We’ve become pretty used to Mercury’s forward and backward dance through the skies. After all, this little planet does the tango roughly three times a year. We’ve come to expect the quirks as little shmoos rather than huge discords. However, the upcoming Mercury retrograde in Capricorn is accompanied by several other planetary predicaments, and you know what they say: forewarned is forearmed!
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First, let’s look at the retrograde, which will begin on December 19th and continue through into the new year until January 8th. However, you might start to feel the influence of this transit from the very first day of December, and it could last through to the 27th of January. This is because of the way Mercury travels through the skies, it backtracks. The retrograde starts when Mercury is in the middle of Capricorn and its orbit takes if back through to the tail end of Sagittarius.
Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini and Virgo, they’re the signs that will feel this retrograde energy the strongest. Although, Capricorns and Sagittarians aren’t going to have a particularly easy time of it. In mythology, Mercury was the messenger of the Gods. Consequently, this planet influences all things concerning communication, travel, and literature. Mercury also had the reputation of being a trickster. When this planet goes retrograde, things can quickly turn into disarray!
Mercury retrogrades aren’t a great time to start anything new. Rather, they’re a time for ‘10 Rs’- reflection, retrospection, review, rethink, remorse, recant, react, reconnect, reacquaint, and readjust. It’s also a time when you need to err on the side of caution. It’s not a period for making commitments and if you do have to engage in contracts and obligations during this time, be absolutely sure you aren’t acting on impulse. It would be wise to get a second opinion on any papers that you have to sign. Double check all meetings and travel plans, and never hesitate to ask someone to repeat details, or even put it in writing, to avoid confusion later on.
The retrograde phase gives you a chance to reflect on why you feel the way you do towards situations and people. With it being in Capricorn, it’s a great time for taking things a bit more seriously, even if it is the holiday season! Don’t get so bogged down with details that you fail to see the bigger picture. You could find yourself becoming impatient and single-minded about things during this transit. It may benefit you to wait until the end of January before committing yourself to anything important.
Even though the retrograde period is a time for slowing down,paying extra attention to details, and double-checking plans; it’s also a time for making progress when it comes to dealing with people who don’t always understand your point of view. You’ll be able to reflect on your communication style and review your ways of dealing with people. When Mercury goes direct, you’ve prepared and have the chance to improve your connections. It’s a time for approaching things with logic and reason - this will bring you insights about yourself as well as other people.
The end of December will also be a time for you to find ways to celebrate your own uniqueness. You may have a lot in common with others, but as Dr. Seuss said, “no one is you-er than you!” When the retrograde touches Sagittarius there’s a possibility that it will spark your individuality, maybe open up a different way of approaching a situation or celebrating yourself. There’s a real chance to learn and to grow, to become more gregarious and open to the ideas and opinions of others. Break out of your comfort zone a bit. Above all, try not to be so stubborn. Patience and understanding will go a long way, your relationships will thank you after the new year.
Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m just an old hippie at heart who has traveled the world to learn of its cultures. I’ve been published online and in print—which still rather surprises me, as this isn’t something I do, it’s just who I am! When I’m not writing or doing readings, I’m spending time in my garden or the art studio, or with my beloved dogs.