In 2022 Mercury will be retrograde on four occasions, two will occur in the first half of the year and the last ones in the second half. Know the dates and how to prepare.
Mercury Retrograde Calendar 2022
The retrograde phase of a planet, that is, when it goes backward in the zodiac, although from the physical point of view is an apparent or illusory movement, from the psychological point of view it is very real, and its effects are felt individually and collectively.
When Mercury retrogrades in air signs this year, the effects will be accentuated precisely concerning communication, information, and intellectual production, since the air element is precisely the one related to ideas and the mind.
Therefore, when Mercury is advancing in the zodiac (which is most of the time) it is said that it is direct, and there in the mental processes predominates extroversion and attention to the events that occur around us.
If Mercury enters this phase it causes chaos such as travel delays, unexpected changes of plans, communication problems, misunderstandings, doubts, setbacks, and slowness.
What happens inside us
For this reason, as Mercury is retrograde and we pay more attention to what happens inside us, we neglect what happens “outside”, we get distracted, we become self-absorbed, and this generates more confusing situations, entanglements, misunderstandings, etc.
But at the same time, in the Mercury retrograde phase, we can generate greater creative power, have better learning, better evaluate what we are doing, and visualize and plan our goals.
As we always recommend, it is not convenient to sign agreements or contracts when Mercury is retrograde, nor to buy, and above all, to premiere vehicles and electrical appliances. Let’s see then, the dates on which Mercury will be retrograde in this year 2022.
Mercury retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn
January 14 to February 3
The first Mercury retrograde in 2022 will make us examine what works and what doesn’t in our life. This transit occurs in totally different signs, both ruled by Saturn, the planet of maturity, responsibility, and discipline.
- December 29, 2021, Mercury enters the pre-shadow zone, 24° Capricorn.
- January 14, 2022, Mercury retrograde Rx begins, 10° Aquarius. Shadow zone
- February 3, 2022, ends Mercury retrograde Dx, 24° Capricorn. Post-shadow zone begins
- February 24, 2022, Mercury leaves the post-shadow zone, 10° Aquarius.
Let’s keep in mind that Aquarius is the visionary of the zodiac and Capricorn is the model of an ambitious one. Aquarius is all about tearing down and replacing structures that don’t work, while Capricorn wants to protect the old, functional structures that have been in place.
For this reason, this is anticipated to be the most impactful retrograde of the year.
Mercury retrograde in Gemini and Taurus
May 10 to June 3
Since Mercury rules Gemini, you feel at home when it is direct in this sign. However, when it is a retrograde-winged messenger in your sign, communication problems, misunderstandings, gossip, etc, seem to be the order of the day.
The second Mercury retrograde 2022 will be a time to be more cautious about what comes out of our mouths, especially as the planet moves into Taurus, an Earth sign that values thinking before speaking.
In addition, we could benefit from devoting a little more time to our travel plans, short and long.
- April 26, 2022, Mercury enters the pre-shadow zone, 26° Taurus.
- May 10, 2022, Mercury retrograde Rx begins, 4° Gemini. Shadow zone
- June 3, 2022, ends Mercury retrograde Dx, 26° Taurus. Post-shadow zone begins
- June 18, 2022, Mercury leaves the post-shadow zone, 4° Gemini.
When it returns to Taurus it will be a good time to review our beliefs and finances, two areas where the sign craves stability, which could be problematic because Mercury retrograde cycles do not provide that.
Mercury retrograde in Libra and Virgo
September 9 to October 2
Libra is often thought of as the fair and balanced romantic of the zodiac. Libra loves interpersonal harmony and hates conflict, so a Mercury retrograde cycle in this sign is the perfect season to bring up interpersonal conflicts that need to be addressed.
- August 20, 2022, Mercury enters the pre-shadow zone, 24º Virgo.
- September 9, 2022, Mercury retrograde Rx begins, 8° Libra. Shadow zone
- October 2, 2022, ends Mercury retrograde Dx, 24° Virgo. Post-shadow zone begins
- October 16, 2022, Mercury leaves the post-shadow zone, 8° Libra.
This will be an important time to take a stand and address relationship issues that have been bothering us, no matter how scary they may be. If we can resolve interpersonal problems during this time, we will reap rewards.
On the other hand, the earth sign, Virgo is usually a perfectionist, which could make this a time when our daily routine is disrupted and we need to make emergency adjustments.
Mercury retrograde in Capricorn
December 29 to January 18, 2023
While there will only be three days in December 2022 when Mercury will be retrograded, this transit is still significant because it returns on the first retrograde of the year.
- December 12, 2022, Mercury enters the pre-shadow zone at 8° Capricorn.
- December 29, 2022, Mercury retrograde Rx begins, 24 ° Capricorn. Shadow zone
- January 18, 2023, ends Mercury retrograde Dx, 8 ° Capricorn. Post-shadow zone begins
- February 7, 2023, ends post-shadow Mercury retrograde, 24 ° Capricorn.
The planet will resume what was its retrograde history earlier in the year, and similar themes will emerge during the last Mercury retrograde of the year. It could be the end of the story if we feel we made some progress but there is still much more to do.
This could be a time for more momentum and reflection on how to move forward.