Mercury in Sagittarius: What to Expect? ~Vic DiCara

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on Nov 6, 2012
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Mercury’s current transit of Sagittarius will basically take place during the first half of November and the second half of December.

Mercury will transit tropical Sagittarius from roughly October 29 to November 14 and then it will retrogress into Capricorn until it again progresses into Sagittarius from roughly December 10 to December 31.

What to expect from this transit depends upon what sign your Moon is in.

Remember we are talking about a tropical transit, so consider the tropical sign of your Moon and read the appropriate section below.

Please bear in mind that I am only describing the effects that come from Mercury. Transits of other planets during this time period will of course have their own effects.

♈ – If your Moon is in Aries…

Avoid trying to begin or complete any significant projects while Mercury is in Sagittarius. Confusion, unclear plan-making and poor communication or deceit will make it difficult to succeed in such.

♉ – If your Moon is in Taurus…

Mercury’s transit of Sagittarius is potentially very good for you to make significant financial gains, enjoy recreation and establish new friendships!

The exception will be when a planet other than the Moon transits Aries, Capricorn, Sagittarius, Virgo or Cancer. Mars will be in Sagittarius and Capricorn throughout Mercury’s transits of Sagittarius—so be conscientious that Mars’ qualities (like over-enthusiasm, rashness, foolhardiness, intolerance, selfishness) will be the primary obstacles you want to avoid during this time. If you entertain them, they will block the good effects of Mercury in Sagittarius.

In the second half of December the Sun and Venus will also come into Sagittarius, so along with Mars that will make three planets interfering with the positive effects of Mercury’s transit. My advice is to focus on keeping away from Mars’ traits during the first half of November to get the good potentials of Mercury’s transit of Sagittarius.

♊ – If your Moon is in Gemini…

Realize that this time frame is very ripe for misunderstandings. Take extra care to be tactful, diplomatic and clear in your relationships and interactions with others.

♋ – If your Moon is in Cancer…

This is potentially an excellent time for you to solve many problems, take care of debts, outwit opponents, etc.

The exception will be when a planet other than the Moon transits Virgo, Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces or Gemini.

We have Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Pisces, so although Mercury will not cause you any harm during this period, it will be difficult to tangibly realize the good results he could potentially give.

The blockage comes from being too conservative in your thinking and feeling, yet too generous in your willingness to spend. Perhaps if you try to avoid those traits you can realize some of the initially described benefits of Mercury in Sagittarius.

♌ – If your Moon is in Leo…

Avoid being argumentative with those you love. Make an effort to not enter into disputes needlessly. Remember that love is more important than correctness.

♍ – If your Moon is in Virgo…

Mercury’s transit through Sagittarius has the potential to improve your property and savings!

Exceptions arise when a planet other than the Moon transits Scorpio, Capricorn, Aries, Taurus or Leo.

We will have Saturn in Scorpio and Ketu in Taurus for all of this transit, and Mars will be in Capricorn during the second half of December. Over conservatism in your plan-making and ambition will hold back the otherwise good effects of Mercury in Sagittarius, and during the December part of the transit compulsive/passionate spending has to be avoided.

If you are mindful of these blockages, perhaps you can realize some of the positive effects inherent in Mercury’s transit through Sagittarius.

♎ – If your Moon is in Libra…

Be cautious of people. Reserve your trust for when Mercury is not in Sagittarius and you can be more clear and confident about who is a friend and who is not. Be skeptical and cautious of others.

♏ – If your Moon is in Scorpio…

Mercury’s transit through Sagittarius has the potential to improve your financial stability and security.

Exceptions arise if a planet other than the Moon transits in Capricorn, Pisces, Gemini, Cancer or Libra.

Jupiter will be in Gemini during this transit and Mars will be in Capricorn during the latter half of December. Having too much trust in secrets and invisible things will block Mercury from bestowing its goodness and later in December, making your ambitions too self-oriented will do the same.

Avoid these two pitfalls and I hope that your finances can become at least a bit more secure and steady as a result of what you do while Mercury is in Sagittarius.

♐ – If your Moon is in Sagittarius…

Cash flow will weaken. Be mindful of your budget. Don’t expect profits to appear right now, at least not from any new sources.

♑ – If your Moon is in Capricorn…

You are ushered towards a more peripheral, sideline, humble position. Accept it gracefully and you will probably come out of it feeling good and more clear about yourself.

♒ – If your Moon is in Aquarius…

Mercury’s transit through Sagittarius has the potential to significantly increase your prosperity, make important social connections, enjoy life and increase your profit margin!

Exceptions arise when a planet other than the Moon transits Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Libra or Capricorn.

We have Jupiter in Gemini during all of this transit and during the latter part of December we have Mars in Capricorn. So if you have the wrong attitude towards children you will block the prosperity of this transit.

In December don’t be overly shy, for that would interfere with what Mercury’s transit in Sagittarius can give.

♓ – If your Moon is in Pisces…

Mercury’s transit through Sagittarius is wonderful, bringing success and happiness all-around.

Exceptions arise when a planet other than the Moon transits Taurus, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio and Aquarius.

We have Saturn in Scorpio and Ketu in Taurus throughout all of this transit. Therefore, negative thinking and an unwillingness to express yourself are all that may block the pleasant effects of Mercury’s transit through Sagittarius.

What to do?

In case you are feeling discouraged by what Mercury in Sagittarius potentially can bring, I will leave you with these verses from Phaladīpikā that close the chapter explaining transits:

“If the planets are adverse, make peace with them by doing good deeds, observing a fast, etc. in their honor. The planets are always favorable to people who don’t harm others, control their own selfishness and stay true on the moral path of their responsibilities.”

Vic DiCara (Vraja Kishor das) practices Gaudiya Vaishnava sadhana in Southwestern Japan. His blogs are Bhagavatam by Braja and Bhagavad Gita Plain and Simple. He is also a practicing astrologer, prolific writer and former guitarist and song writer in the popular underground spiritual-punk band, 108. His astrology website is available here.


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4 Responses to “Mercury in Sagittarius: What to Expect? ~Vic DiCara”

  1. Alyssa says:

    I'm confused, Mercury doesn't start the illusion of retrograde motion until around November 26th, how is this this "first half of november"? It doesn't even really start to cross the constellation Sagittarius until December 31st…And starts to "turn around" again by about the 21st of february, it looks like your dates are all wrong… Also how do I find out what the tropical moon signs are, I'm unsure how to relate this to a tropical year. My last question is how do you know that us passing mercury in orbit is responsible for the effects on our personal lives you describe?

    Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Vic DiCara says:

    Hi Alyssa,

    The article is not examining the retrograde of Mercury, it is about the transit of Mercury through tropical Sagittarius. Though, on the topic of retrogression, Mercury is currently in retrograde. I am not sure why you think it does not begin until November 26th? It is actually on the 26th of November that the retrogression will *end*. 🙂

    Next, you say that it doesn't enter Sagittarius until December 31st. It sounds as though you are considering the *sidereal* coordinates of Mercury. I am not. I use *tropical* coordinates. I know that many Indians think that the sidereal zodiac is correct, but if you want to examine my full opinion on this I can point you here:… – especially to the "Main Article": "The 12 Signs of the Zodiac"

    Next you ask how to find out what your tropical Moon sign is. You should calculate your chart. You can do it reliably and free here:

    As to your last question about how astrology can affect our lives, I'd like to share with you a collection of articles I have written on that subject: Maybe the third article on that page "Why Does Astrology Work?" would be very relevant to your question?

    Thank you,

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