Happy Valentine’s Day — or I should say “Happy Mercury in Aquarius Day!” Because that’s the bigger thing happening this feast of St. Valentine. That’s right: On Mon. Feb. 14, Mercury, the planet of communication, enters air sign Aquarius, adjusting our attention yet again — at least until Mar. 9.
Though Feb. 14 is supposed to be a day when we celebrate love and affection and all that crap, we should instead celebrate astrology. Because after a lengthy jaunt through Capricorn (which was slowed by a quick retrograde cycle), mind planet Mercury is finally moving forward. And with this forward motion comes a shift in our focus.
Mercury in Aquarius is sharp-witted and observant — it’s inspired, critical and curious. Most of all, it’s hella contradictory.
We live in our heads during this transit but also want to socialize and share our thoughts with others. We love discussion, but loathe lectures. (Hear that, professors?) We have a solution for every problem, but also create another problem for every solution.
Confused? You should be.
Mercury in Aquarius can feel a bit like falling into a rabbit hole because suddenly we realize that there’s so much information in the world and so little time to consume it. Naturally, this can cause a fair bit of nervousness and anxiety. But overall, 2022 Mercury in Aquarius is a good thing because it pushes us to experiment with our communications (ie: paper writing and studying) and make serious mental progress.
While 2022 Mercury in Aquarius loves all the signs equally (because Aquarius is all about that tolerant life), it’s gonna affect each element differently.
Air signs ♊ ♎ ♒
Yep, you three are gonna love Mercury in Aquarius because the transit ignites your identity, romance and adventure houses — a.k.a. the first, fifth and ninth houses.
Aquarius, you’ll particularly enjoy this transit because it’s in your sign (#duh). So you can expect to be more outspoken and mentally alert, and you’ll dig how easy it is to write, speak and share your opinion. Libra, you’ll feel more creatively inspired, not to mention eager to get out of the house and flirt your head off. And Gemini, you’ll be thinking only of a passionate publishing project or your next big road trip — or both!
Fire Signs ♈ ♌ ♐
Socializing is the name of the game here. Why? Because Mercury in Aquarius is gliding through the mental/social houses of your horoscopes. (Those are the third, seventh and 11th houses, for reference.)
Sagittarius, Mercury quickens the pace of your everyday life and makes brainstorming with your besties your new favorite thing. Leo, you’re especially responsive to this Mercury transit, so listen up: Your partnerships — romantic/professional — will require your full attention. Get ready for more meetings, more dates and more opportunities to test your listening skills. Aries, if you’ve been thinking of starting a social media project, now’s the time to buddy-up and get things moving…
Earth Signs ♉ ♍ ♑
Mercury in Aquarius is stomping through the second, sixth and 10th house, it puts an emphasis on money, routine and professionalism (#yawn).
Capricorn, Mercury could have you a) starting a side job as a writer or b) anxiously splurging on some high-tech gadgets. Either way, money is on your mind. Virgo, your daily routine is about to get a lot busier. What with all the homework, meetings, appointments and check-ins you have to do. Just be sure you take time to slow down. And Taurus, you’re concentrating on your long-term goals and impressive achievements. A public speaking event or conference could be in the cards…
Water Signs ♋ ♏ ♓
Introverted much? 2022 Mercury in Aquarius surfs through your fourth, eighth and 12th houses, making you all feel like Edward Cullen (broody and anti-social).
Scorpio, your house will be the hub of any and all social gathering, but spending so much time there might make you go bonkers if you’re not careful. Cancer, your already solid interest in money and the occult grows exponentially. Hey, who needs friends when you have investments and Wicca? Not you! And Pisces, Mercury in Aquarius sees you not-so-metaphorically holing away and hiding under the covers. The much-needed alone time boosts your creativity in a major way…