MERCURY Retrograde can be described as an optical illusion that makes it seem like the planet is moving backward.
During this time, some suggest that there are certain things you should do and some that you should not do that will affect daily life.
What should you do when Mercury is in Retrograde?
In astrology, Mercury is known as the planet of communication, and when it is in retrograde, some say connections can get messed up and cause confusion and glitches in technology.
“Planetary retrogrades are moments of collective pause and reflection. When Mercury retrograde occurs, we are being asked to slow down and double-check the details,” astrologer Ellen Bowles told the media outlet Well and Good.
Well and Good reports that there are six things you should try to avoid during this time.
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According to the media outlet, the list includes:
- Holding off on signing any contracts
- Be prepared for traffic and other travel mishaps
- Avoid situations that can lead to misunderstandings
- Try not to rely on technology
- Refrain from starting something new
- Delete that toxic “U Up?” text
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When is Mercury in retrograde in 2021?
Mercury completes its orbit around the Sun in about 88 days, while the Earth takes 365 days.
Since Mercury moves faster, it whizzes past the Earth 3-4 times each year.
As the planet nears us, it appears to slow down, stop, move backward, stop again, then move forward.
We’re exhausted just reading this, but this is why the cycle is known as retrograde from the Latin word “retrogradus” meaning “backward step.”
In 2021, the planet will be in complete retrograde movements during the following dates:
- January 30 to February 21
- May 29 to June 22
- September 27 to October 23
Which zodiac signs are most affected by Mercury retrograde?
This Mercury retrograde will take place in the cardinal air sign Libra, which is known as the sign of balance, partnerships, and romance.
There may be extreme tension in these areas but mainly communication is the main theme of this retrograde.
The zodiac signs most affected by this fall retrograde will be:
The least affected will be:
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