This Mercury Retrograde period starts at 15 degrees of Capricorn, which is mighty close to an exact conjunction with Pluto. Pluto is ponderous and deep. It suggests we take a good, long almost meditative look at the circumstances of the moment. Given that it’s the holidays many memories both good and bad can arise, unbidden from the cashes where they are stored. Mercury retrograde suggests that there is nothing that needs to be done about the past but there is great power in respecting that this is where we come from, these are the nutrients that have made us what we are. As Mercury journeys through the past it will sextile Neptune on December 26th suggesting opportunities to see things from a nonlinear perspective. The conjunction with the Sun, always the most significant day of the retrograde period, occurs on December 28th just before the New Moon. This conjunction happens along with a sextile to Mars. Mars is action. The conjunction with the Sun is about renewal. It’s as if the marching orders have been issued but it’s not yet time to march. First you must understand or resonate with whatever it is you are meant to be responsible for. On January 3rd Mercury will sextile Venus and on the 4th it retrogrades back to Sagittarius where it will make the station and go direct on the 8th. The sextile suggests kindness as well as beauty. The return to Sagittarius reminds us that the vision we have of the future compels us forward even though it is unlikely that things will turn out exactly as we imagine. Once Mercury goes direct we generally have a sense of moving more easily toward the future we have been thinking about.
Given the time of year there might be lots of things to return to the store. Spend some time with what you have before you rush to turn it into something else. There may be someone who would love it even if you don’t! This Mercury retrograde is about renewal: The renewal of our ability to respond to the world as it is and step up to what that requires rather than to try desperately to make it something other than it is.