Mercury, the messenger and trickster, moves into Sagittarius today at 9:17am EST. Mercury is moving out of Capricorn, where achievements and business matters take place, and back into Sagittarius where communication tends to focus on and analyze the bigger picture, often in a brusque and in-your-face type of way. This is because Sagittarius feels passionate about justice and the wisdom that comes from experience, but Mercury is in detriment in this sign, so even though words may come from a place of truth, they can be cutting and ultimately a liability.
Mercury has been in retrograde (Rx) since December 19, 2016. Its status as retrograde is due to cosmic movement in which Mercury appears to move backward through the constellations from our view on Earth. This is partially due to the fact that Mercury has a much shorter orbit around the Sun (88 days vs. 365 days) and partially due to the Earth’s position at a ~23.5° angle on the ecliptic. Mercury retrograde often calls us to reevaluate how we’re communicating, both to ourselves and with others. Communications during these periods may be slow, misconstrued, or redundant. Technology falters, plans don’t pan out, and lots of times people or things from our past resurface. Mercury retrograde in Capricorn may have had us reaching out to old business contacts or reevaluating where we’re putting our energy with regard to work and career. Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius is now asking us to reconsider our morals and values and challenges us to seek higher thought and full truth before speaking out. There may be an instinct to learn something new or even go back to school at this time. Travel during Mercury retrograde should be carefully planned. Sagittarius is always on the move, but Mercury also rules transit and will want to pull back or retreat while retrograde, which has the potential to create delays.
Since Mercury goes retrograde approximately three times per year, the cosmos give us ample opportunity to reflect, reconsider, and reevaluate. Mercury is a fast moving planet and one that dominates important day-to-day actions like communication, messages, commerce, transit, and jokes, amongst other things. It went retrograde on December 19, 2016 and is scheduled to go direct on Saturday, January 8th at 4:43am EST. Be aware, however, that there is a retrograde shadow that can last approximately two weeks after Mercury goes direct as it completely clears its retrograde path.
Mercury entering Sagittarius will square the Moon in Pisces at 11:17am EST today. This may result in a juxtaposition of seeking comfort through dreams, visualization, and fantasy with having to speak and communicate from a rational and logical standpoint. The moon will be approaching Mercury in retrograde after an exact square, urging us to bring our dreams into concrete thoughts and spoken words, which in turn aids in the co-creation of our lives. Each thought we have has energetic power, but we must bring it into existence. This energy combination is challenging due to the square aspect and requires us to blend the characteristics of opposite elements: fire and water, which may be uncomfortable or even seem unfair at times. Know that this energy pattern exists today so that if it manifests in your life, you can act unbiasedly and from a place of your greatest energetic potential.
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