Virgo Season Collides With Mercury Retrograde in 2022

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As passionate, spotlight-loving Leo season wraps up, we’ll shift into grounded, analytical Virgo’s terrain. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, transportation, and technology, the mutable earth sign is all about achieving balance in your day-to-day schedule, finding magic in the details, and gathering information and sharing it in an intentional, service-oriented way. It makes perfect sense that Virgo season encompasses the end of summer and the start of a new school year.

That line Joe Fox writes to Kathleen Kelly in “You’ve Got Mail” about wanting to buy school supplies and send her “a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils” is pretty much the epitome of Virgo vibes. While the sun is in the sign of the maiden, you could be more enthusiastic about everyday tasks, whether that’s organising your space or refreshing your wardrobe ahead of cooler weather. And no matter what your love language is, you could find yourself inspired to offer acts of service and thoughtful gestures, like a meaningful love note tucked into your partner’s pocket. It’s a time of year that makes you feel grateful for simple pleasures, from watching the sunset to grilling with family on Labour Day. Here’s everything you need to know about Virgo season in 2022.

When Is Virgo Season?

Virgo season begins on Aug. 22 and ends on Sept. 22. As the sixth sign of the zodiac, associated with the sixth house of wellness and daily routine, Virgo’s season can help you reimagine your regular hustle in a way that’ll have you feeling more centred. The earth sign is all about self-improvement, and you could be inspired to use the sultry tail end of summer to push forward on your dreams by mapping out a game plan and then tackling it step by step.

Virgo Season: What to Expect in 2022

Although Virgo season is a good time for gathering information that’ll help you launch a new endeavour, you may also find yourself looking backward to tie up loose ends this year. In 2022, Virgo season coincides with Mercury’s third retrograde of the year. Virgo’s ruling planet will move backward through cardinal air sign Libra from Sept. 9 to 23, then through Virgo from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2. Here’s what every sign can expect. (Be sure to read your rising sign, too!)

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Virgo season usually brings your focus to everyday tasks and your wellness routine, thanks to the sun’s trip through your sixth house. While it might not sound super exciting, this moment was made for getting caught up on doctor’s appointments or researching gyms or yoga studios – and carving out time to care for yourself in this way can feel really productive and centering. Your one-on-one relationships will also be a focus with messenger Mercury in your seventh house of partnership from Aug. 25 to Sept. 23 (and retrograde for two weeks of that time). Anything you’ve been wanting to address with a significant other, friend, or colleague could come to the surface now, and there really hasn’t been a better time all year for you to talk it out.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

For you, Taurus, Virgo season is all about letting go of set plans and preconceived ideas about how things should go. You could be especially artistic and drawn to lighthearted, fun-loving activities, thanks to the confident sun’s journey through your fifth house of romance and self-expression. No matter what’s in your heart right now, you’ll be inspired to share it in a carefree, playful way. (Cue lots of flirtation.) Around Aug. 27, when the new moon falls there, you can easily set a powerful intention to step up the joy and bliss in your love or creative life.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Virgo season brings your focus to your inner life and closest relationships, with the sun moving through your fourth house of home life. Spending quality time with your loved ones on an end-of-summer vacation, tending to your garden, or nesting in some other grounding way could be a top priority. This could be a bit out of the norm for you, because you’re usually zipping from one trip or event or hang to the next. But slowing down now can benefit your heart and mind – and also set you up to better cope with your ruler, messenger Mercury, being retrograde first in your fifth house of self-expression (from Sept. 9 to 23) and then in your fourth house (from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2).

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Get ready for a super-social few weeks, Cancer. While the confident sun moves through Virgo, it lights up your third house of communication, nudging you out of your shell. Although you tend to be quite the homebody, you’ll be urged to spend more time with friends, colleagues, and family thanks to invitations galore to everything from happy hours to weekend trips. You might also be craving more intellectual stimulation than usual, so make a point to dive into books and films you’ve been wanting to check out and then trade notes with your inner circle. Around Sept. 10, the full moon falls in your ninth house of adventure, which could drive you to step out of your comfort zone.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Virgo season brings your attention to money matters and your values, with your ruler, the confident sun, taking a trip through your second house of income. You commanded the spotlight and prioritised pitching passion projects over the past four weeks, and now’s your chance to take whatever you learned and transform it into cash flow. It could be time to negotiate for a better rate on a project you’re fired up about but worried you’ve been lowballed on. Or maybe you want to request a meeting with a higher-up to talk about a more senior role with better pay. Either way, knowing your worth can go far in getting you more of what you deserve. Around Aug. 27, when the new moon lands in your second house, the stage will be set for you to take a step in a winning direction.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Welcome to your season, Virgo! With the sun moving through your first house of self, your focus is on how you’re showing up in the world and going after the big-picture aspirations that are close to your heart. You’re always thinking about how you can step up your personal brand, but this time of year is particularly conducive to making moves in that realm. Around Aug. 27, you’ll enjoy your annual new moon, which is an opportune time to set a powerful intention and then take even just one small step in the direction of your dream. Just know that you might not be able to build as much momentum right off the bat, as a result of Mercury retrograde in your second house of income (from Sept. 9 to 23) and then in your first house (from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2). Review unfinished projects first, then you can hit the ground running in October.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct 22)

Virgo season can be a bit sleepier for you than others, Libra, because the confident sun is moving through your 12th house of spirituality and dreams. You’re inclined to get lost in daydreams, pour your energy into meditation and mindfulness pursuits, and carve out more solo time than usual. But it’s all for the greater good of gaining clarity on what you want to achieve when your season hits. Still, messenger Mercury will be moving forward in your sign from Aug. 25 until its retrograde there on Sept. 9, so you could be inspired to open up about your big-picture aspirations with others. Perfecting the details from Sept. 9 to 23 can help you make exciting progress in the long run.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

While you might have been zeroed in on doing what’s necessary to receive professional recognition during Leo season, Virgo season brings your focus to team projects, because the confident sun is moving through your 11th house of networking and friendship. During this time, you can more readily join forces with others in order to make a shared vision a reality. This could be particularly true around Aug. 22 when messenger Mercury in the same zone forms a harmonising trine to one of your corulers, transformative Pluto, in your third house of communication.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Although Leo season inspires you to get out of your comfort zone even more than usual, Virgo season could see you putting your nose to the grindstone to get ahead professionally. That’s because the confident sun will be moving through your 10th house of career and public image, cranking up your desire to put in the work to be recognised. Around Aug. 27, when the new moon falls there, you can get exceptionally clear on what you want to achieve and start taking thrilling steps in that direction. Maybe you’ll want to brush up your résumé or give a presentation that ensures all eyes are on you. While messenger Mercury is retrograde in your 11th house of networking from Sept. 9 to 23, you can link up with colleagues or friends to cross the finish line on a group project and earn a round of applause for all your collaborative work.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Virgo season throws the spotlight on your desire to get out of your usual grind and take a leap of faith, Cap. The confident sun will be moving through your ninth house of adventure and higher learning, so any opportunity to spread your wings will feel particularly fulfilling. Just know that once messenger Mercury is retrograde in your 10th house of career and public image from Sept. 9 to 23, you might need to put those travel plans on hold to put out fires spurred by miscommunications on the job or to tie up loose ends. As it backs up into your ninth house after Sept. 23, you can get back to the drawing board, researching and reflecting on what your next long-distance trip or advanced learning experience will look like. Once Mercury goes direct on Oct. 2, the sky’s the limit.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Leo season turned your attention to your one-on-one relationships and required you to consider just how much reciprocity there is between you and your significant other, your best friend, or even a close colleague. Now, you’re going to be considering what you need to feel more comfortable and nurture intimacy within your tightest bonds, thanks to the confident sun moving through your eighth house of intimacy. Around Aug. 27, you could be ready to commit to a whole new chapter in this area of your life – whether that’s going in on a financial project with a business partner or getting more emotionally vulnerable with someone you care about deeply.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Virgo season hosts the confident sun’s move through your seventh house of partnership, highlighting your one-on-one relationships. Whether you and your SO are about to embark on a new journey together or you’re designing a business proposal with a friend or colleague, you’ll feel more prepared and self-assured to make your own success as part of a pair. While messenger Mercury moves backward through your eighth house of emotional bonds from Sept. 9 to 23, challenging but important heart-to-hearts could bolster healing with one of your nearest and dearest.

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