Tonight, 20th December 2020, at 23:08 GMT, Mercury moves from Sagittarius, where he was both optimistic and enthusiastic, into Capricorn where he’s extremely realistic. Mercury will remain in Capricorn until early January so if ever there was a time to set some realistic goals, as well as to draw up workable plans to achieve them, it’s now.
In Capricorn, Mercury is hard-nosed and short on words. Unlike when in Sagittarius, he hasn’t time for flippancy. He is much too focused on getting exactly what he wants and what it will take to get it.
One of my favourite existentialist philosophers, Simone de Beauvoir, had Mercury in Capricorn. Although she was a leading French existentialist philosopher, novelist, feminist, playwright essayist, memoirist and political activist, she took nothing that she thought she knew for granted. According to Sarah Bakewell, author of At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails, what most preoccupied Beauvoir was the immensity of her own ignorance. This, even though Beauvoir was well-acknowledged as a top-notch student and excellent judge of human character.
With Mercury now in Capricorn (and Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn in Aquarius), it’s a perfect time to also be both practical and realistic about what you do and do not know as well as what you might or might not be able to achieve. Take a pro-active approach about what your future might look like but please be realistic and practical about how long it will actually take to achieve this.
The motto of Mercury in Capricorn might well be summed by the story of the race between the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the day.
But resist the temptation to get too pessimistic. That’s a real danger with Mercury in the sign of Saturn. Remember that tortoise would never have won the race if he'd never even got started.