Mercury is currently in Capricorn located at 03 Cap 33' 08"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mercury is currently Sextile Saturn

   Ends on Tuesday, 05 December, 2023

Mercury is Trine Jupiter

   Starts on Tuesday, 05 December, 2023
   Peaks on Friday, 08 December, 2023, orb 1° 9' 45"

Mercury is Sextile Venus

   Starts on Friday, 08 December, 2023

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
mercury2023-12-13 07:10:00 UTC2024-01-02 03:08:00 UTCCapricorn
mercury2024-04-01 22:15:00 UTC2024-04-25 12:55:00 UTCAries
mercury2024-08-05 04:57:00 UTC2024-08-28 21:14:00 UTCVirgo
mercury2024-11-26 02:43:00 UTC2024-12-15 20:57:00 UTCSagittarius
mercury2025-03-15 06:47:00 UTC2025-04-07 11:08:00 UTCAries
mercury2025-07-18 04:45:00 UTC2025-08-11 07:30:00 UTCLeo
mercury2025-11-09 19:02:00 UTC2025-11-29 17:39:00 UTCSagittarius

Even people who aren’t even remotely familiar with astrology have heard of this one.  Mercury is also Hermes, considered the emissary of the Gods but also, something of a trickster. Ruling Virgo and Gemini, this planetary influence usually denotes something of an adaptable nature but also, a very curious, very chatty sort of feel.

Mercury is also a quick little booger. Because this is one of the inner planets, it moves around the sun much more quickly than other planets - which is, incidentally, why you’ll hear about Mercury's retrograde cycles much more frequently. They happen more frequently! (But wait, there’s more!) The best way to think about what Mercury does in astrology is that it rules your mind and your mouth but also, the way you move: communication, technology, travel, speech and thinking - and everything that ties in there.

The Retrograde

Mercury retrograde is a well known, regular cycle that happens three to four times every year and it lasts around 24 days. You’d think the frequency would kind of hint that maybe the things that occur during it can be prevented with a little foresight - and yet, though most people associate technological breakdowns and communications issues with this cycle, the truth is this is also one of those times an ex might pop up either in your thoughts or in reality. You know that’s a bad idea even without astrological influence, but there you have it. Instead of reaching out, just write this one off to Mercury Retrograde and you’ll be good to go!

This particular retrograde cycle has been known about for a long time. Between the mid-18th and early 19th centuries, the only people who really cared a whole lot about Mercury in Retrograde were farmers. This is because it was usually associated more frequently with heavy rains and bad things happening in that respect, but not very much. If you really want somebody to blame for the rise in this particular scapegoat: blame Baltimore. I blame Baltimore for a lot of things but it was really their horoscopes where you begin to see the big thrust of this as the reason everyone’s life goes to shit or they’re more or less having a time of it. It was April of 1979 when the Baltimore Sun let everyone know, “Hey, this is why this crap keeps happening!” and it just took off from there. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, of course, if you look at the developing technologies and their use gaining popularity - it would make sense that, well, here you have a ready made gremlin that impacts all those things. There are also quite a few people who blame Taylor Swift for this bigger recent uptick in it in terms of pop culture because well, Tay Tay did an interview where she talked about it. With that, hundreds of thousands of teen girls suddenly had a great intangible boogieman beyond their control to blame their bullshit on three or four times a year. It might kind-of explain those breakup songs, if you ask me, but, well, there you go.

Regardless, it’s become so popular, I am not sure I really need to tell you - but if you wanted to really milk it for all its worth, basically don’t do anything that requires communicating, sealing the deal, travel or otherwise during this cycle. I’m sure that’s going to be acceptable when you call into work. Or, you could take the more rational approach and recognize that if you do notice a lot of things really wonking up, maybe those things could stand being corrected inasmuch as you can from your end of things. Is it happening that often because of the speed in which Mercury moves around the Sun or, is it more like problems that go unresolved tend to pop up again and again?

I don’t know. It’s all a mystery of the cosmos!

Planetary Positions

04.12.2023 at 19:50:37 UTC

chart wheel
The Sun12 Sag 23' 26"
The Moon07 Vir 53' 47"
Mercury03 Cap 33' 08"
Venus00 Sco 02' 56"
Mars07 Sag 26' 39"
Jupiter06 Tau 45' 14" R
Saturn01 Pis 18' 51"
Uranus20 Tau 12' 50" R
Neptune24 Pis 53' 21" R
Pluto28 Cap 35' 40"

Solar Status

BZ Status:9
Proton Density:14.07
Proton Speed:565.6 k/sec
KP Status:2.33
TypeDec 4Dec 5Dec 6
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity was low. The largest flare of the period was a C8.1 at 04/0126 UTC from new Region 3511 (S23E18, Dao/beta). Leader and trailer spot growth was observed in this region. Weak C-class activity was also observed from Regions 3500 (S18W78, Ekc/beta-gamma), 3507 (N10E07, Cso/beta) and 3510 (S15E17, Dao/beta). Weak spots developed to the south of Region 3507s large penumbra. Leader and trailer spot growth was observed in Region 3510. Little change was observed in the other spotted regions. New Region 3512 (S09E65, Hax/alpha) was numbered this period. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.
Solar Wind
Solar wind speed increased from approximately 400 km/s to 550 km/s, likely the beginning of a negative polarity CH HSS. Total field ranged from about 3-11 nT while the Bz component was between +7/-8 nT. Phi angle was in a predominately negative orientation.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was at normal to moderate levels, while the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background levels.