Mercury is currently in retrograde, in Gemini located at 02 Gem 27' 06"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mercury is currently Sextile Jupiter

   Ends on Monday, 23 May, 2022

Mercury is in Conjunction The Sun

   Starts on Thursday, 19 May, 2022
   Peaks on Saturday, 21 May, 2022, orb 2° 53' 16"

Mercury is Trine Pluto

   Starts on Friday, 20 May, 2022

Mercury is Sextile Mars

   Starts on Sunday, 22 May, 2022

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Posted by

Even people who aren’t even remotely familiar with astrology have heard of this one.  Mercury is also Hermes, considered the emissary of the Gods but also, something of a trickster. Ruling Virgo and Gemini, this planetary influence usually denotes something of an adaptable nature but also, a very curious, very chatty sort of feel.

Mercury is also a quick little booger. Because this is one of the inner planets, it moves around the sun much more quickly than other planets - which is, incidentally, why you’ll hear about Mercury's retrograde cycles much more frequently. They happen more frequently! (But wait, there’s more!) The best way to think about what Mercury does in astrology is that it rules your mind and your mouth but also, the way you move: communication, technology, travel, speech and thinking - and everything that ties in there.

The Retrograde

Mercury retrograde is a well known, regular cycle that happens three to four times every year and it lasts around 24 days. You’d think the frequency would kind of hint that maybe the things that occur during it can be prevented with a little foresight - and yet, though most people associate technological breakdowns and communications issues with this cycle, the truth is this is also one of those times an ex might pop up either in your thoughts or in reality. You know that’s a bad idea even without astrological influence, but there you have it. Instead of reaching out, just write this one off to Mercury Retrograde and you’ll be good to go!

This particular retrograde cycle has been known about for a long time. Between the mid-18th and early 19th centuries, the only people who really cared a whole lot about Mercury in Retrograde were farmers. This is because it was usually associated more frequently with heavy rains and bad things happening in that respect, but not very much. If you really want somebody to blame for the rise in this particular scapegoat: blame Baltimore. I blame Baltimore for a lot of things but it was really their horoscopes where you begin to see the big thrust of this as the reason everyone’s life goes to shit or they’re more or less having a time of it. It was April of 1979 when the Baltimore Sun let everyone know, “Hey, this is why this crap keeps happening!” and it just took off from there. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, of course, if you look at the developing technologies and their use gaining popularity - it would make sense that, well, here you have a ready made gremlin that impacts all those things. There are also quite a few people who blame Taylor Swift for this bigger recent uptick in it in terms of pop culture because well, Tay Tay did an interview where she talked about it. With that, hundreds of thousands of teen girls suddenly had a great intangible boogieman beyond their control to blame their bullshit on three or four times a year. It might kind-of explain those breakup songs, if you ask me, but, well, there you go.

Regardless, it’s become so popular, I am not sure I really need to tell you - but if you wanted to really milk it for all its worth, basically don’t do anything that requires communicating, sealing the deal, travel or otherwise during this cycle. I’m sure that’s going to be acceptable when you call into work. Or, you could take the more rational approach and recognize that if you do notice a lot of things really wonking up, maybe those things could stand being corrected inasmuch as you can from your end of things. Is it happening that often because of the speed in which Mercury moves around the Sun or, is it more like problems that go unresolved tend to pop up again and again?

I don’t know. It’s all a mystery of the cosmos!

Last modified onMonday, 02 November 2020 04:59
The Chip Witch

The Chip Witch is the modern intersection of tradition and modern knowledge.

Planetary Positions

18.05.2022 at 16:28:17 UTC

chart wheel
Sun27 Tau 43' 04"
Moon02 Cap 45' 31"
Mercury02 Gem 27' 06" R
Venus18 Ari 25' 20"
Mars25 Pis 18' 10"
Jupiter01 Ari 27' 28"
Saturn25 Aqu 00' 35"
Uranus15 Tau 33' 50"
Neptune25 Pis 00' 07"
Pluto28 Cap 30' 56" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:1
Proton Density:4.91
Proton Speed:444.7 k/sec
KP Status:1
TypeMay 18May 19May 20
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity was low with numerous, low-level C-class flares. Region 3010 (S15E04, Cao/Beta) continued to exhibit decay in both leading and trailing spots while Region 3011 (N18, L=129) decayed to plage. Region 3014 (N21E23, Dki/Beta-Gamma) remained the most magnetically complex of the 7 active regions inhabiting the solar disk, and was responsible for some of the aforementioned low-level C-class flare activity throughout the period. The remaining active regions were little changed and were otherwise unremarkable outside of the occasional C1/C2 flare.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were indicative of weakening positive polarity CH HSS influences. Total IMF strength was primarily 3-5 nT and Bz component was benign with no pronounced southward deflections. Solar wind speed decreased from peaks of ~600 km/s to ~485 km/s near the end of the period. The phi angle was predominantly positive.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background.