Mercury Retrograde January 30, 2021 – Damocles Syndrome

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Mercury Retrograde 2021Mercury retrograde 2021 begins on January 30, 2021, at 26° Aquarius, and ends on February 20, 2021, at 11° Aquarius.

Mercury retrograde is generally associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. Mercury retrograde January 2021 is not much different but aligned with asteroid Damocles it may add more stress and a sense of vulnerability.

More detail about Mercury retrograde January 2021 follows some general information at retrograde Mercury in transit. Information about Mercury retrograde in the natal chart can be found at the end of this article.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Transiting Mercury in retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.

The retrograde Mercury phase is just one part of the retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods. The illustration below shows the apparent retrograde motion of Mercury as seen from Earth.

Mercury Retrograde October 2020

Retrograde Motion

Retrograde Mercury brings communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury–Saturn aspect to Mercury in retrograde. You can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the retrograde period might be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.

Mercury transiting in retrograde motion can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels, and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.

Business negotiations will be in a state of flux so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet be available, and others may be unreliable or dishonest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand. The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication, and transport are the few days on either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations. However, care should still be taken during the retrograde period.

Mercury Retrograde January 2021

The retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone (11° to 26° Aquarius). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde January 2021:

  1. January 15 to 30 – The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (11° to 26° Aquarius).
  2. January 30 to February 20 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (26° to 11° Aquarius).
  3. February 20 to March 13 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (11° to 26° Aquarius).

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone

Mercury enters the retrograde zone on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 11°01′ Aquarius [see chart]. During the first shadow period, you will get an idea of the thinking, communication, or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase.

Mercury Stationary Retrograde

Mercury stationary retrograde on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 26°29′ Aquarius. The chart below shows Mercury retrograde opposite the Moon but this is a very weak aspect with an orb of over 8°.

There are no major fixed stars conjunct Mercury retrograde January 2021 but there is an interesting asteroid worth considering.

Mercury Retrograde January 2021

Mercury Retrograde January 2021

Moon opposite Mercury will not have a strong influence but it could make it harder to understand your feelings and to share them. Some confusion and stress are possible and it may become more difficult to relax.

Spending some quiet time in reflection may help you understand your feelings and also help you relax. Or you could talk with a counselor or mentor about any feelings or attitudes that you sense are holding you back.

Asteroid Damocles

At 26°04′ Aquarius, asteroid Damocles (5335) is conjunct Mercury retrograde January 2021 by 0°25′. The asteroid was named after a courtier in the court of Dionysius II of Syracuse, a 4th-century BC ruler of Syracuse, Sicily.

Damocles was pandering to king Dionysius, saying how lucky he was to have so much power and wealth. So the king switched places with Damocles and hung a sword above the throne by a single hair of a horse’s tail.

Dionysius committed many cruelties in his rise to power and made many enemies. The “Sword of Damocles” evoked the sense of always having to watch in fear and anxiety against dangers that might try to overtake him. It is an allusion to the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.

“Damocles Syndrome” refers to the unique fear that cancer survivors have of relapse, despite recent advances in treatments and cures. Like Damocles, they feel the stress of the sword constantly hanging over their heads, never knowing if, or when, it would fall upon them.

Astrologically, Damocles represents a high level of stress and vulnerability related to a feeling that something terrible is going to happen. This seems appropriate for Mercury retrograde 2021 with the ongoing fear created by the coronavirus pandemic and the dangerous new mutations.

Find Asteroid Damolces in Your Chart
  1. Create your chart HERE.
  2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
  3. In “additional objects”, add 5335 in the manual entry.

  • Mercury stations direct on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 11°01′ Aquarius [see chart].
  • Mercury leaves the retrograde on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 26°29′ Aquarius. [see chart].
  • For more detail on how Mercury retrograde January 2021 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2021 Dates

Natal Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury in retrograde motion suggests there may have been a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions. Perhaps you were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.

Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. A repeating theme of challenging events related to your past is likely, especially when young. The aim is to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout.

Natal retrograde Mercury can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing, and comprehension. You could be a shy, quiet person whose thoughts have turned in. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company, and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.

Retrograde Mercury only lasts for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years, you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury in retrograde motion later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.

If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury in retrograde motion. Use this ephemeris to see if Mercury changes direction in your progressed chart.

26 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde January 30, 2021 – Damocles Syndrome

  1. Thanks, Jamie. This is an excellent interpretation of Mercury retrograde. However, just to add to your nice report, Mercury retrograde does not imply to “run away,” or “hide” from the world.

    You can still move forward with your work and affairs, as long as you understand that you may have to take a different approach or route than what others do or have done ?

    Mercury retrograde, therefore, promotes the following conditions:

    – reunions, family get-togethers, the re-establishment of old business or personal relationships
    – rentals, especially of a short term nature, as opposed to ownership.
    – research, development, beta testing.
    – buying time, stalling, delaying the inevitable.
    – contract or temporary work, versus a permanent job.
    – people that you meet who are expendable and or can be pushed off the cliff, if necessary.
    – buying real estate or investments for the purpose of flipping or short term gain.

    I am one who believes in the “Wayne Gretzky” model of business success. (For those who don’t know who Wayne Gretzky is, he is best described as the most prolific professional ice hockey player of all time and the owner of 58 NHL scoring records).

    This model is that, if you are talented in your field of endeavor (or have a special skill), like the retired Gretzky, you, too, can score goals and or sink baskets at ANY TIME of year, regardless of whether Mercury and other planets are retrograde in motion or not

    Therefore, it is possible to “score goals,” “make money,” form positive relationships, and “hit homeruns,” every day, including when Mercury is retrograde.

    Is it practical to idle for 20 percent of each year, (or 20 percent of one’s full lifetime) waiting for better conditions ?

    For many of us, we don’t have that option.

    If opportunity occurs in your own life, and Mercury is retrograde, I suggest that you take the opportunity.

    What I am advising is never scoff at a rare opportunity to advance your life goals, and never use Mercury retrograde as a skirt to hide behind, or a reason to run and hide from success.

  2. This is a time to break through into the Three of life reality and not to bother with this man-made pseudo pandemic. Lower consciousness = lower problems. Life consciouness end of illusory man-made nonsense.

  3. “and not to bother with this man-made pseudo pandemic”

    I have met a few of you conspiracy theorists ? LOL Typically, natal Neptune (illusion, self-deception) is angular and or prominent in the natal chart.

    “What a dreadful web we weave, when first, we practice to deceive.”

    just saying !

  4. I found the opportunity that I was waiting for and I took it but I’m afraid it won’t last or something will change since Mercury is retrograde

  5. You should never “throw a gifthorse in the mouth,” my friend ?

    Also, refrain from putting all of your astrological eggs in one basket or through one transit, alone ?

    If you really wanted to do it properly, you would look at your natal chart in its entirety, using ALL of the natal planets, all of the transits and progressions, etc.

    Or better still, make an event chart for the moment your opportunity arose.

    That chart would be much more revealing than Mercury’s temporary retrograde transit.

    If you have any further questions, you can contact me directly at sabumnim777 @ gmail. com

  6. Jamie – Can i dare to ask from you a chart analysis of events from Russia’s today/these days Street Protests ? Just …an Astrological reading . Thanks anyway ( i’ve read the Washington article )

    • Hi Marr.
      Yes, I would love to do that when I find the time. Mundane astrology is my passion but client readings and weekly horoscopes pay the bills.

  7. I’m sorry, my question is off topic–i read a lot of your posts and trust your insight. Could you, please, share your ideas what might true node conjunct Facies in natal mean? I haven’t found it anywhere.

  8. Feb 4, 2am est

    Transit Mercury 24Aqr32r,
    Natal Mid Heaven 24Ari22
    Current Position Arcturus 24Lib32
    Current Position Spica 24Lib08

    Aspect Mercury sextile MC:
    – This is a time for plans, not for actions.
    Robert Hand, planets in transit, PG 171

  9. Monoliths keep appearing and they are no less interesting than the first ones.

    In Washington DC for instance, along the pond to the Obelisk. How they were stylized and arranged, Illuminating.

    The St Giles monolith in Sheldom, UK. There’s an interesting history to that one, about Giles during the time of Charlemagne.

    And the one in Sheffield, UK, held precariously by a spring. I knew a Springmaker from Sheffield back in 86/87 so those words mean something other than it Popped up again.

    recent monolith in Turkey has this to say:
    “The text says, ‘If you want to see the moon, look at the sky.’ .. written in the Göktürk alphabet.
    Apparently, it is also the ‘zero-point’ of History…the origin point…”

    So someones noticed, and words getting around…Zero Point is front and centre with the Venus timing of the Trinity Art, and with the Solar and Lunar Zero Point in the second Proof. Saturn Zero Point by solar arc hasn’t been mentioned but it’s there with the Cross Country move in time for 21June 2020. And not to forget the Venus zero point in Capricorn for the Jan 8, 2021 Henge.

    Where it takes us remains to be seen. But it sounds like The She’s should build something, and this time gear it to Precession.

  10. @paul Streppel, thanks for your response, but with all due respect, what does your post have to do with the Mercury retrograde report? By the way, the straying off of topic on forums happens, everyday, and not just when Mercury is R.

  11. It felt good. Especially the Sheffield springmaker story from 1987. Thanks for your reply, mercifully short and alms-able. Especially all the thoughts I convey that made it to the cloud but not on to the page.

  12. Love football? I do… retrograding back in time…

    Watching a replay of Superbowl 22, from 33 years ago.

    Washington 42 vs Denver 10, from San Diego,
    January 31,1988

    select quotes
    “Ah, the days when the refs didn’t throw flags on every goddamn play.”

    “If this was a fight they might stop it”

    “One of the most legendary games in nfl history. No doubt”

    “Can you name one playoff-caliber team in NFL history that got — in just one quarter of play — an ass-beating as brutal as the Broncos got in the 2nd quarter of this game? I can’t.”

  13. Thank you 😊 that’s exactly what I was always wondering about. I have made the experience job wise that after Mercury retrograde was done, people were not as friendly etc. as they first seemed.

  14. Ixion 00Cap00 today, heliocentric.(Feb 8), Mercury cazimi

    Ixion a fascinating tale. Mentioned last retrograde period. Any brave astrologer out there wish to give it a go?

  15. I have Damocles at 25 Aquarius, natal. No matter I’ve been acting like it’s the end of the world in relation to things I have to accomplish, lol. I’m not sure that’s the accurate way to interpret it, but it”s stressful, every day. 🙁

  16. Maybe we can pull a sharp edge Damocle off a monolith, use it to slice a banana. Make smoothies for our gravel pancakes. Sell em for Dogecoin. Have enough to stream Disney cartoon like Frozen. Watch Ofal melt in the springtime, send Sonic to save him, then watch him get a poison dart. Take the free loaders in front of the judge. Hire a lawyer but insist she use Kitten filter at Zoom courtroom. But lose the case because we were blunt and obtuse and hadn’t mastered Hey Google app

  17. The story isn’t over A period is missing at the end of the sentence.

    I’m in Lindy’s Deli, NYC. I put down my pen, look up and see a crowd staring at the page. They are speechless. The camera moves, like in Citizen Kane, out into the street, like a drone it flies. a row of Art Galleries. Your eyes go down an alley. There is an MC Escher hanging on a pedestal. The camera moves closer.. tessellationS. A Strange Loop. BASL. You’re in a blind alley looking at a strange loop. Where you would expect the ascendant, a Lion roars beside a Silver Moon and a stack of Bitcoin.

    Back at Lindy’s, the clowns are not busy. Its a three day work week. But your page has been copied.

  18. The mention of Damocles asteroid felt really valuable to me. I’m interested by asteroid but didn’t know this one yet. And guess what? I have it in my natal chart at 28’46” Aquarius / 11th house, within 2 degrees of Mercury’s stop/retro movement on last January 30th. I didn’t know I had this one there. I don’t know if it means something of importance for me, if anyone mind telling me i’d appreciate. Thanks a lot anyway for the awareness!

  19. Hi Mike,
    Duncan Steel was involved in discovering 5335 Damocles, Feb 18, 1991.
    an asteroid named after him, 4713, is conjunct natal Neptune.

    13Sco13 Steel

    Neptune 13Sco11 conjunction
    Mars 13Cap50 sextile
    Jupiter 12Aqr57 square

    Duncan Steel has written a few excellent books that has helped me understand the astro weirdness in my life.

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