Mercury Retrograde 2019


MARCH 22 through APRIL15, JULY 26 through AUGUST 19and NOVEMBER 16 through DECEMBER 6 2018:

Many people call me about how to handle the decision-making process while Mercury is retrograde. Always, decisions should only be made on contingency! With the element of flexibility added to any change or decision, there seems to be some guarantee of success. This period also favors finishing up work or returning to complete a project. This motion can provide new insights into the material. It favors re-considering prior decisions and getting others to change their minds about a previously-made decision. Precision is always disrupted by a retrograde Mercury. Going with the flow, keeping options open, using contingency methods and intuitively processing as you go along seem to give the flexibility needed to avoid Retrograde Mishaps.

Most of the time, Mercury retrograde is about as welcome as a tax audit! The left hemisphere of the brain is out to lunch, nothing works when you want it to, and nothing turns out as planned. Generally speaking, this is not a time to make any major commitments or sign any contracts or papers because you will change your mind. It is not a time to place any importance in the decisions or commitments of others since they, too, will change their minds. Sign agreements only on contingency! All changes are subject to delays, last-minute postponements or mix-ups.

This is a bad time to obtain a medical diagnosis or visit a doctor for the first time. You may not be able to obtain an accurate diagnosis until Mercury turns direct. It is better for a later diagnosis. In 2004, I was quite ill and no diagnosis during Mercury retrograde was accurate.

General repairs are not favored when Mercury is retrograde and these frequently have to be done over again. Never purchase anything associated with transportation or communication – such as a car, a bicycle, tape recorder, TV or even shoes. Such purchases will not last long or they will be plagued with malfunctions – if they work at all!

When Mercury is retrograde and afflicting another transiting planet, this causes major communication and decision-making errors in judgment. It is not a time to travel and, when driving your self, exercise great caution. People are more inclined to be accident prone.

NOTE: I started an IAA course when Mercury was Retrograde. Due to storms in my area and the area of the students, some of the classes was canceled and rescheduled. All turned out well as I always choose a good date astrologically.

  1. Lynn Koiner Says:


    One time I had no choice but to schedule some minor surgery when Mercury was Retrograde. I picked a great electional day (all Moon’s aspects were great) and the surgery went well. But, months later, it was discovered that 2 stitches had been left in and were abscessing.

    Sometimes an astrological conference is sceduled when Mercury is retrograde because it always occurs in early July. I leave for the airport early, I carry on all important materials and I leave a lot of time in case of errors or delays. This seems to work.

  2. Lynn Says:
    NEW JOB:

    It could be that you change your mind about the job at some point but a common feature are that there are delays around your working conditions. I remember one lady showing up for her first day on the job only to find that her office was not ready. She had to work in the hall for a week.
    Employers often find that the new employee does not last but it is the employee who decides to quit. Sometimes they find a better job and leave. Good luck but do not worry about it…Lynn

  3. Lynn Koiner Says:

    RELATIONSHIPS – a relationship of any type can alter or change when commenced with Mercury-Venus-Mars R. The R is not the deciding factor — the synastry between you and what was going on in tour charts by transit and progression tells the outcome for effectively.
    Taurus men never listen so best he is gone. Your Libra would have to compromise too much to his Aries-Taurus.

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    FRIEND – I am using the Merc retrograde for a job search. If I find an offer I like, should I hold off if possible till after the retrograde and not make the decision till later? Or would you think that any offers I receive during the retrograde aren’t what they seem & to stay away?

    LYNN – I know more ways to work around this if you were an employer — hiring on contingency. It is often the Employee who has a change of mind, not the employer.
    If you receive an offer, in this economy, just take it. You may opt for another job later on. Sometimes there are delays around the job so that you do not get to start until it goes direct. I remember one woman had to work out in the hall until her office was ready…and Mercury turned direct.

  5. Lynn Koiner Says:

    This is actually a good question from which others can benefit (I do not give personal readings here).
    First, it is more important that you did not start your trip with a Mercury R. In that case, the R would not affect you so much. I have done this when I travel to Europe. I left on a good day and Mercury turning R did not affect me at all.

    Second, because your husband has Mercury R natally, have him handle everything during the R period…he is less affected by this.

    I would never sign a contract with Mercury R. One can sign if it is on a contingency basis…a firm decision made after Mercury goes direct.

  6. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Is it safe to assume that if any retrograde planet (especially personal planets such as Mercury) makes aspect with natal planets that one could expect events?

    Using Mercury, I’ve noticed the usual Mercury retrograde stuff like delays, reversals, etc. occur around me but they affected me personally only when aspects were made to natal planets.

    I expect September’s Mercury retrograde to affect me adversely since it stations and retrogrades squares to my close natal Mercury and Venus conjunction – it hangs around
    for eight days!


    LYNN: I do not make specific predictions with these fast moving Retrogrades. The upcoming Mercury R stations at 6 degrees so I personally do not consider aspects to 4-5 degrees a station…but I do have an interpretation.

    When Mercury D aspects your Venus-Mercury, there can be a stress that is altered or re-addressed later when Mercury R crosses it. But, Bob, sometimes nothing significant happens at all, aside from the R mishaps.

    Cardinal signs can cause indecision but R gives you time to review.

    Sometimes if the R ALMOST becomes exact…say you have a planet at 6 Capricorn 31…then a stress that you feel will come to pass will not. It will get dropped.

    Years ago, there was a R moving to my Sun. The planet would turn R and move away just before it got to 6 Virgo 40.
    Someone wanted to come and stay with me for a week. I dreaded this. Just before they were to come, they canceled and they never visited.

    There can be problems if you ask on the impending event — like buy new furniture, hire a painter and spend a lot of money bringing in food…and they cancel. If the planet changes direction, the situation will be dropped.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SURGERY: I had surgery in 1988 when both Mars and Mercury were R — my foot had to be reattached. The best surgery this docot ever did.
    Sometimes you just HAVE to have surgery.
    One time I had elective surgery with Mercury R as I could not wait. The surgeon’s assistant forgot to remove 2 of the stitches and this caused problems until I found another doctor who spotted the problem. This was a blessing because I have gone to this 2nd doctor and he is brilliant.

    When I have to do something and Mercury is R, I choose a day when the Moon’s aspects are favorable so, regardless, all will turn out well.

  8. Lynn Koiner Says:

    I have observed many wedding charts and the timing of the wedding has nothing to do with the relationship itself. One famous astrologer married on the “perfect day.” The marriage lasted 18 months exactly.
    Mercury R warns that you be flexible on the wedding day because mishaps can occur — with the catering, with the weather, people getting lost getting to the location etc…but it does NOT affect the relationship.

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:


            Mercury is usually retrograde in the solar return chart every six years. When Mercury is retrograde, it is time to be introspective, especially about those things related to Mercury’s house placement. You should be doing a lot of your own thinking and learning rather than depending on others. Integrate previously acquired information into your own individualized mind-set. Think of your mind as an overloaded cabinet or closet seriously in need of filing and organization. It is time to process. You probably already know everything you need to know to handle a certain life situation. If you continue to depend on others for advice, you will find conversations meaningless within the context of your own intellectual needs and experience. Be aware that your mental processes are not very receptive to new information at this time. Your mind is like a cup that is filled to the brim. Any additional knowledge spills over and is lost. Work toward integrating what you already know.

            You can experience this retrogradation as a certainty that you know you are right and only you can make the best decisions concerning your own future. What others tell you might clash with what you already know and you could tend to disregard their comments. You may be right, but the danger is that you may be wrong. You can be so in tune with your own thoughts that you are totally on the mark; then again, you might be totally off the beam. Take the time to reorganize information by focusing inward. You might find that your own opinions, thoughts, and decisions truly work best for you. But be aware of the feedback others give you, which may be particularly valuable if you have missed the mark.

            Secretiveness is also associated with Mercury retrograde. There is a tendency to withhold information and sometimes lie. Generally, there are two major reasons for doing this: one is that you really do have secrets which need to be kept; the other is that expressing your opinions or thoughts openly causes tension in your relationships. Retrograde Mercury is associated with biting your tongue and swallowing your own words in order to keep peace. Your true opinions may not emerge until the start of the next solar return.

            This time is excellent for putting your thoughts down on paper and writing original material. You will be able to see things differently when your thoughts are written down and this is a good way to get organized. Old opinions and beliefs may be outdated so you need to reassess your thinking, reformulate ideas, and shed new light on a subject area.

  10. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CLIFF: Mercury will be retrograde for EVERYONE returning to school so all will not be affected dramatically. Typical R misups can occur. Once this occurred for me and my transcripts from the former college had not been sent to the new college…but eventually they got there.
    More depends on the transits to your natal planets, not this R necessarily.

  11. Lynn Koiner Says:

    REPAIRS: Your experience is very much like Mercury R. Sometimes things break down with the R and you HAVE to have the repair. I just pick a day with the Moon is making all favorable aspects before it leaves the sign. I had a similar experience with wiring many years ago and another electrician said that I did not need the house to be re-wired. Re-wiring an entire house rarely needs to be done, excpet by an unscrupulous electrician as you discovered. Sometimes surgeries have to be done with a R. I had 2 — one was to re-attach my broken foot and it was perfect surgery. Another was surgery on the outside of my ear. 2 stitches were left in and they became infected, until another doctor discovered the problem and removed them.

  12. Lynn Koiner Says:

    RE-FINANCING: Re-financing is OK but pick a day and time when the Moon only makes favorable aspects before it leaves the sign.

  13. Lynn Koiner Says:

    HIRING – My father knows all to well the problems of hiring when Mercury is R…and how quickly they leave.
    I would hire only on contingency — 2 or 3 weeks to see how the person works out.
    As for assessing a current employee, I would have an astrologer cast a horary chart, a chart done for a specific question.
    A good horary astrologer may be hard to find so I will tell you the quick and easy. I usually pull 3 tarot cards to get an answer.
    No, this is not astrology but I do it. My neighbor came over yesterday with a horary question which showed it was too early for her to make a decision (lend her son $55,000 to buy a condo in China where he lives — he’s Polish-Italian).
    Then, I shuffled and spread out the tarot cards and had her pick 3. This showed that something sudden and unexpected would occur that would render the question moot.

  14. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MEETING PEOPLE UNDER RETROGRADES: Good question but it is meeting someone for the first time when VENUS is Retrograde that may cause the relationship to fizzle out. There is a reason, if you read my article on Venus R. We often size up others incorrectly when Venus is R.
    I do not feel that Mercury R works this way at all — and I have been a professional astrologer since June 1969.
    When meeting someone when Mercury is R, sometimes scheduling can cause problems so that you may not get together again until it turns D.
    It is not even 100% bad for starting a job. As I gave as an example, one woman had to work in the hall until her office was remodeled…when Mercury turned D, she moved in.

  15. Lynn Koiner Says:

    TIPS FOR WORKING AROUND MERCURY R: Yes, there are ways to work with Mercury R. It is a good time to go over the negotiations as they may be something new that you have not seen before. Usually, I like to leave some contingency in case something goes wrong — his clients do not stay with you — and this seems to just protect the situation. When I comes to hiring under Mercury R, it works best if they are hired on a wait-and-see basis. Then, it just seems to work out. And, as I said before, it is a good time to look over the negotiations for something that you have missed earlier. Mercury R gives new insights.

  16. Lynn Koiner Says:

    HIRING: Years ago, my dad came to the realization that it was useless to hire anyone with MercuryR. However, doing things on contingency helps appease Mercury R.

    JOB INTERVIEW: If you have to go in for an interview when Mercury is R, the appointment might be changed or you may have to come in for a second interview. It is not always the end of the world.

  17. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEW BABY BORN with MERCURY R: I have a very long article on the natal retrograde on this website. Please read this and it will offer an explanation.
    Did you know that, of the original astronauts in the 1960s, most had Mercury R. I do know about later astronauts as I do not have their data.

  18. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEW JOB: Sometimes there is some delay around the job. One woman took a job while Mercury was Retrograde. Her office was not finished with renovations so she had to work in the hall until Mercury went Direct.
    Do not turn down a job in this economy simply because Mercury is Retrogrde. Check Good Dates on Homepage.

  19. Lynn Koiner Says:

    RELATIONSHIP: Mercury’s Shadow has nothing to do with your relationship. It is a matter of the synastry between you (aspects between each other’s charts). If things have cooled, do not take him back. Please read the book, HE IS JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU. Do not waste your time.

  20. Lynn Koiner Says:
    STARTING A NEW JOB (8-2011): Do not delay starting a job just because Mercury is R. There can be other delays within the job — read some of my posts here. I just started to notice the mix-ups with Mercury R. I chipped a filling done last year but my regular dentist was out of town. I did go to another dentist for a cleaning and to look at my teeth. I did not let him fill it. I got my regular dentist do this — because this new dentist is VERY expensive, not because I do not feel that he could do the job.

    The new dentist turned out to be a crook!!
  21. Lynn Koiner Says:
    TEST UNDER MERCURY R (11-2011): Study…and study what you do not think that you will be tested on.

  22. lynn koiner Says:

    EMILYBH (12-211): NEVER SIGN PAPERS WHEN THERE IS A HARD MERCURY-SATURN aspect. Of course, this is a short lived transit but keep this in mind.
    Contingency always works with Mercury Retrograde. And have the inspection done when Mercury is Direct.

  23. Lynn Koiner Says:

    If you have to sign, I would just do it. Mercury R means that you can always change your mind about this or there will be delays getting started. You cannot put your professional life on hold.
    Sometimes whatever happens is destined to happen. I ordered a Yard Tractor to replace one that was destroyed in a recent Killer Storm. I bought it on a great day BUT it was delivered when Mercury turned R. A long story short – they need to return it to the warehouse in a week and then put on the special blades that I ordered and then return it — I have the lawn from hell that needs mowing NOW.

    I have never been in this type of work situation so I do not have a clear answer but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
    Sometimes a conference is held during Mercury R. I always keep in mind that Mercury is R, keep my lecture notes with me until my talk is over — and it turns out fine.
    Only a horary chart can give you an answer about this job.
    In Europe, I recommend Ema Kurent in Slovenia at

  24. Lynn Koiner Says:

    FORCED TO BUY CAR UNDER RETROGRADE (2-2013): This is a bad place to be in. But, if your car was ruined in an accident, you should have bought one by now…not wait until Mercury turns Retro.

    Personally, I would rent until a better time or, if worse comes to worse, just pick a good date in my Good Days list.

  25. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MERCURY R ADVICE (2-2013): An astrologer would need to look at your horoscope to determine why you feel the way that you do because aspects from the outer planets to your Mercury R can affect your life, planning and timing.

    Never start anything just before Mercury turns R because many things will change when Mercury changes direction.

    I feel that it does not really help people with Mercury R to initiate when Mercury is transiting R. You live in a world with Mercury D people and they change their minds or need to do an interview over again.

    If you are forced to do something when Mercury in R, just do it but know there may be some changes. You cannot put your life on hold for 3 weeks. Although, I do delay major purchases, signing agreements or making commitments when Mercury is R.

  26. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DENISE (10-2013):

    I have said this many times in my posts (yes, too many posts here to read all of them) but, if you are forced to initiate when Mercury is Retrograde, just go with it. It may not affect the outcome at all – but only if you are forced to take an action

    If you are forced to make a purchase (my printer died) when Mercury is R, do it on a good day and get a extended warranty. My printer died earlier this year when Mercury was R. Because Mercury was R, Office Depot did not have the printer that I wanted for $200 so they old me the $499 printer for $200 (they had one left of the big printer). To be safe, I got an extended warranty – which usually guarantees that it will NOT breakdown.

    BUT, it is very bad if you initiate some change, purchase or action yourself – then you experience the bad aspect of Mercury R.

  27. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ELAINE (11-2013): THE SHADOW PERIOD — It does get very confusing to beginning astrologers about this Shadow period. I have been doing astrology for 50 years…

    If you start something just before Mercury turns retrograde, I have observed that it will impact the event in a very retrograde way.

    Years ago I purchased the first Pentium just before Mercury turned R but I felt that I got under the wire on this one. However, there was a major flaw in the first Pentium hard drive and I had to remove it and return it to Dell.

    Yesterday I chose to take a trip just after Mercury turned Direct yet the Moon was making all favorable aspects from 2am to 9:30am EST. All went extremely well and I did not spend too much money (always a problem for me). And the weather was perfect. If I wanted until after the Shadow, the weather is not getting really bad.

    When I started studying astrology, no one ever talked abut the Shadow so it must be something hypothesized by the current generation of astrologers (and, yes, many are excellent).

    I never worry about the period AFTER Mercury turns direct. I am more cautious just before it goes Retrograde.

    I always use good electional dates to commence anything important.

  28. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DEATH DREAMS (7-2014):

    A death usually comes under wonderful aspects, especially from Jupiter. It is an easy event for the person who dies but the difficulty is for those left behind.

    We almost never dream of the actual person who dies. When I have such dreams — usually a person leaving me — it is really about someone else.

    When it is about my hairdresser, it is not as significant; when it has been about my husband, it is an important person but never Bill himself. The last time it was actually my best friend who lived in Europe. When she passed suddenly, I no longer had these dreams.

  29. Lynn Koiner Says:


    Women write all the time asking if they are going to get back with the boyfriend after a big argument when Mercury is R.

    Mercury R does not have anything to do with getting back. Of course, you may get back together but I cannot tell.

    1) A chart comparison analysis would tell if it is wise to get back and what the relationship problems are.

    2) A horary chart for the relationship question would answer Yes or No.

    With Mercury R, you might work on communication — communicating your issues with each other — and see what happens when it goes Direct. Knowing you Sun signs tells me nothing.

  30. Alicia Payne Says:


    I’m due to get married on the 10th September and after seeing Mercury is in retrograde I’m panicking. I’m a Sagittarius and I am worried the marriage won’t work out or the wedding will be riddled with problems.

    What advice do you have

  31. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ALICIA (8-2016): I have been doing astrology professionally since June 1969. While other astrologers may disagree with me, I do not find that the date and time of a wedding ceremony has anything to do with the viability of the relationship.

    It only affects the day – with Mercury R someone can be late, there can be mistakes or mishaps but, if you are flexible, all will be fine.

    I have observed these other astrologers calculate a perfect wedding chart and the marriage lasts only 18 months. It is the compatibility of the 2 individuals and not the wedding date.

    I know 2 couples who did not pick perfect days and they have been happily married for years.

  32. Nena Says:

    Someone wrote a long post and gave an incorrect email address. I took the time to wrote privately and them, with an incorrect email, it bounced.

    This email bounced again when I wrote privately a second time. So many people give false emails and then, when I take the time to respond privately, it all comes back. I work for free. So, you can see when an email bounces -- and it bounced again -- why I feel so frustrated. It takes a lot of time to come up with good dates..and then it all comes back to me. What can I do. When my response is returned, it is returned in gibberish so all has to be written again.

  33. Mary Miner Says:

    My husband and I want to put our house up for sale during mercury retrograde.
    We have almost put it for sale a few times this year with a Realtor, but held off due to doing some work around the house and deciding to sell it ourselves.
    Is it safe to put our house on the market because we started to earlier or should we wait until after the retrograde?

  34. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MARY MINOR (8-2016): While I wrote to Mary privately, this is a good link/article. No, I would not put a house up for sale while Mercury is R —

    This is a good article from the Huffington Post…

    You need to cut and paste this link into a browser.

  35. Angie Says:

    Hi there,

    My husband and I are seriously considering buying a house during Mercury Retrograde. We made an offer on the property the day before retrograde started and it was accepted a few days later. We have been having a lot of trouble getting accurate information on what the property taxes are for the house and we feel unsure of who to trust to tell us the truth. This could majorly impact whether we could afford to live there comfortably. The house was inspected today and had no major issues. We have been told that we have 15 days to decide if we want to finalize the sale or back out. We are going to call the tax collector to get tax info in a few days. Is this a bad time to buy a house? What kind of problems could be caused by the retrograde? Feeling very uncertain and apprehensive at this point although we really like the house.

  36. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ANGIE (9-2016): I would never sign on a retrograde until everything had been examined and you have insurance in case something was overlooked. Insurance is a big protector. I am suspicious of sellers who withhold information.

    When buying a house, a horary question using horary astrology is best. It is the chart for the time a question is asked. You can do this yourself and look at the condition of the 4th House – or I can recommend a horary astrologer.

    This is a good article from the Huffington Post… You need to cut and paste this link into a browser

  37. Leigh's pree Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Just a quick question is it a good idea to return to an old voluntary project that was abandoned just before Mercury went retrograde (13th August ) due to a new job (that has not worked out, surprise suprise).

    I was happy at the project, had it since January this year, but obviously it is not paid.

    Very shady around this area so would help to have some professional clarification.

    Many thanks


  38. Anna Says:

    Our house was put up for sale before MR. It’s not moving. We were thinking of reducing price during MR. Any issue (wouldn’t close until after MRif we get offers).

  39. PearlAnn Says:

    Thank you for your article, unfortunately my 190000 mile chevy cavalier died and I have to get a car I picked one out on 12/16/16 but the signing will occur Merc Retro week sadly i have no choice as I just did not have the finances to do it early (my rent went up by 200 more a month salary did not) and now I need transportation to work but I was born with Merc Retro and it seems that even when I do buy things during that time there are glitches but some things last like my 190000 mile car it was purchased during a merc retro grade time from my aunt so who knows but I will prepare for the worse here at least the loan is 5 years so I can grin and bare it by the way if curious I was born 11/1/1954 at 1240pm at Chanute AFB ILlinois USa thanks for the article and tips I will prepare myself for glitches with my toyota

  40. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PEARLANN (12-2016): The only thing that helps with buying under Mercury is getting extra insurance, at least for 2 years. When I have done this with smaller items, it always protects me.

  41. AR Says:

    Our house was put on sale in June 2015, contract signed on June 4 and listed on June 11, it is not moving, what could be the reason. It is priced right and have lot of showings but no offer, two offers we got were cancelled due to personal reasons

  42. Lynn Koiner Says:

    AR (12-2016): I am not a psychic so I do not know the problem with your house. I would suggest a horary astrologer for the question. This works very well. I can recommended 2 – one is expensive with more experience and one is under $50 and she does a good job for my referrals.

  43. Stellium Says:


    I am refinancing my home, and renewing my mortgage on May 1st 2017. I will likely be changing lenders, although a refinancing could be considered routine for a homeowner. Mercury is retrograde. I can’t postpone the signing, since I need the additional funds to carry out some renovations this summer. Any advice?

    Jan 1st 1962, 4:45 am. Sun 10 Cap, Moon 6 Scorpio, Asc 29 Scorpio.

    Thanks for your help


  44. Anna Says:

    Hello Lynn,
    I notice that Venus retrograde ends on April 15 while the mercury retrograde begins a week later on April 23rd. Would it be safe to schedule gum surgery or buy a car during that week or should I wait until Mercury goes direct near the end of May to schedule my dental work and buy a much-needed vehicle?

  45. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ANNA (4-2017): If this were me, I would wait until May.

    STELLIUM: Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do but be prepared for Mercury to work itself out in some way. Just be flexible.

  46. Stephanie Says:

    I have been in discussions for a new job at a new company for the last few weeks; however, the interviewer is someone I have known for a few years. I wouldn’t have to start the job until after mercury goes direct but i would likely receive an offer while it’s retrograde and I’m very worried about signing the contract for fear of what will happen after it goes direct. Please advise.


  47. Lynn Koiner Says:

    STEPHANIE (4-2017): Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do regardless of the Retrogrades. The interviewer may be late or the date changes but this does not affect the outcome.


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