Mercury is currently in retrograde, in Gemini located at 01 Gem 43' 04"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mercury is currently in Conjunction The Sun

   Ends on Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Mercury is currently Sextile Jupiter

   Ends on Monday, 23 May, 2022

Mercury is Trine Pluto

   Starts on Friday, 20 May, 2022

Mercury is Sextile Mars

   Starts on Sunday, 22 May, 2022
   Peaks on Tuesday, 24 May, 2022, orb 1° 9' 59"

Upcoming Retrogrades

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

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

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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
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Planetary Positions

20.05.2022 at 01:21:05 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun29 Tau 02' 12"
Moon23 Cap 00' 25"
Mercury01 Gem 42' 46" R
Venus20 Ari 00' 48"
Mars26 Pis 19' 43"
Jupiter01 Ari 42' 25"
Saturn25 Aqu 02' 49"
Uranus15 Tau 38' 30"
Neptune25 Pis 01' 50"
Pluto28 Cap 30' 12" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:-1
Proton Density:8.58
Proton Speed:523.0 k/sec
KP Status:2
TypeMay 20May 21May 22
Active35%30%30%
Minor15%10%5%
Moderate1%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT322
03-06UT432
06-09UT322
09-12UT223
12-15UT222
15-18UT222
18-21UT332
21-00UT222
Solar Activity
Moderate levels were reached due to several M-class flares, the largest event being an M5.6/1f flare (R2-Moderate radio blackout) at 19/0719 UTC. Eight sunspot groups were present on the visible disk and background X-ray flux continued at C-class levels. Region 3014 (N22E04, Ekc/beta-gamma-delta) grew further in penumbral area and its magnetic shear was still considered moderate. The region was responsible for two M-class flares, the largest an M1.5/1n flare at 19/1009 UTC. Region 3017 (N13E27, Cro/beta) remained a simple, non-complex region and underwent only minor changes. However, hidden complexity existed as the aforementioned M5.6 flare source seemed to originate between Regions 3014 and 3017, optical wavelengths indicated the flare source on the fringe of Region 3017. New NOAA/SWPC Region 3019 (N11E69, Cro/beta) was assigned this period to a newly rotated into view area of simple bipolar spots. The remaining regions experienced low activity, underwent minor changes, or were in slow decay.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were indicative of likely CIR arrival and CH HSS onset of the anticipated positive polarity CH HSS. Total IMF strength was mainly at 5-7 nT until a rapid intensification to 11 nT began at 19/1322 UTC. The Bz component was variable throughout the period, with several periods of prolonged southward deviation. Solar wind speed was variable from 450-500 km/s until it escalated to 550-575 after 19/1200 UTC. The phi angle remained predominantly positive.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux continued at background.