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Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 2023

By May 22, 2023Mercury

Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn (and Sagittarius) 2023

Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn and Sagittarius
December 12 2023 to January 1, 2024 
from 8º Capricorn to 22º  Sagittarius
Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn and Sagittarius, 2023-2024 To To learn how Mercury functions in your chart
and how to use the retrograde cycle to your advantage,
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What does Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn and Sagittarius mean?

When Mercury begins its retrograde in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, we may be faced with tangles in our careers and reputations. That’s because Capricorn, the sign of professionalism, achievement, building, and public reputation, desires the heights materially and socially. As a result, attempts at achieving status in the world might be misguided by an overly transactional way of operating.

Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn: The Hazards of Achievement

During this period, keep an eye out for Capricorn’s proclivity to care too much about work, status, and achievement. Sadly, our personal and family lives can really suffer under a Capricorn influence. Instead, find balance by bringing focus to the inner or emotional world. You may find that feelings of impoverishment, deprivation, and miserliness may stem from an internal sense of lack.

With Mercury in Capricorn, we may feel anxiously unsatisfied with where we are in life and what we have achieved. In reality, our desire to achieve may be an attempt to feel good about ourselves by proving ourselves to society.

Actually, what Capricorn truly desires is to make a concrete contribution and thus to make a solid impact in the world. But if we purely pursue self-worth from the outside in, we will never achieve a lasting sense of emotional satisfaction.  

Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius: A Different Kind of Confidence 

As Mercury continues its backwards crawl into expansive Sagittarius, we have the opportunity to reorient ourselves with a Fiery perspective. As opposed to single-minded Capricorn, Sagittarius is more concerned with the big picture. In other words, Sagittarius concerns itself more with the philosophical than the purely material.

Also, Sagittarius is more concerned with growing than achieving any static goal. Thus, Sagittarius’ natural jubilance and confidence can help to lift Capricorn’s tendency towards masochism and a lack mentality. Under the influence of Sagittarius, we let ourselves be guided by the desire to grow, learn, and broaden our horizons.

At this point, our goals become fluid and we allow faith to support our relationship to the world. When Mercury is finally direct and moves into Capricorn once again, we can apply our refreshed perspective to manifestation.

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Fran Xin Yi

Fran Xin Yi is an astrological researcher and writer. She has studied astrology for over a decade through a Jungian lens, and seeks to spark understanding by articulating complex inner dialogues through the symbolism of the planets. To book an astrology reading, email frances@pandoraastrology.com.

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