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Horoscope: Retrograde Mercury has strong influence
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Thursday, Dec. 29:  Today Mercury goes retrograde at 24 degrees of  Capricorn. Mercury retrograde points to what needs to be reviewed, reassessed and reinvented. Mercury turns direct on Jan. 19, 2023, at 8 degrees Capricorn. If you have planets or angles between 8 and 24 degrees of Capricorn, you will be particularly influenced by this transit. It was on Dec. 29, 1835, that the Treaty of the New Lakota was signed, ceding all land east of the Mississippi River to the U.S.

Friday, Dec. 30: Within hours of turning retrograde, Mercury conjuncts Venus. This Mercury-Venus conjunction will pretty much set the tone for the entire Mercury retrograde cycle. In the following weeks, we are invited to explore not only our thoughts, but also the emotional imprints attached to those thoughts. Capricorn rules “systems” so this transit is an opportunity to reset mental models that are deeply ingrained in our psyche. When we understand how our thoughts influence our feelings and the other way around, we can get to the root cause of our motivations, and we’re able to reframe those mental and emotional models that no longer serve our growth. The greatest lefty of all time, Sandy Koufax turns 88 today.

Saturday, Dec. 31: As the moon moves into Taurus, helping hands arrive to make chores easier. Happy birthday to Jacques Cartier, discoverer of Canada, who was born Dec. 31, 1491.

Sunday, Jan. 1: Happy New Year! With Venus and Pluto together in Capricorn, today is teary with honesty. It’s also very productive. Were he still with us, Emanuel Roxas, last president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines (before it became a republic), would be 131 today.

Monday, Jan. 2: Is your dance card full? It will feel that way courtesy of the  moon and Mars together in Gemini. Singer-songwriter Roger Miller was born this day in 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas. He died in 1992.

Tuesday, Jan. 3: With Venus and Jupiter together in Aries, it’s time for something big, bold and beautiful. Make it so. Happy 20th birthday to Greta Thunberg, whose social activism has raised awareness of global issues like climate change.

Wednesday, Jan. 4: Something or someone new that makes for huge happiness is the good news. Today is the third anniversary of the COVID vaccine, first administered to Brian Pinker in Britain. People talk of Schrodinger’s cat. It was Jan. 4, 1961, that physicist Erwin Schrodinger died from tuberculosis.

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