How are 12 Zodiac Signs affected on Valentine's Day 2021 as Mercury retreats?
How Mercury Retrograde could affect your Valentine according to your zodiac sign! Photo: Teen Vogue

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration.

Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.

How are 12 Zodiac Signs affected on Valentine's Day 2021 as Mercury retreats?
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According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, in 2021, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates: January 30 to February 21, May 29 to June 22, and September 27 to October 23.

Therefore, Mercury will be retrograde on Valentine’s Day in Aquarius, which means that we all may have our own mini romantic horror stories. But the type of influence you feel also depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes retrograde. Read the details below.

How Mercury Retrograde affects 12 zodiac signs on Valentine's Day 2021

From Jan. 30 through Feb. 20, Mercury's backspin will be mixing up our lives when it comes to making plans and interacting with others. With Feb. 14 falling right in the middle of its storm, you'll definitely want to be aware of how Mercury retrograde will affect Valentine's Day 2021 for your zodiac sign:

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Friendship drama could be a buzzkill when it comes to your Valentine's Day vibe, Aries, so be wary of any gossip floating through your social circle now. If your current crush is a friend (or a friend with benefits), be extra diligent about expressing yourself with clarity. It'll be easy for someone to pick up on mixed signals or get the wrong idea about where things are headed.

All will be forgiven by you on February 17th, but remember: You are who you love, and not who loves you back. You have the chance right now to decide who’s worth your time, energy, kindness, and fabulousness.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

After a day of fun, you want to go live on IG to share your love with everyone. After you’re done, you may forget to disconnect and stay on for several minutes, unbeknownst to you, Teen Vogue cites. Relaxing with your partner or making low-key plans with a crush could be the perfect way to distract yourself from the retrograde drama in your career. Give yourself the night off to fully focus on romance.

If not this specific blunder, you're up against some technological mistakes this love season. Be extra careful about what you're putting out there, and double-check who you're texting!

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

All you want to do is book a romantic out-of-town getaway this Valentine's Day, Gemini — but between the pandemic and Mercury retrograde's travel snags, that's probably not the best idea. Instead, scratch your itch for adventure by doing something fresh with your partner. Trying out a new recipe at home or going on a socially distant picnic could help to spice things up.

The big Aquarius energy that’s brewing will push you to see matters from a different perspective. In fact, you may even get a tad fanatical during Neptune’s cosmic dance with the Nodes of Destiny on January 26th, so be careful about the tonality in which you debate the latest episode of The Bachelor, The Oprah Magazine cites.

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Intimacy is hard for some, but not for you. This month, you will have the chance to get to know everyone in your life on a deeper level—especially during the New Moon on February 11th. Think that’s a lot? A friend from the past will make an unexpected reappearance in your life on February 17th, which happens to occur during Mercury’s backward spin, Bustle cites.

It’s up to you to decide how you want to proceed with your pal. Words of advice: Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve until you feel safe in the relationship. Find your footing first.

How are 12 Zodiac Signs affected on Valentine's Day 2021 as Mercury retreats?
How Mercury Retrograde affects 12 zodiac signs on Valentine's Day 2021. Photo: Cosmopolitan

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)

In an effort to stay on budget, you and your partner decided to buy each other inexpensive gifts. As a joke, you purchase them handcuffs — and, you handcuff yourself to them for laughs. The caveat is that the key doesn’t work and you’re stuck together until a locksmith comes over. Be careful to avoid sticky situations like this one on or around V-Day. What's means to get a quick laugh could turn into a full-on situation.

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

The best plan for you this Valentine's Day is no plan at all, Virgo. With Mercury turning your schedule upside down and making it hard to get anywhere on time, you'll probably have an easier time enjoying yourself if you keep things open with your partner. Make a loose plan and keep your schedule flexible. That way if one of you shows up late, it's nothing to stress over.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

Aquarius Season will prove to be super fortuitous and prosperous for you. Mercury’s moonwalk and the Full Moon on January 28th will heighten your passions and bring you face-to-face with your dreams.

All of your visions will be attainable during the New Moon on February 11th; you could even formulate a money making plan around these creative desires when Saturn and Uranus square off on February 17th. If you’ve been procrastinating on a project, this month is the time to get the ball rolling. Slowly but surely, things will start to happen: You are on the right path to success.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

This retrograde is taking you on an emotional journey, Scorpio, so don't push yourself to make any flashy Valentine's Day plans. Ordering take-out and cuddling up for a classic Netflix n' chill session with your partner feels just as romantic as a hot date out on the town right now — so let yourself enjoy some intimate and cozy downtime. Your heart just wants to nurture.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

An ex hits you up to check in and you text back “I miss us” instead of “I miss you.” This will be an awkward situation because they may expect a reconciliation when you think you've moved on. But… if you've really moved on then why are you sending them any “miss you” texts in the first place?

As long as you know that you’re 100% correct, that's all that matters. Living by those words on January 26th (when Neptune squares the Nodes of Destiny) will help you get through the Full Moon on January 26th and the New Moon on February 11th.

*Read More: Valentine's Day Horoscope: Love Astrological Prediction for all Zodiac Signs

How are 12 Zodiac Signs affected on Valentine's Day 2021 as Mercury retreats?
How Mercury Retrograde affects 12 zodiac signs on Valentine's Day 2021. Photo: Freepik

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

With your confidence at a high, there’s literally nothing you can’t achieve. Now, only if we could say the same about your finances. It’s time to get your spending under control. With a little finessing on your part during Mercury retrograde, you’ll save cash during the Full Moon on January 28th and start seeing progress by the New Moon on February 11th.

The same can be said for your confidence, which will reach peak awesomeness on February 17th. Luckily, this month will coax out some genuinely good vibes—if you focus on boosting your self-esteem and bank account.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

Happy solar return, Aquarius! Now that it’s your birthday month, it’s time for you to become a little bit more selfish. Embracing this sentiment will be harder than you think during Mercury retrograde—which aligns with your Sun—because you are a natural born giver.

However, with the retrograde in your sign, Aquarius, it might feel tough to get in touch with your true desires — which could lead to confusion in both your heart and your schedule. You're feeling noncommittal in every way possible, so keep your Valentine's Day plans loose and flexible. If you need time to process your feelings when it comes to romance, be clear about that, too.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)

This Valentine's Day calls for self-care central, Pisces. The retrograde has been exhausting, as you've been doing a lot of deep introspective work as you've navigated its seas. So when it comes to making plans with your partner, you want to get lost in a full-blown fantasy.

You’re especially good at living in your own bubble. All those years swimming around in your imaginary world will pay off, as the Aquarius stellium—a cluster of planets in the same sign—force you to ignite your romantic sentiments. The only thwarting element to your chill month will occur when Neptune, which aligns with your Sun, squares off with the Nodes of Destiny on January 26th, awakening you from your beautiful daydream and pushing you to take on a more responsible role at work.

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