Mercury Is In Retrograde But…

Mercury is in Retrograde but you’re not. In fact, we may need a new term for this condition as “retrograde” has connotations of retrogression and backwardness. But as you may know, it’s a celestial construct.

Mercury is only going backward from our geocentric point of view. If you were to observe from the Sun or even the Moon, the optical effect would not occur.

Maybe the real oomph of Mercury Retrograde phases are that it can be easier to discern earth or geocentric thinking from something and more cosmic?

In Capricorn, this retrograde phase (until Jan 18/19) is distinctly druidic: while the potential for password amnesia and turgid thought processing is still present, this Mercury in Capricorn is mostly magical.

Maybe it’s because the gods messenger spends most of this retro aligned with the Moon’s Nodes? Or perhaps Capricorn is extra-rich with old magic at the moment? But chances are that no matter how vexed you are with mundane matters, you’re also tuning into some ancient-feeling metaphysical wisdom.

It makes for a weird sense of timelessness, even if you’re clocking a deadline or trawling through your timelines for perspective. Nature seems particularly striking and ethereal.

Perhaps Mercury, approaching a conjunction with the Sun this weekend,* is bringing out the wilder Capricorn style? Not only is this sign really a Sea-Goat, rather than a Mountain-Goat, it’s a Chimera if you go back far enough.

Could this be a chance to beam some high-end ancient sacred monster magic and deep earthly instincts at worldly woes? Well, yes.

But with this astro gaining potency, I’m not sure the reverse will work. Trying to tut-tut away supernaturalist phenoms and thought flow or attiring yourself in drab, anti-magic robes in order to get laid/paid is practically impossible.

This Capricornian Mercury trip also augments a stately style of self-reliance, powered the sort of pragmatism that feels like it’s been honed over lifetimes.

So while you may experience the standard Merc Retro fuqery with keys and mixed messaging, there is SO much more going on with this.

Thoughts?

*Yes, Mercury Retrograde is part of Friday/Saturday’s Full Moon configuration – anticipate peak reveals and realizations.

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Wish Upon a Star

I had a realisation today when I discovered Capricorn is in my 11 th house.

I just need a few close, true friends that give me space to be real and can rely on myself to get where I want to in life.

Like a weight lifted off my shoulders.

Kait

will The daily personal horoscopes be revived before merc retro ends?

MissDee

They are not functioning for me. Am I the only one?

Penelope Darling

No, they are also dead for me!

Aqualeo

They are on holiday over here as well

SuperGeil

So it’s seems it’s a general bug… hope everyone’s alright 🙏

JacQui

Rereading Celestine prophecies under a lightning filled sky hiding the moon. No, and I mean no reception, so this is the first www hit for me after a few days at Nowendoc- bliss

Sam

I miss those skies.

Pegasus

Dear Mercury Rx gets the blame for so much. Muggles go: it’s Mercury retrograde for choosing the wrong cereal for breakfast.

Wish Upon a Star

How are you Pegs?

Mariposa

So true. I look forward to Mercury Rx as it’s a time to catch up on all the things that whizz by in the foreshadow period, when Mercury was just speeding by too quickly. This time it was was also Out of Bounds for much of that – not to mention the Xmas chaos where it’s near impossible to focus on your own stuff with all the noise, chaos, obligations & expectations, and timetable disruptions (much of which i manage to avoid, but it is still palpable). Merc Rx is a relief, a time to exhale, and go back over… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star

Merc retrograde: a time to exhale. So true and nice.

😌

5thHouseCap

I love this place, Mystic! I faced the threat of tears in my eyes (not yet spilled over), as I typed this. This place is my sanctuary, my hideout for when I feel my magic is too much for the mundane world. I have taken to walking around my neighbourhood lake around midnight, being chased by the moon and sharp pin pricks of stars on clear nights. Last night, Luna was SO near Mars, it felt pervy! Like looking through someone’s bedroom… I laughed out loud. And it seemed that Orion was holding them both in his palm like an… Read more »

Scorpio_Rising

congrats on writing again, what you wrote above was beautiful, in particular about the Moon, Mars, and Orion.

 “Orion was holding them both in his palm like an offering…”

5thHouseCap

Thank you! I have shitty phone pictures and an app screenshot from that moment when Mars kisses Moon. 😄

Scorpio_Rising

your writing captured it perfectly though!

Ley

Ah yes, your words and insights are a salve to my nervous system Mystic! Grappling with the mundane matters and deadlines, but I’d rather be looking and focussed “over there”. An aura cleansing dip in the ocean this weekend is now on the cards.

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Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

omg, yesssss

The Lion & The Centaur

This is magic. Or then it’s just the last of 3 hits of Saturn square Pluto transit.
– The lock screen image in my phone is Salem the cat saying “Wake up woman, you’re not a princess, you’re a dragon!”
– I had a major breakthrough in psychotherapy on Monday which seems to be solving my nightmares, chronic anger and clenched alta major muscles.
– Last Friday I impulsively quit my job & the Qi Vamp colleague who came with it
– I deep cleaned & reorganised my apartment this week

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Cecemesee

I’ve always perceived the Capricorn powers as more of the magical sea goat, when they are tapped into those frequencies of course and not just stubborn as an……you know what it is lol. This post resonates with me on a deeper level, since November 22’ I have been leaning more towards developing a relationship to asteroid focused learnings with just last night I discovered I have Circe in my 1st house, next to Pluto & Saturn which actually completely explains how my presence is so confronting even before ‘hello’.. My curiosity into the plant world is deepening too, which I… Read more »

rubedo

Love this! What are some saturnian plants?
Also where do you find such plant-astro info?

I have a first house Circe too, conjunct Neptune lololo

Cecemesee

and oh myyyy lol, you must fall into magic without even trying! 🪄
Tbh…. the journey started with this article below about a week ago, which led me to Harold Roth’s own site Alchemy Works (you can find the link to the site in the article) which is a great resource for plant info grouped by planetary influence and element! It’s almost too good, you know when you go on those internet deep dives where you actually forget the whole purpose to begin with? The tab has been open for days lol 😵‍💫😵‍💫
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/poisonersapothecary/2019/12/10/saturnian-plants-defining-boundaries-and-defining-boundaries/

Wish Upon a Star

Sounds interesting.

Cecemesee

Very interesting Wish & happy Gregorian NYE!! In my mind I have very obvious Saturnian issues, is it because my Saturn is in Libra and I’m too passive with setting healthy boundaries? Probably. I have very little earth in my chart (which keeps me barely tethered 🎈), so I want to introduce more of that to keep me focused and setting intentions that benefit my greatest good!

Wish Upon a Star

Happy New Year to you.

Best Wishes for your greatest good.

Aqualeo

Thanks for the link! WHAT a fabulous site. Love it. Am drawing the sigil for 2023 as we speak.

Cecemesee

It really is! And I’m always happy to hear anyone adding to their magical resources.. I loved your description of Circe in the 3rd, I completely understand your experience, as I have Neptune in the 3rd right next to my South Node, and I’ve always perceived many different languages both words and light. Circe is going to open magical abilities to whatever she touches especially when conj. You must have have had some incredibly deep experiences!! I’m still exploring my connections with Circe to my Sun and North Node. Astrology really is an underrated, continually surprising soul journey 🔑

Aqualeo

Thanks Cece. Astrology has enhanced every experience I have ever had. It really is astonishing how it proves itself over and over again. I shouldn’t be surprised by now but I always am. It never ceases to amaze and of course makes you wonder what the depths of our reality really are. Deep and meaningful, accurate and helpful, astonishing and wonderful. I will study it until the day I die (and beyond probably).

Cecemesee

YES! You put it perfectly, and it’s comforting to know at every turn there are intricacies & influences to the very fabric of our life waiting to be discovered.
And yes, if we have such a deep fascination in this life, it definitely isn’t our first time utilizing this toolkit lol

Aqualeo

Toolkit is a great word for it. 😊

rubedo

Coooool, what a website!
Haha, ‘falling into magic all the time’s – yes. However, often not understanding that that is what is happening or being unaware/unsure what to do when it happens.
There’s also getting comfortable with the notion that it’s ME who’s the magic. Kinda like people falling into me in my presence. If that could be a scene it’s like folks fall through a portal and arrive to my island..that I’m not always aware of.

Wish Upon a Star

I loved the way you explained that.

🐞🐦🍥🐟🐠🐟

Cecemesee

Oooo your life is about to get so good lol. Being aware and understanding that you’re opening up to a tremendous amount of dormant power is the first step. You sound like you’ve got a lot of magnetism too, people feel drawn to you in ways that can’t be explained but they arrive into your orbit in inexplicable ways.  Organically your attention and focus probably leans more towards where your natural interests/abilities are….be it herbals, elementals, astrology but it sounds like you’re only scratching the surface on learning about yourself.  You probably also have powerful guides waiting for you to… Read more »

rubedo

༎ຶ⁠‿⁠༎ຶoh my Circe, thank you for these reflective words!
I am noting these down to take along with me and I can refer back to them✨

Cecemesee

Anytimes my love! 💛

rubedo

*reads the weekend daily mystic blurb about Magdalena and potential associated christian/relgious themes (they’ve been my modis operendi since Christmas. God is WITH ME, whoa.)
I get curious ‘wonder where Magdalena is in my chart..’ oh high (i typed hi twice and it stayed high twice..its staying) Magdalena conjunct the same degree as my neptune and circe in my first house, loosely conjunct my ASC.

…I have been having daily conversations with Jesus, he sits with me on the subway. A daydream also, unambiguously, let me know I need to become acquainted with St. Teresa of Avila.

Amen

Cecemesee

And oh myyyy lol, you must fall into magic naturally!
Tbh – it started with this article ‘Saturnian Plants: Defining Boundaries’ on the blog Patheos (just cut & paste that title into google). It must be against the site rules to post links (so sorry Mystic 🌹)
This article has a link to Alchemy Works by Harold Roth which has plant info grouped by planetary influence & element! I’ve had the tab open for days and caught myself in so many deep dives where I would continually forget my purpose lol. 😵‍💫😵‍💫

Cecemesee

Got it! I didn’t want to disobey your house rules, so thx for clarifying ☺️

Wish Upon a Star

🌼🌻🌸

Wish Upon a Star

Culpeppers Complete Herbal. An oldy but a goodie. It spoke to me anyhow.

But hey with 1st house Circe conjunct Neptune why don’t you just consult yourself?

My little chamomile flowers are speaking to me at the moment.
🌼🌼🌼Be gentle.

Sam

‘Circe, heal thyself ‘ (to paraphrase a certain JC as quoted in an old book subject to various rewrites and revisions)

Wish Upon a Star

Did Jesus really say that? I am not being sarcastic?

If so it fills me joy and is like the last puzzle piece to a jig saw.

So I discovered “heal thyself” on my own. And the hard way, which is usually the way for me.

Jesus is special for me. And finding this out now is also special.

Bless your cotton socks Sam.

💖⭐💖✝️

Sam

Apparently the word he used was physician, I’m not sure if the then-Bethlehem-ians were across what the Greeks had been up to (but then again?) but its cool to think about:) circe sounds much better though.

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rubedo

Isn’t that just it! Consulting myself may just be my 2023 catch phrase:)

Wish Upon a Star

Yes, let it be !

⭐🌼⭐

Aqualeo

Circe conj Neptune – wow. You must see magic everywhere. I am only just discovering Circe as I have it conjunct Mercury and Venus in Cancer in my packed 3rd. I love words, see pictures in words and words in pictures. I have a unique voice and have been called a diplomat. I absolutely feel (live and breathe) Circe’s magic through Merc and Venus. Can’t imagine how amazing it would be to have it in the 1st conj Neptune.

5thHouseCap

As a Circe Conj my 5th House Cap moon to the degree haver – I wish I could have everyone on this thread over at my home for a filling, soul-warming vegetarian meal that I would make with freshly ground spices and herbs.

Cecemesee

YES!!! ahhh that just gave me goosebumps which we all know is the soul talking through our body. Could you imagine the stories and experiences we all have shared?
And sharing a meal and being around like minded souls is nourishment on all levels! Plus let’s not skip over the obvious, sitting around such divine feminine power is creator energy ✨

5thHouseCap

Oh my goddess, yes! I derive so much joy out of feeding loving home-cooked meals to those I love. And I am very particular about ingredients. Not above buying them in wholesale, and curating/processing them in batches later. It is an incredible feminine power to feed people – irrespective of genders. And to do this for those with whom I feel soul-affinity for, like this magic circle that Mystic has created for us? Heaven!
If any of you find yourself in or around Nordics some time, I would LOVE to have you home. 💗💗💗

Cecemesee

I love cooking too! There is something sacred about it. Oh yes of course not gender specific, because we definitely need the balance of both! And oh my gosh are you near the Northern lights?? Wow wow. I do love Europe, when I’m back in that gorgeous part of the world, I would love to take you up on that offer 💓

5thHouseCap

I am and have never seen them. 😭 Its usually very cloudy where I am, not to mention the light pollution. Hoping to steal away a weekend up in the hills some time in the Spring this year and witness them, if they would show themselves to me.

Welcome home! I don’t know if Mystic allows exchange of contact details on the site, but we’d find a way. 😄

Cecemesee

I totally understand that tho! I’m near Niagara Falls and Hudson Valley in NY and only been to both once… 🙃
It definitely sounds like you’ll make the time when it’s right for you. You know I have this gorgeous pic as my wallpaper from last years lights, all pink and magical!
And re: contact – There is always a way…..life always finds a way ☺️☺️

River W

Dreams are weirder than usual but also more linear, and I think it’s the Mercury & Mars retrogrades. Wildly specific versions of people’s shadow selves and lots of outdoorsy imagery, which gives me mega Gaia-withdrawal when waking up. I always have to go earthing a bit even if it’s cold to reconnect.

Billy D

Dreams, yes. Lately I’ve had to sort out what happened yesterday from what I dreamed two days ago.

Aside from that, usual shizz. Computer driver kaput, phone doesn’t want to charge, blah, blah.

LIsa G

In at least the half a decade I’ve been listening to you, I’ve been able to key into my magic and make decisions that keep the magic manifesting! I’ve been understanding the deeper values of mercury retros for a while so I certainly don’t fear these periods anymore. I think so often when we assume something will be tough, we’re looking for signs of how tough it really is. As a Sag sun with Aries rising and Gemini moon, it is my Saturn on the midheaven I’ve been told is my saving grace. I’m not totally comfortable with Capricorn because… Read more »

Corduroy jeans

Oh couldn’t agree more, Lisa – Aries Sun, taurus rising & Gem Moon reporting for duty!!💫😉 Completely relate to all your stories – the Cappie highschool boyfriend (first ever in my case, so heartbreak was ridick!!); a (so-called by the ancients) “malefic” on the Midheaven (Mars); and an abounding (almost reflexive) renouncing of all external “indicators” or signs of “success” (or whatever trope drilled into us in school), and thus (I imagine) the need for approval over past five yrs- although my ego is pretty sneaky freaky..😑 Loving the increased reliance on inner heart as opposed rational mind, which surely… Read more »

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5thHouseCap

There must be something stronger in my chai this morning because I read each comment and want to go on a hugging spree. Yes to letting go of external manifestations of success. Yes to tuning into magic and spinning in circles of glee like a mad dervish. I recently had a reading from the BEST, the VERY BEST evolutionary astrologer in the world – a gift from the Universe really, for I had no business being this lucky. But, their main message is that your birth chart is your lesson plan for this lifetime. Its your highest potential and also… Read more »

Corduroy jeans

Hi 5th Casa Cap, so so good to hear you so happy – infused with light, even?? And am very glad also to hear you obtaining the right kind of guidance, at the right time – when the student is ready, etc..💖 Happy new gregorian year! And keep a look out for all your best wishes// highest energy rituals around the Aqua new moon on 21/22 January – the sacred lunar new year (also Chinese year of the rabbit?) (I just did a heap of letting go this Kataka full moon, and exhausted doesn’t even cover it. On par with… Read more »

5thHouseCap

HI EARTHSTAR! How did you know I was drunk on light? 😄 I live in the Nordics and we barely have had any sun for weeks, besides my Merc Retro body clock making me wake up past noon. But I feel heady, in love with love and floating on all that is good in the world. No, I don’t consume any substances, besides my tepid tea with a sugar substitute and .5% milk. 😅 I have been chasing the possibility of hearing from this teacher for over 3 years, so you are so right. Its the right time. 🙂 Thank… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star

🤗

5thHouseCap

Heya Wish!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
I saw Number 17 as an omen recently, aka The Star in Tarot! 💗💗💗💗

Scorpio_Rising

I too have some issues with Capricorn energy, a recent musician I worked with was Type A and hypercritical. To the point, it was difficult to be around him. He had very Saturn energy but nothing playful like a goat though. Stern, never smiled, hypercritical, nothing was good enough for him, he was perfect everyone else was “crazy”, and “ugly, unfashionable, and fat.” He liked men but disliked women constantly berating their looks, and weight. However, was NOT hypercritical with other men except one who went off to become famous and he was bitter and angry about it. I think… Read more »

cyril the cynic

“smiling is for idiots, and humor for morons”. so f*cking hilarious!! he must be a delight to be with.

that is going on a t-shirt. i can wear it while i drink my coffee from a mug that someone gave me which says ~ I Hate Everyone. Stupid C*nts ~
so perfect for this time of year.

Mystic Medusa did say to “lean into the cynicism” in the last post – so i am – and while i’m at it, my wish for this year is that everybody gets exactly what they deserve. 😃

cheerio!

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Mariposa

I had one Cap bf, a long time ago… He was sweet. Probably not your typical guy as he has an extra bit of gene, which made him somewhere between masculine & feminine (not as uncommon as you might think). My two younger sisters and a number of female friends are Capricorns and my main sense about them is their practicality, their ability to DO things in the material world, and to HAVE things. All of them are good with money, pretty good with business, and their career paths – or at least getting what they want. The downside, as… Read more »

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5thHouseCap

I love you! I am as Cap as they come…with some extra time god Aqua energy thrown in and I love you. Sorry for all the judgemental energy you faced from my clan. Take it from this judgemental bitch. Behind every cappy smug-y or disdainful face is a heart softer than the butter left out on the counter overnight. Just tell them what you told us here. Do it. Tell them your feelings, your struggles and watch them shed tears with you, offer you practical help tailormade for you, act as your alarm or reminders before important milestones, interviews and… Read more »

Scorpio_Rising

Thank you!
I do have Capricorn friends who aren’t as stern and uptight as that one producer, He’s a buzzkill/joy kill and thankfully not a representative of all Caps!

Clarissa Dolphin

EPIC and spot-on as usual, Mystic. If I’m honest, this Mercury Rx has only ENHANCED my quality of life in my ability to produce and get sh*t done. For example, an old vintage dinette set which has been taking up space in my office for six months post storage unit clean-up is now GONE and I’m progressively marking off tasks on my to-do list that have been gestating in relative stagnation for months. I think you’re bang on with the Lunar Nodes’ influence on the Mercury, because they’re such powerful manifestation points, they blast through any retrograde oriented inertia, it’s… Read more »

5thHouseCap

LOVE you for saying something I have wanted to articulate for such a long time!

Mariposa

100% agree. As i mentioned in a comment above, i look forward to Mercury Rx as ‘extra time’ to get things done that weren’t able to be to be done in the foreshadow phase and Xmas rush… 😊

isa

1000% agree. my theme is quite mercurial, so in the beginning I used to be scared of mercury retrogrades, but on one occasion a technical snafu at work led to me having to do a complete (and surprisingly very quick) rethink of the entire procedure (which consists of tons of data and is entirely tech-dependent) that made it all much quicker and simpler for all the parties involved, especially ME! this experience blew my mind and since then I’m not scared any more, even when the retrogrades’ degrees form potentially nasty aspects with my chart.

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