How Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius Will Affect You

aquarius mercury retrograde Jan 14, 2022

On January 14th, Mercury goes retrograde in the fixed sign of Aquarius. As a result, you may find yourself dreaming up new inventions, thinking about your freedom, being stubborn or rigid in your mindset, and a little unpredictable or eccentric. 

Mercury goes retrograde more often than any other planet at 3-4 times per year for about 3-4 weeks at a time. As a planet, Mercury rules communication, travel, electronics, moving parts, and contracts. During a retrograde, you may experience delays, miscommunications, travel issues, electronic failure, and disappointment with contracts or major purchases.  Since Aquarius rules technology and the internet, the potential for mishaps during this retrograde is high. Take your time with communication and back up your data whenever possible. 

Have you ever wondered why Mercury retrograde affects people differently?

For some, the retrograde follows the classic issues, but others may experience issues in their health, career, or love life. To determine exactly how the current retrograde will affect you, there are a few things to look for in your natal chart. To generate a free natal (or birth) chart, you'll need your birth time, place, and date. Two of my favorite websites to generate your free chart are and Once you have your chart information, look for the following. 

1) Find the house that Aquarius rules to determine what area of life the transiting Mercury may bring issues. For example, in my chart, Aquarius rules the 7th house of relationships. So, I would need to be patient and clear in my communication with others during the next month. 

2) Find the houses that Gemini and Virgo rule in your chart. Mercury is the planetary ruler of both Gemini and Virgo. So, these 2 houses may also experience issues. For example, if Gemini rules the 10th house of career and Virgo rules the 2nd house of money in your chart, then every Mercury retrograde may impact your earning potential or career in some way. 

3) Find Mercury in your natal chart (Tip: the symbol for Mercury looks similar to the female symbol (or Venus) but with horns). What house is it in? The house your natal Mercury resides in will give you additional information on how you may be affected during a retrograde. 

Although Mercury retrograde may come with challenges, it also has opportunities that you can use to your advantage. Knowing how Mercury retrograde affects you personally by understanding your natal chart is valuable information. In the example I gave above, if Mercury rules your career and money houses, then you may also receive inspiration or insight about your business, finances, or career during a retrograde. Also, signing contracts is usually avoided during a retrograde, but if you want them to be renegotiated or temporary, then this is a favorable strategic move. 

If you'd like to find out how each Mercury retrograde may affect you, then I can do a natal chart reading for you HERE


April is an Astrologer and Cosmic Coach who helps you tap into your inner strength, let go of fear, and create a magical life. Through a combination of astrology, intuition, and self-discovery techniques, you'll get the support you need to find your path, balance your emotions, and feel free to truly express yourself.

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