Astrology makes sense of the cycle of the cosmos, which means much of 2023 can be predicted. The sun will move through the 12 signs of the zodiac, Aries to Pisces, the the moon will go through its phases – Y Y We’ll have to deal with Mercury retrograde again.
2023 will have four Mercury retrogrades. This planetary transit is known to cause communication problems, travel mishaps and technological failures.
Read on for a breakdown of what you can expect from Mercury retrograde and a schedule for 2023 Mercury retrograde dates.
Remind Me: What is Mercury Retrograde?
Retrograde comes from the Latin word for “retrogradus” or “step back.” During retrograde periods, the planets appear to move “backward.”
we say Appear, however, because this is an optical illusion. Mercury normally moves faster than Earth around the sun, taking 88 days to complete one orbit, while Earth takes 365.
During retrograde periods, Mercury slows down. And when the blue planet catches up with Mercury, Mercury seems to move backwards. In fact, the Earth is moving faster than normal.
What happens during Mercury retrograde?
Within astrology, retrogrades are said to slow down or dampen the kingdom that rules each planet. Mercury is the planet of communication and travel, making them hotspots for mishaps. We’re talking about tantrums, gossip, unsaved computer files, text messages sent to the wrong person, lost luggage, flight delays, and more.
When will Mercury be retrograde in 2023?
- December 29, 2022 to January 18, 2023 in the earth sign Capricorn.
- April 21 to May 14 in the earth sign Taurus
- From August 23 to September 15 in the earth sign Virgo.
- From December 13 to January 1, 2024 in the earth sign Capricorn and the fire sign Sagittarius.
Here’s how to prepare for Mercury retrograde 2023
Here are some astrologer-approved tips.
- Back up all the files and emails on your computer.
- Meditate to stay calm.
- Keep an obsidian stone next to your electronic devices to block negativity from arriving via text or email.
- Drink plenty of citrus (lemons are the essence of Mercury) to avoid misunderstandings on your part.
- Plan ahead for additional travel time
- Lastly, be patient. Retrograde will end soon!
What is Mercury retroshade?
Think of it as the period before and after Mercury retrograde. The pre-retrograde zone is when Mercury begins to slow down and the retrograde pangs begin. The post-retroshadow zone occurs after Mercury retrograde, and it is the third time we have faced the situation and different aspects are being brought to light.
Here’s What You Can Expect From 2023 Mercury Retrogrades
Mercury Retrograde January 2023
2023 begins while Mercury is retrograde (which began on December 29). It will be difficult to jumpstart projects or get our resolutions moving forward at full speed until the retrograde ends on January 18.
In the light of Mercury retrograde, consider making New Year’s Eve plans that are close to home. If you are traveling, take a break to arrive on time. When in doubt, plan a casual New Year’s Eve with family and friends.
Also, keep any gift receipts for the present you received over the holidays; you may change your mind and want to trade them for something else.
Mercury Retrograde April 2023
Second retrograde of the year that occurs from April 21 to May 14 in the earth sign Taurus. At this time, we will be asked to reevaluate our finances and spending habits. Money comes and money goes, so the lesson we are learning is how to implement and manage budgets.
The same can be applied to our love lives or relationships with friends and family. After giving to others, it might be time for us to hold back and see if the feelings are reciprocated before we extend ourselves further. The limits will have to be defined during this planetary retreat.
Mercury Retrograde August 2023
This summer’s Mercurial retrograde occurs from August 23 to September 15 in Virgo. When Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, anxieties and the desire to be alone can flare up.
The trickster planet will make us feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders because the mutable sign of Virgo is holding on to the emotions of others. We may feel things that are not true or about us. Energy is contagious, so it is important to protect yours at this time by consciously deciding who and what you want to associate with.
Mercury Retrograde December 2023
From December 13 to January 1, 2024, Mercury will slip from Capricorn back into Sagittarius (Mercury will re-enter Sagittarius on December 23).
This planetary moonwalk can put a damper on vacation travel plans. When Mercury returns to adventurous Sagittarius, he may experience unexpected detours (think of the classic Christmas movie “Planes, Trains and Cars”).
The best way to handle this setback is to plan for it: take the time to deal with traffic, flight delays, and missed connections. Most importantly: Don’t stress!
Setting plans and intentions for the new year can also be challenging, so it’s best to go with the flow and see where the night and your heart take you. Pack for every occasion because you might experience something even your wildest dreams couldn’t predict.