Mercury Retrograde June 2020 – Prudence

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Mercury Retrograde 2020Mercury retrograde 2020 begins on June 18 at 14° Cancer and ends on July 12 at 5° Cancer.

Mercury in retrograde motion is usually associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. However, Mercury retrograde June 2020 will have a more positive influence.

Mercury retrograde 2020 makes no planetary aspect but is under the influence of the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. This portends business success, honor, renown, and wealth.

Another positive influence comes from an asteroid associated with wisdom, prudence, and deep thought. So rational thinking, wise counsel, and caution can help you make intelligent decisions that lead to success and wealth.

More detail about Mercury retrograde June 2020 follows some general information at retrograde Mercury in transit. Information about Mercury retrograde in the natal chart can be found at the end of this article.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Transiting Mercury in 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 retrograde Mercury 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 Meaning

Retrograde Motion

Retrograde Mercury brings communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury–Saturn aspect to Mercury in 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 transiting in retrograde motion 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 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.

Mercury Retrograde June 2020

The 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 (5° to 14° Cancer). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde June 2020:

  1. June 2 to 18 – The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (5° to 14° Cancer).
  2. June 18 to July 12 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (14° to 5° Cancer).
  3. July 12 to 26 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (5° to 14° Cancer).

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone

Mercury enters the retrograde zone on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 05°29′ Cancer [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 stationary retrograde on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 14°45′ Cancer. As shown in the chart below, there are no planetary aspects to Mercury. But fortunately, the two brightest stars in the sky have a generally positive influence on Mercury retrograde June 2020. Another positive influence comes from an asteroid on the same degree as Mercury.

Mercury Retrograde June 2020

Mercury Retrograde 2020 [Solar Fire]

  • 14 ♋ 08 – Asteroid 9, Metis
  • 14 ♋ 21 – Alpha Canis Majoris, Sirius
  • 14 ♋ 45 – Mercury retrograde
  • 15 ♋ 13 – Alpha Carinae, Canopus


The strongest stellar influence comes from Sirius for three reasons. Firstly, it is the brightest of all fixed stars. Secondly, it is closer to Mercury. Thirdly, and most importantly, Mercury pulls up short of Canopus but has already passed over Sirius.

Fixed star Sirius gives honor, renown, wealth, ardor, faithfulness, devotion, passion and resentment, and makes its natives custodians, curators and guardians. It also gives danger of dog bites.

Mercury conjunct Sirius: Great business success, help through influential people, worries unnecessarily, associated with the Church, physical defect through an accident. [1]


Asteroid Metis was named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, prudence, and deep thought. She was the first wife of Zeus (Jupiter) and the mother of Athena (Pallas). [2]

Asteroid Metis keywords: Intelligence, wisdom, deep thought, prudence, good judgment, power, wise counsel, skill, craft, magical cunning, trickster.

Find Asteroid Metis in Your Chart
  1. Create your chart HERE.
  2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
  3. In “additional object”, add 9 in the manual entry box.

Mercury Stationary Direct

Mercury stations direct on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 05°29′ Cancer. Again, Mercury makes no planetary aspects but joins a positive fixed star.

Mercury Retrograde 2020

Mercury Direct 2020 [Solar Fire]

Fixed star Tejat Posterior at 05°34′ Cancer gives force, energy, power, and protection. [1] It also gives the ability to express ideas in reasonable and acceptable ways that win because of their manifest intelligence. [3]

Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at 14°45′ Cancer. (see chart).

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

Mercury Retrograde 2020 Dates

Natal Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury in retrograde motion 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 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 retrograde Mercury 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.

Retrograde Mercury 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 in retrograde motion 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 in retrograde motion. 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.163, 208.
  2. Metis (mythology) – Wikipedia
  3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.45.

45 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde June 2020 – Prudence

    • So is mine! It’s such a wonderful time, isn’t it? Everything irritates me.

  1. This is so well written. You explain the planetary positions along with an interpretation. This also gives a timetable for the different phases. This is very educational and your explanations can be used for further self investigation.

  2. Hello! Thanks! What is the Health issues with mercury Retrograde? Thanks

    • Good question Michael. I would expect mental anxiety for Mercury retrograde in general, but especially for this one because of the square to Uranus. Also nervousness.

    • Mercury retrograde could be a especially challenging period for the signs ruled by Mercury and, possibly, for people who have their Ascendant in the signs ruled be Mercury. And Jamie perfectly explained Mercury retrograde challenges! Although, we are going to experience Total Solar Eclipse on July 2nd, 2019….:)

  3. Thanks, Jamie, for you post on Mercury retrogade! I have noticed this retrograde in July will conjunct my partner’s sun (Leo 3 Degrees, house X) and his Venus (Cáncer 23 degrees house X) Mercury conjunctions to these planets are good, you have written in your blog. Will this be true in July for him?

    • Thank you Sonia! Those Mercury transits are good but you also have to consider transiting Mars on his Sun for the retrograde station. Mercury with Mars can make for sexy words but also angry words. It also depend how his Mercury is aspected by other natal planets.

  4. thanks so much!! very clear and easy to understand! I’m getting ready… my north node is in leo and that’s my ascendant as well …. knowing is half the battle 🙂

  5. My Venus is 23 ’55 Cancer but haven’t noticed anything at all in regards to any issues to happen during the actual retrograde. Not surprised. Lol. Everything is boring.

    • Hi Mitch. You may notice Mercury stationing direct on your Venus on July 31, more than the retrograde phase. I would think you will also feel Pluto opposite your Venus from February 2020.

  6. Hi Jamie, I just wanted to take a moment and say how much I appreciate your writings.

    You have such a gift of saying just the right words to capture the essence of the aspects. I was raised in and have self-studied astrology since I turned 7 years old so I look forward to your interpretations and impressions. Thank you so much for sharing your talents!


    Ms. Leo with Aquarius and Pisces rising

    August 11 1962, 7:55pm, Vancouver BC Canada

  7. On June 20, my Sig.Other was run over by a car.
    He was not seriously injured, he saw the car coming and dived out of the way. But he was still pushed over and landed on his left wrist, which was badly sprained.
    I can’t see anything much in his natal chart that is touched by the transits of the day, except perhaps that tr Sun conjuncts his natal Uranus in Gemini – heck, that happens all the time, right?
    Tr Sun is also in semi-square aspect to his very close Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Leo.
    Oh, and tr Pluto is con his natal Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn.
    The tr Mercury/Mars conjunction is opp his natal Lilith.
    Tr Chiron is square his natal Mars in Cancer and con natal Eris.
    Now that I’ve written out the details, I can see there’s a lot of deep darkness here after all. All the orbs I’ve used are tight, there’s probably more here if I use wider ones.
    Perhaps he had quite a lucky escape…

    • What are the transiting Quincunxes? Saturn/Pluto and his natal Uranus in Gemini (the body part in question)? Perhaps the accident was a mis-communication? Did your husband make eye contact with the driver before the mishap, and did the movements get misread?

      • Tr Quincunxes =
        Jupiter qcx North Node
        Ceres qcx Vesta
        Asteroid Atropos qcx Asc.
        According to Rex Bills, wrists are Leo (his Sun sign) and Gemini (his Uranus sign).
        The car came around the corner too fast. No communication except the wing brushed against him. No eye contact. FLOODS of tears and abject apologies from the driver.
        He saw the bonnet of car alarmingly close to him and dived forward, but not quite far enough. it happened too quickly for any kind of misreading of communication.

        • Thanks for pointing out the wrist sign, actually, very interesting.
          – I watch the Asc qcx 6th house cusp as the primary health aspect for speedy recovery or not.
          on another note…
          …. do we want a Leo/Gem catching the baby?
          Have you been a doula, Char? Was your husband?

          • He heals quickly. 6th cusp = Leo, with three of his 5 Leo (Sun on Regulus) planets in the 6th house. Several years ago, he recovered from a condition that is fatal 80% of the time.
            Doula? Now that’s what I call an interesting question. My first thought was: no way have either of us ever been a doula… but then my mind went back 50 years (!! I KNOW!) – near the start of our relationship – in a very oblique way, both of us were involved in being doulas. I am Sun in Leo, Moon in Gemini – what does that tie into?
            BTW, he is not currently my husband. He has been in the past and maybe he will be in the future, but not right now.

            • Cheers Char, I’ve just come from one of those starseed astrology articles, and I’ve learned I’m from Arcturus. So Im feeling very strange and lonely, but wish you and your partner, temporary or otherwise, much luck and happiness. I apologize for pissing people off here, and during the Suns transit of my 12th it’s time to lay low. Until next month, namaste.

            • Moon in Gemini is a sign of intelligence, particularly what is called “a quick study” someone who learns rapidly. As was posted previously in Saturn retrograde, Saturn retro is squaring Mercury till Sept, this can trigger dangers for Mercury ruled signs, Gem and Virgo. Gemini rules the hand, and Aquarius the forearm, it is news to me about wrist/Leo, but it makes sense to me also. Bending the hand to catch himself strained the wrist I surmise.

            • I never saw you pissing anyone off, Gerald, in fact it was good chatting with you.
              Namaste – and I think Arcturus is a cool star.

            • Ben, I don’t know if I’m such a quick study… but I have been accused of intellectualising everything (which is nonsense). My Gemini signature is strong – Uranus & Mars are there too, and Mercury in Virgo is one of my final dispositors.
              I didn’t know that Aquarius rules the forearm – interesting.
              I’ve seen quite a bit of bad luck recently, with all this Saturn & Nodes & Mercury retro!
              I suppose that having his hand forcibly bent at the wrist put a lot of strain on my SO’s wrist. He put out his hand to prevent a bad bump to the head, which could have been serious, considering how hard the bump was.
              He’s still in a lot of pain, but is healing.

  8. I have Uranus square Mars in my natal. I describe it as being stubborn, it is a supressive thing, makes one get in way of action. “excitement and change”?? if you mean stopping things, getting in the way and causing an argument. Sometimes it is described as a kind of madness or insanity. Nip it in the bud and you will get the better side of the energy.

    • Ben, that sounds like a really interesting (and uncomfortable?) aspect for you to live with. Did it take you a long time to find the better side of the energy? And does it still occasionally get the better of you?

  9. This is extraordinary! Very comforting after a seemingly unexplainable, totally irrational turn of events with my mother the antagonist (she is Aries, the Mars energy) me on the defensive (Scorps) and the pluto energy unfortunately started simmering as staying calm and measured (as is the most usual for me in other such situations) was not working with her (as is also usual) even despite several attempts at rational reasoning with her and then lastly trying to appease her over the 5 days leading up to the 6th July by which time the emotional reactivity built up inevitably had to be released through her final verbal attack on me and my father in the middle (you guessed it, a Gemini) not being able to take sides (because it was totally non-sensical) yet being demanded by my controlling mother so had “no choice” (also was even manipulated by her into believing I did something I did not even do.) Dear lord it was a total breakdown of sensible meaningful relations BUT this time though I had to stand my ground, this once finally I did not give in because it was the more adult thing to do, I was willing to suffer the consequences because I have been under her control for far too long and it was not healthy. It was about something that is totally my choice anyway and I disagree with her narrow mindedness on the subject. Thank you so much Jamie, you truly are the King! No joke. Your explanations are always excellent but this was the most astounding revelation for me thanks to the way you set it out so clearly. It just clicked. I finally feel ready to be more independent of her. But the hurdle had to be overcome for me to see that is how I move on with my own life. I realise I have taken over the narrative of my life now. Who knew mercury retrograde could be so instrumental in liberating me? It truly is a trickster that was torture but it’s over for me now. Big sigh of relief.

  10. Man i dont understand any of this. That wheel thing or the natal or the stations ugh😩im bummed out. I rwally want to understand this stuff. Degrees and charts? All i k ow is im a scorpio born November 7th 1989 at 920am. And i believe my moon is in aquarius. I dont know all the vocabulary and lingo with this stuff. But i really want to learn . I understand what i read just not the chart stuff. I have been having a hard time lately and just want to understand more.

    • The lip synching pop group Milli Vanilli peaked and crashed around the time of your birth. This band from West Germany. And a connection to what was to occur in Berlin, later in December?

      So your chart suggests a disbelief, shock, surprise and a need to learn new life patterns. Perhaps a new relationship with the cosmos. Saturn Return, the 29-30 year orbit of Saturn. Start with Saturn conjunct Saturn transit.

  11. Your explanations are amazing Jamie. Is it possible to say if it’s safe to buy an electronic item as soon as Mercury goes direct on the 1st August? I’m under pressure with the purchase and have held off for a week now and can’t wait any longer due to work requirements. Thank you !!

  12. Having my natal Moon at 24 degrees in Cancer, this is really putting a high strain on my nervous system. There are not only Pluto and this Mercury retrograde/standstill/forward but also Eris which squares from 24 Aries.
    Feels like going mad Lunatic might be a better word…

  13. Are you able to do charts for London location? And why do you do it for NY only?

    • Hi Daniella. I could set these charts for any location but I chose New York because I have more readers from that city than any other. Plus, as the United Nations is located there it seems to be the prime city of the world.

  14. “Thirdly, and most importantly, Mercury pulls up short of Canopus but has already passed over Sirius.”

    the last Mercury retrograde before Cosmogenesis June 21, tells us what star our Sun revolves. As the debate* was often either Canopus or Sirius; carefully review Jamie’s words:

    “Thirdly, and most importantly, Mercury pulls up short of Canopus but has already passed over Sirius.”

    *The Theory of Celestial Influence”, Rodney Collin, pg 30

  15. Judging by the above information, it seems that the retrograde period is a negative phase, which is aimed at destroying our lives. However, I believe that this is not entirely true. I am fond of astrology and often read my horoscope at and I know that you can use this period to your advantage if you know how to act in a particular situation. When celestial bodies move in the opposite direction, you need to move with them. Think about some past situations that you would like to change, select the appropriate planet in retrograde light, and correct what you consider to be broken.

  16. Interesting Jamie. Have you written something about Metis? My Metis is at 0.27 degrees Libra and my Saturn at 27 degrees Virgo. From a scientific point of view Metis is one of the Moon of Jupiter and my natal Jupiter is at 17.16 degree Virgo so I was wondering if you would always find Metis within a certain orbit of your natal Jupiter and what could be the influence of Metis over Saturn or viceversa? Thanks!

  17. I read that the asteroid 9 Metis and the Jupiter moon Metis share the name but they are not the same.

  18. What about repairs, particularly mechanical or technical repairs ? Some astrologers say that every action starting with re- is fine, other advise against anything related to technical domains during the retrograde ?

    • Hi S.E.

      I think it is more important to check your own transits. See how Mercury is affecting your chart. For example, if it were square or opposite your Saturn I would avoid tinkering.

  19. Hi Jamie,

    I need your expertise. I decided to go for a grad degree and received my admission letter. Now I must apply for financial aid, and asap, as program starts mid August and I believe that I must settle fees in advance. My aries decan 2 status shows that my sun is dark until July 12th and bad time for business contract. Plus mercury retrograde.
    Can you pls tell me if I can go forward and start my request for financial aid now or should wait until july 6th bc of lucky lunar eclipse on july 5th or wait until after July 12th? I don’t know if it’s a aries decan 2 thing but I have been so nervous lately. However, I am glad to take the plunge and explore new territory, it will provide growth and fun.
    Thanks Jamie! ☆☆☆☆☆ from Chrissy

    • Hi Chrissy. Sorry I got to your comment too late. Please let me know how it works out. I think it would have been best to apply as soon as possible because this Mercury retrograde phase is relatively good.

  20. Many thanks Jamie! I enrolled in the fall semester and continue look for the silver lining-rainbows within this Mercury retrograde phase 🙂 I decided to split the fees within a fee deferral program and stay away from loans this time. Will go parttime instead. Took me 14 years to pay them off last round. So this is a fresh start! Muchos gracias Jamie ☆☆☆☆☆ Chrissy

  21. I think it is the worst bout of Mercury in backward I’ve experienced in a very long time. All people seem to be impossible (or is it me?), I’ve had many computer problems, and every time I open my mouth the incorrect thing seems to come out. I can’t wait for it to be over.

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