What It Means To Be Born During Mercury Retrograde Season + Horoscopes For Each Zodiac Sign

Horoscopes For Zodiac Signs Born During Mercury Retrograde, Per Astrology
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If you were born during Mercury retrograde, you'll be happy to know that Mercury retrograde starts on October 31 and lasts until November 20th, 2019.

This happens three times in Earth’s calendar year and lasts for about three weeks.

They often ask themselves 'when is Mercury retrograde?' or 'what are the dates?' because there needs to be a logical explanation for all these technical difficulties.

In 2020, Mercury turns rx:

  • February 18th - March 9th, 2020
  • June 19th - July 11th, 2020
  • October 16th to November 18th, 2020

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Babies born during Mercury retrograde may also find that their relationship with electronics is a bit more intense during this season too.

Mercury is the ruling planet of communication, rationality, technology, and thinking. It controls the body parts associated with speaking like the lungs, mouth, tongue, and hands. It also controls our nerves.

Mercury turns retrograde roughly three times a year, and even though it doesn't astronomically change directs, the illusion bears symbolism.

Some people are more Mercurial than others. Their phones break constantly. If there's going to be a lapse in an internet signal or a virus hitting a computer, it will (and often does) happen to these types of people.

Because it rules the flexible Gemini and methodological Virgo, these Sun signs may feel its effects more than others.

You may have heard a lot of negative buzz around Mercury being in retrograde. This is a period of time in which the planet appears to be traveling backward, from our perspective on Earth.

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The ancient Greeks, who spent a lot of time studying the sky, assumed that the planets moved freely through the sky. So, when they observed Mercury’s abnormal pattern, they attributed it to random chance.

Advancements in science have disproved this fact and attributed Mercury’s retrograde to varying orbital paths of all the planets.

Because Mercury’s path around the Sun is shorter and faster than Earth’s, there are times in which the planet appears to move west to east (the normal path).

Other times in which it appears to move east to west (the retrograde).

A Mercury retrograde is known to cause confusion and trouble in communication and rationale. Astrologists typically urge not to make any concrete, important decisions during these times.

Depending on your birth date, you could have been born during a Mercury retrograde. About one-quarter of the Earth’s population feel the effects.

Because Mercury falls in between the Sun and the Earth during retrograde, the behaviors it controls are felt stronger by people born at this time.

People born during the retrograde are typically very quick-witted, fast-thinking, and analytical of decisions.

Check your natal chart for an “R” next to the Mercury symbol and keep reading to see what this means for your sign!

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

Aries, you are the first of the fire signs in the Zodiac calendar which makes you a fierce personality to be reckoned with. You love the speed and competition of life and always want to come out on top. But be careful!

That kind of behavior can be exploited by Mercury. Cool down your urge to attack any confrontation that comes your way.

You may see things as a fight, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does.

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TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

Taurus, your stubborn nature makes you extremely dedicated to any cause.

You won’t back down once you’ve set your mind to something. Being an earth sign, you value touch over all other senses. You are a true tactile learner.

Because Mercury is the ruler of the hands, you may find yourself more dependent on touch than other Tauruses.

Be sure to keep close attention to other people’s boundaries. You wouldn’t want to overstep, even if your intentions are pure.

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GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini, Mercury is your cosmic ruler which makes your connection different than most of the other signs.

You are a very adaptive and flexible sign that handles challenges well.

This will come in handy when Mercury’s retrograde attempt to derail your future plans.

Lean in your ability to find alternative solutions and you’ll have no trouble avoiding any drama Mercury may throw your way.

Establish long-lasting connections with the people around you. They will help you through any hardships along the road.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer, you have a stronger connection to your emotions than any of the other signs. You know what you want and you know how to get it. But when things don’t go your way, you are likely to struggle harder than the rest.

Mercury will send trying times at your throughout your journey, but trusting that your connections with others are stronger than what the planet has in store will give you the confidence to press on.

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LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Leo, you are a tenacious leader that demands the attention of any room you walk into. You love the theatrical aspects of life and strive to produce quality work that you are proud of every day.

With a natal placement of Mercury in retrograde, you may experience a more difficult time keeping everything in perfect order than other Leos. Technology may fail you in the middle of a big presentation or contacts may fall through the cracks.

To fight these things, stay proactive in your daily activities. You may have to work a little hard to keep everything in order, but the end result is sure to be something you appreciate.

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VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

Virgo, like Gemini, you are ruled by Mercury. So, your connection to the planet is stronger than the other signs. You are very methodological and detail-oriented. You get frustrated when things fall out of place.

Mercury in retrograde will try to exploit that. However, you are an earth sign which plays to your advantage here. Lean into your grounded nature and challenge yourself to focus on the bigger pictures. Learn to let go of the things that don’t match your standards 100%. The end result will still turn out fabulous!

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LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Libra, you are the fairest and most diplomatic of the signs. You appreciate order and justice in all aspects of life. You are probably known as the peace-keeper in your friend group.

With this specific placement of Mercury, you may find it harder at times to maintain serenity around you. People may not communicate as effectively as needed for you to work your problem-solving magic. Keep faith in the relationships you have with others. Just because things seem hard right now, doesn’t mean they always will be.

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SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpio, your passion for the things and people you care about is your most attractive quality. You are quick to attack a problem, but always strive to maintain a level headed approach to any argument.

Mercury will try and shake you by planting seeds of jealousy and distrust in your relationships with others. Deny that energy! Look to your sign’s element, water, as inspiration and go with the flow. It will make you a happier and healthier person in the end.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Sag, you were bitten by the adventure bug at birth. You are always looking for something new and exciting to tackle. You like taking on big projects and feel the happiest when you cross something off of your Bucket List.

You will struggle with this Mercury placement the most. The planet will try and stall you, giving you feelings of self-doubt and assuredness. Think ahead and plan alternative routes to every opportunity you set your sights on. Your dedication to yourself will inspire others to keep pushing on.

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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorn, you are a master of self-control that always looks at life through a practical lens. But Mercury loves to meddle in that department. You may feel like things don’t happen as easily for you.

You may get passed over for promotions or feel lonely when friends don’t choose you first. These feelings are totally valid. You’ll want to stick to your innate discipline to combat that.

Set a schedule for yourself and push your feelings of self-doubt out the window! You are capable of anything you put your mind to, no matter what Mercury thinks!

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AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

Aquarius, your intellectual approach to all elements of life makes you a great listener and a very sociable person. You are very popular among your friends, but often prefer to be alone with your own thoughts.

Mercury will try and disrupt your communication habits through technology. You are known to be the master of all things digital, after all. Focus on your adaptive nature to navigate a way around every hardship. You’ll be back online and ready to share your thoughts in no time!

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PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces, you are the true embodiment of the water signs. You are very easy going and easy to get along with. Your strengths lie in compassion and helping others in need. This comes easy to you because you have such a strong internal compass.

Mercury in a retrograde positioning will try to throw you off your game. You may find yourself vacillating between options that you typically would instantly know the choice of. Take a moment to relieve yourself of any social pressures.

Log out of your online accounts and spend time with yourself. You’ll be back on your A-game soon, babe!

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Madison Kerth is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.