The final round for Mercury retrograde in 2021 is coming! This retrograde is entirely in the sign of Libra. Remember if you want to keep track of planetary happenings every month (like Mercury retrograde), make sure you're signed up for the free monthly worksheet!
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 Libra 2021 Key Dates:
Mercury Retrograde in Libra Effects:
Mercury retrograde in Libra tends to be a time when we struggle with getting along. Libra rules the people in our lives and our relationships, so this period tends to be one where we have difficulty communicating with others, especially one-on-one, and it's hard to be on the same page. We may struggle with understanding other opinions, or we may get lost in weighing all of the options and ideas and vacillate endlessly. Having more self-confidence can help with that.
It can be a good time to focus on our relationship issues, the old issues we have and the existing issues in relationships, to make improvements. We can strengthen our connections with some, and may decide it's time to walk away from others. We may consider reconnecting with those from the past, which can be good, but if it's not totally for the right reasons, it may not last once the retrograde is over.
Libra is the Scales, ruling balance, so we can work to restore balance where everything has gotten out of sorts. We may be more easily unbalanced when we're stressed out, and this can get us off track, so it can be important to work on maintaining balance, surrounding yourself with all of the peace and harmony you reasonably can, and avoiding the chaotic people.
We do need to be mindful of getting dragged into drama. Libra likes to play mediator so it often gets dragged into lots of people's drama. Don't do that! It's good to be diplomatic, but ask yourself if it's really something you need to be participating in.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra 2021 Aspects:
During the retrograde, Mercury will make 4 major aspects to the other transit (moving) planets. They are:
- Square Pluto on October 1st (@ 24 degrees 19 minutes Libra Mercury, Capricorn Pluto; this is in effect at the start of the retrograde and may bring out major fighting for power and control; we have to resist the urge to force our will on others, or let ourselves be controlled, and try to find something positive to channel our passionate energy into)
- Trine Jupiter on October 3rd (@ 22 degrees 40 minutes Libra Mercury, Aquarius Jupiter; this can be a pleasant aspect where we're trying to focus on opportunities and expansion, giving them another try, and looking at the bright side again)
- Conjunct the Sun on October 9th (@ 16 degrees 35 minutes Libra: this is the Inferior Conjunction, a positive point in the retrograde for starting something that can be a focus for the next 6-8 weeks; find where it falls in your chart, and that may be where you can start something)
- Sextile Venus on October 16th (@ 10 degrees 21 minutes Libra Mercury, Sagittarius Venus; this can be helpful for bringing us together, especially with those from the past and reconnecting, and find some middle ground, be more diplomatic and considerate, and find some balance and restore stability)
The Moons of Mercury Retrograde:
The Moon travels through both signs Mercury naturally rules as well as Libra during this retrograde. It's in Virgo (ruled by Mercury) October 3rd (4:38AM ET/1:38AM PT) to October 5th (8:41AM ET/5:41AM PT), which can increase anxiousness, and we need to take better care of ourselves. It's in Gemini (ruled by Mercury) September 25th (8:36PM ET/5:36PM PT) to 28th (9:34AM ET/6:34AM PT) at the start of the retrograde, so we may be extra scattered as it begins.
It's in Libra, the sign of the retrograde, October 5th (8:41AM ET/5:41AM PT) to October 7th (10:22AM ET/7:22AM PT). This can bring extra focus on the retrograde itself, and on the issues that we're working through.
The retrograde begins at 25 degrees Libra, so those of you Librans born October 16th - 20th may feel the start of the retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 10 degrees Libra, so those of you Librans born September 30th - October 5th 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