Mercury in Capricorn: Sights & Sounds of Status

Illustrated constellation of Capricorn over the planet Mercury and astrological sign for Mercury in background

Our perceptions of the world are based on the zodiac sign under which we were born. As the planets move through the heavens, these tastes and tendencies of ours are stoked or inhibited. When the planet Mercury is involved, our five senses tend to highlight certain areas of our relationship to the external world. Sometimes this means things are quite normal, and other times they are eccentric and unpredictable. The movement of the planets is the rhythm of life; the movement of Mercury through the signs of the zodiac is the rhythm of how we take in and express information through our senses.

When Mercury visits the zodiac sign of Capricorn, the sensations we experience are filtered through our sense of status. Capricorn is a sign concerned with the pecking order and either being a part of it or understanding it in order to avoid being seduced by the glamour of all that glitters.

Mercury enters Capricorn on December 5. It will be in the sign of the Goat until February 10, so prepare now for an extended period of time of being almost too aware of your place in society’s hierarchy. Read for your sign, as well as for anyone who may be trying to climb ahead of you.

Aries March 21 – April 19

The intensity of career achievement will be of prime importance to you. You have a feeling – right or wrong – that people are not taking you seriously. To correct their perceptions, you will on more than one occasion recite your accomplishments with a fierce demand that they be taken seriously.
Secret to Gaining Status: A third party bragging about knowing you.

Taurus April 20 – May 20

Your need to move up in the esteem of your peers will manifest as taking on the role of the teacher. Your connection to experiences that those around you have not had will serve you well. Look to shine as an expert in fields you have deeply studied. Beware, though, of taking the pulpit and expounding on a subject about which you are not an expert. Pontificating will cost you.
Secret to Gaining Status: Giving tips on how to make money will impress those around you.

Gemini May 21 – June 21

Status can be gained in your sexy walk, talk and an overall flirtatious manner. Mercury in Capricorn signals an opportunity to appear to be the prize that others want while allowing you to remain your own person. This, of course, is a Gemini trait and one that will serve you well as the gap between who you are and who they want you to be may grow.
Secret to Gaining Status: If you look a little too much like a popular singer or actress, it will help you get attention.

Cancer June 22 – July 22

The emphasis on gaining status will be through your partner. No matter how independent you wish to be, a significant other can take you places you just cannot access while Mercury is in Capricorn. You do not have to succumb to the role of arm candy. Your partner will get you in the door, from there you can do your best to impress the powers that be with what you have to offer.
Secret to Gaining Status: Remember the names of the people you meet and call them by their name.

Leo July 23 – August 22

Your status boost is coming and unlike many signs of the zodiac, you can easily measure out just how big a gain you can expect. Simply measure how hard you have been working lately and that will tell you how much more social respect is coming your way.
Secret to Gaining Status: Make sure a project is detailed and worked over so that everyone understands your effort.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

This is a chance to shine as an artist or other creative spirit. You will be rewarded for extra creativity. If you are able to tap into a child-like well of making play a productive part of your day, all the better. You will get a little notoriety for taking chances, but any scandal will only make you a star more quickly.
Secret to Gaining Status: Stop correcting people and let them pronounce that you are greater than you might realize.

Libra September 23 – October 22

A sense of cabin fever may overcome you and you will feel the need to get out and see the world. And yet, home is where you will be most accepted and successful, be it the glue that holds the family together or the host who entertains people as joyfully as they can imagine. Balance the desire to find a space in which you feel refreshed with making your house a home.
Secret to Gaining Status: A local restaurant may be the place to meet and greet for variety’s sake.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

If you have anything of value that can be published or broadcast, now is the time to get your message out to the world. Your status will be based on the quality of the message you have to deliver and the manner in which you deliver it. The more confident that you sound and appear, the more people give your words a fair listen.
Secret to Gaining Status: Look people in the eyes and smile.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Your money situation is going to affect the way you feel about yourself and will thus affect your status, especially among old friends you may only see around the holidays. Take great care not to brag about your recent financial successes in case someone you meet has lost his or her job. Understand that people may be more manipulative with you depending on their perceptions of your wealth.
Secret to Gaining Status: Not talking about money sends a message that you cannot be bought or sold and integrity is the ultimate status symbol.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

With the messenger planet in your sign for an extended stay, get used to the feeling that you are being judged and analyzed by just about everyone you meet. This change of circumstance will be a positive experience if you can handle how difficult it is for many people to change their preconceived notions about just who you are and what you represent.
Secret to Gaining Status: Maintain your ties to the people who stuck by you in the more difficult periods of your life.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

You can attract attention that is beneficial by finding the best way to guide your friends, family and colleagues through an unclear situation. Your analysis of where things are going and a clear picture of what the future holds are both valuable to those around you. Explaining your vision will be explaining yourself. A boost to your status when you make the right call will put you in a position of real power.
Secret to Gaining Status: Pass around the credit and you will be seen as humble along with your position as a forecaster.

Pisces February 19 – March 20

Your accomplishments will be the toast of the town and public visibility will come around to you and your projects. This might be a bit embarrassing if you, like many Pisceans, have been leading a double life. Your creative pursuits might get noticed but this will cause some embarrassment among your more conservative friends. Meanwhile, your new high profile could cause jealousy and friction among your past and present loves. Enjoy your complications.
Secret to Gaining Status: Listen intently to questions and answer them as friendly, truthfully and succinctly as possible.

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