Mercury, planet of communication and commerce, is retrograde in Aries from April 21st to May 15th, in its longest and slowest retrograde period of 2023.

The contrast of Mercury’s slow motion against the drive of impulsive Aries highlights a basic tension in this transit, where you are in a hurry to find answers but also need to get your facts straight.

Mercury goes retrograde less than 48 hours after a Solar Eclipse and almost simultaneously with Jupiter also entering Aries, and may reflect the impact of an academic program or sudden flow of new information. This is either a positive mental progression, or a situation where you have to play catch-up in a competitive field.

Jupiter’s influence gives you a broader outlook and perhaps the effect of a form of teaching, travel or other real-world learning experience. Mercury begins in Aries-Bharani, a nakshatra bound up with giving birth, in the sense of hatching an idea, or style of thought and speech.

Its Shakti of the Power to Carry Things Away, shows a spiritual journey or else you take an idea in a different direction and get temporarily ‘carried away’. Take it easy with any big decision, as this retrograde phase has a way of throwing up a detail whose importance only becomes clear after the fact.

An offer which comes around a second time may have a fated quality, but it’s still best to shop around, and this time window sees you becoming knowledgeable about pricing and also the fine details of delivery.

By May 8th, Mercury reverses into Ashwini, where if anything your thinking becomes even more urgent and subject to a deadline.

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