In this article you will understand why you feel this way, and you will know how to prepare yourself to protect yourself against the effects of Mercury Retrograde.
Mercury, the planet of communication, will retrograde four times in 2022 (it normally retrogrades three times a year). The first retrogradation began on January 14, 2022 and lasts until February 3, 2022, leaving behind an effect (Shadow) that can last up to 2 weeks later (that is, until February 23). The next retrogrades will be in May, September and December.
What is it and what does it mean that Mercury is retrograde? How this transit affects you and how to prepare.
It really is a virtual “reverse gear”. Every once in a while, all the planets (except the Moon and the Sun) appear to stop moving in the skies and go backwards. this is called retrograde motion. This retrograde movement (or retrograde appearance) is a consequence of the difference between the rotational speeds of the planets when viewed from a point also in movement, the planet looks as if it is going “backward” in the sky.
What does it mean when Mercury is retrograde?
When Mercury is retrograde, the general tendency will be towards mental introversion. That means that people will worry about personal matters and have less energy for objective activity and personal relationships.
Consequently, the most prudent thing is not to force results or rush into new plans at such times, since people will tend not to be interested in the projects of others. When Mercury is retrograde, one must watch and wait, trying to objectively understand what is going on inside us.
Mercury is the planet that, for astrology, represents the principles of communication, reflection, the one that governs our interests, abilities, the one that is related to our movements, our adaptability, the one that governs teaching, education, our immediate environment , neighbours, siblings, transportation, messages and all forms of written or oral communication – such as mail, email, telephone, papers and contracts -. All these areas can be disturbed or altered during this period.
Mercury symbolizes the mind, communication, but also transactions, commerce, deals and sales of all kinds. Mercury describes business, analytical, and scientific skills, as well as involving the media.
The signs that indicate that Mercury being in retrograde affects us and the precautions that we must take
When Mercury is retrograde it is possible that problems may arise, both in communication and in trade. It is a difficult time to start new projects, especially those related to information, networking, flow of communication and travel. Precautions need to be taken to ensure that messages are clearly understood; this often involves slowing things down and rearranging them.
This setback is linked to delays, reverting to previous conditions, unexpected events occurring suddenly or becoming more dramatic and intense.
It is a good time to review, reorder, recapitulate what we have already done and finish what is pending. It will be necessary to be very careful not to make hasty decisions in this period because their consequences may not be good. Like every time Mercury retrogrades, there will be a tendency to make mistakes.
For this reason, it will be necessary to try to avoid errors of judgment, not to follow impulses because misunderstandings may occur, review papers and documents well so as not to incur carelessness. However, if we stop to reflect, they can be very creative times where we will become more intuitive, receptive and it will be useful for us to re-evaluate situations.
2022: The effects of Mercury Retrograde
Mercury will be retrograde four times in 2022. This means that communication breakdowns, travel and technology problems will occur more than usual (Mercury normally goes retrograde 3 times a year). It is important to be aware of what is being said, to ensure that thoughts are expressed correctly. Preventively, it would be a good idea to back up the information on computers or electronic devices.
From January 14 to February 3, 2022, Mercury goes retrograde between Aquarius and Capricorn. The Capricorn power of concentration and the brilliance of the Aquarian mind will be somewhat dimmed by its retrogradation, therefore it would be advisable to focus the mind properly and be methodical and orderly in the reasoning process. Attention with technological matters.
Astrologically, January and February seem complicated months since if we also add the full moon of cancer, the fact that it happened on January 17th gives us a rather difficult equation as a result. We must be especially interested in not making serious mistakes these days (especially in work, studies and finances) since their effects can affect us for the next 6 months.
The full Moon in Cancer generates a need for introspection and intimate contact. Themes of family, home, the place where we come from, our mother, the roots, the origin become important.
The full Moon in Cancer asks us to integrate a new way of sensitivity and contact with our intimate essence, and the central opportunity is to develop our ability to love ourselves, take care of ourselves, protect ourselves, nurture ourselves, learn to cradle ourselves and thus radiate that love towards others.
It is very important during these two months not to fall into despair in the face of delays or cancellations of plans, we have to bear in mind that it is a temporary astrological phenomenon and everything will return to normal at the end of February. Instead, we must go to our intuition to make decisions since the full moon in Cancer will help us a lot to connect with our sixth sense.
Clean your favourite stone in the light of the moon and take it with you during all these days, do not forget to take negative energy discharge baths (only in January) with living salt and purify your house with sage incense and alum to get rid of all negative energy.
The second retrogradation occurs from May 10 to June 3, 2022 in Gemini and Taurus. Be flexible with information processing. The influence of Mercury in Taurus is related to real estate deals, tenders and auctions. While the retrogradation lasts, it is not advisable to buy, sell or come into contact with business growth projects.
The third retrogradation occurs from September 9 to October 2, 2022 in Libra and moves into Virgo. We must be careful to have clear and concise communication. The intellect is active but hesitant when it comes to making decisions.
Mercury’s fourth and final retrogradation will occur from December 29, 2022 to January 18, 2023 in Capricorn. We will feel that there is not enough time to take care of everything that we have to accomplish, which means that we have to reorganize our time. It will be necessary to take special care not to make hasty decisions in this period because their consequences may not be good.
I send you a big hug of light my friends!