7 Ways to Survive the First Mercury Retrograde of 2021
Mercury Retrograde is probably one of the most socially popular astrological events. Everyone at one time or another has mentioned mercury retrograde as the reason something is going wrong, but do you know exactly what it is? Mercury retrograde is a time when the planet appears to move backwards in the sky. The key word there is appears, as it does not actually move backwards. The feelings during mercury retrograde generally feel chaotic and off kilter.
This first mercury Retrograde began on January 30th and ends on February 20th in Aquarius. Aquarius is the planet of progressive thinking and action, humanitarianism, friends, and, because Aquarius is rules by Uranus - in modern astrology , which signifies change. Mercury is a planet for communication, messages, and travel, which then means that retrograde effects these aspects of our lives negatively. Generally, during retrograde, it is advised to avoid making any big decisions or purchases as well as avoid moving or making any commitments as well.
While it may appear that mercury retrograde is a time of complete and utter internal chaos, it is not a completely sour experience and there are ways to make it through as peacefully as possible. This retrograde may be a great time to reflect on lessons and past issues as well as focus on the greater good and below are five tips to survive this first 2021 retrograde.
Honestly, this is great advice for every day, not just retrograde, but if you’ve been meaning to implement a meditation practice into your schedule but have not gotten yourself to do it quite yet, this retrograde may be a great time to get that ball rolling. Meditation will help you stay present and only focus on what is right in front of you. This practice may also pave a smooth road ahead for future endeavors when retrograde has passed. If you don’t know how to start a meditation practice, there are many different apps and videos out there online that you can utilize to get this going and provide as peaceful of a retrograde as possible.
2. Reach out to old friends
Often, no matter what planet retrograde is ruled by, they generally stir up some long-lost communication. Many people are approached by an old friend from elementary school or even an ex-lover (although proceed with caution there). People sometimes feel the urge to catch up with those they haven’t spoken to in a while. This round of mercury retrograde in Aquarius may lean more toward, you specifically feeling the urge to reach out to an old group of friends. It can’t hurt to follow that urge, so if you feel so compelled, reach out to whoever comes to mind!
3. Organize and clean out your life
Retrograde is a great time to reevaluate what is aiding you in your life and also what you may need to let go of. This is a time to remove what is no longer serving you from your life whether that is a job, friendship, relationship, or even material clutter.
Because Aquarius has a humanitarian energy, this is a great time to finally get involved with that charity or organization you’ve been thinking about. The greater good is a solid focus of this time and tapping into your helpful side during this mercury retrograde is a great use of your time. Giving back to others has been psychologically known to improve mental health. Mercury retrograde can be difficult for a lot of people, so giving your time and services to other during this time can really turn that negative dip in mental health around.
5. Back up your files
One of the more commonly discussed symptoms of all mercury retrogrades is the effect it can have on technology. Most people struggle with technology working properly during this time. Maybe your phone battery is dying more quickly, or your phone keeps freezing. Maybe your computer is running extremely slow or even crashing regularly. Plus, with this retrograde is in Aquarius which is ruled by Uranus, there is an emphasis on science and technology. This all makes this a great time to back up your files and make sure your technological items are secure. On top of all of the other uprooting mercury retrograde provides us during this time, you want to make sure losing something to a technological malfunction is not one an addition.
6. Think calmly and rationally
Aquarius can represent very blunt, black and white, proven thinking. Meaning, many of those with a sign in Aquarius are generally very rational, fact based and overall scientific people. If you find you are more often than not ruled by your emotions, this is a great time to focus on changing those habits and approaching your circumstances from a pragmatic stance. For those who are more emotional, this is easier said than done, but that Aquarius energy may help you get there more quickly and easily.
7. Be a little quirky
As mentioned above, Uranus rules Aquarius which opens the door for some unique, free flowing spiritual energy. Those who have a sign in Aquarius march to the beat of their own drum, rejecting societal norms. Reflect on times in your life when you were unabashedly yourself and fully comfortable and confident. This time is for exploring the many ways you can show your strengths, dreams and ideas to the world around you.