December 2 to 22, 2017
from 29º to 13º Sagittarius

What does it mean?

When Mercury goes retrograde in Sagittarius, it is time for a quest to discover meaning.

Sagittarius is the Roamer, the Rambler, the Traveler, the Wanderer, the Storyteller. Sagittarius rules long journeys, the type of journeys which take you out of your comfort zone and cultural context and which introduce a broader perspective of the world into your personal consciousness. A pilgrimage is an example of such a journey.

According to Wikipedia, “A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs.”

Where in your life could you benefit from a broader perspective? Where in your life are you a pilgrim on a journey to discover what things really mean? Where are you a seeker? What area of your life expands you when you see it as a journey instead of a destination? And don’t forget to greet the other pilgrims and seekers you meet along the path. Ask them about their journey and share your own.

For Sagittarius, the journey is never-ending. There’s always more, just around the next bend, another insight, another growth experience, and another warm wind blowing you in a new direction. There is only journey, no arrival. But that’s ok—Sagittarius is the very model of wanderlust and restlessness.

This Mercury retrograde period leads into the winter holidays, when we anticipate (with pleasure or pain) spending time with family. Remember that time spent with even the most dysfunctional family can be world-expanding when you approach the holidays as a pilgrim-explorer ready to find helpful meaning and growth in all your experiences.

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