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Mercury Retrograde 2023

What does it mean and how does it impact YOU?
2023 has four Mercury retrogrades  and the first three are in earth signs, and the last one of 2023 begins in an earth sign but then retrogrades back into a fire sign to activate our initiative and spark. The earth signs emphasize the physical elements of the world and thus provide change and adjustments with new information moving into our environment, that prompts us to rethink and revise our concepts.   The last Mercury retrograde in December 2023 impacts  the Capricorn, earth focus, with this adjustment signals the complete transformation of the Capricorn settings, of business, career, and financial success.  The old patriarchal system (and those who have misused their power in this system) is fading to reveal those committed to the humanitarian Aquarius settings of fairness, independence, freedom, respect, right-for-all decisions, as "we the people" rise in power during this important transition at the end of 2023, with Pluto's final transition out of Capricorn and into Aquarius - celebrating the TRUE New Year into 2024.


What is the purpose of Mercury Retrograde?
The purpose of Mercury retrograde is to review and revise our life and our connection with reality. The timing of this universe is geared toward the Sun as it moves through the zodiac. Mercury has an orbit that at times gets ahead of the Sun allowing us to look into the future toward new and innovative ideas. However, we cannot continue in that vein until we come back to the present designated by the Sun and put our new ideas into manifestation. During the time that Mercury jumps ahead, we ultimately have to bring the ideas back into the present to test and evaluate to see how they fit into our life. As Mercury retrogrades back into the present, the connection with the Sun happens as we test drive our ideas and re-align with reality and the natural timing of the universe.


As we know, Mercury doesn’t actually move backwards, the issue becomes that the Earth’s orbit is moving faster than Mercury and so it “appears” that Mercury is going backwards. The important element is to realize that when Earth is moving faster than Mercury, we experience a time when our mental concepts and perceptions are stretching to keep up with the faster moving situations. We can feel confused, disconnected and frustrated as situations feel out of control. 

Mercury itself rules how we think, we will be adjusting everything related to thoughts, concepts, ideas, and communication, especially how technology and material elements play a part in the physical manifestation of ideas. When Mercury retrogrades, we find that many parts of our life are being revised. Often these revisions can be a surprise or throw us back a step. However, these revisions which occur during a Mercury retrograde, are a "course correction" and provide a stop gap measure until we can review situations. During this time of revision, change is compounded and confusion is created by our reactions to the ever-changing situations. Thus anything started during this time will ultimately be taken back or even revised further, making for a highly frustrating time. This will be especially true with changing our minds, reviewing new ideas and our communication being improved and honed so not to be misunderstood.

The best mode to be in during a Mercury retrograde is one of "non-reaction", and fire signs being impacted, emotional and mental reactions to concepts (perceptions and reality) will be changing continually during a Mercury retrograde. Treat the time period as a time of gathering information, yet because the information will be in constant change it would be like trying to comb your hair in a wind storm. Best to wait until the changes stop before attempting to make things orderly. Therefore, just let the winds of situations blow around you without reacting. Once Mercury turns direct, take a look at the information that is still around at that time and go about putting everything in order, while maintaining the fine art of flexibility.

Read more for specific current Mercury Retrograde events:

Mercury Retrograde OnLine News - publication issues for 2023


Mercury Retrograde Phenomena - publication issues for 2023 

Mercury Retrograde Events to come:



Mercury Retrograde 2023 - The Power of Inner - Intuitive Logic

December 30 2022 to January 19 2023
24 Capricorn back to 8 Capricorn


April 21 to May 14
15 Taurus back to
5 Taurus


August 23 to September 15
22 Virgo back to 8 Virgo


December 12 to Jan 1 2024
8 Capricorn back to 22 Sagittarius




Mercury Retrograde 2024 - The Power of Inspired Accomplishments

December 12 2023 to Jan 1 2024
8 Capricorn back to 22 Sagittarius


April 2 to April 26
27 Aries back to 16 Aries


August 6 to August 29
4 Virgo back to 21 Leo


November 27 to December 16
22 Sagittarius back to 6 Sagittarius




Mercury Retrograde 2025 - The Power of Completion

March 16 to April 8
9 Aries back to 27 Pisces


July 19 to August 12
15 Leo back to 4 Leo


November 10 to November 30
6 Sagittarius back to 21 Scorpio

Photographs by Karyl Jackson
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