Mercury is transiting through Gemini

May 4 – July 11, 2021

Mercury turns retrograde from May 29 – June 22, 2021


Mercury is visiting his domain of Gemini, and he will be there for quite a long time. That is because he will be travelling almost right to the end of Gemini before he halts and turns retrograde before completing his homestay. 


Mercury rules Gemini and is more than happy to return home. Here, the Messenger God feels light and breezy – he jokes and fools around – and pokes fun at everything. For Gemini, joking is a form of self-protection. By exposing the absurdity of ‘normal life’ he puts matters into perspective. By doing so he avoids the real depths of his feelings, which is too scary to face. 


Mercury’s strength is adaptability. In Gemini, that means mental agility. It is giddying to witness his mental acrobatics. He comes up with ideas at break-neck speed – and drops them just as quickly. Boring routines kill him. But he is brilliant at adapting to changing circumstances. No matter what kind of problem you throw at him, he comes up with ideas as to how to solve it. Adaptation is an evolutionary asset without which our species would never have got to where we are now. It is the capacity for active learning – a process that is very much under the Mercury/Gemini domain. 


Mercury is incredibly agile, but at times, all this mental energy can be overwhelming. Without clear focus and a step-by-step approach, his mental acrobatics can cost him his audience. If all his synapses are firing at once of course everyone else seems dim. But likewise, he can easily get entangled in the windmills of his mind. 


Mercury in Gemini is interested in everything but has little patience to study anything in detail. There are too many interesting factoids and story threads to get bogged down with any one of them for long. Familiarity breeds boredom and contempt. 


Gemini is a social sign and Mercury here finds it easy to adapt to different social settings and environments. He sees the world as a stage and people as performers in a social play. It’s all Impro-theatre to him. Gemini individuals may find this perspective useful to help them navigate the social world, but it may leave others scratching their heads, wondering what’s behind the mask. It can be hard to tell and depends on the circumstances. Mercury in Gemini has the unique ability to accept ambiguity and thus accept the paradoxes of life.


Mercury is a fast-moving planet, which means that the effects of this transit will be felt like a passing wind of energy and ideas. Only those, who experience it as a direct transit to planets in their personal horoscopes are likely to feel a noticeable effect. 




Self-presentation (1. House):


When Mercury travels through a Gemini first house, there is a great urge for human connection and communication. Mercury is very open and wants to get to know everyone he meets. He has ‘the gift of the gab’ and is rarely lost for words.


Money, Values (2. House):

A Mercury transit in the house of money can mean fluctuations in the financial department. There is a strong impulse to spend money on frivolous things or to gamble. But be careful not to put all your eggs in one basket. If you do take a chance on a risky financial decision make sure you have some reserves. 


Friends and Kin, Mental Processing (3. House):

In the house of siblings and kin, a Mercury transit indicates a flurry of social activity. The urge to get together will be hard to control. But don’t throw caution to the wind, even with your relatives. 


Home and Family (4. House):

Mercury in the house of home and family brings a great deal of restlessness. If you are going stir-crazy, change your daily routine, or try rearranging the furniture to introduce some novelty and ground that nervous energy.


Creativity, Children (5. House):

A Mercury transit passing through the fifth house is an excellent time to allow the inner child some playtime. Explore, discover, fool around and indulge your creativity. It is also a great time for having some fun with the kids – perhaps learning a new skill together.


Health, Work, Service (6. House):

In the house of work and health, a Mercury transit brings a flurry of activity. It is a juggling act, but with Gemini in this part of the horoscope, you are used to that. Make sure to take a break and get some rest, lest stress will get the better of you.


Partnership, Relationship (7. House):

In the house of love, Mercury in Gemini is fickle and flighty. Flirtatiousness can be flattering but if you meet such a person, just enjoy the moment and don’t try to pin them down. This transit is better for a platonic companionship or mental exchange than for romance.


Shared Assets, Inner Resources (8. House):

A Mercury transit through the eighth house is the epitome of trade and barter. Keep the finger on the pulse to get the inside story that informs the best investments and value transactions.


Travel, Study (9. House):

Mercury loves to travel. When passing through the house of travel and expanding horizons, he is off at the drop of a hat. But even if stuck at home he expands his horizons or plans the next trip. Any snippet of information can spark his imagination. It’s a great time to enrol on a short educational endeavour, such as an online class.


Career, Status (10. House):

When Mercury visits Gemini in the tenth house it is a great time for brainstorming new projects or marketing campaigns. Flexibility and versatility are definite assets. Make the most of that creative flow and don’t stop generating ideas for now. The time to sort through them comes later.


Community, In-Group (11. House):

A Mercury transit in the eleventh house is a great time for organizing and networking, especially when that house is in Gemini. Mercury is in his element when he makes connections and brings people together. This airy quality is usually a breath of fresh air, but at times Mercury likes to sow mischief or play ‘devil’s advocate’, for the sheer hell of it. 


Spirituality, Transcendence (12. House):

When transiting through the twelfth house, Mercury can be elusive and hard to grasp. Contradictions are hard to reconcile. Try to go beyond the mental trap of polarity and accept ambiguity. 

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