When is Mercury Retrograde the planet Mercury appears to move in the opposite direction of its normal orbit around the Sun. Mercury has not actually changed or reversed its orbit, but from our perspective on Earth it looks as though it is moving in the opposite direction. Mercury’s retrograde cycle occurs three or four times a year and lasts about 24 days.
How will Mercury’s apparent change in motion influence those of us here on Earth?
As Mercury slows down life often slows down as well. Mercury Retrograde signals the time to slow down, redo, repeat, remember, repair, rethink, reconsider, rearrange, return, reconstruct, recover, rectify, refrain, refresh, and reformulate. As well as catch up, and finish things that were left behind during the past three months or longer. A problem you have been avoiding, ignoring, or hoping would resolve itself could now require a decision and action to finally resolve.
Mercury Retrograde is not the most optimum time to initiate new projects or move in new directions. Mercury Retrograde is a good time to research, investigate, plan, and strategize new and future endeavors. If possible, wait until Mercury resumes direct motion to begin new projects or continue forward progress with existing projects.
Each Mercury Retrograde cycle during 2023 will be in an Earth Sign. Earth signs are stabilizing, grounding, resourceful, logical, and practical.
During Mercury Retrograde, it is important to maintain your awareness. Pay attention to what is happening in your life, with your family, in your community, and in the world. You may experience insight and understanding about issues and topics you have overlooked previously. Reflect on the themes, events, challenges, and opportunities in your life over the previous three months.
Mercury rules communication, information, transportation, travel, and conscious thought. You may experience the flow of information slowing down or find it is more difficult to locate the information you need. More traffic delays due to road repair, accidents, or cars stuck or abandoned on the side of the road or freeway. Changes with travel plans. Mercury rules conscious thought and mental processing, Mercury Retrograde often instigates confusion, misunderstandings, and forgetfulness. People tend to be less careful or clear with their words and the information they share.
A health issue may reemerge, especially if Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Virgo. If you have been dealing with a health challenge, Mercury Retrograde can indicate the time to revisit past treatments, doctors, supplements, or herbs, which were previously beneficial. Your pet(s) may require more of your attention or extra care if a health issue reemerges.
Mercury Retrograde carries the energy of “two,” so events or experiences may happen twice, or you might find yourself going over or redoing a task, duty, or job you thought was finished. For example, you take your car in for an oil change, and a week later, you are back at the auto service and repair shop to have a to have a flat tire repaired. Or, your computer crashes, you get it up and running, and a week later, it crashes again. Be sure your information, files, documents, and photos are saved and backed up before and during Mercury Retrograde.
People may show up in your life in pairs, one new client may lead to two new clients. If you are looking for a relationship and meet someone new you may have the opportunity to meet another new person, or someone from your past may reappear. If you go on a vacation during Mercury Retrograde and really enjoy the vacation, you will probably have an opportunity to vacation in the same place again during another Mercury Retrograde cycle.
Tips to navigate Mercury Retrograde.
As I mentioned previously, I don’t usually recommend starting something new during Mercury Retrograde, with the exception of pursuing a healthier lifestyle, including diet and regular exercise. If you stray from your healthy lifestyle, diet, or regular exercise during Mercury’s direct period, you will feel the pull to resume a healthier lifestyle during future Mercury Retrograde cycles.
I must admit I have leased a new car during Mercury Retrograde. My current lease was up, and I did not want to extend the lease, so I needed to move forward during Mercury Retrograde. In my favor was the fact that this was not my first lease, I leased the same make and nearly the same model as my previous car and I leased it from the same dealership where had I leased my last car. All factors helped to use up the retrograde, repeat and redo energy. And I love my new car! Sometimes you just have to break the rules!