Wednesday, December 2. Mercury has entered Sagittarius along with the Sun and with a Sagittarius eclipse looming on December 14th this sign is grabbing focus for better and worse. While we all admire the enthusiasm, high-spirited, fun loving and inspirational side of this sign there is also another side to acknowledge that is, shall we say, less easy to be around.
Mercury traveling through this sign can exacerbate some of the negative traits such as exaggeration, stretching the truth to suit ones point of view to the point of lying, and giving out way too much information than is necessary. Mercury is in detriment in Sagittarius because Mercury demands facts and information and nothing extraneous. The higher octave of Sagittarius forms opinions based on facts but the lower form (which is on display more than one would like) will spout opinions based on a gut emotion often without taking logical information into account. Remember when Donald Trump said on his inauguration day in 2017 that there were more than a million people attending when photos, journalists and other reported the facts differently? Mercury in Sagittarius is not so concerned with the facts as it is with making you believe the truth from the perspective of the person speaking.
Mercury in Sagittarius likes to bend the truth to what it perceives to be true. It’s the friend who says with great gusto, “I haven’t had sex in over 6 months” and then an hour later they blurt out that last week they had a one night stand, and when you call them out on it they laugh and say, “Oh yeah, I forgot!” It’s also very concerned with size like bigger, better, larger, more expensive, more exciting, flashier and looking for the next adventure or party as opposed to appreciating what is staring them right in the face at the present moment.
It also likes to pass judgment like no one’s business. Covid brings out some great examples of negative Sagittarius zealous behavior. There is a self-righteous zeal that comes into the opinion expressed and they will pass judgment and condemn you if your belief system isn’t in line with theirs as to correct modes of behavior. Often this sign says there is only one right way and it is mine! And they speak with conviction as if commanded by the voice of God! Think of religious zealots and missionaries who constantly condemn others for not following the precepts, faith, religion and laws regarding a righteous and true way to live one’s life. Mercury in Sagittarius just doesn’t know when to keep its mouth shut even if what it is expressing is valid and has meaning.
Because the eclipses fall in the Sagittarius/Gemini polarity this month we will see these behaviors heightened, inflated and overly sensitized. Mercury will be in Sagittarius through December 20 but you should be aware of the trickster being at his most tricky when he goes out of bounds on the 12th, followed by a tense square aspect to Neptune on the 13th and then the solar eclipse on the 14th. The middle of the month is going to be a very, very tricky time to discern fact from fiction and a test of your mettle in filtering communication, knowing what to say, how to say it, and who to listen to.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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