Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 5th December, and will remain there until Christmas Eve. As we get into the Christmas spirit, what can we expect from this messenger planet in the sign of the archer?
Like all Mercury transits, this one will be most keenly felt by Gemini and Virgo (because Mercury rules those signs), by Sagittarius (the sign the planet is passing through), by people who were born with Mercury in Sagittarius and by people who have a very strong Mercury in their natal charts – perhaps because it makes an important aspect to the Ascendant or sits on a major angle in the chart. For these people, the influence of Mercury is highly personalised; for the rest of us, as Mercury travels around the zodiac, it brings subtle shifts in the flavour of our daily communications.
The astrological Mercury is all about communication, intellect and reason. He’s a lively little guy, and his energies blend quite well with the expansive, knowledge-seeking impetus of Sagittarius. For the next few weeks, many of us will be feeling the urge to broaden our minds, or to learn something new. Mercury in Sagittarius is particularly keenly felt by those interested in law, justice, religion or humanitarian issues, so there could be some human rights legal challenges in the pipeline.
Sagittarius is a very broad-minded sign, so super-rational Mercury may be dabbling in some quite esoteric subjects during his stay in this sign. Philosophy, morality and indeed the meaning of life – all are fair game for some lively discussions around the pre-Christmas dinner table. Don’t expect a great deal of tact, though – Mercury in Sagittarius says what it means to say, first time, with no beating around the bush. This is a very direct transit when it comes to communication – no wooly, airy fairy thinking here, just straight to the point with no messing around.
When Mercury transits Sagittarius, we get to see the bigger picture of our lives. During Mercury in Scorpio, life is viewed through a close up, intensely focused lens, but now, with the change of signs, we start to see the broader brush strokes and lose sight of the detail a little. This is both a good and a bad thing, of course. Lots of visionary plans can be made now, and we can dream bigger and better than before…but the actual hows and whens of achieving those dreams tend to get lost in translation. This is an inspirational thinking transit, but not a very practical one.
Expect an interestingly multi-cultural approach to Christmas this year, as Mercury loves to learn and Sagittarius is fascinated by foreign cultures and new places. You might feel the urge to go abroad for Christmas, or at least to embrace some unfamiliar traditions and to learn how other religions or cultures view our beloved British Christmas. It’s the perfect influence for finding out about the pagan origins of Christmas, and for celebrating Yule on the winter solstice a few days before Christmas – Mercury in Sagittarius is all for creating new traditions out of old, so give it a go – you never know, it might become a new family favourite…..two Christmases for the price of one!