Mercury Retrograde May 29, 2021 – Lies and Deception

Mercury Retrograde 2021Mercury retrograde 2021 begins on May 29 at 24° Gemini and ends on June 22 at 16° Gemini.

Mercury retrograde is generally associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. Mercury retrograde May 2021 is square Neptune which means you cannot trust what you hear or read. It brings lies, deception, confusion, fraud, conspiracy theories, and propaganda.

More detail about Mercury retrograde May 2021 follows some general information on 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 May 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 (16° to 24° Gemini). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde May 2021:

  1. May 14 to 29 – The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (16° to 24° Gemini).
  2. May 29 to June 22 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (24° to 16° Gemini).
  3. June 22 to July 7 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (16° to 24° Gemini).

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone

Mercury enters the retrograde zone on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 16°07′ Gemini [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 stations retrograde on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 24°43′ Gemini. The most important influence on Mercury retrograde May 2021 is the testing red square aspects from Mercury and Venus to Neptune. The green quincunx aspects to the Moon and Pluto adds to the challenges. There are more positive blue sextile aspects but with much larger aspect orbs, they are weak in comparison. The fixed stars that align with Mercury reinforce the deceptive and unfortunate influence of the aspects.

Mercury Retrograde May 2021

Mercury Retrograde May 2021

Planetary Aspects

Mercury conjunct Venus makes love relationships, socializing, finances, and business matters major themes of Mercury retrograde May 2021. This alignment usually helps you share your affections and brings harmonious interactions. But this conjunction square Neptune and quincunx Pluto is more likely to bring lies and deception.

Mercury square Neptune stays within a two-degree orb from May 25 to June 9. Climaxing on May 22 and June 5, it causes confusion, deception, insecurity, and misunderstanding. Distorted thinking can complicate discussions and business dealings. So it is important to listen carefully and speak in simple, clear terms. Allow no room for misinterpretation. If you must deal with any important business, government, or legal matters, seek professional advice or help from a trusted friend.

You really must avoid treachery and scandal. Even little white lies could lead to major embarrassment or the need for more convoluted cover-ups. Avoid conspiracy theories or strange and extreme spiritual and religious views. Protect yourself against loan sharks, pushy salespeople, cult leaders, and psychic vampires. You may be more susceptible to infection, poisoning or overdose.

Venus square Neptune gives a heightened need for tenderness but also increases the risk of over-idealization. A tendency to form a distorted image of someone else could lead to disappointment, scandal, and being taken advantage of. Matters of trust may become an issue in relationships. Having an affair during Mercury retrograde 2021 would prove difficult to hide.

Low self-esteem and feelings of insecurity are possible. You could feel that others are looking at you oddly or are thinking you are strange in some way. It is important to realize that any such impressions are distorted and do not match reality.

With both Mercury and Venus square Neptune, it is very easy to become confused, deceived, and generally get the wrong impression. This applies to your thoughts, communications, love life, finances, business dealings, and also your health and diet.

Moon quincunx Mercury can make you cunning, astute, excitable, restless, inconsistent, and nervous, with a tendency to gossip. An imbalance between your intellect and emotions can make it difficult to solve problems. You may speak before thinking or blurt out secrets.

Avoid reading more into things than is actually there. Sometimes, reading between the lines is revealing. Just make sure you also read what is on the lines. Your true feelings may be hidden from you. If so, it will become harder to understand and express your feelings.

Moon quincunx Venus increases your need for love and affection but can also increase relationship tension. The other person will usually be a female or close relative such as your mother, but may also be an intimate male friend or lover. Any tension would probably be due to an imbalance involving emotional support and love. The amount of love received is not the same as the amount given.

Continued tension can escalate to a tipping point where something must give to restore the balance. This can range from an argument to a love affair. A secret friendship or affair would usually be with a friend, colleague, or relative of the partner being cheated on. You could also seek emotional comfort in sweet food or drugs. Even if you are single, you may still experience an internal imbalance involving self-love and how you feel about yourself.

Mercury quincunx Pluto gives serious, dark, and intense thoughts. It makes it harder for you to think and communicate in a direct fashion but is good for research and investigation. Beware of becoming involved in plots and schemes because of a tendency to get involved in complex disputes and arguments that are difficult to resolve.

The words you say can create intrigue but also confusion and fear. You could be accused of things you did not do or at the very least, make people become suspicious of you. Be extremely clear in your intentions and with your words. You must definitely avoid intentional deception or fraud.

Venus quincunx Pluto makes friendships and love relationships even more complicated and complex. You could get involved with people who are difficult to get along with but are hard to get away from. You may be fascinated by them or circumstances force you to be together or work together.

For karmic reasons, certain people may come into your life, cause drama and then leave. You could also form relationships with people who try to control you, invade your privacy, and take away your freedom. On the other hand, you might become possessive and demanding of your loved ones, becoming jealous and interfering, or too demanding of your friends.

The Fixed Stars

Mercury stations retrograde is in the Sign of Gemini. But as the star map below shows, it is in the Constellation of Taurus. This is because the precession of the equinoxes has moved the Sun Signs almost a whole Sign out of alignment with the Constellations from which they were named, over 2000 years ago.

Mercury Retrograde 2021

Mercury Retrograde May 2021 [Stellarium]

More specifically, Mercury and Venus are between the Horns of the Bull. They also align with the Belt of Orion. These degrees are the busiest in the sky for major fixed stars. But unfortunately, as you might expect for the tip of a raging bull’s horn, the influence is combative and violent.

22♊41 – δ Orionis, Mintaka
22♊51 – β Tauri, El Nath
23♊16 – ι Orionis, Ensis
23♊45 – ε Orionis, Alnilam
24♊43 – Mercury Retrograde
24♊58 – ζ Orionis, Alnitak
25♊04 – ζ Tauri, Tianguan (El Nath)
25♊34 – Venus
26♊41 – κ Orionis, Saiph

Fixed star Alnilam gives fleeting public honors. [1] Alnilam gives a combative nature with the tongue, and sometimes manually too, which can lead to misfortune. [2]

With Mercury (0°57′): Hasty, quick temper, quarrels with associates, domestic disharmony through actions, troubles through writings, and the opposite sex. [1]

With Venus (1°49′): Trouble through love affairs, scandal, enemies among women. [1]

Orion’s Belt gives strength, energy, industry, organizing abilities, notoriety, good fortune, lasting happiness, a sharp mind, and a good memory. [1] It was said to presage those who were “passionately devoted to hunting, but not noble hunting with falcon or bow”. [3]

Constellation Orion is said to give a strong and dignified nature, self-confidence, inconstancy, arrogance, violence, impiety, prosperity in trade and particularly by voyages or abroad, but danger of treachery and poison. [1]

Fixed star Tianguan (Al Hecka) gives violence, male violence, and danger of accidents. [1] Al Hecka is counted as an unfortunate star. It gives the same combative nature as Alnilam [2]

With Mercury (0°21′): Hasty temper, selfishness, greed, dissipation, legal and business troubles, poor health, domestic troubles and separation from wife or children, low companions, loss of wealth, and poverty. [1]

With Venus (0°30′): Unfortunate, low companions, bad environment. [1]

Mercury Direct June 2021

Mercury stations direct on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 16°07′ Gemini. Thankfully, as the chart below shows, the only major aspect to Mercury direct is the harmonious blue trine aspect to Saturn.

Mercury Direct

Mercury Direct June 2021

Mercury trine Saturn is like the polar opposite of Mercury square Neptune. You can now trust that what people say is the truth. You can also trust your own judgment. With good concentration and attention to detail, you will get things done neatly, without mistakes, and on time. So this is a good time for sustained mental work like study or doing your tax, making important decisions, and for serious discussions, negotiations, and business dealings.

With common sense and an eye toward practical results, this is also a good time to make long-term plans and to sign contracts, especially those involving real estate and shares. You can also be confident about making commitments to others at this time. Whatever you put your mind to should lead to permanent results and achievements. New friendships and partnerships should be lasting and dependable.

  • Mercury leaves the retrograde on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 24°43′ Gemini. [see chart].
  • For more detail on how Mercury retrograde May 2021 aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2021 Dates

  • January 30 to February 21, 2021 – 26° to 11° Aquarius.
  • May 30 to June 23, 2021 – 24° to 16° Gemini.
  • September 27 to October 18, 2021 – 25° to 10° Libra

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.


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.55, 125, 128, 156.
  2. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.39, 135.
  3. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.59.

10 thoughts on “Mercury Retrograde May 29, 2021 – Lies and Deception

  1. There is a lot of power in Moon quincunx Venus with a Neptunian twist, so it is very important to use it wisely and ONLY when one is sure beyond all reasonable doubt, that it is warranted. I have Moon in 12th house (Neptune) Libra, quincunx Venus in Taurus 7th, I may not always reveal it, but I really do not miss a clue/trick, but I will, for the most part, let it be, not my conscience etc. I will utilise it to the best I can, to ensure I am at least a little out of any line of fire, thus scapegoating or blindsiding me, is very rare, although it does still happen. Ultimately with this placement I have often been accused of being too loving perceived as controlling/smothering, so I learned to tone it down, not the love, just the direct affect, by spreading the care factor around to encompass many, rather than 1 or 2, and then on the other hand, I have been accused of not caring at all, now THAT one IS a red rag to a bull (venus in Taurus) and I find I have the power to strip them naked with just one stern word OR look, so it can be incredibly belittling and destructive, indeed a tool, most often used by narcissists, so yep, I have learned to be VERY careful of not reacting to everything even though this highly sensitive 12th house moon feels very hurt, very deeply sometimes, with what others may consider a merely inferred slight on my good and sensitive nature, because that then would, lay very heavily on my conscience.Yes I could blame the other for being mean spirited, spiteful or even vengeful, but what good would that do, what peace would that bring to the situation? So quite often others think they have taken advantage of me, and probably have a little, but not enough to warrant (Taurus) using this natural ability, whenever I choose? So, yes although even what I am offering here may sound like its “all about me narcissism
    ” in itself, I can assure you it is not, it is simply that only I know myself well, and the influence of this Mercury rx has definintely more than a hint of “comeuppance” OR the opposite of returning to those who have been robbed, or usurped, of their rightful place, obviously when it comes to the scale, comeuppance takes one down, which immediately raises the other side up, Basic physics. Anyway, I have made many mistakes and learned the hard way, regarding these planetary placements and influences, so just an offering in for those ill equipped to handle the power of this full moon and the aspects affecting its humours 🙂 Basic truth here, there is nothing to fear unless you have something to hide.
    As for Mercury, he is rx in my chart but in Cancer 9th house, thus my mercurial Gemini is 8th house… probably should have studdied forensics…hindsight, wonderful thing 🙂

  2. Wow amazing information thank you God bless you 🙏💯✅

  3. I have mercury retrograde in the second house of my chart. One weird consequence is that I usually make more money during mercury retrograde.

    Mercury retrograde seems to be in full effect already, even though it is still in stationary mode. I’m a landscaper and I’ve been dealing with two truckers and 6 loads of mulch for clients. In the past I’ve had to deal with crooked truckers ripping my clients off. This time I was convinced one of my new truckers was doing the same thing, because I didn’t get the right information. My compost supplier couldn’t tell me that the cost per yard had gone up at the beginning of the year, because HER boss forgot to tell her. My new trucker was shipping it to my clients at the new price, I didn’t know what was happening, and I was really to nail him to the wall. Fortunately, I checked it out with the agent at my supplier first, and she found out we had both had been left out of the loop. I got in touch with my clients who got it at the new price, and they were surprised but not upset, as it was still a bargain at $15.30/yard. Then I had to scramble to get in touch with my other trucker and my 3 other clients to let them know about the price change, before their loads were delivered. Fortunately, they all still want the material and I’ll be making lots of money shoveling it. To make things a little more complicated, one of my clients thought her delivery was arriving today, and couldn’t get in touch with me to find out what happened. I was out dealing with 8 yards of mulch from another deliver and couldn’t get home until 10 p.m.. I sent her an email, and will phone her first thing tomorrow, so hopefully she’ll find out that she’s getting it at 2 p.m. tomorrow! PHew!

  4. Hello, Debbie, Gemini is on the cusp of my 8th house, too. You must be Scorpio rising, also.

  5. Scorpio rising means recent past life influences are still being felt/sensed in this life. It also makes us very wise, and not likely to be screwed over, at least not for long. My childhood was a living hell. I was taken advantage of by both parents and everyone else, so I learned a lot about life through the school of hard knocks. (Mercury retrograde influence?) I don’t take things at face value and question everything.

  6. Hi Charlotte Elizabeth, actually my ascendant is 26 LIbra, I have Gemini on the Cusp of 9th, I have Cancer and Capricorn intercepted in my natal chart, thus my 12th house is completely engulfed by Libra, ditto my 6th in Aries. I can understand how it feels like Merc Rx is underway though, I think maybe natal rx persons are inclined to be more in tune with its coming retrogrades? because I have been working with similar issues of misinformation or even ignorance for a while, that I have done my best to improve or explain in order to warn of the possible consequences or even rectify where I have the authority to do so,, which recently may now be bordering on corruption or gross negligence issues since Mercury entered the shadow period that he will re-trace his steps through in this coming rx, which I have continued to try to appeal to common sense and be a voice of reason, when the opportunity to support what I have been trying to help with comes up, yet to no avail, they improve their act, rather than being real and above board. Anyway, I hope I am wrong, but this could prove to be a quite tricky Mercury rx.

  7. The pandemic first raged when Mercury went Rx in Pisces in March 2020. It was at its peak in 2020 when in conjuncted Pisces soon after going direct. I’ve heard that we get the chance to solve mistakes made in earlier Mercury Rx in subsequent retrograde cycles. I think Jamie has a typo and meant to say there’s increased propensity for infection, not inflection. With Gemini involved, it is the lungs and nervous system. The virus mutates and Pisces and Gemini are mutable. In India the virus is now accompanied by an extremely rare fungal infection that previously was only found in arid locations.

  8. During about a week before retrograde, all this info was being revealed regarding lies, deceits, betrays, etc. Funny, because I read over the article and making sure my temper is in check, I just shut up and stop communicating with the other parties bc all I get are lies..lies, then a side of BS. Now, I find myself needing an attorney because of basically fraud and may end up revealing actually criminal behavior upon discovery. I can’t wait 3 weeks until direct motion. Is it ok to still sign on dotted line, and start the process of the legal matter?? Thoughts on this issue would be appreciated.

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