Superficial Manipulation: Mercury Retrograde Gemini/Taurus Spring – Summer 2021

Second Mercury Retrograde for 2021


Pre-Juncture: May 14-20, 2021 (Taurus)

Pre-Junction: May 21-24, 2021 (Gemini)

Pre-Progression Juncture: May 25-28, 2021 (Gemini)

Mercury Retrograde (Station): May 29, 2021 (Gemini)

Mercury Station Regression: May 30-Jun 4, 2021 (Gemini)

Mercury Retrograde Junction: Jun 05 -17, 2021 (Gemini)

Mercury Retrograde Juncture: June 17-21, 2021 (Gemini/Cancer)

Mercury Direct: June 22, 2021 (Gemini/Cancer)

Post-Regression Juncture: June 23-28, 2021 (Gemini/Cancer)

Post-Juncture: June 29-July 07, 2021(Gemini)

By Maharani Rutan ©

Many of us dread when Mercury is retrograding, however, for mutable signs it is the worse time of their lives.  Though many mutable signs do not realize why they are moody, or just irritable, it is time to blame it on that guy you know, the one that makes everything all messed up.

There is an explanation for why Mercury retrograde occurs three times a year, and occasionally four depending upon the planetary energy.  Some of the material may seem complicated to understand, and for some it may not be, but the objective is to get a deeper understanding as to why it is a crucial time, what influence it has on humanity, and how it will affect astrological signs it will touch.  But most of all, Mercury is not discriminatory, and it holds everyone captive.

In the 18th century many of the zodiacal and astronomy expressions were first established, the first of its kind was referred to as prograde and as the etymology developed the name was changed.  Retrograde is a Latin word for “retrogrades” retro is going back or backward or stepping backwards, and gradus is derived from the Latin word gradi or to go one step at a time.

The planet Mercury is the eighth planet that orbits around the sun. It is named after the Roman messenger sent by the Gods because of the speed it zips around the sun, and Mercury was first noticed in 1631 as it transited crossed sky and viewed by Pierre Gassendi.  He noticed numerous things, one that Mercury goes forward most of the year but in certain parts of the year it retrogrades.

When Mercury retrogrades, it is not really shifting backwards but it seems that way to the human eye.  The lunar impact can be incredibly challenging, messy, and irritable.  Some have even attributed disasters to Mercury retrograde such as the Hindenburg, the Titanic, and even radical aspects of elections, especially Gore-Bush. On the other hand, it can be exhibited as an admirable cause as it forces every human to contemplate and able to let go and let God in.  

For the moment, give up control and let nature, support, and healing energy lead you where you need to be led for approximately 7 weeks, including the Ghost, retrograde, and stationing periods.

On May 14, 2021, Mercury retrograde will enter its Pre-Juncture period in Taurus/Gemini at 8:28pm EST and 5:28 PST. Think of this period as going on trip on a plane.  During the ghost period we are now standing in line to board the plane row by row.  Sometimes the flight may be over booked and sometimes it may be delayed, but we know for sure we must board the plane.  The anticipation of finally boarding and the hustle and bustle of listening for our rows and gathering our things can be a bit confusing and rushed but not so rushed that we cannot handle it, rather, it’s just irritable. This period will last until the 25th of May 2021.

Whether it is the Pre-Juncture or Post Juncture, most of the time astrologers ignore the time but in Vedic philosophies it is more essential, like no other, and it is regarded in the same sense as positioning or retrograding.  A common way to understand the ghost period is when instinct, the gut feelings, are disregarded.  A part of the problem is the perception that decisions and pride are the source of pain, action, reaction, and buttons you or others have pressed in the past that have caused a whole lot of confusion.

However, when things change, mutable signs also like things to be on schedule and they detest delays.  They are also the signs that can be very sluggish at times and they love their time alone but when they are out, they love to socialize, therefore calling them mutable.

From the May 25 through May 28, the Pre-Junction period will begin in Gemini. From the example above, think of this time as when people are still boarding the flight, perhaps you must move to a different seat, someone bumps into you, or that people in front of you, behind you, and next to you press you into your seat like a sardine. The doors are now closing, and the announcement is made to put on the seat belt and it gives you the travel time, including arrival.  Finally, you get relaxed, and the flight goes down the runway and begins to ascend; you close your eyes to relax just for a minute.

On May 29, 2021, Mercury will station retrograde at 6:34 EST and 3:34 PST in Gemini.  This time is crucial and could be very problematic for many; this is especially true for Gemini’s along with other mutable signs (Sagittarius, Virgo, and Pisces).  Mutable signs are already people that change their minds and try to adapt as much as possible.

However, the energy may be even more alive than predicted, with the lunar eclipse in Scorpio/Sagittarius in Gemini Axis it can be terrible for some and for others, more intense than any other time.

With Mercury retrograde in Gemini, people with this sign evident in their charts will primarily be re-disposed to such reflection. There is little choice but to re-examine our personal beliefs and feelings about who we are and where it is we are going. A probability of confusion, indecision, irregularity, irritation, and controlling yourself from showing hostility towards blame and not to take it personally.

This period can also damage any business dealings and legal matters, particularly due to difficulties with communications which may be hindered in some way; writers, you may have a block of some kind. It is time for you to take a break if you can.  Recognize that Mercury is not just about business and communication matters as romantic situations could also be difficult.

Be careful around this time because of two aspects; we all know things from communications and romance hindrances could cause the past to come back, so make sure you know what you are doing when that materializes.  On the other hand, relationships could halt because of miscommunication; treat every relationship with kid gloves otherwise if it breaks up it will not be restored again until September 2021 when another cycle comes around.

Remember, Saturn is retrograding, depending upon what type of philosophies that you are willing to tap into, the planets are different between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology.  While Vedic uses the moon as a focal point, Western uses the sun.  Therefore, in Vedic, Saturn is in Capricorn until 2022 and Western is in Aquarius until the same time.  Saturn is all about complicated lessons and it almost continuously disturbs one’s health if caution is not taken.

Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon. Mercury, much like the winged courier of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and commands us to speak. Messages, awareness, and mindfulness are all within Mercury’s sphere, as are opinion and intellectual, our method of attentiveness, and how we establish and convey our belief practices.

An unpredictable environment creates mind irritation and signals. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen carelessly. Mercury is around an irresponsible intelligence, impulsive thinking, opportunities, ideas, and the ability to rationalize things. Mercurial energy can be righteous or brutal, but it will certainly be invigorating!

This Planet also urges us to move from one thing to the next and to get clarifications on both a physical and psychological level. Further, Mercury’s energy is both responsive and perceptive. Mercury is about short trips, a visit to a neighbor or a friend across town, the everyday travel, and a weekend getaway. Relatives and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm.

The key words represented are where there will be difficulties from May 14 through July 07, 2021 in each astrological sign.  Please remember that varying upon the house where Mercury or fixed signs are will determine the effects of these transits. The information below reflects the areas of a person’s life that could have unpredictable or unexpected delays and irritation.

I will be listing in order which characteristics of zodiacs will be affected the most in terms of intensity

This is primary a Taurus/Gemini/Cancer Retrograde

Taurus: Stress, personal relationships, finances, sleepless nights, legal issues, and restless energies that could lead to head or face injuries.

Gemini: Education, irresponsible decisions, and travel stress could cause colds, eye and stomach issues.

Cancer: Financial, impulsive decisions, work. Due to this stress there is a probability of skin breakouts and injuries to the left side of your face or body.

Pisces: Finances, and travel. Due to unnecessary worries, skin, bone, and foot pain are possible.

Virgo: Career, loans, reputation, relationships. Due to this stress there are possibilities of stomach related issues, headaches, and sleepless nights.

Sagittarius: Partnership, marriage, career, new job prospects. Due to unpredictable energy, colds, bones, and eye issues are possible.

Aquarius: There are no negative inferences at this time. Mercury will treat you well except be cautious regarding stomach, chest, and bone issues at this time.

Leo: Career, subordinate disputes, arguments. Due to this stress there could be back, knee, and foot pain.

Scorpio: Motivation, career, new jobs or projects, authority figures, family, education. Due to the stress skin breakouts and hand or leg injuries are possible.

Aries: Health, travel, work and mental stress which could lead to shoulders injuries.

Libra: Education, food intake and medical expenses. Due to the frustration chest, stomach, and UTI issues are possible.

Capricorn: Career, education, reputation, and travel.  Due to the confusion, health issues such as colds, influenza, infections, or kidney/gallbladder stone issues are possible.

Mercury retrograde gives escalation to personal misunderstandings; defective, dislocated, or obstructed communications, compromises, and trade. Malfunctions and failures with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains are possible.

While Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s feelings are more contemplative. Legal matters will progress slowly, and unexpected difficulties tend to occur. Mercury retrogrades tend to lack complexity of opinion and have no tolerance for comprehensive assessment.

All areas of communication are affected. Techniques and inspiration for learning, communication, and transportation are subject to complexities under this aspect. It brings travel glitches and overlooks appointments of all kinds.

Around May 30 through June 4, it may seem the tension is lifting with the Mercury Station Regression in Gemini.  However, the tension in the cosmos may still be a bit tense as the lunar eclipse is behind us but the tension is still apparent.

The good things to do when Mercury is retrograde include reflect, imagine, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, and catch up on sleep as Mercury is a very slow-moving planet and it affects almost all planetary signs.

As we start to feel the pressure of the retrograde gradually move away during Mercury retrograde Junction, (June 5 through 17) the pressure from the Solar eclipse in Gemini will blind almost every mutable sign, including those that have primary planets in Gemini.

After June 18 and through 21, almost everyone should feel much better as we move past the eclipses, the retrograde energy moves into Mercury retrograde Juncture, and we prepare for Mercury direct on the 22nd.

Those who have prominent planets in Gemini/Cancer will still feel the intensity of both the Solar Eclipse and Mercury as it moves into Cancer on the 23rd of June, during the Post Regression Juncture until the 28th, poking Cancers and Gemini is continually.

Unfortunately, even in the last week of retrograde (Post Juncture), June 29 through July 7, there will still be that push and pull because of Neptune moving retrograde and Chrion.  But at least most of the shackles will be released and we can enjoy our summer as we should.

It is my suggestion that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through to the wick.  Anoint the candle with inspiration oil or eucalyptus oil and chant the Psalm 70 every single night.

This period will last for 9 weeks and it will be hard on all of us.  These actions will allow friendly communications as well as understandings in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until July 4, 2021.

The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many, but are a powerful source of energy. I have chosen one mantra for you during this Mercury retrograde:

“Om Budhaya Namaha”

(Om Bood-han-yah Nahm-ah-ha)

“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding spirit of planet Mercury”

This mantra is used to achieve mental clarity while avoiding and overcoming misunderstandings.

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