Mercury Retrograde and Why You Shouldn’t Fear It


What’s all the fuss about Mercury Retrograde anyway?

Every time we get close to Mercury Retrograde my social media newsfeed starts pinging with panic and stories of what happened last time we went through this phase.

Mercury Retrograde happens 3-4 times a year and lasts 3 weeks with a pre-shadow and post-shadow energy phase too.

In 2020 Mercury Retrograde will occur three times compared to the four times we experienced it in 2017.

Listen to Preparing for Mercury Retrograde on the Magickal Moment Podcast


When is Mercury in Retrograde in 2020?

Retrograde 1 – Feb – March 2020

  • Stage 1 – Pre-Shadow Begins – 2nd Feb
  • Stage 2 – Retrograde Starts – 17th Feb
  • Stage 2 – Retrograde Ends – 10th March
  • Stage 3 – Post Shadow Ends – 16th March

Retrograde 2 – June – July 2020

  • Stage 1 – Pre-Shadow Begins – 2nd June
  • Stage 2 – Retrograde Starts – 18th June
  • Stage 2 – Retrograde Ends – 12th July
  • Stage 3 – Post Shadow Ends – 26th July

Retrograde 3 – September – November 2020

  • Stage 1 – Pre-Shadow Begins – 23rd September
  • Stage 2 – Retrograde Starts – 14th October
  • Stage 2 – Retrograde Ends – 3rd November
  • Stage 3 – Post Shadow Ends – 10th November

What is a Planetary Retrograde?

Every planet goes into Retrograde at some point. A Retrograde is actually an optical illusion which makes a planet look as though it’s going backwards in the sky.

With this in mind, we can be forgiven for thinking that it symbolises going over old ground, looking into the past or repeating past events however that’s not the case. In fact, retrogrades can be great at helping us to move forward, to get into our power and learn to improve communication in lots of ways.

Mercury rules all types of communication including listening, speaking, learning, reading, researching, negotiating, selling and buying. This also covers contracts and agreements of any kind too. Surprisingly this also stretches to computer code, transportation, shipping and travel. Potentially, these are all areas which could experience some difficulties during this time.


Can You Learn to Love Mercury Retrograde?

Historically, it’s true that this is a period where communication can break down. Electrical equipment can stop working and being heard can be a struggle.

However, if you believe that Mercury Retrograde is a bad thing, then the Law of Attraction and the Universe will just prove you right by dishing up lots of technical issues and communication problems. By not fearing the Retrograde cycle you are actually taking your power back. So let’s do more of that!

My advice here is be prepared and go with the flow.


Top Tips for Getting Through Mercury Retrograde

  • Starting Something New
    Whatever you begin during Mercury Retrograde will be open to change and have an element of flexibility about it. This is great if you want to start something which will continue to evolve, develop and change. However, if you want something more set in stone or over and done with then the suggestion is to wait until the Retrograde has passed if it’s possible. This is only guidance, so try not to be concerned but instead be aware of this. Sometimes, it’s impossible to wait until later and you just have to go with it. You never know, the result may work out better for you in the long run.
  • Back up your Data
    Backing up your computer in the pre-shadow phase is recommended as electrical devices have a tendency to breakdown, require upgrading or some sort of maintenance during this time so protect yourself where you can.
  • Work on tasks which require extra focus
    During the Retrograde you may find you have a greater attention to detail so plan any work that requires that little bit extra from you during this time from 22nd March onward.
  • Do your Research
    This is also a great time for research so take advantage of this if you have something new you would like to find out more about
  • Release the Past
    You may notice that people from your past come back into your life during the Retrograde time, if they do, it’s likely that you need to resolve or release something from your past which involved this person. This doesn’t mean you’re going to bump into them in the street, but you may just see them from afar or hear about them. Do what you need to release the past and cut chords.
  • Stay Positive.
    Enter this phase with a positive mind and energy and don’t let any of the usual Retrograde issues stop you from getting on with your life in the best way possible.

Navigate Mercury Retrograde with Confidence and Style

When Mercury the planet of communication appears to go backwards in the sky we all feel the astrological influences of this event in our daily lives. For some this can be challenging and for others it can be exciting however, we can all benefit from doing a little soul searching during this time. The Science, The Myth and The Magick of Mercury Retrograde is my online programme where I guide you through working with the powerful personal messages from Mercury in Retrograde.

  • Module 1 – The Science
  • Module 2 – The Myth
  • Module 3 – The Magick
  • Extra Module – Tarot & Oracle Card Spreads
  • Bonus – 1 month free membership to The Magickal Moon School
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Hi, I’m Sarah Cornforth and I'm a Creatrix of Magick.  I have never really considered myself creative or artistic as I'm too much of a perfectionist for that and I still find it hard to accept the word ‘artist’ as a title for myself. Initially creating art was a way of coping with the curveballs of life. When I draw, or paint or craft I feel calmer, my mind slows down to a pace I can cope with and life becomes easier. I also love working closely with the phases of the moon and the cycles of nature in everything I do as the benefits are huge. At the end of 2017 a dear friend nudged me in the direction of creating art to sell, and if it had been anyone else who encouraged me I would have thought they were mad. But this particular friend has a special gift. She can see the life purpose of others. So I listened and I took every piece of advice she had to give me.....and here I am, creating art, working with the Moon, teaching people how to heal through Mandala art, feeling happy and sharing what I love with the world. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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