Does Mercury retrograde affect relationships? Here's what astrologers want you to know

No need to fret, Mercury doesn't stand a chance against these words of wisdom

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Does Mercury retrograde affect relationships? Our favorite planet is at it again, and many suspect it's coming for our love lives.

We all stress about breaking up during Mercury retrograde and wonder if our romantic bonds can withstand the planet's backward motions. But let's not give this tiny celestial being too much credit. 

We have the expert advice of astrologers to guide us through any and all Mercury-related turbulence, so fasten those seatbelts.

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For those who might not feel cosmically savvy, we'll get you up to speed: Mercury retrograde 2022 is currently underway from Tuesday, May 10 to Friday, June 3, its second of four helpings. (Typically, we only get three per year.) Since Mercury rules communication and technology, we anticipate disruption within our messages and even our in-person interactions.

Now, more than ever is a time to be mindful, whether you're dealing with partners, friends or coworkers. Approach situations delicately and kindly.

"Pay attention to any breakdowns in communication and look for small nuances of disruptions to your peace and daily life," warns astrologer Renée Watt (opens in new tab)

What else can we expect during this early-summer astro event? 

Noush of Girl and Her Moon (opens in new tab) says this particular retrograde will cause us to feel a bit indecisive, which can certainly affect our love lives, so you'll want to be aware of those particular feelings going forward.

(Psst, we learned how Mercury retrograde will affect each zodiac sign this time around.)

Does Mercury retrograde affect relationships?

Before all else—before communication gets tangled up in knots—take a breather and be honest with your S.O., but don't argue. Be mindful of your words. 

"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. 

Should things feel a bit off between you and your S.O. during the retrograde itself, Narayana Montúfar, astrologer and author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power (opens in new tab), thinks this means you need to readjust to get back on the proper path.

"It's an opportunity to rethink certain issues you don't want to deal with," she says. "It's hard, but the truth is we are just being challenged to find a new solution."

Mercury retrograde and exes

Somehow, this seems to be the time old lovers find their way back into your DMs, but don't be foolish. Mercury in Retrograde could lead to you wanting to get back with an ex, and you might come to regret it. If you find yourself wondering '"Why do I keep dreaming about my ex?" or "Should I keep my ex as a backup?" the answer is clear: no. 

What to avoid during Mercury retrograde 2022

We cannot tell you what to avoid during certain astrological happenings—it's not the way life works. Instead of fretting that certain planets will cause disarray, take back control and focus on how you present yourself to others. Be mindful of your words and actions. 

Oh, and above all? Let this time work for you, not against you. 

"Maybe it’s trying to show you or teach you that something else needs to be fixed," Noush says of Mercury retrograde. "It's a time for us to really take a step back, slow right down and question your thoughts and words by noticing the reality and realigning to something that feels a little bit better."

Above all—whether you feel yourself falling in love or are looking for a new path to follow, one thing's clear during Mercury retrograde a time to be mindful. Attempt to feel centered by using the best meditation apps, peruse our favorite gifts astrology fans love and tackle everything with more patience and understanding. 

Sure, things are bound to get a little tricky, but we're confident you'll get through this astrological madness with ease! And when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, enjoy these laugh-out-loud Mercury retrograde memes.

An intuitive astrologer with Girl and Her Moon, Noush believes in the healing power of focused energy. You can catch her cosmic insight during an astrology reading or by signing up for a Flow with the Moon Membership.

Renée Watt

Astrologer Renée Watt has offered her expertise for a variety of publications, including CosmoInStyle, Girlboss and more. She hosts a weekly podcast called "The Glitter Cast" (opens in new tab) and is a cohost of the occult livestream  “Betwixt The Shadows.”

Narayana Montúfar

Narayana Montúfar is an astrologer, content strategist, visual artist, and the author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power. (opens in new tab)

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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. 


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