If you saw the headline for this article and immediately began to shudder with fear, I can’t blame you. Mercury retrogrades are widely loathed transits marked by communication, technological, and travel mishaps. But while all retrograde cycles can be challenging and disruptive, they also force us to look inward and provide the potential for real growth. As is the case with most challenging things in life, though, knowing what’s to come is better than being surprised by negative or otherwise difficult happenings. That’s why learning the Mercury retrograde dates for 2021 (and then writing them down, and maybe even memorizing them) is so important. So mark your calendar for next year, because in 2021, Mercury retrograde will happen between the following dates:
- January 30 to February 21
- May 29 to June 22
- September 27 to October 23
Now, the keen-eyed astrology enthusiast (or anyone who paid attention to the headline of this article) might notice that all three of these retrogrades are happening in air signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. Air energy is intelligent and witty; they’re master wordsmiths, and air signs are known to have a refreshing breeziness to them—but that doesn’t mean they’re not hard-thinkers. With that in mind, expect each Mercury retrograde cycle in 2021 to have you boldly re-conceiving who you want to be in this new era, because air signs (unlike, say, an Earth sign) can have a particular fascination with newness.
So below, transformational astrologer Corina Crysler shares exactly what to expect from each Mercury retrograde 2021 transit, and the personal questions to consider during each.
Below, learn what each of the 3 Mercury retrograde 2021 cycles mean for you.
Mercury retrograde in Aquarius: January 30 to February 21
“As we move forward in the Age of Aquarius, this retrograde has the potential to create restructuring of our consciousness, the way we channel information, and the vision we have for our future,” says Crysler. “This retrograde will dance with the moon in Scorpio and Mars in Taurus. Be open to new ways of thinking. Try to break free from the constructs of your mind to allow the awakening or opening of a new paradigm to happen.”
Crysler advises allowing Mercury to talk to the Scorpio moon, which will shine a light on what you really want from life, particularly the dreams that have been hidden or that you may have previously considered taboo in some way.
Ask yourself: What latent desires are being awakened for me? How do I honor this?
Mercury retrograde in Gemini: May 29 to June 22
Here’s something fun: During the second Mercury retrograde of 2021, the planet will be retrograde in its ruling sign, Gemini. Gemini is super-brainy and wants the freedom to really explore the world around them.
“This will be a time of discernment,” says Crysler. “As communications break down and show you different perspectives, try to take the opportunity to say what you believe to be true in regards to your desires and dreams. Take a moment to re-evaluate what is fundamentally right for you, and where others might have influenced you by projecting opinions that are not right for you.”
Ask yourself: Where have the lines between my desires and my dreams been crossed? What are the things that I want, versus the things that other people want for me?
Mercury retrograde in Libra: September 27 to October 23
According to Crysler, the Mercury retrograde transit in Libra begins with a trine between Jupiter and the moon and ends in an opposition to Chiron, the wounded healer, and a grand trine with Lilith and Saturn. Which is…a lot of information to digest. But going along with themes of Jupiter and Saturn, it’ll be about a cosmic clash over growth, and what (or who) inhibits it.
“We’ll be challenged to expand our mindset and dive deep in our pain points that have restricted our expansion,” says Crysler. “We are the creators of our reality; [so note] what you are breaking free from that has kept you small. There will be an emphasis on relationships during this cycle, so take inventory in what relationships support your life and what ones drain your energy.”
Ask yourself: “Who in my life is contributing to my burnout, and how do I express healthy boundaries with them?”
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