In Aquarius, a sign co-ruled by Saturn (traditional) and Uranus (modern), Mercury is even more thirsty for knowledge, always in search of new ideas and technologies but ready to reject or even abandon them as soon as new (Uranus) becomes normal (Saturn).
Mercury in Aquarius will give us new visions, make us aware of new possibilities, allow us to envision an ideal world or society, which might be great as a theory, but much less so as a practicality.
Aquarius is a fixed Air sign so here Mercury is at home in the mind and intellect but less so on a basic gut feeling level and could get very stubborn once a decision has been made.
Mercury will stay just over two months in Aquarius due to the retrograde period which starts at 26° on the 30th January and ends at 11° on the 21st February. Mercury will leave Aquarius for Pisces on 15th March.
Mercury will also make several interesting aspects during its stay in this sign (all dates GMT):
Square Mars at 1° on 9th January (Aquarius-Taurus) – walk don’t run and watch those words!
Conjunct Saturn at 2° on 10th January – don’t allow constructive criticism to make you pessimistic.
Conjunct Jupiter three times at 5/13/17° on 11th January, 14th February and 5th March – planning for a better future is in the cards but remember that the devil is in the details so don’t be sloppy.
Square Uranus at 6° on 12th January (Aquarius-Taurus) – crazy ideas and fast actions – careful when you’re in the car.