A guide to planetary movements of 2023 is here. Here are dates to track the Mercury Retrograde to shine over your fortune.

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We all are curious about our future version. Trying to trace clues to remove the flaws and usher in good luck. Here’s the solution you are probably wondering to source the highest growth in the New Year. Keep tracking the dates and glisten over the complicated experiences of Mercury Retrograde.


What is a Mercury Retrograde?

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Most feared of all the well-known planetary retrogrades in astrology is now a way to win over your luck. The question now arises about the creation of Mercury Retrogrades formed due to the collision of different planetary movements. Retrogrades are nothing but the orbit of  Earth and whichever Planet matchup in a way creating an optical illusion emerging the other planet which is in reality rolling backward.

Planets cannot move backward but it is the illusion that creates such an experience. This occurs with retrograde periods and the planetary movement energy affects different parts of our lives due to Mercury Retrograde occupying that zodiac during its retrograde period.

How does Mercury Retrograde affect our lives?

The period Mercury Retrograde hovers over the zodiacs often increases the likelihood of tech issues, delays in travel, and miscommunication. Past relationships step in and our day-to-day expressions, relationships with technology, and others are deeply ruled over by the Mercury Retrograde. The prime aspect of our lives seems to travel everywhere like a vagabond.

Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn : 

December 29, 2022, to January 18, 2023

Stagnant life, miscommunication, and setbacks around your work, career, and /or finances are deeply rooted in this period. One has to explore a sense of identity and purpose outside the realm of your career path and financial status. You should not take the leap of faith to make life-altering changes until the retrograde period ends, considering the stagnation in your career path.

Pre-Shadow: December 13 – December 29

Post Shadow: January 18 – February 8

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus

April 21, 2023May 14, 2023

Famous for their stubbornness and loyalty, the earth sign goes an extra way to test your connection and check if they are truly meant for you. Age-old beliefs will be getting tested during this time. One will feel the safest when they muster up the courage to start a new chapter in life and treat them fresh. One has to remain aware of one’s deed to project, write or sign during this period-especially with the closest ones. This is a fixed earth sign essentially immovable, and one has to move with the flow of life. Expect the unexpected and show compassion for one’s misdeeds along with yourself.

Pre-Shadow: April 7 – 21

Post-Shadow: May 14 – June 1

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

August 23, 2023 – September 15, 2023

Ruled by Mercury, this sign will feel the period more intensely than the others. You will be unable to give yourself the grace to sustain in this period. One has to be a hermit to channelise oneself through journaling and meditation.

Pre-Shadow: August 4 – 23

Post-Shadow: September 15 – 30

Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius and Capricorn

December 13, 2023 January 1, 2024

Mercury will be landing on the ambitious Capricorn on December,13 detecting the true essence of your ambition and throwing light on the ability such that one travels back to where they have started to change the things that require to be done.

On December 23, Mercury will retrograde back into Sagittarius, and like a chatty one will feel most connected to others during this time. With every pro comes a con as these connections will usher in a lot of misinterpretations and confusion. Sagittarius rules over the ninth house of higher education and international traveling and one should wait until this period to pass to make life-changing decisions.

Pre-Shadow: November 25 – December 13

Post-Shadow: January 1 – January 15

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Mercury Retrograde in Venus

July 22, 2023 – September 3,2023

Of the bunch of planets, Venus incurs the retrograde the least and is the planet of love, sex, beauty, and money sparks flying the most during this period. One feels more reclusive and fearful around love and intimacy. One must deter to make hefty purchases to make humongous payments.

In the fiery sign of Leo, Venus retrograde occurs from July 22 to September 3, prone to sensitivity. It is a great time to make sure that in a relationship both members are equally on the same page. Time to splurge and have lavish experiences to be immortal in the memory of your existence. 

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Mercury Retrograde in Mars:

September 3, 2022 – January 12, 2023

Mars, the planet of aggression, energy, sex, and action when retrograde enters this era one feels fatigued and frustrated. Happens only once in two years and stays anywhere between eight to ten weeks. 

Pre-Shadow: September 3, 2022 – January 12, 2023

Post-Shadow: March 15, 2023, in the sign of Gemini 

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Mercury Retrograde in Jupiter : 

September 4, 2023 – December 3, 2023

Jupiter is the planet of expansion and good fortune. Jupiter entering retrograde reassess overindulgence. We enter into 2023 under the guise of Jupiter retrograde post shadow until February 14. Helps in maintaining balance and becoming mindful of one’s own decisions. In earthly Taurus the lucky planet will hover over and the best time to utilize and recheck our career path and financial trajectory for rapid success.

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Mercury Retrograde in Saturn : 

June 17, 2023 – November 4, 2023

Planet of Karma and Discipline, Saturn Retrograde is the time when life lessons will be served on a platter. In 2023 we will have one long instance of Saturn retrograde in the dreamy sign of Pisces and the focal point during this time should be the relationships, spirituality, and creative expressions. One should take this period to balance between dreams and reality and ways to express the deepest feelings.

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Mercury Retrograde in Uranus : 

August 28 – January 27, 2024

Uranus enters retrograde to help us push our narrow societal beliefs and social norms. Occurs annually and lasts anywhere between five and seven months at a time. Period of unpredictability in food sourcing, the stock market, and the economy, in general, flourished with the energy like a bull.

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Mercury Retrograde in Neptune:

June 30 – December 6

The dreamy planet of idealistic intuition and spirituality. Escapism can occur and one has to remain self-grounded during this time because it is prone to disconnection. One should not be swept away by dreams and should remain oneself in reality. One should indulge in healthier and grounded activities during this period.

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Mercury Retrograde in Pluto: 

May 1 to October 11

Tracing the history of Pluto the farthest planet is dismissed from the lineup, however, we feel its energy shift. Happening once a year and lasting nearly six months at a time, this period encourages one to embrace personal transformation and move on from the old chapters in life. Pluto retrograde is the best time to refocus and shine brightly through life.

Mercury Retrograde has its pros and cons. One has to maintain the astrological part of it and swing through life.


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