Despite being so widely feared, Mercury retrograde is not a particularly heavy transit. In fact Mercury is retrograde about 18% of the time! Yes, clarity around communication, thinking and decision-making is reduced, but at the same time our capacity to see and understand our mental habit patterns, such as negative self-talk, is increased. It’s a time of turning inwards instead of outwards, for reflection, rather than action.
Certain transits affect us differently depending on what else we have going on in our charts. For example Mercury retrograde can cause absolute havoc in the life of someone who’s Mercury is badly aspected, or receiving a major transit from one of the outer planets, while another person will barely feel it at all.
Like everything in astrology, we have to look at the chart, and the person, as an interconnected whole. Just because Mercury retrogrades doesn’t mean you’re going to experience it in the same way everyone else does. For this reason, blogging on astrology can be challenging – it’s difficult to convey the general energetic feel of a transit while also communicating the vast array of uniquely personal outcomes it can represent in each individual’s here and now.
On 30 January 2021 Mercury retrogrades in Aquarius
This is the first of three retrograde periods in 2021. Between 30 January and 21 February Mercury will appear to travel in reverse motion. During this time we’ll have an opportunity to allow our minds to be reflective, and take advantage of this time for inner work and the analysis of our thought patterns and self-talk.
Mercury retrograde in Aquarius will affect you most strongly if you have planets or points between 11 and 26 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) as well as anyone who is currently experiencing an outer planet transit to their natal Mercury.
The area of life most likely to be affected by Mercury retrograde in Aquarius can be seen by checking which house (or houses) lie within 11 to 26 degrees Aquarius. For me it will be the Ninth House, suggesting that philosophies, dogmas and ideologies may come up for reflection and analysis.
Despite its reputation Mercury retrograde has a purpose, as do all the planetary transits. That purpose will be clearer to you if you remain present and aware instead of allowing yourself to be caught up in the story. We humans are such melodramatic creatures and I am one of the most!
Working with Mercury retrograde in Aquarius
Like all astrological transits, Mercury retrograde in Aquarius can be a gift or a challenge depending on how we work with them. We can choose to ride the wave or swim against it. If we surrender to the impulse to turn inward, to slow down and to quiet the mind, we are more likely to get the most out of this transit.
How do you expect this transit to affect you? What strategies do you intend to utilise to ensure your communications and thinking remain clear and loving during this period?