Planetary transits are happening all the time, with the perpetual motion of our galaxy tossing the planets and stars around one another and pulling the cosmic forces that rule our world one way or the other. The one and only Mercury retrograde is the most famous—and perhaps most dreaded—of these transits.
And another one is on its way very soon. Instead of fearing Mercury Retrograde, you can learn to own it, harness it, and make it through to the other side as an even better version of yourself.
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Here We Go Again
Buckle up, everybody! It's time yet again for one of the most infamous (and dreaded) astrological events to take place. That's right; Mercury will be heading into retrograde yet again.
Though 2023 technically started in a Mercury retrograde, this will be the first full retrograde of the year. It begins on April 21st and ends on May 14th, giving us just under three weeks of turbulence and confusion.
There's no need to start fearing for your sanity, though, as you can learn how this retrograde might affect your sign, which also means you can better prepare for what's ahead.
Before analyzing each sign, it's important to remember what Mercury retrogrades usually entail.
With Mercury being the ruler of communication, its retrogrades are largely known for how they disrupt people's relationships and ability to, well, communicate. This can lead to a lot of frustration, feelings of being stuck, and anxieties that nothing seems to be going your way.
As frightful as that sounds, know that it's happening to everyone—and most of it is perceived troubles rather than real ones. It's also known to cause problems regarding travel, technology, gossip, and misinformation.
The Bull's Horns
This retrograde in particular is happening in Taurus, which brings about its own challenges.
First, Taurus is a strong sign with a lot of force behind it, so you might feel a real 'punch' from the standard retrograde effects. Second, Taurus is represented by the bull, which in turn represents the material pleasures of our world. This could mean that you might face issues in the world of finances or property in the coming weeks if you're not prepared.
Now, plans relating to these areas of life are hard to just put on pause for three weeks until this period is over, but there's no need to fear. As long as you approach them with plenty of thought, analysis, and security, you should be just fine.
Mercury retrograde asks us to slow down and think for a while rather than plowing on ahead, but let's see what each individual sign can expect and how they can prepare.
Aries + Taurus
Aries is a fast-moving, bullet-out-of-a-gun type of sign, always firing off in whatever direction fancies them that day. To get through this retrograde with minimal damage done, they'll need to pump the brakes and really put a cap on their impulsive tendencies. Easier said than done, sure, but if they're not careful, they could leave a lot of chaos in their wake for both themselves and their loved ones.
Now, Taurus, since this retrograde is under your sign, you will, unfortunately, be the most affected this time around. Your stable nature will really be tested, as there's a lot that could shake your foundations. You're better off keeping to yourself as much as you can until it passes, really taking the time to reflect on the year so far and analyze the actions you've taken. Though retrogrades are tough, they're also immensely powerful, and seeing as it's under your sign, you could use this energy to help foster healing deep within your soul.
Gemini + Cancer
Gemini will be the second most affected sign this time around, namely because Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini. Geminis are known to be adept communicators (and very social ones at that), meaning any Mercury retrograde usually ruffles their feathers a bit. Like Taurus, this will be a great time for Gemini to pull back a little and focus on their inner selves. Sorry to say, but it's time to face those things you haven't wanted to think about Geminis.
Cancer, on the other hand, will want to be doing the opposite. They're one of the more reclusive signs, and though it may not be advised for most others, Mercury retrogrades are great times for Cancers to come out of their shell a little bit. The swirling energy around the realm of communication will actually lend them some favor, and makes for great practice at putting themselves out there. It will only become better and easier once the retrograde is over!
Leo + Virgo
Leos are a generally passionate bunch, caring deeply about their favorite things, and that type of strong emotion can be dangerous at a time like this. To get through this retrograde, they're better off remaining firmly planted where they are right now and keeping a level head as best as they can. Leos have a tendency to be easily swayed or plagued by doubt, so staying grounded will help them not get caught up in the misinformation whirlwind that can be a Mercury retrograde.
Virgo is another sign that's ruled by planet Mercury, but wherein Gemini's concerns were mainly with their communicative nature, for Virgos, they need to focus more on travel. This can be literal but also figurative, taking these weeks to travel back in time inwardly to examine some past mistakes. Thankfully, Virgos are usually happy to learn more and are gracious in accepting their errors, so this will be a welcome time for them.
Libra + Scorpio
Libra, it's time to get your relationships in order. Maybe there are some you've let fall by the wayside that you truly regret, or there's been some tension between you and a friend. Whatever the issue, now is the time to really focus in on what you want with this other person and then reach for it. You'll feel so much freer for it, and you'll be inviting more love back into your life.
Scorpio is kind of the opposite. Instead of focusing on rekindling friendships, you will instead be seeking out retribution toward your foes. This doesn't mean some super-villain-level plan of sweet revenge, but instead, it could be a clean break from the toxic people in your life or you standing up for yourself in the face of injustice. Whichever it is for you, know you'll feel a great weight off your chest once it's done.
Sagittarius + Capricorn
Sagittarius are natural leaders. In fact, they often feel uncomfortable when someone else is at the helm, but during this Mercury retrograde, they're going to have to let that go for a bit. This is a time to linger in the background, be more of a support than a driving force, and avoid any big decisions. Not only will you learn from observing the way others lead, but you'll also avoid any disastrous results coming back on you.
Capricorns love to have a plan all laid out, every detail accounted for, and every step meticulously described. However, for the next few weeks until the retrograde passes, they may as well throw that all out and start over. Things are going to deviate from your plan, Capricorn, and you have to brace yourself for that now. That being said, things going off track is a wonderful opportunity for you to practice out-of-the-box thinking and quick decision-making skills, two skills worth building up.
Aquarius + Pisces
Those under Aquarius might find themselves feeling rather emotional during this retrograde, which is a good thing! Though they're known to be one of the more outgoing signs, they tend to bury their feelings so as not to 'ruin the mood,' or so they'd say. Having to confront what you hold inside is good for you, even if it feels terrible in the moment. It's better to work through that darkness than let it linger.
Pisces, also with a tendency to be a bit shy or reserved, might actually feel the urge to open up more during this retrograde, and that's a feeling they should chase! If that motivation strikes, grab onto it and don't let go. That being said, you'll need to set some boundaries so you don't get too out of control and accidentally step wildly out of your comfort zone either.
Nothing To Fear
See, Mercury retrogrades aren't always something to be scared of, and some signs can even find themselves thriving during one! It's all about knowing what to expect, how to prepare, and being willing to push through some hard stuff for a relatively short period of time. One thing every retrograde has in store for everyone is the chance to learn, grow, and become a better version of themselves.
If nothing else, you've made it through every retrograde before this one, so you can make it through this one too.
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