Mercury goes retrograde approximately three times a year and in 2021 is in Retrograde from:

  • January 14th – February 3rd
  • May 10th – June 2nd
  • September 9th – October 2nd
  • December 29th – January 18th 2023

Firstly what is a retrograde? 

A retrograde is when a planet appears to turn backward 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.

Mercury Retrograde

What is Mercury Retrograde all about?

Mercury is the planet of communications, contracts, local travel, legal affairs and technology and is at home in 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 backup plans, and don’t be surprised if there are miscommunications. 

Harness Mercury Retrograde energy

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 14th – February 3rd – from 10 degrees Aquarius to 24 degrees Capricorn
  • May 10th – June 2nd – from 4 degrees Gemini to 26 degrees Taurus
  • September 9th – October 2nd – 8 degrees Libra to 24 degrees Virgo
  • So this current Mercury retrograde is in Aquarius and Capricorn and Mercury will retrograde from 10 degrees Aquarius back to 24 degrees Capricorn 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.

    If you are not sure what the different houses represent then check out my FREE astrology basics course.

    Aquarius rules innovation, ideas, rebellion, and individuality so whilst Mercury retrogrades here it is a good time to reflect and review our sense of freedom and liberation and our sense of individuality. Are we fully expressing ourselves or are we holding back our true expression?

    Capricorn rules work, discipline, responsibility, and mastery so whilst Mercury retrogrades here it is a good time to reflect and review our relationship with work & discipline – are we working too hard or in the opposite are we stuck in procrastination? How could we structure our work and responsibilities better?

    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 your relationships and legal dealings. You will want to think before you speak and avoid signing a contract or entering into other legal negotiations.

    What might the position of Mercury’s January 2021 Retrograde mean for you?

    In which part of your life do you need to reflect and review?

    For me, it is in my 5th house of creativity, joy and pleasure.

    It’s interesting this retrograde falls in the last few weeks of school holidays with my kids because the 5th house also rules children. It feels like a time to let go of all the *shoulds* I’m feeling around my business and be present with my kids – likely by the end of the retrograde I’ll feel able to formulate a plan to move forward once the kids are back in school.

    Want more?

    Scroll to Top