Here’s What to Expect During the First Mercury Retrograde of 2021

Ever feel like no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to be going right? You’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, keep getting into petty arguments, your computer crashes and plans unexpectedly get cancelled?

If it seems like you’re living in your very own soap opera, Mercury is probably in retrograde. And as we head into the first Mercury retrograde of 2021, it’s good to know what to expect. Yes, this will be a challenging time, but if you’re aware of what’s coming you can take the proper steps to prepare.

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On January 30, there will be a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, which will last until February 21. So, for three weeks you may experience problems with communication, technology and travel.

And since we are in the airy sign of Aquarius, there are few more things to keep in mind . . . Read on to learn more!

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius: Here’s What You Need to Know

With Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, not only might communication and travel get a little complicated, but there could be an added dose of chaos when it comes to technology.

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Aquarius rules technology and the Internet, so don’t be surprised if your gadgets start acting up and your emails are delayed. When Mercury goes retrograde in this sign, it’s wise to avoid buying any new electronics.

But it’s not all bad news! Over the next few weeks, your most innovative ideas will be assessed and re-assessed with no stone left unturned. If you’ve had any thoughts you felt were a little out there, now is the time to analyze them before presenting them to the world.

Aquarius invites you to brainstorm, explore the inner workings of your mind, and apply that knowledge to improve your life.

We all have fantasies that we file away for a later date, but in this planetary transit, you’ll gain the clarity you need to get rid of what’s not working and pave the path for a brighter future.

Curious about how this first Mercury retrograde in 2021 will impact you specifically? Read on to learn more about how each zodiac sign could be affected by Mercury retrograde.


Here’s How the Retrograde in Aquarius Will Affect You, Based on Your Zodiac Sign:



Your temper will be put to the test, Aries. With a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, you may be feeling restless and frustrated by the mood swings that accompany this airy sign. Meditation will be particularly helpful during this time.

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Communication could be an issue in the coming weeks, Taurus. All the air energy might be a lot to handle for this grounded astrological sign, so you may experience tension in relationships.

As long as you are aware that you’ll be on edge, you can take a step back and do what you need to recenter. Cooking and other earthly pleasures typically help to calm your mind.

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You’ll be able to tap into your inner muse and come up with especially clever ideas. But be careful not to overstimulate yourself! When Aquarius blends with Gemini it’s the mix of two fast-paced minds, which can be a lot to handle, even for this intellectual sign.

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Just like a crab, Cancer, you are cautious in your approach – often taking one step forward, but three steps back.

When it comes to making decisions and starting new projects, you prefer to take it slow and steady, which isn’t always a bad thing. But you can benefit from spontaneous Aquarius giving you a boost of bravery when you need it most.


Mercury retrograde in Aquarius will make you feel confused and frustrated. There will be days you just want to throw your hands in the air and call it quits, Leo.
When you start to hesitate and second guess yourself, don’t go into give-up mode!

Try deep breathing as a self-care technique. Detach yourself from the task at hand and come back when you’re feeling refreshed.

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Ruled by Mercury, Virgos are naturals when it comes to communication, always finding the right words to say . . . well, except for during Mercury retrograde. You’ll be annoyed by the fact that your messages are constantly being misinterpreted. It’s best to lay low when you’re feeling overwhelmed.




Since Aquarius is known for humanitarian efforts, you’ll be inspired to start thinking about your charitable goals. The wheels will start spinning, so be sure to write everything down. However, wait until Mercury turns direct on February 21 before making any important decisions, Libra.

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This retrograde will be highlighting your relationships sector. If you find yourself arguing with loved ones on a regular basis, take a step back and self-reflect. As a Scorpio, you don’t mind alone time – in fact, it’s during solitary moments that you recharge.

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With your nervous nature getting kicked up a notch, expect to feel more agitated and stressed, Sagittarius. While you probably have a ton of ideas for revamping your business in 2021, now isn’t the time to execute. Press pause, recognize this Mercury Retrograde as a time of rest, and revisit at a later date.

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Capricorns are the luckiest zodiac sign during the first Mercury Retrograde 2021.

In the next three weeks, they will be able to resolve problems and create new partnerships that will ultimately prove to be very favorable. This planetary transit helps you lay down the groundwork for long-term success!


Since this retrograde is in your sign Aquarius, you will definitely be put to the test in all areas: career, relationship, finances, and more.

Your brain will want to go a million miles a minute, so be sure to have your self-care strategies in place. Depending on how consistent you are will make the difference between a nervous breakdown or a creative breakthrough.

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Your first instinct is to withdraw when you’re emotionally overwhelmed, and that’s exactly what you should do during Mercury retrograde. When you’re alone, you can recenter and find inner peace – something you do well, Pisces!

You’ve Got This! Use Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius to Emerge Stronger and Wiser

As an intellectual sign, Aquarius is here to make you think. This planet invites you to brainstorm, explore the inner workings of your mind, and apply that knowledge to improve your life.

It’s through life’s challenges that we learn the most. So, don’t let Mercury retrograde scare you! Instead, be open to the lessons it can teach you.

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Kaitlin Vogel

Kaitlin has worked as a professional writer and editor in New York City for over seven years. Beyond her professional experience in journalism and psychology, it is her keen interest in personal development that has driven every one of her career decisions thus far. She's committed to creating content that matters.

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