Astrology of Now: A Very Important Retrograde — Take It Personally
Mercury turns Rx on December 19 at 15° Capricorn.
Meets the Sun on December 28 at 7° Capricorn.
Turns direct on January 8 at 28° Sagittarius.
Returns to 15° Capricorn on January 27.
Squares Uranus on February 1.
Leaves Capricorn on February 7.
Please take a look at the previous post on this Mercury Retrograde, considering the idea of climbing the mountain — and meeting the Lord of the Mountain. Then ask yourself these questions.
What effect — if any — has Pluto’s transit through Capricorn had on me so far?
Pluto entered Capricorn in January 2008.
Pluto is a transforming energy, sometimes destructive, sometimes empowering — often both.
Briefly by Sun or ASC Sign this is where to look for starters. This is where Pluto has been at work for those years and where Mercury should be helping you to clarify your thoughts this month. These are just the broadest pointers which may trigger an idea for you. Imagine, if you can, what Pluto, the Lord of the Mountain, might look like for you — what might be revealed by Mercury Rx and what might have been hidden.
Aries — career
Taurus — wisdom and learning
Gemini — fears and desires
Cancer — partnerships (or lack thereof!)
Leo — health and how you organise your life
Virgo — pleasure and creation
Libra — home and family
Scorpio — communications, teaching or siblings
Sagittarius — money
Capricorn — your self, your body, your outlook
Aquarius — your spiritual wellbeing
Pisces — your network, your politics
What’s Mercury doing in my own natal chart?
So if Mercury’s retrograde for you anyway, this inward, backward, contemplative energy should work well for you. If your Mercury is an earth sign — Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn — you should also feel comfortable with this retrograde.
Do I have any important planets or points (Sun, Moon, ASC, Mercury) between 0° and 15° Capricorn, Libra, Cancer or Aries?
If this is the case, this retrograde is bound to affect you, particularly if you have a planet at 15°/16°.
If your Sun or ASC is in Aries, you ought to be looking at your career and your place in the world. In Cancer, you’re looking at your partnerships. In Libra, at your family (or your home); and in Capricorn at your physical self or how you view the world or are viewed. Take a look at how your life (in these areas) has evolved between 2008 and now.
Do I have an important point (Sun, Moon, ASC, Mercury) at 28°/29° Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo?
This is where Mercury will station direct in January — and you may experience a release of tension from here.
Do I have any important planets or points (Sun, Moon, ASC) between 0° and 15° Taurus or Virgo?
This Rx is more beneficial for you than almost anyone else. Rework creative projects, study deeply, reapply for that fellowship, or re-edit that manuscript. This is quite a rich retrograde during which you can make substantial reforms.
Do I have anything at all at 15°?
If you have planets or points at 15° of any sign, you may be feeling the dark energy of Pluto boring into it anyway. This will be accentuated by this Mercury Rx. The energy can be annihilating, transforming, or empowering, depending on your circumstances and your natal chart.
What is Pluto doing in your natal chart?
Is he a supporter, a challenger or a hidden obstacle?
Things to keep in mind
- Take practical action
- It’s a time to redo, rethink, rework a part of your life; to reconnect with powerful or important people
- This may be about power or money, status or hierarchy, ambition or graft
- Corrupt communications could be part of this. Check your personal cybersecurity
- This Rx may be a chance to rethink and freshly understand what happened over the last eight years