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CAPRICORN - "I USE, THEREFORE I AM."
Mercury in Capricorn on December 6, 2022 until February 11, 2023.
On December 29, 2022 Mercury in Capricorn will turn retrograde until January 18, 2023 when it will then turn Direct and continue on until it changes signs on February 11, 2023 and enters Aquarius.
Mercury typically remains in a Sun Sign for approximately 2 to 3 weeks (15 to 21 days) but it can remain in a Sun Sign as much as 60 days depending on its motion, meaning if it involves a Retrograde (Rx) or not, which it does this time around. Mercury goes retrogrades three (3) times per year giving us 3 times a year to get our maintenance, scheduling and organizational act together.
Read that line again so you can choose not to 'freak out' every time Mercury turns Retrograde. During 2022, Mercury retrogrades three (3) times in the air signs - Aquarius, Gemini and Libra and then once in an earth sign - Capricorn.
Mercury stands for the intellect, common sense, cold reason, commerce and business. Its qualities are fluidity and versatility. Its position and aspects tell us about our communication and learning habits and our modes of thinking. The house that Mercury occupies in your Natal Chart is where these characteristics will manifest the most.
Here is a nice little piece of Mercury trivia for you. Mercury will never be more than one Sun Sign away from the Sun. This means someone who has their Sun in Capricorn, will have their Mercury within 1 Sun Sign on either side of Capricorn or it will be in the sign of Capricorn. This means there are only three possibilities that a Capricorn Sun Sign individual might have their Mercury in -- Mercury in Sagittarius, Mercury in Capricorn or Mercury in Aquarius. This helps you guess someone's Mercury even if you don't know their exact birthdate but you know their Sun Sign. You can pretty much rule out Mercury in the opposite sign (Cancer) or the four signs on each side Cancer (Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio) and (Gemini, Taurus, Aries, Pisces). Cool huh?
Mercury rules the mind and Capricorn rules business and career, so this is where the mind will likely be with Mercury in Capricorn concerned with how to reach the summit. In other words, this mental energy is all business and no monkey business. Notice from the Astro Meme it says, "If I can't use it, it's none of my 'business'." The use of the word 'use' and the use of the 'business' is deliberate. Capricorn is a utilitarian, so if Capricorn can't use it, then they won't buy it - theoretially, philosophically, emotionally, physically or financially. And remember, Capricorn is as serious as a heart attack, which again is all business and no monkey business. "If I can't use it, it's none of my 'business'."
Capricorn energy is all about ascending the mountain and moving up the ladder to attain its intended goals. One step at a time, Capricorn slowly, cautiously and deliberately moves up. This energy knows no other direction except UP. The mind is set on UP. How did the Billy goat get to the top of the mountain? He climbed there! So you see, this energy is ambitious, calculating, strategizing and organized in order to reach the summit.
This energy is great for managing organizations, managing a business, attaining status and for extended concentration that needs time on its side. It's the perfect time to hire a manager, organizer, scheduler or even buy a scheduler app, a scheduler program for a website or to begin a new schedule. This concentration is due to Mercury ruling the mind and the extension of the mind because Capricorn rules longevity and time with a rock solid base. Step by step is the methodical approach with this transit. This energy makes for a very patient and disciplined mind that carries out deliberate and purposeful action. This is a very left brain placement, which makes it perfect for engineering or anything that builds UP or anything that needs mathematical ability.
This placement of Mercury does not like trivial conversation or its mind wasted with nonsense. In fact, it is better to say nothing with this placement unless you have something worthy to contribute or something that has practical and applicable value. Remember the Capricorn motto, "I use therefore I am." It could also be, "Use it or lose it." Capricorn has no use for anything that is no use to them. Remember, Mercury naturally rules both Gemini and Virgo, so Mercury in Capricorn would have no problem telling you that your idea bores them.
One thing that placement is not, and that is a dreamer or idealistic. Mercury in Capricorn is so practical that it sees things for what they are. What they see, is what they get. This placement reads into nothing. It is what it is. Mercury in Capricorn does not get deluded by dreams, imagination, colors, romance or fluff.
There is also a lack of humor with this placement because Capricorn is serious, rather pessimistic and deeply skeptical. So, unless the joke is super-funny or you have something to back up your humor, it might be best to just zip-it and keep quiet. Capricorn may just say in an unenthusiastic and sarcastic tone, "Yeah yeah, that's funny" to your joke. Capricorn is serious enough for everyone with a more conservative approach to just about everything. Being so serious can cause a problem in getting along with others. This placement takes itself and everyone else too seriously. Really . . this placement just wants to work and wants you to get to work too. Stay Astrologized™.
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