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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
~~ Ecclesiastes 3

Mercury Retrograde December 2017/January 2018

Yes, it's already that time of year again. Here are the important dates surrounding this cycle:

November 15, 2017 Mercury entered his shadow

December 3, 2017 Mercury goes retrograde

December 23, 2017 Mercury goes direct

January 11, 2018 Mercury leaves shadow

Mercury goes retrograde Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Sagittarius and will remain in this sign for the duration of this retrograde cycle. (Mercifully it goes direct on December 23.) In the bigger picture, Sagittarius is a sign that represents long-distance travel, foreign affairs, higher education, large animals such as horses and other similarly sized species, advertising, sports and sportsmen, courts, text books, churches and clergymen, faith of a religious nature, hunting, jockeys, the law and publishing,

Since there tend to be reversals under a retrograde, we can expect people, beings or institutions listed above as going through some sort of reversal, change of thinking or direction, or possibly misspeaking or having their words misinterpreted. On a political level, we can anticipate a change of mind on international fronts and the danger of misunderstanding spokespeople for foreign countries.

The publishing industry could come under scrutiny, so the accuracy of the printed word is critical. There is a tendency for things to be blown out of proportion under this Sagittarian influence. This is not a favorable time to roll out a brand new advertising campaign, since there may be the danger of delays in getting the message across or errors in the production of advertising.

This does not bode well for the airline, trucking and other long-distance transportation industries. It has already been reported that a computer glitch at American Airlines has accidentally given too many pilots time off over Christmas.

On an individual level, since we are in the holiday season and are more prone to travel, this will be a time when we need to double-check all travel arrangements and confirm that flight numbers are accurate, not to mention departure and arrival times. Allow extra time for travel, so get to the airport, train station and the like much earlier than what might seem practical. And since many of us will be shipping packages a long distance, it's imperative that you ship items early, make sure packages are clearly and accurately labeled and by all means hold on to those all-important tracking numbers and receipts. If you have pets and will be traveling, be sure to have all your ducks in a row, such as pet sitters, properly placed instructions and keys.

If you're communicating with someone who speaks a foreign language, it will be worth your while to download a foreign language app well ahead of time. And be sure to check pronunciation. You don't want to accidentally insult someone when you're actually attempting to give them a compliment. Humor is a good resource to fall back on during times such as these.

Misunderstandings associated with religious and possibly political beliefs are also ripe for the picking, so take note.

On the anatomical front, Sagittarius is associated with the hip and thigh region of the body, so those areas may be more prone to accident and/or injury. It's not unusual for the opposing sign of the current retrograde path to come under attack, so Gemini-ruled body parts are also vulnerable. Those include anything dual in the upper torso of the body, such as hands, arms, fingers and lungs, as well as eyes and ears.

This is a good time to reflect on experiences you've had in places distant from where you are now, as well as buddies you made back in college.
Below is a brief outline of how this cycle can play out, strictly from the perspective of sun signs or rising signs. Please check those signs for a more personal approach.

Best of luck to you and yours, and may you, your thoughts and your packages arrive safely and timely at your destinations.

More in-depth information on Mercury retrograde

Your long-distance travels and shipments are the most likely target for you, so arrive as early as possible, ship things out sooner than you think is needed and double-check your itinerary before heading out on your journeys. This may be a pleasant time to bump into people you've known from college or people with whom you have long-distance connections. If you're applying for a class or course, make sure all the little details are in order.

Pay attention to financial matters, especially jointly held assets, as well as insurance matters and issues associated with wills and inheritances. Listen to subconscious cues that may be reminiscent of times past. And when it comes to conversations associated with private matters, be sure you are as explicit as possible. If others are speaking in generalities, nail them down to specifics. This is not the best time to buy a pig in a poke. Be informed as to what the other party truly has to offer.

Your interpersonal relationships will be a vulnerable area for you. So make extra effort when communicating with your significant other, a business partner or a counselor – leaving nothing open to interpretation. Cut partners some slack if they aren't particularly decisive. It may not be the most appropriate time for them to make hard and fast decisions. Exercise caution when entering into contracts and expect to have to go back and review old contracts or legal matters.

This cycle is likely to impact your communication with co-workers and helpers. So cover your tracks and make sure you're all on the same page. This may be a more fitting time for reviewing the printed word rather than hurriedly throwing it out for the whole world to see. Be prepared to for having to make adjustments in your daily routine, possibly at the last minute. And pay attention to your health. Undergoing medical testing may not be the best use of this timing, so if it's necessary, anticipate glitches, such as delayed or incorrect results.

Luckily for you, this cycle may not prove to be all that daunting, since the retrograde occurs in a fellow fire sign. Areas of vulnerability for you will be communications between you and children, romantic partners or in the process of creative projects. You may have to make last-minute changes when it comes to entertainment, such as parties and performances. Be sure you double check invitations for correct details and keep your ears open for adjustments.

Your home will be the area on which to focus this time around. Mechanical problems can arise, as well as communication glitches between you and family members. Remember that Mercury is associated with connecting devices, so if you're having technical glitches, look there first. When it comes to communications, your tendency to be highly specific may not mesh with those who are looser with plans. You may have to lighten up on those little details and go with the flow.

Short-distance journeys are a bit more likely to trip you than long ones, but watch all manner of travel and communication, nonetheless. Double check logistics with respect to travel and be sure you have everything you need to keep in touch, such as back up phone chargers, plugs and the like. Other connections that could experience misunderstandings would be those with siblings and neighbors, so be cognizant of how you express yourself with them. Vehicles may encounter a mechanical glitch, so be sure to schedule a checkup with your mechanic before hitting the road.

You folks need to pay close attention to your finances. Keep tabs on all your accounts, financial transactions, as well as anything that is or represents money, such as debit or credit cards. Be sure you don't misplace them or that they aren't removed from you without your knowledge. Think twice about major financial transactions, double check all numbers and keep receipts. Don't be surprised if you have to exchange things or if there are errors in the course of transactions.

You’re the lucky ones who are graced with Mercury going retrograde in your sign. Make a point of being as explicit as you can possibly be in your overall communications. The most constructive use of this period is to take your time to think things through. Don't feel compelled to have to make major decisions on the spot. And if you're contemplating some significant adjustments in your personal direction, that's all the more reason to give yourself time. What you may decide one day could change the next. Once Mercury goes direct, you should have a firm sense of how you want to move forward.

You goats need to carve out some time for reflection and contemplation. This is an excellent time to look within, to seek guidance from your guardian angels and all who protect you. Seek out a secluded place that allows you to step back and take a breath. Ideally, the wider open the space, the better. Even gazing at the sky or vast landscapes will help you gain perspective. Your philosophical perspectives are more important than anything technical or concrete. And remember to keep your sense of humor fully intact.

You're in a prime position to reconnect with all sorts of friends and colleagues. This cycle may feel like you're attending reunions, some planned and some not. If you feel the urge to connect with a long lost soul, follow those instincts. There's a good chance that your gestures will be timely and well appreciated. And if you're considering how to become re-involved in social or community causes, give yourself credit for being in sync with the universe.

Keep a close watch on your career and those who influence it. At times it may seem frustrating if you're trying to get a firm answer from higher ups, management or decision-makers. It may take some time to get a response, or it may take a while to get your point across. There could be indecisiveness on the part of bosses or perhaps a reversal of previous decisions or game plans. Your role as well as the players in management may also be in play. Once Mercury moves direct, you should have a firm sense of how things all pan out.

Mercury Retrograde dates for 2018

Mercury goes direct December 23, 2017 in Sagittarius
Mercury leaves shadow January 11, 2018

Mercury enters shadow March 9, 2018 in Aries
Mercury goes retrograde March 23, 2018 in Aries
Mercury goes direct April 15, 2018 in Aries
Mercury leaves shadow May 3, 2018 in Aries

Mercury enters shadow July 8, 2018 in Leo
Mercury goes retrograde July 26, 2018 in Leo
Mercury goes direct August 19, 2018 in Leo
Mercury leaves shadow September 2, 2018 in Leo

Mercury enters shadow October 29, 2018 in Scorpio
Mercury goes retrograde November 17, 2018 in Sagittarius*
Mercury goes direct December 6, 2018 in Scorpio
Mercury leaves shadow December 25, 2018 in Sagittarius

* Note: Mercury goes retrograde this cycle at the same degree at which it entered its shadow in November 2017, 13 degrees of Sagittarius



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Kathryn L. Silverton
Lilburn, Georgia