Free Candle Spells | The Three Mercury Retrogrades in 2021


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Mercury Retrogrades occur three times a year, throwing havoc in our lives as communication goes haywire and it feels like we should curl up under the blankets for three weeks until it is over. While this is not feasible for us to do, here are the times to plan and look forward to guarding yourself to minimize Mercury’s effect on our lives.


January 30th, 2021 (Aquarius) – February 19th, 2021 (Pisces)

May 31st, 2021 (Gemini) – June 21st, 2021 (Gemini)

September 28th, 2021 (Libra) – October 16th, 2021 (Libra)


First Mercury Retrograde – January 30th through February 19, 2021

In this first Retrograde period, Mercury begins in the astrological sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer and finishes the retrograde in Pisces, the Fish. Since Mercury is the planet of Communication, in addition to affecting those born under the signs of Gemini and Virgo, and anyone whose birthday is in the timeline of mid-January to mid-February will also be affected a little more than others. Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius could affect the free speech of the Common Man, and the idea of Brotherhood could feel like a stretch at this time. Better to use your powers of silent meditation to bring together different factions of the World. Not only that, it affects Valentine’s Day on February 14th, so speak clearly the Language of Love, or else some sweet nothing might be misconstrued by your partner. When Mercury moves into Pisces, mental images and intuition may play some tricks on you, since the messages you may receive from the Universe may seem unclear and vague or conflicted. Use your powers of discernment and maybe a little divination to ask the Universe exactly what it means.


Second Mercury Retrograde – May 31st through June 21, 2021

This second Mercury Retrograde is in the astrological sign of Gemini, the Twins and stays in the sign of Gemini the entire time. Mercury already rules Gemini, so a double whammy on you, since messages could be bollocks up and the things you says might not come out of your mouth the way you wanted them to and may get misconstrued. Ah, talkative and social Gemini, take care when imbibing at the Happy Hour with co-workers, as you might spill the beans that weren’t meant for spillin’! After that, we have to endure the planet going Direct on the Summer solstice of June 21st – the longest day of the Year.  Bite your tongue as you bite that burger at the family barbecue, or else you’ll have a legion of family correcting your behavior.


Third Mercury Retrograde – September 28th through October 16, 2021

The last of three Mercury Retrogrades, misses the second family-oriented ‘fun’ holiday, Halloween, so things will go smoothly by the time the ghosts and goblins come out. This Retrograde time affects Libra, the Scales, whose “keeping things in balance”nature could really, really be challenging during this time. Libra, with their meaning to only see the best in everyone, is known for matter of factual truth and honesty, and if you are sensitive, you might not receive their words well. Understand that Libra rules fairly for a reason – they want all to be the best they can be. They will just be fair and balanced and may not take your side in events. Cry, then get over it. It is only three weeks that you have to work with this Air sign. Then things will return to some sort of normalcy for you.

The best kept practices to weather a Mercury Retrograde is to slow down all aspects of your life. In this time, we are considered successful if we constantly on the Go, but taking time to relax and reflect is just as important as constant forward movement. Jumping from one project to another, keeping up with “the Jones'”, mentally whipping ourselves into a froth doesn’t’ mean we are more successful, it just means we are hard on ourselves. Many times our lack of successes are a result of taking on too many things and not allowing time to apply finite touches to the projects we currently are working on. We fail to strive to get them done right, but just to get them done, period.

The Retrograde of Mercury is best used when you slow down and be more mindful. take out your journal and reflect on where you are in your goals for 2021 (you Do have goals for 2021, right?). Since communication with others is difficult, it is not impossible, but you have to be patient and flexible and more clear on what you are saying. Just don’t make any MAJOR decisions until the Retrograde is over (and add 10 more days, just in case).

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