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Mercury turns Direct

Mercury turns direct today at 7:42 pm Jan 8 AEDT, close to the Galactic Centre. It retrograded back into Sagittarius on Thursday Jan 5, where it will remain until early Friday the 13th Jan. Here’s my take on how Mercury functions in Sagittarius:
Mercury searches far and wide in Sagittarius to discover answers to the big questions, like what is the meaning of life, what is my purpose for being here, is there a God? etc. This search is typically conducted through the study of literature, philosophy and religion, or travel to sacred sites and ‘power spots’ in distant lands, or simply through contemplation and meditation. Those with this placement are generally avid readers and travelers for sheer pleasure too. Intellectually, their gifts are for synthesis and overview rather than detailed analysis, and they are much given to prophecy and story-telling where they rarely let a mere fact stand in the way of a good story. Their communication style is humorous, opinionated and loquacious, and many are amateur, if not professional comedians, ‘shock jocks’, media commentators, and sporting pundits. Teaching, documentary making, journalism and writing are other favoured vocational pursuits, whilst in business, their innate optimism and ‘gift of the gab’ suits them to marketing, sales, gambling and share trading. Shortcomings include a tendency to exaggerate, being sloppy on detail, promising more than they deliver, and not practicing what they preach.
And here’s a refresher on the key dates of Mercury’s current retrograde cycle
Mercury turned Rx on December 19 at 15° Capricorn.
Met the Sun on December 28 at 7° Capricorn.
Turns direct on January 8 at 28° Sagittarius
Returns to 15° Capricorn on January 27, finally moving out of it’s so-called shadow retrograde zone
Squares Uranus on February 1.
Leaves Capricorn on February 7.

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