Not only is this the most infamous retrograde on this list, but no other planet also experiences retrograde motion more frequently than Mercury. About three or four times a year, Mercury slows down significantly, and we experience a roughly three-week period of retrograde chaos (via Astrology Zone). Mercury is the planet of communication, intellect, memory, and technology, so when it goes retrograde, it can cause all sorts of communication problems, daily mishaps, scheduling snags, and technology glitches. During this time, it’s common to feel misunderstood, self-critical, and disconnected from others. You might also feel more contemplative and introspective.
Keeping track of Mercury retrograde cycles can help anticipate any potential mix-ups or misfires and also gives you a chance to rethink your approach to communicating your point of view. The first Mercury retrograde of the year actually starts on December 29, 2022, in the sign of Capricorn, and lasts until January 18, 2023. After that, Mercury will retrograde again from April 21 to May 14, 2023, in the sign of Taurus . Then at the end of the summer, Mercury will go retrograde for the third time in the sign of Virgo from August 23 to September 15, 2023. And finally, we’ll end the year with a Mercury retrograde across Sagittarius and Capricorn that lasts from December 13, 2023, to January 1, 2024, per Cafe Astrology.