Mars and Mercury Retrograde in January 2023

We begin 2023 with both Mars and Mercury in retrograde cycles. Mars has been retrograde since October 30 and continues through January 12th. This is the best time to write your plan for the next two years. It hasn’t been the time to begin new projects or initiatives because complete details and information haven’t been in place. You might find yourself considering various possibilities and options. Be OK with this. You’ll be in a stronger position to know what you want later in January and in early February.


Simultaneously, Mercury Retrograde began December 29th and continues through January 18th, 2023. This will pass quickly. Remember to cut your schedule inn half and allow extra time between appointments. Things are likely to take longer than expected. Be OK with this. Practice patience. Allow your space and time to fill with possibilities … this is a great time for personal exploration. Consider what makes your heart sing and how can you incorporate more of that into your life during 2023?


Pay attention to communications and travels. There could be mix-ups or misunderstandings. Allow them to pass without adding to the confusion or chaos. Go with the flow.


Also remember to wait until January 20th or later to purchase electronic items or to buy a new car. Wait to sign contracts too. January 23rd or later, after the next new moon, would be a much better time.


Use this Mercury Retrograde cycle to:


  • Recover and restore your energy after the holidays
  • Retreat and replenish your spirit
  • Read and study … dig into a new book or catch up with a favorite topic


  • Prepare a personal plan for the year ahead
  • Thin out excess, clear clutter
  • Get more sleep


  • Organize your home, office, or personal space
  • Catch up with family and friends that you may have missed during the holidays
  • Spend time outdoors … revitalize yourself.


Wait to:

  • Make big electronic purchases
  • Sign contracts
  • Start significant new projects.


Slow down and enjoy the next few weeks. Then prepare to move ahead and begin new initiatives January 23rd or later … this allows a few extra days for the new moon. To emerge and for Mercury to begin moving forward again.