If it feels like your thoughts are jumbled, your words are coming out wrong, and you have more unread emails than you can count, you can totally blame it on astrology — because Mercury retrograde spring 2021 kicked off on May 29, and it’ll continue raging on through June 22. During these three-and-a-half long weeks, all zodiac signs can look forward to mix-ups when it comes to the Mercury-ruled realms of timing, communication, travel, tech, and more. But the zodiac signs most affected by Mercury retrograde spring 2021 may want to take some added retrograde precautions, as this transit will feel even more dizzying.
During this retrograde cycle, Mercury will be backspinning through its home sign of Gemini — and because it’s also currently Gemini season 2021, the retrograde effects may be amplified. The airy Gemini energy puts an added emphasis on matters of communication and information-sharing, so we’ll want to be extra careful about the things we say and the facts we share with others. Typos or general misunderstandings will be way more likely than usual, so take your time when it comes to crafting a clear and conscious text or email or having a thoughtful conversation.
Everyone will experience the retrograde’s effect in a unique way, depending on how it’s interacting with the planets in their astrological birth chart. If you’re one of the zodiac signs Mercury retrograde will affect most, buckle up — because this backspin could be a rocky road.
Aries Zodiac Signs (March 21-April 19)
Patience isn’t known for being your strong suit, Aries, but this retrograde will surely put it to the test. You’re going to feel the Mercurial mix-ups most when it comes to matters of communication, daily interactions, and getting from place to place — but slowing down will be the key to ensuring you don’t run into trouble. You might struggle with things coming out wrong or messages getting misinterpreted, so take extra time to ensure you’re getting your point across with clarity. Your schedule could easily get off track right now, too, as random traffic jams or tech issues could cause you to be late to just about every meeting and appointment in your calendar. Triple check the dates and times of all of your engagements, and give yourself extra time to get around to account for unexpected snags and delays.
Leo Zodiac Sign (July 23-Aug. 22)
This retrograde is hitting the part of your chart that rules things like friendships, collaboration, and community — so you’ll need to be extra careful to avoid drama in your social life, Leo. It’ll be easy to get caught up in miscommunications with your crew, and group projects at work could suffer from mix-ups, too. On top of it, action-oriented planet Mars is entering your sign in the middle of this retrograde, which could make you extra impatient about the retrograde’s slow-moving energy. Your challenge is to resist the urge to solidify big summer plans with your friends or make any major networking moves in your professional life. Take things slow — and trust that the pace will pick up at the end of June.
Virgo Zodiac Signs (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
If things feel messy at work right now, don’t fret, dear Virgo — it’s likely because Mercury retrograde is hitting the part of your chart that rules your career and public life. Because of this, you might struggle to make progress on professional projects or have a hard time properly representing yourself at work. All of this is compounded by the fact that Neptune (planet of illusion and fantasy) is currently forming a tense square aspect to Mercury — which also drags your relationship dynamics into the hazy cloud of confusion that’s affecting communication, scheduling, and logistics at work. Use this time to tie up loose ends on old projects instead of starting new ones and get yourself organized so you’re ready to rock once the retrograde ends.
Sagittarius Zodiac Signs (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You’re feeling the retrograde’s mix-ups heavily in your relationships, Sagittarius, and it could bring up major confusion about what you want to commit to in love. It’ll be easy for wires to get crossed within your one-on-one connections now, and you might feel distance from your S.O. or the people closest to you as a result. Make a conscious effort to be honest and articulate with your partners, and try not to read between the lines or make assumptions about other people’s feelings. With eclipse season 2021 overlapping with Mercury retrograde and hitting your chart’s relationship axis, you can guarantee that changes are coming — but don’t make any rash moves. It’s better to keep an open heart and see how things unfold.