December 13, 2023, 2:09 am EST

This Mercury Retrograde moves between 8º Capricorn – 22º Sagittarius


In pop culture, Mercury’s retrograde periods cause a kerfuffle, as people attribute technological, transportation, and travel disruptions to them. Laurie and Jennie are here to allay your concerns and discuss the best use of this time of review, respite, and retreat.

As the planet closest to the Sun, Mercury serves as the messenger planet and refers to all things communication, including how you learn, think, talk, listen, and distribute information. Mercury retrogrades about 4 times a year. The illusion of Mercury appearing to turn backward in orbit only happens due to our perspective from Earth.

Because Mercury retrogrades in Capricorn and re-enters Sagittarius, it is helpful to look at both areas of your life that hold these two signs. Before you can move forward in the pragmatic and results-oriented way that Capricorn represents, you must go back and retrieve the levity, light, and wisdom that Sagittarius inspires. This is a wonderful opportunity to revisit what has inspired you to begin with.


Mercury entered Capricorn on December 1st and stationed retrograde on December 13th at 8º Capricorn. It returns to Sagittarius on December 23. After reaching 22º Sagittarius on January 1, 2024, it resumes direct motion.

Mercury re-enters Capricorn on January 23. Mercury entered its shadow on November 25 and will exit the shadow period on January 20. In the course of its busy travels, Mercury connects 3 times with 4 different planets: it conjuncts Mars (October 29, December 27, January 27), squares Neptune (November 27, December 27, January 8) sextiles Saturn (December 2, December 21, January 18) and trines Jupiter (December 7, December 18, January 19).

Watch the first 36 minutes for a general understanding of this upcoming Mercury Retrograde and then skip ahead to your Rising sign to watch and understand the personal impacts for you. If you don’t know your Rising sign, use your Sun sign and then email us to get more information about your Rising sign. Remember that if you have significant planets between 22º mutable signs (Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, and Virgo) and 8º cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, Libra), Mercury’s retrograde period will likely have more impact on your life.

Time stamps:

  • Start: 00:00
  • Aries: 36:24
  • Taurus: 39:12
  • Gemini: 42:52
  • Cancer: 45:45
  • Leo: 50:53
  • Virgo: 53:42
  • Libra: 57:24
  • Scorpio: 1:01:19
  • Sagittarius: 1:06:52
  • Capricorn: 1:09:33
  • Aquarius: 1:13:35
  • Pisces: 1:16:09

AstroPath is the collaboration of Laurie Farrington and Jennie Date of Hidden Path Astrology.

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