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Mercury goes backwards – it’s that time again…

Published: Saturday, August 19th August 2023

Mercury goes backwards this week, which tends to encourage a boo-hiss reaction from many people. Yes, it is frustrating to experience misunderstandings, miscommunication, travel delays and mishaps, failed technology, missing letters and parcels, etc.

But Mercury’s rewind always offers a time for review and planning. In the detail-oriented and meticulous sign of Virgo, something important to you can benefit from both during the coming weeks.


Until September 15, the planet of thinking, communicating, emails, texts, deliveries and commerce appears to move backwards. It does this three or four times every year for about three weeks.

It will do so for a final time this year on December 15, but that’s another story. (Warning: Mercury retrograde at Christmas will pose a load of problems, so get your shopping done or anything sent way before December 15!)

This time, Mercury moves backwards in Virgo. So, Virgos will be most affected. However, much will depend on whatever area Virgo represents in your horoscope chart.

Mercury is Virgo’s ruling planet, and Virgo rules all aspects of your daily life, including your job, health and routines. So, you may encounter delays, missed deadlines at work and communication issues. Health problems may also resurface, particularly those you thought had been resolved.

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The Sun‘s arrival in Virgo always marks the start of important new seasons. In the northern hemisphere, autumn and winter are coming. In the southern hemisphere, people have spring and summer to look forward to. What does Virgo represent in your personal horoscope chart? Find out for free here.

Virgo represents paying attention to details and giving structure to what needs it. So, until September 23, you can assess how prepared you are for coming events and where improvements or adjustments to plans may be needed. “Seeds” planted earlier in the year can finally be harvested.

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I wish you a successful and memorable week.

Until next week, take care, be safe and, above all, happy.

Best wishes