Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2024 and Generalized Effects as per Houses

Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2024

Who is Mercury in Vedic Astrology?

Planet Mercury is known as ‘Buddha Graha’ in Vedic Astrology. It is a planet that signifies Intellect, Calculations, Trade, Commercial Activities, Transport Services, Banking, Journalism, Oratorship and Computers among many other things.

Mercury in Vedic Astrology rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo. It is exalted in the sign of Virgo and gets into the state of debilitation in Pisces. Mercury affects our ability to communicate and is directly associated with our speaking & writing skills.

A favourably placed Mercury in the horoscope blesses the native with effective communication and a sharp intellect to wade through even the most complicated of challenges that life might throw at the native. It enhances logical understanding & bestows youthful appearance as well.

Mercury aspects the house that is 180 degrees from the house where it is placed. In other words, Mercury has only one aspect and that is the 7th aspect.

Movement of Mercury

Mercury moves both in the direct as well as the retrograde motion during its transit in the zodiac belt. It is a very fast moving planet and it is the closest to the Sun. Usually, Mercury goes into the retrograde state of motion for around 3 to 4 times in a year.

The state of Mercury’s motion casts an enormous impact on the lives of people and plays a key role when it comes to how things shape up cumulatively in the society as a whole. This is simply because Mercury, among many other things, signifies communication, trade and commerce and we all know that in our deeply interconnected world these domains whether directly or indirectly, affect almost everything that happens in our lives.

When Mercury goes retrograde, it brings about a serious disruption in the flow of cosmic energies that directly affects the state of affairs in the lives of people and by extension- in the world at large.

Therefore, it is extremely important to keep in mind the periods when Mercury would go retrograde and plan our course of action accordingly. A consultation with an experienced astrologer goes a long way in ensuring success & prosperity in our lives by making wise & informed decisions that are based on life-transforming & timely astrological insights.

Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2024

Mercury will go into retrograde motion thrice in the year 2024. Following are the details that would help you in identifying those periods well in-advance and make the required planning or course correction to ensure a smooth journey towards the goals and objectives of your life.

Mercury Retrograde Begins Mercury Retrograde Ends Retrograde From Sign Retrograde To Sign
April 2nd, 2024 April 25th, 2024 Aries Pisces
August 5th, 2024 August 29th, 2024 Leo Cancer
November 26th 2024 December 16th, 2024 Scorpio Scorpio

Effects of a Retrograde Mercury in All Houses

When Mercury gets into the retrograde state of motion, its effects on people vary from the house in which it is transiting as per their horoscopes. It is prudent on the part of a person to consult with an experienced astrologer to know the actual or precise effects that a retrograde Mercury would cast upon his/her life.

However, from a generalized perspective, let us look at the effects that a retrograde Mercury exerts upon a person based on its movement in all 12 houses of a horoscope.

Mercury Retrograde in the 1st House

The 1st house of a horoscope signifies Self, Brain, Ego, Attitude, Outlook, Approach, Inner Nature, Body Composition and Overall Health. Mercury retrograde in the 1st house would make you more responsible while consuming food and will promote a healthy routine in life. You will contemplate upon the past and try to find out what went wrong so that mistakes of the past could be avoided in the future. Mercury retrograde in this house would enhance your intellectual capabilities. However, you could rush to conclusions and might make decisions in haste.

Mercury Retrograde in the 2nd House

The 2nd house of a horoscope represents Accumulated Wealth, Right Eye, Monetary Savings, Bank Balance, Speech, Oratory Skills, Food Choices and Family. Mercury retrograde in this house could result in sudden gain of wealth. It could also bring in good news as far as some inheritance is concerned. It will make you a very spontaneous speaker which could pose problems in family relationships because at times you would speak in a manner that could deteriorate your relations with your family members. It could make you a compulsive junk food eater as well.

Mercury Retrograde in the 3rd House

The 3rd house of a horoscope points towards Younger Siblings, Neighbours, Struggle, Courage, Communication Skills, Throat and Documentation. Your relationship with your siblings will improve and joint efforts will be made to ensure mutually beneficial results. You will also get complete support from your friends as well as family to accomplish your goals. Mercury retrograde in this house is also considered favourable for business endeavours. However, it warrants careful spending otherwise things on the financial front could go haywire and put a dent in your pocket.

Mercury Retrograde in the 4th House

The 4th house of a horoscope signifies Mother, Home, Comforts or Conveniences, Property or Real Estate, Vehicles, Basic Intelligence and Upper Portion of the Chest. Mercury retrograde in the 4th house will increase the comfortability factor in your life. Mercury will help you in getting the materialistic pleasures that you desire in life. But, you need to keep your aspirations in check and do not go overboard with your spending. You will be inclined to make renovations in your house or even consider relocating.

Mercury Retrograde in the 5th House

The 5th house of a horoscope signifies Profound Intelligence, Speculative Activities, Children, Love Relationships and Pancreas. Mercury retrograde in the 5th house tempts you into speculative activities which are not good for your state of finances. You are at a risk of blowing up your savings or worse- get into debt. Therefore, do not let the idea of making quick money entice you. If you are a student then this Mercury will enhance your writing and or speaking skills. This placement of Mercury is also favourable for people in the field of journalism.

Mercury Retrograde in the 6th House

The 6th house of a horoscope represents Job, Digestive System, Competition, Open Enemy, Debt/Loan and Disease. Mercury retrograde in the 6th house is very supportive for those who are preparing for a competitive exam. It brings deterioration in health and might let an ailment of the past arise again. It will help you in formulating a good strategy to stay as unaffected as possible from the competition, be it in the job that you are pursuing or the business that you are running. Mercury retrograde in the 6th house favours no debt or quick repayment of debt in life.

Mercury Retrograde in the 7th House

The 7th house of a horoscope signifies Marriage, Life-Partner or Spouse, Business, Kidneys, Lower Portion of the Back, Diplomatic Approach and Partnership. Mercury retrograde in the 7th house makes you selfish and it does not fare well in a marital relationship. You will get very calculative which will be beneficial for you if you are running a business of your own. Although, creative differences with your business partner will prevent you from further expanding your business. Mercury retrograde in the 7th house often makes a person very diplomatic in his/her approach even in the personal life which is not good for relationships.

Mercury Retrograde in the 8th House

The 8th house of a horoscope represents Sudden Gains or Losses, In-Laws, Inheritance, Insurance, Reproductive System, Accident and Longevity. Mercury retrograde in this house makes a person clock big monetary gains in a short & sudden manner. It also makes a person greedy which results in the person taking risky financial decisions that eventually deplete his/her savings. It makes the person very talkative and a quick decision maker, not always a good decision maker though. It also tempts a person to indulge into outdoor adventurous activities.It negatively impacts the food habits of a person.

Mercury Retrograde in the 9th House

The 9th house of a horoscope signifies Luck, Higher Studies, Foreign Travels, Buttocks and Thighs and Spirituality. Mercury retrograde in the 9th house is considered fantastic for students, especially those who are pursuing their higher studies. It will enhance your comprehension skills and bless you with focus & concentration. It will strengthen the longing within you to know the Divine and you could also go on a pilgrimage. It will broaden your horizon and make you well aware of what is happening around you. Mercury retrograde in the 9th house will make you attractive and intelligent. It will help you significantly if you are in the fields of research & development.

Mercury Retrograde in the 10th House

The 10th house of a horoscope represents Career,Professional Life, Name, Fame, Respect, Power, Position and Knees. Mercury retrograde in the 10th house creates friction at the workplace. You will find it hard to have your point of view accepted by your seniors or bosses. Your unsolicited advice will get you in trouble as your concern would be misunderstood as arrogance or over confidence. Mercury retrograde in the 10th house could at times bring dissatisfaction in a person with respect to his/her professional growth. It will deplete your enthusiasm unless you consciously strive to stay motivated in life.

Mercury Retrograde in the 11th House

The 11th house in a horoscope signifies Gains, Realization of Wishes & Desires, Friends, Social Circle, Elder Siblings, Uncle and Lower Part of Legs. Mercury retrograde in the 11th house helps you in accomplishing the goals & objectives of your life. It provides all the support that you need from family and friends. It attracts new opportunities in life that hold a promising future for you. You will excel at articulating yourself perfectly and impress those around you with your performance. It will make you more and more health conscious resulting in you following a balanced diet & overall health routine.

Mercury Retrograde in the 12th House

The 12th house of horoscope points towards Expenditures, Prison, Hospitalization, Losses, Foreign Settlement, Bedroom and Feet. Mercury retrograde in the 12th house will make you worry a lot which will impact the peace of your mind in a negative manner. Rising stress levels will also bring health issues in your life. Sudden expenses on health issues would raise concerns about the financial trajectory of your life. Mercury retrograde in the 12th house of your horoscope could land you in some trouble related to documentation. Chances are high that you could get some promising professional opportunity from a foreign land. However, it would require a lot of hard work from your side to materialize that opportunity.


Mercury is a phenomenally powerful planet that affects our lives in a very significant manner. The strength of Mercury rises phenomenally when it turns retrograde. Therefore, it is extremely important to consult with an experienced astrologer to know how various planets including Mercury are affecting our lives at various critical junctures in our life.

Consulting with an astrologer provides a person with highly beneficial insights into how different domains of his/her lives are slated to pan out and how should he/she approach life to make the most out of it.