Mercury in Capricorn

Kelli Fox

Mercury in Capricorn: December 2nd – January 4th.

Retrograde Mercury in CapricornSagittarius:December 19th – January 8th

Methodical and Pragmatic Thinking

Under the influence of Mercury in Capricorn, and depending on how this transit affects your natal chart, your thinking could become more methodical and pragmatic. You’ll take a systematic approach to planning and decision-making, breaking an idea down into smaller parts in order to organize your thoughts in a workable way. This is an ideal transit for clarifying your long-term goals and figuring out practical steps to get there.

Analyzing and Organization

Your thinking could be more cautious now, and you’re unlikely to sign on to any ideas or opinions that haven’t been tested and proven to your satisfaction. Business sense is strong, and you’ve got good organizational and administrative skills. With your gift for analyzing systems and structures, you might figure out how to increase your functionality and productivity.

Cold and Bossy

Conversations tend to be direct and focused on business or other practical matters. You might come across as cold, bossy or even superior, so be sure to add a little sugar when you’re communicating what you want.

Focused Learning

Your learning is very focused now, and you’ve got the persistence to master a subject through sheer will and intent. You may feel drawn to taking a class on business management or another subject with real-world applications. You have high standards now, and might have a tendency to be hard on yourself — be sure to keep your sense of humor!

Retrograde Mercury in CapricornSagittarius:December 19th – January 8th

Stilted Language

The retrograde Mercury in Capricorn doesn’t provide much inspiration if you’re searching for lovely lyrical luminous words that poetically reveals your heart and mind. In fact, language seems to be somewhat stilted in general.

Say What You Mean

It is not as if you’re incapable of communicating a point, it’s more as if the words you select don’t come off quite as you planned. At this time, communication is more methodical and practical and people tend to say what they mean and are more reliable.

Accusations and Commands

What you consider as direct verbiage may be misconstrued as an accusation or command. Even a simple request that you regularly make may be heard as an aggressive order. This planetary period is not conducive to flowery expressive language, so creative writing and song lyrics aren’t to be attempted just now.

Little Patience

Your tolerance for idle chatter is also at an all-time low. You would rather get straight to the point, which leaves you little patience for Grandma Betty’s long-winded explanation of her quilting strategy.


Make sure to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ often, however. Avoid controversial subjects and certainly don’t initiate new projects. Use this time to check on your financial health. Do home repairs, and reassess career goals you made five years ago. This is a fine time to take catch up on piles of old work.

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