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