Updated: May 31, 2022
Mercury, the planet of communication, technology, travel and legal matters is going retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd 2022. That's more than three weeks of garbled communications, misunderstandings and mix ups. It begins its retrograde transit in the sign of Gemini and ends in the sign of Taurus.
So what does this mean for you?
Whenever Mercury goes retrograde it's a good time to slow down, think before you speak and consider your actions as they may be misinterpreted and cause arguments. Do not sign any contracts in haste without reading the small print as you may overlook something important. Before travelling, make sure your papers and documents are in order to avoid missing your flight. If you have a meeting, make sure you leave early as travel could also be affected and you could end up being late.
Don't misplace or drop your mobile, all sorts of communication will be adversely affected. If you don't want to lose your data make sure you back it up. Mercury retrograde signifies chaos and can also cause tension in the workplace.
Mercury retrograde affects relationships that are already fragile and stretched to breaking point. If your relationship is built on weak foundations, there's a likelihood of a break up so avoid arguments if you can.
March 21 - April 20
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your solar third house. Extra care should be exercised when it comes to composing letters, emails, making phone calls and with communications in general. Issues with siblings or neighbours may arise and should be resolved amicably. Misunderstandings and confusion could waste a lot of your time. This is also a good time to listen to unspoken words rather than what is being said. Mercury rules your job and health sectors too, so pay attention to these areas in particular.
April 21 - May 21
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your solar second house, extra care should be exercised when it comes to new financial initiatives. There may be a need to resolve old, nagging issues regarding personal finances. Take this time to re-budget and rethink how you want to spend your cash during this period. Have patience as business matters move slowly or get delayed. This retrograde motion also affects your 5th house of romance, creativity and children. Tread carefully.
May 22 - June 21
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your solar first house. Extra care should be exercised when it comes to your body language. Others may misinterpret whatever you say and you should be aware that you can give off mixed signals. It's a good time to review the manner in which you come across to others. This will also affect your self image and domestic issues as Mercury rules your solar 1st and 4th houses. Patience and diplomacy will serve you well in this period.
June 22 - July 22
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your solar twelfth house this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to private and personal matters. Be as non-judgemental as you can, but do keep an eye out for deceptiveness and falseness in others. This is a period of reassessment and finishing off projects which have been left on the shelf.
As Mercury also rules your communications, more care and attention should be taken in this area.
July 23 - August 23
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your eleventh house of friends and associates. The next three weeks would serve you well if you spend more time listening than speaking. Extra care should be used when communicating. You may find that communications with friends or work colleagues can easily become sticky during this cycle. All Mercury retrograde cycles also affect your personal finances - be careful not to be extravagant.
August 24 - September 23
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your tenth house of career and status, slowing down your progress at work. The next three weeks may cause you to step back and rethink your work and home balance. Do not hesitate to question fundamental values in order to get to the heart of what you believe and resolve inner conflicts that may arise. Small insights can get you large gains, particularly in the stability of your future plans. As Mercury rules your first house, you need to exercise great care when it comes to your body language and how other people perceive you.
September 24 - October 23
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, slowing down your pace for the next three weeks. Delays or complications are very likely. This cycle particularly affects you in terms of communications involving legal matters and travel. Your mental focus could be anywhere other than your normal routine - find a way to break up the monotony. Extra care should be exercised when it comes to private and personal matters. This is a period of reassessment and finishing off projects which have been left on the shelf.
October 24 - November 22
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your eighth house of joint resources, taxes, wills, legacies and alimony, creating confusion and complications for you during the next three weeks. This period also affects your communications with friends. It would be wise not to lend or borrow money, as there can be misunderstandings. It's a good time for yoga and meditation.
November 23 - December 21
Your closest relationships come under scrutiny for the next three weeks as Mercury, the planet of communications, goes retrograde in your seventh house of marriage and partnerships. There can be a lot of misunderstandings and confused signals. You'll need to listen carefully to what your partner is saying. Try to resolve issues diplomatically, instead of being rash. Some of you will be reassessing your relationships. Pay extra attention to communications with your colleagues at work and spend more time finalising your paperwork.
December 22 - January 20
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your sixth house, bringing confusion and misunderstandings at work and troubles with your health. You'll need to pay more attention to detail and double check everything before finalising important matters. Health problems should also be taken seriously. This retrograde motion could easily throw some kinks into your schedule and make your routine suddenly non-routine. This cycle affects you in terms of communications regarding travel and legal matters,
January 21 - February 19
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your solar fifth house. Extra care should be exercised when it comes to matters surrounding romance, children and creativity. This is a good time to reflect and analyse current situations. Don't judge others so quickly and you should avoid jumping to any premature decisions. This is a period of review and rest. Speculation and gambling are not advised right now. This retrograde motion affects your intimate and joint financial matters. Try not to take risks when trying to improve your business and gambling is definitely out of the question.
February 20 - March 20
Mercury is retrograde from May 10th to June 3rd, in your solar fourth house. Extra care should be exercised when it comes to family relations, properties, and domestic issues. Strong emotions may spill out with your loved ones, but it is alright to reveal your fears and insecurities sometimes. It's a cosmically testing time, so try not to tread on each other's toes. Be as diplomatic as you can with family members. This retrograde motion affects your partnerships and relationships sector as well. Avoid making any important decisions on the above matters.