Mercury Retrograde at 26 degrees Aquarius on January 30, 2021 at 7:51 AM PST through 11 degrees on February 20, 2021.
Mercury goes into his first retrograde journey of 2021. Woohoo, right?! Mercury will retrograde in all three Air signs this year. The first step is exploring the realm of Aquarius, then Gemini at the end of May with a wrap up of Libra at the end of September.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury goes into retrograde motion three times every year. The word retrograde means to “step back” and this happens when planets slow down their speed to make an elliptical turn around the Sun. As they slow down, they appear to be moving backward. It was an optical illusion to early astronomers who made note of these changes in the Heavens. What was really happening was as the planet in retrograde was appearing to slow down because other planets not in retrograde motion, were moving faster. Read more about WTF Mercury retrograde means here.
Decoding Mercury RX in Aquarius
Here we go! The first of three Mercury retrograde journeys begins in the Fixed Air sign of Aquarius. The timeline for you to be aware of what is happening in your life is this:
- Pre-shadow Zone: Mercury direct at 11 degrees happened on January 15, 2021.
- Mercury goes retrograde at 26 degrees on January 30, 2021 at 7:51 AM PST.
- Mercury goes direct at 11 degrees on February 20, 2021 at 4:52 PM PST.
- Post-shadow Zone: Mercury leaves the retrograde path on March 15, 2021.
“An ancient pottery bowl filled with violets.”
The Sabian Symbol for 26 degrees Aquarius holds the energy of the beginning of the Mercury Retrograde experience. Mercury, Himself, offers you this taste of what is to come over the next 3 weeks. Time-honored traditions anchor what is valuable to provide comfort and strength during times of change. As 2021 begins to take hold in our world, 2020 has taught there are no absolutes. Our collective strength is found in what has stood the test of time. During this retrograde, you are invited to focus on what is beautiful in your life. Reconnect to the ancient worlds and find what you resonate with and find value in today. These ancient memories desire to cross through timelines and dimensions to reappear in our modern-day world. This will give strength to you as you venture into the unknown.
“On a vast staircase, people graduate upwards.”
Mercury ends his retrograde journey at 11 degrees Aquarius on February 20, 2021. The Sabian Symbol holds the energy of a consciousness upgrade happening within the Collective. Mercury rules the mind and is asking you to focus on beauty and the ancient wonders of the past to upgrade your consciousness. This elevated awareness is the mindset that can create a New Earth world that benefits the many – human, plant, animal, mineral. Mercury’s message is that we can all rise up to achieve a better set of circumstances than we currently have. It is through this retrograde journey that you will be shown how.
Finding Mercury RX in your Chart:
To locate where Mercury is retrograding in your Natal chart, find the House that is ruled by Aquarius. Look to see if you have any Aquarius planets between 11 and 26 degrees. If so, those natal planets are getting activated now. Also, look to see if you have any Fixed sign planets from 11 to 26 degrees (Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio). They, too, are getting a Mercury “Hello!”
Your Natal Mercury gets activated during every Mercury retrograde journey, too. Find the House, sign, and degree of your natal Mercury.
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