We're in Mercury retrograde at the time this article is published, and we'll have 4 total in 2022. 3 of the 4 Mercury retrogrades will feature Mercury at the anaretic degree, and this is big energy for us all.
What is Mercury retrograde?
A planet or body is called retrograde in astrology when it appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth. It's not actually, but just looks that way. Normal motion is forward, so this tends to throw things off with whatever the planet or body rules, and it can operate in reverse.
Mercury retrogrades most often of all of the planets, turning retrograde 3-4 times every year for a few weeks at a time. Mercury rules communication and is a tech ruler, so it tends to throw a LOT off in our modern world when we're under a Mercury retrograde.
What is the anaretic degree?
The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any Zodiac sign. Each sign is made up of 30 degrees, so the 29th degree is the very last degree. This creates crisis energy when the transit (moving) planets come to this position.
Usually, the come to this position moving forward, so they're gearing up to leave one Zodiac sign and enter a new one. This means we're feeling rushed to get things done while we feel we still have a chance (before the planet changes sign).
It's a little different when the planet is retrograde, because it's moving from one sign to the previous instead of the next. This seems to make the energy even stronger, and almost haphazard, like it doesn't know what it wants to do, because it's not moving forward to a new sign, and instead going backward.
Anaretic Mercury Retrogrades of 2022:
In 2022, Mercury retrograde will be anaretic 3 times. The first is January 25th and 26th in Capricorn. That retrograde began in Aquarius, and Mercury moves into Capricorn and is anaretic. In Capricorn, this might bring out intense challenges with our goals, our direction, authority figures, and responsibilities. We may be more overwhelmed, and need to take a step back. We're likely putting too much pressure on ourselves, and need to take some of that pressure off in a healthy way.
The second time Mercury retrograde is anaretic in 2022 is May 22nd to 24th in Taurus. That retrograde starts with Mercury in Gemini, and Mercury moves into Taurus and is anaretic. In Taurus, this can make us extra frustrated and annoyed, and we can feel extra stuck. We may lash out because of this, and that can make things worse. We may be so stubborn we don't see things clearly, and we need to be more objective about situations.
The final time Mercury retrograde is anaretic in 2022 is September 23rd and 24th in Virgo. That retrograde starts with Mercury in Libra, and Mercury moves into Virgo and is anaretic. In Virgo, we can be super stressed out and anxious, and have too much that we're taking on. We may have a million things to do and burn ourselves out to do them. This can lead to breakdowns, and we need to go easier on ourselves. We may demand perfection, but this just sets us up for failure and disappointment. Virgo also rules health, so we may not be very healthy at this point.
When Mercury retrograde is anaretic, it's important to make use of the energy as best as you can. It often just needs a productive, positive outlet. On a personal level, you may focus the energy on the areas of life ruled by the houses in your natal chart Mercury retrograde will be anaretic in (so the houses where 29 degrees Capricorn, 29 degrees Taurus, and 29 degrees Virgo fall).
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