A snapshot of Mercury in 2020

Aquarius is doing things in a very big way and everyone has a story to tell or message to send.

You’re an actor on the digital stage and your smart phone allows you to express your thoughts and opinions – anytime, anywhere.

You can tell your story on social media but in 2020 the world of storytelling is fraught with lies, false information and dangerous deception.  

Pluto square Mercury in the 1988 Pluto cycle and Neptune’s transit of Pisces have their fingerprints all over the disinformation and fake story contagion that’s antagonizing your ability to believe what you hear and learn truth.


With Mercury you enter the world of information, the press, journalists, writers, explainers, science, education, teachers, debate, talks, conferences, reports and controversy.

Those who write a country’s news shape public opinion so the media moguls, news paper editors, journalists and opinion writers wield enormous power; but in the Age of Aquarius your political leaders can bypass the press and talk directly with you on social media.

With the help of their like-minded advocates on radio and television they can educate you to think about the world in the way they do.

But in 2020 disinformation is rampant so there’s a good chance that you’re being misinformed by your politicians, radio talk-show hosts, television commentators, news websites, religious leader and financial adviser.

In 2020 you’re living in an age when the truth tellers are mostly telling lies and mass deception is easy; so you shouldn’t believe anything you hear or read until you have done everything you can to check its veracity for yourself.

Freedom of thought and speech

With Mercury you enter the world of intellectual activity, reasoned thought and information; and in 2020 you want the right to access information, which may or may not be correct and which may or may not change your thinking, and you want the right to express your informed and uninformed opinions.

In 2020 reasoning is in very short supply or non-existent.

Emotional thinking is driving the decision-making process so the sage observation made by Charlie Chan in his 1939 movie Charlie Chan in Rio is more pertinent than ever: ‘The biggest mistakes in history made by people who didn’t think.’

In 2020 Mercury’s major problem concerns the democratization of speech and information on an ‘open internet’.

Mercury’s world in 2020

There was a time when you could only talk to another human being or your cat but now you can have on online chat with Alexa.

In the Internet Age old words are acquiring new meanings.

A tablet is a small mass of medicated material but now it’s a mobile computing device that has a flat, rectangular form like a pad of paper that is used for accessing the internet, watching videos, playing games or reading electronic books.

And a cookie is a sweet biscuit but now it’s a message given to a web browser by a web server.

In 2020 the press is very interested in what governments are up to; and governments want power over what journalists can and can’t report so they’re conducting inquiries into press freedom.

In 2020 your government wants to keep tabs on you, Big Tech wants to exploit your data and your smart phone has become a surveillance machine. Data privacy is a big issue and Mercury is asking: Does the collection of my personal data violate one of my fundamental human rights?

And with all this talk of data collection it’s good to know that the personal data that’s encrypted in your birth chart is safe from prying eyes.

Mercury in the Aquarian Age chart

Progressed Sun is parallel birth chart Mercury

This long-time intensity energy-event reaches peak power in August 2020.

Sun is the planet of politics, world leaders, significant people, celebrities, royalty, governance and gold. 

Education, freedom of speech, the role of science in determining political policy and the role of the press and journalists in the political discourse are key issues. You and the world are talking about politics and the actions of political leaders, prominent people, royalty and those having celebrity status.

Progressed Mercury is sextile progressed Saturn

This harmonious energy event reached peak power in August 2019 and will end May 6, 2020.

Saturn is the planet of orthodoxy, conservatism, safety, protection, planning, economy, lower costs and prices, the farming sector and weather.

Mercury and Saturn have conducted security talks and conferences, educated the world about the science of climate change and turned your attention to personal issues concerning data privacy and data security.

Progressed Mercury is sextile progressed Uranus

This harmonious opportunity energy-event starts May 31, 2020 and reaches peak power January 26, 2021.

Uranus is the planet of discovery, invention, technology, new information, startling revelations, social unrest, strikes, protests and change.

Mercury sextile Uranus forecasts education reforms, new teaching technologies, a wave of radical intellectual activity, radical changes to the way the press operates, sensational exposés by investigative journalists, freedom of speech protests and high levels of anxiety and nervous tension.

Mercury in the major cycle charts

Mercury doesn’t have a cycle of his own but the events trend-line pertaining to intellectual activity, science, the press and controversy is forecast by Mercury’s aspects in the cycle charts of the major planets.

In the January 2, 2019 Mars cycle Mars is square Mercury

In the July 11, 2020 Mars cycle Mars is square Mercury

In the current Jupiter cycle Jupiter is sextile Mercury

In the current Saturn cycle Saturn is sextile Mercury

In the current Uranus cycle Uranus is sextile Mercury and

In the current Pluto cycle Pluto is square Mercury

A timeline of major astro-events involving Mercury in 2020

Important events involving the press, journalists, education and science can occur when Mercury is stimulated in the Aquarian Age chart or activated in one of the major cycle charts.

February 9, 2020: Progressed Mars is conjunction Mercury in the Mars cycle

February 23: Jupiter parallel Mercury in the Jupiter cycle starts > peak power date is April 6 > end date is July 27

March 17: Saturn parallel Mercury in the Saturn cycle starts > end date is June 26

April 14: Progressed Mars is semisquare Mercury in the Mars cycle

May 6: Progressed Mars is sextile Mercury in the Mars cycle

June 20: Progressed Moon square birth chart Mercury in the Aquarian Age chart starts > peak power date is July 17 > all the Mercury progressions are stimulated > end date is August 13

Progressed Mars is square Mercury in the Mars cycle

November 3: Progressed Jupiter is parallel Mercury in the Jupiter cycle > peak power date is December 5 > end date is December 28

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