IF you've ever heard someone say "I blame Mercury retrograde" weknow exactly what they mean.
When the planet of communication, travel and technology goes backwards we can expect all sorts of delays, glitches and horror of all horrors, texts sent to the wrong person. Right, we can't even.
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When is Mercury in retrograde in 2021?
Mercury completes its orbit around the Sun in about 88 days, while the Earth takes 365 days.
Since Mercury moves faster, it whizzes past the Earth 3-4 times each year.
As the planet nears us, it appears to slow down, stop, move backward, stop again, then move forward.
We're exhausted just reading this, but this is why the cycle is known as retrograde from the Latin word "retrogradus" meaning "backward step."
In 2021, the planet will be in complete retrograde movements during the following dates:
- January 30 to February 21
- May 29 to June 22
- September 27 to October 23
What should I not do when Mercury is in retrograde?
Where do we begin? For starters, back up up your phones, double-check your emails and most crucial of all, think before you open your mouth.
Astrologers advise against several things during this period which inlude:
- submitting important documents
- taking short trips
- buying electronic goods or cars
- renewing your passport or applying for a visa
- changing your PINs and passwords
- getting married (Don't say we didn't warn you!)
List of 12 star signs
The traditional dates used by Mystic Meg for each sign are below.
- Capricorn: December 22 – January 20
- Aquarius: January 21 – February 18
- Pisces: February 19 – March 20
- Aries: March 21 – April 20
- Taurus: April 21 – May 21
- Gemini: May 22 – June 21
- Cancer: June 22 – July 22
- Leo: July 23 – August 23
- Virgo: August 24 – September 22
- Libra: September 23 – October 23
- Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
- Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21
Which star sign does Mercury in retrograde affect the most?
When Mercury goes retrograde at the end of May, air sign Gemini will feel its effects the most.
"I’d advise anyone with strong Gemini planetary placements to be especially cautious with anything tech-related," astrologer astrologer Natasha Weber told Bed Threads Journal.
"Back-up your phones, double-check you’re sending emails to the correct address and most importantly, think before you speak."
The third and final time Mercury goes retrograde this year sees it travel through the air sign of Libra.
"Here, both Librans and Aries are in for a relationship revolution," Weber explains, adding that this isn't something to be afraid of.
"Reassessing your and your partner’s needs will be a top priority at this time.
"The beauty of this Mercury retrograde is that it will allow these signs to work out what’s been previously swept under the carpet."
Whether you're a Gemini or Libra or Aries, Mercury retrograde affects us all.
Just make sure you keep wits about you, triple check everything and all will be well.
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