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Mercury Is Going Retrograde RN, And Astrologers Say It's A‘Tricky’ One

Women's Health logo Women's Health 1/28/2021 Korin Miller
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  • Mercury is going retrograde on January 30, 2021 in the sign of Aquarius.
  • Expect to rethink major stuff in your work life and the rest of your life, too.
  • Professional astrologer Donna Page calls this Mercury retrograde"tricky," so be careful.

People tend to low-key freak out when Mercury goes retrograde. But, despite its bad reputation for completely screwing up your life, Mercury going retrograde isn’t *that* awful. In fact, Mercury goes retrograde three times a year and—gasp!—life goes on. Still>>>P, Mercury retrograde can shake things up a bit, so it's understandable that you'd want to be as prepared as possible for this astrological event.

Consider this your official heads up: Mercury goes retrograde on January 30, 2020 in the sign of Aquarius and stays that way for three weeks. As a whole, it’s going to make you rethink what you do on the reg, but there’s a lot more to it than that, according to Donna Page>>>P, a certified astrologer in Atlanta.

Here’s what your zodiac sign can expect from the latest Mercury in retrograde.

What is Mercury in retrograde, again?

Quick astrology 101: The term"retrograde" just means that something looks like it’s moving backward. So, when Mercury is in retrograde, it looks like it’s moving from east to west, instead of its typical west to east path.

Fun fact: Every planet goes retrograde at some point, and they can go retrograde in different signs—including Mercury. Each sign has its own ~vibe~, which makes every Mercury retrograde a little different. This time, it’s happening in Aquarius, and that can mean a few things.

How will January's Mercury in retrograde impact your zodiac sign?

Page calls this a"tricky" Mercury in retrograde. Fun!

This particular astrological event has a lot to do with work and rethinking that area of your life. Do you actually enjoy the work you’re doing? Are you cool with the WFH situation? And did you back up those super-important files you’ve been laboring over? (Note to self: Back up computer ASAP.)

Rethinking your work life will seep into your non-work life, too. You’ll give your day-to-day the once-over, looking into what you can do to make your schedule better reflect your goals. Maybe you’ll try working out first thing before work so you can start your day off with endorphins, or plan meal prep for Sundays to free up more QT with loved ones during the week.

Overall, you’ll just keep thinking about your ideal set-up in all areas of life. It could lead to something as simple as moving your closet around to free up space or as major as switching careers.

This Mercury in retrograde will impact all zodiac signs, but Page says Aquarius and Capricorn will feel it the strongest.

How will Mercury in retrograde impact your sign in the future?

Keep in mind that Mercury in retrograde doesn’t go on forever, so you don’t need to stress that your life is over if things feel a bit wonky for a few weeks. That said, this can be a good time to mull over some stuff in your life and see what's working and what's, ahem, not>>>P.

All good? Awesome. But if it's not 💯, you can make some minor—or major—tweaks to make your life as close to ideal as possible.

Again, Mercury in retrograde isn’t the Earth-shaking, life-altering thing everyone makes it out to be. But maybe double check those work emails before you send'em out, just to be safe...

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