As of 8 AM ET, that zippy, full of energy planet we all know and love, for seemingly wreaking havoc, went retrograde as if to say, "Fuck your New Year!" But let's take a look at what's happening in the world and maybe, I can help you make the best of spitfire Mercury.
Firstly, before even looking at the transits, fair warning for retrograde Mercury dictates the following:
- Do Not Buy. Well, don't buy anything that has electronic components and refrain from making large purchases.
- Do Not Sign. Negotiate, but do not sign contracts, as they will be imperfect and flawed.
- Do Not Trade. The Market is usually awful at this time. People get ripped off, scammed, conned. Caveat emptor.
- Mail is Delayed. If you have an important deadline, plan well in advance. Be patient if you are the recipient.
- Travel is Delayed. Traffic is a mess, flights are delayed. Plan ahead. Pack your bags the night before.
If just looking at Mercury (the little glyph that looks like a stick figure wearing a half-moon hat), it is making some short-lived angles to Venus and Mars, with slower Jupiter in tow. Lasting until the 10th, is a square to Mars. It is imperative that thinking come before action. With Mercury falling back to Capricorn and Mars sitting in Scorpio, in the next few days, we might find ourselves involved in some nasty altercations, if we are unable to curb the actions our brains want us to take. This aspect will be highlighted in society by battles for control of power- this could mean anything from parent/child relationships, to opposing countries... little pissing matches that can get very ugly.
Mercury's sextile to Venus in Sagittarius and its trine to Jupiter in Virgo mean that people will have sharp tongues, especially in the name of perceived "truth". Unlike Venus in Libra which tends toward diplomacy, Venus in Sag cuts through the quick with honesty. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, Mercury's opposite. Virgo is also Mercury-ruled. So, if you are one of the people who is going to use this energy to push thoughts or ideas in the name of indignant "truth" (which is really another term for Ego), be cautious not to gloss over details, as the universe, and society-at-large, also feels this push as equally as you and it will not take kindly to the manipulation of honesty at this time; and on the flip side, it will reward those who are truly working toward reasonable truth... so Big Mouth, Beware!
I'll update tomorrow and will add information for the next coming days, because soon, the Sun, Mercury(R), Pluto, and the Moon will all be in Capricorn, and an added semi-square with Venus and Saturn in Sagittarius will enable further discussions as people push for unwavering truth.
Overall, I'll say that the Sun in Capricorn trine to Jupiter in Virgo gives people the greatest ability to really weed out the bullshit. If you have been treated poorly and unjustly, now is the time to plan and meditate on how to speak out, and might be a great time to act if other aspects of your chart are favorable. If you must act, stop and think, first. If you're a Gemini, get one of those adult coloring books that are all the rage and a whole bunch of pencils, markers, and crayons to sit with until this all blows over- try to remain argument free, because it won't fare well for you in the end. For Virgo, I generally say the same thing, but with Jupiter in Virgo and with its trine to Pluto, go for it, Virgo, and expect unexpected positive gain.