Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2021

What Is Mercury Retrograde and What Does It Mean for You?

December 17, 2020
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Mercury’s first period of retrograde motion in 2021 lasts from January 30 to February 21! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde. What exactly does it mean for each of us, though? Read on to find out.

What Is “Mercury Retrograde”?

Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky with respect to the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion

Three times a year, it appears as if Mercury is traveling backwards in the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in retrograde motion, or simply “Mercury retrograde.” These times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled 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.

When Is Mercury in Retrograde in 2021?

In 2021, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the folowing ranges of dates:

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

What You Should Do When Mercury is Retrograde

The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.

So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip. 

Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for people’s shorter fuses and miscommunication. 

Take a Moment to Reflect

Some blame Mercury retrograde for all chaos that happens in their lives. However, this is a good time to sit back and review what you put your energy toward.

For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting enough of your energy into them or have you become overextended in other areas such as your career or a hobby? Losing the balance between different parts of your life can cause all of them to suffer, so being aware of the connections between them—especially during Mercury retrograde—can help you to maintain or at least better understand how that balance works.

Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.

Mercury and the Zodiac

The type of influence you feel also depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes retrograde.

What’s your Zodiac Sign? See here: “Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs.”

Learn more about zodiac sign profiles in general and check out our monthly horoscopes. Make sure that your gardening does not go awry when Mercury is in retrograde by reading your zodiac profile for gardening.

Source: 

The Old Farmer's Almanac

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I was wondering if I should

I was wondering if I should buy my paralyzed dog a wheelchair during mercury retrograde. She's been slowly going paralyzed for the last year, but has been confined to just sitting on the soda for the last 3 months, as her disease progressed. I would love to make her mobile again. I think she would be a lot happier too, but I don't want it to fail. It is new, it is transportation I guess. However it is helping her with an old problem. So I'm confused if it will work or not during a MR. Thanks.

Jeepers...expect

Jeepers...expect transportation problems and communication problems...might be better to wait, so she understands better that this is not a half-cage. Is she otherwise fit? Is she in pain when she moves? Might be kinder to put her down and let her spirit find a new puppy body to live in. I'm sorry for your situation.

Mercury retrograde is the

Mercury retrograde is the perfect time to do things starting with "re-". With a cart, your dog may re-learn how to move, re-discover the outside world, re-alize that you love her that much and re-new her vigor and attachment to life.

Killing her in the hope that next time around will be different overlooks the operation of purpose, or karma. She may well have to go through this again & again until she finds someone willing to help her on her journey through this interesting process of learning to move differently through the world. It would suck for her to have to repeat the painful and embarrassing parts until she can get help getting to the good part :) I bet you're the right person though. Best wishes to you both.

Hi Chris79. MR or not, I

Hi Chris79. MR or not, I would definitely go straight away and get the wheelchair! Of course you're afraid it might not work but you won't know until you get your poor dog the chair and see how she does.
I've had animals all my life and not once have I let MR stop me from getting one of my animals whatever they needed. How would you feel if you were her? "Hmm.... better not because Mercury is Retro and it might not work."
They have had such tremendous success with animals, not just dogs, and wheelchairs! Too much success to stop me from getting her what she needs! The animals who have been blessed enough to have people who love them enough to get them whatever it may take to improve the quality of their lives, MR or not, have seen their animals make tremendous comebacks and become very active, healthy and happy!!
Please don't put her down and hope for "next time"! If you're going to do that, please give her to PAWS or another non kill shelter where they will get her whatever it takes to improve her quality of life instead of killing her!! How would you feel if the situation were reversed and you were the pup?
They've even developed prosthetic legs for horses and have had tremendous success with those! Nowadays, a wheelchair for a dog is nothing! Even with MR. This is taking MR way too far!!

I am a Gemini. I have a job

I am a Gemini. I have a job interview during MR. Will it affect the outcome?

Maybe, maybe not. Just make

Maybe, maybe not. Just make sure you have plenty of time to get to the interview and that you are well prepared.

Everything went well, just

Everything went well, just waiting on a phone call!

Never never do the following

Never never do the following things during merc retrograde if you can help it:
1) Buy new electronics of any kind
2) Start major new ventures
3) SCHEDULE Surgery, esp. new surgery. If you are re-doing things including surgery, that could work.

If fate intervenes and you can't help/reschedule, then don't be surprised if the outcome is less than perfect. Good Luck!

Thanks for yur comment but I

Thanks for yur comment but I know some people who have had their best surgery under a Mercury retro. There are no divine rules that say that Mercury retro's surgery are a no no. It works well for some people

what if you were born under

what if you were born under Mercury Retrograde?
My bday is 2/24 and I was just wondering about if there's a double does of MR or if one is immune.
Thank you.

If you wree born under

If you wree born under Mercury retro, you will feel more at ease going through this period than others.

Yeah right!? I was born w/MR

Yeah right!? I was born w/MR and Always struggle through every MR! I lose cell phones, the whole bit! I appreciate knowing when Mercury retros are, however, and use it to my advantage to finish projects, clean, etc.

My Birthday is 12 /21/1942 3

My Birthday is 12 /21/1942 3 minutes to midnight Was I born on a date mercury was in Reto?

I have a lease I have to sign

I have a lease I have to sign march 2nd- I am concerned with mercury in retrograde. I cannot just not sign the lease because of theses dates of reto because I will not get the space I've been waiting for.

suggestions to being mindful of signing contacts during retrograde periods?

i felt a perfect flow of

i felt a perfect flow of energy for past two weeks but it seems to be melowing out i think because of mr. What should i do during this time stay productive and positive safely?

Is mercury retrograde a good

Is mercury retrograde a good time to do a backpacking trip during which I will be teaching meditation and connecting with spiritguides and nature
? Thanks!

don't go on any trips during

don't go on any trips during MR. you might meditate under an old tree and have a heavy branch fall on you. wait a week later to take your trip. good luck!

Actually, this is a great

Actually, this is a great time to travel! Just don't expect everything to go like clockwork. Expect delays, or changes and roll with it. While Mercury rules travel and communication, it also rules mentation and thinking. What we perceive is what we call reality. During MR, we just need to readjust how we perceive things. Best laid plans, and all that. So, unless you're really obsessive about having everything be perfect, go and have fun.

To Patricia03: Anything I

To Patricia03: Anything I have scheduled during a Mercury retrograde has been messed up.Vacations,financial deals,surgeries...I try to schedule things accordingly, but if I schedule without checking the dates, I have a mess.

what time zone to these days

what time zone to these days represent?

The dates represent Eastern

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The dates represent Eastern Time U.S.

Me and my boyfriend are

Me and my boyfriend are having issues and it started last Wednesday.. When asked if we are together or not...his reply is "he isn't getting into that".. So I am left confused as to are we together or not. He just seem so distance but hasn't't said the words we are broken up. Confused.. Help

That means he's a jerk and

That means he's a jerk and doesn't deserve you. Time to move on and find someone who is not afraid to commit.

Check back to see if there

Check back to see if there could have been a misunderstanding last Wednesday. We are prone to make very wrong assumptions during Mercury Retrograde times, so double-check to see if that was a possibility for either of you. Be patient for now and dump him in early April if things don't get fine between you by then.

attraction varies over time.

attraction varies over time. the attraction cycle lengths for males and females are different, so you will move in and out of phase. know and respect these cycles and it will add to your understanding and respect for each other.

I applied for loss

I applied for loss modification and got to different letters in the last 2 weeks one that I got it and one that I was denied.I am s pices

Appreciate knowing that I

Appreciate knowing that I will have to take special care under mu sign which is Virgo.

I was born on September 24th,

I was born on September 24th, 1977, but I wasn't DUE to be born until October 31st...Does this have any affect on my sign/behaviors/traits? I feel like there's so much more to me than I know... Please help. I also have a super crush on someone, and want to know if I should be patient with him or move on.

You were born at the time and

You were born at the time and on the date appropriate to your life's path, as are we all. Your sun sign of Libra is mildly influenced by Virgan traits due to your birthday's proximity to the cusp between the two, and a prominent placement of a powerful sign can appear to overshadow Libra's airy presence, so Libra - which can come across like a gentle breeze or a gusty wind but will always be thinking, weighing, measuring, moving forward, and in your case carrying just a bit of Virgo dust - is a part of every aspect of you. However, a Leo Moon, for instance, may make you run more emotionally hot than the average Libran native, or an Aries Ascendant may give you a more explosive outward appearance. In any case, patience is not likely to be your strongest suit, and your desire to partner up makes it even harder when you've met someone who piques your interest. It'd be worth your while to, at least, have a full reading of your own natal chart done, and if you're still waiting to catch this person's eye, perhaps a synastry reading would be in order. Or, if you can't get enough of the pertinent information for him, at least an analysis of his and your respective Sun signs together in light of your complete reading and the energy of this time in your life. All the best to you. :)

when will I get a break in

when will I get a break in life? No matter what I don, I can't get my life back on track. Life is nothing but endless torture

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