I'm sure you've seen the memes or have heard the buzz on "Mercury going into Retrograde."On January 30, the most dreaded retrograde of all the planets will kick off the first retrograde of 2021. Mercury is the planet of communication, logic, and travel- is notoriously known for stirring up reality here on Planet Earth. However, don't let the widespread panic and sighs of disappointment fool you.
This astrological event is the perfect time for you to focus your attention inward, take a breath and stay mindful through this period of turbulence. You are in control of your reality! If you change your perception and response to the events that occur, you will discover peace and clarity even in the midst of chaos.
Remember, You may feel excessive stress, so it is important to maintain healthy eating habits during this time. Maintain self-awareness and watch what you're putting into your mouth because you are what you eat.
Read further to learn more about what it means for Mercury to be in retrograde and helpful tips to stay balanced and optimize your time on this wild, cosmic ride.
What is "Mercury Retrograde"?
Retrograde motion occurs when a planet appears to move backward in orbit. However, this is actually an optical illusion to us earthlings. The planet does not physically change in movement.
When observed from Earth, the planet retrograde appears to do so is because of the relative positions of the planet and Earth and how they are moving around the Sun. Mercury is the fastest planet in the solar system and closest to the Sun, which means it enters retrograde around three to four times a year for three-week periods.
When is Mercury in Retrograde?
Mercury spends more time in retrograde compared to any other planet. In 2021, Mercury will appear in retrograde for three cycles.
Mercury Will Be In Retrograde Between The Following Dates:
- January 30 to February 21
- May 29 to June 22
- September 27 to October 23
What to Expect from this Retrograde?
Mercury rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo. The planet Mercury governs communication, transportation, and daily information such as thought-processes, ideas, sensory information from both unconscious and conscious. As we all know, the success of businesses, friendships, and projects rely heavily on effective communication. In astrology, Mercury retrograde is well-known for causing challenges in all forms of communication. This year, Mercury retrograde will be taking action in Aquarius- the social air sign.
During this time, try to remain patient and adaptable to any sudden change in your flow of life. It is recommended to hold off on certain pursuits, such as signing contracts, developing new relationships, and beginning new projects. Bring existing projects and unfinished ideas to fruition. This is a wonderful time to reflect on the present. Channel your higher self and follow your intuition.
Below are some ways to mentally and physically prepare for the effects of Mercury Retrograde to help you sail through this transit with ease. Trust in the flow of the universe and ride the wave!
Be Conscious of Your Language
During a Mercury Retrograde period, it is crucial to be careful with your choice of language. To avoid confusion, take time to carefully explain your intentions and communicate your thoughts. It is easy to be misunderstood during this time.
Triple check every text and email to make sure there are no misunderstandings. Spelling errors and typos are bound to happen. Proof-read everything like your life depends on it (It kinda does!) Now is the time to ask yourself, "If communication errors arise, how will I respond?"Be patient and understanding.
Expect Cancellations and Delays
If you're going to be traveling during the next three weeks, build in any extra time to allow for delays and abrupt changes. Plan for any travel mishaps to avoid feeling stress and anxiety. It may be a good idea to buy travel protection if your airline doesn't provide it. Arrive early to appointments.
Prepare to experience malfunctions in your technological devices. It is a good idea to back up your phone, computer, and any other communication devices. Don't purchase any new technology or partake in any large investments.
Reconnect with Old Friends
Mercury retrograde in Aquarius highlights the emphasis on friendships. Take this time to evaluate your current friendships and relationships. Focus on investing your energy and light in friendships that provide love and support for who you are and your aspirations.
Rekindle any friendships that you may have lost touch with over time. Schedule a time to catch up with each other over some coffee or lunch. Take a moment out of your day to check in with a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Don't let another day go by without reaching out!
Tune into Your Emotions and Sensitivity
Mercury represents our logic and rational mind. In retrograde, this flow undergoes changes that tend to stir up emotions and cause turbulence to thoughts. Be conscious of the tendency to rationalize feelings. If you find yourself getting wrapped up in external stimuli, focus your attention inward.
Rediscover your breath and take a moment to reflect. Think about what you're doing and where you want to put forth your energy. Remind yourself that you are in control of your emotions.
Mental Health Reminders for Each Zodiac Sign during Mercury Retrograde:
- Aries: Be patient and keep it real with yourself;
- Taurus: Don't start any new jobs or projects. Stay positive and actively engaged in current projects;
- Gemini: Be careful with your words! Your communication is significantly affected since this is your ruling planet;
- Cancer: Take time for yourself. Evaluate your closets relationships and use this retrograde to make changes to any imbalances;
- Leo: Find balance in your personal relationships;
- Virgo: Stay on track with healthy habits and thoughts. Give yourself time for some self-care;
- Libra: Get creative and continue to socialize;
- Scorpio: Use this time to be in control of your emotions and reconnect with the people in your life;
- Sagittarius: Think before you speak! This will be a time of growth and expansion;
- Capricorn: Solve new problems and get involved with new projects;
- Aquarius: Look back at your decisions and make personal changes where necessary; and
- Pisces: Embrace this time of peace and practice meditation.
Use this time for introspection. Be mindful of the words you chose to communicate with, and double-check your emails or texts before sending. Take time off technology to avoid experiencing issues and be present with yourself. As a collective, we will survive this change in reality by redirecting our attention and focus on maintaining a positive mindset. Please remember to comment or post any health questions, or contact us directly!