Mercury Is Going Retrograde In May, So Make Backup Memorial Day Weekend Plans Now

Better safe than sorry!

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  • Mercury is going retrograde on May 10, 2022 in the sign of Gemini.
  • During this time, be extra wary when making plans and communicating with others.
  • Mercury retrograde affects all zodiac signs, but Gemini and Sagittarius feel it the most.

    Even if you’re not into astrology, you’re probably aware that Mercury gets a bad rap for causing all kinds of issues when it goes retrograde. Mercury in retrograde is blamed for everything from stubbed toes to missed flights to messy breakups, so it’s not exactly something people get pumped about.

    Well, just a heads up: Mercury is about to go retrograde on May 10, 2022. But, while Mercury has a bad rep for making things wonky, it doesn’t mean your life is going to hell or anything. It just might throw a few challenges your way.

    Every Mercury retrograde is a little different, though. This time around, it’s happening in the sign of Gemini, which will impact your plans and your communication, according to Donna Page, a certified astrologer in Atlanta. Sure, that doesn't sound *great*, but don’t panic just yet.

    Here’s everything your zodiac sign can expect from the latest Mercury in retrograde.

    What is Mercury in retrograde, again?

    In astrology, a planet goes retrograde when it looks like it’s moving backward in the sky. In the case of Mercury, it looks like it’s moving from east to west vs. its usual west to east.

    FWIW: Going retrograde isn’t just a Mercury thing—all planets go retrograde at some point. It’s just that Mercury going retrograde has a certain reputation that precedes it.

    How will May's Mercury in retrograde impact your zodiac sign?

    Let’s get into it! So, Mercury is in Gemini and, according to Page, Mercury "loves" being there. Still, everyday stuff is going to get slightly out of sorts—but just a little.

    For starters, you might feel like you've got a little mind clutter going on. You have all these invitations for house parties, brunches, and weddings, on top of training for that 5K you want to do this summer...and you might end up being a tad forgetful trying to keep track of everything. But, ya know, if you happen to be a little late to a party you kinda-totally forgot about going to in the first place, it’s NBD—everyone will survive.

    Heads up, though: Mercury can mess with even your best-laid plans. You might find yourself rethinking your Memorial Day weekend plans to split an Airbnb with your friends who like to party all night and mull over a quiet one-on-one trip with your S.O. instead. Whatever's on your itinerary, it wouldn't be the worst idea to have a backup just in case something unexpected goes down, like traffic gets bonkers or your hotel room is double-booked. Hey, it can’t hurt.

    Also! Gemini rules communication, so you’ll want to take a beat to proofread any texts and emails before shooting them off—especially if it’s to someone important, like your boss.

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    Mercury in retrograde will impact all astrological signs, but Page says that Gemini and Sagittarius will feel it the most.

    How will Mercury in retrograde impact your sign in the future?

    Mercury in retrograde doesn’t last forever, but the residual vibe from this planetary event tends to last for about three weeks, Page says. So, just be aware that this is a bit of an ongoing ~thing~ and take a deep breath when things don't go quite as planned. Oh, and proof your texts…just to be safe.

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