WHAT IS MERCURY RETROGRADE AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?
With a new year comes a new set of planetary retrogrades, and the first 2021 Mercury retrogrades is descending upon us! From January 30 through February 20. I think that by now, We have all heard it - "Mercury retrograde sucks". Most people dread it and many are scared of it. But actually, you can manifest during this period.
Mercury Retrograde will occur three times this 2021, lasting for a few weeks at a time. Whether you believe in astrology or not, the fact is that during a retrograde when looking from the Earth, Mercury does appear to be spinning backwards on its axis (hence the name Mercury Retrograde). This is an optical illusion caused by a difference in orbit. When Mercury is in retrograde motion, or simply “Mercury retrograde.” These times in particular are traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered emails, problems with your electronic devices , and delayed in travel plans.
However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary!
What dates is Mercury Retrograde happening in 2021?
Although in 2021, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates, keep in mind Mercury retrograde has a “shadow phase” which happens about two weeks before and two weeks after the planet’s backspin. In 2021, Mercury retrograde will have more effect in air signs Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.
- In Aquarius, January 30 to February 20
- In Gemini, May 29 to June 22
- In Libra, September 27 to October 18
DOs and DON'Ts DURING A MERCURY IS RETROGRADE
In Astrology, the planet Mercury is associated with communication, traveling, clear thinking, information, and technology.
So, when the planet is in retrograde, you may experience a slowdown in these areas. You will find things break, delayed travel plans, losing things, breakups, and schedules going haywire. You may also find yourself easily frustrated.
Although Mercury Retrograde may feel like it’s a “shake-up,” it also brings a lot of new opportunities!
DO's during a Mercury Retrograde
1. Take a Moment to Reflect
When Mercury is in Aquarius, we recommend you to think outside the box and be more unconventional about your approach to life. So use that energy to your advantage for some problem-solving.
TIP: So for example, if your GPS takes you on a few wrong turns on your way to the grocery, stop at a different grocery store than you originally planned, or use it as an excuse to splurge on take-out that night instead.
2. Be Conscious When Working With Others
Because Aquarius rules over the collective during this Mercury Retrograde, we will be prone to miscommunications while interacting with groups of people. When working with others during this retrograde, be thoughtful about ensuring everyone's voice is heard and try to take different points of view into consideration. That way we avoid misunderstandings with others or lose track of collective goals during this backspin.
TIP: Slow down to avoid any drama within your friendships or among colleagues.
3. Have More Face-To-Face Conversations
Mercury retrograde has a tendency to cause both miscommunications and tech errors, so during this backspin, it might be best to avoid having any serious conversations via text or email.
TIP: It is a good time to FaceTime or Zoom with someone to get your point across, especially if you're dealing with a touchy subject. Texts get missed, typos run rampant, and words are easily misconstrued under these transits, so avoid the game of telephone and be as clear as you can.
DONT's during a Mercury Retrograde
1. DON'T: Get caught in unnecessary drama
Mercury retrogrades often cause miscommunications or bring past issues back to the surface, all of which can result in personal drama.
TIP: Challenge yourself to be objective and analyze the situation from an outsider's perspective. What truths could be missing from your point of view? Mercury in Aquarius inspires us to step back and look at things from a more collective standpoint and doing so during this retrograde could help you put out fires before they start.
2. DON'T: Make long term plans, or sign important contracts/deals
Under Mercury retrograde, the future looks more uncertain than ever. It will be hard to pin down plans or get clarity on what lies ahead.
TIP: But instead of worrying about what comes next, use this time to focus on your past and how it has shaped your present. By looking backwards instead of forward, you will be able to get in touch with where you are at now and will have a much better idea of what steps to take to bring your future visions to life post-retrograde!
3. DON'T: Put all your trust in technology
Aquarius rules over futuristic technologies so combining that energy with Mercury retrograde's aforementioned penchant for tech glitches, and you've got a recipe for digital disaster.
TIP: Be extra conscious about your tech devices and do as much as you can analog. Double check that your phone is charged before going out, make sure you have backed up your blogs, emails, files in case of a breakdown, and avoid buying any electronics until the retrograde is over.
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