On December 13, Mercury enters a retro phase in the sign of Capricorn, and will exit it on January 2 in Sagittarius. But the influence of the "slowing down" planet has been felt since November 25 and will continue until January 21 - this is the time of the Mercury retrograde loop, which significantly affects the course of all processes taking place on Earth, says astrologer Marina Skadi (Marina Sokolova).

Mercury is the planet that makes the fastest complete revolution around the Sun and never moves far from it. To do this, she has to go into the reverse phase 3-4 times a year, requiring a fair amount of patience and endurance from people at this time.

Usually, in astrology, the following topics are assigned to Mercury: trade, communication with other people, transport, travel, thinking, documents, education. It is the phases of this planet that influence how the events related to the life spheres that characterize Mercury will develop. Mercury retrograde stops them, causes various delays, delays, misunderstandings, breakdowns and failures.

Being in Capricorn from December 13 to 23, Mercury weeds out everything superfluous that interferes with normal intellectual performance. Immediately after the start of its new cycle on December 23, Mercury returns from Capricorn to the sign of Sagittarius, creating an atmosphere of outward joy but inner concern for one's state of mind.

The sign of Capricorn is comfortable for Mercury, promotes awareness of one's life perspective, main goals, ways and means to achieve them. Many of the ideas and topics that we were fascinated by in 2023, on the implementation of which we worked seriously, no longer arouse interest. There comes an understanding that a certain stage of life is over and it's time to move towards greater opportunities.

From December 23 to January 14, Mercury moves retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius, which is associated with expanding one's worldview, philosophy, higher education, foreign countries, learning foreign languages, and teaching. At this time, new knowledge is assimilated with difficulty, but the repetition of the material covered, adjustment is well given. This period is great for deep reflection on life, self-improvement, and correction of previously committed mistakes.

In Sagittarius, Mercury has the status of exile, conditionally weak. But, combined with the bright and positive energies of this zodiac sign, which the planet entered after the conjunction with the Sun on December 23 (that is, after the beginning of a new cycle), it creates favorable opportunities for expanding ties, active social activities, education, relationships with foreigners, creating a new business and organizing group projects

From December 23, stagnant cases can be moved from a fixed point, but it is important to approach this with all responsibility. It is important to focus, be vigilant and careful, or if you are already in the mood for the celebration of the New Year, then postpone all undertakings until January 3, 2024. During the period of Mercury retrograde, various kinds of deception are easily perceived, and scammers easily mislead gullible people. At this time, it is better to communicate only with those whom you have known for a long time and in no case get into new companies.

After completing the planetary retrograde loop on January 21, it will be easier to make your own ambitious plans a reality. Moreover, from this day on, Pluto will enter the sign of Aquarius, persistently reminding that new times have come.

From December 13 to December 23, 2023:

Taurus, Virgos and Capricorns born in the first decade of zodiac symbols can end the calendar year correctly, close sluggish affairs and create a good base for themselves that will help them integrate into the new reality at the beginning of 2024. It is very important to reconsider your relationship with money at this time. You will probably discover ways to expand your financial boundaries and increase your material opportunities. Actions become more thoughtful, there are fewer minor misses. However, the risk of serious mistakes is still not excluded, and the tendency to misunderstand things is also increasing.

It is very difficult for Aries, Libra and Capricorns born in the first decade of the zodiac signs to build relationships and solve issues that have accumulated by the end of the year. During this period, there is a hustle and bustle in the surrounding space. Suddenly, there are tasks that require an urgent solution, which provokes tension of emotions and nervousness. The information that comes in can confuse you, and dishonest people can take advantage of it. If all the planned tasks are implemented by December 13, the old cases are closed, then the period from December 13 to December 23, in general, will go relatively easily. The main thing is to watch what and to whom you say, because there is a high risk of saying too much, succumbing to feelings.

From December 24, 2023 to January 21, 2024:

Virgos, Gemini and Pisces born in the third decade of the zodiac signs at the end of 2023 – the first two decades of 2024 are full of emotions and unspoken resentments. Transiting Mercury in Sagittarius forms tense aspects to the Sun of the representatives of the zodiac signs listed above and brings up the most unpleasant old affairs, connections from the past and unresolved issues of personal and business relationships. In rapidly changing external circumstances, it is important not to miss the chance to use the situation to your advantage. If not you, then others will be able to do it, and you will only have to watch their transformations, which open the way to a happy life.

Aries, Leos, Sagittarius, born in the third decade of the zodiac signs, should act more boldly, voice their desires, and declare themselves. There is a great possibility that you will be heard, help in business, help with documents, if these topics are relevant. This is a good time for business trips and trips to those cities and countries that you have already visited. It's a good time for creative pursuits. Raise your popularity so that you can monetize it later! It is important to set your priorities correctly, direct your efforts to expand your horizons and opportunities. If there are "skeletons in the closet", you need to be prepared for the fact that previously unaccounted for circumstances and unrecognized mistakes of the past can become a serious obstacle to success.

All representatives of the zodiac signs, who have Mercury retrograde in their natal chart, feel a strong desire to get to the truth, find real, correct ways to achieve goals and solve painful problems. And a lot of people do, because the energies of this period are in tune with your natural potential.

Mercury retrograde days are perfect for looking at things with a critical eye and from a different angle. Anyone who hides information for some reason should be careful.