Apparent retrograde motion is an illusion caused by the speed and path of two moving bodies. When this happens, it can cause the slower moving object to look like it is moving backwards. A visual example of this can be found here, on one of NASA's webpages.
In 2023, from April 21 to May 14, August 23 to September 14, and December 13 to January 1, 2024, Mercury will be in retrograde. You can check this website to see if Mercury is currently in retrograde.
Supposedly, during this time, the retrograde can cause chaos as the planet has been historically associated with communication. So, what does this mean for you? Check out this website and these interpretations to help guide you through the 2023 Mercury in retrograde.
In April, Mercury will be in retrograde during the sign of Taurus. Taurus is a grounded sign associated with earth, stubbornness and consistency. This means Mercury may encourage miscommunication in your foundational relationships. Have patience and remain calm with your close loved ones and extend the same grace to yourself.
Retrograde is all the rage, but have you ever heard of Mercury retroshade? Retroshade is the slow down and speed up in the orbit of Mercury, which correlated to the buildup and slowdown of the effects of Mercury in retrograde. While no one knows what the effects of this phenomenon have yet, many continue to explore what it could mean.