Mercury Retrograde November 2019 – Friends and Lovers

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Mercury Retrograde 2019Mercury retrograde 2019 begins on October 31, at 27° Scorpio and ends on November 20, at 11° Scorpio.

Mercury retrograde is generally associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. However, this Mercury retrograde 2019 has a friendly, sociable influence because it sits right next to Venus, the planet of love and peace.

Mercury retrograde October-November 2019 will not be as challenging as other Mercury retrogrades. It should be relatively easy to resolve any communication mishaps because of a prevailing sense of cooperation and harmony.

More detail about Mercury retrograde 2019 follows. Information about natal Mercury retrograde and the general meaning of Mercury retrograde phases can be found at the end of this article.

Mercury Retrograde 2019

The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone (11° to 27° Scorpio). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde 2019:

  1. October 11 to 31 – The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (11° to 27° Scorpio).
  2. October 31 to November 20 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (27° to 11° Scorpio).
  3. November 20 to December 7 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (11° to 27° Scorpio).

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone

Mercury enters the retrograde zone on Friday October 11, 2019 at 11°35′ Scorpio [see chart]. During the first shadow period, you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase.

Mercury Stationary Retrograde

Mercury retrograde on Thursday October 31, at 27°38′ Scorpio joins Venus as shown in the chart below. This gives Mercury retrograde a sociable, loving and feminine influence. Mercury also stations retrograde on Venus-like star. But like Mercury retrograde in general, it does have some undesirable effects.

Mercury conjunct Venus makes Mercury retrograde 2019 the right time to tell someone you love them. It puts you in touch with what you love about a person and makes it easier to share your affections. Other people will also find it easier to show you love and appreciation. You could receive compliments, letters, invitations, gifts or even some money.

Increased social interaction and interpersonal skills make this a good time to ask for favors or to ask someone out on a date. Old friendships can be renewed and new friends made. While Mercury retrograde, in general, may cause some communication difficulties, this aspect encourages cooperation and negotiation. It helps you find peaceful resolutions to any disputes.

Mercury Retrograde 2019

Mercury Retrograde October 2019

Fixed star Toliman at 29°42′ Scorpio gives friendship, charity, goodwill, refinement and a position of honor and power. [1] But relationships with women may be spoiled, or an existing happy relationship stricken by exceptional circumstances. [2]

Mercury and Venus with Toliman give popularity, benefits from friends, intelligence, business success, and artistic and musical abilities. However, it can make you changeable, indecisive, fault-finding and difficult to please, with danger from love affairs, trouble in domestic affairs through enemies, family sickness, and disappointed ambitions. [1]

Mercury Stationary Direct

Mercury stations direct on Wednesday, November 20 at 11°35′ Scorpio. Like Mercury retrograde, it is also well-aspected and on Venus-like star.

Moon sextile Mercury is good for socializing because you should be in the mood for talking. You won’t have to think about what to say because you are in tune with your feelings and the feelings of other people.

This is also a good time to talk about family and relationship problems because you will feel more sensitive and caring than usual. Others will come to you to share their feelings too.

Mercury Retrograde October 2019

Mercury Direct November 2019

Fixed star Acrux at 12°07′ Scorpio gives religious beneficence, ceremony, justice, magic, and mystery. [1] It gives an inventive mind, and a deeply religious nature connected with mystical and theosophical interests. [2]

Fixed star Alphecca at 12°33′ Scorpio gives honor, dignity and poetical and artistic ability. With Mercury it gives benefits from friends but also laziness, extravagance and loss by enemies. [1]

Finally, Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on Saturday December 7, at 27°38′ Scorpio [see chart]. For more detail on how Mercury retrograde 2019 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2019 Dates

  • March 5 to 28, 2019 – 16° to 29° Pisces
  • July 7 to 31, 2019 – 23° Cancer to 4° Leo
  • October 31 to November 20, 2019 – 11° to 27° Scorpio

Mercury Retrograde 2020 Dates

  • February 16 to March 9 – 28° Aquarius to 12° Pisces
  • June 18 to July 12 – 5° to 14° Cancer
  • October 13 to November 3 – 26° Libra to 11° Scorpio

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Transiting Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.

The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods. The illustration below shows the apparent retrograde motion of Mercury as seen from Earth.

Mercury Retrograde Motion

Mercury Retrograde Motion

Mercury retrograde brings communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury–Saturn aspect to Mercury retrograde. You can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period might be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.

Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels, and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.

Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet be available, and others may be unreliable or dishonest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand. The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication, and transport are the few days either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations. However, care should still be taken during the retrograde period.

Natal Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury retrograde suggests there may have been a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions. Perhaps you were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.

Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. A repeating theme of challenging events related to your past is likely, especially when young. The aim of Mercury retrograde natal is to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout.

Natal Mercury retrograde meaning can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing, and comprehension. You could be a shy, quiet person whose thoughts have turned in. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company, and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.

Mercury retrograde only lasts for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years, you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury retrograde later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.

If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury retrograde. Use this ephemeris to see if Mercury changes direction in your progressed chart.

  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.116, 148, 232.
  2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.59, 64.

35 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde November 2019 – Friends and Lovers

  1. Definitely a good retrograde for getting back with an ex with Mercury conjunct Venus.

    • Its also a good time for the ex to hook up with someone new and realise that getting back with an ex is a retrogression.

  2. Hi there, is there an error with this date:
    Mercury enters the retrograde zone on Friday October 11, 2019 at 27°38′ Scorpio

    It should be 11 degrees at the start, right? (Virgo moon, sorry)

    • Thank you for your critical eye. Good too, just one day before Mercury enters the retrograde zone on Friday October 11, 2019 at 11°35′ Scorpio.

    • Is your ex a commodity? If not why do you think you can just get him / her back? What if s/he has got other plans?

      • Sometimes people continue to value past relationships and pine for them, wondering if a fresh start can be made and if the other party still harbours feelings for them. Sometimes other people read forums and insinuate words like “commodity” where they don’t exist.

        • Surely there was a reason for the break up to begin with. I don’t believe in going back, never have and never will. There’s no progress in going back. I cut all ties with exs and move on and have never regretted my decision and way of doing things. Talking about people as if they are commodities tells a lot and gives clues on the reasons for the break up. No human touch. I can only imagine how those exs were treated and hope they are very happy where they are with their current loved ones and aren’t available to go back.

          • Wrong……..much influences people getting together and breaking up….You get rid of all your ex’s and never go back…well aren’t you the one with issues….cut ties and move on like they were nothing to you and you are nothing to them….funny you talk about someone else, but you sound like the one with issues….Typical for a Gemini, just bopping around…damaging people and moving on with no regards…

            • @Raelyn,
              The ones with issues are those who can’t move on.
              This is the type that commits murder because they cant detach from the ex.
              Typical of a Gemini? hahaha, we can’t damage already damaged goods.
              Typical earth sign with inability to adapt and move on. Slow moving train.
              Geminis hopping? I’d rather hop around and have fun that stay fixated on ex that have forgotten about me.

  3. It is reasonable to suggest that the Mercury Rx will impel the mind to Remember past loves. The transit of Mercury occurs on 11:11, the day of Remembrance. And we know what body parts Scorpio rules. Incidentally I was chatting with a British woman right now and she asked me the time 11:11am pst.

  4. I’ve had an idea for a website for about two years. I have most of the content/images ready to go (all written over the course of the past two years). Last week, before the M Rx pre-shadow period, I finally bought my domain name – woohoo! But I still have to actually create the website and buy my hosting to actually ‘put it out there’. Would you consider I’d already started this before the M Rx period and so could continue or am I supposed to wait for Dec 7 when the post-shadow period ends to put it online? Years ago no one seemed to make a big deal of the weeks before and after the actual retrograde period – seems like it’s something that has gained traction as a fad only within the past several years.

    • I read years ago, that Microsoft, among others, would launch software products during Mercury Rx, because future updates and changes would come more naturally.

      While I’m on it, the New Age chart, 00Aquarius Rising January 12, 1996, and the Regulus Ingress Virgo chart, 08Virgo Rising, conj Mars 08Virgo, November 29, 2011, are both Mercury Rx.

      • Interesting point. I had surgery during the last retrograde – correction of a previous issue. It went really smoothly…

  5. Thanks Gerald! That Microsoft story does sound like a positive. I do get frustrated at how M Rx (and its new-fangled pre and post shadow zones) gets such negativity and pessimism.
    I’d love to know more about the New Age chart and the Regulus Ingress Virgo chart (not heard of this before) – would you explain or point me in the direction of where I can learn more? Thank you!

    • Mercury Rx is in its Joy (1st house) in the New Age chart. It’s the only planet that has a natal Joy house placement. – – Use equal houses for this chart.

      The Regulus ingress Virgo chart has its Mercury Rx in Sagittarius Sign, 4th house, Virgo Rising, so Mercury Rx is the chart ruler.

      These two charts have prominence mainly because of primary ingresses. Uranus ingress Aquarius and of course, Regulus ingress Virgo. Both have comet rectification, which I don’t know if anyone has done this, other than at astrologyking.

      Between these two charts, Mercury Rx carries a heavy load, a journey already started 23 years and 8 years ago.

      • Summer Solstice June 20, 2020, and Solar Eclipse, Mercury Rx 5Gem

        To further rectify, this point culminates the two referenced charts to a total of 33 combined years, to the day.

        link to Hancock’s 2020 summer Solstice work:

      • I am 32 and will be 33 November 4th!! Could this Mercury Retrograde be a celebration of an amazing ending to this 23 years of suffer? I feel great!

        • Could be like you say. We’ve cracked the code on gender suffering with Mercury Rx Ascendency.

          I can’t remember the thread it was mentioned, where 4 planets (Saturn,Jupiter, Sun, Moon) in the NewAge chart are in their Joy houses at the Oct 13 full moon, and it was said it would be a gender bender.

  6. Retrograde means different things to different people depending on their circumstances. Where I’m sitting Mercury retrograde starts at 17:41 conjunct Venus and Pallas the goddess of wisdom in the early degrees of the 8th house in Scorpio. I have a corrupt client that has no choice but to settle to get out of the contract, enter 8th house of other people’s money. From the 9th house of good luck, wealth, fortune, higher learning, wisdom and spirituality, Pluto the planet of wealth sextile the Venus-Mercury-Pallas conjunct trine Vesta the goddess of the hearth in the feminine Taurus in the 1st house of self, Jupiter conjunct Moon conjunct Ceres the goddess of Agriculture in the 8th house, through the sextile from Libra in the 6th house that rules one’s capacity to work hard and physical strength…Mars shouts ENOUGH WITH EMOTIONS TAKE ACTION HERE AND NOW. Mercury’s handler the sun, will be luminating from Libra in the 7th house of business partnerships trine North Node of purpose and destiny in the 3rd house of communication, good if you are preparing to negotiate a deal. This retrograde is about money or some form of material gain and growth. And it’s got a strong feminine element to it. With retrograde in the Scorpio-Taurus polarity of money this Scorpio Rising Venus in Taurus will not be thinking about past lovers who should have their own lives and sorted by now, instead I expect the retrograde to steer me in the direction of thinking about and seeing opportunities for financial gain, material security and growth. There’s more to Venus in Scorpio in the 8th house than past lovers, rubber, darkness, leather, handcuffs, velvet rope, everything dark red and sexual.
    Nuff said.

    • Mercury Rx has become the People’s of the Earth’s concern, all 7.7 billion of us, since it is a planet and a Direction that has pre-eminence in our New Age, how it is under the Auspices of star Regulus, and now, Mercury Rx reveals itself in its Gemini Domicile at the Summer Solstice Eclipse 2020. Circumstances in astrology are revealed by Houses, or Angles, and that’s where Mercury Rx projects itself now: Angular. Can anyone find a better, more accurate, precise, powerful and significant combination of Circumstances and Characteristics that rectifies Mercury Rx Energy, as the most significant agent of humanities personal change the next 2000 years?

    • This is exactly what I will be doing. Negotiating for a business, run by women for women. Wish me luck!☺️

      • @Reawakening,

        “business run by women for women”

        I wish you all the best.
        Scorpio-Taurus is a feminine polarity.

  7. In Canada there is a Federal Election this coming Monday, October 21, 2019.

    The three quarter moon astrology shows Chromios conjunct the ascendant, in Ottawa. Expect a colourful display, rainbow like.

    Liberals will win the most seats, but not a majority. With the seats from the NDP they should form a government. In order for this deal to happen, Justin Trudeau will step down and the leader of New Democrats will become Prime Minister.

    The astrology is not unlike what happened in the USA in 2016. Back then Venus was undergoing Mercury Rx calibration, articulated in The February 2016 NewMoon thread, and comments above.

    this Time the election is shaped by Mars undergoing Mercury Rx calibration.

    • Election over, Liberals have a Minority, and indeed, New Democrats have enough to make it a Majority. So it’s deal time. The astrology is there to see, NewMoon Surprise and the New Democratic leader having his 40 year aspect, Uranus Opposition. Watch, as Mercury Rx calibrates Mars, it’ll be three weeks you’ve never before witnessed.

        • Sorry, never came across his stuff. My astrological journey began in a fish processing plant, Aug 6/7, 2010 cardinal cross.

  8. Global Energy Breakthrough conference

    Runs Nov 9-11,

    Mundane chart set for 4:25pm Hilversum Media Park, November 11, 2019

    Closing ceremony
    Sun 19Sco56
    Mercury 19Sco56 Rx
    Inferior Conjunction
    Angular, 7th house, tropical

    I know what they are like over there. Massive gathering, holding hands.

    This is the real shit, like someone on a Scorpio/Taurus axis would say.

    • +Gerald,

      People should not allow themselves to be distracted by you climate change alarmist. Yes to climate change awareness and measures to reduce global warming on planet earth, No to climate change alarmism. Trying to use climate change to control the world, you will fail like religion did. You talk as if there are no vested financial interests at that conference. More proof that this retrograde is about business and financial manifestation. People going back to the ideas and projects they had shelved or putting effort to moving their current projects forward.

      You’re scattered and very aggressive in driving your agenda.

      Your time and that of your kind is up. Too many of you have capitalised on people not knowing with astrology being one of the unknowns and inaccessible. Don’t you hate the internet for exposing you as experts in the mundane.

      Quit trying, you don’t know what we don’t.

      “Sun and Mercury at 19 56 of Scorpio”. Is that all?

      Trying to create a diversion with a conference that means nothing to many until people can find themselves and learn to use astrology to manifest their dreams and aspirations. Refer to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Your global warming means nothing to people who’re yet to find their footing in careers and businesses.

      • Thank you for all that.

        My life hierarchy is an Exter Pyramid, which overlays the traditional pyramid, like Maslow’s. Combined it shows a Solomon seal, an important geometry for new energy generation.

      • A composite midpoint chart taken between my birthdate, January 11, 1962, and Cosmogenesis, June 21, 2020 shows a Solomon Seal:

        Mercury 25Ari40
        Arcturus 24Lib07

        Galactic Center 26Sag44
        Vertex 24Sag47
        Lilith 27Gem19

        Regulus 29Leo42
        Pallas 22Aqr22
        Mars 19Aqr49

        Lilith in the 11th. Nicolai Tesla has his Lilith in this house

        Pluto/Moon opposition on the gravity axis:

        MC 4Tau06
        Pluto 17Sco
        Moon 17Tau49

        “Moon opposite Pluto natal gives you intense and complex feelings. The extremes in mood and behavior you display can often cause relationship problems. Your emotions can become so intense that they frighten other people.”


        “The New Moon on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 4° Scorpio is opposite Uranus. This makes the new moon October 2019 astrology shocking, unpredicatle and erratic. It will make people restless, impulsive and even crazy.”

        I’m very sorry for upsetting anyone.

  9. Mercury begins 1st Shadow Phase:
    January 12, 1962

    Three months 0f age, Solar progressed Mercury enters the 1st shadow.

    Finally, after a very strange, and atypical journey, This past year, my life begins outside the Solar Progressed Mercury retrograde zone.

  10. Mercury exits the shadow zone on Saturday, Dec 7.

    Adios Amigos, that spacecraft Mercury. You enlighten our lives, whether too-ing or fro-ing, What could be conceived, could also be empowered. The Right stuff, Chuck Yeager 1983, Pluto and Saturn. I salute you, amazing astronauts, John Glenn, call home.


    “More than 50% of the World’s top 100 Fortune businesses were started under the Mercury Retro period.”

    Fascinating tidbit at findyourfate. We touched on why there is success in business when Mercury is Rx: it is the Planet and direction of Joy in the New Age. It shows up like this in the Trinity Charts, Aquarius, Virgo and Cosmogenesis. And Mercury moved Rx through the Aquarius Stellium in 1962, a period of Boomer peak bounty!

    But today’s business success is measured by balance sheet growth, or structure growth, if you will. See the dangers?

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