The Mercury Communiqué: Mercury Retrogrades in Sagittarius

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The planet Mercury with astrological sign going retrograde and an illustration of the Sagittarius constellation in the foreground

When we speak, the words carry our intent only so far. How we deliver our message relies on the person receiving the information to accurately process it all. There are built-in biases and assumptions in both parties. The zodiac sign under which you were born will influence both how you deliver and receive information. Of equal importance is the location of the planet Mercury while you are involved in conversations. This is the planet that rules all forms of communication. When you accidentally send out an email to your entire list when it was meant for only one person, tension from Mercury likely played a part. When you happen to have the solution that your boss was looking for and effortlessly explain it in front of him, Mercury assists making the connections that earn you acclaim and respect.

Mercury is about to move into the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. This is the astrological sign of adventure and freewheeling optimism. Look for upbeat assessments of the future to blossom soon. As the year winds down, you may start to get ahead of yourself and look to 2011. Remember to pay attention to where you are right now. Many projects and personal issues need to be resolved and tended to long before the new year dawns. Mercury's visit to Sagittarius will be quite erratic; in fact, it can be divided into five distinct stages, each of which can have a different effect on the way you communicate:

  • Stage 1: Mercury in Sagittarius, November 8 – 30
    The planet of communication speeds through this fun loving sign in three short weeks.

  • Stage 2: Mercury in Capricorn, November 30 – December 10
    After moving into neighboring Capricorn on November 30, Mercury slows down to a crawl and turns retrograde on Friday, December 10.

  • Stage 3: Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, December 10 – December 18
    When a planet appears to be moving backwards in the zodiac as it speeds around the far side of the Sun, the apparent motion is called "retrograde." Mercury is in Capricorn from November 30 until December 18, but having turned retrograde on December 10, its effect will be quite different than Stages 1 or 2.

  • Stage 4: Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius, December 18 – 30
    Mercury's big swing backwards sends it from the early stages of Capricorn back into Sagittarius. Mercury backs up into Sagittarius from December 18 until just before New Year's Eve.

  • Stage 5: Mercury Direct again in Sagittarius, December 30 – January 13
    On December 30, Mercury pushes forward through Sagittarius. Unlike its recent November visit, this stay lasts just over two weeks. It reaches Capricorn for good on January 13.

All in all, Mercury spends almost seven weeks in Sagittarius amidst this planetary chaos. What does it all mean for you? Read below to see how your zodiac sign is affected during each stage by the different signals being sent out by the planet of communication.

Aries March 21 – April 19

Stages 1 and 5: Travel and exploration will be the best use of your time.
Stage 2: A career matter you thought was settled suddenly takes center stage.
Stage 3: Dashed hopes about high expectations outweigh small victories.
Stage 4: Holiday relaxation is challenged by travel chaos and the frenzied pace of other peoples' schedules.
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Taurus April 20 – May 20

Stages 1 and 5: Gifts and shopping for presents may dominate your days, especially with family.
Stage 2: A quick few nights out of town will recharge your batteries during a week where most folks are back from one holiday and preparing for another.
Stage 3: Too many holiday parties leave you hungering for some alone time.
Stage 4: You may feel unusually sensitive to casual comments from friends and family.
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Gemini May 21 – June 21

Stages 1 and 5: Your partner's run of luck will make for an exciting couple of weeks, as you get exactly what you always wanted.
Stage 2: Temptation will emerge in the form of someone you never imagined had an interest in you.
Stage 3: You could be walking a tightrope of soulmate indecision.
Stage 4: A love relationship that you might have neglected during the year needs lots of attention.
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Cancer June 22 – July 22

Stages 1 and 5: Somebody has to be on the clock and working, and it may as well be you sticking to that schedule.
Stage 2: A love relationship becomes the center of your universe as a year's worth of passion consumes a whole week.
Stage 3: Teaching an old lover some new tricks is not as easy as it sounds.
Stage 4: Just because you are going back to an old job or lover does not mean it is a step backwards.
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Leo July 23 – August 22

Stages 1 and 5: A passionate desire to communicate through your art, crafts or holiday photography begins to dominate.
Stage 2: The chance to earn a good wage has arrived.
Stage 3: Your schedule is in utter chaos. Don't fight the details; just insist on getting what you have earned.
Stage 4: Making a mess suddenly has an inspiration on the direction your choice of expression takes.
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Virgo August 23 – September 22

Stages 1 and 5: If you are not in the middle of a move, the chaos around the house might make you wish you were changing locales.
Stage 2: The relief of visiting a lover soothes all your tension.
Stage 3: An old flame could warm a few weeks of your winter.
Stage 4: Tension at home arrives in the form of problems you thought were fixed in the summer.
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Libra September 23 – October 22

Stages 1 and 5: A little gossip goes a long way. Watch your tongue.
Stage 2: A leaky roof might take your attention away from holiday cheer.
Stage 3: An old friend asking to sleep on the couch could be hard to get rid of without harsh words.
Stage 4: Having spoken out of turn enough times to provoke people, your assessment of polite topics will be off and may embarrass people around you.
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Scorpio October 23 – November 21

Stages 1 and 5: Someone has to profit off of the holidays and that might be you!
Stage 2: You will get some good news that you will be able to spread with confidence and cheer.
Stage 3: Don't sign any paperwork if you can avoid it.
Stage 4: If you made an investment in the past and want to add to it with a deeper commitment, this is the time to do so.
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Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Stages 1 and 5: Mercury in your sign allows you to speak your mind and be accepted.
Stage 2: A week waits for you to make a profit selling something that you didn't want anyway.
Stage 3: You may be inspired to sell more things of yours with no emotional connection or personal meaning.
Stage 4: Give back to the people who have helped educate you along the way.
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Capricorn December 22 – January 19

Stages 1 and 5: If you can tie up the loose ends, 2011 will have a much better start.
Stage 2: Mercury in your sign allows you to speak up and let a cute guy notice you.
Stage 3: Your words will be twisted out of jealousy; be protective of what you say.
Stage 4: Going over what went wrong in a relationship might help you learn, if it is not too painful.
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Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Stages 1 and 5: As much as you love to get out among the crowd there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that.
Stage 2: Wind up a few year-end projects quickly for maximum success.
Stage 3: Give anything that is overdone a rest and review it at a slow pace.
Stage 4: If you are feeling like just another pretty face, now is a time to rework what people see in you.
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Pisces February 19 – March 20

Stages 1 and 5: Looking at the big picture; now is the time to focus on getting ahead while others relax.
Stage 2: Your popularity will help at work.
Stage 3: Ambiguous answers will come back to haunt you. Be clear with your communication.
Stage 4: Strive to keep your accomplishments front and center without exaggerating your impact.
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