Another round of Mercury retrograde is coming! This retrograde will be our second with Mercury and comes entirely in the sign of Gemini. Let's review!
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The Basics - What is Mercury retrograde?
A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at.
Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when it's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
Mercury Retrograde in Gemini 2021 Key Dates:
Mercury Retrograde Effects:
Our second Mercury retrograde in 2021 is in Gemini, and air and mutable sign ruling the mind. Gemini is a mentally active sign, always focused on ideas and plans and sharing what it's thinking, and that can be a challenge during Mercury retrograde. We may fixate on specific ideas and plans, become scattered and confused easily, have trouble with concentration, or get stuck in the weeds. We may need to take a step back and give our minds a break from anything overwhelming.
Gemini likes to keep busy, and we may find we're either super busy (which adds to overwhelm) or not busy enough (which generates restlessness and anxiety). We need to find some middle ground and keep ourselves busy enough that we're not itching for something to do, but not so busy that we're frazzled and unable to deal with things.
Gemini is a communication sign, so there may be lots of news and facts and information flowing, but we may struggle with conveying the right message, or get caught up in communications that aren't important. We can be more easily upset by what others say, and we have to do a better job guarding ourselves. Try not to take everything you hear as deeply personal, and use some more logic and reason.
With Gemini ruling the mind, this can be an excellent period for learning, teaching, and writing, and they can serve as positive outlets for your mind. You may want to pick up something you were interested in before and dive into it again, share knowledge you have, or pursue some creative writing.
Gemini is also naturally ruled by Mercury, so Mercury retrograde in home sign Gemini can reeeeeeeeeally throw us off! But it all comes down to that mental energy, having solid mental outlets, not getting overwhelmed, and having some mental space.
The Gemini Solar Eclipse & Mercury Retrograde
The biggest thing with this Mercury retrograde is a solar eclipse occurring on June 10th conjunct (aligned with) Mercury! This is an excellent opportunity for second chances, something that retrogrades love, and with the solar eclipse energy, you can be more enthusiastic, energetic, and pursue new opportunities. This is such strong energy for second chances - don't miss it!
Mercury Retrograde in Gemini 2021 Aspects:
During the retrograde, Mercury will make only 2 major aspects to the other transit (moving) planets. They are:
The Moons of Mercury Retrograde:
The Moon travels through both signs Mercury naturally rules as well as Gemini during this retrograde. It's in Virgo (ruled by Mercury) June 15th (11:02PM ET/8:02PM PT) to June 18th (4:54AM ET/1:54AM PT), which can increase anxiousness, and we need to take better care of ourselves. It's in Gemini (ruled by Mercury and the sign the retrograde occurs in) June 8th (2:48PM ET/11:48AM PT) to June 11th (3:23AM ET/12:23AM PT) and this comes with the solar eclipse, and is likely the strongest part of this retrograde.
The retrograde begins at 24 degrees Gemini, so those of you Geminis born June 13th to 17th may feel the start of the retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 16 degrees Gemini, so those of you Geminis born June 4th to 8th may feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others. If it's in your natal chart, check out this article about Mercury retrograde in the natal chart.
Suggested Reading: The Mercury, Venus, & Mars Retrogrades page for interpretations