Mercury Retrograde Retrograde 2020 runs from June 18 at 14° Cancer through to July 12 where it will turn direct at 5° Cancer. In this post I will look at what Mercury Retrograde means in Cancer and its meaning for all the signs. And at the end of the post I look at the meaning of Mercury retrograde in general.
As it stations, Mercury retrograde will align with stunningly bright star Sirius. The famous dog star. Sirius is also an Isis archetype. This is one of the most fortunate Mercury retrogrades for some time with the potential for great healing and acts of selfless devotion from one human being to another. Let’s face it we need some of that compassion and humanity back. The lockdowns have kept so many of us apart from or loved ones with many elderly people isolated and lonely.
Mercury Retrograde In Cancer Decan 2
June 18 until 30 2020
Mercury will spend an ultra-long time on the fixed star Sirius at 14º Cancer. It will start slowing down on it during the shadow period (Mercury on Sirius will commence on June 14 and it will last up until June 24). We could think of Mercury as acting like Uranus (Its higher octave) during this time.
Mercury on Sirius normally gives “Great business success, help through influential people, worries unnecessarily, associated with the Church, physical defect through accident.” 
There looks to be some danger of unexpected accidents around this time. Possibly through cars or transport overheating. Sirius is hot! Just make sure you travel with plenty of water. In recent times Sirius has come to be associated with fame, eminence and riches. But depending on its connections within the chart, it can also be a success that burns.
When Sirius heats up, it’s a searing white heat that causes a very premenstrual type temper. In the ancient past, Sirius was associated with feverish temperatures, which brought pestilence and the star was not regarded as a good omen at all.
The summer sun was known as the ‘Dog Days’. The Romans feared this time as “the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.” But not all of us live in ridiculously hot climates. “It is generally believed that Sirius produces the heat of the dog days; but this is an error, for the star merely marks a season of the year when the sun’s heat is the greatest.” ~ Geminos. 
Sirius is Isis the beloved wife of Osiris (Orion). This Goddess is the devoted, nurturing moon and its association with Cancer decan 2 gives the ability to resurrect and breathe life into the dead. Robson says Sirius gives ” honor, renown, wealth, ardor, faithfulness, devotion, passion and resentment, and makes its natives custodians, curators and guardians.”
Mercury Retrograde In Cancer Decan 1
July 1 to 12 2020
Singing or chanting can have a comforting effect on others, but this position can equally stir up very strong even ugly emotions. However this is cathartic and will help detox. Mercury in Cancer 1 can have great difficulty expressing itself objectively and can take forever to get to the point. This energy changes midstream and can waffle a bit. However, this is a very healing position despite its frustrating meanderings.
The June Mercury Retrograde 2020 is best for..
Generally this is a very soothing Mercury Retrograde, just not one for logic or hard-nosed business. Hug children, sing them to sleep. Words are healing. Hum and self-soothe yourself in your hammock as you rock in the Sirius sun!
Mercury Retrograde For Your Sign
Feel like withdrawing from discussions with those in the outside world? You are not in the mood for heated debates on current affairs. Instead, your thoughts are looking into the distant past. Maybe old memories are coming back to haunt you.
Try to think of what could be sparking off this nostalgia. Information you are receiving fires up those neural pathways through music you listened to as a teen or maybe someone at work is wearing a fragrance that a past lover used to wear.
This is a great time for in-depth researching. You will be feeling much more inclined to spend time looking into many topics and getting your teeth into some juicy subject matter.
Those studying for exams will find they can easily get their head down and ignore pressure from others to come out and play. On the other hand, those writing a thesis will find it hard to actually stop digging for information and finally start putting it all down on paper
Prepare to get your merchant head-on for the next few weeks, while you have a natural feeling for buying and selling. This will not be the perfect time to sign a contract for a large purchase such as a car or house, but you can do quite well testing ideas out and dealing in actual ‘Retro’ items.
You might pick up some bargains in an auction also if you have a particularly strong natal Mercury. Even if it is Mercury Retrograde, it will be that way for everyone, but at least you have it in your cash zone.
This is an important time for getting your thoughts clear before you express yourself. What you say will be paid very close attention to, so that every nuanced word will be amplified. Mercury Retrograde has the effect of echoing messages, tweets or letters over time so that it is not easy to forget the words that are said.
That is why it is of utmost importance that you mean what you say, and say what you mean. Any communications you make will stick around as if they were en-graven on clay tablets and will last just as long.
You will feel rather hermit-like and want to retreat from communicating with the world. You fear that what you say will be misconstrued or every word that tumbles out of your mouthpiece will cause chaos like a runaway train.
You are triggered big time to the point you feel like you are suffering from a kind of abusive Tourette’s syndrome.. If this is the case then yes, it would be sensible to ban yourself from any internet forums. Mercury is clowning around in your zone of self-undoing!
Mercury Retrograde swoops backwards in your hopes and dreams sector, which will force you into facing whether these hopes are realistic or not. It may be time now to revise your goals. Are they too high or not high enough?
Have you even had the time to sit down and envision some kind of dream future scenario? If not then this is that very moment, so daydream as much as you can. It’s not time-wasting at all because what you are doing is manifestation!
The publicity side of your business becomes important, especially your online presence. It’s quite a good time for a rebrand but wait until Mercury Direct before you unveil the new look.
How you communicate yourself to the wider world is under review and you might have to hold back while you re-think your presentation strategy. There could be an incident when there is some kind of miscommunication which means you have to work on making yourself clearer.
Start to learn a foreign language, yes go on! This is utterly the best time for it. Mainly because even your mother tongue will sound like Swahili to you, so you might as well go the whole hog.
I would love to advise you to travel too, but every other astrologer on the planet will be screaming “NO!!!” Well dammit, I’m still going to advise travel, but we have to be a bit clever and out-trick the trickster. You might not be able to leave right now due to lockdown restrictions but you can start making plans.
Mercury steals Pluto’s invisible helmet and goes deep into the underworld during this time. This might mean that you probe into the deepest recesses of your mind or want to penetrate the psyche of a loved one.
Be careful that you respect the boundaries of this other person because the questions could easily become an unhealthy invasion of their privacy. This transit can feel to others around you that they are being interrogated by the Gestapo.
“We need to talk”, the dreaded sentence that comes out during Mercury Retrograde in the house of relationships. This doesn’t mean that you are being fired for being the “other half”, but it does mean that you cannot avoid revealing what is behind your glazed eyes.
Best to just be honest and get it all out. Mercury Retrograde here can be quite objective about things and avoid triggering sensitive childhood wounds. You will be pleasantly surprised that you can discuss intimate matters quite cooly, like a doctor.
Nervous energy is high and you could turn into quite the worrywart. Retrogrades can slow things down, but for you, this one will replay things, like an old vinyl record stuck in a groove.
Anxieties spiral out of control as you become obsessed with the minutiae of life. You could also become quite a hypochondriac (so stop watching those viral updates!). Deal with all this nit-picking, positively go 120% per cent into researching whatever is concerning you. No more worrying in ignorance, become an expert!
Mercury is the arch-trickster in your fun house and its most playful. During this time you are most likely to have the urge to play pranks on people, the problem is there is a high chance they will backfire, so just don’t!
However, you should take advantage of the silliness that is pervading the air and go see some comedy shows or such like. It will be rip-roaring fun as laughter is infectious. This is a time where you could get the giggles over nothing at all. So no earnest speeches at funerals Pisces…
Mercury Retrograde Meaning
What is Mercury Retrograde’s meaning in astrology? The traditional advice with Mercury retrograde is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” However, the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time.
Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain. During the Mercury retrograde period, it feels like Mercury has gone down into the underworld. In this realm, closer to spirit, we become more right-brain orientated. It is dark, so other senses are heightened.
We will feel extra sensitive here, psychic even. Everything will seem hyper-real… you will notice things you had overlooked before. This will prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, re-form, and re-invent. It’s true you might have to redo things because Mercury will hit the same degree three times, but this transit won’t let you go into autopilot. There are danger spots though.
When Mercury retrograde is stationing (Changing directions) we are at a wobbly stage where we are likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread another’s communications.
Mercury Retrograde Dates 2020
February 18 to March 9, 2020 ~ from 12º Pisces to 28º Aquarius
June 17 to July 12, 2020 ~ from 14º Cancer to 5º Cancer
October 13 to November 3, 2020 ~ from 11º Scorpio to 25º Libra
Once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business, knowing that we are in another realm. The same goes for when Mercury is stationing direct, just make sure you give your brain a few days to adjust back to solar thinking.
The house in your natal chart that the Mercury retrograde falls in will be your Underworld zone. There you will question everything. It will make you jittery about signing contracts because you will be constantly thinking, “Is this what I really want?”.
Before the retrograde is a good time to finish off those Solar left-brain projects and gather information to bring down with you into your retrograde cave. Then you can slow things down, let yourself be taken into other dimensions, try on different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, then recharge and reboot.
The Meaning of Retrograde Planets
Retrograde planets are a popular topic in astrology and there is some controversy about the general meaning. For example, Vedic astrologers see retrograde motion as a beneficial influence, while Western astrologers focus on the negatives, such as lost baggage or missing mail when Mercury is retrograde. ‘Retrograde’ literally means opposite or reverse, so a planet in retrograde motion appears to be moving in reverse.
Planets do not, of course, move backward, and the apparent reverse motion is due to the elliptical orbits of the earth and planets. Regardless of the astronomy, the main point is that from where we stand, planets DO appear to move backward from time to time so we should expect this to have some astrological effect on our lives.
Generally, we feel the energy of retrograde planets in a more introspective or reserved manner than usual, and there may be a karmic theme or feeling of deja vu depending on the nature of the planet.
The feeling of deja vu may also be because the retrograde planet will go over a certain degree three times over. People who experience this feeling strongest will be those who have a key planet or angle at this spot. For example; Ones IC is hit three times and you are looking to move home.
Hit 1 you may see the house you want to buy.
Hit 2 (Retrograde) you have to go through surveys and making sure everything is fine to buy it, this will mean re-evaluating finances, whatever you have to do you are always double checking.
Hit 3 you finally get the go-ahead to move and the issue is resolved. Retrogrades give us the chance to really get our teeth onto a matter because we are forced to go over old ground again and again. This may get frustrating and tedious, but ultimately it is very useful, for tackling something karmic we may have been avoiding and that we have to address once and for all.
Susan Miller has a list of all the Mercury Retrogrades up until 2024