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First Mercury Retrograde In 2022 – 5 Essential Tips To Use It Well

Hello, my gorgeous ladies, it is me, Anna! Can you believe we are back to yet another Mercury Retrograde? It feels like just the other day I was writing about what to expect from the previous Mercury Retrograde.

It is absolutely crazy how quickly time goes, but thankfully, Retrogrades come just when we need them and have their own way of slowing things down and helping us reconnect to the things we aren’t always that conscious of.

This first Mercury Retrograde starts in Aquarius on January 14, and then will move backward, all the way into Capricorn as well, and then finally go direct once again on February 3. This coincides with the Venus Retrograde in Capricorn that is also currently happening.

We have another three Mercury Retrogrades after this one this year. Their dates are May 10 to June 2, and then another one from September 9 to October 1, and then finally the last Mercury Retrograde will be December 28 to January 18 2023. Yes, we are bringing in the New Year with a Mercury Retrograde, that should be interesting…

There is so much to unpack here, but luckily with the support of Astrology, we always know what to expect and nothing can be too surprising when we follow the stars. So please continue reading if you would like to find out more about this interesting Mercury Retrograde and also how it is going to affect you on a personal level!

Remember that I always suggest reading for your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs, however, keep in mind that I write these horoscopes from the perspective of the Rising sign, so this will always be more accurate.

I hope you enjoy it and find something meaningful in my words!

What Is Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury is the planet that governs communication and technology. It also governs our thoughts and the way our brain works. Those day-to-day tasks are all done thanks to Mercury who helps us to get things done.

Because we are such a communicative species, it is safe to say that Mercury is incredibly important in our lives. If we couldn’t talk and communicate with others, what would be the point exactly?

This just shows you why experiencing a Mercury Retrograde can be so upsetting! This phenomenon happens about three times each year when it appears that the messenger planet is moving backward in its orbit.

It can cause various parts of our lives to slow down, and make life rather confusing. You may feel like you don’t know if you are coming or going, and this can become a bit much to handle. It can also cause havoc when the things that we rely on to get done aren’t working as they should, like our cell phones or computers.

Late for work or an important meeting? You can definitely blame Mercury Retrograde for that. This is why it is so vital for you to be extra vigilant and careful with your time when Mercury Retrograde comes along – you don’t want it to cause too much chaos.

That being said, Mercury Retrograde is also a wonderful way to teach you that you cannot control everything, and sometimes you just need to surrender to the moment. These roadblocks happen for a reason, listen to what the Universe is trying to tell you!

Mercury Retrograde also has the reputation of bringing people back from your past into your life, don’t be surprised if you get a couple of texts from exes or old friends over this period. This is a great opportunity for you to revisit and see if you can let go of the lessons you need to learn with this person!

If you are interested in learning more about what Mercury Retrograde is, then check out this link!

5 Self-Care Tips To Remember During The First Mercury Retrograde Of The Year

Mercury Retrograde can be quite a stressful time… Your head is running around, feeling confused and out of sync with the world. There is nothing more annoying than being misunderstood and this can lead to all kinds of negative feelings.

This is why it is so important that your self-care rituals are on point and that you take special care of yourself during this time. Basically, you want to mitigate any of the negative effects and flow through this time with grace and ease.

1. Be Okay With Slowing Down

If there is one lesson you need to learn through Mercury Retrograde then it is being okay with going at a slower pace. Remember that one of the best lessons you can learn in this time is how to reconnect with yourself when your external world seems a little crazy.

When there is chaos around you, then it is best that you step away from all of that up and down energy and just find a pace that is more suitable to what your mind, body, and soul currently need.

You don’t have to do anything or force anything, all you really need is to be in flow and let your inner guidance be the light you follow.

2. Don’t Sign Any Contracts Or Commit To Anything

When Mercury Retrograde is around then it isn’t advisable for you to sign any contracts or make decisions that can really impact your life. There is the possibility that something could go wrong, or that you regret this decision when the Retrograde is over.

Events that occur over a Mercury Retrograde have a way of not working out. So, this is a wonderful test of your patience and your capacity for delayed gratification. Things will work out a lot smoother if you just give it a little time and gain more clarity.

3. Face Your Shadow

It is quite possible for your demons to really show up during Mercury Retrograde. All those yucky parts of yourself that you have been avoiding may rear their ugly head. However, this isn’t something to fear, because it can be a beautiful opportunity for growth and expansion.

Each and every one of us has a light side and a dark side within us. It is just about making peace with both and finding the balance between the two. When Mercury Retrograde comes along, you are more likely to be aware of your shadow side.

Don’t avoid diving deep, do it, surrender to this, and allow yourself to feel what it is you need to feel. This should give you a beautiful release and help you to give yourself the permission to let go and accept every part of yourself.

Mercury Retrograde can provide you with the opportunity to experience greater self-acceptance, but you are going to have to be willing to do the work by surrendering to the process.

4. Re-connect With People From Your Past

Mercury Retrograde is synonymous with having people from your past come back to “haunt” you. Some Astrologers may recommend not to allow this to happen, but I disagree. If someone makes their way back to you, then obviously there is some unfinished business you need to resolve.

Reconnect with these people, and see what lessons you can learn from this experience. It may be as simple as, “I am really over this person.” Sometimes you just need a little reminder of the person you once were, and who you have become.

And there is no better mirror to show you this than a person from your past! See what the person has to offer you, but be really realistic with your expectations. Remember that anything that starts with a Mercury Retrograde is unlikely to have any longevity attached to it.

Recognize that this is probably going to be a temporary thing, so don’t get your hopes up too high!

5. Nourish Your Body

As you may have guessed, Mercury Retrograde can be quite a cerebral time with a lot of thinking and a hell of a lot of overanalyzing. This is why it is so important for you to drop into your body to help you get out of your mind.

Do activities that support this, like prioritizing your meditation or committing to your yoga practice over these three weeks. Move your body, remember that movement is medicine and your body is a wonderful inner healer and guide.

Eat super nourishing foods, purge yourself from any processed foods and try to eat as clean and pure as possible. This is guaranteed to help mitigate any anxiety or stress that may come up in your mind. The stronger you feel within yourself, the easier the process should be.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn – January 2022 – What Does It Mean?

This year there is quite an interesting phenomenon going on because Mercury is going through two different signs when it Retrogrades.

This first Retrograde starts in Aquarius, the sign that is all about the future, communities, idealism, hopes, dreams, and friendships. This is the perfect time for you to revisit anything related to these topics. Perhaps you want to connect with old friends or you start recognizing that the dream you once had isn’t serving you any longer.

And then on the 25th of January, Mercury will reverse its way back into Capricorn, the sign that mainly has to do with career, ambition, reputation, and success. You may find yourself revisiting your ambitions and what you would like to achieve in your life. Basically, what does success look like to you?

What Signs Will Be Most Affected During This Mercury Retrograde?

Well, this Retrograde is a bit of a doozy. The more accurate question would be, which signs AREN’T being affected by this Mercury Retrograde.

The usual suspects of Gemini and Virgo will be affected by this Retrograde. This is simply because Mercury is their ruling planet, and they rarely come out unscathed during a Mercury Retrograde. Super-self-care is very necessary for these two signs.

And then of course Capricorn and Aquarius, especially if either of these signs are on your Ascendant. But having your Sun or Moon in either of these signs will be quite challenging as well.

Cardinal rising signs will also be affected, so if you have your rising sign in Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn you might find some big changes happening in your life, as well as if you have one of the fixed signs on your Ascendant like Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius.

The only two signs that seem to be going through this Retrograde without much drama seem to be Sagittarius and Pisces!

However, if you’re looking for more information about how this Mercury Retrograde is going to affect you on a personal level, then please continue reading!

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Aries

Misunderstandings abound! This is definitely a time where wires seem to be crossed for you, dear Aries. You’re just going to have to fight extra hard to be heard and get your point across, unfortunately!

This will surely come up if you have to work in a team, it may feel like everyone is trying so hard to have their voice heard that nothing productive gets done. This doesn’t always come naturally to you, but give your best shot at trying to compromise.

There is a big lesson you can learn from this! It is so important that you get really clear about your expectations, while still maintaining a level of non-attachment. It would be really good for you to be super flexible over this period.

You could also really benefit from cutting down on your screen time and social media. Cleanse your mind from thoughts that come from others, and connect to who you are on a deeper level. This can often get fuzzy if you’re constantly digesting the opinions of others.

This should help you to gain better clarity of what you are actually after in your life. Let this set you up for success and help you to better follow your ambitions. Clarity is powerful, but first, you need to make your way through the confusion.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Taurus

There is action going on in your career this month, but beware that headaches are a definite possibility. Professional matters are at the forefront for the next three weeks, which may have you considering the path you are currently on.

This isn’t the time for you to make any drastic decisions about your future. You want to take your time thinking about all the options. If something in your soul is feeling a blockage, then you may want to take notice of this.

This is an auspicious time for you to figure out where you really want to head in your life, so back peddling and feeling unsure of which path to take next is quite normal. Be gentle with yourself as you figure out which direction you need to take.

Don’t get so stuck in your ways that you don’t open up yourself to other possibilities. You need to get out of your comfort zone to truly see what the world has to offer. However, this means stepping out of your box and trying something new.

So, get honest with yourself, and notice the areas of your life where you have become complacent. You need to open yourself up to the possibilities of a new direction. Be fearless, take risks, and see where the journey takes you.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Gemini

Mercury Retrograde happens to be a challenging time for you always, this is because Mercury is the ruler of Gemini. This backward spin can be particularly hard on you, so it is so important that you are extra kind and patient with yourself; you need that extra wiggle room!

You may be having doubts about a vision you have for your life like something doesn’t quite feel right about the path you have chosen. It could be true that the Universe is showing you a different direction, or it could simply be cold feet.

Take the next three weeks to determine what it is you are truly after, and only make those final decisions when you have the clarity you are looking for. It is possible that you have been too ambitious and bitten off way more than you can chew, now is the time to reign it all back again and see what adjustments you can make to help you feel better about where you are at.

Hold off on committing to any plans for the time being, in a few weeks you should have more clarity about where you are headed. Practice patience now, and you should be rewarded in the future.

This is a good time for you to really learn how to keep your expectations low, and not get too attached to the outcome of a project or a relationship. Just be open and let your life flow as it is meant to.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Cancer

Here is the thing, Cancer, your relationships are about to be tested in a big way over the next three weeks. This is a great opportunity for you to take a closer look at the most intimate parts of yourself, and what that means for you within relationships.

The probability of an ex-resurfacing is quite high, so be on the lookout for any snakes in the grass. I encourage you to connect with them, but only if your intuition is guiding you to do so. Remember that your gut feeling always has your back and this is something you need to trust.

There are opportunities for growth and healing if you allow yourself to be open to them, so don’t resist it, because you can come out of this week a stronger and more confident version of yourself. Especially if you happen to learn the value of boundaries and disallow any bad treatment to come your way.

Just because someone once thought they could treat you a certain way, doesn’t mean this is going to fly now. Saying no is one of the kindest things you can do not only for yourself but also for the person who needs to hear it.

Be proud of how far you have come, and that certain lessons you no longer have to learn. Isn’t experience a wonderful thing? When you are done with something, you are well and truly done and that is something powerful you need to praise.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Leo

Confusion is the theme of your relationships for the next few weeks… It is very possible that you have no idea what you are feeling, and if you are making the right decision about a certain person. This can be extremely frustrating.

It may be that your heart is saying one thing, but your head just doesn’t agree with it. This can feel really confusing and overwhelming at times. The only way to remedy this is to give yourself a break by focusing solely on yourself.

Reconnect with those deeper parts of your soul, figure out what makes you happy, and has you thriving, without depending on someone else. You have to be happy on your own first before you can truly ease into being happy with someone else.

Over the next few weeks, you should definitely do some of the things you love and spend some time on your own. This will help you to understand your motivations a little bit better and help you to gain more clarity over the relationship that has you so confused.

The best thing you can do is be patient and don’t try to force yourself into making any decisions for now. The longer you wait, the more clarity you will have! Wait for this confidence to give you the go-ahead.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Virgo

Oh, Virgo! Mercury Retrograde can be such a pain for you, especially considering that your ruling planet happens to be Mercury! This is when your whole life seems to go a little haywire, and your usual organized self feels a lot of chaos and confusion.

The next few weeks may have you overthinking every little detail of your life. This is only going to cause you a lot of stress because there is no way you can control every little part of your life; this will only lead you to feel anxious and full of nervousness.

You need to center yourself and find your inner peace throughout this confusing time. Your self-care rituals need to be on another level right now as you pour all of the possible love into yourself.

This Mercury Retrograde is all about paying attention to what your soul needs and how you can nourish yourself to help you feel whole. This is all about loving you and practicing the things that will help you thrive.

Stop wasting all your time on limiting beliefs and situations that keep taking away from your happiness. You deserve so much more kindness from yourself, and your lesson this month needs to be: “How can I nurture my own soul?”

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Libra

Trouble in paradise might be a bit of a reality for you over the next few weeks as Mercury goes Retrograde, Libra. There could be some issues that come up for you related to love, romance, and dating…

It is possible that the person you have your eye on cancels his dates with you at the last minute, or you may have a bit of a disagreement over text with your honey. This can be quite challenging to mitigate, but not all hope is lost.

I firmly believe in the saying, “rejection is God’s protection.” Cut yourself some slack and recognize that not every guy you are interested in is going to work out. That doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you, it just means that it isn’t meant to be.

This is just one step closer to meeting the person you are meant to be with, so stop feeling so bad because it didn’t work out. Just be thankful for the experience you gained from your interactions, and move on.

Love is always going to be around the corner, but sometimes you are going to be faced with a couple of roadblocks before you meet your Prince Charming. Go with the flow, and take every moment as it comes.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Scorpio

Home is where the heart is, am I right, Scorpio? The likelihood of you wanting to hide away and spend more time at home is quite high. Listen to this inner guidance and don’t force yourself to be social if you aren’t feeling up to it.

Mercury Retrograde is no joke, and it is important that you feel safe and protected in your chosen spaces. You deserve to have a sanctuary away from the rest of the world as you figure out what exactly you are feeling.

Sit back and pay attention to your inner guidance and where it wants you to go, even if that means revisiting parts of yourself that you thought you left way back in the past. Sometimes it is good to reconnect with a version of yourself that isn’t necessarily that active anymore.

You can smile and say thank you to that girl within you, and know that she once served you well, but now you are a much stronger and more capable woman. Show gratitude for the versions of yourself that are no longer relevant in your life.

It is always good to take a walk down memory lane and to recognize how far you have come in your life. There is really something special about recognizing growth and celebrating all the tough lessons you have had to learn.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Sagittarius

Communication is especially testy for you over the next few weeks, Sagittarius. So perhaps cut back on being overly blunt and honest – not everyone can always handle that. I know you like to keep it real, but sometimes it can come across as hurtful.

Especially now that everyone is feeling a little more sensitive than usual, you may want to tone it down a little because it is going to be super easy for others to misunderstand what you are trying to say and this will just lead to confusion and hurt feelings, unfortunately.

This is one of those moments of if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. This is going to protect you from any unnecessary arguments that could hurt some of your relationships.

It can be hard to peddle back from the decisions you make during Mercury Retrograde, so it is best not to say anything you may regret in the future. This is also a warning that you need to backup any sensitive data, and not get too frustrated when your cell reception isn’t working.

Some things are best left unsaid, and this needs to be your lesson over the next three weeks. Wait until you have more clarity, and actually have all of the information before saying something that could be potentially disastrous.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Capricorn

Money matters may prove to be a point of contention for you over the Mercury Retrograde period. I would advise you to be super careful with your budget and not to make any big purchases you may regret in the future.

If you can wait three weeks before taking out your credit card, you may come to realize that the item you so desired actually wasn’t worth it in the end. So just keep an eye out on your spending habits because you may want to curb it for the time being.

It is very possible that a potential income falls through, and you end up not having as much wiggle room as you had imagined. This is why it is so important to have quite a healthy bit of savings for you to fall back on if anything goes wrong.

As a woman, it is so important to have financial independence and not have to rely on a man to give you the financial support you need. This strips you of all your freedom and can do awful things to your self-confidence.

Your money matters are often a reflection of the way you value yourself, so be sure to work on your relationship with money over this Retrograde because this will definitely help you improve the relationship you have with yourself.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde is happening in your sign for the majority of this time, Aquarius. This is going to cause quite a bit of havoc and confusion in your life, so I hope that you come prepared and ready for action, or inaction, rather.

This is a beautiful space for you to be in as you have the opportunity to drop down into yourself and reconnect with who you are at your core. No one can be as amazing and as unique as you are, so don’t even try to hide from that truth for a second.

You may find yourself with some free time on your hands because when Mercury Retrograde comes around, it is almost a certainty that some plans fall through and don’t work out as they are meant to. But this gives you the chance to explore and revisit your own passion projects and the things that make you feel excited.

This is a great time for you to hide out and just spend some one-on-one time with yourself and get down to the basics. Figure out who you are and what you are needing from your life right now.

You don’t need all this external validation to keep your soul nourished and taken care of, you can do all of this on your own, but it isn’t always an easy lesson to learn. But there is no better time to start learning than right now.

Mercury Retrograde In Aquarius And Capricorn For Pisces

You’re always in a bit of a dream world, Pisces, but now it is even more so than usual. Revel and enjoy as you close your proverbial curtains and reconnect with the most sacred parts of your soul.

Mercury Retrograde is always such a powerful teacher, and this time is no different. I really urge you to embrace this quiet time, and get away from the world and all the opinions of others. Sometimes all you need is an excuse to reconnect with yourself and who you are when everything else is stripped away.

It can be hard for you to determine the difference between reality and illusion over this period, but I encourage you to fantasize a little and enjoy some of the more creative ideas that come your way.

This can be a beautifully healing time for you, a moment to replenish your thoughts and cleanse yourself of any negative thinking, but first, you are going to have to do the work and that means making friends with your shadow side.

This may not be easy, but the way you will feel cleansed and nourished after everything you put in will be well worth the effort. Dive deep and see where the journey takes you. Yes, it may be hard at times, but all lessons are.

My Final Thoughts

That’s all I have for you, my beautiful angels! I hope that this article has given you some strength and advice you need during the turbulent time, but I promise, if you put in the work, then things will turn out beautifully.

There is always something to gain from challenging times, so don’t be afraid to dive deep and plunge into the experience wholeheartedly. You are stronger than you could ever imagine, so don’t let the challenges get you down.

What is your sign and what are you looking forward to most over this Mercury Retrograde? Please won’t you leave me a comment in the section below, it really makes my day hearing what all of you lovely ladies have to say.

If you are still looking for more answers, then this might be something fun for you to check out. I absolutely love helping each and every one of you get the love life you have always dreamed of. So don’t hesitate, go for it!

Wishing you love and happiness.

Your friend and Relationship Astrologer,

Anna Kovach



9 thoughts on “First Mercury Retrograde In 2022 – 5 Essential Tips To Use It Well

  1. Hello, I start to follow you in last week but I think I will stay for longer time 🤔 I was never interested in astrology but my life was not really good.. Many failtures have happened to me. So maybe this will help me 🤔 I lost hope last summer totally. I wrote also email to you with question about pay method.
    Regards

  2. This is an interesting time to be Aquarius with a moon in Virgo and a rising sign in Scorpio. Not sure what I am feeling lately!

  3. Thank You for your thoughts, I am Leo in my rising, sun, moon, mercury and pluto. Does this make the energy more stronger for me?

  4. Thank you for this! I enjoy all of your articles. They teach me so many things and gives me the perspective I need at different times. I appreciate you! I hope to reconnect with an ex. I have some unfinished business that prevents me from letting go.

  5. Thank you I just really started to focus more on myself. Was getting tired of always giving and not receiving. But then I thought it’s all good it’ll come back through the Universe. Blessings to you 🙏

  6. Beste lieve Anna,

    Ik dank u van harte voor deze wel zeer interessante uiteenzetting van wat een “retrograde” kan teweeg brengen bij de mens .
    Ik ga zeker de raad die u daarover gegeven hebt opvolgen en naleven !

    Met de beste en lieve groeten

    Annie

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