Mercury retrograde is now in its second round of 2022, but there's no need to panic

No need to cue the menacing music: Mercury retrograde 2022 got nothing on you!

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Mercury retrograde 2022 has decided to provide us with four helpings instead of the typical three. How very thoughtful!

Our 2022 horoscopes indicate we’re in for an exciting time of light-speed change, but the meaning of Mercury in retrograde tends to cloud our bliss, regardless of the celestial events we are looking forward to.

Needless to say, we’re a little bit wary. Before panicking over traffic woes and breakups, the pros insist the pop culture planetary phenomenon is more manageable than we have been led to believe.

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

It's even a good time to start reworking a few ideas to keep busy. 

“Revisiting old projects can help you put the finishing touches on any work that's fallen to the wayside, as this is a perfect time to edit and tie up loose ends,” she adds.

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

Mercury retrograde: 2022 dates to know

Mark these dates in your planner. Here’s when to expect Mercury in retrograde:

  • 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

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 focused 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 lives 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,” says astrologer Liz Simmons. “Consider what you need to revamp in regard to your communicative capabilities."

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When is Mercury retrograde over? What happens afterwards?

Mercury will be moving backward for a little less than a month, which could seem like a lifetime to those who are suspicious of the planet's intentions (find out what's in it for your star sign in our Mercury retrograde horoscope). But do keep in mind, that this planet goes retrograde more often than any others, so it's not like we're entirely unfamiliar with its vibes. Don't let it spook you! 

Come June 3, Mercury will travel through the solar system directly, which in turn brings us into the Mercury shadow period (a.k.a. retroshade). Think of retroshade as an appetizer and dessert—the two weeks before and after a retrograde. 

There's a good thing about the post-retrograde shadow, according to astrologer Nina Kahn, even if it does pick up speed.

"You might find yourself dealing with some of the same issues that came up over the past few weeks and finally finding a sense of resolution," she says. Phew!

Then, on June 4, you can expect Saturn to start its backward spin. Since this planet typically rules over structure and boundaries, it's a good idea to be mindful of what's happening in your career. For all other celestial questions, do be sure to check out our guide, which details what planet is in retrograde throughout the year. 

Tips for surviving Mercury retrograde 

Life might seemingly go a bit haywire during Mercury’s backward motion, so beat any fiascos to the punch, particularly those that are tech-related.  

"[Buy] extra iCloud storage space, a USB drive or additional gigabytes," Simmons suggests. "Gotta start prepping to save all of your important work! Write down your passwords to easily get in and out of your logins."

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 always—are matters of the heart. 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. 

But, above all, remember that Mercury's motions are nothing you cannot handle. Truthfully, you're probably gliding through Mercury Rx without complications and you don't even realize it! Don't let it get the best of you.

Sure, no one wants disruptions, but given all that we can learn—and the other great 2022 astrology events coming down the pipeline—we’re not going to let the smallest planet in our solar system cause the biggest disruption. Nice try though, Mercury! 

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)