Dates for Mercury Retrograde?
When Is Mercury in Retrograde in 2024
In 2024, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates:
December 13, 2023, to January 1, 2024April 1 to April 24
August 4 to August 27
November 25 to December 15
What Is Mercury Retrograde?
Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.
What Is Retrograde Motion?
The astronomical explanation for retrograde motion starts with understanding that the planets in our solar system orbit the Sun at different distances and speeds. While we orbit the Sun ourselves, we can observe the other planets moving across our sky, following their own paths.
Sometimes, it can appear (from our perspective) that a planet has abruptly switched directions and has started to move in reverse across the sky. This is, of course, an illusion caused by the position of Earth in relation to that of the planet, since a planet in orbit always travels in one set direction and can’t suddenly reverse course. This is why we call the phenomenon apparent retrograde motion, as it only looks like the planet is moving backward (“retrograde motion”)!
MERCURY RETROGRADE AFFECTS
21 April to 14 May: The first retrograde of the year will occur under the Taurus sign, but we might have started to feel the effects of the pre-retrograde shadow that occurs before the transit happens from as early as 7 April. The post-retrograde shadow will last until 31 May.
23 August to 15 September: Virgos, don’t despair that the second Mercury retrograde is happening under your sign - just do what you do best and plan for the cheerful mishaps instead. The pre-retrograde shadow will begin on 3 August and the post-retrograde shadow will linger until 30 September.
13 December to 1 January, 2024: The third and final Mercury retrograde of the year will take us all the way to the new year as it moves from Sagittarius through to Capricorn. Pre-retrograde shadow will begin from 25 November and the post-retrograde shadow will last well into the new year as it’s set to end on 20 January, 2024.
THE DOS AND DONT'S OF MERCURY RETROGRADE
Re-do, re-think, review
Check and double-check travel plans and schedules
Leverage old contacts
Revisit leads that had previously fizzled out
Approach previous clients for business
Repair old items
Search your closet for forgotten goodies
Back up your computer, phone, etc.
Tie up loose ends
Start New Job
Launch A New Venture
Purchase Big Ticket Items
Send Or Receive Shipments (Buy Insurance)
Last Minute Travel
Highly Detailed Task. (Numbers)
HOW MERCURY RETROGRADE AFFECTS EACH ZODIAC SIGNS
Aries (21 March – 19 April)
This cardinal fire sign symbolised by the ram needs to slow its natural fast pace. The key to brave this year’s first Mercury retrograde for the Aries is to analyse, strategise and curb their primal impulsive response.
Taurus (20 April – 20 May)
Since the planet of communication is retrograding in this fixed earth sign, it is obvious that Taureans will be most affected during this three-week-long period. The usually steadfast and stable bull would search for validation from the outside, which could lead to dissatisfaction and confusion.
A mantra for this sign to survive the Mercury Retrograde 2023 is to rewind and rethink their actions. The best part of this seemingly tedious cycle is that it would contribute to the healing of the soul by the time the retrograde ends on 14 May.
Gemini (21 May – 20 June)
Mercury retrograde shall most affect this mutable air sign after Taurus. The primary season is that Mercury is the ruling planet of this sign symbolised by the celestial twins. Intelligent, sociable and excellent communicators, the Gemini will delve deep into their psyche to look for some answers to uncomfortable truths plaguing them for a while. This is their time to heal, and it could get a bit challenging. This Mercury retrograde presents them with an opportunity to connect with their inner self and be at peace with themselves after surviving this astronomical event.
Cancer (21 June – 22 July)
This reclusive water sign, symbolised by the crab, would be forced to come out of its shell and reconnect with people during this period, which might not be such a bad thing after all.
Leo (23 July – 22 August)
This fixed fire sign needs to put a check on their enthusiasm and take a step back in all areas of their life. One word of advice given to the Leo is to keep their feet firmly on the ground and not get swayed by the uncertainties caused by this event. Patience and keeping calm could help them come out of this Mercury retrograde unscathed.
Virgo (23 August – 22 September)
This earth sign symbolised by The Virgin needs to focus on travel, in the most literal but also physical sense. Since the reticent Virgo is ruled by Mercury, it can’t be stressed enough that they will be affected by the planet retrograding. It is predicted that Virgos will go back in time and travel to their past to get a brand new perspective. They will evolve during Mercury retrograde 2023.
Libra (23 September – 22 October)
Libra’s focus during this time would be fixing their relationships. This air sign, which could be termed the social butterfly among the zodiacs, will confront old friends and take up issues that have been festering for long enough. This much-needed intervention with close ones will liberate the Libran soul.
Scorpio (23 October – 21 November)
For this enigmatic water sign symbolised by the scorpion, this period will be all about seeking karmic retribution against their foes from past or even ex-partners. Instead of getting trapped in the web of toxic relationships, they will find a way to come out of it and start with a clean slate.
Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December)
Like other fire signs Aries and Leo, the Sagittarius needs to be on the backfoot with taking initiative and executing projects at hand. They need to spend more time ideating rather than taking action, and, of course, avoid rash decisions.
Capricorn (22 December – 19 January)
This cardinal earth sign loves to plan and is career oriented. Mercury going in retrograde means that their carefully laid out plans going completely haywire. But this also would give them a chance to think out of the box and get their creative juices flowing.
Aquarius (20 January – 18 February)
One of the most progressive of all the zodiacs, the Aquarian will be posed with a challenge to deal with the emotional aspect of their life during the time Mercury is in retrograde. This fixed air sign symbolised by a water carrier will look at their intimate relationships intensely and prioritise the ones that really matter over the others.
Pisces (19 February – 20 March)
Though the earth signs are the ones getting most seriously affected by this Mercury retrograde, water signs, including Pisces, should be careful too. One good thing coming out of this phenomenon for the Pisces is that they will open up to new people and experiences, but this also requires them to set boundaries.
THIS SPELL IS BEST PERFORMED ON A SATURDAY DURING THE WANING MOON.
Mercury Retrograde Spell
Write your intention on a piece of white paper and place under candle.
Light the candle & recite 3 x's:
I pray onto God, My Ancestors, and My Guardian Angels. I pray unto Oshun and To Lord Indra
I am Opening Myself And My Intuition To Your Guidance; So, That my Highest Path May Be Illuminated.
I Banish Negative People From My Life And Am Severing Emotional Ties
I Banish Negative Influences Behavior And Patterns From My Life.
I Bring In Love, Light, Positive Opportunities And Clarity.
Please Protect Me.
So Mote It Be.
The feedback — of the MERCURY RETROGRADE CANDLE is a serious energy shift within 48 hours in a positive way.
PAY HOMAGE TO YOUR ANCESTORS !
Homage Is Honoring Our Ancestors
It is a duty based on the belief that when we die we continue to exist. It is also believed that spirits have the ability to look after the living and to influence their fortune. Paying homage to our elders allows us seeking our ancestors’ wisdom, guidance and assistance for us.
We honor by remembering. Remembering also opens up a communication channel with our personal history which shapes so much of our conscious and unconscious identity. As you think on how a relative would respond with a problem or simply by directly asking their advice you might receive some guidance in the form of intuitions, images, dreams or meetings with people with answers.
The ritual of welcoming and honoring ancestors is an ancient spiritual practice found in many cultures and traditions. Thus we begin this ceremony with paying tribute and expressing gratitude to our ancestors.
From our histories our ancestors call to us, asking “whence we come, and how and whither?” We are grateful for their gifts, their lessons, and their challenge; calling us into accountability and responsibility to fulfill their hopes and aspirations, for “What they dreamed be ours to do.”
We call on and invoke our parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, our siblings, from across time and place, to be here with us.
The best way I have found is To make a meal for my ancestors. My father liked the river; so, I bring him his favorite food, brown liquor and light up his favorite cigarette and speak to him near the river banks. For my other ancestors whom I never met and those that were much older than me. I make them fried fish, pan fried cabbage, black eyed peas and cornbread. This isn't a typical meal for me; however, this may have been a typical meal for your ancestors. Take small portions and apply to a plate. The leave the place near a cedar tree.
I hate littering but the animals will eat the food and the plate will be cleaned; it's Divine timing.
When your candle has completely burned down, you may choose to recycle the entire glass container with the wax in it. However, if you would like to reuse the holder, take any remaining wax out of the holder. This can be done by placing the holder in hot water or by placing your holder (if it’s oven safe) in an oven set at the very lowest setting (usually “Warm”). Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer to soften the wax in the glass. Once the wax is soft, it may be scooped out or even wiped out with a paper towel.
You may dispose of the leftover candle wax by throwing it in the trash (your own trash if the spell was to bring something to you or a trashcan away from your home if you were doing uncrossing or banishing work), however, if you would like to dispose of your candle in a more ceremonious way, you have several options.
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