Mercury has already started slowing down and is preparing to enter into retrograde on December 19th, 2016 until January 8th, 2017. In 2016, Mercury retrogrades four times, all in the earth signs of Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo and then Capricorn again . This year's Mercury retrograde points to the end of a nine-year cycle that started in 2008.
Mercury will station retrograde conjunct Pluto! This is a very exciting and dramatic period which is less about the usual travel and communication problems and more about deciphering secret code. Mercury conjunct Pluto adds depth and intensity to your thinking and communications. This is a good time to get to the bottom of troubling issues. You can uncover secrets through study and research, or through probing and questioning others. You can more easily gain a thorough understanding of mysteries and occult subjects like astrology.
Entering a new year on a Mercury retrograde means that things are going to be slow and contemplative during the first part of next year. This may be because 2016 has been a heavy year of releasing for many people. In order to process and start the new chapter that 2017 offers, it seems that the Universe is givings us some downtime in order to make sense of where we are headed to next. You will tend to be more interested in serious subject matter, and may become involved in the darker side of life through criminality or addiction.
Power struggles are possible at the intellectual level, and this could involve thought projection and other non verbal ways of psyching people out. Nervous conditions are possible due to the intensity of your mind and the serious nature of the topics you may unearth. It is also possible that other people will find you too overbearing or interfering, as if you are staring into their soul. Your power to influence can make others feel threatened. Relaxing will be important if you do find the intensity too much.
Practices like journalling, creative activities and exercise are also going to be great outlets during this retrograde period. In fact, anything you can do to get your energy moving may help you to shift and see things from a new perspective.
During a Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, we are encouraged to take responsibility for what we choose to express and how we choose to express it. We are also encouraged to clear out and release things that we may have been clinging on to emotionally.
2016 brought us many retrograde planets and perhaps it is only now that we are starting to make sense of all of this. Retrograding planets allow us to dig below the surface in order to uncover hidden truths and hidden treasures. 2016 being a year of endings, required us to do this work so we can enter into the new chapter of 2017 with clarity, purpose and direction.
The key to dealing with the heaviness of this transit is positive thinking and applying your brain to important tasks or even routine duties. Keeping yourself busy will counteract the tendency toward melancholy and meanness. Allow Mercury Retrograde energy to wash over you like the powerful teacher that it is. Who knows, it may just change your mind about this often misunderstood and feared aspect forever.