December 13 is the last Mercury Retrograde of the year

13 December 2023 to 1 January 2024

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What challenges does the last Mercury Retrograde this year bring us?

It's ahead of us last Mercury Retrograde. In astrology, Mercury plays an important role among the planets that, together with the Sun, the Moon and other planets, influence the interpretation of personality and destiny of the owner of the natal chart. The retrograde motion of Mercury, indicated by the letter R in astrological ephemeris, optically affects the symbolic meaning of the planet.

Mercury's domain covers communication and short trips, so during the period of retrograde Mercury, there are often problems in these areas. This planet has become convenient an excuse for situations where things get out of hand, when we miss important deadlines, are argumentative, nervous or misunderstand events.

From December 13, 2023 to January 1, 2024 will be Mercury, the planet communications, moved retrograde for the last time this year. The pre-retrograde shadow began on November 25, and the post-retrograde shadow is expected to end on January 20, 2024.

How does Mercury retrograde affect us?

If you've ever wondered why people go crazy when Mercury goes retrograde, it's because Mercury is the planet that influences communication. Retrograde motion often brings negative connotations in the astrological world, which can range from lost emails to interrupted trips and relationship misunderstandings.

Is Mercury retrograde affecting you? Photo: Taylor Heery

Mercury's last retrograde in 2023 is a bit different, as Mercury moves from Capricorn to Sagittarius during its retrograde dance.

Don't panic - embrace the changes!

It is important to remember that the potential effects of Mercury retrograde are ultimately theoretical. If things seem out of whack, do not forget, that it may be because you are more focused on potential changes.

Pointing out potential problems won't change anything in the end, so avoid dramatizing it. Keeping calm will not only help your overall outlook, but also ensure you're in a better position to deal with unexpected changes.

Improve your communication

Since the planet Mercury rules communication in all forms, pay more attention to your communication, from negotiations and jobs to travel plans and messages. Simple things like checking email will make a big difference.

Ditch the big talk

Mercury retrograde can bring misunderstandings, so consider taking a break from major conversations that will affect you in the long run. If possible, save the big talk for when Mercury returns to normal.

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Be flexible

Accept that things don't always go according to plan. If you take the train at a certain time, give yourself an extra ten minutes; if you are unsure about a new contract, take the time to review and do your research before making a decision.

Check where you invest your energy

Mercury retrograde is a good time to think about where you invest your time and energy. Review your priorities and ensure you are happy with your current balance.

Check out when the next 2024 Mercury Retrograde periods are coming!

April 1 - April 25, 2024
August 4 - August 28
November 25 - December 15

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