Mercury turns direct on January 18th, at 3:12 p.m. What does this mean? How can it help you plan your activities? What does Mercury mean in different houses? When will the direct and retrograde phases of Mercury be in 2023?
Significance of Mercury in Astrology Mercury is related to communication, and the mind, it shows how a person thinks, receives, and masters information. The principle of Mercury should not be confused with the meaning of the Sun: the Sun expresses consciousness and Mercury – a rational mind.
Strong and weak Mercury
It mostly depends on the zodiac sign.
Mercury is most strongly in its dominions – Gemini and Virgo.
Weakest in opposite signs – Sagittarius and Pisces. Here the mind becomes intuitive, philosophical, and a stronger synthesis than analysis (which is the function of Mercury anyway).
Meanwhile, we would call people with strong Mercury mentalists, their minds are very active, and they constantly have to think about something and process information. Such people are characterized by great communication and talkativeness, and it is easy for them to establish contacts. In the air signs – Libra and Aquarius – Mercury is also quite strong.
Harmonious and not harmonious Mercury
It depends mainly on aspects and sometimes on other characteristics.
Harmonious Mercury manifests itself as prudence, quick reaction, ability to communicate, and good eloquence, disharmonious – as gossip, deception (strong), inability to communicate, express one’s thoughts, slow reaction, and disturbed thinking.
In the retrograde phase, the mind, analysis, and communication become paused, looking back, reviewing the past, and looking for the best solutions based on accumulated experience. Contacts may fail or communication may decrease in general, it is more difficult to understand and master new information. Trade, logistics, media, and social platforms may experience restrictions and pauses.
Mercury will be retrograde in 2023:
- January 1-18 (in Capricorn)
- April 21 – May 15 (in Taurus)
- August 23- September 15 (Virgo)
- December 13-31 (Capricorn, Sagittarius) D
Such a movement is favorable for generating ideas and creating and implementing plans, as well as for presentations, introductions, consultations, trade, negotiations, contracts, cooperation, and partnership.
Mercury will be direct in2023:
- January 18th- April 21st
- May 15th – August 23rd
- September 15th – December 13th
Mercury in houses
Mercury in houses encourages it to analyze and search for information and contacts related to that area.
In I house encourages reflection on oneself, one’s needs, possibilities, and self-realization.
In II house, thoughts are directed toward earnings and finances.
In III house promotes communication, connections, and the desire to learn new things.
In IV house activates communication with family, clarification of family relationships, or ideas on how to organize the house and real estate.
In V house encourages creative ideas, communication with children, and interest in their education, games, and trading.
In VI house directs thoughts towards work, responsibilities, raising qualifications, and activates work contacts.
In VII house, it promotes communication, contracts, negotiations, clarifying relations with a partner, and can give great ideas from partners.
In VIII house, it is favorable for business operations or can direct thoughts toward esoteric, mysterious phenomena.
The IX house encourages foreign trips, studies, and the desire to convey one’s knowledge to others, and provides interesting ideas, and contacts with foreigners.
In X house, the mind directs to a career, encourages strategic thinking, setting big goals, pursuing practical things, and applying one’s knowledge in practice.
In XI house expands the circle of friends, encourages you to make new friendships, communicate more, join teams, realize your dreams, and participate in various projects. In XII house, it directs thoughts to the inner world, can give interesting creative ideas, insights, and promotes intuition, but also introversion.
You can find the current positions of the planets here: