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Mercury Retrograde: The Dates And Chaotic Effects To Anticipate In 2021

You’ve no doubt already heard about Mercury retrograde and the effects this phenomenon has on us. Well, the next cycle goes from September 27 to October 17 in Libra and is set to be very destructive, which is why you definitely need to be prepared for what awaits you… Whenever bad luck curses us, our first reaction is to blame this destructive planetary movement. From car problems to missed trains, we love to point the finger, but in actual fact, this calamitous motion is indeed scarily real! Discover our advice on how to get through the three phases that await us in 2021 as well as the misfortunes each zodiac sign can expect during them.

Is Mercury in retrograde right now? — No, the cycle ended on June 22 in Gemini

Planet Mercury symbolizes intellect, reason, and communication and when it metaphorically spins out of control by entering this infamous cycle, it leaves us to deal with the consequences… Although every planet of the solar system goes retrograde at some point, yet, the effects of Mercury entering this motion are often more intense and bring about even more misfortune than other planets.

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What is Mercury retrograde?

It's a change in the direction of the planet in the sky and is said to set off setbacks and tribulations. This movement is in fact a visual effect and begins when the planet commences its so-called backwards motion in the night sky through the zodiac. This chaotic process includes the slowing down and eventual stagnation of the planet. It's this unnatural movement that creates so much uproar. Concretely, whilst in this stage, the planet will for example jump from Pisces back to Aquarius, plunging us into mayhem.


For astrologers, these phases coincide with major psychological changes. Due to the fact that the planet moves backwards, its energy can no longer fully express itself, causing internal disturbances or slowdowns in many individuals.

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Why do the effects of this stage terrify astrology fans?

This phenomenon lasts for approximately 24 days and occurs every 88 days. During these periods everything seems to be up in the air and overwhelming. So much so, that organizing important events such as a proposal, vacation or even interviewing for a new job aren’t advised when this notion is in full force. 

Big decisions should also be avoided during this time because our communication and judgement skills are negatively impacted. Planet Mercury is said to have an influence on travel, communication and contracts, which is why so many of us are affected. Running late as well as relationship problems are both thought to be effects of this crazy cycle. 

Here are 5 signs that indicate that Mercury is in retrograde:

  1. You feel less proactive
  2. You experience unexpected setbacks
  3. You isolate yourself
  4. You start doubting everything
  5. You feel lost


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People born during these phases often find communication more challenging than others, and they also lack confidence in themselves. If you were born in this phase, you may frequently feel misunderstood.

When is Mercury in retrograde in 2021? 

  • January 30 to February 20 in Aquarius
  • May 30 to June 22 in Gemini
  • September 27 to October 17 in Libra

The secret to successfully getting through this chaotic period is looking ahead and planning, that's why we've also listed the dates of this movement for 2022 and 2023. If you are planning any big events such as a wedding in these years, you might want to choose your date very carefully…

From January 30 to February 20, 2021, in Aquarius: Financial troubles

Be wary when it comes to your finances, because your bank account is likely to take a nasty hit during this first cycle of 2021. Also watch your personal belongings if you want to avoid theft or loss due to being distracted. Take more precautions than usual and try to remain calm in the face of various delays.

From May 30 to June 22 in Gemini: Double check EVERYTHING!

Whilst in Gemini, you'll become dizzy and nervous. Beware of various omissions, but also of verbal clumsiness. Think things through before speaking up, and at times you must consider biting your tongue. Also check your planner more than once, because misunderstandings are likely to crop up and appointments could be missed!

From September 27 to October 17, 2021, in Libra: Things aren't as they seem

When this phenomenon occurs in Libra, it can bring about problems with communication both in romantic relationships and at work. To get through this cycle scot-free, be sure to speak clearly and read over contracts and business deals in order to avoid misunderstandings.

Which zodiac signs will be most affected by Mercury retrograde in 2021?

This crazy event will have a huge impact on the following zodiac signs; Scorpio, Aries, Gemini, and Sagittarius. Below is how each of us will be impacted by this unsettling phase.

How each sign will be impacted:


Expect trouble at work.


Communication issues in your love life.


Investments in danger.


You'll become very emotional.

Sign Leo

Money issues.


Trouble putting your points across.


Short temper.


Disputes with friends.


Chaos at home.


You'll lose your cool.


Financial problems.


You'll feel lost and confused.

Let's anticipate the Mercury retrograde cycles in 2022 – 2023 too

Here are all the dates for this destructive motion from 2022 to 2023. It's now up to you to fully prepare by following our advice.

Motion dates for 2022
January 14 – February 3 in Aquarius and ends in Pisces
May 10 – June 2 in Gemini
September 9 – October 2 in Libra
December 29 – January 18 in Capricorn

2023 cycle dates
December 29 – January 18 in Capricorn
April 21 – May 14 in Taurus
August 23 – September 15 in Virgo
December 13 – January 1, 2024, in Sagittarius

Survival guide for Mercury retrograde: Our list of dos and don'ts

The best way to get through this testing period is to plan everything you do meticulously. Here's a guide of what to do to and what to avoid doing in order to emerge scot-free.



Always have a back-up plan
Be negative
Be flexible
Bottle things up
Double check
Signing contracts
Be attentive
Jump into things head first
Have unrealistic demands

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By Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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Hi. Really happy to say that your article is very useful to me. I am fond of astrology and often read my horoscope at horo.io. I agree with you that in the retrograde period of the movement of Mercury, it makes no sense to start something new, be it a business, relationship or purchase. But this is a great time to think about some situations in the past, and fix what you think is broken.

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