The final Mercury retrograde of the year is fast approaching this fall, so broken technology, late buses, missed meetings, poorly interpreted text messages and plenty of hijinks and mishaps are about to ensue.
That's because Mercury never misses an opportunity to keep us on our toes and remind us that we're not really in control at the end of the day; that's what this planet's retrograde period is all about, controlled chaos!
Mercury will station retrograde on September 27 and will continue moving backward until it stations direct on October 17. That's when most of us will be experiencing all of the Mercury induced life hiccups, but with every retrograde there are also its shadow phases. Two weeks before and two weeks after a retrograde is called a shadow phase. The pre shadow phase, which comes (2 weeks) before the retrograde, can sometimes have more hindrances and be more stressful than the actual retrograde itself. It also gives us some information about what to expect in the 2 weeks span that Mercury will be retrograde, so it's always good to pay attention at that time!
However, for those of you born under a Mercury retrograde, you actually have nothing to worry about because Mercury retrograde is your home base energy. Since you were born when Mercury was in its retrograde motion, you tend to have good luck and good fortune during a Mercury retrograde! Retrograde dates are actually a great time for you to travel, buy electronics and excel where everyone else needs to proceed with caution.
So, if you have a natal Mercury retrograde, September 27 to October 17 will be easy street for you! For the rest of us, keep reading to see how this final retrograde period of 2021 will affect you (and your loved ones) personally.
Mercury is a fast moving planet-the closest one to the sun-and because of that it appears retrograde 3 times a year; other planets station retrograde once a year, and some only go retrograde once every two years (the sun and the moon, however, are never retrograde). Mercury retrograde periods last for 2 short weeks, but the pre shadow and post shadow period each last 2 weeks as well (so Mercury retrogrades for like 6 weeks in total).
Usually Mercury finds itself in one element (fire, earth, air, water) for each of it's 3 retrogrades of the year. In 2021 Mercury has been causing cosmic chaos in the air signs, so the emphasis has been on messed up communication and mixed signals.
The Mercury retrograde dates for this year are as follows:
- January 30 to February 20 in Aquarius
- May 29 to June 22 in Gemini
- September 27 to October 17 in Libra
But what is a retrograde exactly?
Each planet in our solar system has an elliptic orbit, meaning that it's more egg shaped than a perfect circle. So at certain times in the year it's closer to the sun than others. Astrology is a geocentric study, meaning that we study the movements of the planets around Earth (don't worry we totally know that the planets actually orbit the sun), so at certain points in a planet's orbit it appears to be moving backwards in relation to Earth. This is where a planet's apparent retrograde motion comes from. Of course, the planet never actually moves backwards-it's more like an optical illusion-but the distance between Earth and the other planet does grow.