Jan 10 – 31, 2018
Mercury transits are not necessarily high impact on their own; it is Mercury’s interaction with the sun and Venus which are really crucial, or the context within which Mercury operates. Mercury enters Capricorn about two weeks after the sun. This means that the mind must wait to sync with the sun, the force of manifestation and action in the zodiac. The mind will trail behind in the constellation of Sagittarius, a comparably unruly, undisciplined position. Mercury will sync with Venus for only one week, meaning that the mind and heart will operate mostly independently from one another as well.
Capricorn, like the other earth signs, is plan-oriented until the day he dies. With Mercury the Messenger in this constellation, communication revolves around projects and goals. Capricorn wants not only to know, but to know how. Natives with this placement may come off as cold or inflexible. They must learn to speak with more feeling and less pragmatism.
Not so secretly, Capricorn greatly covets positions of authority. His curt, authoritative delivery reflects this admiration. The goat likes to think that he doles out constant reality checks, but we all have our own version of reality. We see this when Capricorn, as he often does, says what he would like to see happen, what he needs, what he could really use. The goat wants to know what others might do for him.
When I visualize this sign, I feel strain in my body. The Capricorn psyche is a rigid one, drowning in unattainable standards. One of the greatest challenges for Capricorn is lightening up, brushing it off, opening the heart. Ruled by Saturn, Uncle Businessman of the zodiac, the goat struggles to feel real freedom. This restriction emanates directly from his own soul, but fortunately he is well aware of this. Capricorn knows that his need for maximum efficiency can overwhelm even the most organized humans.
Animals associated with Mercury include the rooster, ram, goat and tortoise. In Capricorn, the goat blazes proudly from Mercury’s breast – wise, earthen, deliberate. Indeed, Capricorn is a creature of great deliberation. Though, as you may have gathered, Mercury in Capricorn is not a very emotionally expressive transit. You may feel stuck. My advice is simple: say it with feeling. So often we are afraid to communicate, especially when we imagine that we are tottering on an invisible edge, but there is nothing to fear. To speak is to be free. In particular, tackle communication issues related to your financial or professional life. If you feel like a block of ice, physically warm your body and throat chakra. Take a deep breath and speak your truth slowly.
Every constellation is a preparation for the next. The goat’s lessons prepare us for the water bearer, Aquarius. Mercury in Capricorn draws out all of our plans and ambitions to create empty space for the electric winds of Aquarius. Get everything in writing, or better yet, make a visual representation of what you would like to accomplish this winter. This transit is meant to be highly productive in a professional and financial sense, but we must work diligently.
If revolutionary conversations need to happen, they are not going to be warm and fuzzy. In the public sphere I think we’ll see conservative politicians making (even more) painful gaffes about women’s rights. Or right at your own dinner table!
January 12 is the first gold star day – Mercury will link with Saturn in Capricorn. On January 24, Mercury links with Pluto. I predict that we’ll see another massive round of media exposure concerning high-profile men falling from power. On January 27, Mercury will square Uranus, god of the unexpected. Any hard angles to Uranus mean only one thing: something of which we are unaware is coming our way. Be very careful on this day and definitely do not travel! The best days for important conversations or big financial/professional moves are Jan 12th and 24th. Mercury glides into Aquarius on the day of the eclipse at the end of the month – enjoy!
Mantra: I mean what I say