Mercury retrogrades from December 19, 2016 through January 8, 2017. This cycle primarily occurs in the sign of Capricorn, with Mercury dipping its toe back into Sagittarius for a short while at the end of the cycle. This suggests we’re primarily rethinking our strategy for the next year, reformulating the vision we want to pursue in the New Year and any new structures or processes needed to accomplish that.
During the holidays especially, Mercury retrograde often relates to reconnecting with friends and family. It’s a good time to look through old photo albums or make new ones. In a business, you may reconnect with past or existing customers who haven’t purchased in a while. Offer them a reason! Mercury retrograde is a good time find (and offer) discounts.
All Mercury retrogrades tend to have slow traffic or travel. If you plan to travel for the holidays, keep this in mind when you pack, so you’re prepared if you don’t reach your destination on time or the day you anticipate arriving.
Mercury is especially slow on December 17th – 20th. This starts to improve slightly on December 21st and continues to pick up speed each day. December 22nd – 24th should have reasonably fast travel considering the season. Be sure to get to your destination by December 24th. There’s a long void of course Moon period on December 25th, which could make travel harder.
Mercury moves back to the cycle of Mercury sextile Neptune, which comes in range on December 24th. This cycle is associated with inspiring ideas, spiritual thoughts, compassion, and forgiveness. It’s quite appropriate for the holidays. This cycle peaks December 26th and stays in range through December 28th.
Keep in mind that communications can turn into mis-communications during this cycle. Double check all details, especially travel details. After the holidays, you may want to clean out closets, garages, and other clutter. This should be particularly strong with Mercury in Capricorn, which is more strategic about what it keeps.
This is the time to rethink your needs, redo anything, rework, research, re-plan, repair and fix things. This is not a good time for a new start, because you’re supposed to be catching up. Enjoy the holidays and when this is over, you’ll be ready to start new projects.
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