What Is Mercury In Retrograde And Should You Care About It?

In Los Angeles, Mercury in Retrograde might as well be a season on the calendar. There’s Summer, Fall, Mercury in Retrograde, Winter, Mercury in Retrograde, Spring and Mercury in Retrograde.

Rumor has it that you shouldn’t sign a contract during this time. Avoid business deals and look out for your phone, because you might just drop and break it. It’s as if the universe is delivering a basket of chaos and it’s all thanks to the smallest planet in our solar system spinning off course.

What is this planetary event and should we really be paying attention to it?

Imagine the planet Mercury spinning backwards. Essentially, three times a year, Mercury is out of orbit. It is literally moving backward: in retrograde.

Historically speaking, Mercury is the messenger of the gods in classical Roman mythology. It is the ruling planet of Gemini and Virgo. Therefore, when the planet is in retrograde, all forms of communication, rational thought and reasoning are in pandemonium.

When is Mercury in Retrograde? According to, in 2022 it occurs:

  • January 13 to February 3
  • May 10 to June 2
  • September 9 to October 1
  • December 28 to January 18 (2023)

Yes, we have just begun the second 2022 Mercury in Retrograde. Does this mean that we should lock the doors and hide under the sheets? Lisa Stardust, a New York based astrologer and best-selling author doesn’t think so.

“Mercury retrograde isn’t necessarily a negative time. It’s a moment when the universe slows down and we can reassess and review aspects of our lives that need revision. We may have to do things twice, but there is beauty in having to make situations better a second time around,” Lisa told LATF USA.

Lisa also points out that old flames and friendships may come back to haunt you during this time. But, like a daily horoscope that may dictate the happenings of our day, how much should people really pay attention to how Mercury in Retrograde effects their personal and professional life?

“Horoscopes describe the energy at play. It’s up to you to choose how you want to use it. If the energy is challenging, then you may not want to confront people and take care of yourself. If it’s a good day, you may want to use that to your advantage and ask for a raise or promotion. The choice is up to you,” Lisa added.

Most likely, you were going about your life as usual without even knowing what Mercury in Retrograde was.

Now that you do know a little about this tri-annual planetary hiccup, it’s up to you to choose how it will or won’t change your life.

No matter what, your bills will still be there and we will always face challenges 365 days a year, Mercury in Retrograde or not.

If you want to seek a professional during Mercury in Retrograde, visit to book a reading with Lisa Stardust. She has just released  The Love Deck, a guide to attracting love and kindling romances. With 70 shimmering cards of short spells, meditations, and love-themed rituals, this deck is a spiritual guide for attracting love, passion, attraction, clarity, and confidence. Users can choose a card based on their particular needs at that moment—before a first date, at a turning point in a relationship, or when a long-term partnership needs a little more spice—or at random to see what the universe has in store for their love life.

By Pamela Price

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