“It was like a Russian party, Arkady thought. People got drunk, recklessly confessed their love, spilled their festering dislike, had hysterics, marched out, were dragged back in and revived with brandy. It wasn’t a French salon.” -Martin Cruz Smith
Effective Dates: November 6th 2017- January 12th, 2018
Helios on Mercury in Sagittarius– So, peep those dates, Heretics. Not only is this going to linger through the entire holiday season, but the long run (for Mercury, anyway!) means that we close this year on another Mercury Retrograde! This one will be especially bad, because Mercury will be in Sagittarius, one of the signs of its detriment. So that should be fun.
Well, the good news is that Mercury in Sagittarius puts us all into a jovial, party type mood. This transit will be a much-needed lift to our spirits when we need it most. These past two years have really tanked our egos and brought us low, so this will be a great chance to blow off some steam and recover some faith in humanity… Before Saturn in Capricorn brings us even lower than we are now, that is. The danger in this transit is that it can be a binge season, where we go way too far and party way too hard for our own good. Try and avoid this and moderate yourself so that you are on solid footing for when Saturn comes calling. The last thing that you want is to wake up, broke and hungover, with your place trashed when your parents come in their holiday best. The look of disappointment that comes from that moment will haunt you for years, you won’t be invited to any events for the next year- and good luck explaining why there is a giraffe in your third floor walkup!
Speaking of explaining, the other danger of this transit comes from Mercury’s detriment; Mercury is the planet of communication and relating, but Sagittarius is the sign of bombast and boasting- Those two can be a dangerous combination. You will be compelled to outdo and one-up everyone, bragging about how great you are and how you have done all the best things, by yourself no less. This will piss off all of those who have helped you get to where you are, and will lead you to become incredibly isolated, as you will turn off those you are sidelining and those you are bragging to. Humility will be a virtue for you now, so practice it when it is hardest before it becomes a necessary survival skill. This will come up the most during the retrograde, so beware then. Any holiday parties or events, with the libations flowing, will be dangerous for you. This transit will also make it hard to say no when you know you should, and to know when you have had too much of your preferred poison. Of course, this can exacerbate underlying issues and bring out demons that we would rather not bring out. At best, this can be embarrassing- at worst, you can end up in a jail cell.
Just be careful this season, okay? And ease up on the eggnog