Mercury retrograde cycles in 2021

Mercury retrograde cycles in 2021

• 30 Jan to 21 Feb – Aquarius

• 30 May to 23 June – Gemini

• 27 Sep to 18 Oct – Libra

In 2021 the retrograde cycles all occur in air signs. Mercury is comfortable in these environments as air signs are associated with ideas and concepts. The free flow of ideas is important and in retrograde cycles we are asked to relook and reconsider insights. In Aquarius we need to consider the implications of new ideas across society, in Gemini and Libra the connection between people and ideas is important. Collaboration of ideas seems important going forward.


What is also interesting is that the last Jupiter Saturn conjunction on 21 Dec 2020 took place in Aquarius an air sign. This sets a trend going forward and the next Jupiter Saturn conjunctions all take place in air signs, indicating a time of societal change – innovative ideas and concepts driving these changes.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn – these periods are indications that society needs a big reset and it seems as a collective we need to harness new ideas and insights going forward.

• 2040 – Libra – air

• 2060 – Gemini – air

• 2080 – Aquarius – air

• 2100 – Libra – air

This was in contrast with what transpired over the last century. All of these cycles took place in earth signs except the period in 1980 (air). Earth signs are always associated with the accumulation of resources and material possessions.

• 1901 – Capricorn – earth

• 1921 – Virgo – earth

• 1940 – Taurus – earth

• 1961 – Capricorn – earth

• 1980 – Libra – Air

• 2000 – Taurus – Earth


The world needs to embrace new insights going forward.

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Louise Kerby

I am an astrologer practising traditional astrology in Cape Town. I specialise in birth chart readings. I am passionate about people’s stories and their life’s journey. It is very empowering for a client to understand and accept their life story. I am also fascinated by world events and the links to the planetary cycles. It is this notion of history repeating itself that fascinates me.