Mercury goes retrograde approximately three times a year and in 2022 is in Retrograde from:
- May 10th – June 2nd
- September 9th – October 2nd
- December 29th – January 18th 2023
Firstly what is a retrograde?
A retrograde is when a planet appears to turn backward in the sky. This happens due to an optical illusion caused by differences in orbit.
All the major planets (excluding the luminaries – the sun and the moon) go retrograde from time to time.
When planets go retrograde the impact of the planet changes and the type of activities that are recommended change too.
What is Mercury Retrograde all about?
Mercury is the planet of communications, contracts, local travel, legal affairs, and technology and is at home in Virgo and the 3rd house of Communications.
Mercury represents the way that we communicate, think, learn and process information.
Mercury can be thought of as the Messenger.
It is considered to be a fairly harmonious planet but whilst in retrograde, however, it tends to bring disruption, technological difficulties, and problems with agreements and contracts.
So when Mercury goes retrograde this heralds a time for taking a step back, slowing down, and waiting it out.
During a Mercury Retrograde, we may feel slightly disoriented, stagnant, stuck, or like nothing is moving forward easily.
A Mercury retrograde will ask us to double-check everything, put off what can be delayed, and, for what can’t, make sure we are checking the fine print!
It is not recommended to launch a new product, set up technology, sign contracts, travel or make major purchases during this period.
But with Mercury retrograding so frequently sometimes this can’t be helped and we can’t always avoid it so instead plan ahead, be prepared for potential issues, have backup plans, and don’t be surprised if there are miscommunications.
This is the time to be flexible, double-check all communications and travel arrangements, and avoid signing contracts.
By the time Mercury turns direct if we have taken the time to reflect and review we will be ready to make headway with our goals.
It is worth noting that if you were born during a Mercury retrograde you might actually find that the impact is reversed for you and that this period is super productive for you!
Where is Mercury retrograding in your chart?
Mercury retrogrades in different zodiac signs and each retrograde will be subtly influenced by the characteristics of the sign Mercury is in. The current retrograde (May 10th – June 2nd) is from 4 degrees Gemini to 26 degrees Taurus.
So this current Mercury retrograde is in Gemini & Taurus and Mercury will retrograde from 4 degrees Gemini to 26 degrees Taurus so take a look at your natal chart to see which house this is in for you and take note of any other planets around this area.
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- Gemini rules communication, legal documents, travel, siblings, and neighbors so whilst Mercury retrogrades here it is a good time to avoid travel if we can (or if not double-check our arrangements, avoid signing contracts and be aware that communications (especially with siblings) may be more difficult. We might want to reflect and review the way in which we habitually communicate with our siblings or close neighbors. Are we doing this in an authentic way?
- Taurus rules finances, security, stability, and creature comforts so whilst Mercury retrogrades here it is a good time to reflect and review our relationship with money and finances and stability in general – do we need to be more responsible in how we manage our finances and create a stable base for ourselves?
Mercury retrograde is typically a time when we have issues with things such as communication, technology, and contracts so this Mercury Retrograde is likely to cause difficulties with your communications, travel, contracts, and finances. You will want to think before you speak and avoid signing a contract or entering into other legal negotiations.
What might the position of Mercury’s May 2022 Retrograde mean for you?
In which part of your life do you need to reflect and review?
For me, it is my 8th (other people’s money, power, transformation, and death and rebirth) and 9th House (travel, learning, and expansion).
It’s a time when I want to stake a step back and look at all the things I have created and to really think about what I want the next stage of my business to look at. That could mean doing some pruning of offerings or services and I’m certainly feeling a need to “simplify in order to amplify”.