MERCURY RETROGRADE IN AQUARIUS
(31 JAN – 21 FEB 2021 AEDT)
27˚– 11˚ of Aquarius
Mercury begins its Retrograde phase as January closes and is our first Mercury Rx phase of the year. 2021 delivers us a year of Mercury’s retrogradation in the Air signs, making these retrograde period’s stronger, thanks to Mercury’s elemental strength in Air.
Aquarius is an Air sign, fixed in its mode. Making it a sign whose strength lies in its stability and focused nature. Air signs have a great ability to detach and separate themselves from situations, providing an objective ability, helping to problem solve situations at hand, without out an overly emotional, passionate or overly stuck bias. As one of the humanist signs, Aquarius, is more focused on people and collaboration.
Saturn, Mercury’s ruler, for this retrograde is also co-present. This assists with focusing on creating systems or structures which help people or collaboration; through consolidating efforts through systems. Its through collaboration and systems we can help get to the heart of these Aquarian ideals. This retrograde, helps to re-evaluate these collaborations.
February 2021 is an unusual month, due to the amount of planets in the sign of Aquarius. February sees 6 planets in the one sign of Aquarius. The last time a stellium of planets conjoined in Aquarius like this was February 1962. With so much energy concentrated in Aquarius at this retrograde, it doubles down on the significations of Aquarius, and really knuckles down into the Aquarian elements of your chart and areas of life that Aquarius represents. So do pay attention, to what comes up.
So, what happens when Mercury, the planet of communication, commerce, trade, ideas, problem-solving goes retrograde in a sign which is so heavily focused on others? There is an overly concentrated focus on, re-vision, re-evaluation, re-assessment and re-looking at relating to people, collaboration and community. We now look to how to evolve these interactions with others, so it’s more mutually beneficial. The Aquarian ability to a detach to help innovate, also helps this Mercury Rx process of Re-looking and re-evaluation of things, as passions and emotions are more easily put to the side, as we look to a more objectively as what needs to change or be re-moulded.
Mercury; during its retrogradation conjoins Saturn its ruler once, which is when Mercury potentially finds the problem, it needs to solve. Mercury then meets with Jupiter, three times during this cycle, which is where we find opportunity or are able to look for solutions that have a positive and more lasting effect. Watch this space over the next 3 – 4 weeks and know the outcome to any tricky situations that present, will come, and maybe more positive than initially anticipated.
This particular Retrograde, is very strong, thanks to the 6 planet pile up in Aquarius at the time of the Rx. If you have planets in Aquarius, you haven’t had this much concentrated energy on your natal planets, unless you are born before 1962. The Rx gives a strong current or undertow allowing for some really ingenious problem-solving at this time, if something challenging does pop up, do be optimistic, that Jupiter’s role will help deliver a positive outcome or resolution by the end of this cycle. It just might not be what you expect.
Mercury Retrograde: Through the signs
Aquarius / Aquarius Rising:
The physical body, as well as how you present to the world, what you represent and how you are received by others is strongly in focus. You’re very much the star of the show, and what you hold dear, might become the focus for others as well.
Pisces / Pisces Rising:
The sub-conscious, soul sector or relationship to the unknown or hidden realms is heavily emphasised for you at this time. New connection to or new information is presented, which helps create a dialogue to or with retreat, isolation or soul work.
Aries /Aries Rising:
New innovations are given new life with relation to friendship groups, community and social networks. New intel, allows you to be more effective in collaboration, cementing your position in the community.
Taurus / Taurus Rising:
The Career and Reputation sector of your chart is the star of the show, Mercury is helping you create a new plan to help with collaboration or assists with making yourself more of a team player. Opportunity is around, once Mercury has done its work.
Gemini / Gemini Rising:
Having the ruler of your chart, working its retrograde magic in your ideas and belief sector might at times be frustrating, but the information and data it gleans, gets you ready for some real opportunity for long lasting success and gains. Its all in the mind set.
Cancer / Cancer Rising:
Overhauling the shared resources area of your life, allows for some great gains. Detaching from the emotions around it, is easier this time around. Cool and clinical assessment helps in getting you to a more prosperous setting.
Leo / Leo Rising:
Relationships are key right now, in getting you to where you want to go. Collaboration, and how you engage in relationships might be under the microscope. Taking the emotional baggage out of the situation and looking objectively at your key relationships delivers much clarity and opportunity for growth and recognition.
Virgo / Virgo Rising:
The day to day routines and putting your attention to smarter ways of living is beneficial. Knowing that solving the problem before it takes root, is 99 percent of the work done. Mercury helps you see where the problems may lie.
Libra / Libra Rising:
Creativity and Children is the Aquarius focus of your chart; any crisis or challenges can be worked through. An objective approach will help and delivers new approaches making a more abundant and healthier collaborative experience with either the creativity or children who are in your life. If you need help, your people are there to support.
Scorpio / Scorpio Rising:
The home, house, family, ancestors represent the most private and hidden sector of your chart. Allowing some detached objectivity around such topics, as Mercury’s retrograde, helps develop or re-write the story allows for empowerment and better collaborative benefits for any and all of the above topics.
Sagittarius / Sagittarius Rising:
Revisiting and revising your connection to your local surroundings and local environment can breathe fresh life into any aspects of the above that might feel stagnant. New innovations around your routines and schedules helps in freeing up time for more collaborative connections.
Capricorn / Capricorn Rising:
The heavy emphasis of your financial sector shows there to be strong re-vision and re-evaluation of your income, assets or possessions. Allowing for an objective assessment, along with inviting the help of others can really get things moving for you. Revitalizing your income and how and what you seek to possess.
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