Mercury Retrograde 2022 LIVE — Planet travels backward for 2nd time in May – what it means for you and when it will end

MERCURY is in retrograde, meaning it's moving backward in the sky for the second time so far this year.

Because the planet dictates communication, travel, and technology, all of the star signs can experience some chaos during a planetary retrograde.

Mercury's complete retrograde movement started on May 10 and will continue until June 3.

This movement happens to fall in the signs of Gemini and Taurus, meaning communication with an ex may be likely during this time, but that doesn't mean you should give in to the temptation.

Astrologers advise against several things during this period, including signing any contracts, going on big trips, or entering situations that could cause miscommunication or toxicity – including reaching out to your ex.

"Planetary retrogrades are moments of collective pause and reflection. When Mercury retrograde occurs, we are being asked to slow down and double-check the details," astrologer Ellen Bowles told the media outlet Well and Good.

Read our Mercury Retrogade 2022 live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Carsen Holaday

    Mercury's distance from sun

    The average distance between Mercury and the Sun is 36million miles, but it depends on where Mercury is in its orbit.

    Mercury has an egg-shaped orbit and can get as close as 29million miles to the Sun.

    Its maximum distance away from the solar surface is 43million miles.

    In comparison, Earth's average distance from the Sun is 93million miles.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Mercury's moons

    Planet Mercury actually has no moons.

    The only other planet in our Solar System with no moons is Venus.

    Earth has one, Mars has two and Saturn could have a staggering 82 moons.

  • Carsen Holaday

    What to avoid during retrograde

    Astrologers advise against several things during this period, including:

    • Submitting important documents
    • Taking trips
    • Buying electronic goods or cars
    • Renewing your passport or applying for a visa
    • Changing your PINs and passwords
    • Getting married

    As Mercury dictates communication, travel, and technology, things can go a bit awry during a planetary retrograde.

    It is advised to double-check everything, keep back-ups of important information or documents, and make sure to be clear in conversations with others.

    • Carsen Holaday

      Mercury dictates communication

      Mercury is known as the planet of communication, travel, and technology.

      Mercury Retrograde can cause frequent misunderstandings, scheduling problems, and disagreements with friends and family.

    • Carsen Holaday

      Mercury's retrograde in 2022

      In 2022, the planet will be in complete retrograde movements during the following dates:

      • January 14 to February 3
      • May 10 to June 3
      • September 9 to October 2
      • December 29 to January 18, 2023

      Mercury's retrograde explained

      Mercury completes its orbit around the Sun in about 88 days, while the Earth takes 365 days.

      Since Mercury moves faster, it circles past the Earth around three to four times each year.

      As the planet nears Earth, it appears to slow down, stop, move backward, stop again, and then move forward.

      When Mercury is in retrograde, it appears to move backward in the sky.

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