Category: Astrological News Written by Jamie Partridge Views: 1468
Mercury retrograde 2021 begins on January 30, 2021, at 26° Aquarius, and ends on February 20, 2021, at 11° Aquarius.
Mercury retrograde is generally associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. Mercury retrograde January 2021 is not much different but aligned with asteroid Damocles it may add more stress and a sense of vulnerability.
More detail about Mercury retrograde January 2021 follows some general information at retrograde Mercury in transit. Information about Mercury retrograde in the natal chart can be found at the end of this article.
Mercury Retrograde Meaning
Transiting Mercury in retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.
The retrograde Mercury phase is just one part of the retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods. The illustration below shows the apparent retrograde motion of Mercury as seen from Earth.
Moon opposite Mercury will not have a strong influence but it could make it harder to understand your feelings and to share them. Some confusion and stress are possible and it may become more difficult to relax.
Spending some quiet time in reflection may help you understand your feelings and also help you relax. Or you could talk with a counselor or mentor about any feelings or attitudes that you sense are holding you back.
At 26°04′ Aquarius, asteroid Damocles (5335) is conjunct Mercury retrograde January 2021 by 0°25′. The asteroid was named after a courtier in the court of Dionysius II of Syracuse, a 4th-century BC ruler of Syracuse, Sicily.
Damocles was pandering to king Dionysius, saying how lucky he was to have so much power and wealth. So the king switched places with Damocles and hung a sword above the throne by a single hair of a horse’s tail.
Dionysius committed many cruelties in his rise to power and made many enemies. The “Sword of Damocles” evoked the sense of always having to watch in fear and anxiety against dangers that might try to overtake him. It is an allusion to the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.
“Damocles Syndrome” refers to the unique fear that cancer survivors have of relapse, despite recent advances in treatments and cures. Like Damocles, they feel the stress of the sword constantly hanging over their heads, never knowing if, or when, it would fall upon them.
Astrologically, Damocles represents a high level of stress and vulnerability related to a feeling that something terrible is going to happen. This seems appropriate for Mercury retrograde 2021 with the ongoing fear created by the coronavirus pandemic and the dangerous new mutations.
Find Asteroid Damolces in Your Chart
- Create your chart HERE.
- Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
- In “additional objects”, add 5335 in the manual entry.
Mercury Retrograde 2021 Dates
- October 13 to November 3, 2020 – 11° Scorpio to 26° Libra.
- January 30 to February 21, 2021 – 26° to 11° Aquarius.
- May 30 to June 23, 2021 – 24° to 16° Gemini.
- September 27 to October 18, 2021 – 25° to 10° Libra
- Mercury stations direct on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 11°01′ Aquarius [see chart].
- Mercury leaves the retrograde on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 26°29′ Aquarius. [see chart].
- For more detail on how Mercury retrograde January 2021 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.
Natal Mercury Retrograde Meaning
Natal Mercury in retrograde motion suggests there may have been a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions. Perhaps you were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.
Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. A repeating theme of challenging events related to your past is likely, especially when young. The aim is to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout.
Natal retrograde Mercury can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing, and comprehension. You could be a shy, quiet person whose thoughts have turned in. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company, and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.
Retrograde Mercury only lasts for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years, you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury in retrograde motion later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury in retrograde motion. Use this ephemeris to see if Mercury changes direction in your progressed chart.
My name is Jamie Partridge and I live on the coast of NSW Australia with three amazing kids. I’ve had an interesting life so far, with varied occupations ranging from nursing assistant to farm hand.
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