Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn – State Secret

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Date: December 19th, 2016- January 8th 2017 (In Shadow til January 27th)

Why do you continue punishing yourself, day by day, hour by hour, caged up in your high tower – separated, isolated from the rest of the world? Do you think someone is going to come galloping up in a white horse, ready to pull you down from the spiral of bricks you have built to protect yourself from something that will demolish you? Unfortunately, Heretics, the more you attempt to protect yourself from demolishment, the bigger your high tower gets, and when your tower gets so fucking high that it starts to sway, you have quite the monstrous fall. You will meet head on, times 10, the very pain that you tried to avoid in the beginning.

Re-visit, re-do, edit, throw away, re-gain. These are traditional Mercury Retrograde themes. Mercury is an ephemeral planet. Most of the time, his influence goes un-noticed because he is the very mind that permeates reality. It is often the hardest to see the thing that is most personal to us. Currently, Mercury is situated in Capricorn, the eternal skeptic of the Zodiac.

It’s is time to be 
critical. Mercury is also a planet of healing, so this unearthing that will happen is good for you in the end.  It’s time to assess what you have with brutal honesty. Do you have a project you have been meaning to start? Fuck, now is the perfect time to do it. We have the resources we need, we just haven’t started USING them. Capricorn’s motto is “I Use.” How can you learn to manipulate what you have into a solid plan? What do you need to cut away from your high tower in order to be grounded once again? This transit is urging us to move forward. It is super powered by conjunct contact with Pluto, meaning the projects we begin now will be critical to our self transformation. It also means that it is going to detonate your faulty plans.  Once you get rid of your self imposed obstacles, you can begin moving forward – full steam ahead.

There will be a massive unveiling going on at this time that will seem almost “cold” toward you. The conjunction with Pluto is surely going to bring out our shadows and vulnerabilities, so keep in mind that you may be “exposed” at this time. This also means that it is easier to see yourself, therefore easier to work on yourself. This is your chance to re-visit the underworld and make some adjustments – bring back parts of yourself you thought were lost or too damaged to patch up. And then when Mercury swings back into direct, you can meet the challenge of 2017 head on with far more solid foundations. This transit will teach us more about integrity because it will be incredibly hard to hide faults. It will also make synchronicities far more visible and lies far harder to commit to.

Picture this transit like C4 used to blow away chunks of earth so that tunnels may be constructed from one point to another. There, inside the earth, we will learn things about ourselves that we have tried to bury. This transit will test our courage to confront those things, and it will test our determination. When these ghosts escape their graves, they will be inspiration for our art – for our healing. I guess the one thing to remember is that ghosts can’t kill you. They are phantoms, and you are made of the earth itself. When you realize this, perhaps you will stop building up, and start standing your ground.


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