Mercury Retrograde 2022: The Chaotic Cycle Of September 10 - October 2

Last updated by Susan Taylor

You’ve no doubt already heard about Mercury retrograde and the effects of this scary phenomenon. Now, whenever bad luck curses us, our first reaction is to blame this destructive planetary movement. From car problems to missed trains; we love to point the finger at this event, but in actual fact, this calamitous motion is indeed REAL! Unlike previous years, this phenomenon occurs a total of 4 times in 2022, so be sure to discover our advice on how to get through each phase, as well as the misfortunes each zodiac sign can expect.

Mercury Retrograde 2022: The Chaotic Cycle Of September 10 - October 2

Is Mercury in retrograde right now? — Yes, the cycle began on September 10 and ends on October 2 😱

Mercury is the fastest moving planet, and symbolizes intellect, reason, and communication and when it metaphorically spins out of control by entering this infamous cycle, it leaves us to deal with the consequences… Although every planet of the solar system goes retrograde at some point, the effects of Mercury entering this motion are often more intense and bring about even more misfortune than most other planets.

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What is Mercury retrograde?

It's a change in the direction of the planet in the sky and is said to set off setbacks and tribulations. This movement is in fact a visual effect and begins when the planet commences its so-called backward motion in the night sky through the zodiac. So, no, Mercury's orbit of the sun won't change direction, because it's an optical illusion. This chaotic process includes the slowing down and eventual stagnation of the planet. It's this unnatural movement that creates so much uproar. Concretely, whilst in this stage, the planet will for example jump from Pisces back to Aquarius, plunging us into mayhem. According to Susan Taylor, in 2022, Scorpio, Aries, Gemini, and Sagittarius can expect to be the most impacted by the chaos.


For astrologers, these phases coincide with major psychological changes. Due to the fact that the planet figuratively moves backward, its energy can no longer fully express itself, causing internal disturbances or slowdowns in many individuals.

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What are the Mercury retrograde 2022 dates, and what can I expect? 

  • January 14 to January 26 Mercury retrograde in Aquarius
  • January 27 to February 4 Mercury retrograde in Capricorn
  • From May 10 to May 23 Mercury retrograde in Gemini
  • From May 24 to June 3 Mercury retrograde in Taurus
  • September 10 to 23 Mercury retrograde in Libra
  • September 24 to October 2 Mercury retrograde in Virgo
  • December 29 to 31 Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius

From September 10 - 23, 2022 - Communication dramas...

From September 10 - 23, 2022, Mercury retrograde in Libra. Libra is related to the 7th house in astrology, which is the sector of relationships, associations, and contracts. Mercury retrograde in this sign can therefore bring worries related to a lack of communication or misunderstandings with others, mainly in your relationship or with your partners, or professional associates. Agreements and contracts may also be delayed. So be more attentive and careful when you pass on your oral or written messages and remain patient if a contract or an arrangement is delayed: this is because things still need to mature before commitment. Chances are that things will be cleared up when Mercury resumes its direct course on October 2, after its retrograde cycle in Virgo...

From September 24 - October 2, 2022 - Expect stress

From September 24, Mercury, who was previously retrograde in Libra, moves into the sign of Virgo, before resuming its direct course on October 3. Virgo is related to the 6th house in astrology, so it is either the sector of daily work or the place of our activity (company, establishment, workshop, trade...) / or simply the sector of our daily life. In this sign, Mercury retrograde can hinder us in our daily life, and make us more worried when faced with an accumulation of unexpected events such as appliances that no longer work, after-sales services, or customer services that fail... Patience is required because under Mercury retrograde in Virgo, we can more easily somatize (headaches, stomach aches, skin rashes, etc... due to stress).  Under the influence of Mercury retrograde in Virgo, we are often more nervous and more worried because it is more difficult to improvise during a period where imponderables are more numerous. 

✨ Here's how each zodiac sign will be impacted by Mercury retrograde from September 10 - October 2:

Beware of misunderstandings in a relationship. If you are single, avoid declarations of love for the time being!
Your daily life is disrupted because you can't count on others... Hold on!
Communication with your children or spouse is problematic. Don't aggravate the situation because dialogue will soon return. If you are single, pleasure awaits...
A real estate project may be delayed. When it comes to your family, beware of misunderstandings!
Beware of missed appointments! Don't accidentally get stood up, and on the other hand, make sure you've understood the dates, time, and place of the meeting.
An agreement, or a financial arrangement, will be postponed... Be patient; nothing is lost just yet.
You are more distracted and dizzy than usual. Try to concentrate, don't make any unnecessary mistakes...
You are overwhelmed by a flood of contradictory information, your compass is going crazy, so get advice!
A friend you were counting on to help you with a project may not show up. Discuss it calmly, and they may be more available later...
Complications exasperate you at work or in your activities. Rely on your organizational skills to get through them!
If you have to travel or go on short trips, beware of translation errors and make sure you have understood all the information.
A lack of discipline or abuse from some people can cost you some savings... Be careful!

What happens when Mercury retrograde is over?

Fortunately, all bad things must come to an end. Indeed, the fastest planet in the zodiac goes direct, everything that happened during the retrograde could come back to haunt us. Now, you would think that the post-retrograde period would be beneficial, however, this is the time when communications and drama kick into high gear, when the effects really begin. This will be a time to revisit events that occurred during the pre-retrograde shadow period, and nothing should be taken for granted. This is obviously easier said than done, as secrets and scandals will be revealed. One word of advice: be careful what you say!

What signs will be affected by Mercury retrograde 2022?

Aries and Capricorn are likely to be particularly affected by Mercury retrograde 2022 since these signs are well known for their impatience and stubbornness. Gemini will also be very affected by this phenomenon because these natives like action and movement, meaning they'll be very frustrated with the situation. Virgo, who likes everything to be in order, will be distressed by the cycle too.

Discover the influence of Mercury retrograde according to the planet in which it is located.

This is what happens when Mercury is retrograde in each sign:


Your projects often get put back during this period, but don't let that worry you. If you let setbacks stress you out, you may lose time and feel like dropping everything!


Practical concerns are possible at work! Important appointments, meetings, or job interviews are often postponed, or even canceled.


This is not the time to fly or sail! Do you have to travel? Beware of strikes or breakdowns that delay your means of transportation...


You'll experience some psychological fatigue. People will invite you to interesting functions, but you'll be too tired.

Sign Leo

Expect confusion in your relationship or in your associations! In any case, misunderstandings reign and cause tensions. Above all, do not let the situation get out of hand! Do not sign any contracts or commitments for the time being!


Your daily life will be turned upside down. Electrical appliances including your phone won't work and parcels could get lost.


You'll have trouble letting go and relaxing. Too many internal tensions shake you up during the retrograde period.


This is not the time to undertake renovations at home! Beware of communication problems and misinterpretations...


If you have to sign a contract or an important document, don't do anything before the 28th... Or read the document again! And don't forget what's written in between the lines!


Beware, your bank may call you because you've mismanaged your accounts. An unexpected expense puts you in the red!


You have trouble concentrating and feel like you are thinking more slowly than usual these days. Beware of your absent-mindedness!


Everything seems to be on hold! Nothing goes as planned, it's as if you've been put under a nasty spell so that mail or deliveries are systematically lost!

Here are 5 signs which indicate Mercury is in retrograde:

  • You feel less proactive
  • You experience unexpected setbacks
  • You isolate yourself
  • You start doubting everything
  • You feel lostMercury

What should you not do during Mercury retrograde 2022? Plus, what you should definitely do

The best way to get through this testing period is to plan everything you do meticulously. Here's a guide of what to do and what to avoid doing in order to emerge scot-free.

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Always have a back-up plan
Be negative
Be flexible
Bottle things up
Avoid signing contracts
Be attentive
Jump into things head first
Use the Mercury retrograde period as a time to reflect
Have unrealistic demands

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Article presented by Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.


My 24th birthday is September 27th, being the day Mercury retrograde starts, is that going to be bad for me? I feel as though this year has been good for me but Mercury retrograde is normally never my friend so I’m kind of concerned. Anyone have any insight for me?

Hey Jennie I understand a little your concern. Im a Libra too! My birthday is on Oct. 5th and I'm a bit worried too. But I have spoken to a few spiritual professionals and they say to Remain positive and do not dwell on any negative. Remain flexible and anticipate changes. Also double and triple check everything and don't make any life altering decisions during the peak of the retrograde. Since your birthday is on the day it begins, I highly suggest kicking back and celebrating as much as you can but also pray on your birthday or do some spiritual work, do some goal planning, etc. Im personally going through a lot of scary changes and I understand how frustrating it can be when things fall apart. Just know that you have love and support from Above and from a stranger(lol, me). Stay optimistic no matter what! Don't let fear take over you. Just know that things WILL work themselves out! Hope this helps a little!:] With early birthday hugs, Heidi:)

Very inspiring and educational. Help me to understand and have a better view on during this period of regodrate. Thank you. Stay safe be bless.

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Hi. Really happy to say that your article is very useful to me. I am fond of astrology and often read my horoscope at I agree with you that in the retrograde period of the movement of Mercury, it makes no sense to start something new, be it a business, relationship or purchase. But this is a great time to think about some situations in the past, and fix what you think is broken.

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