Mercury Retrograde 2024: The Dates And Effects Of The 3 Upcoming Cycles

Last updated by Susan Taylor

You have no doubt already heard about Mercury retrograde and the effects of this scary phenomenon. Now, whenever bad luck curses us, our first reaction is to blame this destructive planetary movement. From car problems, communication issues to missed trains; we love to point the finger at this event, but in actual fact, this calamitous motion is indeed REAL! This year, the phenomenon occurs a total of 3 times in 2024, so be sure to discover our advice on how to get through each phase, as well as the misfortunes each zodiac sign can expect 🤯.

Mercury Retrograde 2024: The Dates And Effects Of The 3 Upcoming Cycles

Are we in Mercury retrograde? — No, it begins on April 1 - April 25, 2024 😱

Mercury is the fastest moving planet, and symbolizes intellect, reason, and communication and when it metaphorically spins out of control by entering this infamous cycle, it leaves us to deal with the consequences… Although every planet of the solar system goes retrograde at some point, the effects of Mercury entering this motion are often more intense and bring about even more misfortune than most other planets.

- Learn more about the impacts of Mercury retrograde on your sign and find out when Saturn is retrograde -

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Mercury retrograde 2024 🗓️: What are the dates, and what can I expect? 

In 2024, Mercury will retrograde four times. Here are the dates to remember and the effects to anticipate.

  • April 1 to 25, in Aries
  • August 5 to 28, in Virgo and Lea
  • November 25 to December 15, in Sagittarius

April 1 - 25, 2024: Mercury retrograde in Aries

Mercury's first retrograde of the year takes place just after the astrological New Year in a very powerful sign whose representations are extremely important. Considering that, according to astrology, on this date the year has effectively just begun, this Mercury Retrograde occurs in a sign highly relevant to bringing us reflections and reassessments on sectors that fundamentally represent the starting point of everything. To take advantage of this period, open yourself up to the following reflections:

  • Is the way you present yourself to the world spontaneous and true to yourself?
  • Have you been able to access your courage, autonomy and independence for your achievements?
  • Are you taking care of your physical body and bringing more vitality into your daily life?
  • Have feelings of anxiety, irritation or anger been difficult to control?
  • Do you feel you can rely on yourself?

August 5 - 28, 2024: Mercury retrograde in Leo

Mercury's second retrograde will be in the Fire sign in zodiacal order and this time it occurs in the sign of Leo, giving us important reflections on our essence, our creative potential, the cultivation of our hobbies and even motherhood. This is a very important area for us, inviting us to reflect on how far we've come in our access to personal brilliance. During this period, open yourself up to the following reflections:

  • Are you comfortable expressing your thoughts and ideas publicly?
  • Are there any personal projects you've put aside out of shame?
  • Have you made room in your diary for a personal hobby that has nothing to do with work?
  • How about reconnecting with the activities you enjoyed as a child?
  • How well do you know your qualities and strengths?

November 25 - December 15, 2024: Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius

To conclude this sequence of Mercury retrograde in the fire element signs, we come to the sign of Sagittarius, which in this triad has the potential to bring much wisdom to this period. After the preceding reflections, this is the time to reinforce your values and life reference points, which can change - after all, we are beings in constant evolution and development, as Sagittarius teaches. So, during this period, set yourself the task of thinking more philosophically, such as:

  • Is your lifestyle consistent with the values you admire?
  • Have you closed yourself off to different opinions and worldviews?
  • Can you be optimistic in life and learn from every situation?
  • Think about the things that are most important to you and evaluate them: have you prioritized them?
  • Have you allowed yourself to experience new things, to step out of your comfort zone and "risk" new things?




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What is Mercury retrograde?

It's a change in the direction of the planet in the sky and is said to set off setbacks and tribulations. This movement is in fact a visual effect and begins when the planet commences its so-called backward motion in the night sky through the zodiac. So, no, Mercury's orbit of the sun won't change direction, because it's an optical illusion. This chaotic process includes the slowing down and eventual stagnation of the planet. It's this unnatural movement that creates so much uproar. Concretely, whilst in this stage, the planet will for example jump from Pisces back to Aquarius, plunging us into mayhem 💥.
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For astrologers, these phases coincide with major psychological changes. Due to the fact that the planet figuratively moves backward, its energy can no longer fully express itself, causing internal disturbances or slowdowns in many individuals.

- If you want to get ahead and discover the impacts on your sign, read the impacts of planetary retrograde  -


Astrologist Susan Taylor

🗒️ Here's what you need to retain from this particular phase: 🗒️

- During this cycle, beware of communication issues that will lead to misunderstandings. 

- Financially speaking, each sign will have to be extra careful when it comes to checking their bank accounts. 

- Here, you’ll have to watch your expenses and check your bills. 

- Keep in mind that Mercury Retrograde in Taurus will affect your finances, so make sure you keep on top of things.


What happens when Mercury retrograde is over?

Fortunately, all bad things must come to an end. Indeed, the fastest planet in the zodiac goes direct, everything that happened during the retrograde could come back to haunt us. Now, you would think that the post-retrograde period would be beneficial, however, this is the time when communications and drama kick into high gear, when the effects really begin. 😌 This will be a time to revisit events that occurred during the pre-retrograde shadow period, and nothing should be taken for granted. This is obviously easier said than done, as secrets and scandals will be revealed. One word of advice: be careful what you say!

This is what happens when Mercury is retrograde in each sign:


Mercury retrograde in Aries

Your projects often get put back during this period, but don't let that worry you. If you let setbacks stress you out, you may lose time and feel like dropping everything!

Mercury retrograde in Taurus

Practical concerns are possible at work! Important appointments, meetings, or job interviews are often postponed, or even canceled.

Mercury retrograde in Gemini

This is not the time to fly or sail! Do you have to travel? Beware of strikes or breakdowns that delay your means of transportation...

In Cancer

You'll experience some psychological fatigue. People will invite you to interesting functions, but you'll be too tired.

Sign Leo

Expect confusion in your relationship or in your associations! In any case, misunderstandings reign and cause tensions. Above all, do not let the situation get out of hand! Do not sign any contracts or commitments for the time being!

In Virgo

Your daily life will be turned upside down. Electrical appliances including your phone won't work and parcels could get lost.

In Libra

You'll have trouble letting go and relaxing. Too many internal tensions shake you up during the retrograde period.

In Scorpio

This is not the time to undertake renovations at home! Beware of communication problems and misinterpretations...

In Sagittarius

If you have to sign a contract or an important document, don't do anything before the 28th... Or read the document again! And don't forget what's written in between the lines!

In Capricorn

Beware, your bank may call you because you've mismanaged your accounts. An unexpected expense puts you in the red!

In Aquarius

You have trouble concentrating and feel like you are thinking more slowly than usual these days. Beware of your absent-mindedness!

In Pisces

Everything seems to be on hold! Nothing goes as planned, it's as if you've been put under a nasty spell so that mail or deliveries are systematically lost!

Here are 5 signs which indicate Mercury is in retrograde:

  • You feel less proactive
  • You experience unexpected setbacks
  • You isolate yourself
  • You start doubting everything
  • You feel lostMercury

What should you not do during this phase? Plus, what you should definitely do

The best way to get through this testing period is to plan everything you do meticulously. Here's a guide of what to do and what to avoid doing in order to emerge scot-free.

>>> Discover how to survive Mercury retrograde thanks to a cup of tea

Do's: ✔️

Don'ts:

Always have a back-up plan
Be negative
Be flexible
Bottle things up
Double-check
Avoid signing contracts
Be attentive
Jump into things head first
Use the Mercury retrograde period as a time to reflect
Have unrealistic demands


💪 - Susan's top tips for survival during this period - 💪

  • Don't create resistance - Whatever Mercury retrograde "makes difficult" may have a reason, and even if you don't realize it at the time, be receptive. Use your creativity to find a solution, or be open to what this new, unplanned path has to offer.
  • Exercise your state of presence - As confusion is more common during this period, it's a good opportunity to practice doing one thing at a time and giving your full attention to what you're doing, which also promotes patience and reduces anxiety.
  • Incorporate good humor - Things take on the weight we give them, so breathe (don't panic) and see that lightness is the best way forward. Some situations can be comical or dramatic, depending on how you look at them.


Susan Taylor’s insights: How sensitive are you to this cycle?

Finally, it should be noted that the different periods of Mercury in retrograde do not have the same effects for all the natives. The impacts of this cycle depend on the position of the planet at our birth, but also on the sign the planet crosses during the retrograde. Plus, for the most sensitive amongst us, the effects of the retrograde can be felt before the phase begins and last a few days longer too.

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Article presented by Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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