What to Expect During the Spring 2022 Mercury Retrograde & Everything You Need to Get Through It

An astrologer shares what you can expect during the spring 2022 Mercury retrograde and what you need to get through it unscathed.

By Kristine Fellizar May 10, 2022 11:00 AMTags
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We hate to break it to you but Mercury retrograde is back. Sorry! Fortunately, astrologer Clarisse Monahan revealed what we can expect during this spring's Mercury retrograde and what can be done to survive it. 

Just a little refresher, Mercury goes retrograde about three to four times a year, and when a planet goes retrograde, it slows down and gives the appearance of moving backwards in the sky. Since Mercury is associated with communication, travel, commerce and information, you may experience delays, misunderstandings, issues with phones and computers, and pretty much anything and everything that has to do with those areas. 

What to Expect During Mercury Retrograde Spring 2022

From May 10 to June 3, there will be a shift in the way that communication takes place. "Meanings may become more indirect, wires get crossed, we have to deal with delayed transport, lost cargo, contracts getting flubbed, love letters lost, text messages misunderstood, and so on," Monahan said. "This spring, it's complicated transit-wise." 

Mercury prefers being in fast-moving signs, which is not what it will get when it moves through earthy, fixed Taurus. According to Monahan, Mercury in Taurus can feel slow with lots of pauses. So you may want to keep your expectations in check if you're expecting a new project to get off the ground quickly at this time. 

Before that, Mercury will be moving through its home sign Gemini from now until May 23. "Gemini is chatty, but with Mercury retro in the Twins, things can get catty," Monahan said. "You may experience some backbiting and gossip, or you may be the one spilling the tea." 

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The Zodiac Signs That Will Be Affected Most by Mercury Retrograde Spring 2022

Mercury retrograde doesn't affect all signs equally, and some will feel its effects more than others. This spring, the signs most affected by Mercury retrograde will be Gemini and Taurus, especially those with birthdays between May 15 and May 25.

"If you are born between these dates, Mercury will directly retrograde over your Sun," Monahan said. "This makes anything that Mercury governs over (communication, travel, commerce) extra susceptible to snafus and confusion. Be proactive and prepared. Have work arounds ready, and try to be flexible in your approach to work/life over the next three weeks." 

Even if you aren't a Taurus or Gemini, everyone could use a bit of extra help during this time. We've rounded up some things that can help you get through Mercury retrograde unscathed. Check those out below. 

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Mercury Retrograde Protection Candle

To start, this Mercury Retrograde Protection Candle will help to burn away the negativity surrounding the chaotic energy so you can go about your days in peace. It's made with "stress-relieving flowers" like lavender and chamomile, as well as crystals like blue kyanite and quartz to help you relax and recharge. 

Cleverfy Aromatherapy Shower Steamers - 6 Pack

You may feel the need to practice some extra self-care over the next few weeks. If so, this variety pack of aromatherapy shower steamers is exactly what you need. It comes with six shower melts in lavender, menthol/eucalyptus, vanilla, watermelon, grapefruit and peppermint. They're super easy to use—all you have to do is place one in the corner of your shower and let it work its magic. 

BaubleBar Tarot Card Necklaces

Surround yourself with glam and good vibes with BaubleBar's gorgeous tarot card necklaces. Each pendant features a card from the major arcana, as well as a brief description on the back. Each zodiac sign is associated with at least one tarot card, so be sure to get the pendant that most resonates with you. Taurus signs could benefit from getting The Empress, while Geminis should definitely get their hands on The Lovers. 

GoGirl Agenda Planner

Mercury retrogrades can put your life in total chaos, so these colorful weekly and monthly planners from GoGirl can be super helpful. They feature spaces for you to write down your vision, goals, strategies and daily rituals. They're also compact enough so you can take it with you wherever you go. 

The Astrology Deck: Your Guide to the Meanings and Myths of the Cosmos by Lisa Stardust

This retrograde period, you may have to deal with people you just don't get. Luckily, this astrology deck can help you understand why some people are the way they are. The Astrology Deck: Your Guide to the Meanings and Myths of the Cosmos by Lisa Stardust comes with 70 cards filled with info on zodiac signs, planets, asteroids, eclipses, and more. You can also learn how certain astrological events, like Mercury retrogrades, can affect aspects of your life from love to friendships to career.

The Set Boundaries Workbook: Practical Exercises for Understanding Your Needs and Setting Healthy Limits

Truth be told, there's nothing wrong with being a nurturer. For some zodiac signs like Cancer, taking care of their loved ones brings total joy and fulfillment. However, it's super important to know when to say "no," and  this workbook is a step-by-step guide to setting, communicating and enforcing healthy boundaries with others. According to reviewers, it's presented in a way that's very easy to understand and it gives you space to reflect and jot down your feelings. It's a workbook that can be helpful during Mercury retrograde and beyond.

Breakup Kit

If interacting with a former love brings up some uncomfortable feelings, this breakup care package from Easy could help cheer you up. There are three sizes of boxes to choose from. The small zen box comes with a candle, a customized matchbox, body butter, vegan lip balm, an amethyst crystal necklace and more.

I Am & Co I Am Everything Affirmation Card Deck

The chaos of Mercury retrograde may do a number on your self-esteem. This I Am Everything affirmation card deck comes with 30 powerful cards that can help you shut down the negativity and welcome the positivity. It's a great one to incorporate into your morning routine. 

Mean Girls Inspired Budget Binder

This fun Mean Girls-inspired budget binder comes in two sizes and includes six zipper envelopes that you can use to put cash in. It's great for saving and staying on budget. There's an envelope for rent, vacation, bills, self-care and more. When you place your order, you can even customize them to fit your budgeting needs. You can even choose which color you want your binder to be. So fetch!

House of Intuition Healing Magic Candle

If you need spiritual guidance during this time, you may want to consider getting the Healing Magic Candle from House of Intuition. It's lightly scented and dressed with crystals that can help with the healing process.

Mystic Mondays Tarot Card Deck

Tarot can be helpful in figuring out what may be going on with the people around you. The Mystic Mondays tarot deck features gorgeous colorful art, and the cards are thick and sturdy, yet easy to shuffle. It's a really great deck and the book it comes with is super helpful as well.

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—Originally published Feb 19, 2020 at 3:51 PM PT.