By now, you've probably already heard about the pesky astrological event known as Mercury Retrograde. It's usually written about as a very chaotic time when communication goes awry, and while that's true, there's so much more to what goes on during this retrograde period! Things like what sign it's in, the element it's in, and even what signs you have in your chart can impact how you experience Mercury Retrograde.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury Retrograde happens about three or four times each year, for a period of about three to four weeks at a time time. Mercury slows down to the point that it appears to be moving backward, but it's really an optical illusion. The communication planet does still have forward momentum, it just isn't moving at its usual speedy pace.
Planet Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology, so all of these things are often disrupted during Mercury Retrograde. Yes, things can get a bit chaotic, but there's also a lot of good that can come out of this time. This can be a time of reflection, reconsideration, and retreat. Just like the planet Mercury, we're being asked to slow down so we can revisit our beliefs, our thought patterns, and how we want to move forward in our lives
In 2021, every Mercury Retrograde period will take place in Air signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. Air signs are intellectual, preferring to view situations through a more objective lens. Because Mercury Retrograde is a time of reflection, this added gift of objectivity could mean we come out of the retrograde period viewing our current or past experiences from a much different perspective.
When is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury Retrograde dates for 2021 are:
• Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius: January 30 - February 20, 2021
• Mercury Retrograde in Gemini: May 29 - June 22, 2021
• Mercury Retrograde in Libra: September 27 - October 18, 2021
Mercury Retrograde in Libra
The next Mercury Retrograde period starts on September 27, 2021 in loving Libra, and the planet of communication will continue backpedaling until October 18, 2021. Because Libra is about 1-1 relationships, this retrograde period is about re-evaluating a partnership in your life. In fact, Mercury Retrograde could cause someone from your past to re-evaluate their relationship with you, so don't be surprised if you suddenly hear from a former flame you haven't talked to in a while.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra could cause you to question yourself in just about any love situation or love dilemma you're facing. Are you truly ready to commit to someone? Is your partner really the right person for you? Are you ready to take the next big step in your relationship? Regardless of what's going on, it's best to wait until Mercury turns direct to make any major love decisions.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra could be especially problematic if you have personal planets in any of the Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. Communicating with clarity may be a problem, and it might feel as if you and another person cannot get on the same page, no matter how hard you try. Try to keep things in perspective -- these miscommunications won't last forever.
And while Mercury Retrograde often gets a bad rap for leading to chaos, this retrograde period could actually lead to profound clarity! It's all about how you navigate it, so discover how to