As you enter 2023, Mercury, the planet that controls your mind and voice, goes retrograde. This will last from December 29, 2022, through January 18, 2023.
Receiving the New Year with Mercury Retrograde
In the old days, some astrologers believed that when a planet went retrograde, it went through the underworld, gathering hidden and lost messages and bringing them out of the gloom into the light.
Your relationships come to the fore
Before Mercury enters the underworld, it will align with Venus, the planet of love, beauty, money and relationships. This farewell to Venus before Mercury enters the underworld will mark your experience of this retrograde energy.
You will find many of Mercury’s messages centered on your finances and relationships, not only with your loved ones but also with yourself.
In the silence of this retrograde period, it can be very healing to focus on your relationship with yourself. You can do this through self-care practices and thinking of ways to feel good in your skin.
Both Mercury and Mars retrograde in the underworld
Mars, the planet of action, energy and motivation, is also touring the underworld from 2022-2023 until January 12, 2023. The retrograde effects of Mars and Mercury at the same time will increase.
What can you expect?
The Universe always sends you a signal to reflect, go back and pay attention to messages, intuitive whispers and information you may have overlooked the first time around.
On this journey of both planets through the underworld, you may feel a bit sluggish or play the game of one step forward, two steps back.
The conjunction of Mars and Mercury retrograde can also create some confusion about what actions you should take and how best to use your energy. It will be difficult for you to think clearly and make decisions with serenity and rationality.
At this time, Mercury forces you to pay special attention to what you say and how you express yourself, as it is the planet of communication and mental processes. Therefore, with Mercury and Mars retrograde together, it may be easier to lash out or say something you regret.
You may find it beneficial to make the effort to get in touch with how you feel about something, away from all the noise and gossip of others’ opinions.
The Holidays and Mercury retrograde
As many celebrate the holidays with their families at this time of year, it may be wise to weigh in before you speak.
When you have to have a difficult conversation around this time, try not to make assumptions or take for granted that you know how the other person believes and feels. Ask questions, stay curious and try to keep an open mind.
If you assume too much at this time, you could quickly feel drained.
In this period of retrograde energy, take it easy and allow yourself to rest. Take time to rest and be firm with your boundaries. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to say yes to every event or meeting.
Holidays are often difficult for people who are grieving and with Mars and Mercury retrograde, you may be feeling very reflective.
Walking down memory lane can be therapeutic at these times. It can be helpful to find ways to honor your loved ones during the holidays, such as leaving a plate of their favorite food, lighting a candle, or even buying them a small gift and placing it on an altar.
Traveling with Mercury Retrograde
If you plan to travel around this time, check your reservations, flight restrictions and flight details and have a contingency plan in case of delays.
Remember that you are always where you need to be, so trust the Universe if you run into delays or last-minute changes.
One aspect Mercury can help you achieve is a more open mind, so keep your mind open to the possibilities the Universe offers you and you’ll find it easier to navigate whatever comes your way.
In 2023, with Mercury and Mars retrograde, it is not exactly a good time to make New Year’s resolutions, but it is a good time for you to finish tying up loose ends and verify projects, dreams and tasks you would like to undertake.
Intuition and Mercury Retrograde
Mercury retrograding is a natural rhythm and cycle of the cosmic heavens, so you have nothing to fear. When you learn to work with this energy, you can empower your intuition.
On his journey through the underworld, Mercury helps you to uncover hidden messages and intuitions from the world around you, but also your spirit guides and higher self.
Thanks to Mercury’s presence in the Underworld, your ability to connect with the subconscious, magical realms and psychic perceptions can increase, so take advantage of it!
When you can’t make sense of the outer world, go within. After all, Mercury is the messenger of the gods and is always helping you connect with your own inner “god”.
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With information from Tanaaz for foreverconscious.com