Mercury retrograde will happen four times in 2022, but we're totally prepared

'While Mercury retrograde can seem scary, there is a lot to gain and benefit from during this time'

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Sound the alarms: Mercury retrograde in 2022 will bless us with an extra dosage, bumping us up from the usual three to four happenings in one calendar year (not that we asked...). Those who are conscious of the cosmos aren't entirely pleased with this bonus offering, and it's easy to see why. 

The planet of communication has earned a bad rep and sends us into panic mode once it starts to move backwards because of the meaning of Mercury in retrograde. Lost car keys, texting fiascos with a new partner, you name it—the headaches we experience during this time are totally unwelcome. 

But before you start to sweat at the thought of disaster, let's compose ourselves. We're definitely able to handle anything Mercury throws our way. Sure it's said to be a rocky time for new beginnings, and even relationships, but our cosmo crew will help you tackle any 2022 Mercury-related challenges head-on. 

Find a few crystals (perfect gifts astrology fans love), sip some tea and stay one step ahead of the planet. You got this!

"While Mercury retrograde can seem scary, there is a lot to gain and benefit from during this time," insists astrologer Renée Watt, who offers a handy Mercury retrograde survival kit! "Give yourself permission to take things easy."

Mercury retrograde: 2022 dates to know

Here's when the troublemaker is expected to go into retrograde in 2022:

  • January 14 to February 3, 2022
  • May 10 to June 2, 2022
  • September 9 to October 2, 2022
  • December 29, 2022 to January 18, 2023

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According to astrologer Lisa Stardust, author of The Astrology Deck: Your Guide to the Meanings and Myths of the Cosmos, each Mercury retrograde is responsible for something different.

  • The January retrograde will focus on how we share our thoughts.
  • The May to June retrograde will force us out of our comfort zones.
  • The fall retrograde strives for balance in our life and the way in which we communicate.
  • The final Mercury retrograde of 2022 will force us to take a step back and examine the whole picture.

"Retrogrades are a time to rethink, review, revise! So, during the Mercury Retrogrades next year, consider what you need to revamp in regard to your communicative capabilities," says astrologer Liz Simmons

Tips for surviving all the Mercury retrogrades in 2022

Communication and messages might go a bit haywire during this time, so beat any tech fiascos to the punch. 

"[Buy] extra iCloud storage space, a USB drive, or additional gigabytes," Simmons suggests. "Gotta start prepping to save all of your important work!"

Speaking of work, you'll want to make sure you're not inviting in anything new during this time period that could throw you off-kilter.  

"Try to sign any pending contracts before this cosmic period begins, and make sure you give yourself extra time to get to work each morning, since running late is a big side effect of these vibes," Watt suggests. 

However, what we most concern ourselves with during this time—and seemingly always—are matters of the heart and how we are communicating with our loved one. The thought of conflict with your partner can certainly weigh you down, but it doesn't have to. 

"If you're having issues within your personal or romantic relationships, try to talk things out before the retrograde begins, but if you find yourself in a conflict during this time, don't leave your diplomacy at home," Watt recommends. 

Don't let this planet get you bent out of shape: you are more than capable of handling whatever it brings your way.