Mercury Retrograde 2021 Calendar

In 2021 Mercury is Retrograde on the following dates:

  • January 30 (in Aquarius) – February 19 (in Pisces)
  • May 31 – June 21 (in Gemini)
  • September 28 – October 16 (in Libra)

Mercury goes retrograde three times in 2021. It is common to hear people speak of this period with trepidation!
What is actually happening in the world of planets and motion is that Mercury appears to move backwards from the perspective of the Earth.

In actual fact Mercury is not moving backwards! If this upsets you don’t worry. All astrology is based on the appearance of things. The Sun doesn’t actually rise, the Earth turns. You knew that.

So the meaning in Mercury retrograde is found in the symbolic interpretation of this apparent backward motion. It can help us to understand and navigate our world with greater ease.

Mercury represents the power of the mind. It is the trickster god because the mind is the slayer of the real! You know how hard it is to keep your mind on one thing. That is Mercury at work. Mercury likes to flip the channels so to speak!

When this planet goes retrograde it’s as if someone is pulling the plug at random moments; stealing the remote and demanding that you unplug! Of course we don’t like to unplug. We like to keep on keeping on and get where we are going.

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The First Mercury Retrograde in 2021 – January 30 (in Aquarius) – February 19 (in Pisces)

For the first time this year, starting from January 30 and until February of 2021, Mercury is in retrograde motion for almost three weeks.

This Mercury retrograde starts in Aquarius and returns in Pisces, symbolically conveying to us the need to pay more attention to what our elders have to say.

It is time to get involved in the community (Aquarius) and to reflect on the spiritual messages (Pisces) that you probably missed before.

What can you do

So, in a nutshell, Mercury Retrograde in Pisces feels like you’re walking backwards in a fog bank and your feet are just barely touching the ground. And, the ground is made of quicksand.

Taking every step cautiously and deliberately, while attempting (to virtually no avail) to see where you are going, which is actually where you’ve been. This begs the question: were you paying attention to where you were?

It is a wise strategy to keep tabs on when a Mercury Retrograde will arrive. Put it on your calendar and begin to take notes – either written or mental, although written is advised – for reference when Mercury says it’s time to “review.”

The Most Affected Zodiac Signs

If you are under the Virgo, Gemini, Cancer, or Leo sign, and everything seems to go upside down, well, it is not only an impression.

Unfortunately, until the end of the month, there is nothing you can do, so don’t make great plans, and let things take their course.

The Leos, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpios, born in the last three days of their zodiac signs, will fully feel the influence of Mercury retrograde in Aquarius. This aspect of the planet can help us understand the details of every life situation, to detect lies and inequitable matters.

This period of Mercury retrograde helps us correct ourselves when we react to situations without thinking. It is a moment of clarity and lucidity for everyone.

Mercury Becomes Retrograde for the 2nd Time This Year from May 31 to June 21 (Gemini)

Mercury is the governing planet of Gemini, so this retrograde transit might hit Gemini harder than the other zodiac signs and make their daily life more hectic and erratic.

The people born in the Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius, and Pisces signs will have a difficult time dealing with different situations in their lives and remain composed – chaos will be present in their daily routine. It brings confusion and ambiguities.

The positive aspects :

  • We understand at a deep level the spiritual issues and life lessons, analyzing the past (especially the change that occurred in 2021 for humankind).
  • Mercury in Gemini inspires more tact, diplomacy, and discretion in communication.
  • In the love/sentimental life, we tend to confess our feelings.
  • Sharpened intuition, inclination towards the psychological, spiritual, or creative side of life.

The challenging aspects of Mercury in Gemini:

  • Painful memories, family-related traumas, and spiritual issues will occur, demanding to be cured.
  • We become too emotional and sensible.
  • Our thinking can be fluctuating, moody.
  • We tend to live more in the past, from memories, facing accentuated states of nostalgia.

You also need to know that the Mercury penumbra period in May can be more troublesome than the retrograde motion itself because, during this time, Mercury will resurface all the things that we need to rectify in our lives.

Mercury Retrograde in Libra: From September 28 to October 16

Since Libra governs the engagements, Mercury retrograde in this zodiac sign will analyze, disrupt, or bless any soul engagement.

Also, Libra speaks about righteousness, equality, justice, compromises, diplomacy, while Mercury retrograde will bring to our attention all these matters.

This period can be a bit more difficult, so try to avoid conflicts, aggressive communication, and promote kindness.

It will also affect the people born in Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn. For the others, the influence of Mercury retrograde has a personal impact on the life domain where Libra and Scorpio signs reside. The Gemini and Virgos are in the center of attention since we talk about the retrograde motion of their astral leader. 

What Exactly Happens

When Mercury is retrograde it’s not really traveling backwards, but to our eye it is, due to the speed and elliptical nature of the orbits, like passing a car on the freeway. But in the world of as above, so below, what we observe and experience has strong effects. It is our thoughts and thought processes (Mercury) that keep some semblance of control and meaning in our lives.

Mercury retrograde 2021 is a splendid time for each of us to reevaluate our choices, aspirations, and trajectory in life, specific areas, and aspects.

The difficulties that can occur are communication and especially commerce related, in the sense that there may be delays, ambiguities, misunderstandings, misinterpretation of messages, malfunctions of devices or means of transport, the need for repairs, document issues.

It is what forces us to be more attentive, more present in our lives, more careful with what we say and do.

Mercury Retrograde 2021 Will Bring Bad Luck or Good Luck?

Do You Resonate with Mercury Retrograde? Here you will find a great deal of information about activities that are not favoured by Mercury retrograde energy. The list includes:

  • not to start anything new or launch new initiatives or projects
  • avoid signing contracts, starting a new job, buy a house or other large financial committment.
  • also double check appointments, times, and details. Mercury loves to trip you up on the small stuff
  • and check on communications

The energy also has it’s positive side to tap into:

  • a great time to de-clutter and put things in order
  • finish off existing projects
  • resolve unfinished business
  • get things fixed
  • do planning and strategizing
  • on the spiritual side, journal, meditate, or contemplate your journey to date

By contrast, in our digital life style we are forever pushing the envelope of what can be accomplished in a day. The sun going down does not stop us from going to bed at late hours after a long day of work. We have no time to slow down and annoyed when the Trickster planet gets in our way. We ignore the signs of what can be accomplished.

Most people who discover Mercury retrograde can relate at least one or more disasters they can relate to this period. Once you are aware some may find it easy to become more in sync with this astrological type weather.


In conclusion, Mercury retrograde 2021 will cause important changes for all zodiac signs, and the effects will be both negative and positive. Everything depends on the choices that will make.

Taking a deep breath, shaking off the drama and reminding ourselves that we possess the power to accomplish virtually anything to which we apply ourselves, is an important meditation.

Mercury retrograde is only difficult when you try to continue moving forward when you should be going backwards! Miscommunications, fuzzy thinking and attention to detail, and computer / car breakdowns are the norm. But a good rule of thumb with any retrograde motion is to think of the “re” as “reexamine”, “redo”, “reflect” and “review”, “revisit”. That usually means having to sloooow dooown.

Like everything in life, a little preparedness and willingness to accept the inevitable, is all that is required to weather the Mercury Retrograde Storm, Shadow and Mercury Retrograde itself.

So, in closing I would submit that there are three things that are certain in life:

  • Death
  • Taxes
  • Mercury Retrograde