Mercury will be in retrograde 3 times in 2021 – but how will it affect you?

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What happens when Mercury is in retrograde and how does it affect us? Many astrology advocates believe that the retrograde motion triggers a cycle of misfortune – but what does it really mean?

Mercury retrograde is an optical illusion which means it looks as if the planet is moving backwards from our view here on earth.

Astrologers believe that during this perceived backwards motion, technology and communication could get disrupted, putting a damper on anyone's summer mood.

How can it Mercury retrograde affect you?

Mercury is known by astrologers as the planet to rule expression and communication. It is thought that this retrograde motion will have a negative connotation in the astrological realm.

One of astrology's most nerve-wracking events, researchers have closely analysed what could happen during this three-week period.

Some astrologer believe it can lead to...

  • Fallings out with friends

  • Experiencing misunderstandings

  • Travel, logic and communication getting disrupted

  • Emails getting lost

  • Flights being delayed

  • Other misfortune

When will Mercury be in retrograde in 2021?

Mercury will go into retrograde three times in 2021. They are as follows, according to

• January 2021 Mercury retrograde – starting on 30th January in Aquarius and ending on 19th February in Pisces

When Mercury retrogrades in a water-based star sign – like Pisces – it is believed that emotions and feelings could be compromised for those affected. Pisces are thought to be imaginative dreamers with strong emotions and feelings. Mercury retrograde in Pisces could cause a revamp of these passions by throwing logic and the sensible side of a Pisces into question. Some suggest that it would be a good time for a Pisces to focus on their internal selves as opposed to more external ventures.

• May 2021 Mercury retrograde – starting on 31st May in Gemini and ending on 21st June in Gemini

• September 2021 Mercury retrograde – starting on 28th September in Libra and ending on 16th October in Libra

What else we know about the retrograde

Mercury is the planet closest to the sun and only slightly larger than the Earth's moon. It's also the fastest planet in our solar system, which means it enters retrograde around three to four times a year for three-week periods.

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