2023 Retrograde Dates: Your Planetary Guide

With the start of the new year with both Mars And Mercury retrogradeyou may be curious as to what else may be causing the chaos in 2023 How a little tricky. Spoiler alert: every planet will rotate again at least once a year. But before you freak out, remember that these stages do exist growth opportunities – At least that’s what I tell myself before September, when Seven planets retrograde. Jokes aside, you’ll want to prepare by knowing which planets are retrograde and how you can shift their dramatic energy to ensure smooth sailing in 2023.

You may have heard about Mercury retrograde And how it affects our daily lives, from causing miscommunication with our loved ones to throwing a wrench into our travel itineraries. Retrograde occurs when the planet It seems to be spinning backwards (they aren’t actually), figuratively speaking off balance in our life on earth. Depending on which planet is in play, retrograde periods are known to cause confusion, lethargy, and creative blocks.

In general, every planet in our solar system will enter a retrograde period at some point each year, but not at the same time each year. All planets have different orbits, so it takes a different amount of time to complete one orbit around the sun. For example, Mercury takes about 88 days to finish its orbit, which is usually why we are there Three or four Mercury retrogrades annually.

Between travel delays, business mistakes, or classic miscommunication, chaos is bound to happen, but at least you’ll be prepared when these planets go retrograde in 2023.

4 Mercury retrograde total in 2023

December 29, 2022-January 17, 2023 in Capricorn

Starting the year with Mercury retrograde brings the feelings and karma left over from the year before dealing with our life purpose and how we want others to see you. “Mercury retrograde in Capricorn can cause some mishaps and delays with any major institutions we depend on as citizens of a larger nation,” Ryan MarquardtMine, says Bustle. With Capricorn dealing with career and reputation, he says that conflict at work may be more important right now.

April 21, 2023-May 14, 2023 in Taurus

Material comforts and our self-esteem are major themes during this Mercury retrograde. Taurus is aloof and craves stability, so his retrograde trip can cause insecurities about our comfort zones. “This may cause some to question their value systems and bring up issues of self-esteem, causing some people to feel less confident or certain about where they stand on certain issues,” Marquardt says.

August 23, 2023-September 15, 2023 in Virgo

Mercury retrograde in its original sign of Virgo creates great potential for mishaps in our daily lives while also putting pressure on our most pressing projects. Putting your wellness first is crucial right now. “This retreat is about managing your stress and realizing that you can’t be superhuman,” he says. It is recommended to ask for help and delegate work to others for the time being.

December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024 in Capricorn and Sagittarius

Closing out the year 2023 is a similar and karmic backtrack in Capricorn. Mistakes may occur in public image and work, but because the planet also moves into Sagittarius, we can also feel restricted and stuck in our ways. In contrast to Sagittarius’ cheerful optimism, it can be difficult to stay positive during this retrograde. “We may feel less inclined to look for new solutions to whatever this retrograde is doing in our lives,” Marquardt says.

Mars retrograde 2023 in Gemini

Dates: Oct. 30, 2022-Jan. 12, 2023

The multitasking planet of action and impulsiveness has been retrograde in Gemini since 2022, sapping our energy and creating obstacles to our creativity and daily rituals. This runs the risk of burnout, so this period is all about slowing down and recharging. “Some people may feel less talkative, less sharp-minded, unmotivated to go out or get their usual tasks done, and stay home to sleep instead,” he says.

Uranus retrograde 2023 in Taurus

Date: August 24, 2022-January 22, 2023

Uranus is the planet of tech geniuses, so its retrograde can cause outages and glitches. While in Taurus, major missteps occur within the environment. “It could fit in on a collective level with any ways in which we humans disrupt the rhythms and resources of nature,” Marquardt explains.

Pluto retrograde 2023 in Aquarius and Capricorn

Date: May 1, 2023-October 10, 2023

Pluto deals with matters of secrets and taboos. But because it is an outer planet, the influence is more subtle than other retrograde planets on a personal level and is often seen in society. Starting in the humanistic Aquarius, Marquart says, it can highlight the need for revolution and inspire us to question our collective agreements. It’s a good time to give back to your community and reflect on your role in society. On June 11, it will move into Capricorn. There, Pluto retrograde is visible in our careers and our soul’s purpose is on the horizon as it nurtures our industrious and hard-working side.

Saturn retrograde 2023 in Pisces

Dates: June. 17, 2023 – Nov. 4, 2023

Stern Saturn makes its way into dreamy Pisces, and its retrograde rotation creates tension when it comes to self-imposed limitations. This can cause difficulties, especially for those in the creative field or dealing with spiritual work. “We may begin to question spiritual concepts more or see the negative side of dull themes within the New Age spirituality movement,” he adds.

Neptune retrograde 2023 in Pisces

Dates: June 30, 2023-December 6, 2023

The backspin of Neptune in its parent sign is causing a stir in areas related to our dreams, creativity, and spirituality. This retreat may cause people to feel stagnant and out of step with their spiritual practices. If you have human idols, Marquardt explains that they may disappoint you in some way during this time.


Ryan Marquardt, astrologer

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