As we start a new year, we don’t just focus on the new things we want to get started in our lives. It’s also a time to focus on the stuff we need to let go of, move on from, and say goodbye to. This is governed by the 12th house, which is the house of endings.
If you want it to go smoothly, you usually want to see positive aspects (sextiles and trines) by transit (moving) Jupiter, Saturn, or Pluto to your 12th house cusp, ruler, or Neptune (the natural ruler of the 12th house). This will help you say goodbye and move on without too much nastiness. If it’s something that will be quick, you can use a Uranus aspect, and even conjunctions, square, and oppositions by Uranus can be positive, especially if it’s a big change where you’ve been stuck and need a giant push to do. Pluto conjunctions, squares, and oppositions can also be used that way.
Transit Neptune aspects can be good for saying goodbye depending on the planet or house being aspected and what they rule. If it’s a love relationship, it can be aspects to Venus, the 5th house (of love), or the 7th house (of relationships). If it’s with your work or career, it can be aspects to Mercury or the 6th house (of work), or Saturn or the 10th house (of career).
It can also be helpful to see the planet that rules whatever it is you’re letting go of transiting the 12th house (so if it’s a love relationship, transit Venus in the 12th house; if it’s with your work life, transit Mercury in the 12th house, etc.). If you don’t have that, you can use the transit planet of the natal planet that rules the house that rules the matter in your natal chart (so if your 7th house is in Sagittarius, Jupiter is the ruler - transit Jupiter in the 12th house can be good for endings in a relationship).
Transit Saturn in the 12th house or conjunct, square, or opposite the 12th house cusp or ruler can make it harder for you to say goodbye, because you usually have hoops to jump through or extra stuff that needs to be addressed. BUT it can also become super important for you to say goodbye with Saturn, because he may not stop tormenting you until you do if this is truly the right thing for you to be doing. Saturn always wants you to do the right thing, but he also wants to make sure you do it the right way.
Transit Mars in the 12th house can be an excellent time for goodbyes and a lot of letting gos, and often is a time where you absolutely want and need to. You can be driven to clean out your life and let go of anything that’s been holding you back. It can be best when you also have a positive transit aspect to the 12th house cusp, ruler, or natal Neptune or transit Neptune aspect at the same time that transit Mars is in the 12th house.
Mars is the planet of energy and drive, so this is the planet that can motivate you. How you’re motivated and what you’re motivated to do usually depends on the house that transit (moving) Mars is located. Mars travels through the entire Zodiac in about 2 years, so he goes through all 12 of your houses over the course of about 2 years, and spends about 2 months or so in each house, bringing energy and drive to the areas of life ruled by that house. During that time, you can be motivated to make things happen.
This is from the Transit Mars page on the website (one of the many learning pages!):
Transit Mars in the 1st House
When transit Mars is in your 1st house, you feel more energetic than you have in some time, and it’s usually the most energetic period you have in about two years. You have more drive to do things, and are enthusiastic about new beginnings. This is a good time to start anything new, although you may have the tendency to start something and then move on to start something else quickly afterwards. Make sure you have physical outlets for the abundance of energy so you don’t get restless and agitated. You’re more impulsive, argumentative, and competitive. You can also be accident-prone during this transit, and get cuts, scrapes, or breaks. If you’re prone to getting headaches, you may get more of them now.
Transit Mars in the 2nd House
When transit Mars is in your 2nd house, you’re driven to have more security in your life. You want to be financially sound, and can work harder at making more money. You may take on a second job, start a side gig, or pursue some sort of money-making venture. The more money you have, the more secure you feel. Conversely, you can also spend more money during this time, not paying attention to how much you’re spending and blowing through money quickly. You may strongly defend your beliefs, identifying with them more. This can be a good time to evaluate your values and make sure they fit with your life now. You want more stability, and are less likely to take any big risks. You keep your nose to the grindstone, working on things you’ve already begun.
Transit Mars in the 3rd House
When transit Mars is in your 3rd house, you’re driven to communicate openly. There’s a lot that you have to say, and you’re going to say it. Any conversations that need to be had, you try to have now. Your mind is much more active, and this can be good for mental projects and intellectual pursuits. You need to stay busy though, otherwise the mental activity will lead to anxiousness. Keep your mind occupied. You can find yourself in a car or bus or train more than usual, traveling short distances. Your schedule is packed, and you’re more social and engaging with others. You’re a little more scatterbrained, and take on many different projects that could be hard to keep track of. You could become active in your neighborhood or community, deal with young people, or start learning something new. If you’re prone to headaches/migraines, you could have more now.
Transit Mars in the 4th House
When transit Mars is in your 4th house, you’re driven to be more comfortable and crave familiarity. You don’t care much for trying new things now, preferring to stick to what you know and have done before. You’re less social and want to spend more time at home or with your family. You can defend your family, but also argue with them more. Your family may require more attention from you for some reason. You can work on your home at this time, or try to buy, sell, or move. If transit Uranus is also in the 4th house, it can happen unexpectedly or suddenly. You can also be more subjective, having a harder time seeing things outside of your own perspective, and are less open to other people.
Transit Mars in the 5th House
When transit Mars is in your 5th house, you’re driven to express yourself. Your creativity surges, and you can take a creative approach to matters and projects. This is a good time to pursue a creative endeavor. You have more energy for fun instead of work, and have a hard time focusing on your duties and responsibilities. Try to take as much time off as you can or give yourself plenty of spare time to do whatever pleases you. Your inner child can come out a little, and you can pick up a new hobby. This is also a good time for love and romance, and you have more energy for both of those things. You’re more flirty, and if single, could have the chance to date many people or meet new suitors. If attached, you can reignite the flame and inject more passion into the relationship.
Transit Mars in the 6th House
When transit Mars is in your 6th house, you’re driven to work. There’s a lot to do and you’re completely focused on getting every little task done. You tackle the basics first, the things that absolutely need to get done before you can do anything else, and your responsibilities. You can take on more projects and duties, and be busier during this time. You may appear scattered, but you want to be busy, otherwise the idle energy will turn into anxiousness. You could have some issues at work with your coworkers, getting into arguments with them, or have a workplace injury. This can be a great time to look for a new job. You also have more energy to tackle health issues, and can become driven to improve your lifestyle.
Transit Mars in the 7th House
When transit Mars is in your 7th house, you’re driven to commit and compromise. You want to have more commitment in your life, through your personal and business relationships, and with the projects and appointments you commit yourself to. The idea of commitment isn’t as terrifying as it might usually be. You can butt heads with your loved ones a little more during this time, but you find a way to compromise quickly so it doesn’t drag on for too long. If single, this can be a time where you decide to make a relationship more serious. You can also strive to bring more balance and harmony in your life, needing it to maintain your energy.
Transit Mars in the 8th House
When transit Mars is in your 8th house, you’re driven to transform. You’re not satisfied with something in your life, and strive to change it. You could take something old and make it new again. You’re more intense and investigating, and you have the energy to get to the core of any matter. You can pick up on the little things that people do and say, allowing you to make quicker judgments, which is necessary because you likely have to work more with others to get things done right now. You can have disputes with a business partner or over joint finances. You might want to be the one in control of the situation, but total dominance won’t help.
Transit Mars in the 9th House
When transit Mars is in your 9th house, you’re driven to expand your life in some way. There’s so much out there in the world for you to experience and learn about, and you want to do something new. You may dream of exploring some faraway land, and if you can travel, go for it. Most of you will likely just explore in your head, read about foreign places, try exotic cuisine, watch foreign films, or meet people from other cultures. This can be a good time to begin learning something new, take a class, or go back to school. You may feel restless if you force yourself to stick to traditional ways and your normal routine. Throw routine out of the window during this transit, and do something unexpected. Be spontaneous. Have a little thrill, no matter how small.
Transit Mars in the 10th House
When transit Mars is in your 10th house, you’re driven to succeed. However much success you’ve had, it’s not enough. There’s always more that you can do. Your ambition surges, and you focus on your long-term goals. You’re hard-working and can make realistic plans for how to get what you want. You may focus more on your career than anything else, which can be good for your career, and bad for everything else. It’s a good period for making strides in your career, starting a new business, or embarking on a new career path. You can be recognized for the work you do, or at least, you want to be. The more you accomplish and the more people notice, the more confident you feel. You could have issues with parents, mentors, bosses, or other authority figures.
Transit Mars in the 11th House
When transit Mars is in your 11th house, you’re driven to innovate, dream, and hope. You take a totally different approach to situations, and are more enthusiastic about ideas that are considered futuristic and strange. This is a good time for working in a group that holds the same beliefs you do towards a common goal. Working in a group may be the only way you can accomplish anything during this transit. You can do good humanitarian work during this time, and are quite busy with a packed social calendar. You dream more about your future, and what you’d ideally love to have happen. You can work more towards those dreams, and have more energy and drive to accomplish them.
Transit Mars in the 12th House
When transit Mars is in your 12th house, you’re driven to retreat and reflect. Being around other people can be draining to you right now, and you prefer being alone. Working alone is when you have the best energy, and you want to be out of the spotlight and working behind the scenes where no one will notice you. Your dreams become more prominent, and you can have some wild dreams, find yourself daydreaming more, or conversely, have trouble sleeping. Your imagination can surge, and this can be a creative time. Your intuition can surge as well, though you may not be consciously aware of that. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to rest, replenish, and recover so you’re ready for when transit Mars enters your 1st house and life gets hectic.
A new year is coming! So what’s the astrology for New Year’s Eve? The Moon will be in Aquarius December 31st and January 1st and not be void-of-course - woo! So we’re free and clear without the interruptions - except for Mercury retrograde, of course, so try not to focus on too big of plans with him in Capricorn. With the Moon in Aquarius, we’ll all be gathering together more, and thinking a lot about our dreams, and may be a little idealistic going into 2017. The Moon makes all positive aspects December 31st and January 1st, helping keep the energy positive, and Mars conjuncts (aligns with) Neptune at 1:53AM ET, increasing our imaginations, making us more compassionate and sensitive, and feeling a little soulful. If Mercury retrograde can stop himself from mucking things up, this can be a great New Year’s Eve!
What about for each sign? Read on:
Think about trying something outside of your comfort zone. Try doing something different than you’d normally do to ring in the new year. Or surround yourself with friends and enjoy the party!
You can focus on the resolutions you want to work on for 2017, so think about your long-term plans as we head into 2017. You may prefer to spend the night in a quiet place, and not around any loud kids.
If you can go somewhere you haven’t gone before, you may like that best to ring in the new year. You can feel a little bold and adventurous, so think about taking advantage of opportunities to do so.
You may be a little down going into the new year, so try to do something to pick up your mood a little bit, and don’t let yourself get stuck in a bad mood. You may prefer staying away from too many people.
Try not to spend this New Year’s Eve alone. You may find you prefer being around people, though you don’t need a big crowd. A few people you care about and enjoy spending time with will do.
You may be tempted to spend New Year’s Eve getting last-minute work and tasks done, so try to put that aside and mark the new year. You can be most helpful with the host of a party, if you attend one.
This can be a great New Year’s Eve for a party, so try not to be alone and get out. Let loose and don’t focus on anything really serious. Let yourself have fun and be around fun people.
You may want to spend this New Year’s Eve at home or in a homey place, or with family or the people you’re most comfortable with. Be comfortable, snuggle up, and grab some ice cream.
You can enjoy being around other people for the mental stimulation this New Year’s Eve, so you can be sociable and appreciate going out. Be around lots of different people you find interesting.
This can be a good New Year’s Eve to splurge a little, especially with all of the wonky energy you’ve been dealing with lately. Go to a nice restaurant, have some rich foods, and treat yourself well.
With the Moon in your sign, you can do whatever you want this New Year’s Eve, so ask yourself what it is you really want to do. No matter what you do, you may find yourself the center of attention.
You may be the one falling asleep before 2017 actually gets here! So it might be best to spend New Year’s Eve somewhere you can crash if you need to. Avoid the crowds and have some quiet.
(originally from the January 2015 monthly newsletter)
With the start of a new year coming, we all think about the things we hope to do with a new year. We look back on what we didn’t do, and we think about how we can make this new year better. Astrologically, beginnings are associated with the Sun, 1st house, and new moons. When you have a planet positively aspecting your 1st house cusp, ruler, or Sun, this is a time for you to begin something, where the conditions are in your favor and you‘re in the mood for it. Harsh aspects to your 1st house cusp, ruler, or Sun are times where you can encounter many obstacles and delays when you try something new, or you aren’t comfortable with beginning anything.
When a planet is transiting your 1st house, this can help or hinder. Saturn in the 1st house is traditionally a difficult time for new beginnings, and you’re required to put in much more work; Neptune in the 1st house will make it hard for you to make up your mind and see everything you need to see, but is good for creative or spiritual ventures; Pluto in the 1st house can make you obsessed with the ventures you begin; Uranus in the 1st house makes you begin unexpectedly, pursue ventures that are unusual or different from usual, and you don’t think too much before you jump; and Jupiter in the 1st house makes new beginnings easier for you, presents opportunities to begin something to you, and things go in your favor.
The faster planets give you a surge of energy when in your 1st house or making aspects, especially Mars. Mars in your 1st house or aspecting the cusp, ruler, or Sun makes you want to begin something NOW. The urgency you feel makes it hard for you to ignore the energy.
A new moon in the 1st house is great for new beginnings in general; if you want to do something specifically, a new moon in the house ruling it is a good time, especially if that new moon also makes positive aspects to your planets.
The worst time to start something new is usually during a retrograde, especially in your 1st house, or in the house associated with what you want to begin. You’ll usually find that you can’t follow through, or have to go back to the drawing board. Unless, of course, you were born with that planet retrograde - then it might be the best time for you to begin!
The first full moon of 2017 occurs in January 12th at 6:34AM ET in Cancer. Cancer is the sign of home and family, emotions and internal foundations, so this full moon wants some support. We need to be nurturing, encouraging, and understanding emotionally. We’re just coming out of the Mercury retrograde we began 2017 with as this full moon hits us, and we could use a softer approach.
We can focus more on our homes and families, our support systems and how we support ourselves. We can work on settling issues at home, with family, and tend to emotional needs and fix cracks in our internal foundations.
We may want to stay squarely within our comfort zone, not feeling confident enough or secure enough to venture far outside of it. No doubt the Mercury retrograde leaves us feeling a little shaky, and we need to take some time to get on solid ground.
This full moon is square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. This means this full moon is contributing to the cardinal t-square we have going on, with Jupiter opposite Uranus and both square Pluto in Capricorn. Cancer opposes Capricorn, so this full moon plugs up the missing portion of the t-square. This can both stabilize some energy while making some energy more riled up. We need to make sure we’re channeling the energy positively and productively and not letting it just make us angry and frustrated. Focus!
This full moon occurs at 22 degrees 27 minutes Cancer. The aspects for this full moon are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 20 degrees 27 minutes - 24 degrees 27 minutes Capricorn
The first new moon of 2017 occurs on January 27th at 7:07PM ET in Aquarius. The new moon wants us to look at the world from a wider perspective and be more objective. After the emotional full moon in Cancer, we need some emotional detachment so we can figure out what we need to do in the long-term and to create a better future for ourselves and the world.
We can work on coming together, working together, and think about how we all fit together. We can be more charitable and giving, and want to help out. The humanitarian inside can come out, and we can figure out new ways of connecting. We may want to form new connections, and can be excited by them. We can focus on friends and groups, and coming together as individuals to contribute to the collective.
We can be open to the unconventional, the different, and the unusual, and we can see more original ideas, innovative ideas, and can embrace them. The past is over, and the future is now!
This new moon occurs at 8 degrees 15 minutes Aquarius. The aspects for this new moon are:
Conjunction: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 6 degrees 15 minutes - 10 degrees 15 minutes Leo
(originally in the December 2014 monthly newsletter)
Friends are ruled by the 11th house, and the kind of friends and friendships you have, the way you view them, and what you want from them, can be shown with this house. Look at the sign on the cusp, planets in the house, and location of the ruler. For example, I have Virgo on my 11th house cusp, and I was always very discerning with my friends, separating casual friends and real friends even as a small child. Funnily, Virgo is also a dual sign (along with Gemini, and to a lesser extent, Pisces), and I also always seemed to romp around in a trio as a kid. I have my Sun and Mercury in my 11th house. With the Sun in this house, you feel very comfortable around your friends, and usually have an easy time making new friends. Mercury in this house shows an ability to express yourself with your friends. Mercury is also the ruler of the house (rules Virgo), so having the ruler in the house adds some easy energy.
Earth and water signs on the cusp tend to have a harder time making friends, though that can be overcome depending on other factors (like my Sun and Mercury in this house). Saturn in the 11th house is probably the most difficult because you take friendship so seriously when young that you have a hard time making any friends at all, except with those much older than you.
The house that has Aquarius on the cusp, the sign naturally ruling the 11th house and friends, can also add show some more about your views of friendship. For example, I have Aquarius on the 4th house cusp, which rules your family, and the close friends I have, I view as my family. Aquarius on the 1st house can show friendships are very important for you in life; 2nd house can show you place a lot of value and find a lot of worth in your friendships; 3rd house can show needing a mental connection, being drawn to intellects, having friends younger than yourself, or treating them like a sibling (or they are one); 5th house can show a real love for your friends, being generous with them, wanting attention from them, and you can find help romantically through them; 6th house can show you do a lot for your friends, are practical in your view of friendship, and don’t get too emotionally-invested; 7th house can show you commit to your friendships, try to balance all of them evenly, and want to constantly improve them; 8th house can show you’re intense and possessive of your friends, and want to be friends with powerful people; 9th house can show you’re gregarious and easy with friends, make lots of them, and like friends who expose you to other ways of thinking; 10th house can show you want your friends to live up to certain standards, or that you aspire to be like your friends; and 12th house can show you’re shy with making friends but will do anything for your friends, sacrificing yourself for them.
(these were originally written for 3 different newsletters)
The signs are divided up into 3 groups called qualities, and those qualities are cardinal, fixed, and mutable. The quality of the sign is a part of the energy that the sign expresses. The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. You may notice that these four form a grand cross with Aries opposite Libra square Cancer opposite Capricorn. All of the signs in a quality are part of a grand cross, so in a natal chart, when you have a grand cross, you have every sign of a certain quality represented in your planets. This makes the energy of that quality more important for you, and the quality that is most common among your planets is manifested more in your personality and life.
The cardinal signs are action-oriented, and so they're the starters, the ones who take charge, the ones who put things in motion. Each of the cardinal signs represents the first day of the seasons, with Aries being the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere, Cancer being the first day of summer in the north and winter in the south, Libra being the first day of fall in the north and spring in the south, and Capricorn being the first day of winter in the north and summer in the south.
Aries is also the first sign of the zodiac, so it's the true starter sign, the pioneer of the zodiac. Cancer is the first water sign in the zodiac, and is the one who takes charge emotionally and domestically. Libra takes charge when it comes to relationships, and Capricorn takes charge when it comes to career. Aries is obvious with the way it takes charge, going full steam ahead and jumping at the chance. The rest are more subtle, with Cancer trying to steer you emotionally, Libra trying to talk you into it, and Capricorn trying to make you see the usefulness.
If you have a lot of cardinal planets in your natal chart, or have 2 of 3 or 3 of 3 of your Sun, Moon, and Rising in a cardinal sign, taking charge is natural for you. It may not be overt (especially if you have no Aries), but there's a little leader inside of you. Where you take charge will be found in the house location the planets are located in, what you take charge can be found with the planet the sign is in, and how you take charge is found in the sign.
The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. The fixed signs are quite literally that, fixed, but in what way is shown through their element. Taurus is a grounded earth sign, so it’s super fixed in place (and rules being stubborn!). Leo is an energetic fire sign, so it tends to be more fixed with it’s energy, and generally doesn’t venture outside of its comfort zone much. Scorpio is an emotional water sign, so it can get fixed in emotional fits. Aquarius is an intellectual air sign, so it can be fixed on intellectual pursuits (hence Aquarius ruling the expert). The obvious downside of fixed signs are their inability to be flexible, but their upside is that they can stick to their guns.
Having a lot of fixed energy in your chart (3 or more planets, or 2 out of 3 with your Sun, Moon, and Rising) makes this energy more natural to you, and you can be someone that’s difficult to budge from their position, can take your time with decisions and actions, and tries to be steady. Flexibility is your lesson to learn, so try to focus on the planets or houses where you have mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) to bring that flexible person inside of you out.
The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. The mutable signs are fluid, and so are associated with flexibility and being able to make adjustments on the fly. The mutable signs can have energy that’s difficult to pin down, whether it’s airy scattered energy (Gemini), busy scattered energy (Virgo), active scattered energy (Sagittarius), or emotionally scattered energy (Pisces). The upside of the mutable signs is the ability to go with the flow, but the downside is the difficulty to be still.
Having a lot of mutable energy in your chart (3 or more planets, or 2 out of 3 with your Sun, Moon, and Rising) makes this energy more natural to you, and you can be someone who knows how to make adjustments, who isn’t fixed in their ways, and who’s willing to be flexible. You do need to make sure you’re not easily led astray though, since this energy does make it easy for you to be more of a follower. Try to focus on the planets or houses where you have cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) to bring out the leader in you so that doesn’t happen. If you can avoid that, this is very pleasant energy.
The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
This Mercury retrograde begins on December 19th at 5:55AM ET and ends on January 8th at 4:43AM ET. The shadow period starts December 1st - January 27th. The first storm period is December 15th - 23rd, and second storm period is January 4th - 12th.
Here we go again! Mercury madness begins on December 19th in earth sign Capricorn, and we can see some issues with governments, politicians, those in positions of authority, traditional establishments, and conventional methods. These things have been under assault anyway thanks to the cardinal t-square we’ve been dealing with, with Jupiter in LIbra opposite Uranus in Aries and both square (hard aspect, three signs away) Pluto in Capricorn. This retrograde has Mercury in the sign of the squared planet, Pluto in Capricorn, so we can see more emphasis on this and less on what we’re missing, which is Cancer: emotional connection, nurturing and support, coming together as one family, having a solid home base and foundation. We can be overly focused on the external with this retrograde, and not have anywhere near enough focus on the internal. It only matters what’s on the outside, not what’s on the inside? Uuuhhhh, no!
This retrograde likely brings about more unsettled feelings with our governments, countries, but we can also see more governments and countries fighting back (not naming names, just pointing at Russia on a map?). More bloodshed in places like Syria? Like there hasn’t been enough! All of this will be especially heightened at the start of the retrograde because Mercury will be conjunct Pluto to kick things off. Lots of intensity, heightened emotions and energy, we’ve gotta channel these productively or we’re going to BLOW!
As an extra note, this retrograde begins at about the same place that the Mercury retrograde we began the year with ended, so whatever the end of that retrograde did for you personally can be brought back up again or come full circle with the start of this retrograde. Just an FYI!
This retrograde doesn’t fully occur in Capricorn though. Mercury moves backward into fire sign Sagittarius on January 4th (9:16AM ET), so the last 4 days of this retrograde are in Sagittarius. It’s not a lot of time spent in this sign, so we get a brief dose of disrupted Sagittarius energy, and can be overly optimistic and stuck in big, unrealistic ideas or focused on braggadocious individuals, have difficulty with travel, institutions of higher learning, or legal issues. Saturn is in Sagittarius, but won’t be conjunct Mercury while he’s in Sagittarius, but we can still feel slightly amplified energy of Saturn in Sagittarius, and feel more restricted and fenced in.
The retrograde does end at a funny point though, conjunct something called the Galactic Center, which is the center of our Universe and is literally a giant black hole. The GC has a lot of power and energy as a result of this, so it’s going to be amplified with the end of this retrograde. How? Don’t know! But where this retrograde ends in your chart, you can see a surge in energy that may require extra effort to manage.
Mercury will make four major aspects while retrograde, the first being a sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) to Neptune in Pisces on December 26th. This can increase compassion, empathy, imagination, and help to make us more sensitive (which we’ll need!). On December 28th, Mercury will conjunct (align with) the Sun and sextile Mars, and this can be a bright spot during the retrograde, helping us to focus on new projects and second chances with the Sun, and giving us the energy and drive to get moving in the right direction with Mars. Finally, Mercury will sextile Venus on January 3rd, and we can be more engaging, have an easier time connecting, and find a softer side. All four aspects are positive, so they help to bring us some pockets of good energy.
There will also be a new moon on December 29th that conjuncts this Mercury retrograde in Capricorn. What kind of hoopla will that create? Perhaps some political chaos and unrest, more raging against governments and the machine, a feeling like we're going backward? Hmm . . .
The retrograde begins at 15 degrees Capricorn, so those of you Capricorns born January 4th - 7th can feel the start of this retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 28 degrees Sagittarius, so those of your Sagittarians born after December 18th can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
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