Mercury Retrograde 2022 LIVE — Planet moving backward can impact communication — how it will affect your relationships
- 7:31, 19 May 2022
- Updated: 7:31, 19 May 2022
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…
Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are all water signs.
Water signs tend to live somewhere in between fantasy and reality.
They feel things very deeply and can make wonderful artists because of their intense outlook on life. They are very reliable and sympathetic.
The trouble with their sensitive side is that water signs can get easily hurt and may take things too personally.
Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are all fire signs.
People born under these zodiacs tend to be impulsive, passionate and spontaneous.
Fire signs are charming and charismatic while also creative and confident. It’s little wonder that these signs are often drawn into the entertainment industry to satisfy their craving for adoration.
Fire signs usually need to be the center of attention and love to be praised. However, they can often have a quick temper.
They can sometimes have a quick temper though so if you happen to
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are all air signs.
Air signs are great communicators and think with their heads rather than with their hearts.
On the flip side, they can come across as a bit stand-offish and cold.
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are all earth signs.
Earth signs are grounded, loyal and no stranger to a bit of bling. They tend to enjoy the finer things in life.
Deeply sensual, earth signs can be, however, willful and unadaptable.
The four elements explained
Each of the 12 horoscope signs belongs to one of the four elements – Air, Water, Fire and Earth.
Knowing which element rules your sign can help you understand more about why you do the things you do.
The elements can also provide insight into who you get along with best.
According to Mystic Meg, the astrological elements represent an essential type of energy that acts in each of us.
The star signs explained
There are 12 astrological signs, also known as signs of the zodiac.
In order, they are – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
Some people believe that the signs of the zodiac reveal a person’s different characteristics and talents.
To determine which star sign you are, you need to find the zodiac that falls on your birthday.
Pisces star sign explained
If your birthday is between February 19 and March 20, you are a Pisces.
People who have the water sign Pisces are typically able to immerse themselves into a group easily and are extremely emotional.
They are said to have a healing quality that brings them to help others, but it can become overwhelming if they don’t take care of themselves.
Pisces signs are very dreamy and creative. They’re usually interested in the arts, but they often find themselves retreating.
The Pisces symbol has imagery of two fish swimming away from each other, representing the dreamy Pisces’ constant division between fantasy and reality.
Aquarius star sign explained
If you are born between January 20 and February 18 then you are an Aquarius – known as the water bearer, which is symbolism for carrying emotions.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus – so some water bearers can have an abrupt and sometimes aggressive nature.
Those who fall under this air sign can be a little moody, detached and stubborn at times.
However, they are natural thinkers and visionaries, so they’ll often spend a lot of time contemplating projects and plans.
Those under this star sign are often interested in charity work or raising money for good causes. They tend to be social butterflies and can find new friends pretty effortlessly.
Capricorn star sign explained
Born between December 22 and January 20, Capricorns have a tendency to be practical, resourceful and patient.
Capricorns are ruled by Saturn, an earth element – meaning they tend to be grounded, if stubborn, people and can hold grudges.
Their symbol consists of the head and upper body of a goat with the lower body of a fish, and the star sign is most compatible with Taurus, Pisces and Virgo.
In ancient Roman mythology, Saturn was the father of many of the gods, and those born to the sign also want to be in positions of power, making them ambitious and determined.
They are extremely dedicated to their goals and are willing to be patient and work hard to get there. They are organized, reliable, motivated, family-orientated, and modest.
Sagittarius star sign explained
If you’re born between November 23 and December 21, then you’re a Sagittarius – a sign that tends to show up in travel-loving extroverts.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and is a fire sign.
Sagittariuses are inquisitive, energetic, and philosophical along with the most travel-loving out of all the signs.
They have a great sense of humor, love the outdoors, and thrive on new opportunities.
A Sagittarius’s strengths include spontaneity, open-mindedness, optimism, intellect, energy, and generosity.
However, they can sometimes be too outspoken and also impatient.
Other weaknesses include carelessness and over-confidence, as well as sometimes being inconsistent.
Scorpio star sign explained
Those born from October 24 to November 22 are Scorpios.
Passionate, determined and fierce, Scorpios are a force to be reckoned with as easily one of the most intense signs in the zodiac.
Their assertive nature makes them natural-born leaders and, as a Water sign, they like to experience and express their emotions.
Beware though, they are extremely clever and cunning so they are hard to dupe and can be skeptical about everything.
Their magnetic nature means they constantly intrigue others and, when they turn on the charm, they can be impossible to resist.
When they fall for someone, they can fall hard – particularly as they are picky about who they let into their life and are protective of those to whom they are loyal.
Libra star sign explained
If your birthday is between September 23 and October 23, you are a Libra – the seventh astrological sign in the zodiac, representing air in which life is in balance.
If you were born with this star sign, you are known to be peaceful by nature, while always keeping your brain stimulated with books, debates and fighting for justice.
Libra’s sign is scales – which is fitting as Librans are fascinated by both symmetry and balance.
They are intelligent, which charms others and makes good company to others.
With complete intolerance for chaos and mess – Libras are often perfectionists, who thrive off order and balance.
As they are ruled by Venus, they are like magpies and have an eye for expensive and beautiful things.
Librans often self-indulge and have a taste for the finer things in life.
Virgo star sign explained
Anyone who’s born between August 24 and September 22 is a Virgo.
Virgo’s strengths are said to be loyalty and kindness, while they’re practical and hardworking.
Virgoans are also said to be attractive, smart and sophisticated.
Their drawbacks are the desire to take center stage and getting obsessed over details.
A Virgo star sign is associated with organization, good communication and high intelligence.
When astrologists read shapes in the stars centuries ago, they decided the glyph for Virgo represented an “unspoiled” virginal woman.
Some say this is shown as an “M” shape for maiden, while others interpret the crossed loop to represent the closed legs of a chaste virgin.
Leo star sign explained
Leos are all born between July 23 and August 23.
Warm-hearted Leos are always up for a good time, and it’s no wonder Leos are represented by a lion.
Passionate, generous and cheerful, they are people you want to surround yourself with.
They’re ruled by the sun which is the center of the universe and similarly, they consider themselves the center of attention and indispensable.
They consider themselves “king or queen of the jungle” because they are strong leaders and extremely dominant – which can sometimes make them come across as arrogant.
That said, they will always ensure they are surrounded by plenty of friends.
Cancer star sign explained
If you were born between June 22 and July 22, you are a Cancer – a cardinal water sign represented by a crab.
Being ruled by the moon, people who identify as Cancerian are typically very “rooted” kinds of people, and love to surround themselves with family or things that remind them of home.
Cancerians are emotional and at times overly sensitive, thrifty and sentimental – but can also make great chefs with a keen love of food.
They tend to like art, home-based hobbies and helping loved ones, but dislike strangers and being made to reveal details of their personal life.
Gemini star sign explained
If you’re born between May 22 and June 21, then you’re a Gemini.
Geminis tend to be insightful, smart, cheerful, quick-witted, warm, and charming.
However, they can also be too fickle, and gossipy and their symbol of Twins has led to many assumptions that Geminis can be two-faced.
Other character traits include being expressive and being extremely curious about the world around them.
Taurus star sign explained
If your birthday is between April 21 and May 21, then you’re a Taurus – the second astrological sign of the zodiac and the first earth sign.
Taurus is ruled by Venus, which is the planet of beauty and love, making them romantic and supportive.
They are patient and usually content, and as they are an earth sign, they love the outdoors too, enjoying walks and bike rides.
Being a bull, they can be one of two paces – slow and steady, or ready to charge.
Aries star sign explained
If you’re born between March 21 and April 20, then you’re an Aries – the first of the 12 zodiac signs and the “head of the zodiac.”
The ruling planet of Aries is Mars, which signifies war and energy.
It’s a fire sign and ruled by the headstrong Ram, making them stand their ground and refuse to be pushed around.
Aries are confident, which makes them great leaders as they can champion themselves and others, but this can also make them stubborn, reckless, and competitive.
Although Aries can sometimes be selfish and entitled, they will never back down from a challenge, and will still try and help others.
International Astrology Day
Astrologers around the world celebrate their love of the stars on March 20 which is considered the start of the astrological year.
Former president of the International Society of Astrological Research Gisele Terry told Astrology Hub:
“Astrology is truly a global language.
“We are all under the same sky. Sharing both our common and diverse perspectives on how we relate to the stars is the gift of International Astrology Day.”
The Zodiac’s origin
The Zodiac is the term used to describe the circle of 12 divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the path of the sun.
The 12 divisions share the names we know as our star signs.
The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus – meaning “circle of animals”.
Throughout history, the zodiac has been used to predict or echo characteristics of personality.
May 18 horoscope for Pisces
If your birthday is from February 19 to March 20, Mystic Meg gives the key to a career change.
When you think about what makes you how you are, don’t discount your ability to put yourself in others’ shoes. This is unique and can be the key to a career change.
In love terms, stepping out of your life into someone else’s creates a passionate introduction.
Jupiter luck links to double doors.
May 18 horoscope for Aquarius
If your birthday is from January 21 to February 18, Mystic Meg predicts a name and a lucky number.
You feel so deeply about certain people and projects – and this is the day to put it into words. Once you start, sincerity will flow and barriers break down.
Your zone of celebrity connections is lit by the moon and a name linked to a late-night show can be part of your future.
Lucky numbers feature a three.
May 18 horoscope for Capricorn
If your birthday is from December 22 to January 20, Mystic Meg advises balancing emotions in communication.
Keep an eye on your communication style, as Mars makes you say too much, while Neptune keeps emotions near the surface.
Balancing both is your connection sweet spot, especially at an interview or on a first date.
Saturn’s canny cash style carries you forward to a set of family figures that make perfect sense.
May 18 horoscope for Sagittarius
If your birthday is from November 23 to December 21, Mystic Meg reveals a time coming in an “unexpected place.”
You may feel frustrated with the speed of changes at home but you can build on these brilliantly if you truly commit. So look again at your levels of engagement.
As for love, as Jupiter and Venus promote fun and flirtatious times, you find yourself in an unexpected place with a very unexpected person.
May 18 horoscope for Scorpio
If your birthday is from October 24 to November 22, Mystic Meg foresees a “calm time” coming.
This time, when you think through a money issue, the answer can appear. Though it might not be easy, you sense it is right for you.
If you are in a relationship, Venus makes you resilient and able to guide love through storms. The calm times you seek are so close.
Single? Look for someone in one-off shoes.