Mercury in retrograde forces many to put pause on New Year ambition


What does the dreaded Mercury in retrograde mean for YOUR star sign? How the ‘chaotic’ period will impact your life until February 3 – from ‘sluggishness’ to sudden outbursts

  • Mercury is in retrograde where it will stay until February 3, astrologers say
  • The planet’s trips into retrograde often wreak havoc with communication
  • But Kristy Gray says we should use this time to reflect and level up our skills


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Astrologer, Kristy Gray, has revealed how Mercury going into retrograde will impact you  - with effects lasting until late February

Astrologer, Kristy Gray, has revealed how Mercury going into retrograde will impact you  - with effects lasting until late February

Astrologer, Kristy Gray, has revealed how Mercury going into retrograde will impact you  – with effects lasting until late February

Mercury’s shift into retrograde today threatens to throw people’s ‘New Year, new me’ plans into reverse – or at least put them on pause for the next two weeks.

Astrologer, Kristy Gray, from Queensland‘s Gold Coast says Mercury joins Venus which has been retrograde since the end of 2021 – forcing people to reflect on their relationships.

‘Mercury retrograde typically sends communication into chaos, there are problems with technology and we suggest people don’t buy any big ticket items and they back up their technology,’ she explained to FEMAIL. 

‘Don’t be surprised if thing appear to get lost in the abyss or you realise mistakes in emails after you have sent them,’ she added. 

The 38-year-old says reflecting on our inner dialogue is especially important over the next two weeks because Mercury’s retrograde happens across Capricorn and Aquarius giving us a ‘double whammy’ of skills to upgrade.

For Taurus this period marks the end of about 12-months of contemplation. Come February three the ‘stubborn’ earth sign will need to make a decision they have been pondering.

While Capricorns should take the opportunity to ‘smell the roses’ because this could be one of few real rest periods this year.

The 38-year-old says reflecting on our inner dialogue is especially important over the next two weeks because Mercury's retrograde happens across Capricorn and Aquarius giving us a 'double wammy' of skills to upgrade

The 38-year-old says reflecting on our inner dialogue is especially important over the next two weeks because Mercury's retrograde happens across Capricorn and Aquarius giving us a 'double wammy' of skills to upgrade

The 38-year-old says reflecting on our inner dialogue is especially important over the next two weeks because Mercury’s retrograde happens across Capricorn and Aquarius giving us a ‘double wammy’ of skills to upgrade

Kristy says the stars look like they are aligning for 2022, with resilience and having an ability to se your internal resources key to making it through the next 18 months.

‘The nodes shift into zodiac signs for 18 months at a time,’ she said.

The upcoming ‘shift’ is about being able to ‘work on your own visions for the future’.

‘This is the year we realise things aren’t going back to the way things were but we find that things can change for the best, dreams are attainable.’

Capricorns should put their feet up, Kristy said, but most signs should allow themselves to slow down and reflect

Capricorns should put their feet up, Kristy said, but most signs should allow themselves to slow down and reflect

Capricorns should put their feet up, Kristy said, but most signs should allow themselves to slow down and reflect

What does Mercury’s retrograde mean for you?

Aries

This New Year retrograde will help you feel more productive and give them the boost to get on with things. You will need to reflect on your confidence levels and work out the most beneficial actions to take to reach your goals.

Taurus

You need to give yourself permission to take action. You have a green light but must act on it. This retrograde will help you finalise a decision which you will need to make in February. This could be to do with your career or relationship – but is something you have been contemplating for about 12 months. Decide the next logical step and take it.   

Gemini

Your sign is ruled by Mercury so you have probably noticed you feel sluggish and like life is moving more slowly than usual. This period is about reflection, you should stop and smell the roses. Reflect on a big lesson you have learned lately and by mid February you will feel like you have more traction.

Cancer

For Cancers this period is all about equilibrium and balance there is a will ebb and flow energy. This tug of war of energy is asking you take control of your own life instead allowing others to take it. To make the most of this reflective time try to remain open and proactive. It is okay to retreat so you can find time to analyse a situation but then you must go out and deal with it, with kindness.

Leo 

Leos will need to dig into their endless wells of optimism right now – and to build a tolerance for other people and their opinions. Instead of telling other people how things are try to open up, ask questions.   

Virgo

Virgos are also ruled  by Mercury and will be hugely impacted by this month’s retrograde. You are being asked to acknowledge your own need to take things slow. You don’t have to be productive all of the time, when you do feel productive during this period you should use it to have fun. Remember communication is key and you don’t have to get everything perfect. 

Libra

Librans have had a tough time recently, Venus’ retrograde has pushed key themes surrounding relationships to the forefront of their attention. You are the harmoniser of the zodiac and like to have justice and fairness within your relationships. This period will test your ability to put boundaries in place. You need to remain authentic and while you will feel the need to shower everyone with kindness you need to remember your needs are important too.  

Scorpio

You need to focus on your intense need to feel right now which means looking at your internal dialogue and working out how to match it with your external dialogue. Don’t let things build up now, if they fester you will have an outburst and could regret it. Instead seek out support from a trusted source so you can express yourself without fear.   

Sagittarius 

It is definitely a time to reflect for Sagittarians. You might feel like you have been on a hiatus, but you should use this energy wisely and focus on things you want to manifest. If you are feeling lost look for signs and seek out sources of inspiration.  

Capricorn

You aren’t used to slowing down, Capricorn, but it is time to hang the joggers up for a while. You will be lacing them up again before you know it but you need to rest until you feel like your mojo is back. This should happen by mid-February. If you need to work on something use this time to connect with people who could help you reach goals later.  

Aquarius 

This retrograde appears in Aquarius as well as Capricorn. It remind you that life is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to look to the future with your thinking and focus on positives. Remember baby steps here will help you create long and lasting change. You might feel like this Mercury retrograde brings you some happy birthday moments.  

Pisces

You have energy on your side in 2022, and it starts with Mercury heading into retrograde. Use this time to put yourself out there instead of hiding in the shadows. Make the most of the connections you have, capitalise on the people in your life. It is time to feel good and work toward goals. 

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Kristy compared the new star configuration to ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ and says she is seeing glimpses of a positive future.

The astrologer says you can read your retrograde horoscope using your sun sign, but if you want a more in-depth forecast you should also read the forecast for your ascendant sign, which can be worked out if you know your time of birth.    

Mercury is officially in retrograde from January 14 until February three, but the energy will continue until the end of February as this is the ‘shadow period’ she explained. 

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