Mercury Retrograde is Back

Solar Eclipse of 20 April 2023 happened in Aries 5-39 degrees. At the time of Solar Eclipse Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Uranus were all situated together in Aries, and I believe all these planets got infected with the Eclipse energy.

From Today, 21 April 2023, 20:35 hours, NZST, Mercury starts its Retrograde (Backwards) motion, and it would remain in retrograde motion till 14 May 2023.  Mercury retrograde officially begins tonight, but you are probably already experiencing its uncomfortable effects. Mercury reached the pre-retrograde shadow on 6 April 2023, increasing confusion and issues.

Moon and Mercury would be in conjunction at the beginning of Retrogradation today. Please note, Moon, Mercury and Uranus are together in Bharani Nakshatra, on top of that, Mercury is just 2 degrees away from Uranus, the planet of ‘Sudden Blows‘.  Moon stands for Emotions and Mercury for Intellect, to me both seems to be getting infected if self-effort is not made to control your emotions.


For next 5 weeks or so, I would say instead of assuming that everything will go according to plan, you should be prepared for frustrating delays and misunderstandings to impede progress.

Mercury represents rationality and communication. It affects discussion, negotiation, trade, attentive listening, formal agreements, paperwork, transportation, postal services, shipping, and other activities.  Its retrogression would affect people differently in the above categories depending upon the personal Astrological chart.  To sum up, some of Mercury’s general traits include misunderstandings, communication problems, a slight shift in logic and thinking, and illogical behaviour as individuals grow more stubborn and unwilling to realize their mistakes.   During Retrograde motions and especially getting infected due to Solar Eclipse yesterday and being so close to Uranus, I would say the above-mentioned traits of Mercury would suffer if you do not make Self effort to control your emotions.


I repeat, Mercury is  the planet of speech, making choices, communication and documents. In short, this configuration of planets  gives a sharp mind and tongue. This   may annoy the significations of Mercury, hence  increasing the level of verbal disagreement, disputes, verbal conflict as suppressed wrath and bitterness surfaces, bickering, disputes,  aggravation and annoyance. Please take note   Please remember overly direct speaking provokes hostility.


It is highly recommended to engage in a process of reorganization and reflection during this time. This is due to the potential for encountering contentious situations, such as engaging in an argument, or may be experiencing delays in transportation.

Effect of Retrograde Mercury on Heath: Mercury oversees the upper breathing system, digestive system, skin, and nerves.  So, if you have health problems with these parts, they could get worse now. Mercury is the personification of the mind, so when he goes backwards, he can cause sadness, emotional instability, trouble sleeping, worry, etc.  I will not be surprised more cases of colds, coughs, fevers, etc.  would be reported.   Also, Lungs come in pairs and are controlled by Mercury (through Gemini), so the breathing system can be affected.   Depending on the customized Astrology chart, skin and nerve diseases are also possible.   During this period, you should not try anything new or extra because a wrong diagnosis is possible.

Please note, this is NOT a medical advice and I DO NOT take any responsibility for any lack of proper action taken or for your negligence for not seeking proper medical advice.    I urge to read the Disclaimer below.  In an emergency, it’s clear that you should not wait.  

Instead of analyzing the effect of Retrograde Mercury for all signs, I have just picked up three, Aries, Gemini and Virgo, as they may be most affected.

Aries: Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in Aries? Prepare to feel annoyed and stressed. Confident and hasty Aries wants to advance, yet everything is proceeding in reverse. Be careful with your words and tone. You never know when someone’s kind words may surprise you.

Gemini: Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in Gemini? You better be ready for some confusion in your communications. Do not be surprised if you get many or no calls or if your mail is missing. You could be unable to express yourself effectively, and rumours might be flying. Possible rekindling of past friendships.  

Virgo: Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in Virgo? Particularly in the workplace, difficult situations arise. Expect product delays and equipment malfunctions, as well as irritability among colleagues. Check your work twice before declaring it complete.

Here is your Mercury retrograde Survival guide for next:

  • Control your Tongue & Speech. Collect your words. Through the period of mercury retrograde, pause and think before you speak.

  • Listen more and speak less  

  • Your alertness,  attentiveness , awareness  and eagerness to avoid any problems  can help you prevent issues.

  • Listen more and speak less  

  • Read minute the details before your sign any document


Ravinder Grover 

Disclaimer: ‘Without Prejudice’.  I offer my insight to Astrology solely based on my learnings of astrology principles and techniques,  some  of them learnt from the Sages of the highest order. These predictions are offered for guidance purpose only.   I offer absolute no guarantee on my calculations and analysis. These predictions are not intended to harm anyone by any means.  I expressly disclaim all warranties, implied or contingent, for making use of these predictions, for incurring any loss, loss of profit or in any manner. No notice or advice from anyone  will create any liability whatsoever