Mercury Enters Capricorn 2023: Horoscopes for Your Zodiac Sign

Written by August Croft
Published: November 28, 2023
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Given that this planet will soon station retrograde, what can you expect when Mercury enters Capricorn in 2023? When does the talkative and active planet of communication enter this constellation and what does it mean for your end-of-year plans? Mercury’s transit into Capricorn this month will affect every sign of the zodiac in different, crucial ways!

Today, we’ll discuss what it means for Mercury to enter Capricorn in 2023 as well as when this transit will occur. Plus, we’ll give you a detailed horoscope for every sign of the zodiac. Not only will it help you understand how your communication might be affected by this transit, but it will also help you prepare for when Mercury goes retrograde in Capricorn later in the month. Let’s get started!

Mercury Enters Capricorn on December 1st, 2023

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The zodiac signs may feel more pragmatic when Mercury enters Capricorn in December.

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On December 1st, 2023 at approximately 9:30 am EST, Mercury enters the commanding and pragmatic sign of Capricorn. It will remain in Capricorn until 2024 but will station retrograde around December 13th. 

After spending the past 20-25 days in blunt, spontaneous Sagittarius, Mercury will gain a dedicated, focused energy as it enters Capricorn. The fastest planet in our solar system, Mercury is certainly one to pay attention to if you’re new to observing the astrological transits of our world.

Mercury rules how we express ourselves, particularly in both written and spoken words. There is a swiftness to Mercury that may struggle to align with Capricorn’s measured, structured way of living. This may be a potent transit to consider, especially as Mercury exits mutable, fast-paced Sagittarius!

But just how significant is this transit, especially for your zodiac sign? Let’s discuss how Mercury adopts the seriousness of Capricorn as well as anything else you should know about this planet (particularly when it goes into its dreaded retrograde!). 

The Significance of Mercury Entering Capricorn

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When Mercury enters Capricorn, language and expression take on more purpose.

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The transition from Mercury in Sagittarius to Mercury in Capricorn, particularly during this bustling time of year, feels differently for every zodiac sign. Whereas Mercury adopts a philosophical, forthright energy when found in Sagittarius, the planet of communication will no doubt feel more methodical and sober when it enters Capricorn.

Capricorns are known for their work ethics, dedication, and ability to plan, thanks to their ruling planet, Saturn. This cardinal earth sign makes an inspiring leader with little effort, a quality Mercury may adopt during this transit. While Mercury may have us feeling powerful and self-assured for the first half of December 2023, it’s important to pay attention to this planet’s impending retrograde on the 13th.

Retrogrades are important for self-reflection and patience, things that often make sense to the sign of Capricorn. This Mercury transit will ask all of us to consider our present circumstances as well as what we can utilize from our pasts in order to build a successful, purposeful future! 

Mercury Enters Capricorn 2023: Horoscopes for Your Zodiac Sign

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Mercury entering Capricorn in 2023 will change how each sign of the zodiac communicates.


Even if you’re not feeling ready for Mercury to station retrograde, there’s a great deal of Capricorn energy you can utilize beforehand. Read your sun sign’s horoscope for this upcoming transit as Mercury enters Capricorn this 2023!

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

Riding the high of Sagittarius season, Mercury entering Capricorn may leave you feeling stagnant in your communication, Aries. Your independence and ambition shouldn’t be ignored, even if Capricorn’s sobering energy feels too structured for your tastes. Embrace the specificity and focus of this transit. Use your words to reach your goals in methodical, energetic ways!

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

Your patient, nurturing side may enter into your daily communications with this transit, Taurus. You know how to care for others in many practical ways, though Mercury entering Capricorn will help you communicate with the utmost compassion. Notice how easily words come to you during this time. Use those words to shape lasting, dedicated connections this month!

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

You’re ruled by Mercury, Gemini, but this transit may have you feeling as if everything you say matters too much. Don’t give into your insecurities during this transit, particularly when Mercury goes retrograde. You have so many wonderful, valuable things to say, things that feel imbued with Capricorn maturity now. The right people will hear you and value your insight!

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)

Capricorn’s devoted instincts may help you feel at home in your conversations this month, Cancer. The notions of tradition and effort will ring true to you as well. By communicating effectively and stating your hard work, you may find appreciation and collaboration where you least expect it. This Mercury transit is all about what you can build with your heart and words!

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

This transit will have you feeling ambitious, Leo. Your ambition always shines through and Capricorn’s tenacious energy will only enhance this. How can you use your words to your advantage during this Mercury transit? Think and communicate with the future in mind. Now is about measured, long-term steps, not creative, short-term fixes! 

Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)

As a fellow earth sign, Capricorn energy aligns well with you, Virgo. You’re also Mercury-ruled, making this transit an energetic time full of possibilities. Utilize your capacity for collaboration during this transit. You know how to make dedicated efforts toward your long-term goals. Others may need your insight, words, and careful instincts now more than ever before!

Libra (September 23rd – October 22nd)

You have the capacity to inspire others during this transit, Libra. Capricorn shares your cardinal energy, which is why you may be feeling more empowered in your self-expression when Mercury enters this pragmatic zodiac sign. Concentrate your efforts on speaking with heart and purpose. Don’t second-guess your words this month– your uncensored voice is needed!

Scorpio (October 23rd – November 21st)

Your ambitious nature often rivals Capricorn, Scorpio. Very few people see the daily efforts you put into making your life a success, which is how you prefer it. But Mercury entering Capricorn may ask you to prove your efforts, state your case. Don’t misunderstand this transit as a difficult one. By verbalizing your interiority, you may feel even more motivated to reach your goals!

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

As Mercury leaves your sign, Sagittarius, reflect on the words that truly matter to you. Capricorn energy is incredibly focused, an energy that may have you contemplating your future. Don’t give into the spontaneous, changeable energies you’re so accustomed to. This transit will ask you what it means to dedicate yourself, particularly in regard to your interpersonal conversations!

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)

You can’t help but feel powerful during this transit, Capricorn, and for good reason. Mercury and the Sun team up to ensure you speak with grace, heart, and clarity. Opportunities abound for you during this time. But what opportunities afford you the most structure, the most stability, the most forward-thinking ideals? Don’t get distracted this month– silence can be powerful too!

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

While you don’t often adhere to Capricorn’s traditional nature, Aquarius, you will be asked to respect tradition during this time. Certain conversations may have you questioning whether speaking your mind is a good idea. Don’t retreat during this transit, even if your thoughts feel safer. Remember your social charm and ability to meld both tradition and innovation!

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)

The practical instincts of Capricorn will lend your subconscious substance, Pisces. As Mercury enters this structured earth sign, you may feel as if your words make your dreams a reality. Notice the heartfelt connections you form this month. How can you communicate your fantasies in concrete, forward-thinking ways? Help others see just how wonderful your dreams are!

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About the Author

August Croft is a writer at A-Z Animals where their primary focus is on astrology, symbolism, and gardening. August has been writing a variety of content for over 4 years and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater from Southern Oregon University, which they earned in 2014. They are currently working toward a professional certification in astrology and chart reading. A resident of Oregon, August enjoys playwriting, craft beer, and cooking seasonal recipes for their friends and high school sweetheart.

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