Mercury retrograde predictions for 2021

Mercury goes retrograde three times a year. In this year, 2021 he is going to be retrograde during these time periods,

  • 30th Jan – 21st Feb – Aquarius – Capricorn
  • 30th May – 23rd Jun – Gemini – Taurus
  • 27th Sep – 18th Oct – Libra – Virgo

During retrogrades there are two possibilities. One is that the planet can go reverse in the same sign, ie not cross over backwards into the earlier sign. Or he will go backwards into the earlier sign. (There are 8 movements of the planets, post here). This year Mercury will be using the second option. In each of these three retrograde periods he is crossing backwards into the earlier sign, intensifying his results. When this happens you will be forced to redo things. There will be a lot of confusion in everything you do. 


Whatever Mercury stands for in your birth chart will see repeat, review, re-do, Reverse energy in action. eg this will mean you have to check out which house he is placed in and where do Gemini and Virgo sit in your birth chart. Then especially if you have your birth Moon in his signs, Gemini or Virgo, you will face the turbulence on your mental and emotional levels. And if your ascendant sign is the signs then your physical body will be more affected. And if your birth Moon is in the naksahtra linked to Mercury, Ashleysha, Jeyshtha or Revati then too you will feel his subtle effects during this period.  

Now let’s check out Mercury’s keywords to see how this Mercury retrograde affects you and everyone generally. 

Mercury is the mental processes, logic and rational thinking. So you might see yourself and the others around you thinking illogically and behaving irrationally. Mercury is also communication of all sorts. So expect to misunderstand and be misunderstood when he goes retrograde. If you are going to appear for exams or important interviews be careful, read/understand the questions asked before responding. Written and spoken words both can be twisted by the power of this Mercury, so try to be as clear as possible in your communications. If you intend to sign important contracts or legal papers, read everything again properly. During this time it will be difficult to concentrate, focus or think logically. So initiating new projects or activities can be an issue. In the office, your teammates may not cooperate with you. There might be delays in organising meetings, preparing presentations and important reports. 

On the family front, there might be issues with siblings, extended family and especially the maternal family members. There will be outbursts and arguments as everyone loses control over what they are thinking, understanding and speaking. Short journeys will be more tiring and these may not give you the results you had expected. Be careful while driving and performing other skilled activities where you use your hands. The choices available to you may not be appropriate and create more problems. You might take rash decisions and then hasty actions. Think before you speak and act, always. Finances will be affected, some of you might need to budget. Avoid taking risks in the financial markets during this time, invest in your tried and tested options. Medical issues can be triggered depending on the position of Mercury in your birth chart. Mercury controls memory, speech, skin, nerves etc, so if you get any issue of this sort during this period, do go to a doctor. (Post here)

For the remedy part of it, I have written on the Mantra and Daana in my earlier posts. Also on the behavioural aspects where you give this energy of Mercury a safe outlet. (Do use the index page or the search bar)

Now let’s look at these 3 time periods in a little more depth. This is a very brief analysis, you are supposed to think more on the keywords and come to your own conclusions.

30th Jan – 21st Feb – Aquarius – Capricorn

Mercury will move backwards in Dhanistha and Shravan nakshatras. Dhanistha is linked to Mars and ruled by the deity Vasu. Shravan is linked to the Moon and ruled by the deity Vishnu. Here the energies are all about Saturn who owns the two signs Aquarius and Capricorn and Mercury who is retrograde in them. In this time period both Saturn and Mercury are combust so Sun dominates everything. This period is quite confusing as Sun is combusting several planets all at once in Capricorn (post here). Plus Saturn in Shravan with this typical effects (post here).

So we have the keywords, let’s put them together like this. This time might see fake news, fake journalists and rumours. Shravan means ‘to listen’. There will be fake news about the activities of the government including the budget. Things will be misinterpreted by few people with vested interests. They will try to create faulty perceptions and create conflict with the popularly elected government, Sun, and the society at large, Saturn, using illogical thought processes and immature actions, Mercury. Do not trust anyone during this period. The economy might go down. Dhanishtha means the ‘wealthy one’. On a personal level we all must do some household budgeting. Do not put your money in risky things, you will lose it. COVID 19 vaccinations might show some side-effects. General public health will be overall affected. Moon rules nature, nurture, nutrition and need. Students will face a difficult time as this is the exam season. Rest and comfort will be affected. 

30th May – 23rd Jun – Gemini – Taurus

Here the planets in charge are Mercury and Venus. Mercury will go backwards from Mruga to Rohini nakshatras. Mruga is linked to Mars and ruled by the deity Soma. Rohini is linked to Moon and ruled by Brahmadev. Mercury will be combust during this time, transiting close to the Sun. Rahu will be influencing him, there is a total solar eclipse during this period affecting the northern parts of the Earth.

So let’s put the keywords together. Creative aspect of things will be used in an irrational manner. This time too, we will see fake news and rumours being peddled with the intention to discredit national governments. Mass movements may not mobilise so much but there will be some violence. Border disputes with neighbouring nations can flare up. Economy will take a hit and personal finances too.  The stock markets especially will show negative effects. Those in business must take care, smaller business might be wiped out. Agriculture too may be affected. Groups fighting for the environment will create problems for the society. Monsoon may show some irregularity. Cheats and frauds might happen. Suspicions will be on a high, loneliness too. Misunderstandings and arguments with partners, close family and friends will be more likely. Everyone will have very fixed opinions and will be vocal about them. Take care of your personal health especially the food you eat. Mental exhaustion will happen for most of us. Long term health issues, if any, will be triggered. Public health too will show some minor issues. Short journeys and business travel will show more delays and frustrations, so be prepared. Achieving goals during this time will be difficult. 

27th Sep – 18th Oct – Libra – Virgo

This time too the planets owning these signs are Mercury and Venus. Mercury will be transiting the Chitra and Hasta nakshatra. Chitra is linked to Mars and owned by Tvastra. Hasta is linked to Moon and ruled by Savitr. 

Let’s try to combine the keywords. In your team/group there will be a lack of trust and cooperation because there will be no clarity on the common Purpose. Wasting time, lethargy, sloth will increase. The work done will lack quality. You might be inclined to take risks as ego increases. There might be accidents and the physical body might suffer. You might engage in non-productive over-work so the mind will also get tired. Arguments stemming from criticism and aggression can happen. Tact and skills are lost for some time. There will be a tendency for selfishness and imbalance which will eventually cause frustration. At home, you might be required to do some costly repairs. In public again there will be a demonstration of breaking the laws. Everyone will be a little bit lonely. Negative karma will be more active during this period so best would be remain uninvolved and try to work in a positive manner. If you can do some spiritual activity to be more comfortable with yourself.


And did you notice, the Nakshatra-s involved this time?

Mercury is retrograde in all the 3 nakshatra-s linked to his father Moon. Just like any teenager, Mercury not comfortable with the Moon, so expect all the things linked to the Moon in your birth chart to take a hit when Mercury goes retrograde in Rohini, Hasta and Shravan. Pay special attention to your health, comfort and rest.

And the other three nakshatra involved are linked to Mars, Mruga, Chitra and Dhanishtha. So when Mercury goes retrograde in them you will see inexplicable increase in irritation, misdirected rage, everyone including you being quick to anger and less willing to listen. Try to think before you act always. 

Then the deities, are also the more powerful ones, Brahmadev, Savitr and Vishnu are the primal energies responsible for creation, illumination and preservation of structure and order of you and this universe. the other three Soma is nourishment, Tvashtra is skilled creativity and Vasu are the elemental energies which actually make you and your universe. One very simple way of navigating these upcoming 2021 Mercury retrogrades is worshipping these and invoking their energies within you.




Retrograde and combust Mercury 2020

Mercury will be going retrograde from 14th Oct to 3rd Nov 2020 in Libra, he will transit Swati and Chitra nakshatra during this period. And in the present time it is a bit complicated. Mercury goes retrograde for about 3 weeks, thrice a year. Mars goes retrograde once in about 2yrs. Now Mars is already retrograde and has entered Pisces retrograde on 4th Oct, he will go forward on 14th Nov 2020. So these two are in the 6/8 axis, going backwards together. And Mercury is combust from 16th Oct to 2nd Nov. Plus the Sun is debilitated in Libra.

Mars is the energy of passion, desire to live, take risks, transform, compete and win. Mercury is the thinking process within your mind and the choice of action in your hands. The energy of a retrograde planet cannot be expressed outwards as it has turned inwards into the subconscious self, so often gets bottled up. Both these Mars and Mercury energies going retrograde together are going to create typical psychological issues. Suffocated emotions, internalised stress, frustration, internal rage, inability to express, loneliness, depression, taking unacceptable risks, illogical thought patterns, senseless risky actions. Some of us will face significant failures in life as the passion to Live and the analytical Mind do not cooperate. A tendency for exceptionally risky behaviour or self-harm or suicides can be triggered.

Communication of all sorts is linked to Mercury, so misunderstandings are possible. Tact and understanding are both lost. And inner bitterness and outer arguments afterwards are going to be fuelled by the retrograde Mars which would be intense. The choices available to you may not be appropriate and create more problems. You might take rash decisions and then hasty actions. Think before you speak, always. Spoken and written words both will be confused. This can manifest as mis-reading the question in your exam paper to making serious mistakes in filing your income tax returns. Those appearing for competitive exams must be careful. Your mental processes, logic, analytical skills, understanding will be affected.

Sense of trade can mislead, ie the risks that you take in your business may cause more losses than profits, so businessmen should take due precautions. There is often unexpected expenditure in such retrogrades. In office, you might get into arguments with your co-workers, team-mates as mis-communication coupled with short tempers will disrupt things. Finance related figures should be double checked. Read and understand important communications carefully. Papers or messages might get lost/ misplaced. Your electronic items like mobile, laptop, hard disks etc can get damaged.

At home, mutual trust between siblings, friends, extended family will be low. You might face unpleasant issues caused by them as relationships will show strain. Bitter, illogical arguments are possible so avoid talking about controversial issues or politics. Do not overdo things or react without thinking first, try to be patient. The power to think and the power to act both are affected for everyone. Then traveling will be tiring. Now is not the time to take a vacation or go on a tour. But fit you need to travel, know that there will be delays. Also keep a small first aid kit of medicines with you.  On the health front specifically digestion can get affected. Those suffering from migraines can see an increase. Skin and nervous complaints can get aggravated. If you feel unwell, take proper medical treatment do not postpone going to the doctor.

Confusions in taking decisions. If possible, always try to finish all major work one week before Mercury goes retrograde. eg shifting house, signing new contracts, new job or appointing new staff, important meetings etc. During a Mercury retrograde, try to stick to the projects which you had started before. There will be issues popping up in these projects, but rather than ditching them try to resolve these issues or wait it out. And this applies to relationships too. If you are in a long-term relationship and feel upset during this retrograde, do not break it off till he resumes his forward movement. Remain patient and try to adjust. In case you meet a potential new partner, romantic or business, during Mercury retrograde, better wait till he goes forward again before committing yourself. Starting any new projects during this period is not good. He will make you re-do them after he goes direct again. At least this time he is retrograde in only one sign Libra. If in case, a planet crosses into another sign while retrograde then all his negative results are intensified. (There are 8 types of planetary movements which I have listed out in this post here.)

If you have your birth Mercury or Mars or Moon in an inauspicious position or your current Dasha/ transits are not favourable, you must take efforts to keep your mood light and happy. Listen to uplifting and relaxing music, Sanskrit shlokas, stotras of your favourite deity, nature sounds etc. Wear clothes of light and bright colors. Keep yourself active but do not overdo it. Do not let your mind get stuck in a rut, if you feel that thoughts are looping in your mind then do something that will break the pattern, avoid over-thinking. Go out for a walk, sit in the fresh air. Try to keep a regular schedule, eat, sleep, work on time. Read light-hearted books or see happy romantic movies if you feel like it. The best way of utilising the energy of the retrograde is to complete any long pending tasks. eg Sorting out old clothes is a good way of utilising Mercury’s organisational skills.

I had written in a recent post that the COVID 19 health issue has stopped its active phase with Rahu/Ketu moving into Taurus/Scorpio. But Mars going retrograde in Aries-Pisces will cause deaths due to misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, carelessness, wrong medicines (intentional or accidental) coupled with human greed and corruption (post here). Intentional misinformation cannot be ruled out in this period. This should get resolved when Mars clearly enters Aries and moves onwards, from Jan 2021. Whenever a planet in retrograde motion enters the earlier sign it causes even more disruptions. So Mars’s current retrograde is rather significant. In this, Mercury too going retrograde will overall worsen the situation. Mercury, if afflicted in any way, always causes problems in medical diagnosis. Mercury being combust by a debilitated Sun means that the people in authority will behave in a high-handed and egoistic manner and might often be wrong. eg If you have your yearly medical check-up coming up, avoid it when Mercury is retrograde or combust. And if you have to get a medical procedure done in this period, opt for a second opinion if possible. In emergencies there is no option, but at least you or your family should recite a small prayer to Mercury before the medical procedure starts.

Now briefly about the Nakshatra, Chitra and Swati. Both are represented by bright single stars in the skies, currently seen on the western horizon after sun-set.

Swati is connected to Rahu and ruled by Vayu. Swati with the retrograde/ combust Mercury will give results somewhat like this. Loss of equilibrium in all ways. The smooth sailing of life will get temporarily turbulent. Medical problems related to the Vaat tendency can be aggravated. Increase in unrealistic materialistic desires and lots of thoughts/ thinking. Mind might desire addictive substances. Increase in aggression which will be primarily directed inwards. Lack of flexibility and compromise in all interactions as selfishness and ruthlessness predominate. Expected achievements will not occur. Losses in financial activities due to unreasonable risks. High degree of restlessness indicated. Avoid blindly following popular trends and mass movements.

Chitra is linked to Mars and its ruler is Tvashta. Chitra with the retrograde/combust Mercury will give these type of results. The systems, laws and the underlying structure within everything will be subject to misinterpretations. More illusions than reality will influence you causing internal frustration. Technical skills will be affected, you might feel like taking short-cuts. Creativity will be stifled. You might feel physically drawn to someone during this period, but this in itself will not be a good foundation for a new long-term relationship. Medicines may cause side-effects. Not a good time for home decoration or buying art/craft. Tact and diplomacy will not be there as imbalance and disharmony exists. If you know some confidential/secret stuff, now is not the time to tell it to anyone. Avoid manipulating others and self-centric behaviour.

Currently Jupiter and Saturn both in transit are in their own houses, so are capable of powerful results. Saturn is beneficial for birth Moon Pisces, Scorpio, Leo till he remains in Capricorn so will help them in several ways. Jupiter in Sagittarius is hemmed by malefics, Saturn and Ketu so is a bit hampered, but still will be of some help. Saturn is aspecting Mercury during this period (23rd Sep to 27th Nov), so lack of confidence while speaking, scattered thoughts, stammering etc will be seen. The act of ‘communication’ will require more effort. You might not want to talk to anyone. Or shut yourself down in personal isolation. Not go out of the house or shut out your loved ones. Saturn is aspecting the retrograde Mars too in this period, adding more negativity to any actions you might take. The power of Passion to Live is retrograde to begin with and also constricted by the nature of Saturn. Getting out of negativity can get difficult. So if you start feeling that it would be good to cut yourself from everything, do reconsider.

Overall this Mercury retrograde/ combust period will be reasonably good for the birth Moon signs Pisces, Leo and Scorpio. The birth Moon signs Aries, Libra, Taurus, Virgo and Gemini need to take care. There might be physical exhaustion and mental stress type of things. The rest of the Birth Moon signs will have an average time. The three Nakshatra, Asleysha, Jeyshtha and Revati are also linked to Mercury’s energies so if your birth Moon is in these you must take adequate care.