Third 2022’s Mercury Retrograde Starts – How Will It Affect Each Star Sign?

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. 

This is why Mercury Retrograde has become such an important fixture in modern culture. We depend so heavily on technology and instant communication that we can get quite frustrated when nothing works as planned.

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 as they come to confuse our feelings even more. Don’t be too surprised when you receive a text from an ex after midnight during this period. 

Be careful of how much contact you allow with him because it is rare for a reconnection to last over Mercury Retrograde, unfortunately. It is best to wait it out and see if you still feel attracted after Mercury Retrograde has passed.

Curious about finding more out about Mercury Retrograde? Continue reading here to find out more about Mercury Retrograde in general. It might help you to put your mind at ease and prepare you for what is to come over the next few weeks.

Mercury Retrograde In Libra & Virgo – September 2022 – What Does It Mean?

Mercury Retrograde pre-shadow dates – August 22 to September 9, 2022
Mercury Retrograde dates – September 9 to October 2, 2022
Mercury Retrograde post-shadow dates – October 2 to October 16, 2022

Mercury rules two signs in the Zodiac, the one being Virgo, and the other one 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 and is at its strongest in one of these signs.

So, when Mercury decides to go Retrograde in one of the signs it rules, it can cause a bit of havoc because it isn’t operating at its full potential. Things that would usually be easy for this planet in this particular sign can really struggle. 

This can make the potency for destruction a lot more heightened than a regular Mercury Retrograde and seeing as Mercury is going Retrograde in Virgo this Autumn, things are bound to get a little crazy. 

Thankfully, this Mercury Retrograde is being split in two this Fall and will spend time both in Libra and in Virgo, one of the signs it rules. Mercury feels pretty neutral when it finds itself in Libra but has some dignity because it is an Air sign and Air signs love communication. The Retrograde will be less intense when Mercury is in Libra, but become a little more intense when it moves back into Virgo. 

Libra is a sign of high energy, curiosity, playfulness, and above all, very communicative. This sign is very social and wants to relate to others as often as possible. It wants to share, listen, connect, talk, read, and write… 

Although this sign isn’t ruled by Mercury, there is a similar feeling this planet and sign have. Because Libra is one of the relationship signs in the Zodiac, quite a few issues related to love and romance might come up over this Retrograde period.

Although Mercury rules Virgo, this sign is a sign that goes at a slower pace. It is highly analytical, and logical, and pays close attention to detail. Virgo is extremely meticulous and strives for absolute perfection with everything they do in life. 

It is very earthy energy and enjoys practical tasks the most. However, when Mercury is in Retrograde in Virgo, we will be forced to learn not to be so perfectionistic and let things go a bit more.

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. 

If you have a Gemini or Virgo Rising, it means that the ruler of your entire chart is ruled by Mercury. This means that for one month it might be difficult for you to operate on a level that is normal to you. Just take it easy and don’t be so hard on yourself. It is important for you to relax. 

The reason why Sagittarius and Pisces struggle so much with Mercury Retrograde is that 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 as well. It is no walk in the park.

And of course, Libra is also going to struggle a bit, especially if Libra is on your Ascendant. I would also say those of you who have Cancer, Aries, or Capricorn 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 Mercury Retrograde are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Count your blessings, gals, you’re definitely lucky that you get to skip this one completely!

September 2022 Mercury Retrograde Horoscope (What to Expect Based on Your Zodiac Sign)

Mercury Retrograde For Aries

Aries, it is no secret that you are quite the free spirit and love your independence. Conventional relationships really just don’t do it for you because you need quite a bit of freedom for you to be truly happy. 

You want to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. 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 and perhaps the lack of a relationship in your life. Maybe you are more committed to a person than you care to admit to yourself. This might come as a shock to you because you can be such a free spirit. 

Take this time to process what it is you are feeling in your heart. 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. Try your best not to rush things even though I know this can be quite difficult for your personality.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to distract yourself by focusing on work and when Mercury ingresses back into Virgo you will get this opportunity again. This should help you to figure out what you want right now and help you get your thoughts in order so that you know what decision you need to take next. Focus on work because doing this might help you get the answers you need.

Mercury Retrograde For Taurus

You are someone who loves her routine and having everything in place and in order. You like having plans and being clear with what you are about to do with your day. Having a set plan makes you feel secure in your life. 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. You’re going to have to be a bit more go-with-the-flow over the next month. This is going to test you, but you have to just accept it.

And do you always have to be in control anyway? Maybe just letting things flow would help you to relax even more. Perhaps this time is about letting yourself just be in the moment without having too many expectations of yourself. Be easy on yourself. Take 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 about what you want to achieve at work, 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 when you should be cutting down. 

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. And don’t forget to have some fun! 

Mercury Retrograde For Gemini

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. 

Your interests are vast, so others might think that you’re a bit distracted because your energy is always divided. The thing is, you’re just curious and want to soak up as much knowledge as you possibly can. 

This can cause a bit of friction in your romantic life because your partners might question your interest in them. 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. Don’t be evasive. Allow someone to get to know you.

Being vulnerable isn’t something that comes naturally to you, I know, 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. See this as a new adventure for yourself and see what you can learn from this experience. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Have a conversation with your man and see where it leads you. There is nothing wrong with acting out of character because no one is acting quite right at the moment. But wouldn’t it be amazing if you were to open yourself up to a new experience and learn something about yourself in the process? 

Mercury Retrograde For Cancer

Cancer, you’re one of those interesting ladies who equally loves being around people as much as she loves being home on your own. You appreciate your me-time, but the thing that fulfills you the most is when you get to spend time with your loved ones. With this Mercury Retrograde, it seems like the former is calling more for your attention. You need to spend some time with yourself, even more so than usual.

Home is where the heart is for you for now and you couldn’t be more relieved, but that doesn’t mean your life is going to be drama-free for the next few weeks. Mercury Retrograde is always up to something. Your family might go through a bit of an intense time together, so it is important that everyone keeps their cool, but you especially. You’re the peacemaker so this can be a little stressful for you when everyone is looking to you for the answers. 

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. Just take things easy and try to not get too frustrated when your patience is tested.

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. 

Mercury Retrograde For Leo

Watch out, Leo! Although you are one of the lucky ones who is seemingly going to bypass this Mercury Retrograde and not feel too much of the effects, you still need to be aware because the Retrograde starts off in Libra, the sign that rules your third house of communication, YIKES! And as you know, the theme of a Mercury Retrograde is communication breakdowns.

But it doesn’t have to be all bad, Leo. 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. Put more effort into your work and have some self-awareness about the things you have to say.

My biggest advice for you is to not sign any important documents over this period. Buy as much time as you can, because whatever you sign might just cause you more hassle than what it is worth. Try your best to delay this as long as possible, and if you can’t, then just go over everything a few times. You don’t want to miss important information that could land you in hot water if you aren’t careful. 

I would also advise you to not engage in any petty gossip, and knowing you, you love your drama but it is best if you stay out of it! 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.

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Mercury Retrograde For Virgo

Virgo, this is a big one for you because Mercury rules your sign and is going to be in your sign over this Retrograde. This time it is your turn to experience some of the mishaps that Mercury Retrograde likes to bring like you aren’t already the Queen of Mercury Retrogrades. 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. You love rules and routines and it can make you feel crazy when you can’t fix things quickly.

This Mercury Retrograde is especially focused on your spending habits and you being a sign ruled by Mercury, might engage in more unnecessary spending than what you are usually used to. This may be a way for you to cope with the stress of a Retrograde in your sign, but you still need to be quite careful of what you do. Try your best not to go completely crazy with your money.

You might feel tempted to spend more than usual because two weeks of this Retrograde happen 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. Be thoughtful with your spending, more so than usual.

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!

Mercury Retrograde For Libra

Libra, this Mercury Retrograde is a headache for you because it happens to be commencing in your sign. This will always cause a bit more friction for you than anyone else. This Mercury Retrograde is more intense than usual because it’s happening in your sign, so just make sure to prepare for the worst. And because it is happening in your first house of self, it can really affect your self-confidence. 

You might find yourself feeling a little more insecure and fuller of self-doubt than you usually would, unfortunately. Could it perhaps be that you have been putting way too much pressure on yourself to achieve recently or maybe you are going out of your way for others? Too much people-pleasing will definitely exhaust you. No one can survive that kind of heat, honey, so be easier on yourself.

The lessons this Retrograde brings are those of patience and compassion. Not only for others but also for yourself. When was the last time you really treated yourself to something nice? You need to be a little easier on yourself, especially when Mercury goes all the way back into Virgo and your twelfth house of letting go. 

This is when you need to 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. Newness is about to be major for you. This is your moment to welcome in the new as you take out the proverbial trash. 

Mercury Retrograde For Scorpio

Scorpio, 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. You are definitely a bit of a recluse and enjoy being on your own. This is the best moment for you to take off the pressure and just spend some time by yourself and for yourself. This can be extremely healing for you.

The world might erupt into chaos around you for the next three weeks and you may not even notice because you’ll be so stuck in your safety bubble. Aren’t you lucky? This time is all about finding quiet reflection by spending some quality time with yourself. Just the way you like it! 

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 that comes up. This is one of your favorite kinds of experiences because you really get to dive deep and get down to the answers you need for your healing. 

And when Mercury goes back into Virgo you will probably feel yourself wanting to get out of your shell and reconnect with some of your friends. You will feel a little more outgoing and ready to connect with your favorite people. Just be patient and expect a couple of delays because that is totally normal during Mercury Retrograde. 

Mercury Retrograde For Sagittarius

Time for a shakeup, Sagittarius! But if there is one person who thrives off this energy, then it is you. You just love the adrenaline and excitement. 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. You’re not an island, you need people.

There may be a bit of drama that comes with this, as is the case when it comes to groups of people, but this is nothing you aren’t used to in your life. You’re always up to adding some fireworks, and in any case, you love it. A bit of drama makes life more exciting. 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. There must be a reason why you always choose to fuel the fire in your relationships.

And when Mercury moves into Virgo, you might find yourself rethinking your goals and achievements when it comes to your career. Maybe there is something you would like to achieve and you are ready to take the plunge. Do you feel like you’ve been attaining what you have set out? Or perhaps it is time for you to make a pivot and make some changes when it comes to your work. 

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!

Mercury Retrograde For Capricorn

Oh, no, Capricorn, dreaded Mercury Retrograde is here once again. This usually causes everyone to go off the rails for a bit, however, because you are such a practical and pragmatic person you have likely come to understand how to use this time to your benefit. If someone can make magic out of this intense time, it has to be you, without a doubt.

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. You have definitely learned your lesson by now. You’re not one of those people who makes mistakes over and over again. However, this is just a reminder for you to take things slow and be patient. Don’t rush anything at this point.

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 cool and know that it is part of the territory then things shouldn’t be too terrible for you. So, try not to get too frustrated when you are met with certain roadblocks. This is just part of it!

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 because that is never pleasant.

Mercury Retrograde For Aquarius

Your heart is yearning for some travel and adventure, but Mercury Retrograde has its own ideas for you, Aquarius. Having Libra 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. Drama is more than likely to occur just because this is what Mercury Retrograde does. Embrace it, don’t fight it!

What you can expect are delays, problems with travel documents, and frustrating experiences abroad. You can either see this as a disaster or simply as a learning experience to give you thick skin. But to be honest, when is traveling totally stress-free anyway? There is always something happening when you go abroad. Don’t let this Mercury Retrograde deter you from living your life to the fullest. You deserve an adventure, don’t let this hold you back! 

What you can do to mitigate the stress is to add extra travel time and always be one step ahead. Being meticulous with your planning will really give you the edge and prevent any major misgivings. And if traveling isn’t on your agenda, you can expect some quiet reflection and transformation when Mercury makes its way into Virgo once again. 

Take some time for introspection and figure out what negative thought patterns you can let go of now. It is a good time for you to do some investigating into your soul. Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time for you to recognize what your doubts are and put them to rest. Here is to cleansing and starting anew.

Mercury Retrograde For Pisces

Pisces, you are usually someone who runs away from the drama because you cannot stand conflict, it really upsets you. However, when Mercury Retrograde comes around, perhaps you should, in fact, welcome it with open arms and see what you can learn from the experience. You are someone who is quite fond of transformative and pushing the boundaries of your healing journey, so you are often attracted to intense 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 are definitely a complicated person with quite an interesting path waiting for you. Over this Mercury Retrograde, 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. Perhaps you’ll notice that you’ve done enough healing to truly let go of a certain someone.

The second half of the Retrograde might bring up communication problems between you and your significant other, so just be aware of this. Prepare for some misunderstandings and petty arguments to come your way. But allow your compassionate and empathetic nature to lead the way. This is all you can truly do to keep the peace.

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. Kindness is key in this situation.

Final Thoughts

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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