When life seems a little off, you can blame it on astrology – or more specifically, Mercury Retrograde.
Even if you’re not an avid fan of horoscopes and astrology, I bet you’ve heard of Mercury Retrograde right?! — The planetary phenomenon (or disaster?) we’ve all come to dread! It’s thought to affect communication in all manners and technology, it’s a time when everything can feel slightly out of sorts. You may find yourself losing your keys or being unable to solve simple tech issues.
Scientifically speaking, Mercury retrograde is simply an optical illusion, where the planet Mercury appears to change course and move backwards in the sky. This usually happens three or four times a year, with 2021’s all-important dates being:
30 January to 21 February
29 May to 22 June
27 September to 23 October.
Interestingly enough, the first retrograde happened in the astrological sign of Aquarius, which is proving to be a very significant sign this year, with the new Age of Aquarius — a sign associated with “abrupt change, forming communities, fighting for causes that you care about and making technological advances,” according to expert astrologer Alice Bell.
The next two retrogrades are also taking place in air (otherwise known as thinking) signs — Gemini and Libra — meaning they could be good times to reflect.
Mercury is the quick-moving planet that governs communication, technology and travel. Named after the Roman deity who served as a messenger to the gods, Mercury helps us transmit messages by controlling what we say and how we process what we hear from others.
The term ‘retrograde’ originates from the Latin word retrogradus, which literally means “backward step”.
So, as the name implies, ‘Mercury Retrograde’ periods are associated with confusion, delay and frustration as all things related to communication and transmission are thrown off balance.
Mercury Retrograde just hit us for the second time this year in May, all eyes are now on Geminis as the planet of communication rewinds through the sign of the Twins.
“I’d advise anyone with strong Gemini planetary placements to be especially cautious with anything tech-related,”
“Back-up your phones, double-check you’re sending emails to the correct address and most importantly, think before you speak.”
The above are messages being sent out by astrologists all over the globe at this crucial time.
It is strongly advised to approach anything to do with communication, travel, technology and machinery with caution. Moreover, the Mercury retrogrades that occur this year are unlike any other as all three cosmic events are in air signs.
“There’s been a massive focus on the air element recently, which basically boils down to the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Air is highly cerebral; it’s an over-thinker.”
Because of this, Aquarian’s, Gemini’s & Libra’s are encouraged to “stay in your heart centre”.
Be sure to use your head though, as cool logic will serve you well and help you navigate problems during these three Mercury retrogrades. But do not lose touch with your intuition, either. Stay connected to your emotions and honour your feelings, too.
It’s something all zodiac signs need to prioritise this year.
But don’t worry too much, there is always a silver lining, you just have to be able to see it, Mercury Retrograde can be a good thing once you understand it. It can provide us space to slow down, reprocess, reevaluate, and communicate with ourselves on a deeper level. Also, remember that your power of intention is just as strong as any other vibration in the Universe. If you believe the next three weeks will be hell, well, that’s what you’ll get. If you believe that this transit will facilitate breakthroughs and opportunities to understand your life from a new perspective, then you’ll call in that vision instead.
If you find yourself vibrating at any point, don’t be scared it’s a sure good sign of shifting, transitioning and attracting – embrace what you know and feel.
Good Luck and let me know how you get on!