A new year is approaching, which also means another year in which the planets can influence us (or we can blame our problems and obstacles on the planets, at least). In 2024, of course, we will once again encounter a Mercury retrograde—in fact, we are even starting the new year with one.

To make sure we are fully prepared for the time—and that we are not surprised by a Mercury Retrograde—we have collected all the dates for you here, and also explained the meaning for your zodiac sign.

When is Mercury retrograde in 2024?

First, a brief overview of the dates, so you can mark them in your calendar ASAP. As mentioned, we are starting the new year in retrograde. On December 13, 2023, Mercury started its retrograde, which lasts until New Year’s Day. The after-effects of Mercury Retrograde may still be felt for around two weeks in 2024—before we can finally start the new year with a fresh head. As in 2023, we will then encounter three phases of Mercury retrograde 2024.

  • April 1, 2024 to April 25, 2024
  • August 5, 2024 to August 28, 2024
  • November 25, 2024 to December 15, 2024

What happens during a Mercury retrograde?

To be clear: The planet Mercury does not actually move backwards in its orbit. From Earth, you can see an optical illusion that makes it look as if the small planet Mercury is actually moving backwards. As it is the fastest planet in our solar system—and is also particularly close to the Earth—this phenomenon occurs about three to four times a year, which we call “Mercury retrograde.”

What Mercury retrograde 2024 means for your zodiac sign

Mercury is the planet that stands for communication and technology in astrology. So when Mercury turns retrograde, these areas are most often affected by problems, mishaps, or misunderstandings. Time and again, things happen that you either have no control over at first glance or that you have not assessed correctly. It also depends on which zodiac sign the planet is currently in—that’s why we’ve broken it down for you here and explained the meaning for your zodiac sign.

Mercury retrograde from April 1, 2024 to April 25, 2024 in Aries

When Mercury retrograde moves through the impulsive fire sign Aries, you need to be prepared to see your frustration level exhausted. The impetuous Aries always wants to move forward but feels thwarted by the retrograde energy of the minor planet. During this time, you should definitely watch what you say, and even more so how you say it.

The slightest difference in your tone can lead to a big misunderstanding or even an argument. Try to keep the impulsive power of Aries down a bit and maybe think once or twice about your impulse.

Mercury retrograde from August 5, 2024 to August 28, 2024 in Virgo and Leo

When Mercury retrograde moves through the constellation of Virgo, something usually goes wrong at work. Methods and routines that have always worked simply won’t work. During this time, be sure to double-check your finished work before you hand it in.

Mercury retrograde from November 25, 2024 to December 15, 2024 in Sagittarius

The adventurous zodiac sign Sagittarius is slowed down quite a bit by a retrograde Mercury. It’s best not to travel during this time, as things can go really wrong along the way. Lost luggage or broken-down trains are not uncommon.

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