Mercury goes retrograde approximately three times a year and in 2021 is in Retrograde from:
- January 30-February 21
- May 29-June 22
- September 22-October 23
Firstly what is a retrograde?
A retrograde is when a planet appears to turn backwards in the sky. This happens due to an optical illusion caused by differences in orbit.
All the major planets (excluding the luminaries – the sun and the moon) go retrograde from time to time.
When planets go retrograde the impact of the planet changes and the type of activities that are recommended change too.
What is Mercury Retrograde all about?
Mercury is the planet of communications, contracts, local travel, legal affairs and technology and is ruled by the sign of Virgo – and the 3rd house of Communications.
Mercury represents the way that we communicate, think, learn and process information.
Mercury can be thought of as the Messenger.
It is considered to be a fairly harmonious planet but whilst in retrograde however, it tends to bring disruption, technological difficulties, and problems with agreements and contracts.
So when Mercury goes retrograde this heralds a time for taking a step back, slowing down and waiting it out.
During a Mercury Retrograde, we may feel slightly disoriented, stagnant, stuck or like nothing is moving forward easily.
A Mercury retrograde will ask us to double check everything, put off what can be delayed and, for what can’t, make sure we are checking the fine print!
It is not recommended to launch a new product, set up technology, sign contracts, travel or make major purchases during this period.
But with Mercury retrograding so frequently sometimes this can’t be helped and we can’t always avoid it so instead plan ahead, be prepared for potential issues, have back-up plans, and don’t be surprised if there are miscommunications.
This is the time to be flexible, double check all communications and travel arrangements, and avoid signing contracts.
By the time Mercury turns direct, if we have taken the time to reflect and review we will be ready to make headway with our goals.
It is worth noting that if you were born during a Mercury retrograde you might actually find that the impact is reversed for you and that this period is super productive for you!
Where is Mercury retrograding in your chart?
Mercury retrogrades in different zodiac signs and each retrograde will be subtly influenced by the characteristics of the sign Mercury is in.
January 30th-February 21st: 26-11 degrees Aquarius
May 29-June 22: 24-16 degrees Gemini
September 22-October 23: 25-10 degrees Libra
So this current Mercury retrograde is in Gemini and Mercury will retrograde from 24-16 degrees Gemini so take a look at your natal chart to see which house this is in for you and take note of any other planets around this area.
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Gemini rules communication, and is the home sign of Mercury which will likely make this retrograde feel a little more intense! Mercury retrograde is typically a time when we have issues with things such as communication, technology and contracts so this Mercury Retrograde is likely to cause difficulties with communicating effectively. It is really important to give ourselves plenty of time, double-check communications- especially emails.
We are likely to also feel mentally exhausted as Gemini is such an intellectual and mental air sign.
What might the position of Mercury’s May 2021 Retrograde mean for you?
In which part of your life do you need to reflect and review?
For me, it is in my 9th House of Expansion including learning, travel and publishing.
Interesting I am travelling interstate next week so this makes me thing it is important to double check all bookings and appointments for this trip! I am also in the midst of writing my next course and I am thinking that I may need to accept that it might not flow so well for the next 3 weeks or I may have additional insights or ideas once Mercury turns direct.