There will be three Mercury retrograde periods in 2021. The first one arrives on January 30th, and departs on February 20th.
The retrograde occurs in the sign of Aquarius; wherever Aquarius “lives” in your birth chart will be the area of life where you tend to feel it most. Since there are three major planets transiting through Aquarius during this time, and because those planets are affecting a touchy configuration in Taurus, we may see more disruptions than usual, on the macro as well as the micro level — especially in tech, planning, and, to put it mildly, ruffled feathers. (Pay special attention if your natal Sun, Moon, Ascendent, or Midheaven is in Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio.)
We may get more than the usual run of communication, transportation, and tech snafus. Things arrive late, or not at all; signed documents don’t say what you think they do; contractual agreements suddenly change unexpectedly. Keys, phones, and documents go missing, and then reappear as if by magic.
People change their minds. Then change them back. Without telling you. But they thought they did tell you…
Mercury retrogrades are actually good for some things. They’re an opportunity to finish stuff you started — or forgot about — and reconnect with friends and loved ones from the past. And a perfect time to practice patience.
Preparation is 9/10ths of handling a Mercury retrograde period. Breathe and remind yourself to allow any delays or mishaps to play themselves out. Remember: this, too, shall pass.