This year has started off pretty chilled, hasn’t it? Not too many ups and downs Astrologically, for the most part. But this relaxed pace may suddenly come to a halt because there is another 2022’s Mercury Retrograde in our midst.
This spring’s Retrograde will commence in Gemini and then spin all the way back into Taurus and then eventually move forward into Gemini once again. When a planet Retrogrades over two signs, there are lessons to be learned from both signs; it makes it a little spicier!
This Mercury Retrograde’s dramatics will start on May 10th and end on June 3rd. Giving ample opportunity for communication breakdowns and misunderstandings between people. So, if you’re looking to find out more about what this Retrograde has in store for you and your sign, then continue reading.
What Is Mercury Retrograde?
When a planet is in Retrograde, it appears to be moving backward in its orbit. Mercury is the fastest planet in the solar system, which means that it appears to move backward more often than any other planet – at least three to four times a year.
If you didn’t know, Mercury is the planet of communication, travel, self-expression, and technology. It governs all our day-to-day tasks like planning, sending emails, getting to work on time, or simply having a conversation.
During Mercury Retrograde, you will find that these parts of your life suddenly start slowing down, but because we depend so heavily on Mercury to help us get our daily tasks done, it can really cause havoc when things just aren’t working the way they are supposed to.
You can expect flights to be delayed, emails getting stuck in your outbox, misunderstandings between friends, and what Mercury has become known as; the time when your exes come out of the woodwork. Don’t be too surprised when you receive a text from an ex after midnight during this period.
After you find out how this Mercury Rx will affect you, I invite you to explore more on the Mercury Retrograde phenomenon and learn how to use it for your higher good. It might help you to put your mind at ease and prepare you for what is to come over the next few weeks.
Don’t be too surprised when you receive a text from an ex after midnight during this period.
Mercury Retrograde In Gemini & Taurus – May 2022 – What Does It Mean?
Mercury Retrograde in Gemini and Taurus 2022 Dates – May 10 to June 3, 2022
Mercury rules two signs in the Zodiac, one being Virgo, and the other being Gemini. These signs are known for their proficient way of communicating and the highly analytical and logical way in which it operates. Mercury definitely thrives in this environment.
So, when Mercury decides to go Retrograde in one of the signs it rules, it can definitely cause a bit of havoc because it isn’t operating at its full potential. This can make the potency for destruction a lot more heightened than a regular Mercury Retrograde.
Thankfully, this Mercury Retrograde is being split in two this spring and will spend time both in Gemini and in Taurus. Mercury feels pretty neutral when it finds itself in Taurus, so I am sure we will welcome in the respite when her turn comes around.
Gemini is a sign of high energy, curiosity, playfulness, and above all, very communicative. It wants to share, listen, connect, talk, read, and write… All the things Mercury rules, so this period may be a little tough to get everything we want done.
Taurus, on the other hand, is a sign that goes at a slower pace. It is most concerned with feeling comfortable and secure. It loves to relax and observe, rather than jump up and do. There is no rush when it comes to Taurus.
As you can tell, the energy of these two signs is completely different from one another. Where Gemini likes to be part of the action, Taurus likes to observe it. I am sure we are going to feel the difference in energy between the two when Mercury goes backward.
What Signs Will Be Most Affected During This Mercury Retrograde?
With any Mercury Retrograde, Gemini and Virgo are always going to be most affected. This is because their sign is ruled by Mercury. But other signs that tend to have a tough time are Sagittarius and Pisces. This counts for the Sun and Ascendant, but especially the Ascendant.
These two signs are known to have Mercury debilitated. This means that Mercury always tends to struggle to express itself properly when it is found in either of these signs, so whenever this planet is up to no good, these two signs have a difficult time.
And of course, Taurus is going to struggle a bit, especially if Taurus is on your Ascendant. I would also say those of you who have Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius on your Ascendant may also feel the effects of this more than anyone else.
Seems like the only signs who are going to cruise through this 2022’s Mercury Retrograde are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Count your blessings gals – you’re definitely lucky that you get to skip this one completely!
Mercury Retrograde 2022 Horoscope (What To Expect Based On Your Zodiac Sign)
Watch out, Aries! Although you are one of the lucky ones who is seemingly going to bypass this Mercury Retrograde, you still need to be aware because the Retrograde starts off in Gemini, the sign that rules your third house of communication, YIKES!
But it doesn’t have to be all bad, Aries. This is a time for you to take special care of the details and to go over everything with precision and care. You usually like to rush into things without much thought, but this period is forcing you to take things slower.
My biggest advice for you is to not sign any important documents over this period. It might just cause you more hassles than what it is worth. Try your best to delay this as long as possible, and if you can’t, just go over anything a few times. You don’t want to miss important information.
I would also advise you to not engage in any petty gossip. If you hear something salacious, it is best for you to just keep this to yourself – there is no way of knowing if any of it is true and if you spread any of this information you might just end up creating trouble for yourself. So don’t be nosy and make other people’s problems yours.
Taurus, this time it is your turn to experience some of the mishaps that Mercury Retrograde likes to bring. You’re pretty chilled for the most part, but when things don’t go according to your plan, it can make you quite frustrated because you are more controlling than you let on.
This Mercury Retrograde is especially focused around your spending habits and you being a sign ruled by Venus, you tend to love to shop and use it as a form of therapy when things aren’t going so well.
You might feel tempted to spend more than usual because two weeks of this Retrograde happens to be taking place while it is your birthday month. So, temptations are everywhere! I would advise you to be patient and wait things out before making a splurge.
Why not use this energy to restructure the way you treat your finances? This is a wonderful time to set out a budget and be a little more mindful of the way you save and spend. It is time you start building toward your nest egg. Mercury Retrograde is going to give you that extra push to help you become a financially independent gal!
Gemini, when isn’t Mercury Retrograde a headache for you? You’re so used to it that you are more than likely actually a pro at handling everything going backward. However, this Mercury Retrograde is more intense than usual because it is happening in your sign.
You might find yourself feeling a little more insecure and full of self-doubt than you usually would. Could it perhaps be that you have been putting way too much pressure on yourself to achieve recently? No one can survive that kind of heat, honey.
The lessons this Retrograde brings are those of patience and compassion. You need to be a little easier on yourself, especially when Mercury goes all the way back into Taurus and your twelfth house of letting go.
Say goodbye to all the baggage from the past, let go of the hurts from previous lovers, and recognize that there is a new chapter waiting for you to unfold. This is your moment to welcome in the new as you take out the proverbial trash.
Cancer, when you get the chance to retreat from the world you do it gladly, and having a Mercury Retrograde is all you need for an excuse. This is the best moment for you to take off the pressure and just spend some time by yourself and for yourself.
The world might erupt into chaos around you for the next three weeks and you may not even notice. Aren’t you lucky? This time is all about finding quiet reflection by spending some quality time with yourself.
You may find that your dreams get a little weird over this period, but I would pay attention to the messages you receive from your subconscious; there may be big lessons for you to learn in the symbolism.
And when Mercury goes back into Taurus, you will probably feel yourself wanting to get out of your shell and reconnect with some of your friends. Just be patient and expect a couple of delays.
Time for a shakeup, Leo! Your public perception is going to be under scrutiny for the next few weeks, but if anyone can handle the pressure, it has to be you! This is a really great time for you to reconnect with some of your old friends and recognize that you may have been neglecting some of your friendships.
There may be a bit of drama that comes with this, but this is nothing you aren’t used to. You’re always up to adding some fireworks, and in any case, you love it. However, it may be a good time for you to just tone it down a bit, and focus on yourself and what you gain from your friendships.
And when Mercury moves into Taurus you might find yourself rethinking your goals and achievements when it comes to your career. Do you feel like you’ve been attaining what you have set out? Or perhaps it is time for you to make a pivot.
Mercury Retrogrades are exciting because they afford you the opportunity to figure out what you want and don’t want in your life anymore. If you’re happy, then just continue going at the same pace, but if you aren’t, well, here is your chance for a shake-up!
Oh no, Virgo… dreaded Mercury Retrograde is here once again. This usually causes you to go off the rails for a bit, but because it affects you so much more than most people, you have come to understand how to use this time to your benefit.
You know that you need to be extra careful, especially when it comes to what you say and how others interpret it, as well as the technology you use, and to be more cautious on the road. This is just a reminder for you to take things slow and be patient.
If you have plans to travel over the next month then just be warned that you are going to probably be met with delays of some kind, but if you can keep your call and know that it is part of the territory then things shouldn’t be too terrible for you.
Just try to stay organized, plan ahead, and try your best not to get frustrated because it will drive you crazy if you aren’t careful. Also, remember to be careful of what you say and to whom. Everything is open to interpretation and you don’t want someone to get the wrong end of the stick.
Your heart is yearning for some travel and adventure, but Mercury Retrograde has its own ideas. Having Gemini rule your ninth house of travel and foreign lands, it might not be the best idea for you to pop on a plane and expect a painless process.
What you can expect are delays, problems with travel documents, and frustrating experiences abroad. But to be honest, when is traveling totally stress-free anyway? Don’t let this Mercury Retrograde deter you from living your life to the fullest.
What you can do to mitigate the stress is to add extra travel time and always be one step ahead. And if traveling isn’t on your agenda, you can expect some quiet reflection and transformation when Mercury makes its way into Taurus.
Take some time for introspection and figure out what negative thought patterns you can let go of now. Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time for you to recognize what your doubts are and put them to rest.
Scorpio, you’re not someone who runs away from drama, in fact, you welcome it with open arms. You are someone who is quite fond of intense and transformative experiences and this seems to be exactly what is in store for you this Mercury Retrograde.
The path might not be totally straightforward, but nothing with you usually is. You may come across all kinds of revelations in the strangest of ways over the next few weeks. So, if you feel the need to go digging into your past, go for it because you never know what you might uncover.
The second half of the Retrograde might bring up communication problems between you and your significant other. Prepare for some misunderstandings and petty arguments to come your way.
It is best for you to wait for the Retrograde to blow over before you have any important discussions, but if you can’t and impatience is getting the better of you, then be sure to choose your words wisely; you don’t want to make the situation worse than what it already is.
Sagittarius, it is no secret that you are quite the free spirit. Conventional relationships really just don’t do it for you. You love your independence and need way too much freedom to ever find yourself stuck in a relationship that has you feeling unhappy or unsatisfied.
However, with this Mercury Retrograde, you might find yourself being particularly triggered by your significant relationships. Perhaps you are more committed to this person than you care to admit to yourself? This might come as a shock to you.
Take this time to process what it is you are feeling. You might need to make the choice between your independence and the intimacy you feel towards another. Usually, the answer would be clear to you, but with this Retrograde, your thoughts are totally cloudy and confused.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to distract yourself by focusing on work. This should help you to figure out what you want right now and get your thoughts in order so that you know what decision you need to take next.
You are someone who loves her routine and having everything in place and in order. But when Mercury Retrograde comes around, you might be singing a different tune. Mercury loves to cause chaos and even with your best intentions, you can’t keep things straight.
And do you always have to anyway? Perhaps this time is about letting yourself just be in the moment without having too many expectations of yourself. Put the pressure off and just try to be in the moment. This is the ultimate lesson Mercury is trying to teach you.
Instead of making mighty ambitious goals for yourself over the next few weeks, why not cut them down into bite-size tasks which you know you will be able to handle easily. There is no reason to give yourself more work.
I would even suggest cutting back a bit over the next month. Do what you know you are capable of, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself to achieve. This is a time for reflection and taking inventory, so keep it as simple as that.
You’re known to be somewhat detached and aloof, even towards the things you feel most passionate about in life. It isn’t often that you truly reveal what it is you are feeling towards something or someone because you like to play it cool.
However, with this Mercury Retrograde playing out in your house of passion and romance, it might be smart for you to be a bit more revealing with your emotions and let that someone know how you actually feel about them.
Being vulnerable isn’t something that comes naturally to you, but you might as well give it a go and see where it leads you, perhaps somewhere where you really, really want to go but have been too afraid to explore?
Have a conversation and see where it leads you. There is nothing wrong with acting out of character because no one is right now. But it would be amazing if you were to open yourself up to a new experience and learn something about yourself in the process.
Pisces, you’re one of those interesting ladies who equally loves being around people as much as she loves being home on your own. With this Mercury Retrograde, it seems like the latter is calling more for your attention.
Home is where the heart is for now, but that doesn’t mean your life is going to be drama free for the next few weeks. Your family might go through a bit of an intense time together, so it is important that everyone keeps their cool, but you especially.
Don’t sweat the small stuff and let the opinions of others get to you. With Mercury Retrograde your judgment is clouded, so think before you speak and don’t get into disagreements if you can help yourself.
It would be advised that you take a deep breath, think things through twice, and only share your opinions if you feel like you have something really valuable to add to the conversation. Otherwise, it is a really good idea for you to retreat into yourself and reconnect with who you are at your core over this period.
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Do You Need Help Surviving Mercury Retrograde Cycle?
Mercury Retrograde is never a fun experience, but there is always an important lesson to learn through the process.
Don’t let this energy get you down, so make sure that you are keeping your self-care practices high on your list of priorities.
You can only truly focus on what is going on in your own life right now.
So, when life feels like it is getting too much, take a deep breath, go for a walk, meditate, and journal. Whatever you need to do to keep yourself cool, calm, and collected.
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