Mercury Retrograde: January/February 2022

Important Data: 

January 14         6:41 am         Mercury goes retrograde at 10Aquarius 20’ (Phase #1)

January 25       10:04 pm         Mercury enters Capricorn (Phase #2)

February 2       11:13 pm         Mercury goes direct at 24Capricorn 26’

February 24     12:54 am         Mercury goes direct


Have you been poking around in closets and drawers these days for reasons that are not obvious? Have you been finding things you thought were misplaced or are stumbling across things you didn’t realize were missing in the first place, or things you forgot you had? Are people from your past crossing your mental radar? Yup… Mercury is going retrograde!

Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, it’s a time to redo, reassess, rethink, reorganize, restructure, edit, retrace our steps, reflect on the past and sometimes replace and repair. Some folks perceive this time as a royal pain, but the truth of the matter is that sometimes we need to revisit the past to move forward. Yes, this can be a time of logistical glitches, so in an ideal world it may not be the best time to make major decisions, embark on something new or purchase things associated with Mercury, such as vehicles and electronics. However, we may not always have a choice in some of these matters. If that is the case, “forewarned is forearmed” is a good mantra by which to live. Do your homework, have a fallback position, be sure you have an out, and save documentation and receipts. Keep your wits about you, so that you minimize the potential fallout – such as losing your keys, leaving your phone somewhere other than on your person – and double-check appointment times and locations. 

What can we expect in the bigger picture?

During Phase #1, when Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius, we can expect glitches and shifts in such fields as aeronautics, aviation, technology, innovations, broadcasting, the motion picture industry, co-operative societies, social services, humanitarian causes, the electrical grid and industries associated with telecommunications and television. In this case “shifts” can refer to a shift in leadership or stances and sometimes a reversal of decisions. It’s not at all unusual for there to be labor strikes during these cycles, as well as resolution of grievances. 

During Phase #2, when Mercury is retracing his steps in Capricorn, we can anticipate the impact upon industries associated with the elderly, things that are old and crystallized, government officials, politicians, engineering and mining, landowners, real estate, timing devices, trees and logging.


Below is a look at how these cycles are likely to impact each of the zodiacal signs. If you know your ascendant, also known as your rising sign, you can read that sign as well. Please keep in mind that this information is generic. For an in-depth look at how these cycles will impact you individually, it is recommended that you take into account where Mercury is moving within your own astrological chart, with respect to not only house position, but also to aspects it will be making to your natal and progressed planetary positions. Your friendly astrologer can assist you in this process. 

Aries:

Phase #1

This is a great time to reconnect with friends and colleagues from your past. It matters not whether you contact them or vice versa. So, if for some unexplained reason some of these folks are popping into your mind, take the bait and reach out to them. It may be that they are on the same wavelength, but simply haven’t taken the initiative to reach out. Also, if you’re rethinking your involvement in a group, that’s most appropriate. Give it serious consideration, whether it’s to rejoin or reconfigure your involvement.

Phase #2

You can successfully utilize this cycle by reassessing your career path and your current professional status. Perhaps you feel that your talents might be better utilized differently. Go ahead and explore this concept. Additionally, this may be a time when communicating with your higher-ups presents some challenges. They may be out of pocket or less communicative. You need not take this personally. They, too, may be experiencing the impact of this retrograde cycle, in which case, you’ll likely hear from them once Mercury has righted himself.

 

Taurus:

Phase #1

This is a good time to consider something experimental when it comes to your career. Perhaps you’re ready for a change of pace and are seeing some alternatives drawing your attention. Although this isn’t the time to make concrete decisions, it is a time to toy around with options. Toss the ball up in the air and see where it lands. And when it comes to communicating with superiors, use your intuition. Crossed wires may be the norm, so be sure to be as explicit as possible.

Phase #2

Your curiosity for learning may ramp up during this cycle. If there are areas you’ve studied in the past that are piquing your curiosity, take this as a sign that it’s time to revisit this subject material. There may be a new spin on ideas that prove timely for you. This can also be a good time to reconnect with folks from college as well as people abroad. Spread your wings.

 

Gemini:

Phase #1

This phase may be a smooth one for you since it’s in a fellow air sign. You’re naturally curious as it is, so as you find yourself revisiting of accumulated knowledge, your instincts will know exactly how to implement revelatory concepts. Long-distance travel may be on the docket for you as well, especially to familiar destinations. Similarly, this is a good time to reach out to those at a significant distance.

Phase #2

Pay close attention to gut instincts that are urging you to consider practical approaches to finances. Use this time to restructure debt, if applicable, as well as such matters related to insurance, taxes and wills. It’s best to address matters at hand, but this may not be the best time to take on additional burdens. The fine print may not be as clear as it could be. 

 

Cancer:

Phase #1

Trust your instincts when it comes to dealing with those around you. If it feels like déjà vu all over again, it probably is. And like Phase #2 for Gemini’s, you too, are in a good place to review insurance matters, taxes, debts and insurance issues. So, if that little voice has been bugging you to direct your attention to these areas, it’s certainly time to take note. 

Phase #2

Pay close attention to your communication with partners, be they legal or marital. There may be a tendency to misconstrue what is being said, so if you’re unclear, ask for clarity before jumping to conclusions. This is also a great time to reconnect with people you consult such as attorneys, counselors or anyone who acts on your behalf. Third-party objectivity is timely. 

 

Leo:

Phase #1

Your counterparts may either be less communicative these days or may be in a state of indecision. That’s OK. Just don’t push them for answers right now, because even if you got one, it would be prone to change at the drop of a hat. This is an appropriate time to revisit legal matters and consider options but hold off until Mercury goes direct before signing on the dotted line.

Phase #2

On the work front, pay close attention to your communication with co-workers. There’s lots of room for misunderstanding, so don’t be shy about asking for explanations or more in-depth detail. You can use this time constructively to revisit health routines. Issues from the past may recur or you may find that past patterns can shed light on current situations. Be careful with knees, bones and joints. 

 

Virgo:

Phase #1

It’s time to address health issues, especially those that you may have been putting off. Although it isn’t the best time to make radical changes, it’s a fitting time to explore possible courses of action. When it comes to workplace matters, some flexibility may be needed on your part, as schedules may go awry, and technical glitches could briefly veer things off course. It can’t hurt to make sure your computer is backed up on a regular basis.

Phase #2

Listen closely to what children have to say, whether they’re yours or someone else’s. Their words of wisdom may be prescient. There’s something to be said for the saying: “Out of the mouths of babes.” On another note, this is a great time to revisit your hobbies. Put a new spin on an old theme. And don’t be shocked if a former flame comes knocking. It may just be an innocent, “Hello.” 

Libra:

Phase #1

For you and Gemini’s, this phase is an easier one since Mercury is in your fellow element of air. Any urges to reconnect with your passions are right on time, so heed those instincts. When around children, listen carefully. There’s room for misunderstanding but at the same time, you may learn a lot by asking for elucidation. And reconnecting with former loves is certainly timely as well. 

Phase #2

Now for the not so good news. Be aware of those things that are old and decrepit on the home front. They may be on their last leg, so thank them for their service and know it’s OK to move them into the annuls of history. And when communicating with family members, there may be some old, rigid rules surfacing. Perhaps they need to be addressed. 

 

Scorpio:

Phase #1

If there are old appliances still in operation at home, they may not be for much longer. It may just be time to kiss something goodbye or repair electronics that need a part replaced. There may be some rigidity of thinking or stubbornness when dealing with family members. Step back and take an objective look before digging in your heels.

Phase #2

If you have writing projects afoot, this is a good time to give them a onceover. A little revision may be in order. This is a great time to catch up with what’s happening in your general neighborhood. You never know when some changes are suddenly in the offing. And keep your wits about you when you’re out and about. Your mind could be elsewhere, so remember to keep track of things like your phone and your keys. 

 

Sagittarius:

Phase #1

This cycle is likely to impact the process of getting around town. Expect changes in local traffic patterns, so one of those handy driving apps might prove useful. Your vehicle could also throw a monkey wrench into the works, so be sure everything is operating as it should, especially when it comes to wiring and electronics. If you feel the urge to revisit reading material from the past, there’s likely a gem or two that will ring timely.

Phase #2

Pay very close attention to finances and financial transactions. There may be some missteps that require your attention. Keep a close eye on anything that is or represents money, such as debit and credit cards, checks and the like. And when it comes to finances, it can’t hurt to give them an overview. Perhaps some new strategies are in order, making this is a good time to do your research. 

 

Capricorn:

Phase #1

Keep an eye on digital financial transactions because that’s where things could get a little glitchy. Keep tabs on your credit and debit cards as well as anything else that is or represents money. And speaking of money, if you think you deserve an adjustment in your compensation, now is the time to do your homework before taking your case to the powers that be.

Phase #2

Watch your body in general, paying particular attention to your knees, bones, joints and possibly gall bladder. Stay alert so that you don’t miss any important signals or information that can impact your overall being. And if you don’t feel confident voicing your opinion or making firm decisions, then don’t. It may very well be premature.

 

Aquarius:

Phase #1

This is one of those times when those around you look at you like you’re speaking a foreign language to them, even though you know darn well you’re not. Be patient and look for other ways to get your point across. And if you’re feeling tentative about major decisions, just stew on them for now. You’ll gain greater clarity as Mercury moves forward.

Phase #2

As social as you may be ordinarily, this cycle may be an exception to the rule. A little quiet time will serve you well, so give yourself permission to seek solitude and converse with your inner being. If you try to give voice to your ideas, there’s a good chance you won’t be heard, so save your breath for now.  

 

Pisces:

Phase #1

You fishes have little difficulty when it comes to effortlessly slipping into the background. So, if it feels like time to step back from the madding crowd to meditate or otherwise reflect, you couldn’t have picked a more fitting time. The change of pace will do you good and it will feel like a breath of fresh air! 

Phase #2

It’s time to reconnect with old friends and colleagues so heed the instinct to reach out to them. The chances are that there are good reasons for catching up. And if you feel like becoming involved in your community on some level, this is a great time to investigate options. You may be pleasantly surprised by the serendipitous nature of your research.  

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