Updated: Nov 26
Mercury retrograde begins in Capricorn around the 12th of December 2023 and lasts until the 23rd of December 2023, when it goes backwards through Sagittarius until the 1st of January 2024.
When Mercury, the messenger planet that facilitates communication, boosts mental energy, and governs transportation and technology, appears to slow down, and move retrograde (backwards). It usually marks a period of reflection.
Mercury retrogrades occur three or four times a year, and the effects can be felt for up to three weeks. When this occurs, it can lead to misinterpretation or misunderstandings, as well as challenges with technology, travel, and transportation. It is not the best time to buy anything electrical, enter into new agreements, sign paperwork, or plan a pleasant vacation. Something always goes wrong.
However, Mercury retrograde has an advantage. Everything slows down, giving you time to consider concerns, rehash old issues that need to be addressed, or tie up loose ends.
This enables you to be better prepared to move on and forwards when Mercury begins its forwards motion without bringing previous conflicts or misunderstandings with it. You have the option to adjust, alter, or correct things - think of it as a second chance to see a problem through.
When Mercury is retrograde in Capricorn the 12th of December until the 23rd of December 2023
Mercury retrograding in Capricorn highlights obstacles and delays in reaching your objectives, and you might start to question your path—whether it is this job path, your aspirations, or a sense of completion. Essentially This is an excellent energy for revisiting and completing previous tasks, resuming previous objectives, or establishing contact with former supervisors, clients and support areas in your career or goals.
What this does enables you to rationally assess and impartially change while offering the chance to figure out whether a better option is visible. This is an excellent energy for revisiting and completing previous tasks, resuming previous objectives, or establishing contact with former contacts, bosses, or supervisors.
If you are encountering numerous obstacles or delays, it could be now you see how to rethink your approach or consider whether you should focus your efforts on another project or on something else entirely.
Then Mercury retrogrades into Sagittarius the 24th of December 2023 until the 1st of January 2024
Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius gives you the opportunity to reflect on whether your previous beliefs still accurately describe what you have become presently. What you think, how you speak, and what your life philosophy is.
You may explore your adventurous side by going back to school, travelling, or revisiting your motivations for doing the things you feel give you a sense of satisfaction and freedom. This could point you in the direction of worthwhile activities where you carry out meaningful or productive work that permits expression through writing, speaking, studying, and instructing.
This influence brings you back to a place where you might need to be more willing to let go of inhibitions and enjoy the situation as it unfolds. To become the better version of yourself again, go back where you could have lost some of your optimism.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
During Mercury's retrograde, you will be more aware of your surroundings at work and at home, as well as your family. This can involve working from home, family businesses, and professional partnerships.
You will revisit past problems that need to be resolved or revisited to produce improved answers or conditions. This could result in reorganising everyday activities or changing the layout of the area to make your environment more pleasant or effective from an economic standpoint. You see this as an opportunity to catch up on any failed meetings, interviews or discussions and bring things back in line.
Mercury's retrograde helps you reallocate resources and pay attention to your bills. You might see this as just giving yourself another look to determine if you are overextending yourself needlessly. You want the chance to open the right doors, gain the right opportunities and push yourself to accomplish more.
A few areas of your finances will be examined, and there may be opportunities to borrow money or increase your savings. You might find that there are resources already in place that allow you to proceed with your ambitions once more. This will help you determine the next course of action for your goals, career, and personal development.
Your lifestyle decisions and overall well-being will be impacted by Mercury's retrograde. This will also highlight the things that you should do differently to focus on your daily routine and goals while living a happier and healthier life.
You might review work schedules or responsibilities that don't provide you with the amount of freedom you want. You revisit where you had the opportunity to pursue your desire to get back in touch with a less demanding and more enjoyable aspect of your life, such a creative project or pastime.
Mercury's retrograde will highlight the kinds of personal commitments, business alliances, or collaborative relationships you surround yourself with. This will show you how you communicate with others, what you do or don't say, which is making it difficult for you to maintain the level balance or harmony you desire.
You are going to think about how to strike a balance between your desires and commitments and essentially where you have consciously overextended yourself to avoid any fallout. You may revisit situations where you have given in to keeping the peace or the pressure to adhere to strict routines or heavy obligations. The opportunity to re-evaluate types of changes you feel are necessary to maintain a happier, healthier balance in all aspects of your life.
Mercury retrograde will help you concentrate deeply on your financial situation and discover strategies to improve communication in both your personal and professional ties. Even though you have a good relationship with everyone, you might realise that you are not as committed as you could be. Your financial situation and career may begin to suffer because of this mindset.
You will go over the ability to communicate again and see how your relationships—both personal and professional—may be affected. The best path to a solid working together is resolving conflicts, particularly when motivated by a common goal. You might be able to resolve this issue of communication by looking at how you believe others are responding to you or hearing you and if you really are on the same page.
Your passions and artistic endeavours will receive more of your energy when Mercury is retrograde. You will discover that you are drawn to making up the ideal surroundings for success. One way to do this would be to refocus on the adjustments that need to be made to get everything in the right order.
You discover that you are re-connecting with areas of your potential or work projects where you were previously excited or enthusiastic. You might think about other strategies or paths to take so as the goals you have been thinking about for a while and the type of outcome you want from it all now.
Mercury will be retrograde, so your career and long-term goals will be the focus. For you to thrive, you require the acknowledgement, assistance, and creation of favourable circumstances by others. You will take some time to consider how you express yourself and make the best possible impressions to win this support.
Don't dismiss your thoughts lightly because you have the chance to influence what people think about you and your career goals once more. You have more potential than you may imagine influencing the circumstances around you, especially in rising to the top or breaking new ground on your career path.
Mercury retrograde draws your attention to the ways in which you share your perspectives, knowledge, and skills through communication or presentation. You can interpret this period as an opportunity to reorganise or settle issues related to what you perceive as remaining stable in your home, job, and finances.
You discover that you are going over certain areas of your earnings again, reviewing the information, contracts, and following up on agreements that have an impact on your prospective income. You'll think about what needs to be eliminated and what is worth investing more in.
Mercury retrograde calls your attention to being self-reflective and contemplative about your beliefs and what you think is feasible. You can become more conscious of trends or aspirations related to your professional or personal successes.
You'll stand back and reevaluate what triggers these kinds of responses or subliminal ideas. As you realise that you want to feel like you are truly connecting with people or that you are making a difference, you might find yourself thinking back on the individuals you work with, your networks, your friendships, or the groups you are a part of. Take some time to evaluate how involved you are, whether it is positive or bad, and what needs to change.
Mercury retrograde draws your focus to your ambitions, aims, and how you think other people ought to see you or how to best encourage yourself to feel more complete or personally satisfied. You go back over your inner reflections to produce answers that will assist you bring about the necessary adjustments.
You can find yourself reassessing your past and present career path and adopting objectives to determine your actual level of happiness, whether to say goodbye and move on, or to break free from old psychological patterns of behaviour that prevent you from choosing the best path for you.
Mercury is retrograde, which means it's bringing your personal values, income, and net worth into focus. You could take some time to reconsider how to stabilise each element of your income potential.
You find yourself going back to past endeavours and goals to assess their significance and result again. You see this as an opportunity to look at things squarely. This is the perfect opportunity for you to welcome change and get rid of stuff that doesn't fit or is squandering your time, energy, and money.
Mercury will be retrograde, emphasising your social connections. How you establish rapport, how you work in a team, and what sets you apart. You'll pause to consider how you blend in, what makes you feel like you belong, and what it takes to stand out or be seen.
You will go over certain aspects of your goals, aspirations, and profession again. You might be able to identify areas in which you need to build your reputation or form rapport with people who will help you. This will enable you to resolve outstanding challenges that might be blocking your ability to move forwards and establish the required level of productive relationships both personally and professionally.