Mercury went retrograde on Friday in the morning at Capricorn at 16 degrees  and starts retrograding away from Saturn at 18 degrees all the way back to 0 Capricorn on Feb. 3rd.     It is afflicted transit as it is conjunct Saturn and then will be moving toward conjunction with the Sun on Jan. 23rd.  The rule is that Retrograde Mercury is not a problem or considered combust by the Sun.

Everyone cringes at the thought of Mercury retrograde but it is not bad for everyone and gets a lot of bad press. You all know about Mercury retrograde so I wanted to share some new things. First of all, if you were born with Mercury retrograde, you are more right-brain orientated and have more spatial orientation and recognize patterns and are not logical. It will be interesting to observe if you need to be more intuitive during Mercury retrograde rather than logical during the transit and rely more on your intuition during the transit.

Secondary, Mercury retrograde is not bad for every rising sign. It is most difficult for the rising signs of Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Sagittarius due to house ownership involving the 6, 8, 12, and even the 7th house ruler. It actually makes Virgos and Geminis stronger in their physical body but maybe more inward. With the retrograde movement in the sign of Capricorn, Gemini’s have a more difficult 8th house transit and Virgos have a 5th house transit.

This winter’s  Mercury Retrograde is happening in Capricorn and it spends a lot of auspicious time in the constellation of Abhijit  (Capricorn 6.40-11.13.20) which is ruled by Lord Brahma and tends to bring victory and it stays there Jan 22-25th.

Mercury/Saturn associations are complex.    At  best it can create a focused mind and good technical orientation and attention to detail.  When it’s more afflicted it loses sight of the big picture, is compulsive, stubborn, distracted and sometimes depressed and slow to learn and recall.  Lately my own experience suggests the Saturn/Mercury association is more of the latter. This may be because Mercury in Shravna Nakshatra (Capricorn 10-23.20) creates an association with the moon and Mercury/Moon connections always create mental confusion.

Mercury transits from the rising sign or the moon are considered good when they are 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10th or 11 houses from the moon or rising sign. Hence if your rising sign or moon is  Sagittarius, Pisces, Taurus, Gemini, Leo or Libra,   it is considered a good transit depending on what natal planets you have in Capricorn  and what your rising sign is. This is not the most difficult Mercury retrograde since even when Mercury is retrograding into the Sun, it tends not to be impacted that much unless within 1-2 degrees around  Jan. 23-24th.

So like always, back up your computers early, get your letters and marketing and business dealings done early today, be redundant about communications, and do not assume that your emails and phone messages and texts will get picked up. Most of all, be patient as Mercury is like the Greek god of Hermes and he wants you to laugh when these things do not go right. He is the trickster, so smile, accept, and be patient, and know it will be over by June 22nd. For some, those 22 days will seem like forever –so smile!!

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