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The First Mercury Retrograde of 2021

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

What to expect based on your zodiac sign!

Mythological God Mercury

Like the Roman mythological god Mercury, it is time to pick yourself up by the bootstrap and send the right message of who you really are.

Mercury is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he also serves as the soul guide sending messages. What is your message? Are you ready to send it and receive it?

See how Mercury retrograde affects your zodiac sign:

Over the course of three weeks, Mercury’s power might be compromised but it still forms positive angles to various planets offering opportunities for connection and progress. These three days are important:

  • February 8: The sun pairs with Mercury. This can increase our confidence and mental energy.

  • February 13: Mercury and the planet of love, Venus, get together. They want to make it easier to say how you feel. Is this going to be THE Valentine’s Day?

  • February 14: On Valentine’s Day, lucky Jupiter and Mercury can boost optimism and social energy.

Although Mercury isn’t officially retrograde until Saturday, January 30, its “retroshade,” or pre-shadow period that started on Friday, January 15. And the post-shadow goes into effect until Saturday, March 13.

How this retrograde can affect your Zodiac Sign:


Retrograde hits your eleventh house of networking. Rethinking your approach and role within a team effort can return past lessons, memories, friends and enemies. An out of the blue chance can change your life. Are you prepared to accept?


Retrograde falls in your tenth house of career, requiring a new approach for achieving big picture goals. Face to face time with top professionals in your field of expertise can make a difference in your success. Can you handle a large risk for a large reward?


With the retrograde falling in your ninth house of academics and adventure your sense of urgency to hone your skill set, seek mentorship or guidance from a trusted expert you’ve relied on in the past is top on your list. Are you ready to apply these lessons?


This retrograde will influence your eighth house of emotional bonds, sexual intimacy, and joint resources, causing you to rethink how you’ve been exerting your energy in all of these areas. Is it time to deepen your connection or commitment to a partner?


This first retrograde of the year will fall in your seventh house of partnership. You may want to take a magnifying glass to any issues that have been popping up with your nearest and dearest friends, lovers, loved ones, business partners and others. Who can you really trust?


This retrograde will be most felt in your sixth house of health and daily routine. Soul searching sometimes reveals unexpected answers. Is it time to perfect details to recover or stay healthy?


Mercury’s backward turn through Aquarius will affect your fifth house of self-expression which means you’re probably the most likely of all the signs to receive perplexing communications; the eyebrow raising type of communications. Are you ready for a challenge?


You’ll be reassessing what brings you a sense of security and with this retrograde in your fourth house of family life you might strive to make amends with a loved one you had a falling out. Aren’t you owed a karmic return?


With retrograde falling in your third house of communication, you might experience more glitches, misunderstandings and headaches related to multi-tasking all those daily to-dos. But now is also a good time to be open to accepting nuances of communications. Isn’t that where the treasures are?


Retrograde in your second house of income will put you on guard and eagle-eyed with your cash flow. Could this be the time to revisit a money-making project that got left on the back-burner?


The retrograde falling in your sign might sound intimidating, but it actually opens the door for you to perfect your personal brand. Is this the time to rethink how you want to present yourself and your goals to the world?


You’re already fairly comfortable with the territory this retrograde is covering, as it’s the house your sign rules: the twelfth house of spirituality. Tuning into your intuition and imagination will happen naturally. But, is there something unexpected your intuition is about to reveal?


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