Your Guide to Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn


It’s time to head back in time to make a change! Starting on Monday, December 21st, 2016 until January 7th, 2017, Mercury will be making its seasonal backspin through ♑️ Capricorn.

In case you were not yet aware of this peculiar phenomenon, Mercury stops in the sky and appears to move backwards about 3 times per year. This adversely affects all things related to communication, coordination, technology, writing, and even transportation.

However, we actually started off this year in part of a retrograde period, so we are finishing this one with a rare finale – a 4th retrograde. It really does seem like the universe is doing everything it can to make sure we’re making full use of the year we’ve still got left!


During this retrograde season, structural instabilities will pop up to be re-imagined, so we can all begin 2017 a different way.


When Mercury is in the structure-oriented sign of Capricorn (ruled by our strict yet strategic teacher Saturn), it affects all of the practical schedules, systems and strategies behind our everyday lives. It magnifies the cracks in the foundation, or even crumbles the whole thing down altogether to be rebuilt from scratch.

This can be a good thing in the long run, but in the current moment it can bring up frustrating challenges we’ve ignored in the past that we’ll now be forced to work our way through, the hard way & the correct way.

These things do take time and it probably won’t happen overnight (or all during this one retrograde period), but the next 3 weeks will bring a major catalyst for changing and updating the most important structures in our lives.

One thing is for sure: 2017 is going to be very different!


Read on to find out more about how this will be affecting your sign below…



(March 21 – April 19)

This retrograde cycle will be lighting up your Career sector, providing you with a chance to fine tune any big moves you’ve been gearing up for over the past few weeks. Mercury in Capricorn is asking you to triple-check that what you’re working on is something you really want to be known for. Especially take time to reflect on whether the structures you are setting up for yourself are truly going to benefit you in the long run!



(April 20 – May 20)

Mercury Retrograde will be jetting back in time through your house of Higher Education, giving you the time & space you’ve been needing to re-explore any lingering curiosities you’ve had about exploring new horizons in your life or career. While retrograde periods are usually not the best for traveling to new places physically, this would be a very good time to look over any previous plans for expansion to test them for both plausibility and practicality.



(May 21 – June 20)

The messenger planet will be zooming over your Business zone, testing you on the ways you’ve set up for yourself to manage your resources. When you add all of your income & expenses up against your list of life goals, do you have what you need, or is it time for a systematic makeover of your budgetary needs? Time to think long term now because short term bandages will be ready to burst during this retrograde.



(June 21 – July 22)

During this retrograde cycle, Mercury will be heading back over your opposite sign of Capricorn and your Partnership corner. Are your current business or romantic relationships built to last for the long haul? You’ll find out over the next few weeks, as you come to find out if another person really has your back, and try to work out what it will take to get on more even ground with one another.



(July 23 – August 22)

Mercury will be diving back into the beginning stages of Capricorn and your 6th house of Work & Daily Routines. It’s time to get real about how much of each day you actually spend setting yourself up for success. Are your current daily routines prepping you for the full impact you want to make in your work? This retrograde season will make sure your daily schedule is up for the task of supporting a stand-out act (you).



(August 23 – September 22)

Over the next 3 weeks, Mercury will be transiting back across your Creativity zone. Although this might sound like a fun thing, it’s probably going to be more about going back and narrowing down the vast variety of ideas you’ve been pursuing. A great idea means nothing if it’s not something worth working towards on a practical level, so figure out how you can hone in specifically on the ones that seem to have the most probability to succeed.





(September 23 – October 22)

This retrograde cycle will be bringing it all back to your 4th house of Home & Family, putting your focus on the systems you have in place to keep it all running smoothly. You might wish you could be concentrating on developing creative new ideas for your life or career, but the demands of home will present a detour now. Your task is to figure out how to keep everything in a precise harmonious balance.



(October 23 – November 21)

Mercury Retrograde will be affecting your Networking sector, providing an opportunity to re-evaluate how you present yourself across all of your marketing platforms like your newsletter and social media. Just try to avoid making drastic decisions (or overly revealing commentaries) right away. If you’re planning to get ahead over the holiday season, your business communications are going to need to be locked down tight and that may require a lot of testing and tweaking on the back end first.



(November 22 – December 21)

There’s no other way to put it. The next 3 weeks will see Mercury appearing to head backwards in your 2nd house of Love & Money. That means you may need to re-evaluate the systems you have in place to get what you truly value in life, or prepare to get a new perspective on your current priorities. Connecting with people in your community could provide you with helpful opportunities to get back on track.



(December 22 – January 19)

Just because you ARE a Capricorn does not mean that this retrograde through your sign will be a walk in the park. Nope, over these next 3 weeks you will be dealing with the structures behind your very identity. Get ready to make some branding changes, wardrobe changes, and maybe even role changes. Time to step into your truest self!



(January 20 – February 18)

This retrograde period will be striking at your 12th house of the Unseen. Perhaps there are some outmoded ideas & concepts still floating around in your psyche that you need to clear so you can move forward in the new year. These few weeks will have you thinking, and re-thinking, what you really want to be doing with your time here on Earth.



(February 19 – March 20)

Mercury will be turning around and floating back through your Friendship sector. This cycle will help you re-discover who your true friends are and reflect on how you fit in within your close-knit community. During this time, try to watch out for misunderstandings with others and make sure you’re prepared to give help to others as much as you are willing to receive it.


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