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Mercury Retrograde: The Dates And Effects Of The 4 Cycles In 2022

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.

Is Mercury in retrograde right now? — No, the cycle ended on June 3, 2022, and the next one begins on September 10 😱

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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When is Mercury in retrograde in 2022, 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 May 10 - May 23, 2022 - Remember to think before you speak...

Here, Mercury is in the air sign of Gemini. Gemini is a sign of analysis and intellect, of expression, of communication, of movement too, of curiosity and sometimes of scattering tendencies… Mercury retrograde in Gemini can therefore make us more dizzy and agitated, so beware of forgetfulness and verbal blunders. You must also be sure to check your agenda before doing anything, because misunderstandings or missed appointments can be detrimental. On the positive side, when in Gemini, Mercury encourages us to reflect on our past actions, whilst analyzing our thoughts, ideas, and opinions.

May 24 - June 3, 2022: Mercury retrograde in Taurus

Taurus is known as a pragmatic sign, and here, Mercury influences practical life, and our sense of organization. During this phase, many things can be delayed, so we must reflect on issues rather than being angry and stubborn. This retrograde period therefore imposes prudence and reflection on us, especially in relation to our financial assets. It also calls for a review of our unnecessary expenses, and incites us to be more far-sighted in order to ensure our stability and that of our loved ones.

✨ Here's how each zodiac sign will be impacted by Mercury retrograde from May 24 - June 3:

Your finances do not allow you to make huge purchases this month. Don't be frustrated, at least you're not living beyond your means!
This is an excellent time to reconsider a decision you made yesterday that may not have been favorable to you. It's never too late to change. Think about it, you'll make a decision by June 4!
A forgotten bill, a fine that you did not expect, or simply an unexpected expense can upset you. Put things in perspective and be more attentive in the future!
Regarding a somewhat utopian project, you'll fall back to earth. Review your ambitions and put less money into it, you'll get there!
Your income does not seem to be up to the level of the work you do. Think about arguments to ask for a raise from June 4...
This is a good time to review the value you place on yourself. You tend to undervalue yourself when many appreciate you. Change your outlook on yourself!
A delay in getting money owed to you can make you angry. Take the necessary steps, but don't wear out your nerves. It's just a setback!
This is a good time to think about a commitment or a contract, in any case, let things mature. You'll be more sure of yourself by June 4!
At work or in your daily life, there are some dysfunctions to review. Think about it and then make arrangements!
You feel the need to isolate yourself to take stock of your desires, your priorities, your assets, and the maintenance of your body, etc. .... You need to be able to start again on good bases.
Everything that concerns your home is a source of reflection. Are you planning to renovate? Changes in the family structure? Meditate on it to make the right decisions from June 4...
A contract signing may be delayed, but it's a blessing in disguise because some things were not in order... it will unblock after June 4.

From September 10 - 23 in Libra, then September 24 - October 2 in Virgo: Patience is required

Here, we’ll be faced with communication problems at home and at work. Plus, signings and agreements are likely to be postponed, and that's for the best! We’ll also feel more anxious when faced with an accumulation of unforeseen events, such as appliances that no longer work.

December 29 - 31 in Sagittarius: Travel issues...

The planet will prevent us from traveling, due to breakdowns and strikes. When it comes to our professional life, training courses may be more complicated than expected or even be postponed.

The effects Mercury retrograde has when it transit through each sign

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!

Why do the effects of the Mercury retrograde period terrify astrology fans?

Big decisions should be avoided during this time because our communication and judgment skills are negatively impacted. Planet Mercury is said to have an influence on travel, communication, and contracts, which is why so many of us are affected. Running late as well as relationship problems are both thought to be effects of this crazy cycle. Mercury

Here are 5 signs which indicate Mercury is in retrograde:

  1. You feel less proactive
  2. You experience unexpected setbacks
  3. You isolate yourself
  4. You start doubting everything
  5. You feel lost

Survival guide for Mercury retrograde: Our list of dos and don'ts

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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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.

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.

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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 horo.io. 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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