September 26 – October 18
(25°28′ to 10°07′ Libra)
Pre-shadow period occurs September 6 – 26
Stations Retrograde on September 26 at 10:10 p.m.* (25°28′ Libra)
Stations Direct on October 18 at 8:17 a.m. (10°07′ Libra)
Post-shadow occurs from October 19 – November 2
In general, Mercury is the planet that astrologically represents travel, communication, and our thought processes. Known as the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury’s role is to speedily deliver clear and precise information. Retrograding 3–4 times a year, when the planetary trickster strikes, many of our daily activities go haywire.
Mercury rules electronics and is often blamed for all types of technical mishaps with cell phones, electric devices, and computers — warranting an important time to backup your computer files. In general terms, machines of all kinds tend to act strangely and take on a Murphy’s Law theme.
Remain flexible and prepare for delays and miscommunications of all kinds. It is best to avoid signing any contractual agreements as matters begun during Mercury retrograde periods tend to take unexpected twists and turns in the future. During Mercury retrograde periods we often find ourselves revisiting past projects or situations that, once again, need our attention. It is also a time period, however, when we often hear from, or feel compelled to reach out to old friends or lovers whom we haven’t spoken to in some time.
Although Mercury retrograde periods can seem frustrating, they often provide opportunities to review or finish up old projects, contact old friends, or clean out the closet and garage. Mercury retrograde periods are an opportune time for introspection and deep thought, especially a couple of days directly before and after the exact retrograde day occurs.
Note: Planets do not actually move backwards (retrograde). A retrograding planet is the result of an optical illusion per its orbital relative speed from our point of view on Earth.
Previous 2021 Mercury Retrograde Period
January 30 – February 20
(26°29′ to 11°01‘ Aquarius)
Pre-shadow period occurs January 15 – 29
Mercury turns Retrograde on January 30 at 7:52 a.m.* (26°29′ Aquarius)
Mercury Stations Direct on February 20 at 4:52 p.m. (11°01′ Aquarius)
Post-shadow occurs from February 21 – March 12
May 29 – June 22
(24°43′ to 16°07‘ Gemini)
Pre-shadow period occurs May 14 – 28
Mercury turns Retrograde on May 29 at 3:34 p.m. (24°43′ Gemini)
Mercury Stations Direct June 22 at 3:00 p.m. (16°07′ Gemini)
Post-shadow occurs from June 23 – July 7
* pacific time used throughout
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