Mercury Retrograde Is Over (In Virgo): The One Thing Every Sign Can Do Now

Hallelujah! Mercury retrograde is over as of Friday, September 15, 2023, (at 4:21 PM Eastern). After spinning back through Virgo since August 23, we can all think clearly again.

Chronic miscommunication gives way to clarity on September 15 as messenger Mercury wakes up from its retrograde that began in Virgo on August 23. After a choppy three weeks, we’ll start to see eye-to-eye once again.

If you’ve been waiting for a clear signal to sign a contract or upgrade your devices, the smoke clears once Mercury retrograde is over. As the buzzy planet powers forward through Virgo—a sensible, savvy earth sign—until October 4, we can all bring some order back to our courts. Here’s what every sign should do first!

What to do when Mercury retrograde is over on September 15, 2023:

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

Ready, set, organize!

While Mercury’s been retrograde for the past three weeks, getting on the same page with other people—much less interpreting your OWN thoughts—has been an exercise in frustration. You may have found yourself stressing over the most trivial things. Staying on top of details was especially challenging since Mercury’s mayhem left you feeling scattered and muddled.

The cosmic messenger resumes direct (forward) motion on September 15, helping to clear up chaos. With your resistance down a quart, load up on immunity boosters like vitamins C and D, probiotics and as many dark leafy greens as you can eat. Read more Aries horoscopes

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Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Exit the soap opera!

For the past couple weeks (since August 23), Mercury has been retrograde in Virgo and your passionate fifth house. An ex may have resurfaced, vying for another chance. Or some past drama may have bubbled up again, complicating matters with a trail of misunderstandings. Are you exhausted yet?

On September 15, Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo. Mercury resumes direct (forward) motion in this sign until October 4. You can exit out of this soap opera, hopefully unscathed, and stop fanning the flames of all these heated emotions. It’s time to bring back the love…and the white-hot seduction too.  Read more Taurus horoscopes

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Make amends!

Ever since your cosmic caregiver, Mercury, turned retrograde on August 23, you’ve added some new “f-words” to the list, namely flirting and family. With the messenger planet backing up through your domestic quarters, not even a gushing apology could get things back on track.

But take heart, Twin. On September 15, the scandal, intrigue and infighting will end when Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo. The messenger planet returns to direct (forward) motion in this sign until October 4. Give fraught relationships a little more space, then in a week, take another crack at making amends. Read more Gemini horoscopes

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Branch out!

Say what? Communicator Mercury has spent the last three weeks backpedaling in retrograde motion, throwing your conversations, technology and travel plans into a tailspin. It’s been a trying time for everyone, but you of all people always take pains to express yourself with sensitivity—and even that failed to register. Sheesh! (On the upside, you may have reconnected with an old friend or healed a rift with a sibling.)

On September 15, Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo. Until October 4, Mercury powers forward again in Virgo, sweeping away the misunderstandings and breakdowns in your best-laid plans. While it’s been fun reuniting with old pals, it’s also safe to branch out again. Read more Cancer horoscopes

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Make a deal!

Cooperation and compromise…what’s that? With Mercury retrograde since August 23, agreeing on the smallest detail has been an exercise in frustration. Since the messenger planet has been backing up through your money house, budgets have been delayed. And you may have had to handle a few unexpected expenses to boot. Tension and miscommunications with clients and co-workers may also have flared during this tricky transit.

On September 15, Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo. As Mercury corrects course, clarity gets restored to your cash flow and conversations. Go forth and make that deal! A stalled job application or client negotiation will get in motion again, too. Mercury is direct in Virgo until October 4. Read more Leo horoscopes

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Ready, set, launch!

Could you repeat that please, Virgo? For the past three weeks, communication planet Mercury has been in a signal-jamming retrograde, making you feel downright misunderstood—especially since the winged messenger has been spinning backward through YOUR sign. Negotiations have stalled, and you’ve been unsure exactly where you stand with anyone.

Mercury retrograde is over on September 15. Your cosmic ruler corrects course, clearing up the chaos and helping you get your point across. No need to bite your tongue or retract every statement you make anymore. Talk about relief! You have the green light when the Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo to promote projects and get back into the public eye again. Read more Virgo horoscopes

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Move freely!

Life has resembled a hall of mirrors since Mercury turned retrograde in your surreal twelfth house on August 23. But you can stop chasing mirages starting September 15 when the Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo.

As the communication planet corrects course, the walls you’ve been bumping up against start looking more like open doors. It’s up to you whether or not to walk on through, but if you set intentions to explore freely, Libra, you’ll be amazed by what unfolds while Mercury moves direct in Virgo until October 4. Read more Libra horoscopes

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Put on your diplomat hat!

There’s no “I” in “team,” but odds are, there hasn’t been much else in it either for the last three weeks. With Mercury retrograde in your collaboration zone since August 23, interpersonal dynamics have been patchy at best while your inner world may have been turbulent.

Take heart, Scorpio. On September 15, Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo. As Mercury returns to direct (forward) motion, harmony is restored to your mind, heart and squad. First step: Put on your diplomat hat and increase the peace! Mercury moves direct in Virgo until October 4. Read more Scorpio horoscopes

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Get career goals back in gear!

Trying to get clear answers has been an exercise in futility ever since Mercury turned retrograde on August 23. A promising client may have ghosted; presentations that seemed like a go hit a string of yellow lights. But get ready to dive back into the action starting September 15 when the Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo! Crossed wires start clearing up as the messenger planet pivots back into direct motion in Virgo until October 4.

While it might take a moment to wrestle your goals back on track, don’t be deterred. Now that the communication planet has returned to forward motion, the pace picks up exponentially—and everyone’s ready to play ball. Read more Sagittarius horoscopes

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Discuss future plans!

Keeping the faith has been a challenge for you since August 23, when mental Mercury began its retrograde trek through your expansive ninth house. Plans that were green-lighted suddenly got delayed, and even your most diplomatic feedback seemed to hit people below the belt.

If you’ve lost sight of the big picture, your perspective returns September 15 when the Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo. As Mercury resumes direct (forward) motion, issues with travel and technology should begin to clear up (Mercury is direct in Virgo until October 4). Time to start discussing a fall getaway and shopping for that laptop or podcasting mic! Read more Capricorn horoscopes

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Look for concrete clues!

Sweet relief! Communication planet Mercury ends a three-week retrograde on September 15, clearing up relationship and technology breakdowns. This backspin’s been particularly intense since Mercury has been backstroking through Virgo, which rules your eighth house of intimacy, seduction and secrets.

If you feel like you’ve been chasing your tail for answers, your sleuthing efforts could begin yielding concrete clues. Issues of jealousy and distrust may clear up in the days ahead. If an ex came sniffing around, you’ll soon know whether they should stay or go! Read more Aquarius horoscopes

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Clear the air!

Two has not really been your magic number since August 23, thanks to Mercury’s retrograde spin through your relationship sectors. Communication may have been fraught with tension or misunderstandings. Signing contracts or getting any kind of commitment has also been impacted. Trying to seal a deal or get a straight answer could have felt like a (not so funny) comedy of errors, and maybe you had your own doubts or misgivings about an alliance.

On September 15 when Mercury retrograde is over in Virgo, you can put your closest ties back on solid ground. Sweet relief! Time to delete that disruptive ex’s number and start clearing the air with the people you want to keep around. Mercury moves direct in Virgo until October 4! Read more Pisces horoscopes

When is the next Mercury retrograde?

The next Mercury retrograde of 2023 begins December 13 in Capricorn and ends in Sagittarius on New Year’s Day 2024. Read about all of 2023’s Mercury retrogrades here.

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