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Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 2023

By May 22, 2023September 8th, 2023Mercury

Mercury Retrograde 2023: Mercury Retrograde in Virgo.

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 2023

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
August 23 to September 15, 2023
from 21º to 8º Virgo
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 2023

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What does Mercury Retrograde in Virgo mean? 

Mercury goes Retrograde in Virgo on August 23, 2023 until September 15, 2023. This is the third of three Mercury Retrograde cycles of 2023 occurring solely in earth signs. Mercury’s retracing of Earth sign themes this year asks us to reflect on just how impactful words or communication can be.  Additionally, it asks us to reexamine the tangible effect of our systems and our thinking upon our lives.

To put it another way, Mercury’s earth sign tour teaches us that our cerebral lives can affect the real, material parts of our lives. In Mercury-ruled Virgo, this is especially classic. At this time, we specifically consider our organization systems, our health regimes (diet and exercise), our mental health, and our daily routines. Everything begins with a thought.

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo: The Daily Foundation of Ritual and Routine

When Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, we rethink our daily life all that contributes to it. That includes our personal health, our diets, our exercise routines, our work life, and our personal systems of organization.

Mercury retrograde periods mark times when we review and rework the area of our chart that Mercury is traveling through. You may rework old systems of organization, schedule, dietary and fitness plans, and create new ones. You may consider what has and what hasn’t been working in your personal rituals and routines.

Mercury, Virgo and the Mind-Body Connection

Mercury-Ruled Virgo brings the mental realm to a tangible, embodied sphere. Wee all know that Virgo is concerned with health. But, on a deeper level, what Virgo desires is a clear and grounded existence that radiates into physical well-being. Virgo wants to feel healthy on every level, and understands that health is both mental and physical.

Our thoughts may be intangible (Air), but they have a very real impact on our material world (Earth). In fact, thoughts are the foundation of everything. Thoughts, when fed, bloom into the structures of our lives and the substance that we fill them with.

How to Work with Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Our clarity of thought may be underwater at this time. It may be difficult to feel grounded and centered mentally. We may feel scattered, distracted, unable to focus, or experience brain fog. Alternatively, we may experience physical ailments that grow out of mental dis-ease.

As long as Mercury is retrograde, we are in an introspective period with regards to our very thinking. It is a great time to practice meditation and establish newer, healthier routines. Also, it’s a great time for any self-improvement initiatives. If you’re seeking support, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and other therapeutic practices that explore mental-emotional health are beneficial.

Book a Professional Astrology Reading with Pandora

The best way to learn about Mercury’s function in your chart and discover how to best navigate the retrograde, book a professional Natal and Transits reading with one of Pandora’s three astrologers.

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Fran Xin Yi

Fran Xin Yi is an astrological researcher and writer. She has studied astrology for over a decade through a Jungian lens, and seeks to spark understanding by articulating complex inner dialogues through the symbolism of the planets. To book an astrology reading, email frances@pandoraastrology.com.

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