While we’ve only just gotten into a routine of things for 2021, the first period of Mercury in retrograde will soon be upon us.

What is Mercury retrograde?

So, what exactly is Mercury retrograde? Scientifically it’s described as an “apparent retrograde motion” of Mercury, which gives the illusion the planet is travelling backwards in relation to the zodiac.

Periods of retrograde can lead to delays, confusion, irritation, anger and more. Communication can be thwarted, creating high tensions. So, ensure you double-check texts, emails, messages and more that you send and try to ensure you exercise patience during these periods throughout 2021, even though it could prove to be difficult.

Now, let’s take a look at which specific periods do we need to be cautious about.


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While the first retrograde happening in the astrological world is the sign of Aquarius due to the new Age of Aquarius. the other two retrogrades include Gemini and Libra which means these could be good times to reflect.

When is Mercury retrograde in 2021?

The apparent retrograde motion during the following dates:

  • January 30 to February 21
  • May 29 to June 22
  • September 27 to October 23

While others around might blame Mercury retrograde for all the chaos that happens in their lives, it’s a great time to review the energy around, take a moment to reflect as you can reanalyse and take a step back from the situation before you make any drastic changes until the retrograde has ended.

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