Mercury Retrograde 2023 Calendar

What is it about Mercury retrograde that puts us on edge? There is that underlying fear that nothing will work right, plans will go awry and general chaos will ensue. Murphy’s Law comes up a lot during this period: “anything that can go wrong will.” Goodness, how can such a little planet cause so much trouble?

What to Expect

When talking about Mercury retrograde, it is important to understand what this planet represents. You may have seen the ancient Roman god Mercury depicted as the messenger, clad in gold with wings upon his feet. The planet being named after the god also represents the messenger. Anything to do with communications, travel, contracts and agreements falls under his domain. Even computers and electronics can be included here.

During a Mercury retrograde period, all the areas ruled by this little planet can be affected. As this celestial body appears to move backward, so does everything it rules. Expect things like travel delays, mechanical troubles with cars, computer glitches, and issues with electronic appliances. Misunderstandings, communication breakdowns, and halted contract negotiations are also common around this time.

When does it happen?

Thank goodness Mercury retrograde doesn’t happen too often, although some would prefer it didn’t happen at all! Generally, it occurs three to four times a year. Each retrograde period is a little different because the planet will visit a different astrological sign. Depending on the sign it visits, there will be a different flavor or theme to the retrograde period. For example, Mercury retrograde in Leo might highlight themes related to self-esteem, pride, and ego. It would be wise to consult with an astrologer to see how each retrograde affects you personally based on your individual chart.

In 2023, Mercury Retrogrades four times:

  • Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 18, 2023 – in Capricorn
  • April 21 – May 14 in Taurus
  • August 23 – September 15 in Virgo
  • December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024 in Sagittarius

Preparing for Mercury Retrograde

Understanding what can happen and when the retrograde is due is half the battle in preparing for this astrological event. Again, having some knowledge regarding your own personal chart can help a great deal too. Some other good rules of thumb include delaying purchases, particularly expensive items, computers, and electronics. Avoid signing contracts and making deals during this time as there may be omissions and disputes later on. Expect and prepare for communication gaps and misunderstandings between people. Travel, especially long distances are not generally recommended. If any of these situations are unavoidable, be sure to double and triple-check everything. Don’t be surprised if glitches or setbacks occur, so plan for them as best as you can.

Using Mercury Retrograde 2023 to Your Advantage

While there are many things to avoid during this phase, Mercury Retrograde periods can actually be used to your advantage. This is an excellent time to slow down and revisit old projects and ideas. Consider cleaning out the clutter, both physical and mental. It’s a great time to clean out closets or tackle unfinished tasks around the house. This astrological phase will give you the boost you need to complete them.

Another interesting phenomenon is the “blast from the past” concept. Many times old friends and acquaintances are reunited during this period. Former romances may even be rekindled too. Sometimes these things may develop into permanent relationships, but mainly it provides perspective for growth and change. Ultimately that is a positive thing, so use it to your soul’s advantage!

Embrace It

Mercury Retrograde doesn’t have to be so daunting. It is an opportunity to develop awareness and growth. Slowing down and revisiting the past is sometimes the best way to ensure a great future. Embrace it and give thanks to the little planet that brings a big message!

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How Mercury Retrograde 2023 Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign


This period gives Aries time to meditate, but also to pay special attention to the details of the relationships they have, from partnerships and friends to life partners.


The challenges will come especially in the area of work and career, where they will notice a slowdown, the appearance of blockages and the risk of making mistakes if they are in a hurry or not paying attention to details.


The time has come for introspection and for the recognition of inner values, as unique individuals, without comparison with others.


The time has come for introspection and for the recognition of inner values, as unique individuals, without comparison with others.


Mercury urges Leos to find a diplomatic channel of communication so that in order to avoid uttering words that can no longer be withdrawn or to avoid blunders, Leos is advised to think twice before accusing someone, before critiquing or before sending an email.


Virgos need to reorganize their finances, review their investments and make some budget changes. Mercury will draw their attention to money. So some payments may be delayed, some purchases may prove unnecessary, or they may just find themselves in a situation where they will need money.


Libras will feel the need to reorganize their home, their intimate space, what they call “home”. They will try to make some changes, some purchases, but they must be very careful because there is a risk of losing goods or being deceived or making purchases that they do not really need and do not bring the desired satisfaction.


For Scorpios, Mercury retrograde 2023 will be emotionally upsetting. Memories of the past come back and still come back to the minds of these natives, memories that refer to mistakes, suffering, shame, trauma.


Sagittarians need to pay attention to what they are saying, but also to the message that others are sending because there is a risk that they will misunderstand or that they themselves will not be understood by others. The advice of astrologers is to avoid gossip because it can turn against them.


Capricorns will feel the need to reevaluate their careers during this time, as they will be able to identify what changes they would like to make.


We could say that this period is a favorable one for Aquarius, even if it will be tumultuous. They manage to identify some crisis areas in their lives and are pushed by Mercury to act with courage, to change a path, a habit, to try to break a cyclical situation that blocks their future.


Mercury Rx 2023 will have an impact on Pisces’ personal, intimate life. They will feel the need to give up unnecessary behaviors, relationships, and things in their lives, but which consume their energy, suffocate their space and block their evolution.