Mercury transits show your changing intellectual attitudes as it passes through one sign ... and then another, building up new wisdom as it travels. They show what you're thinking about, where you're coming up with new ideas and where you're learning new stuff -- just in the course of daily living.
Mercury aspects show how you change your mind, make new decisions, come up with new information, see things differently -- and basically work with different experiences and conclusions as you navigate life. They show which of your Inner Selves is helping in this effort and how. And they show which ones are interfering ... and why.
Each aspect partner has his own agenda -- which may or may not work gracefully with your plans or what you have in mind at the moment. Mercury aspects show these moments of meeting on the path.
Mercury aspects are "in effect" for about a week after the aspect forms. In real life, however, you may deal with their concerns -- or see events that correlate with their energy show up even a few days beyond that.
I've found that a difference in perspective or the value of new ideas can hang around a while before you really appreciate them -- or even notice them sometimes. It may take a little distance to recognize the change. Keep that in mind as you work with this forecast.
Mercury in Capricorn
Mercury took its sweet time getting into sane-and-sensible Capricorn this year. It messed around for a while in a Sagittarius / Scorpio retrograde during November. Evidently there was some prep work it needed to straighten out first. But here it is at last, ready to apply the better ideas it's collected to get some new structures set up for the coming year's work.
You learned something important during Mercury's retrograde cycle -- October 27 to December 24 -- and that knowledge will help shape your decisions in the next few weeks about your professional life and public commitments -- what you plan to do with your talents and time.
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