On December 17th Mercury enters Capricorn for the holidays to stay there until Jan 5th. Time for us to make good on our promises and walk our talk!
With so many planets in Capricorn over Christmas (New Moon, Mercury, Sun & Venus in Capricorn, not to mention Pluto), this season it's all about upholding traditional values and doing things properly! On the other hand, it looks like work, money, business-ideas and other practical concerns are likely to be on our minds too. So, it's all about striking a fine balance between work and a proper family Christmas!
After the brainstorming of Mercury in Sagittarius, Mercury in Capricorn is the perfect time to focus on those ideas you want to do something about and start talking business! "Money Talks!" is a Mercury in Capricorn saying, as is "Time is Money"! Fewer words get you further now and a matter of fact, no frills, sensible tone works best. While Sagittarius is concerned with exploring future possibilities, Capricorn is eager to make the best of the world around it. Where Mercury in Sagittarius might get carried away philosophising or brainstorming, Mercury in Capricorn comes in and says: “Ok. Talk is cheap! Let's break this down. What's important here? What's to gain from it? How much does it cost? We must get an expert opinion! Here's a business plan - let's get started!”
Capricorn is a pragmatic, down to earth sign. It likes to see tangible results for its efforts and to build something in the real world that everyone can admire. Mercury rules the mind and all the little exchanges that link us together. With Mercury in Capricorn, ideas start gaining traction and can be worth their weight in gold... Do not be afraid to make a commitment and work on something that you find interesting!
Business meetings can be short and productive during this phase (which is a rare blessing!) Rather than wasting time going through the motions, you can get the bit between the teeth and walk away with a practicable schedule you can get started on straight away. This is a good time to come up with resourceful ways to implement your plans. Mercury in Capricorn is a good time to do some professional networking too. Have that coffee, make that phone-call and see how you can make your network work for you.
You can also use the holiday lull to study, organise your work-space or carry out boring administrative tasks that require more concentration than inspiration. Put your affairs in order! This is often the time of year we do our taxes or an end of year financial audit. Best do these things now while the mind is engaged with practical concerns. For once Mercury goes into Aquarius you may find these things too boring and will likely be looking for more innovative ways to spend your time.
Christmas Day: Mercury in Capricorn conjunct Pluto!
Christmas Day may see a few bombshells landing, as Mercury in Capricorn activates the Uranus-Pluto square. If we are not careful, long-standing tensions may find an outlet at the dinner-table. Think before you speak, for words have the power to make a lasting impression today! On the plus side, you can potentially have the most honest, meaningful and liberating conversations with your loved ones, with revelations bringing you all closer together. One thing is for sure - it won't be boring! As Mercury also sextiles Chiron in Pisces, words of wisdom and acceptance can go a long way, healing past hurts…
Another interesting date to note is Saturday the 20th – the last weekend before Christmas – when we get Mercury sextile Neptune spreading magic in the air and getting us all into the holiday spirit! This combo can bring nostalgic thoughts of Christmases past and heighten our romanticism. A good day to write Christmas cards, drink in the fairy lights and find some ingenious gifts… (but watch out for Venus in Capricorn conjunct Pluto!)
Mercury in Capricorn is the Perfect Time to
- Come up with a business plan
- Structure and prioretise!
- Commit to a plan of action and take practical steps to implement it
- Study a subject that requires intense concentration
- Organise your space and get on top of administrative tasks (taxes, filing, financial paperwork)
- Consult an expert / Get a hearing with a VIP
- Pay attention to history and tradition
- Learn from the past - follow proven methods!
There are some dangers with this transit too: Getting all melancholic, cynical and gloomy; all work and no play; too materialistic, cold and cynical (think Scrooge!)
How does Mercury in Capricorn affect your sign?
Mercury in Capricorn will most benefit Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), boosting their persuasive powers and helping exchanges to flow effortlessly. It gives Water signs Pisces and Scorpio a chance to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. This placement may be a little confrontational for Cancerians – which belong to the cardinal group. This is because Mercury in Capricorn can be challenging for the cardinal signs (other than Capricorn) – Aries, Cancer, Libra - causing some arguments or tensions. The rest of the Fire and Air signs are less strongly affected… Capricorn holds all the cards over the holidays: we may all find ourselves listening to what they have to say! If you are a Capricorn (or have a Capricorn Ascendant), you can use this time to fruitfully pursue your goals. You are probably a hard worker in any case and not content to just sit back and do nothing over the holidays, so that should work just fine for you!
Serious-Minded Souls with Mercury in Capricorn
The voice of Mercury in Capricorn carries gravitas - think Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, David Bowie! Doomsday prophet Nostradamus also has this placement, as does the wonderfully melancholy Edgar Alan Poe – reflecting the more serious side of this placement. Juxtapose this with the dry sense of humour of Rowan Atkinson and Ellen DeGeneres – the flip side of Mercury in Capricorn! Professional dexterity can be attributed to Mercury in Capricorn too, with guitarists Jimmy Page and Keith Richards, as well as Tiger Woods and race-driver Michael Schumacher as potential examples. This placement is also illustrated in different guises in the powerful minds of J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Hawking, Simone De Beauvoir and Joan of Arc. Other examples include Michelle Obama, Brad Pitt, Joseph Stalin, Ralph Fiennes, Nicolas Cage, Al Capone and David Lynch.