As of January 30th and until February 21st–with a typical shadow or residual period of at least a week prior and after–the planet Mercury will be going retrograde in the sign of Aquarius. Whenever the fast-moving planet of Mercury hits reverse, communications can go haywire, gadgets can fizzle, and travel plans can fall apart before you’ve even left the house. The wrong messages get sent to the wrong people, and emotions are significantly heightened due to testy misunderstandings.
With Mercury going retrograde in the philosophical and future-oriented sign of Aquarius, we can all expect our best-laid plans to undergo a few alterations. It’s important for all of the zodiac signs to remain fluid in their objectives and conscientious in their actions during this phase, but how can your sun sign specifically weather the first retrograde of 2021?Read More »
Now is the time for rethinking and recalibrating, Aries. Communications have been in a muddle for some time, and there are quite a few loose ends that need tying up on both the business and home front. Use this retrograde period to ascertain where signals have been crossed and misinformation has run rampant, in order to start with a clean slate in February. Mercury can be a difficult planet for the fiery, impatient ram to navigate, and retrograde periods only increase your chances of self-destruction.
2. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The slow-paced and methodical bull tends to escape the worst of Mercury’s backpedaling, thanks to an innate internal barometer you seldom deviate from. Regardless of how frantic or inert the outside world becomes, the Taurean typically remains steadfast. Trust your instincts between now and February and don’t be afraid to stay firmly rooted in your comfort zone until Mercury goes direct once more. This will protect you from any unwanted drama or misunderstandings, as well as help you maintain your peace of mind.
3. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Your ruling planet’s retrograde will likely add some unexpected upheavals to your already dizzying social ties and demands, so be on the lookout for potential complications before they arise. Proofread any and all messages before sending them out; similarly, be sure to comb over any travel plans in case you missed something. While your chaos-conquering sign shouldn’t feel too much upheaval this (or any) retrograde season, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
4. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Miscommunication is a frequent obstacle for the introverted crab, and you hate feeling as though you haven’t adequately expressed yourself in any given interaction. When the ruling planet of communication goes retrograde, the waters can get muddier still. While riding out the retrograde in the comfort and security of your own home may seem like the best plan, the surest course of action until February is to let the conversations come to you: initiate little and absorb as much as you can.
5. Leo (July 23 – August 22)
A natural-born leader, you loathe not having your voice heard, which can and often does prompt you to crank it up to a frustrated roar. Retrograde periods–particularly regarding Mercury–can feel like nothing short of torture for you and your fellow fire signs, as you crave action and clear communication above all else. With the trickster planet throwing more than a few wrenches into everyone’s plans until February, your best defense is foresight. Look for clues of pending conflict, Leo, and pounce before the situation gets out of hand.
6. Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
You’re a pragmatists at heart, Virgo, and are likely the first among the zodiac signs to roll your eyes at the suggestion that a planet’s retrograde could complicate your painstakingly detailed plans. But therein lies the possible glitch this month and February: looking one way when you should be looking the other. Make sure you’re not so dedicated to your routine and well-plotted schedule that you leave yourself vulnerable to Mercury’s infamous “gotchas!”
7. Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Mercury’s retrograde hits you a little differently than the other signs, Libra, and in the area you’re the most sensitive about: justice. You know how crucial communication is in matters of fairness, and always try to articulate your needs while considering those of others. This season may find you saying all the wrong things and taking steps in all the wrong directions, leading to some serious misunderstandings and even blights on your reputation. It’s advisable to use this time to lay relatively low (for your social sign!) and work on matters closer to home.
8. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
For all your brazenness and complex allure, you crave dependability in your day-to-day routine, Scorpio. You realize that while chaos is certainly a welcome component in some aspects of life, it does very little for productivity and progress, two topics you’ve been especially preoccupied with of late. Mercury isn’t particularly gentle with your sign even when it’s not in retrograde, as communication upsets are a common source of grief for the scorpion, so be extra diplomatic this season.
9. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
The boisterous archer typically has to take extra care not to stick their foot in their mouth, and Mercury’s retrograde will only double the necessity for such. You seldom speak from a place of maliciousness, Sag, and would never intentionally hurt someone; that said, you’d be wise to listen first and speak last. If you’re planning on traveling with a companion then be extra mindful, as Mercury will be overseeing both travel and communication, with the outcome of the former largely depending on the latter.
10. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Like your fellow earth-ruled signs, you’re likely the last to be thrown by Mercury’s retreat, with preparations no doubt made well in advance. You’ve worked too hard to watch your plans fall prey to the notorious messenger god, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for possible mix-ups and even hostile confrontations. Be mindful of what you say this month and moving into February, as well as to whom; a simple slip of the tongue could cost you months’ of progress and goodwill.
11. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Like your companion air signs, you don’t have a lot of trouble articulating your thoughts and desires, Aquarius. And while the sociable Gemini and gracious Libra prefer to use their gifts for matters of personal and professional diplomacy, you’re keen to go one further and use your talents to better understand the humans you coexist with. You’ve learned a lot about yourself and how you connect with others this year, so don’t let Mercury’s retrograde in your sign stunt your growth in this regard. Don’t be afraid to turn off your gadgets and tune out any unnecessary input.
12. Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You take great pains not to hurt or offend others regardless of Mercury’s antics, and retrograde periods can be especially stressful for the hyper-aware and caring fish. While you struggle to be understood on any given day, now is the time to direct that focus towards a better understanding of others. By being a compassionate listener while Mercury regresses, you can not only avoid saying or doing the wrong thing but win the trust and gratitude of others.
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