On January 5th at 5:06 am PST Mercury will station retrograde for the first time in 2016. Staggering in the 1° Aquarius, the planet ruling our communication and awareness will begin its journey backwards through the last half of Capricorn. During this time we are likely to find ourselves revisiting themes from the last few weeks. Capricorn is an ambitious sign associated with career, tackling great obstacles, navigation of the material world and structure. Capricorn energy is passionate, it is the foundation and drive that leads to the successful completion of tasks. However, with Mercury retrograde here; we are likely to feel stuck in one way or another and may find ourselves re-designing our goals and re-organizing the structure of our lives.
With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn we can expect the unexpected. We will likely experience miscommunications and delays, particularly in our work environments or in regard to reaching goals or deadlines. It is important to realize that these obstacles are here to serve us, to help refine whatever it is we are in the process of perfecting or learning. Try to have patience with yourself and with those around you. Practicing deep mindful breathing can be especially helpful.
For those of you less familiar with the details surrounding the phenomenon that is Mercury retrograde, here is an excerpt from an older Starface Astrology blog:
(For those of you who want to continue reading about this particular retrograde chart, skip down past the indented text.)
Mercury retrograde is an Earthly “optical illusion” where Mercury appears to be moving backwards, for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. During these times, one may notice “things” of a mercurial nature tend to go a bit awry.
As Mercury rules communication, we may find issues arise in all the many forms we use to communicate today, as well as with all those we communicate with. Mercury retrograde will affect everyone differently, however those who have strong Virgo, Gemini energy or highly aspected Mercury in their charts, may notice these periods of time to feel particularly frustrating. [With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, those with highly aspected Capricorn or Saturn (or currently in the midst of a Saturn return) will also feel the tug a bit more.]
As Mercury slows to station retrograde, our logic and abilities to reason may slow down with it. Most will notice their thoughts become sluggish, while at the same time creating a scatterbrained effect. It is common for listening and staying focused for extended periods of time to prove more difficult than usual; and to find that in the midst of a conversation you lose your train of thought. This often accompanied by the thought/feeling that “nothing is going right or according to plan.”
As legal agreements and contracts also fall under Mercury’s ruling, it is best not to sign or commit to anything new during these times. Retrogrades are ideal for re-visiting ideas, jobs, or relationships from the past, but attempting to begin or commit to new endeavors during these periods can backfire and is not recommended. With the constant change and the rather peculiar way of Mercury retrograde, it can be hard to predict what the outcome of situations will be. There is the tendency for whatever was agreed upon in said contract to change once Mercury goes direct.
However, in today’s world, it is difficult to stop from functioning and living in a “forward” motion. Many people find themselves in situations or careers where they must sign agreements or initiate new projects, life happens and deadlines are set, waiting until Mercury goes direct is not an option. It would be wise to be extremely cautious when/if you do find yourself in these situations, that all facts are thoroughly discussed and all fine print is carefully gone over (and over and over again). Though there are many inconveniences of its nature, (re-doing things over again being one of them) Mercury retrogrades can serve as a time for slowing down and really taking a good look at what is happening in our lives and how we can redirect things and make them better. There is no reason for fear or withdrawal from life, (though you may feel a bit more introverted during these times) but there is the need for heightened awareness, clear intentions, patience and preparation.
When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to expect the unexpected. Delayed flights, traffic jams at odd hours, computer/electronic malfunctions and miscommunications are often a very obvious part of the experience. Preparation is key to avoiding and overcoming such obstacles during this time. Some ways one can prepare are: allowing for more time to get from point A to point B, making copies of important documents, backing up computer files and double checking details you wouldn’t normally think twice about. When Mercury is retrograde, plans seem to never quite be set, life feels wobbly and uncertain. Leaving room for error and time for backtracking is helpful, while being uptight and trying to “fight” against the current will likely prove a waste of energy. Though we may consider these things to be inconvenient to our daily lives, they serve to help guide us. Underneath the mental fog and distractions is opportunity. Practice going with the flow.
While Mercury is retracing its path, there is increased mental ability to use retrospect in a positive way. To reassess the way we have done something, to revisit old ideas and thoughts- things that we didn’t commit to at the time but find new reason to appreciate now. There is support for reconnecting with old friends, rekindling old flames as well as the likely hood that current relationships will be under scrutiny and review. It is common for old relationship issues that have been brushed aside to rear their head, and it is likely that with the flux in communication, it will be difficult to deliver the message so both in conversation are on the same page. It may be necessary to confirm that your message is heard and comprehended by the other party in the way in which you intended, and to make sure that you are hearing and understanding others correctly too. It is important to note, that this is really not the time to take drastic measures. Do not do anything that you cannot undo – if necessary.
[Lets Talk: Astrological transits like Mercury retrograde affect everyone differently depending on one’s natal chart. If you would like to discuss your chart or how this transit may specifically present itself in your life, please email me. I would love to hear from you and am always looking for new perspectives!]
Mercury stationing retrograde is just one of the many aspects that form the celestial equation for the day and pattern for the month. Though usually inconvenient and sometimes even burdensome, the addition of the other events taking place simultaneously deliver a rather intense message; suggesting that beyond the set backs and revisions, this period of reassessment is part of our journey to reclaiming our own personal power and mastering responsibility.
Both Mars and Pluto fuel the sky with great Scorpion energy. Mars, who recently entered Scorpio forms a square with Mercury just as it stations retrograde, and the Sun makes a conjunction to Pluto in the 1st house in the very degree that Mercury will station direct in on January 25th. The implications of this chart are deep and transforming. There is great emphasis on personal power and our sense of authority. Do we find we often play the role of the victim and give power away? Is our need for control excessive? We may find ourselves in situations where we feel challenged by authority figures or must demand respect, on the contrary we may find ourselves in positions where we must act as leaders or change the way in which we lead. Whether it be to lead a group or to simply lead ourselves onto the right path – it is time to reclaim our personal fire. By owning our power we will find ourselves achieving goals and attracting that which we truly desire.
This will be done, however, in the fashion of Mercury retrograde, which emphasizes the communication – or miscommunication – factor and suggests we should be open to different methods of communicating with others than what may come naturally to us. Be open to change. A little flexibility will go a long way.
The energies of the past few months have been tense and it seems that we are likely to see this tension stick around awhile longer. But, if we can stick to our goals regardless of the setbacks we find ourselves up against, with dedication yet flexibility, we can utilize this energetically transforming time and truly learn the meaning of success.