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The Time Periods In 2020 When You Should Avoid Making Big Decisions

With the new year here, many of us are pondering what we want out of the months ahead and setting goals for what is to come.

With this in mind, when it comes to astrological events, there are some time periods of the year that aren't as... smooth as others. Yes, we're talking about the astrological periods when when Mercury is in retrograde.

If you haven't heard of Mercury retrograde before, it refers to the moment when the planet Mercury changes its orbit and appears to be moving backwards.

But if you have, well, you might just shudder a little at the thought of it.

Why is this a problem? Well when it comes to astrology, Mercury is in charge of communication, intelligence and timing. So when the planet goes into retrograde it can mess things up and make your life feel like it's somewhat falling apart. Lovely.

So when exactly is Mercury in retrograde in 2020? Mercury retrograde happens three times a year, here are the key dates for this year:

  • February 17 to March 10
  • June 18 to July 12
  • October 14 to November 3

When it comes to these dates, it's wise to avoid making big decisions, as well as signing important contracts. If you're on holiday or travelling, it's a good idea to allow more time for possible delays during these time periods.

But aside from mucking around with the logistics of getting from place to place, astrologer and empath Greg Summers told 10 daily that Mercury retrograde further intensifies our personal relationships and experiences. 

Chrissy Teigen knows what's up. Image: Instagram

That means our communication with others will be particularly heightened during these three periods. But Summers said this is able to be managed with a little self-awareness.

"So long as people are mindful of the changes in their energies, they should be able to navigate the retrograde as easily as the others," he said. 

Each star sign will be affected in similar ways -- a high sensitivity to feelings of abandonment or being ignored and a frustration with those close to you not listening to what you tell them.

Summers said the key to surviving the 2020 Mercury retrogrades is to ensure you do not make any rash decisions.

"Be mindful of the ways you speak to those around you," Summers said.

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"Everyone will be hypersensitive [during these periods] and it is important to remember that we’re all on our own journeys."

So mark the dates in your calendar and buckle in. How bumpy the ride is really depends on you.

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