Mercury is currently in Capricorn located at 01 Cap 35' 02"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mercury is currently Square Jupiter

   Ends on Thursday, 08 December, 2022

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
mercury2022-12-29 09:32:00 UTC2023-01-18 13:12:00 UTCCapricorn
mercury2023-04-21 08:35:00 UTC2023-05-15 03:17:00 UTCTaurus
mercury2023-08-23 20:00:00 UTC2023-09-15 20:22:00 UTCVirgo
mercury2023-12-13 07:10:00 UTC2024-01-02 03:08:00 UTCCapricorn
mercury2024-04-01 22:15:00 UTC2024-04-25 12:55:00 UTCAries
mercury2024-08-05 04:57:00 UTC2024-08-28 21:14:00 UTCVirgo
mercury2024-11-26 02:43:00 UTC2024-12-15 20:57:00 UTCSagittarius

Even people who aren’t even remotely familiar with astrology have heard of this one.  Mercury is also Hermes, considered the emissary of the Gods but also, something of a trickster. Ruling Virgo and Gemini, this planetary influence usually denotes something of an adaptable nature but also, a very curious, very chatty sort of feel.

Mercury is also a quick little booger. Because this is one of the inner planets, it moves around the sun much more quickly than other planets - which is, incidentally, why you’ll hear about Mercury's retrograde cycles much more frequently. They happen more frequently! (But wait, there’s more!) The best way to think about what Mercury does in astrology is that it rules your mind and your mouth but also, the way you move: communication, technology, travel, speech and thinking - and everything that ties in there.

The Retrograde

Mercury retrograde is a well known, regular cycle that happens three to four times every year and it lasts around 24 days. You’d think the frequency would kind of hint that maybe the things that occur during it can be prevented with a little foresight - and yet, though most people associate technological breakdowns and communications issues with this cycle, the truth is this is also one of those times an ex might pop up either in your thoughts or in reality. You know that’s a bad idea even without astrological influence, but there you have it. Instead of reaching out, just write this one off to Mercury Retrograde and you’ll be good to go!

This particular retrograde cycle has been known about for a long time. Between the mid-18th and early 19th centuries, the only people who really cared a whole lot about Mercury in Retrograde were farmers. This is because it was usually associated more frequently with heavy rains and bad things happening in that respect, but not very much. If you really want somebody to blame for the rise in this particular scapegoat: blame Baltimore. I blame Baltimore for a lot of things but it was really their horoscopes where you begin to see the big thrust of this as the reason everyone’s life goes to shit or they’re more or less having a time of it. It was April of 1979 when the Baltimore Sun let everyone know, “Hey, this is why this crap keeps happening!” and it just took off from there. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, of course, if you look at the developing technologies and their use gaining popularity - it would make sense that, well, here you have a ready made gremlin that impacts all those things. There are also quite a few people who blame Taylor Swift for this bigger recent uptick in it in terms of pop culture because well, Tay Tay did an interview where she talked about it. With that, hundreds of thousands of teen girls suddenly had a great intangible boogieman beyond their control to blame their bullshit on three or four times a year. It might kind-of explain those breakup songs, if you ask me, but, well, there you go.

Regardless, it’s become so popular, I am not sure I really need to tell you - but if you wanted to really milk it for all its worth, basically don’t do anything that requires communicating, sealing the deal, travel or otherwise during this cycle. I’m sure that’s going to be acceptable when you call into work. Or, you could take the more rational approach and recognize that if you do notice a lot of things really wonking up, maybe those things could stand being corrected inasmuch as you can from your end of things. Is it happening that often because of the speed in which Mercury moves around the Sun or, is it more like problems that go unresolved tend to pop up again and again?

I don’t know. It’s all a mystery of the cosmos!

Planetary Positions

07.12.2022 at 23:39:07 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
The Sun15 Sag 50' 27"
The Moon13 Gem 45' 03"
Mercury01 Cap 35' 02"
Venus27 Sag 16' 07"
Mars16 Gem 11' 35" R
Jupiter29 Pis 08' 17"
Saturn20 Aqu 19' 35"
Uranus15 Tau 47' 37" R
Neptune22 Pis 38' 58"
Pluto26 Cap 57' 24"

Solar Status

BZ Status:6
Proton Density:10.55
Proton Speed:465.9 k/sec
KP Status:3.33
TypeDec 8Dec 9Dec 10
Active35%25%20%
Minor40%10%1%
Moderate15%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT4.333.333.00
03-06UT4.673.003.00
06-09UT3.672.671.33
09-12UT3.002.001.33
12-15UT3.001.671.33
15-18UT2.672.001.33
18-21UT2.332.001.67
21-00UT3.002.331.33
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. Region 3153 (S16E02, Eko/beta), despite its size, continued to produce no significant X-ray flares. Some decay of its intermediate spots was observed but otherwise, it was unchanged. Regions 3155 (N22W55, Cao/beta), 3157 (N17E27, Cso/beta) and 3158 N24W25 (Cro, beta) were all stable in various stages of decay. Regions 3159 (N30E59, Axx/alpha) and 3160 (N26E66, Hsx/alpha) rotated into view and were numbered this period.
Solar Wind
The solar wind environment was at nominal levels until late in the period when conditions became enhanced from what is likely the CIR ahead of a negative polarity CH HSS. Density became elevated after ~0630 UTC, Bt reached a peak of 14 nT, and Bz reached -12 nT. Though, solar wind speeds remained below 400 km/s and the phi angle remained in a positive solar sector.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels. A peak flux of 2,250 pfu was observed at GOES-16 at 06/1630 UTC. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.