Mercury Retrograde February 2020 – Moodiness

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Mercury Retrograde February 2020Mercury retrograde February 2020 begins on February 16, at 12° Pisces and ends on March 9, at 28° Aquarius. Mercury retrograde is generally associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous tension, travel delays, and lost items.

Mercury retrograde February 2020 has an especially challenging influence on communications because it is square the Moon. An inner conflict between your thoughts and feelings may lead to anxiety, indecision, moodiness, and parochialism.

More detail about Mercury retrograde February 2020 follows. Information about Mercury retrograde in the natal chart and in transit can be found at the end of this article.

Mercury Retrograde February 2020

The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone (28° Aquarius to 12° Pisces). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde February 2020:

  1. February 2 to 16 – The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (28° Aquarius to 12° Pisces).
  2. February 16 to March 9 – The retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (12° Pisces to 28° Aquarius).
  3. March 9 to 29 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (28° Aquarius to 12° Pisces).

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone

Mercury enters the retrograde zone on February 2 at 28 ♒ 12 [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 February 16 at 12 ♓ 53 makes a significant and challenging aspect to the Moon. There are no major fixed stars conjunct Mercury but the Moon is on a powerful star in the Heart of the Scorpion.

Moon square Mercury creates a high degree of tension between your heart and mind or an internal debate between your thoughts and feelings. Anything you feel strongly about or have an opinion on is subject to your questioning, indecisiveness, and variability of emotions or interest.

Mercury retrograde February 2020 will help you openly and honestly share your feelings but the message received can be less thoughtful and caring than intended. Moodiness and parochialism can lead to disagreements that harm your intimate relationships. You may not care too much what others think of you but your partner most likely will.

This will be an ongoing issue with Mercury stationing direct quincunx the Moon, and Mercury leaving the retrograde zone again square the Moon. Friends may come and go but family is forever. Your parochial views on family may reach beyond the clan and extend even to nationalism.

The best use of this tense energy is hard mental work. You can take a critical look at both sides as you perfect your ideas. The key to avoiding arguments and strained relationships during Mercury retrograde February 2020 is to stay calm and think before speaking.

Mercury Retrograde February 2020

Mercury Retrograde February 2020

The Moon conjunct fixed star Antares at 10 ♐ 02 is helpful in this situation because it gives a broad-minded and philosophical outlook. It gives great power, honor and wealth, and is favorable for business and domestic matters. However, these benefits may not prove lasting, and there is the danger of violence, sickness, drowning or assassination. [1]

Mercury Stationary Direct

Mercury stations direct on March 9 at 28 ♒ 12 and another challenging aspect to the Moon carries on the Mercury retrograde theme of conflicting feelings and moodiness.

Moon quincunx Mercury still causes internal conflict between your thoughts and feelings but it also gives the ability to find a balance. While it may still be hard to put your thoughts into words, there will be moments of emotional stability and calmness in which you can see things more clearly. Take advantage of this mental clarity to find compromises and reach firm decisions.

The Mercury direct phase gives you a chance to pause and reflect before saying something you may come to regret. New information will become available and you will be able to look at things from a different perspective. This will help you make up for any mistakes during the retrograde phase and resolve any relationship problems.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Direct March 2020

Finally, Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on March 29 at 12 ♓ 53  [see chart]. Just as with Mercury retrograde, the Mercury is square the Moon, this time from the opposite degree at 12 ♊ 41.

The Moon conjunct fixed star Aldebaran at 10 ♊ 03 is similar to Antares with the Moon but more favorable. It is good for domestic, public and religious matters, business, honor, and credit. [1]

For more detail on how Mercury retrograde February 2020 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Transiting 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 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 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

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 retrograde Mercury 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 can cause 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 Mercury in retrograde motion. Use this ephemeris to see if Mercury changes direction in your progressed chart.

Mercury Retrograde 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
  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.120, 137.

136 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde February 2020 – Moodiness

  1. Say Feb 1, 9:00pm pst,
    “My left eye is wobbling, out of its socket. Bryan Ferry sings on the box. My lips are like plastic. “I’m morphing”, I tell him.”

    Sun Feb 2, 1:00pm pst,
    Diagnosis: Bell’s Palsy

    • “Bell’s palsy is a condition in which the muscles on one side of your face become weak or paralyzed. It affects only one side of the face at a time, causing it to droop or become stiff on that side.

      “It’s caused by some kind of trauma to the seventh cranial nerve. This is also called the “facial nerve.” Bell’s palsy can happen to anyone. But it seems to occur more often in people who have diabetes or are recovering from viral infections.

      “Most of the time, symptoms are only temporary”

      • Feels like a punch in the face. My right eye cant close. My head is numb. Fat lip. Ball’s Palsy onset immediately after posting 501 Darts perfect game.

      • My face is nerve damaged. New nerve growth and restoration during the Mercury Retrograde Phase.

        This could be in response to my identity psychosis and other astrological musings.

        • So sorry to hear about the Bell’s Palsy, Gerald.
          I suppose you know that rosemary and clove essential oils help in nerve regrowth? Neither of them should be used directly on the skin (that will burn), but only in carrier oils.
          Of course you need to investigate this for yourself, don’t take my word for it.
          “Wish you better” soonest…

        • I haven’t done any herbal research on Bells Palsy. The astro charts tell me to increase sodium chloride (salt) tho. Maybe find someone to rub oils. Sounds interesting.

      • Progressed natal set for Feb 2, 2020

        Ascendant 22Vir00

        Mercury 24Aqr02
        Jupiter 26Aqr40
        Mars 28Aqr59

        Uranus 27Leo35r

        Moon 23Tau16

        on Feb 1-2 transiting Mercury at 27Aqr
        I was a dead duck for a nerve rewiring. Salty soup tastes very good right now. Transiting mercury went inconjunct from the prog ascendant, and that’s the primary health aspect.

  2. I notice you didn’t specify any signs in that article, so does that mean this affects everyone pretty much evenly? Are people with stronger Scorpion and Mercury placements likely to be more affected?

    I’ve been feeling pretty reckless but also hella detached and even a bit too impartial in my reactions lately. Everybody else seems pretty mental tbh. I have Uranus in Scorpio, Mercury in Virgo.

    • (and by ‘reckless’ I meant a devil may care, playful kinda reckless. Not menacing or dangerous!)

  3. March 2019 Mercury retrograde in Pisces last year … another Mercury retrograde in Pisces in later degrees this time. Things are looking bad, in many ways same as experiences last March? Anyone else experiencing this?

    Neptune also floating around the same degree point 16-17 Pisces giving me the heeby geebies! Hoping it’s not going to be a re-run #chooseyourreality!?

  4. “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 were to age yourself by Progressed Mercury, how old would you be?

    Natal Sun 21Cap17
    Natal Mercury 6Aqr55
    Prog Mercury 24Aqr06 (Feb22/2020)

    17 years old, by Mercury, after a lifetime through the Soup cans.

    • Three times Mercury through Campbell’s River of soup.

      The first is direct, the second retrograde, and the third direct.

      So the profoud experience, the Retrograde, is the second time through Campbell. The second chart in the Trinity is the one rectified by a hyperbolic comet.

      Where is my calling now? (No call) There’s been very strong redirections during the life, inexplicable without astrology. The light goes out soon, only months from now.

    • I’m glad you picked out this comment, Gerald. I’d never looked for this in my charts at all.
      Mercury went retro two days after my birth, on 6 August 1945 (the retro), on the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
      For 26 years, until 1971, all my prog charts have Mercury retro in them.
      At age 40, prog Mercury was finally back at its natal place in my prog charts. At age 42, he was out of the 1945 shadow period.
      The only other retro planet that appeared was Uranus at age 50. There’ll be no retro planets in my prog charts till my life ends.
      I have no retro planets in my birth chart, even the Nodes and main asteroids are direct.

      PS. How is your Bell’s palsy?

      • Bells Palsy healing as strangely as a Merc Rx

        Progressed natal:

        Mercury 24Aqr05
        Jupiter 26Aqr41
        Mars 29Aqr03
        Uranus 27Leo35
        Moon 24Tau24
        Ceres 25Tau35

        This is what I call a quadruple T-Square. ie, after the planets, look at the underlying stars such as Regulus, Algol and Sadalsuud… Sea goat

        The intensity on my progressed 👕square is like a tiedye. Every t shirt is a slobber, my right eye water’s up a lot. Healing is slow, like mercury moving into stationary. I’m eating less, like you would expect this time of year. The Progressed Mars moving into Anaretic Aquarius concerns me,

        Progressed Mercury to Progresssed Mars, and with mundane Mercury doing its retrograde. …

        “This conjunction excites and over-stimulates the whole nervous system; it is therefore necessary to act cautiously during this period: it is not a good time either to travel, or to deal with literary persons.” AlanLeo

        I’m looking at that open area in Scorpio, 3rd house, and read about the drone wars over the internet; I’m fascinated by the precision of an executed order.

        • Tr Mercury went retro on 2 Feb as it moved into its pre-retro shadow period. That was the day your Bell’s first appeared.
          Tr Mars will be at Anaretic Capricorn on 30/31 March, the same day that Mercury finally moves out of its post-retro shadow period. He will be at Anarectic Aquarius on 13 May, the same day that Venus goes retro, and a day before Jupiter goes retro. Saturn will have been retro at 1 degree Aqr since 11 May.
          Have you looked that far ahead, Gerald?
          Tr Mercury will be back at Aquarius’ Anaretic degree in 2 days time. Here’s hoping that your Bell’s will at least start resolving itself on that date! SD Mercury is on 11 March.
          All in all a very busy period astrologically! I don’t know about you, but I’m walking very, very carefully…

        • My right eye is stuck open and it sees much better than my left eye, which is opposite Bells Palsy onset.

          This could be a subconscious reaction to a desire for greater precision, as I shoot off my right shoulder.

          Eugenia Last says Astrology is not about prediction, but the art of timing. Her birthday is March 26, 1949

          Asteroid Eugenia 45 is a trinery system, it’s moon was only discovered recently. It is at 19Pis05 in my natal chart.

          Just a few thoughts. Thanks for looking at the Mercury gyrations. Mars under Mercury calibration is my general perspective. It shows up in my face. Perhaps by Aries it will have healed.

          • Have you looked at Sunday’s Full Moon IRO your progressions, Gerald? Apart from the various interpretations, it’s a Supermoon. Saturn is in Capricorn, his own sign. Mars in in his exaltation. The Sun in Pisces is conjunct Neptune in its own sign. Perhaps good things will come for you?
            I checked Eugenia in my chart. The word eugenics worries me, but Eugenia is conjunct my SO’s name asteroid and in trine to my own name asteroid. Eugenia is also sextile my Jupiter and square to my Lilith (BML) and Vesta. Apart from the astrologer you mentioned, is there any other reason that you decided to follow up on the asteroid?

          • In my natal, Eugenia 45 is conjunct the Sun at the full moon, conjunct my kids Sun, and conjunct my progressed Sun.

            Eugenics? There is little to no astrology on this asteroid system, but I’m sensing it is Eugenics. The three components were discovered in each of the water signs.

            Subjectively, sperm and egg sort themselves out. Whereas objective rationalization is a slippery slope to Frankenstein.

          • eugenics in a reference feedback loop?


            This article has minor astrological merit directly, but it mentions eugenics twice and is Recent, within the Lunar and Mercury Rx phase.

            There are two or three comments on other astrologyking threads, with supportive astrology, regarding population, but it’s pretty cool to see it show up in a surprising manner like this.

            My contention would be to propose Eugenia 45 in its exaltation in Pisces, fall in Virgo. Where would the dignity/detriment go? Cancer/Capricorn?. This is one those astrological touchy Subjects, lol. Does one need a certificate to punt Eugenia 45?

        • Yes, May 2020 on my radar as of the Christmas 2019 eclipse. There is likely a Mars event in the time frame you mention. Looking at that May 11/12 set up. Thanks again.

          People just need to think What Happened to their Venus in the Nov 2016 timeframe. Do not let Mars burn you in 2020 while Sun transits Taurus.

  5. It appears Mercury retrograde in Pisces is a bad thing. Pisces/Neptune is no friend of Mercury. Mercury rules the lungs. Perhaps we can hope for some improvement when the shadow period ends, and when the Sun and Mercury leave Pisces. Are you preparing an article on Corona virus, Jaime?

    • March 9 to 29 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (28° Aquarius to 12° Pisces)

      At the Solar ingress Aries, please note Mercury 2Pis36 direct

      A song

      I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
      Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
      Life is good today, life is good today

      Well, the plane touched down just about three o’clock
      And the city’s still on my mind
      Bikinis and palm trees danced in my head
      I was still in the baggage line

      Concrete and cars are their own prison bars
      Like this life I’m living in
      But the plane brought me farther, I’m surrounded by water
      And I’m not going back again

      I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
      Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
      Life is good today, life is good today….

  6. In the Age of Aqr chart, Jan 12, 1996, Pisces rules the 2nd house.

    Mercury retrograde in Pisces tells us about a change in values, quite literally. The Mercury retrograde, a period of quality; here it allows us to accept the change in the material.

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