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.

Aquarius 2021 year ahead

The big focus is your children and your relationship. You are not content personally – having a hard time managing the children in these times. You are also struggling as there are so few joys. Everything is serious – nothing light. Make time for activities that bring you joy – you and your children. Make time for pleasure with your partner. Make time for yourself – being creative and or sporty may lift your spirits. Perhaps it is time to stop focusing on the needs of the other members in your family all the time.

Your relationship is an important focus too – it provides emotional support but there is huge pressure on financial matters – personal and joint financial matters. Things are difficult and unpredictable. There is much uncertainty and disruption.

Dominant planetary cycle 2021 – Saturn square Uranus

This is a very volatile period for stock markets and social movements globally. Uranus in unpredictable. Things are unlikely to progress as one would expect. Changes are likely to be drastic, sudden or unexpected. At its essence this aspect pitches the traditional against those wanting radical change and innovation in society at large.
This period started on 18 March 2020 and concludes 26 July 2022. It is exact on 17 Feb, 15 June and 24 Dec 2021.
This aspect was also active between 23 Dec 1929 and concluded on 1 Dec 1931. It was exact on 23 Feb, 9 April and 12 Dec 1930 and then again on 21 July and 17 Oct 1931.
• These period coincided with the Great Depression post the 25 Oct 1929 stock market crash. Black Friday marked the day after the largest sell-off of shares on the US stock market.
This aspect was also active between 25 July 1975 and 10 June 1977. It was exact 4 Oct and 17 Oct 1975, 2 July 1976 and then again on 24 Feb and 23 April 1977.
• This was a very volatile period in the history of SA. The Soweto Uprising began on 16 June 1976. It is estimated that about 20 000 black school children took to the streets. The protests were in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. These children were met by police brutality and a number were killed in the protests. In democratic SA, it is now celebrated as a public holiday – Youth Day.
• The UK 1976 IMF Crisis unfolded with the Labour Government having to borrow $3.9 billion from the International Monetary Fund to stabilise a balance of payments crisis. Drastic budget cuts were implemented post the crisis and although only half the loan was accessed and then repaid by 4 May 1979, many believe this period paved the way for Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 Conservative victory.

Disease profiles associated with Saturn and Uranus

Saturn represents the skeleton, skin and teeth. It is associated with maturation and aging. Illnesses are chronic. Recuperation is obstructed. Depression is common. Poor blood supply is indicated together with slowed functioning and progressive atrophy of body processes and structures.

Saturn finds itself in Aquarius and this sign is associated with the lower legs especially the calf muscle and ankle. Blood circulation is important, so too the oxygen exchange in the cells. Body pulsations are regulated by the electrical charge in and outside the cells. This depends on the relative proportions of sodium and potassium ions. Potassium should be dominant internally and sodium externally. Sodium should be ionised with positive potentials and potassium negative. To keep cells healthy a mechanism needs to transport potassium into cells and sodium out. In a sick body – cancer – this mechanism is not working effectively. Diseases associated with this sign include circulation problems, cold sweats, spasmodic movements, Asperger’s type syndromes, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s like conditions.

Uranus represents the co-ordination of bodily activities and the rhythmical pulsating of bodily functions. Everything that is alive pulsates – the heart, breathing and digestion. Spasmodic is the word most associated with Uranus and indicates that these natural rhythms are disrupted. When one part of the system is disrupted the entire system is affected.

Uranus finds itself in Taurus. This sign is associated with the principles of accumulation and the ability to maintain stability and rhythm in the body. Taurus is associated with the neck, throat, thyroid gland, voice, medulla oblongata of the brain and middle ear. The thyroid gland regulates metabolic rate and controls cardiac output and heart rate. At the base of the skull is the portion of the brain stem known as the medulla oblongata. This contains vital reflex centres for heart rate, muscle tone of blood vessels and the respiratory reflex centre for breathing. Injury to this part of the brain is often fatal. This part of the brain is the oldest part and often referred to as the reptilian brain. Its impulses are instinctual and ritualistic. It is concerned with the fundamental need of survival. The emotions of love, hate, fear, lust are all housed here. When we are out of control with anger and rage our reptilian brain has over ridden our rational brain. Diseases associated with Taurus include thyroid problems, heart conditions and cancerous tumours.

Saturn square Uranus – major theme 2021

The dominant cycle in 2020 was the Capricorn stellium involving the conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This combination of planets spoke about the prospect of war and or financial meltdown – a massive debt crisis. The war as it transpired is a war against a virus – an enemy that travels unseen and doesn’t respect our boundaries and borders. This virus and our response to it has literally stopped the world for much of 2020. Every country across the world has been impacted by the virus and various lockdown scenarios. The economic consequences are devastating as people, businesses, companies and governments struggle to keep afloat. Debt is a major problem in this time. This combination of planets also cautions against extreme use of power and force and the dangers thereof long term. One wonders how those in authority across the world will let go of lockdown as a strategy and a tool of control? These outcomes in the wrong hands can have devastating consequences. We need to be very mindful of the abuse of power during this period.

The world is truly broken. We have run out of excuses and options. Covid-19 has exposed all the structural weaknesses across the world. We now have to fix what is broken. This is the message of 2021.

Saturn square Uranus

This planetary aspect started on 18 March 2020 and concludes on 10 Dec 2022. This is the dominant planetary aspect during 2021. The most powerful dates are when the aspect is exact.

  • 17 Feb, 15 June and 24 Dec 2021

Saturn is associated with the authority and imposes limitations, restrictions and rules. Uranus on other hand wants more freedom and independence. It speaks about a clash of the old versus the new. It refers to the need to innovate and find new ways of operating. We cannot expect to do the same thing and get different results. The systems and structures within society need to be re-invented. We need to find new ways of managing old problems. We will require perseverance and determination as we find new solutions to stubborn problems. This combination produces much conflict as those that like to hold on to traditional ways get forced to consider different solutions and opportunities. This aspect speaks about freedoms being restricted and the conflict this fuels as people fight back against these limitations. It creates much tension and social unrest.

Biologically this aspect is associated with inhibition of rhythm, heart blockages and abnormal breathing patterns. Saturn rules bones and Uranus indicates removal or breakage or amputation.

Uranus is unpredictable in nature and behaves suddenly and unexpectedly. Uranus likes chaos and thrives when there is uncertainty.

This planetary aspect was last active between June 1999 to April 2001. This time was synonymous with the Y2K problem which was essentially a software problem. There was concern that the formatting and storage of calendar data beginning in year 2000 would be a problem. This turned out not to be the case and the transition was relatively seamless. The dot.com bubble was a stock market bubble caused by excessive speculation of Internet-related companies in the late 1990s. It was a period of massive growth in the use and adoption of the internet. Mozambique experienced its worst flooding in 50 years. It was the year the first resident crews entered the International Space Station. The 2000 US election was disputed (Bush vs Gore) and the Supreme Court ruled that the recount in Florida should be halted thus making George Bush President of US. The West was also concerned about the threat of terrorism.

Jupiter square Uranus

In addition Jupiter will square Uranus between 29 Dec 2020 and 8 Feb 2021. This aspect is exact on 18 January 2021. Jupiter magnifies and exaggerates problems. Think stock market concerns and volatility.

This aspect was last active between April to June 2000.

Both Saturn and Jupiter square Uranus between 4 Jan to 8 Feb 2021. This signifies a powerful and volatile period in 2021 as old and new clash and these issues get magnified.

Mars conjunct Uranus

Mars also connects with Uranus from 12 Jan 2021. It is exact on 20 Jan 2021. Mars adds aggression, force and determination. This adds to the volatility we will experience in January and February 2021. Mars is in detriment in Taurus and is likely to behave badly. This really does speak about conflict and revolution.

When we look at all these aspects – Jupiter and Saturn square Uranus and Mars conjunct Uranus, the period 12 to 29 Jan 2021 is highlighted as significant.

We are in for a rough start to 2021. The devastation of 2020 is there for all to see and it is up to all of us to find new ways of operating, finding long term sustainable solutions to our collective problems. Saturn speaks about the land, farming and agriculture, construction and engineering. It speaks about hardship and the need to be prudent. It refers to the need to take responsibility – personally and collectively. The scientific process is governed by Saturn. Saturn is associated with chronic illness.

Uranus requires that we find new solutions to long term problems. Innovation and disruption are important themes. Uprisings are indicated. Sudden and unexpected natural disasters and accidents are appropriate. Electricity and technology are highlighted. Our reliance on coal and petroleum needs to fundamentally change. This is an exciting time to look forward to big leaps in the advancement of society in general. With good intentions this period can go a long way to making the world a better place.  

The world population in year 2000 was 6 billion. It currently stands at 7.8 billion in year 2020. We certainly need to fundamentally change our ways to secure our future of this planet.