Mercury turns retrograde at 21 degrees Virgo on August 23rd, 2023 through September 15th, 2023. The pre-retrograde shadow starts on August 3rd, 2023 and will remain in its post-shadow period until September 30th, 2023.
What is the significance of Mercury retrograde?
Mercury is retrograde three times a year for around three weeks at a time. Mercury rules over all forms of communication, technology, short distance travel, immediate environment and intellect.
Retrograde is when a planetary body appears to be moving backwards. While this is an optical illusion, retrograde is more about the energy being blocked at an external level. All areas of life ruled by Mercury could cause miscommunication and minor upset.
While there is a certain level of confusion associated with Mercury retrograde, it is important to note that it isn’t all negative. This Mercury retrograde in Virgo is a wonderful time to focus on inner awareness and review previous ideas or ventures.
With this retrograde being in earth sign Virgo - it is advised to reflect on matters of health, wellness, and daily routines. A sense of duty and purpose is highlighted during this retrograde.
Virgo embodies the energy of being self-sufficient, intelligent, reserved, and respectable. Virgos keywords are “I Analyze” and is at home in Mercury.
Virgos are often referred to as “clean-freaks” but Virgos really enjoy the act of making something pure again. They are great at clearing out old energies and stagnancy in whatever space they are in.
While it isn’t advised to start a new project or sign a contract, this does not mean other areas of expansion should come to a halt. This is a powerful time to think outside of the box in terms of learning and refreshing previous studies and knowledge.
This retrograde may bring in periods of self-realization and reflection of our past decisions. This offers a chance to see situations with a fresh perspective, which will help calm inner criticism and doubt.
Through Virgo, we learn how to heal ourselves in turn to help others.
It is also a great time to review current projects and double check for any errors or miscommunication. Don’t expect perfectionism on the first try. Instead, rework old ideas and find inspiration in routine and habits.
This period could feel sluggish, but trust that it is for a good reason. Remain flexible and always have a back-up plan.
How Does Mercury Retrograde in Virgo Affect Each Zodiac Sign?
Mercury retrograde in Virgo will affect each sign in a different way. We all have a birth chart unique to us according to exact location and birth time. The Sun sign deals with the self and place in the world. This transit will give a chance to review the way we interact with the world.
Aries Sun Sign (Aries Dates: March 20 – April 19) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
You are re-evaluating your place in the world and what legacy you want to leave behind. A change in status could be on the horizon for you. A sense of fulfillment and purpose is on your mind, so don’t be afraid to conduct research. Gather the information and discover what it is you want out of your career. Go for it once Mercury turns direct.
Taurus Sun Sign (Taurus Dates: April 20 – May 20) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
There is a chance you’re feeling uninspired during this retrograde in Virgo. Let yourself go with the flow instead of forcing it. The universe will surprise you in many ways in order to reignite that spark. Reconnect with your inner child and remain curious to what could happen next!
Gemini Sun Sign (Gemini Dates: May 21 – June 20) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Family life is highlighted during this retrograde period. There is a chance to heal childhood wounds once and for all. It is also a wonderful time to create a comfortable and stable space in your home. Re-root yourself and heal your insecurities surrounding the foundation.
Cancer Sun Sign (Cancer Dates: June 21 – July 21) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
You could have trouble keeping up with your mind during this retrograde. Take it slow and easy. Symptoms of anxiety and worry could rear their ugly head, so try to remain balanced. Quiet time is vital to your wellbeing. Watch your communication and be weary of making false promises. Try to be as grounded as possible!
Leo Sun Sign (Leo Dates: July 22 – August 21) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
It is a favorable time to eliminate the old and welcome in the new. Cleanse your mind, body and spirit during this retrograde in Virgo. It is also an important time to get rid of debts and refocus your money goals. Let this period be about transformation in order to make room for opportunities to manifest themselves.
Virgo Sun Sign (Virgo Dates: August 22 – September 21) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
How you show up in your environment is being examined at this time. You are wanting to express yourself in a take charge way during this period. A lot of self work is in the cards for you, so don’t be afraid to look at yourself in the mirror. Revamp your insides in order to match the outside during this retrograde.
Libra Sun Sign (Libra Dates: September 22 – October 22) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
The subconscious mind should be the main focus during this retrograde. Let yourself retreat from the world and go inward. Your dreams may hold the answers you seek, so prepare to write them down once you awake. You may find yourself feeling extra sensitive. It is the perfect time to recharge and rest.
Scorpio Sun Sign (Scorpio Dates: October 23 – November 21) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
This is a lovely time to reconnect with old friends, goals and dreams. What have you been ignoring for some time now? Let this retrograde bring you back to a place of recognizing who and what is important. Dig deep into your past to get inspired about the future. There are answers waiting to be revealed to you.
Sagittarius Sun Sign (Sagittarius Dates: November 22 – December 20) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
There is a chance your career or business relations will be successful during this retrograde. Be open to the possibility of a raise or promotion at this time. You are being recognized for your efforts and achievements so far. Accept this praise with grace and ease. You deserve it!
Capricorn Sun Sign (Capricorn Dates: December 21 – January 18) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
There may be a questioning of belief systems and faith in a higher power. It is important to sit down and tap into your inner wisdom and knowledge. What you resonated with before could have transcended over time. Are you living your truth? Reassess what this means to you during this retrograde.
Aquarius Sun Sign (Aquarius Dates: January 19 – February 17) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Take a long look at what you hold close to your heart. Is it still in alignment with your purpose? Do you feel stable and secure? If not, it is time to reassess your values. This is also an abundant period to take stock of your finances and goals for the future. There is a chance for unexpected money to flow in as well!
Pisces Sun Sign (Pisces Dates: February 18 – March 19) During Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Relationships and how you interact with others is being analyzed during this retrograde. Are your values and morals in alignment with what you are seeking in a partner? Are you loving yourself enough first? Take these questions into consideration. You will come out on the other side with more clarity