A Vaunted Goal: Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn

On Monday, December 19th 5:56 am Eastern/2:56 am Pacific Time, Mercury will begin a retrograde motion in the sign of Capricorn.  While it will spend the majority of its time in Capricorn, in its last two days will enter the sign of Sagittarius, where it will then go direct on January 8th 2017 4:43am EST/ 1:43 PST.  Its short occupation in Sagittarius may offer insights related to the early of the transit, it won’t be as significant as the Capricorn portion of it.

 Mercury, in Astrology, governs thought, communications, short term travel and concepts. It will be in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn, an outwardly directed sign, is concerned with personal ambition, rules, boundaries and limits.  At its best it can be highly ethical, self directed, disciplined and industrious. At the worst, it can be callous, selfish, materialistic and abrasive.

 Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn may present you with an old set of problems, issues and matters that need reviewing. It provides us an opportunity to repair, restore or remove some ambition or goal that one may have formerly had.   At this time, you might find yourself revisiting your most important commitments and designs and decide how well they have or are serving you. Reconsideration and re-evaluation are the best actions you can take at this time. The hardest part of this process is that any real changes will need to wait until the retrograde is over on January 8th. This may be difficult given the earth based, get it done nature of Capricorn’s, which will urge some kind direct action.

Because Retrogrades represent a greater emphasis upon your feelings over thoughts, you should explore its concerns from an intuitive, emotive perspective. Let your feelings inform on how you should proceed.

With Mercury’s reversal, devices for communication and thought may go haywire. Electronic devices (phones, TV’s computers, and electronics) might malfunction at this time. Retrogrades can delay or redirected plans, so a flexible, patient and humorous approach might prove helpful in the face of any setbacks.  Because of its effect on both spoken and written communication, watch for being inflexible, stubborn, obstinate or argumentative at this time. Such attitudes could backfire against you into the coming weeks.

There are activities that tend benefit from Retrogrades.  Artistic and creative projects that predate the transit are favored at this time.  Spiritual and metaphysical practices, which connect us with our inmost selves, also fare well during a retrograde. Embarking on short term travel or trips could be most constructive in light the transit. Try to keep it light hearted, spontaneous and fun.

Capricorn, you are urged to put aside that which holds no appeal and vitality for you.  As the Sun, Pluto and Mercury (all in Capricorn) may churn up many issues for you now and into early January, consider the notion that from worthy challenges come great rewards. Return to that which fires your ambition and refuels devotion.
Cancer, at this time you may have to leave your comfort zone and search out that which may serve you best into the coming year. Mercury may ask you to re-examine some important question you’ve overlooked or neglected so you can incorporate it into your life in a useful, fertile way.

Aries and Libra, you may need to review some past matter and rehabilitate it in service to your future.  Is there an ambition or effort you written off? Like a good detective, seek the clues to what might offer to someday be a source of pride and happiness.

Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn will ask you to review some past ambition(s) with an eye towards the future. With dedication and diligence, some vaunted, even distant ambition could prove well within reach.

Aeion is an professional astrologer and tarot card reader with 23+ years of experience. His approach is based in the belief that divination should be in employed to enhance ones' life experiences, not to predetermine them. Let Astrology and Tarot be your tools for better living.