It's 2022! A New Year full of hopes and dreams. So, with a spring in your step and a song in your heart, you set down a new path. That is until a two-ton ACME anvil falls from the sky and crushes you into an accordion. Welcome to Mercury Retrograde!
The planet Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Aquarius on January 14, 2022, and lasts until February 4, 2022, when the retrograde ends in Capricorn. Note: there are those pesky "shadow periods," so you will always want to take caution during the week leading up to and after the retrograde too.
As with any Mercury Retrograde, there is a general list of what to do and what not to do.
This Mercury Retrograde starts in Aquarius, which rules communication, relationships, and social life, so expect anything and everything to go nuts in those parts of your life. Not to mention, technology will also be going bonkers.
The Mercury retrograde then transits into the sign of Capricorn, with the direct station starting on February 4, 2022. Since Capricorn is an earth sign, ruling stability and balance in life, plan for imbalance, commitments going out the window, and peace on hold.
There will also be a drastic shift in the world of politics globally. This period will affect professional and political matters, including elected officials. (i.e., Prime Ministers and Presidents - past and current). Major sporting events may be canceled or rescheduled.
Rule of thumb to survive: Never indulge in anything significant during a Mercury Retrograde. Do not launch any new projects, music, or websites. Instead, rearrange your environment. Go through those forgotten drawers and closets. Give items you find to charity. Stop, Look, and Listen!
January 2022 Mercury Retrograde Effects on the Zodiac Signs
This Mercury Retrograde will affect the 12 Zodiac Signs separately. Find out how your zodiac sign is impacted with your official January 2022 Mercury Retrograde Forecast.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19)
Aries, Aries, Aries! Be prepared to face numerous work-related and social life hurdles. The word for the Ram during this Mercury Retrograde is "misunderstood." Don't try to figure it out. You'll only make matters worse. So, watch what you say and how you say it. Your impulsive nature is to always move forward, but everything from work, money, and career to partners, family, and friends will seem to be going backward. Don't fight it. Stay calm. On a positive note, take the time to hear what people are saying; it may put a smile on your face. Some easy suggestions: Spent time by yourself, turn your phone off, don't obsessive over checking your email, take a vacation for one, and just STOP! Okay?
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
Dear Bulls, your task at hand for this Mercury Retrograde is to watch that you don't become overly stubborn and bullheaded. I know, that's like asking the sun not to rise. As a rule, you are even paced and methodical when it comes to life - remember that when you may find yourself rushing into something, you shouldn't - mainly if it deals with money! Delay, Delay, Delay! As long as you stay calm and don't get caught up in the daily gossip, you will see the true faces of those around you. It's also time to watch what you say and how you say it since misunderstandings can lead to a bit of turmoil when it comes to relationships, family, loved ones, and friends. So, stop, look, and listen.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
You may be feeling a bit low and in the dumps during this Mercury Retrograde; however, being the sensitive person that Gemini's are, your lows can get be very low. So, now that you know keep your spirits high by keeping yourself active. And now is not the time to be looking in the rearview mirror. Leave the past in the past, at least for now. Even if an old flame comes knocking on the door. Like everyone else, you will not be immune to issues with miscommunication, regardless of whether it's by phone, mail, or email. So, the rule of thumb - watch what you say, who you say it to, and how you say it.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
Believe it or not, this Mercury Retrograde might not be too insane for you, Crabs. Providing you try not to control everything and anything, mind your own business, and keep your nose out of other people's stuff. The world doesn't need another "Karen," let alone a Gladys Kravitz (Hey, Abner)! Snooping and gossip will blow up in your face, so don't! By going with the flow, you should be safe. When it comes to your home matters, put any new domestic chores on hold since this is the time to finish any home projects and repairs that need to be completed or finally corrected. Finances should be okay as long as you keep an eye on your checkbook balance and don't use your credit cards, ATMs, PayPal, your savings for a rainy day, a pay day loan, an advance from your credit union, to buy something new. Yes, with that in mind, your money should be fine.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
No grass is growing under your Leo paws during this Mercury Retrograde. You'll be distracted and extremely busy, so busy that you may feel like you have no time to think or make a decision, which may negatively impact your career, friendships, and relationships. Don't be surprised if you feel equally energized and anxious. To keep balance, you may want to hit the gym, exercise, or do some physical activity to get you out of your own way. Now is NOT the time to get involved with speculative investments or buy and sell any trading. Instead, take the time to slow down and analyze your investment portfolio and what you already have, and reflect inward to see where you’ve been and where you want to be.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
The word of the day, dear Virgos, is "Confusion." That's right, with a capital "C." It is best to stay low to avoid any lousy decision-making because it will look like you don't know what you're doing to the world. Then again, you won't know what you're doing, so sit this one out to avoid getting into overwhelm. It's a retrograde! Plan on challenges with your work environment, not only with delays and everything seemingly breaking down around you, but primarily when trusted coworkers start acting like the mean kids from high school. Don't forget it's a retrograde for them too! Check and recheck your work before turning anything in. It's a good idea to delay anything related to contracts regarding purchases, sales, or real estate ventures. Instead, use your detail-oriented superpower to review, review, review until we are out of this retrograde on February 4th.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
For Libras, your confidence level will seem high at first, but your personal and social life may seem a bit flat. At the same time, while Libra represents charm, beauty, and grace, you may not be "feeling it" towards the end of the retrograde on February 4th and may feel a bit off-kilter and unbalanced. Now is the time to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate, but not the time for a makeover; you're doing great. You don't need one. There is nothing wrong with spending some alone time. And remember one of the primary rules of a retrograde - indecision reigns, limit purchases — or risk returning them. Now is the time to sign up for any professional classes/certificate programs to help your career.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
Remember the old saying: "Enquiring Minds Want to Know?" Well, you'll start this Mercury Retrograde running out the gate like you just graduated from Nancy Drew University, trying to uncover facts that aren't there. Keep your curiosity in check. If not, expect misunderstands across the boards from home to work and anything else in between. At the same time, you may feel indecisive, and a bit overwhelmed. A good recommendation: avoid people! Full stop. And while it's your nature to be mercurial, make sure any secrets you're keeping stay secret. Yes, loose lips sink ships. Also, now is not the time to explore any new love interests or let the old ones back either, unless you want some money issues down the line. And besides, it's a retrograde!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Now is the time to look before you leap and follow your gut and not your head. Take time to make choices or decisions with everything and everyone; if not, that will lead to unnecessary heartaches. Typical retrograde cautions get magnified significantly in regards to travel and expenses. Expect delays. You may need to reschedule things at the last minute. And watch your spending. Having a sense of humor, being present, and being "in the now" can help you navigate the choppy waters.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
While you Capricorns like to plan everything, even your spontaneity, plan on standing still. Now is NOT the time to take risks unless you want issues to go amuck - which also goes for your personal and private life, so you may want to consider spending some "me-time" alone from others. By all means, avoid selling or buying real estate. And, if possible, delay any moves. You'll be happy you did. If not, there will be trouble with paperwork, packing, and the movers. Also, if there's a big secret you're holding in by chance, keep it to yourself; otherwise, things will be wholly misinterpreted or misunderstood. Mums, the word!
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
Okay, Aquarians, think before you speak and look before you leap. Like you've never heard that before. Since this Mercury Retrograde starts in Aquarius, the sign representing relationships, expect miscommunication, misunderstandings, and squabbling with the people around you - from your coworkers and circle of friends to your family and loved ones. You may also start looking at the people around you and wonder what their intentions are, who are your true friends, and who are the leftovers from "The Jerry Springer Show." Not too attractive. Avoid making any promises at this time. You may not be able to keep them, out of no fault of your own.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
A word of caution for you, Pisces: there is a chance you'll feel very, very low and want to indulge in things you shouldn't submit to at this time. So, don't. Find a creative outlet to occupy yourself like writing, dancing, photography, film, or painting. However, my accountant is the most creative person I know, so whatever you find to be "creative" to get you out of your head, go for it! If someone says something you disagree with, let it go for now. Also, since Pisces governs illusion, don't be surprised with daydreams, brain fog, and trying to figure out ways to escape. Like most of the other signs during this retrograde, standstill, breath, rinse and repeat.