Mercury Is in Retrograde This Month—Here's What It Means for You

Updated 10/23/17

At MyDomaine, we want to prepare you for all of life’s challenges, and what better way to do that than by getting some foresight from the stars? Each month, we’ll be bringing you your horoscope along with a power product to help you get through the month, handpicked by our resident horoscope expert Amelia Quint. If you’re changing careers, moving into a new home, or getting married, consider yourself in good hands. Ahead, Quint shares what to expect this month—and what you’ll need to get through it.

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This month, we’re shifting from free-spirited Sagittarius into disciplined Capricorn. When the sun enters Capricorn on December 21, the stars show you how to incorporate the daring new items and ideas you collected earlier this month into your everyday life. Your best bet? Never stop exploring, but give your adventures have a practical goal. Capricorn is a pro at climbing the social ladder, so you’ll have Sagittarian confidence on your side when you decide to make a power move.

You’ll get your first taste of that ambition when the communication planet—Mercury—enters Capricorn on December 2, but you should probably wait to act on it. Mercury retrograde begins two weeks later, on December 19, so expect a few professional misunderstandings. Luckily, Venus enters Aquarius on December 7, ensuring your devices run a little more smoothly than during your average Mercury retrograde. Plus, Mars enters Pisces the same day, giving you a creative or spiritual outlet for your frustration.

Just be careful what—and whom—you text, because Pisces can encourage out-of-character behavior from even the most rational among us! That’s especially true under the Gemini full moon on December 13, when your communication habits are put into the spotlight. Try turning off social media and connecting with your kindred spirits IRL if you can.

There’ll be plenty to talk about around the holiday table, as Saturn in Sagittarius syncs with Uranus in Aries on December 24, or Christmas Eve. Saturn is highly traditional, but in outspoken Sagittarius, he’s willing to open up to optimistic ideals—especially if passionate about them. On December 26, the day after Christmas, Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus, so the truce may not be long-lived. Jupiter has a tendency to overestimate, so make sure you have plenty of food, spending cash, and patience if you decide to shop the sales in person.

That tension builds until December 29, when the Capricorn new moon clears the air. Uranus retrograde ends the same day, and the planet’s forward motion could bring a few surprises along with it. My advice? Keep your eyes on the prize. It’s easier to keep going when things get weird if you know exactly what you’re working toward!

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Things don’t start to heat up for you astrologically until midmonth, so use the first two weeks to lay the groundwork for any holiday plans: Chances are you’ll be busier than you think during the rest of December! On December 13, the Gemini full moon revamps your inner monologue for the better, syncing with Mars and Jupiter to highlight areas of your life where a little fun and adventure could go a long way. A few days later, when your ruler—Mars—enters your relaxation zone, you’d do well to supplement your epiphany with a spa day, retreat, or a few nights of really good sleep.

On Christmas Eve, Saturn in Sagittarius sends good vibes to Uranus in your sign, helping you make concrete plans to explore the daring ideas you’ve been kicking around for the last few weeks. The new you might get some resistance from your partners-in-crime on the day after Christmas, but under the Capricorn new moon on December 29, you show them you’re serious about making your dreams a reality. Uranus direct in your sign on the same day says you’ll surprise everyone, maybe even yourself!

Your December Power Product: A Filofax. There’s no better method for plotting your brave new course than in a chic and detailed notebook.

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Even if you’d rather lounge at home, it’ll be worth it to get out and about this month: You’ll be the talk of the holiday party when your ruling planet—Venus—slips into your career zone on December 7. If you’re hoping for a raise or promotion, you just might get your wish, especially when the Gemini full moon highlights your cash sector on December 13! Lady Luna will be in sync with Jupiter and Mars in the daily grind and publicity houses of your horoscope, respectively. Looks like your hard work is finally paying off, Taurus.

If you do need to sign something important, do it before Mercury retrograde begins on December 19. That way, you’ll be well prepared for the Capricorn new moon on December 29. If you’ve been holding yourself back in any way, this is when you hit the reset button on your personal philosophy. Enter your new professional ventures with your head held high, and everything will be just fine.

Your December Power Product: A tote bag. You’ll look like a pro when you’re carrying your belongings from your office to the boardroom and from the boardroom to the café.

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This month, the last of the year’s three Mercury retrogrades strikes, forcing you to slow down any racing thoughts and review your progress. On December 2, Mercury—your ruling planet—enters sensible Capricorn, where he’ll stay for the rest of the month. Mercury retrograde, which begins on December 19, is notorious for playing technological and interpersonal tricks, but you know how to stay one step ahead. Capricorn is your secrets sector, and Mercury retrograde in this area is going to emphasize the importance of confidentiality in a big way.

On December 13, a full moon in your sign comes bearing gifts, though you may have to contend with a few haters trying to steal your shine. If you don’t set down clear boundaries beforehand, the Capricorn new moon in your intimacy sector on December 29 shows you which of your confidantes can—and can’t—be trusted. The good thing is that new moons are opportunities to start again, completely anew.

Your December Power Product: A trench coat. You’re playing the spy this month, so why not do it in classic espionage regalia? For bonus points, add statement shades.

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Is there any time of year more magical than the winter holidays? This year, a Gemini full moon on December 13 spotlights your 12th house of dreams, mysteries, and Christmases past. Lady Luna will be in sync to Mars and Jupiter at the most emotional points of your horoscope, so whatever comes up, one thing’s for sure: You’re going to be in your feelings. Give yourself plenty of space to write, dance, or ugly-cry it out before Christmas Day. On December 26—the day after Christmas—Jupiter in your private sector and Uranus in your public sphere move into tense formation with your sun, putting you in the middle of a tough conflict.

Lucky for you, the new moon in Capricorn falls in your relationship sector, giving you the helping hand you’ll need in order to cut through the noise. This time, you really do get by with a little help from your friends.

Your December Power Product: A holiday-scented candle. There’s nothing that evokes the celebratory winter spirit quite like the smell of cinnamon and pine.

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You won’t need any mistletoe to entice the object of your affection this holiday season, Leo! With Venus in your relationship zone, things heat up despite the cold weather. On December 13, a Gemini full moon in your friendship sector syncs with energetic Mars and lucky Jupiter, activating the houses of your horoscope associated with sensuality and secrets. Don’t be surprised if your relationship status, either literal and figurative, changes under this influence. On December 21, your ruling planet—the sun—enters Capricorn, giving your professional focus a boost just in time for the Capricorn new moon on December 29.

Capricorn rules your health and habits sector, so use that day to start routines to set you up for success in 2017. The new moon will be close to powerful Pluto, so whatever you do now sticks!

Your December Power Product: A Korean skincare regimen. Whether you throw in a sheet mask here and there or switch over entirely, K-beauty is at the forefront of innovation and will definitely help you practice patience—with gorgeous results!

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

This month, the last of the year’s three Mercury retrogrades strikes, forcing you to slow down any racing thoughts and review your progress. On December 2, Mercury—your ruling planet—enters sensible Capricorn, where he’ll stay for the rest of the month. Mercury retrograde, which begins on December 19, is notorious for playing technological and interpersonal tricks, but you know how to stay one step ahead. Capricorn is your fifth house of your inner child, so this particular retrograde is a nostalgia trip: Try to remember the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations that made you feel like anything was possible.

On December 13, a Gemini full moon in your publicity sector syncs to energetic Mars and lucky Jupiter to set your name in neon lights. It’s a full-circle moment, and you deserve it, Virgo. Later, on December 29, the Capricorn new moon reminds you that it feels good to open your heart to muses both creative and romantic.

Your December Power Product: Your favorite vinyl. Listening to your favorite music on vinyl can be an amazing sensory experience for both happy and tough times this month—plus, it makes great décor.

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

This holiday season, you might end up acting as your friends’ ambassador or adviser, but not before you have a little fun! On December 7, your ruling planet—Venus—enters nonchalant Aquarius, your fifth house of pleasure. With Jupiter in your sign too, this is your cue to celebrate just because you can. You like to downplay it, but we know it’s true: Being you is enough reason to throw a party! By December 13, the Gemini full moon in your personal philosophy sector switches up your mind-set, helping you to see things from a more realistic point of view.

Yes, you can be positive and pragmatic at the same time! If there was to be a problem here, it would be December 26, or the day after Christmas, when Jupiter in your sign opposes Uranus in your relationship zone. Under this influence, friends, lovers, or business partners surprise you. Luckily, the Capricorn new moon on December 29 lands in your deep emotions sector, showing you the practical applications of what you learned from the days prior. There’s a lesson in everything if you look closely, Libra.

Your December Power Product: A chaise lounge. When friends ask for advice, having luxurious furniture for them to sit on can’t hurt! Plus, midmonth, you’re going to need it.

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Things don’t start to heat up for you astrologically until midmonth, so use the first two weeks to lay the groundwork for any holiday plans. Chances are you’ll be busier than you think during the rest of December! On December 13, the Gemini full moon illuminates your eighth house of taboos, revealing and healing your sexual hang-ups. It’s comfortable territory for you because your sign is associated with the eighth house to begin with. Either way, it adds a little spice to your holiday plans! Things continue to heat up when your OG ruler, Mars, enters Pisces on December 19.

Pisces is your pleasure sector, so expect to feel a little more—shall we say—turned on than usual. This is great energy for artists looking for inspiration, too: If you feel your inner well of ideas has run dry, Mars in Pisces turns it back on. By the Capricorn new moon on December 29, you radiate confidence because you’ve shifted your story. What new message about yourself will you share with the world, Scorpio?

Your December Power Product: A sleep mask. This month, you go within, both to rest and figure out what mysteries lie with your psyche. Spooky indeed.

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What’s the best part of the holiday season? Hands down, the people you spend it with. This time around, let the people you love most know how much they mean to you, especially under the Gemini full moon on December 13. The moon will be in sync with energetic Mars and lucky Jupiter in the houses of your horoscope associated with kindred spirits and personal associations. Essentially, you’ll know exactly where you stand in your relationships after this; if you choose to leave someone behind, it’ll be for the best, but sticking it out will strengthen your bonds more than ever.

On December 24, or Christmas Eve, Saturn in your sign sends good vibes to Uranus in your creativity sector, tucking a plum idea under the tree or in your stocking that could buoy you into a new personal era. Use the Capricorn new moon in your money zone on December 29 to give that idea the foundation and financial backing it needs to become a reality, and you’re already halfway there. 

Your December Power Product: A hammock. It’s the perfect place for a bohemian soul like you to develop your creative ideas. Kick back and relax while you plan your revolution.

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This month, the last of the year’s three Mercury retrogrades strikes, forcing you to slow down any racing thoughts and review your progress. On December 2, Mercury enters your sign, where he’ll stay for the rest of the month. Mercury retrograde, which begins on December 19, is notorious for playing technological and interpersonal tricks, but you know how to stay one step ahead. Take your sign’s signature approach for best results: Blend a healthy dose of preparation with an authoritative air, and you’ve got this.

Under the Gemini full moon on December 13, you’ll feel Mercury’s influence more than usual as your sixth house of health and habits gets a deep clean. Mercury rules the sixth house, so they work together. Make the most of this by planning out what routines you want to put in place to make your 2017 the best it can be. Korean beauty? Cardio every day? This can be your trial period. On December 21, when the sun enters your sign, you get a boost of positive energy that helps you stick to those goals.

December 24, or Christmas Eve, sends you good vibes from your ruling planet—Saturn—in your spirituality zone and Uranus in your private sector. Professional demands may try to wreck your vibe on December 26, the day after Christmas, when Jupiter in your public sphere gets a little too extra. However, if anyone knows how to deal with a work crisis, it’s you, Capricorn. By the time your lunar new year on December 29 comes around, you teach everyone else how it’s done.

Your December Power Product: A trampoline. Burn off the Gemini full moon’s nervous energy by turning up your favorite music and jumping as hard as you can. I promise you’ll feel better.

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As the zodiac’s extraterrestrial, you’re used to watching everyone else from a distance. This holiday season, that’s about to change. On December 7, Venus—the love goddess—dances into your sign, giving you all the magnetism, charm, and confidence you’ll need to attract the people you truly want in your life in 2017. Things continue to heat up on December 13, as the Gemini full moon lights up your pleasure sector. Lady Luna aligns with energetic Mars in your sign and syncs with lucky Jupiter in your exploration zone to boost your signal, ensuring your message gets into the right circles.

December 24, or Christmas Eve, sends powerful vibes from Saturn to your ruler Uranus. They’re activating both your friendship houses, so this holiday may be spent more with family of choice than family of birth. By December 26, or the day after Christmas, tensions build as Jupiter opposes Uranus. Try to hold on until the Capricorn new moon on December 29, when you’ll be able to start with a completely fresh inner slate. It’s excellent for beginning a ritual for the year to come. Plus, Uranus direct in your communication house means it’s a perfect time to write or talk out your feelings!

Your December Power Product: Tarot cards. The symbolism on the cards has never been more popular. Maybe they’ll be your spiritual study of 2017!

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Nostalgia, incoming! Under the glimmering lights of the Gemini full moon on December 13, you could be hit with a tidal wave of feels as Lady Luna illuminates your fourth house of deep emotions and childhood experiences. Everyone has stuff to process around the holidays, but there’s something sticky here that you need to work out. More answers come on December 19, when Mars enters your sign. Mars has lots of meanings but start with these: anger, passion, sexuality, frustration, and any emotion with a lot of energy behind it.

Traditionally, when Mars is in your sign, you’re favored to win, but you’ll want to work behind the scenes for now because Mercury retrograde begins the very same day! Instead, ask your network for advice on the Capricorn new moon. Lady Luna will be ringing your closest contacts, letting them know you’re in the market for a helping hand. Take their offers!

Your December Power Product: Boxing gloves. Mars needs to fight, and in your sign, boxing-inspired exercises feel so good. Alternative: Warrior yoga poses will do the trick.

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