Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius: Push Outside Your Comfort Zone

It’s Mercury retrograde! This is the first Mercury retrograde for 2020, and it began on February 16 in Water sign Pisces, bringing in that notorious Pisces fog. Mercury just went back into Air sign Aquarius, and spends just under a week retrograde in Aquarius.

A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward through the zodiac from our view here on Earth, and Mercury retrogrades most often, about 3-4 times each year for about 3 weeks at a time.

If you’re new to retrogrades, make sure to check out the guide on planetary retrogrades.

Mercury retrogrades 3 times in 2020, with two more coming in June – July and October – November. If you want to know when is Mercury retrograde coming, keep track of the planetary happenings using the free astrology calendar!

Impact of Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2020

Retrogrades can throw things off, and none more so than Mercury retrograde. Mercury in Aquarius is usually offbeat and unconventional. Mercury retrograde in Aquarius may mean we’re a lot more rebellious and restless, wanting changes we can’t have right now or experiencing changes we don’t want, and we can crave more independence we don’t get or feel too isolated from others. You may feel like breaking out and being free, and this can be a good use of the energy if you’ve been stuck.

Many may feel like they don’t have as much hope for the future at the moment, and that they have to give up on a dream they’ve had, questioning whether it’s realistic or not. This is a terrible way to use the retrograde though! It’s only Mercury mucking things up and making you insecure, so don’t give up or give in to Mercury. Let it pass and focus on something else for now.

Allow yourself to be yourself, and allow others to be themselves during this time. Boxing yourself or anyone else in is likely going to cause way more problems for everyone, and we all have the desire to feel free to be ourselves. Embrace originality and individuality. Open up your mind as well (it’s a great time for intellectual growth).

Mercury retrograde, in general, is great for the re-’s: redo, revise, revisit, rethink, refocus, etc. Release and revamp!

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2020 Horoscopes

Want to drill down on your Zodiac sign for this Mercury retrograde?

Let’s review the potential impact on each sign:


You may feel like letting go of something you’ve been holding on to, and this can be a good thing as long as it’s not out of hopelessness. That may just be guiding you in the wrong direction. Release some energetic sludge, and free yourself up to focus on something that needs to be changed.


Goals for your future may be on hold for the moment, and you can use this time to assess your direction and plans. If something needs to be changed, then change it. Think outside of the box, and don’t force yourself to do things in a practical, traditional way. There are many new, original ways of moving forward.


You may want to think bigger when it comes to your goals and what you want to achieve, but make sure you don’t go too big. It can be tempting, but this may only hold you back from making progress. Also, work on managing your responsibilities well. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, get a break.


Taking a more serious approach to big ideas may be helpful for you now, as long as you’re not letting pessimism squash the big ideas you have. Try to find some balance between being realistic and being optimistic. This can help you find the way through much more easily and quickly.


Your intimate relationships may be taking up a lot of focus, and deep emotions are stirred as a result. You may crave being closer with someone, but lack the connection you seek. Avoid being desperate or obsessive, and give yourself (and them) some space. Give your obsessive energy something else to focus on.


The people in your life may have been taking up a lot of your attention, and you may be pushed to start paying closer attention to the little things with them. Just make sure you’re not picking everything apart, otherwise none of you will be happy. Use the information to be thoughtful instead.


Lots of little things may have filled up your schedule during this retrograde, but the call to have some fun and get a break can grow stronger. If you’ve been pushing yourself really far, stress can take a toll, and it’s time to get a break and do something fun. Give yourself an excuse to enjoy yourself.


You may have been focusing on trying to connect to your heart and what you love, but only focusing on the fun aspect might be causing things to not feel as satisfying. Look at the emotional component, and make sure you’re considering what you connect with on an emotional level to help you feel more content


Your emotions have likely been strong during this retrograde, and you can work on trying to get to the core of matters and strengthen yourself internally to help. Using your mind to think your way through things may also help now, and you can talk yourself through emotionally challenging situations.


This retrograde may have been keeping you pretty busy, and your mind has been all over the place focusing on a myriad of projects and situations. Now, you can work on trying to give your mind a little break by slowing things down and not being in such a rush. Reconnect with the moment.


Life may have been frustratingly slow while the retrograde was in Pisces, but with it in your sign, things can pick up – just maybe not the way you want! There can be many little things that demand your attention, and you have to tackle all of them. Just make sure you’re taking time to breathe, and work on taking a second chance with something small.


The retrograde has been in your sign, so it can be a little bit of a breather for you with Mercury in Aquarius. This can be a time for you to be alone, reflect, and let go of anything that has been holding you back lately. Tend to your spiritual needs and listen to what your intuition has to say to you.

Final Note:

Mercury retrograde in Aquarius is brief this go around, but this is just the start! Mercury retrogrades in Aquarius again twice over the next two years, so pay attention to what passes now as this may be a theme that pops up again and again in early 2021 and 2022.

Related Article: The Complete Guide to 2020 Retrogrades

About The Author

Nic Gaudette

Nic Gaudette's astrology career began in 2004. She's performed thousands of astrology readings, helped thousands of students learn astrology, and has written over a dozen horoscope columns and hundreds of articles for various publications, in addition to creating The Dark Pixie Astrology. Her path to becoming an astrologer started as a teenager when she picked up an astrology book out of sheer boredom in a bookstore one day and instantly became hooked. She believes astrology is an empowering tool everyone can use to help themselves. She affectionately calls her followers her "pixies." She provides daily astro tidbits on Facebook and Instagram and sends extra astro wisdom in her regular newsletter. When not working, you'll usually find her baking, obsessing over the Yankees, or binging on politics. Make sure to check her out on The Dark Pixie Astrology.
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