Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio – The Flower Moon May 16, 2022

Odilon Redon, White Vase with Flowers, pastel on paper, France, 1916.

May’s Full Moon, also known as the Flower Moon, is a total Lunar Eclipse and is exact at 25º18’ Scorpio on Monday May 16, at 4:15 UT (May 15 00:15 EDT). The term “Flower Moon” perfectly describes this time, as the energies closely reflect those experienced by a flower opening to life after a long winter’s struggle. Watch a garden in the springtime, and you will see that Nature is ever determined to provide budding plants with the challenges they require to grow into their strongest version. This Lunar Eclipse presents us with a time of considerable potency, offering just the right amount of difficulty and inspiration we need to move forward into our best future.

Lunar eclipses are watersheds; decisions have to be made, something must be left behind, and our destination remapped. In the case of a budding flower, the state of dormancy must be left behind, and the urge for life apprehended. For us, it is similar; eclipses present us with new ideas and directions of growth, often through irrefutably important events, thoughts or interactions. What had once seemed like vague possibility becomes a point of central focus, particularly if it benefits our evolution. Things which seemed so important in the past shift out of focus, moving into the background to support the new vision which pulls us ahead into the future. And so, we evolve.

This Full Moon Eclipse is marked by a tight T-square with has Saturn at its apex. Saturn stands at a crossroads, looking left to the deeply emotional Scorpio Moon, and right to the Sun/Uranus/Mercury Retrograde conjunction in Taurus.  This is a time of heavy consideration, and the Moon in Scorpio wouldn’t have it any other way. What we value most on an emotional level, where we find security, meaning and connection is now highlighted by the undeniable urge for forward motion and growth. We cannot suppress the life force, and the Full Moon allows us to see clearly what must be shed and what must be allowed to come to life. 

Mars and Neptune are conjoined in Pisces, diffusing energy so that rather than clearly seeing what is happening, we need to intuit, reaching with senses little used.  This aspect can be very inspiring, giving us the energy to work at manifesting our dreams, but it can also be very delusory, fogging real action and perception with untruth.  Faith in the growth process is required, and a bit of caution not to get lost in the fog.

Venus conjoins Chiron in Aries, which creates a second-guessing effect for the normally demanding Venus in Aries experience.  Venus seeks to please herself, she wants beauty, adoration, peace and pleasure. As natal ruler of Taurus, currently locked in conjunction with Chiron, we find an undertone of doubt in what where we find pleasure. Something must change in what we find enjoyable, collectively, for there is a woundedness associated with what we seek.  Every time we reach for something we want, there’s a pinch involved.  While certainly an uncomfortable aspect, it allows us to collectively find a sense of true empathy as we go about chasing our desires. What we value as a society is changing – our urges for consumerism, glamor, and over-consumption are clearly no longer working out, for the economy or the planet. The “me-first” urge of Venus in Aries is being given a pause as we find other, more equitable ways of seeking pleasure and enjoyment, particularly in light of the mass suffering the world is currently experiencing.

Pluto in Capricorn stands high above it all, looking down with an unrelenting desire to see everything turned upside down.  The changes that are currently being wrought are fundamental, deep and permanent. Pluto lends support to the Retrograde Mercury, indicating just how deeply we need to dig in order to ensure that costly, time-wasting errors are not made, but this aspect also gives us a wonderful opportunity to thoroughly review old work, plans and ideas for potential breakpoints and pitfalls. Mercury Retrograde in Gemini is a tough placement, as Gemini rules our communication, our thought processes, daily interactions, business, contracts, writing – all the things we rely upon to get our point across and gather the information we need on a daily basis.  Communication is challenged during this Full Moon, but that may not be a bad thing, as the overall energy right requires us to slow down, consider, be open to inspiration and evaluate what lies ahead as clearly and thoroughly as possible. Saturn dominating the day adds a sobriety and discipline that is required, ensuring that we will take our time with this eclipse.  Envision where it is you want to be three months, six months, one year from now, and use the energy now available to put your vision into motion.

An interesting observation – the Uranus/Sun conjunction in Taurus is yielding surprises every day, it seems.  A remarkable news article surfaced just this week, discussing how scientists have discovered a black hole at the Galactic Centre, in Sagittarius.  This will certainly set theorists on the path of wild speculation for years to come, but it is these sorts of discoveries and innovations which occur during heavy Uranus transits, and in Taurus, the manifestation in concrete reality is even more evident. Read the article here: Black Hole: First Picture of Milky Way Monster


Full Moon Forecast for Each Sign of the Zodiac

Aries:  Your persona comes across loud and clear, and you are in the midst of healing what it is about yourself that causes you the most grief, Aries.  You are all about the money now, finding new ways to diversify your assets, and opening to things you had never dreamed would be important to you.  However, this Eclipse is shining light on the fact that you need to contend with how you feel about significant others in your life – particularly any friends who may be causing challenges to your overall MO.  Be careful not to escape into overindulgence as you try to escape the pressure of reality, it’s not worth it in the long run.  Listen to your dreams, and watch for Freudian slips as communication can prove challenging.  Say what you mean, say it again, and one more time for good measure, otherwise misinterpretations will be hard to unravel later on, which would be a waste of time – anathema to any self-respecting Aries.

Taurus:  Taurus, it’s pretty hard to ignore you folks these days.  You are coming into your own, and for all those who thought they had you pegged – HA.  This Eclipse, the spotlight is on how those closest to you affect who you want to be, and how you want to be perceived.  You may have a bit of trouble communicating your values right now, but don’t feel rushed. Take your time to work out the nitty-gritty.  Career plans get serious as long-term details crop up, and you need to sort through what’s best for your overall development.  Old beliefs need revamping, but don’t necessarily look to your circle of friends for answers – that bunch may seem a bit foggy right now, so take what you hear and see with a grain of salt.  Deep healing of old, gnarly wounds is highlighted right now.  Take time with yourself – meditation, ritual, prayer and grounding will be especially fruitful right now. Embrace yourself – all of it – even the bits you wish you could forget.

Gemini:  This Eclipse may feel a bit confusing for you, Gemini, as you seek to solidify your self-concept. Just who are you, anyway?   There is much subconscious material springing up at you, causing some compulsive reactions that you need to sort out later.  This is a good time to take a look at any habits that might be better left by the wayside, and tightening up routines and daily tasks will be highly beneficial.  You may feel burdened by old beliefs that you can’t seem to shake, but rather than railing against them, meditate on what holds you back. Take your time and look at this stuff.  It’s all about how you deal with power issues, what’s fair and what’s not.  Friends inspire, and you can make peace with circumstances that once seemed inaccessible.  You may just find that previously closed doors are suddenly open – it’s up to you whether you step into that new reality or not.

Cancer:  This Eclipse is a great opportunity to start seeing some positive progress on things you feel like you’ve been working on forever.  The tide is just about to shift, as you find new opportunities opening up for you in social settings, and in manifesting your dreams and wishes.  Power issues, particularly with significant others, will feel tough, but a little discipline and a hard line is sometimes just right to define much-needed boundaries.  Let your creativity come to life this Full Moon, Cancer, and open to the inspiration you feel welling up – what you create now will serve as fuel for your fire as you continue through the months ahead.  Subconscious material can crop up, and it’s a good time to review old, long-standing problems that seem to have been evading practical solution.  Mediation, journaling and therapeutic talk can be very productive now in allowing you to finally unearth those nasty old stones that have been weighing you down.

Leo:  This Eclipse, the spotlight is on your home, Leo, and how you balance home life with career.  Everyone needs a solid, secure home base, though things are emerging in your public life which require integration.  Relationships feel serious, as the lay of the land is evident to all involved.  You know what you are dealing with; either commit or quit.  The depths feel particularly heady these days, as issues of sex, death, power and control slip through your consciousness.  You are in an intense learning phase, and your horizons are broadening, allowing you to finally embrace new ideas, visions and beliefs.  It feels good to know that you are on the right track – and you are!  Don’t be afraid to revamp your approach with daily work habits, getting rid of what holds you back, and stepping up to better ways.

Virgo: The spotlight is on your daily communications, Virgo, and how your belief systems are being revamped and manifested in your day-to-day life. It’s a good time to start a new job, a new course of study, or enroll in a program that can help you with your career, or personal development. It is time to revamp how you think and talk about things – especially yourself. Are you stuck in repetitive, negative thought processes? Look to your creativity for ways to break free – deep things are welling up inside, let them out, and let yourself communicate freely. Be sure that you are meticulous in career matters – especially contracts, as things may go backwards for a while. Work habits and methods are due for a stringent overhaul. Clean out and rearrange what’s a mess in your immediate environment, and make space for something new and more beneficial to arrive.

Libra: What do you value, Libra? That’s the question you need to ask yourself this Eclipse. What is important to you? How do you define your sense of self-worth? Surprises come from power-plays, as intertwined values press upon what it is that compels you to feel good about yourself. Issues in the home, ancestral memory and the father rise up for you to evaluate. The impact of these matters runs deep, and now is a good time to see how such things influence your belief system. Communicating may feel difficult, but sometimes you need to let ideas breathe before sharing them with the world – now is one of those times. Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate what you think you believe. Creativity feels serious – you want to manifest, but it’s hard work. Habits may be somewhat undermining; you think what you do on a regular basis is inspiring, but it may actually be diffusing your energy. Relationships feel sweet, as you have power available to heal old wounds.

Scorpio:  The spotlight is on your persona, Scorpio, as it seems that how you feel is what you are.  If you were ever going to wear your heart on your sleeve, right about now would be the perfect time – this Eclipse is highlighting just how you feel about your closest relationships, how they impact your daily habits, your creativity and your home life.  Power plays are gnarly, and you want to talk them through, but now’s not really the time.  Meditate on the details, and let these things rise to the surface before sharing your thoughts, otherwise you run the risk of misunderstandings and complications which will need to be sorted out later, if at all.  This is all about how you communicate.  You want to get deep, but start with yourself before unleashing on those around you.  Work habits feel good, health is fine, and creativity is inspired, if a bit nebulous at this time.  Solidify your home base, even if it feels hard.  What you do there within the next few months will result in a holding pattern that will last at least until the end of the year, if not become a permanent state of affairs.

Sagittarius:  This eclipse is allowing you to really get into your subconscious mind, Sagittarius.  You have the capacity to drill deep into what makes you tick, and you will be able to see just how things you hadn’t quite grasped about yourself surface in your health, work and daily habits.  Compulsive behavior can undermine your best abilities – now’s the time to focus on that stuff, even if it comes as a surprise, perhaps an outburst or announcement from a work colleague, employer or employee. Your values are being reshaped, and you want to communicate, but that feels hard, especially in relationships and partnerships.  Hold those thoughts for at least a month, because what you think is important right now probably won’t be later– if you can remember the details at all.  Look out for inconsistencies in matters dealing with home life, and beware of overspending, even if that splurge seems like a great idea now.  Let yourself feel creative, your pleasure principle is at a high level, so enjoy what feels good, and let the guilt go.

Capricorn:  The spotlight is on your society this Eclipse, as you seek to break through to new forms of creativity and pleasure.  What may have suited in the past no longer serves, Capricorn, and you know deep down that it’s time to move on and unleash all that you have pent up inside.  Work issues are tricky, and your daily habits need some reconsideration, especially things that tend to obfuscate what you should really be doing.  Don’t waste precious time, and don’t bother talking about it – just make the changes you know you need to make.  Your persona is in the midst of a total overhaul, and you can’t see the forest for the trees right now as you seek to define your values, but keep doing what you are doing.  You are motivated by what is serious, and results that matter for the long-haul.  Home life supports your efforts, and feels full and sweet at this time.  Enjoy and dig deep into your foundations, for they support you all the way.

Aquarius:  The spotlight is on your career, Aquarius, and this Eclipse offers you the opportunity to do what it takes to manifest your ideals in what you do on a daily basis.  Creativity seems a little confusing right now, as you seek to root out the details which have been eluding your grasp. Don’t bother discussing, just let everything that seems like a good idea now float to the surface – you will sort out the important stuff later, once it all becomes clear – but be sure to document everything, lest that genius idea slips away.  You want to communicate, get out and be busy in your community, and this is a perfect time to do so.  You will likely find yourself very involved with short-distance travel, errands, weekend vacations and shopping, visiting friends and relatives.  Your persona may come across as rather serious at times, but don’t worry – you are manifesting your true self.  Stick to your guns!

Pisces:  This Eclipse is focused on your most deeply held beliefs, Pisces, and you may receive some surprises from your friends, relatives and daily contacts that shake things up for you.  If you have been wanting to travel, now’s a good time to put a big trip into motion.  It’s also a good time to go back to school, take some personal development courses, learn a new language or meet people from places you have never been.  Think consciousness-expanding, and you’ll get the picture.  Finances are in order, and you are happy with making a splurge right now, particularly for something big-ticket.  Home life needs a bit of communication, but the details of what’s necessary are hazy right now.  Be very clear with any plans you put together that involve home, family and health care, as you will need to repeat instructions, processes and procedures if you don’t take extra care to double check and ensure things are in order at this time.  Your long-term dreams are changing, and as such, your persona feels a bit hazy right now, but no worries, it’s a good time to enjoy yourself Pisces.


For more information about this year’s Lunations – Full Moons, New Moons and Eclipses see: Lunar Events and Eclipses 2022

See also Moon Phases and Eclipses for more information about how to work with the different phases of the Moon.

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Astrology: Full Moon in Cancer January 17, 2022

Galileo Galilei, ‘Sketches of the Moon’, ink on paper, 1609. Image: Museo Galileo

The first Full Moon of 2022 arrives on January 17 at 23:48 UT (18:48 EST, 15:48 PT).  It’s a busy time – Mercury is retrograde, Venus is retrograde, Uranus moves direct on January 18th, and the Sun enters Aquarius on the 19th.  This Full Moon chart is dominated by the tight opposition from the Moon to the Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, the Mercury/Saturn conjunction in Aquarius squaring off with tetchy Uranus, and a quiet but pervasive square between Venus and Chiron adding a touch of melancholy to the air as people grapple with things that seem unfixable. Mars adds smoky fire to communications, leaving open to debate what’s true and what’s fantasy.

Pluto’s presence in this Full Moon configuration brings current issues to a core level for all, and people feel compelled to expose their emotions, even if talking feels hard going (Mercury/Saturn). Pressures exerted from society at large are causing even the most placid to feel anger and frustration.  We look around to see that more than ever before the actions of total strangers affect our personal lives in very direct ways.  Patience and good humor have worn down as we are faced with ongoing restrictions, increased security and powerful monitoring measures that are unavoidable for even the most mundane actions.  Going to the grocery store, seeking personal fitness goals, international travel, working with other people, sending our kids to school – all of these things, once commonplace are now subject to officiated governmental scrutiny and societal commentary in a way that hasn’t been seen since WWII.  While this time feels heavy, the stricture is currently as pronounced as it will be this year, so bear with it and do the shadow work that needs doing.  Energies will shift as we move into the Spring Equinox  – it will still be an intense year, mind you – but won’t feel quite so bleak.  Right now, though, the overbearing powers of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are knocking hard, requiring everyone to manage global issues on a personal level.

However, there is a silver lining to all this gloomy cloud cover. It is through the pressure of universal energies that we gain greater understanding of the world around us. What we have happening here, folks, is evolution in action.  It’s been easy for people to retreat into their respective shells over the last few decades, as the spread of internet technology, social media and virtual reality (Uranus and Neptune’s influence) has allowed people to block out the world and carry on as if what we do on an individual basis doesn’t matter. The events that grip our planet at this time speak otherwise, and the message that is being brought to bear overall is strongly this: we are all One, we all impact each other, no matter where we are, and to move forward personally and collectively in health and well-being, we need to open our hearts, release fear and be willing to learn, to grow and to be more than we are as individuals.  Allow the light of this Full Moon to shine on what you need to see most – and don’t be afraid, we are all in this together.

“The world is evolving from imperfection to perfection, it needs all love and sympathy. Great tenderness and watchfulness is required from each one of us.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Current planetary events:

Sun ingress to Aquarius January 19, 2022 21:39 EST (January 20, 2022 2:39 UT)

Mercury Retrograde until February 2, 2022, exits shadow on February 2, 2022

Venus Retrograde until January 29, 2022

Uranus Direct January 18, 2022 until August 24, 2022

Next Full Moon February 16, 2022 16:58 UT, 11:58 EST, Leo 29º

Forecasts for the month:

Aries: Home/work balance is under the spotlight this Full Moon, as surprising shifts in your values make existing social scenes and alliances feel sombre, with much reflection on what came before. Inspiration is calling – be who you want Aries, when was that ever a problem for you? Settle down a bit and meditate on it (really, do it!).  You’ll find what emerges most fruitful. Write it down when it comes.

Taurus: You feel inspired by beauty and called to find your deepest truth, and you want to talk about it, though it feels more emotional than usual.  Sex and money feel energized but elusive, so seductive, pushing you to the chase.  Light is available to heal your oldest wounds, though it may take some serious thinking on the career front to get you there.

Gemini:  The spotlight this full moon is on money – yours vs theirs.  What do you value, and how strong is your value structure when put upon by the wishes and pressures of the outside world?  There’s an underlying seriousness to you these days as you seek to gain lessons, and that may spell opportunity in career. Don’t let sniping undermine you.  You may have a foot-in-mouth moment.  Be careful what you say! 

Cancer:  Your emotions are on your sleeve, and partnerships feel intense as deep levels are being plumbed.  Watch for power plays that compromise self-identity. The heavy stuff – sex, death, commitment – feels serious, however, details remain to be clarified on the work front which raise questions on the ethical front. Career feels a bit Sisyphean but don’t fret, surprises and inspirations come through networking.

Leo:  Don’t let compulsions and old habits be your self-undoing.  Now’s the time to look at self-undermining behaviour, particularly in how you approach relationships, work and how you treat your body.  The heavy stuff inspires and creativity is energized – let it out, it’s gold.  Career could offer breakthrough over the next month, be open to your subconscious mind for inspiration.

Virgo: The spotlight right now for you Virgo is learning to have fun again.  What does pleasure mean to you?  Do you have people you can share yourself with, or have you been holed up? Reach out, allow romance back into your heart, and don’t be afraid to shake things up. Open up to new philosophies and dreams, and you’ll find new friends knocking at your door.

Libra:  Career vs home feel intense as you seek to manifest your deepest desires. Compulsions are surprising and add tension to pleasure, but on the other hand, you want to be serious about what excites right now. You might come across as aggressive at the wrong moment – say what’s on your mind truthfully, it will be easier on everyone. Have a spa day soon, it will be of greater than usual benefit. Beauty heals.

Scorpio:  Deep change pushes you to walk your talk, and embody your highest ideals. Romance is inspiring, and you look with a critical eye on long-term changes in the home.  Watch your health this month as old issues may come home to roost, requiring a stepped-up plan of action. Money talks – go for that brass ring now, but don’t be prodigal.

Sagittarius: You feel the Force as your values are overhauled, and your persona is energized and powerful.  The spotlight is on why you do what you do and who you do it with.  You are able to cut to the chase and isolate details that have been tripping you up for a while.  Home life comforts and inspires.  Even the most valiant knights need respite sometimes – don’t be afraid to slow down.

Capricorn:  This Full Moon allows you to expose your underbelly, Capricorn. You’ll want to talk seriously about your tender spots, as subconscious material pushes to the surface requiring an outlet.  You have lots of support, be willing to reach out and touch base, you’ll be surprised at how conversation flows.  Let work lie and pay attention to the foundational core stuff, even if it’s hard going.

Aquarius:  This Full Moon feels very businesslike for you, Aquarius, as you focus on how to bring what is hidden to the fore.  Deep subconscious material stirs up dreams, and mediation allows for core problem solving.  Don’t let old insecurities nip at your heels, identify them and put them in their place. Watch for surprises and accidents on the home front – keep any potential hazards under control.

Pisces:  This Full Moon feels romantic and inspired, Pisces.  What gives you joy? Where do you find romance and pleasure – or do you anymore?  Let yourself be inspired by the beauty of the world, and let your dreams unfurl. Communications can be surprising, and your subconscious wants to be heard.  Impressions of the day can surface at night – keep your notebook handy and pay attention.

Born on this day – January 17: Benjamin Franklin (1706); Anne Brontë (1820); Konstantin Stanislavski (1863); Al Capone (1899); Betty White (1922); Eartha Kitt (1927); Vidal Sassoon (1928); James Earl Jones (1931); Maury Povich (1939); Muhammed Ali (1942); Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952); Jim Carrey (1962); Michelle Obama (1964); Kid Rock (1971); Zooey Deschanel (1980); Jake Paul (1997)

Sadly, January 17 would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. Happy Birthday Betty, blessings to you as you travel on your journeys.

January 17, 2022 Full Moon 23:48 UT, Greenwich, UK. Chart courtesy of astro.com

Astrology: Mercury Retrograde January 14, 2022

Reinhold Begas, ‘Mercury and Psyche,’ marble, Germany, 1878. Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

It seems these days everyone likes to talk about Mercury Retrograde.  The phrase is bandied about at meetings, in casual conversation, social media is flooded with little tidbits about the phenomenon, and even mainstream news outfits dedicate an article or two each year to the idea (thanks Oprah!).  So what then should we know about Mercury Retrograde, and how does it actually affect our lives?

Astrologically, Mercury governs all things to do with communication, travel, our basic capacity for understanding, listening, agreements we make with others, arguments, clerical work, brain functions, business matters, computers, matters of diet, education, errands, forgetfulness, gossip, writing, ideas in general, illness – particularly public illnesses that spread, information and information gathering, the capacity to learn, mischief, the nervous system, news, newspapers and news commentary, the post (mail), reason, respiration, sanitation, service, stupidity, telephones, transportation, treaties, young people (especially those 5-15 years), and worries. Mercury is the ruler of the astrological signs Gemini, and Virgo, and all the matters ruled by these signs are also impacted during Mercury Retrograde (see Gemini and Virgo for more information on what these signs rule). The phenomenon of retrograde planets is particular to our perspective from Earth, as we look up at the sky and the planet in question appears to move backwards against the fixed canopy of the stars.  This “backwards” movement is a trick of the eye, perceived when regarding the relative speed of motion of the planets through the sky in relation to other faster and slower moving objects, as the planet does not literally reverse its direction, but only appears to reverse from its normal west-to-east motion across the sky to an east-to-west path.

Mercury’s orbit is 88 days, and it is never more than 28º away from the Sun.  With such a tight orbit, Mercury frequently conjoins the Sun, and this can occur in two different ways.  An Inferior Conjunction occurs when Mercury moves between the Sun and the Earth, and Mercury’s degree is past the Sun’s on the zodiacal wheel.  It is at this time that Mercury is considered retrograde. A Superior Conjunction occurs when the Sun’s degree placement is slightly ahead of Mercury’s, so Mercury passes on to the other side of the Sun as seen from the Earth, and needs to “catch up” by moving forward – thus travelling in direct motion. 

Let’s take the upcoming Mercury Retrograde period as an example: 

January 14, 2022 Mercury Retrograde 10º14′ Aquarius. Mercury is past the Sun, between the Sun and the Earth, and turns “backwards” to meet the Sun, making an Inferior Conjunction on January 23, 2022.
February 4, 2022 Mercury Direct 24º 23′ Capricorn. The Sun is past Mercury, and Mercury needs to “catch up” to the Sun with its direct motion, to eventually make a Superior Conjunction on April 3, 2022.
Charts courtesy of astro.com. Annotations by Veronica Childe.

Mercury goes Retrograde on January 14, 2022.  On that day, the Sun is at 23º43’ Capricorn, and Mercury is at 10º18’ Aquarius, and the Earth is at 23º43’ Cancer (the Earth is not usually shown on astrological charts, but is always 180º away from the Sun, in opposition). The Sun and Mercury are approximately 17º apart, and as Mercury is ahead of the Sun in its movement around the astrological wheel (Aquarius is the sign past Capricorn), from a geocentric perspective, it appears to move away from us, or retrograde.  On February 4, Mercury turns direct.  The Sun is at 15º8’ Aquarius, Mercury is at 24º23’ Capricorn and the Earth is at 15º8’ Leo.  Here, Mercury and the Sun are approximately 22º apart, but as the Sun has moved forward into Aquarius, and is ahead of Mercury’s degree placement in Capricorn, Mercury is behind the Sun, further away from the Earth, and so travels in direct motion, towards us geocentrically. It makes a Superior Conjunction on April 3, 2022 at 13º Aries.

On a mystical level, we can consider Mercury Retrograde as a time when intellect, or Psyche (Mercury), struggles to maintain attachment to the Soul (Sun).  It is only by joining Psyche and Soul together that we can find cohesion in Spirit, and so Mercury, rather than travelling on alone past the Sun, must turn “retrograde,” reversing so that the two can come together and travel forward in union again.  The reason why Mercury Retrograde cycles can feel difficult is that they highlight any disruption in our inner connection and make plain for us to see exactly where we are tripping up, going wrong, not thinking straight or being illogical.  This feels much worse the more we are out of sync with our Soul’s needs, and we need to backtrack to re-establish harmonious inner cohesion. To address this discontinuity, we need to take the time to re-establish our internal connections, meditate, slow down, perceive more carefully, and reflect. Mercury Retrograde is not a time for action, it is a time for slowing down, reviewing and reconnecting with our Spirit.

Certain Mercury retrograde cycles can be felt as more difficult than others, for instance, when Mercury has a longer retrograde journey. This January 14 – February 4 cycle, Mercury retrogrades for approximately 16º as opposed to later in the year when we see shorter cycles, as Mercury travels retrograde for approximately 8º and 9º in May and September 2022.  Further, when the retrograde occurs in signs that are ruled by Mercury – Gemini (May 2022) or Virgo (September 2022), we find particularly irksome difficulties arise, though this does not discount the fact that any Mercury retrograde cycle usually poses some difficulties for at least a portion of the zodiac. We can expect that this January 2022 Mercury Retrograde period will hit hardest for Fixed and Cardinal signs particularly those born in the first ten days of Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, and Taurus, as well as the last ten days of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.  These people in particular need to slow down for a little while.

This upcoming cycle, as Mercury travels back through the first decan of Aquarius into the last decan of Capricorn, we can expect glitches in self-assertion, as ego moves – particularly in relationships –  tend to backfire at this time. More information will be disclosed than we might expect or want, and this applies doubly for those in power or authority positions.  It would not be surprising to see public announcements about high-profile extramarital affairs, sexual or financial indiscretions, or otherwise unsavory dirt over the next few weeks. Attempts at hiding the truth will fail and could prove embarrassing, if not completely overturning what seemed to be established, stable situations. Working methods will require switching gears on the fly, and interactions with others will need to be adjusted as people are just not doing what we expect.  All this may feel rather onerous, but at the same time, there will be a sense of “well, let’s just figure this out once and for all.”  In fact, that is the absolute best thing to do with this particular Mercury Retrograde, colored as it is by Saturn – rehash, perfect and finalize.  Don’t pull the trigger on plans, submissions, contracts and pronouncements until Mercury is fully direct on February 4, but do take the time to focus on getting everything done to the best of your ability.  As Mercury is conjoined with Saturn for this retrograde cycle, the power to perfect is on hand – Saturn wants to see discipline, and will reward your efforts, so do not stint on concentration and revision of details.  Doing so may just save your reputation and protect you from costly errors that will take months to repair.

All this being said, there is never any reason to worry too much with Mercury Retrograde.  Think twice before you act, cultivate patience rather than aggression, prepare carefully, and be willing to wait before signing any contracts. Take the time to read the fine print as things you blindly agree to during Mercury Retrograde almost always require revision, however minor, before a final result is achieved.  People find that it is with things they rarely focus on consciously anymore, like routines and habits, that problems arise, which is why we tend to see an increase in traffic accidents, and failure to receive basic communications like voice mail, snail mail, email etc. during Mercury Retrograde. What, you didn’t get the memo? Go ahead, blame Mercury Retrograde – at least you will know the logistics behind the situation! 

You can find information about more of this year’s upcoming Mercury Retrograde cycles as well as other planetary cycles for this year here:. Planetary Events 2022

Thank you for reading. Many blessings to you!

Mercury Retrograde January 30, 2021

Monogrammist IB, “Mercurius”, etching, 1528. Rijksmuseum

Mercury goes retrograde on January 30 at 26º 27′ Aquarius, until February 20, and remains in shadow after that point until March 13, when it resumes its original position from the point of retrograde. Some astrologers disregard Mercury retrograde, likely because they know how to work with the energy, but these times can and do throw a spanner into the works on a global level, and deserve respect. Mercury rules communication (speaking and listening), short distance travel, business, contracts, basic commerce, and this time manifests as a sublimation of Mercury’s functions, so all that he rules goes slightly awry. We see miscommunication and misapprehension which usually entails tedious revision of some sort. It can be an annoying time!


This cycle will be most challenging for Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio , and any with planets in these signs, though everyone will have the placement somewhere in their chart. The best way to work with this energy is to be patient, take a bit of extra time, and don’t take things too seriously – even seemingly important plans – as things just don’t turn out the way we want under this influence. Go back to old work, clean up, review and hold your horses until the energy clears. Look up old friends and consider what worked in the past which you may not be doing in the present.