Will Mercury Retrograde Mess With My Love Life?

It can bode well if you’re prepared to slow down.

by Kristine Fellizar
How Mercury Retrograde Spring 2021 Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign’s Love Life
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In case you have yet to experience the frustrating effects of the most dreaded astrological phenomenon, we are currently in the middle of Mercury retrograde spring 2021. This spring’s Mercury retrograde, which began on May 29 and lasts through June 22, is occurring in Gemini, Mercury’s ruling planet. Misunderstandings, communication issues, and setback are in store for us all, which doesn’t exactly bode well for relationships at this time. However, retrogrades affect each zodiac sign differently, and some may not feel its effects as much as others. But if you’re a Sagittarius, be prepared as Mercury retrograde spring 2021 will affect your love life the most.

“Retrogrades turn the energy of a planet more inward and make us more reflective about that part of our lives,” Tenae Stewart, professional witch and astrologer, tells Bustle. “Since Mercury rules communication, we find ourselves reflecting on how we can be better communicators during this time, whether it’s in our romantic relationships or otherwise.”

Clear communication is one of the most important things to have in a relationship. But since Mercury is retrograde is in its home sign of Gemini, this one’s bound to be a “doozy” for some people’s love and sex lives.

However, it’s not all bad. According to Kyla Derkach, astrologer and founder of Hatha Astro, this Mercury retrograde, is a good time to do some reflecting on the past. For some, exes may come back, but for others, it’s a good time to heal heart-related wounds.

“Mercury retrograde can be good for love and connection if you are prepared to slow down,” Derkach says. “Just beware of putting your foot in your mouth and saying something you might regret!”

That said, here’s how Mercury retrograde spring 2021 will affect your love life, based on your zodiac sign.

Aries (March 21 — April 19)

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Rams are going to be particularly busy this Mercury retrograde as they juggle responsibilities, projects, and their social life.

In dating: According to Derkach, Aries signs who are single and looking may meet someone intriguing at a local neighborhood get-together.

In relationships: Rams who are in a relationship will be craving intellectual connection with their partner at this time.

Taurus (April 20 — May 20)

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Taurus is one sign who won’t be too affected by this Mercury retrograde. However, Derkach says, bulls will still seek “sensuous pleasures” at this time. “If it isn't intoxicatingly luxurious, they won't be interested,” she says. “Their lovers should take them for some wine tasting to stroke their embers.”

In dating: Taurus signs who are dating may not be too in the mood to put themselves out there in the next couple of weeks, unless someone gives them an offer they really can’t refuse.

In relationships: Taureans who are already in a relationship need to be clear and direct about their needs at this time. It’s important to remember that your partner is not a mind reader. If you want something, ask for it.

Gemini (May 21 — June 20)

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Spring 2021’s retrograde will have a strong impact on Geminis as Mercury is moving backwards in their sign. According to Derkach, twins will be feeling “extra, extra independent.” A big focus will be on their own ventures during this time.

In dating: Some Geminis may decide to take some time off to reflect. “Geminis are really being called to reflect, reevaluate, and gain clarity in your relationships, and around what brings you joy and pleasure,” Stewart says.

In relationships: While taking some time to yourself and working on your own projects are good, make sure you’re not leaving your partner hanging. According to Derkach, it’s important to make space to nurture your relationships as well, Stewart says.

Cancer (June 21 — July 22)

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Crabs may feel the affects of this retrograde more than other signs.

In dating: This retrograde will have Cancers dreaming about their twin flame or soulmates. According to Derkach, “They are craving a spiritual connection more than anything right now.”

In relationships: Building a strong spiritual connection with their partner will also be important for Cancers already in a relationship. Having deep meaningful conversations with their partner will be on the agenda for them.

Leo (July 23 — August 22)

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Fortunately, the zodiac’s regal lion won’t be negatively affected by this Mercury retrograde. In fact, there are some good things in store.

In dating: A Leo looking for love may find it in their community. “An old friend from a group endeavor of some sort or project could turn into something more during this cycle,” Derkach says.

In relationships: Leos already in an established relationship may try to have a stronger friendship with their partner. This may even be done while you’re working on a project together.

Virgo (August 23 — September 22)

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Some Virgos may feel challenged by this transit, Stewart says. However, there will be a lot of opportunity for growth.

In dating: Virgos should look for ways to be a compassionate shoulder for those close to them. Helping others may help this Mercury-ruled sign work through any dating slumps they may be going through at this time. On the plus side, Derkach says some lucky Virgos may meet an authority figure who has staying potential.

In relationships: Virgos live to be of service to others. During this time, those in relationships may reflect on how they can give and receive support by sharing their burdens with their partner.

Libra (September 23 — October 22)

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Libras shouldn’t have too much trouble during Mercury retrograde spring 2021.

In dating: There will be plenty of opportunities for Libra to make connections with new people at this time. According to Derkach, anyone who is a bit exotic is sure to catch Libra’s eye.

In relationships: Libras should have an easy time in their relationship over the next few weeks, as long as they don’t fight the flow. “Synchronicities may also be appearing at a rapid rate, so be open to receiving unexpected messages,” Stewart says.

Scorpio (October 23 — November 21)

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This is a “super steamy Mercury Retrograde” for Scorpio as Mercury is retrograde is ocurring in their eighth house of sex and intimacy.

In dating: Scorpio, who rules over the eighth house, will feel very confident during this time. Those who are dating should try to make the most of this energy and find a passionate summer fling. Who knows? It may turn into something more.

In relationships: Scorpios will want to take their established relationship to another level. “They are wanting to get deep with the partners, inside and outside the bed sheets,” Derkach says.

Sagittarius (November 22 — December 21)

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Sagittarius is one sign that will feel the effects of Mercury retrograde the most as this transit is moving through the archer’s seventh house of committed partnerships.

In dating: Mercury is known for stirring up the past, so exes could be resurfacing at this time. Whether you go for it or not is totally up to you. However, Derkach suggests leaving the past where it belongs. “Remember why it ended in the first place, and take off the rose colored glasses.”

In relationships: As Gemini’s opposite sign, Sagittarius will also be called to do some self-reflection. Those in relationships may want to think about how they can be seen, heard, and understood more effectively in their relationship. According to Stewart, it’s even more important to think about how you can become a better listener.

Capricorn (December 22 — January 19)

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Capricorns won’t have too much too worry about in regards to their love life at this time.

In dating: Some Capricorns will be very focused on mind, body, and spiritual health during this cycle. “Singles might meet a hottie at a Soul Cycle session or a green juice bar,” Derkach says.

In relationships: Couples looking to infuse more energy into their relationship may want to find new physical activities they can do together. It’s a great way to both bond and stay on top of your health and well-being. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. It can even be as simple as taking afternoon walks together.

Aquarius (January 20 — February 18)

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Aquarius has one of the most exciting Mercury retrograde cycles this spring.

In dating: Mercury retrograde is occurring in the water bearer’s fifth house of fun, pleasure, and creativity. If you’re looking for love, it’s a great time to go out with friends and introduce yourself to new faces. “Stay open to meeting someone new,” Derkach says. You’re bound to have a good time.

In relationships: Aquariuses in relationships will have a lot of fun as well. Although you do love your space, you’ll be in the mood to spend more time with your partner. You’ll both be up for trying new things, and you may even find yourself embarking on a once in a lifetime kind of adventure.

Pisces (February 19 — March 20)

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This Mercury retrograde may leave Pisces feeling pretty exhausted and drained. According to Stewart, Pisces is another sign who may feel the retrograde’s effects more than others.

In dating: Pisces may want to take a break for now. They are highly sensitive signs, and they tend to take misunderstandings personally. They won’t be as up for dating as they usually are. If they are up to seeing people, Derkach says they’ll just want to do something simple.

In relationships: Pisces in relationships will want to have quiet date nights at home. According to Derkach, Netflix marathons and cozying up to their partner is how they’ll be spending their weekends during this cycle.


Kyla Derkach, astrologer and founder of Hatha Astro

Tenae Stewart, professional witch and astrologer