Some blame Mercury retrograde for all chaos that happens in their lives. However, this is a good time to sit back and review what you put your energy toward.
For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting enough of your energy into them or have you become overextended in other areas such as your career or a hobby? Losing the balance between different parts of your life can cause all of them to suffer, so being aware of the connections between them—especially during Mercury retrograde—can help you to maintain or at least better understand how that balance works.
Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.
January 2021 Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius
The first Mercury Retrograde of 2021 begins with the Pre-Shadow in Aquarius on January 15, 2021 at approx. 7:54 am Universal Time*, 2:54 am EST, 11:54 pm PST, on January 14.
Mercury goes Retrograde in Aquarius (26º 29″) on January 30 at 3:52 pm Universal Time, 10:52 am EST and 7:52 PST.
The Direct Station occurs in Aquarius (11º 01′) on February 21, at 12:52 am Universal Time, and on February 20 at 7:52 pm EST and 4:52 pm PST.
Mercury ends the Post-Shadow on March 13 in Aquarius at 5:08 am Universal Time, 12:08 am EST and 9:08 pm PST on March 12.
The previous Retrograde in Aquarius occurred in January of 2015 and 2016.
May 2021 Mercury Retrograde in Gemini
The second Mercury Retrograde of 2021 begins with the Pre-Shadow in Gemini on May 15 at approx. 12:28 am Universal Time*, 8:28 pm EDT, and 5:28 pm PDT on May 14.
Mercury goes Retrograde in Gemini (24º 43″) on May 29 at 10:34 pm Universal Time, 6:34 am EDT and 3:34 pm PDT.
The Direct Station occurs in Gemini (16º 08′) on June 22, at 10:00 pm Universal Time, 6:00 pm EDT and 3:00 pm PDT.
Mercury ends the Post-Shadow ends in Cancer on July 7, at 5:45 pm Universal Time, 1:45 pm EDT, 10:45 am PDT.
The previous Retrograde in Gemini occurred in May of 2015.
September 2021 Mercury Retrograde in Libra
The last Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio occurred in October of 2014. This year it introduces the US elections in November.
The last Mercury Retrograde of 2021 begins the Pre-Shadow in Libra on September 6 at 8:05 pm Universal Time*, 4:05 pm EDT, 1:05 pm PDT.
Mercury goes Retrograde in Libra (25º 28″) on September 27 at 5:10 am Universal Time, 1:10 am EDT and 10:10 pm PDT on September 26.
The Direct Station occurs in Libra on October 18 3:17 pm Universal Time, 11:17 pm EDT and 8:17 am PDT.
Mercury ends the Post-Shadow in Libra on November 3 1:07 am Universal Time, 9:07 pm EDT and 6:07 pm PDT.
The previous Retrograde in Libra occurred in September of 2015.
Clearing Your Shadow
You may want to look at each Mercury Retrograde cycle as a small wake up call and an opportunity to notice when you are caught up in the patterns of your shadow. It is then that we tend to be less conscious, and not as aware as we could be. Moreover, when we act from this place, we set ourselves up.
The Mercury Retrograde cycle is a good time for introspection and to become more aware of your own patterns. If you wish to take advantage of this time, you may find this book is very helpful in revealing the ways we become unconscious in our actions, and it gives clear practical steps to regain our integrity with our core. It comes highly recommended: