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Mercury in Capricorn ~ Dec. 5, 2009 to Feb. 10, 2010

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On December 5 at 12:24 p.m. (EST), Mercury leaves expansive Sagittarius for an extended stay in determined Capricorn. This transit gives us the opportunity to build upon ideas formed and dreams created while Mercury was in Sagittarius.

Mercury governs all manners of thinking, communicating, transportation, and commerce. In Capricorn, Mercury is ambitious; our minds are decisive, and we're persistent in our conversations. This is a period ideal for thinking up how to make things happen. Did you have grand ideas while Mercury was in Sagittarius? Let Mercury in Capricorn help you make that happen. Outline goals. Research. Plan steps. Develop the how, when, and with whom.

On December 26, Mercury slows down and prepares for retrograde motion, where he will remain until January 15, 2010. This is a period for reflection and review, perfect for re-planning and/or devising detailed steps to achieve objectives.

While Mercury is in Capricorn, he will make connections with the following celestial bodies on (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • December 7 ~ Mercury conjunct Pluto and square Saturn. Ideal for focus and deep concentration. Need to ferret out a secret or uncover something hidden? Now is a good time.
  • December 21 ~ Mercury quincunx Mars. tsk. tsk. Watch that impatience doesn't make you act sooner than you are actually ready or prepared. Actions now can provide long-term solution to existing problems or objectives but only if actions executed are well-planned.
  • December 26 to January 15 ~ Mercury Retrograde.
  • January 5 ~ Mercury conjunct Venus. Love and/or money on the mind. Is it worry? or is it well a choreographed plan to surprise your special someone? or perhaps logical ideas on how to increase material value?
  • January 15 ~ Mercury Direct.
  • January 25 ~ Mercury quincunx Mars-rx. This energy is reminiscent to December 21st when Mercury and Mars met up in the sky making the same alignment. Stubbornness and impatience will get you nowhere. Move decisively. Actions with purpose. Determined steps.
  • February 6 ~ Mercury sextile Uranus. Brilliant ideas! Write them down. Lest they fleet and be lost forever.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Capricorn. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Capricorn zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury's transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 9th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 11th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Schedule a session or request a quote for a personal reading. Or maybe head over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start or join in on a discussion.

"Mercury" - image taken during Messenger's second flyby. Credit and copyright to NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

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