to reject any system, set up or organisation which holds you back. Like all Scorpio people you have Uranus in your Sixth House of work and the trick with this cycle is to be radical. Even revolutionary.

  12. Hi Jessica, Hope all is well with you.
    This mercury retro is happening in my twelfth house which is going to cross my natal Mars in 27Degree Virgo. Am I going to have heated arguements over and over? Thanks. There are a lot of hidden anger. I am sick of avoiding conflicts and trying maintain peace and harmony in the past with my in laws. Guess what I am the one who is in and out of counselling and physichiatry. :thanks

    1. It’s actually happening in your Sixth House in the natural house system. Pick up my free book 2020 Astrology to see how this works. The Sixth House describes the balance between mind, body and spirit and if you have Mars there, you do need to look at the way you handle anger. You also have Fortuna, Apollo and Panacea in Virgo in the Sixth House so, you need to understand Virgo in your life. Find a physical outlet like fast walking, jogging or something else you like to ‘take’ the Mars. This has nothing to do with your in-laws but everything to do with your housework, work, daily routine, lifestyle, gardening and so on. That is what Virgo rules. Of course, if your in-laws affect that, you will feel it. But in general, if ever someone needed to find a physical outlet for anger, it is you. Strenuous yoga might also be an excellent channel for you.

  13. Hi Jessica,

    Your site is fab! Thank you for so freely sharing your gifts and research. If it’s ok to ask, I was hoping you could help me shed some light on a couple of things. We’re immigrants trying to settle long term in Scotland. The education I am currently finishing I am enjoying but it has not been an easy road and I’ve been attending uni for over 18 years (10 years of semester time!) now I’m ready to be finished. The good problem I have is there are many directions I could take afterwards (some require becoming fluent in a language that has been unusually difficult for me to learn) I am interested in so many things – start a non-profit, freelance design, fine artist, professor, buy land and make gin, start a gallery etc. Knowing that the UK immigration system is tenuous always leaves an underlying anxiety about whether or not all of our life investment into our now settled and happy lives will be taken out from under us with some rule change. We’d love to be naturalised upon independence and hope for that to happen. There’s too much at stake for us to lose what we’ve built after rebuilding our lives more than once. I’m just hoping that I can finally have some stability in my life to stay and make a place better than I found it. Thanks so much. Xx

    1. Scotland will divorce the United Kingdom in a second referendum on independence, according to the astrology. So there will be opportunities galore, but not just yet. You could go now, but the United (disunited) Kingdom is in a state of flux and will be until the end of 2017, particularly regarding the rules on immigration, residency, visas, passports, the NHS, unemployment benefits and so on. You may want to update yourself constantly on the news because it’s going to be ever-changing with Saturn in Sagittarius, the sign that rules emigration.

  14. Hi Jessica,

    I am a Sagittarius born on the 25th November 1966 at 11:17am in Shanghai China not a Scorpio. So is it Mercury Retrograde in the house of friends and groups or something else?

    Thank you. Lauren

    1. Mercury Retrograde in Virgo until October 2016 (including the final shadow) is in your Tenth House of career, unpaid work, full-time parenting and university life.

  15. What if two people were to get married on a Mercury Retrograde period (Dec 28, 2016)? Female June 1,1965 and Male Dec 28, 1962.

  16. Hi Jessica, things have not been good with my husband and me, not sure how this is going to play out but our horoscope for Sunday 8/14 has me uneasy –

    Venus is the great deal-maker of the zodiac and she holds the scales that weigh the diamonds and gold for rings, as well as the scales that measure what is fair and equal between two people. Your money, property, business or possessions now require quite a deal. And how.

    Your ruler Venus is now one sign behind you, drawing your attention to the issue that can be resolved, or the opportunity that can be seized. Nobody else will know, see or remotely fathom what you are so concerned with as it lies deeply below the surface of yourself or your life.

    Trying to understand what this all means…

    1. Give both of you a bit of time as you are too far ahead of the necessary talk, which will happen more clearly for you once September is out of the way. It’s just a bridge to cross and you will be in a good position to cross it and figure out the other side from October.

  17. Hello Jessica,
    Funny I am reading your article now; I had conversation with my Mom about my life and what I have been going through – it is a story for a book “big one”! How does Mercury retrograde impact me. Mercury is @10′ in Capricorn. I happen to have Venus 17′ in Cap too. I have imprtant financials and house decisions to make in the next couple of weeks. Best regards

    1. Mercury is Retrograde in Virgo now and you are not affected – you have nothing in Virgo at the degrees where is is passing through. You will be affected by other people’s delays or changes, of course. Thank you.

  18. Hello Jessica!
    I am planning to launch my website in this Mercury retrograde I am sure astrology would advise against but I have delayed so long and it needs to get up! However, please can you tell me what my chart says?
    Also, a client I am hoping will finally come through next week (but of course don’t know). The business is a service providing Middle East cultural insight so have been paying attention to your articles about sagitarrius!… Thank you as ever for your help (and ps the “life gardening” you advised me of in relation to love, sex and partnership, has begun!).
    I hope you are well
    Kate 🙂

    1. Thank you. As long as you treat your website like a dress rehearsal that’s fine. The final production will come later as you have a couple of Virgo factors in your Sixth House of work and of course Mercury is Retrograde in Virgo in the same place. Read the fine print on the contract with not only this Middle East client, but any other from another country/culture. Really be aware of the realities of where it all might take you by 2017.

  19. Hi Jessica, my son and his girl (Lindsey) have been in the process of purchasing this particular house since April 16, 2016. The whole process has been stop and go and they are currently at the end of the process and Lindsey is panicking over closing on the house pre and and during Mercury retrograde yet unfortunately as it stands, this is likely the time it will be happening. I don’t know what dwarf planets or asteroids are in there chart. The only Virgo position for both of them is my son Virgo 12 sun sign. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

    1. This is about Cancer and the Fourth House in your son’s horoscope and also his girlfriend’s, and possibly Scorpio and the Eighth House. Do they have placements there? I suspect one of them has Scorpio factors which would explain the endless delays. This is not about Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, but it is very likely to have been the long Mars Retrograde transit through Scorpio.

      1. Thank you so much, you’re really awesome to take the time and respond. I’m guessing they should go with the flow and be sure to read everything carefully before signing. They’re 30 and 33 so this is there first home and a major happening as it’s basically for investment purposes. It’ll be used as an air bnb for the most part. Thank you again for your time, I can’t say enough to everyone that I speak to astrology about which is everyone how your my absolute favorite. May the universe bless you as much as you bless us, namaste.

        1. Ah, thank you. With Jupiter in Libra in 2017 it’s a year for couples, so if either of these two have horoscope factors in Libra as well, it will be a dynamic duet.

  20. Why does Mercury Retrograde affect me ALL the time (I might be exaggerating)? The costs are always huge! Either money (numerous instances; one example – spilled water on a brand new laptop), flight delays (I travel every week) throughout that period, I rescinded an accepted offer (which actually turned out to be good) and now it is causing havoc already – even in the shadow period. I called an airline agent to find out the costs for canceling a booked ticket and the agent actually canceled it after saying please contact your company travel agent! A miscommunication between my co-worker and I that caused a major embarrassment with a client and a lot of good will damage and of course money. We both are still in shock on how this happened (two of the best employees in the company). Want to hide on a remote island with no electronic communication until October! I am dreading on how an important presentation in two weeks is going to go at this rate! May be time to take a long break or even resign and go to that remote island!

    1. This sounds so frustrating for you. You were actually born with Mercury Retrograde and he forms patterns (within one degree orb) to several other horoscope factors in your personal birth chart. This basically means that any time Mercury Retrograde passes 13, 14, 15 degrees of a sign, he triggers your own Mercury, and then the rest of the chart as a whole. One thing that may help is tracking the days you see Mercury passing 13, 14, 15 and factoring in a dress rehearsal period at that time when you are free to make first, second or third attempts – and likewise, when Mercury returns to that degree, allowing for the next part of the rehearsal period to move back and forth. Give yourself wiggle room. This can work for you, but you have to treat Mercury like a courier on a motorbike skidding backwards.

      1. Thank You Jessica! You are right. The miscommunication happened on Aug 12th (13-15 Mercury passing Virgo). Well, I marked my calendar for the next round (Sep 19th -25th). Thank you very much!!

  21. HI Jessica, I didn’t quite know where to put this question, but my family and i are on the verge of becoming homeless. I thought I would post it under Virgo, but then I saw this post and given that this has happened during a Mercury retro, I thought it might be better here. Anyways, bottom line is we are struggling to see how we can get ourselves in a situation asap to find a safe happy home for our family, especially with such limited resources at present. I am scratching my head to see where the Jupiter in Libra in my 6th house benefits are with this one! I do believe everything happens for a reason and deep down I also know that we will be fine, but my consciousness has risen to panic state. I do recall in January you mentioned that we would have the opportunity to move to a place similar to one we had about 99/00, or 15 years ago. I’ll admit they were great houses, but we are not in that same financial boat anymore. Is there housing happiness on the horizon? Many thanks for your invaluable help as always. xx P.s. I have just come across a place, literally as I type this to you! but reluctant to check it out/commit until the retro is over.

    1. I am sorry you have the anxiety of possible homelessness. Jupiter in Libra is not in your Sixth House, by the way, it is in your Seventh House, using the Natural House system. What I said in January holds. You will have the opportunity to move to a place similar to the one you had around 15 years ago. If you have come across a place now go and see it. Don’t hesitate. Mercury Retrograde just means – have Plan B. It should not stop you doing things.

  22. I understand Mercury retrograde but being a Virgo with a stellium, I am worried that the actual dates over a year total many months. That is a big chunk out of the year!
    Trying to avoid buying certain products is not always possible. My son needs a new laptop as he is off to university in 2 weeks. The money wasn’t available earlier, plus we have done lots of research into the best one for him. He has taken a few months really looking into it.
    We now need to purchase it this weekend, do I presume we’ll have problems?

    1. Mercury Retrograde never stops me from buying a laptop either but I do read the fine print and read the terms and conditions. In general we always have mess and muddle three times a year. Right now 44 million Britons have woken up to find they’ve been hacked and Google Drive is down. American airports are shutting down because of Irma and that affects us all. So – it pays to have Plan B. It is impossible to say if your son’s laptop will come a cropper without knowing his chart and the chart of the person selling it to him! But in general, just cover yourself. And you are, so that’s good.

  23. Hi Jessica,
    The Mercury retrograde phase is repetitive event and it lasts for months in one year. I have Leo natal retrograde Mercury and I am always late, on everyday activities, but also on flights etc. Few times I missed them. I had a solar eclipse this August on my natal Leo Mercury . How it can affect my life since Mercury is my ruler? I am starving for changes in all important areas of my life. Completely stuck for about two years.

    1. Stuck for two years, is stuck for too long and it’s going to be more than just Mercury Retrograde. You never planted the big idea. I don’t think it’s gone anywhere. You need to either travel or move, but you can’t do that until you take that huge, high-potential plan or concept that appeared like a vision in the heavens, last two years – and make it real. When you make it real and ground it, you make it happen then a trip or move is possible.

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