Intuitive Astrology: Mercury Retrograde October-November 2020

mercury retrograde 2020

The final Mercury Retrograde of the year is here. Mercury will retrograde in the water sign of Scorpio on October 13th, ending in the air sign of Libra on November 3rd, 2020.

Mercury traveling retrograde through water signs has been a theme for the last two years. Mercury won’t retrograde in another water sign again until September 2022, making this one of our final opportunities to open to the intuitive energies we can receive.

Mercury Retrograde in a water sign allows us to shift out of our mind and into the voice of our heart. We are able to listen to our intuition and receive insights that we may have otherwise missed.

Mercury retrograde is always a time of turning within, but under the presence of a water sign, it adds a more spiritual, creative, and intuitive tone.

By now, most of us are familiar with what Mercury Retrograde can bring. It tends to slow down the energy of the outside world, forcing us to slow down too.

We may find we are faced with delays, setbacks, or even miscommunications.

Its goal is to get us to pay attention, to notice the smaller details, and to listen to the subtle cues around us.

Mercury Retrograde is also a time where hidden thoughts can resurface. We may even find people or situations from our past creeping back in, in order to be dealt with once and for all.

As we revisit the ways of the past, we are given opportunities to make changes, to redo things, to look over things, and to feel more confident in our choices and decisions to move ahead.

Let’s now take a deeper look into the energies of this October-November 2020 Retrograde and what we may need to pay attention to-

Mars and Mercury Retrograde

One of the main features of this Mercury Retrograde is that Mars will be retrograde at the same time.

In astrology, the closer a planet is to the Sun, the more we feel the influence of the retrograde in our immediate and everyday lives.

Having both Mercury and Mars retrograde together will amplify their energies and make their already noticeable effects more noticeable.


Both Mars and Mercury retrograde together, may cause a feeling of sluggishness and increased confusion. We may wish to move forward (Mars) but feel confused on what steps to take (Mercury).

Mars rules over our ability to take action, whereas Mercury rules over our mind. We may find these two dynamics of our being out of sorts or not as easy to get along.

If our actions have been out of alignment with our thoughts, we may also notice these retrogrades stirring things up, in the hopes that we may make some adjustments.

As Mercury rules over communication, and Mars can make us more prone to saying something aggressive or heated, we may have to tread carefully and find a balance between sharing our opinion and censoring ourselves.

If we do need to have difficult conversations, there are always thoughtful ways to go about it. This is where listening to our heart and being patient can help!

Mercury and the USA Election

The other interesting thing about this Mercury Retrograde is that Mercury stations direct on election day.

This means the energy of Mercury Retrograde will influence the election process. We may notice delays, confusion, and miscommunications.

While Mercury will station direct on the 3rd, it will take until November 20th to get back to its former speed. Maybe at this time things will start becoming clearer.

This is a special election for the purposes of astrology, as whoever is elected president will be guiding the USA through its first Pluto Return in 2022.

This is a huge period of transformation where everything about a country is overalled and changed. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth, and these are the themes we are likely to see.

You can read more on the Pluto Return of the USA here.

While a Pluto Return can bring an overhaul, it does so in order to bring the energies of a country into a higher state of consciousness.

In the meantime, keep holding your own vibration high by being true to yourself.

Keep your thoughts aligned with what you wish to attract into your life. Hold space not just for what you want to manifest, but for the life you want to see for everyone on this planet.

About the author

Tanaaz

Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.