An Abbrevated except from "The Old Farmers Almanac" Dec 2021
Mercury’s first period of retrograde motion in 2022 lasts from January 13 to February 3! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde. The type of influence you feel also depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes retrograde.
Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary
In 2022, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates:
January 13 to February 3
May 10 to June 2
September 9 to October 1
December 28 to January 18 (2023)
The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail. So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip.
Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended. (Abbreviated excerpt from "The Old Farmers Almanac" Dec 2021)