Mercury Retrograded at 18 Scorpio 23 today–Nothing is in close contact for this event (though Vesta is technically sextile from Virgo, the aspect did not perfect before Merc’s retrograde, essentially ‘robbing’ the contact of real meaning). A Merc retrograde in Water typically calls us to examine the emotions, and all communications, occurrences, and perceptions related to these. We ask ourselves, How do I feel? and we will spend some time determining the ‘fit’ of those feelings to our lives. We do see Jupiter trine Merc’s turnaround (wide, by my fussy event standards), probably exaggerating the emotional effects, and possibly linking them to the social. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio could plunge us into dicey emotional territory; the emotions are intense, deep, probably at least partially hidden even from us, and may be propelled by undercurrents of feeling of which we’re unaware, and we may confuse these with thought; we’re ‘feeling, not thinking’, though we may believe just the opposite. This retrograde will be a time of emotional discovery, and should be approached with that in mind.
Well, if you find my pessimism off-putting, now’s the time to stop reading! Or you can call it realism, and go on. The past two days or so, something has been in the air, and now that I’m looking at the chart for Mercury’s turnaround, I see what it is: Merc began to backtrack in the 6 AM hour Pacific of the 26th, coming off pursuit of Vesta, the only close aspect at the time a sextile to Sedna–and even that doesn’t perfect. Couple this with Venus’ stress at the end of Cancer, then today’s entry into Leo, Jupiter’s flight into exaltation in Cancer, and two oddballs, Vesta sesquiquadrate Neptune, and Uranus opposed hZeus while Chiron quincunxes it, and we see some interesting dynamics expressed. There may be a lot of ‘defending of the Faith’ when that is precisely the subject that needs examining; whatever it is that we’ve been (rather desperately) insisting is sacred is exactly what needs to be dragged into the light this Mercury retrograde. Venus in Leo gives us the strength to examine it without falling apart–unless that vanity is part of the problem. Jupiter allows the social sphere to play the part of kindly showing us what needs fixing, if we’ll only pay attention, as functions performed will include dispelling illusions about what we revere and shocks concerning ambitions and desires that poke at our primal wound and make us unreasonable (aside from the way we should be listening with our spirits, rather than with our minds, due to the retrograde). It makes for some confused and angry individuals, and a great deal of defensive blather even when no one is attacking. The best advice, perhaps, is that when you are bitten for trying to help, don’t take it personally.
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November 6th: Besides the retrograde of Mercury (at 3:03 PM PST at 4 Sagittarius 18) we have Juno sextile Zeus, Venus sesquiquadrate the South Node, the Sun quincunx Jupiter, and the Earth as apex to a Finger of God with base of Juno-Zeus. What a tidy little package (most of ) this makes! Though Mercury may be taking a great deal of our attention, we really should keep an eye on that Finger, as it describes a power struggle by a pair of Olympians (the US election?) one of whom feels terminally disrespected and who’s out for revenge, while the other holds all the real power–you figure out who’s who! When we look at the Sabian for the Earth at this point, we get this: ‘Head Covered With a Rakish Silk Hat, Muffled Against the Cold, A Man Braves A Storm’ That says to me that Frankenstorm Sandy will not succeed in keeping voters home–and possibly suggests a minimum of Merc-style problems, at least for the election.
The Venus-SN aspect, as well as the Sun-Jupiter one, describe an active social arena where both the past and the reality situation will have to be respected if anyone is to gain. Obviously, adjustments will need to be made by all parties–but in the end this will be worth it–and I have a sense that, at least on a smaller scale, this may usher in a new era, one that is both more practical, more kind, and more rewarding for all concerned.
On today’s Mercury Retrograde, which occurs at 7:16 PM PDT of the 14th at 12 Leo 32:
Our biggest danger during the retro time is that Mercury’s Fire placement during the initial change-of-direction could prompt us toward action with each review of Mercurial subjects and when we consider matters of the House where it turns around, as well as when we review matters of any House it may move into during the retrograde. This means that during the retro we may feel continually that ‘something must be done’, though what we need to remember at this point is that, though our re-consideration of matters reveals them in a new light, there will be other things hidden from us by the current retrograde motion of which we will remain unaware at least through the end of the retrograde, and quite possibly on through the shadow period (the time when a newly direct planet moves back through the degrees it just retrogressed through). It makes for a tough internal contradiction, as we ponder issues that quite naturally ‘light a fire’ under us that urges change, and yet we are in no sound position to make decisions that will make those changes effective!
And for tomorrow, the 15th of July:
By the 15th Saturn sesquiquadrates Ceres; authorities or our own power or maternal urges must adjust to the reality of things, likely needing to pull back and delay action, when we consider the other aspects in play–Mars semi-squares Juno, and Earth trines Sedna–actions may actually disempower us, and we just don’t have the ability at present to know what we might lose! A bit scary, unless we simply calm down and hold back. Dark of the Moon begins this evening, Pacific time, calling us to scale back and to meditate, contemplate, and go within.
We stretch into Monday, the 16th, and see what’s up:
Today Uranus also sextiles Ceres, giving the unique point of view and the individuality the license and authority to express; innovation can thrive, as can efforts by individuals and groups to work in harmony with nature. And, Venus trines Zeus, allowing us a glimpse of how desires may be fulfilled in relationship, and money can be earned through ambition–take note of what you realize/ see in this regard.
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Void begins 5:08 PM PST of the 8th, with the Moon’s entry into Aquarius coming at 11:30 PM PST. This is notable mostly as offering denizens of the Western Hemisphere uncertain evening proceedings. Particularly in Western time zones, the atmosphere could be one of seriousness that in spite of itself can’t really accomplish anything–there’s just no energy (the meaning of a Void period) behind any efforts–and Cappy hates to be thwarted. Frustration can lead to cross words and temper tantrums–all to no avail. With the Moon’s entry into Aquarius, energies turn philosophical, and we gain a little mental distance, allowing for assessing where things just weren’t going well. First aspect of note that breaks us out of our critical revery is the Moon’s square to Venus, 9 AM-ish PST of the 9th; why is it that just when we’re feeling good about our minds we start to worry about our looks? or our relationships, or our money? Things take a devilish turn as we overthink and over-analyze; this overwrought contemplation could take up our whole day–and it’s not helped by the pressure of Mercury’s imminent retrograde.
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It seems that there has been something sinister at work the last few days. Quite by chance, I ran into an acquaintance. When Mercury is NOT retrograde, I go out of my way to avoid this person. When Mercury is retrograde, I get sucked in. This person is emotionally abusive and something about Mercury retrograde makes me forget until I’ve been given a verbal beating. The day before, I came across a mama duck w/ newly hatched ducklings, about to cross a busy street. Believing I was being a good samaritan, I herded her to a different pond, where she was immediately attacked by a male duck of a different species. Upon researching online, I found that she HAS to go to the pond across the street to find her mate or she won’t be protected. Man, did I feel terrible.
Twice in a row, good intentions blown to pieces. Boom.
Hi April, Here’s the thing about Merc retro: logical thinking doesn’t work; putting together the pieces doesn’t work. ‘Sinister’ of course just means ‘of or to the left,’ and suggests that old saying, ‘The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,’ perfect for this period. ’Good intentions’ are meaningless, while ‘true’ intentions come through. What it all works to do is expose reality in a way you can’t ignore. In the case of your acquaintance, only wanting to see yourself as ubercivilized and pretending interacting with mud won’t get you muddy is at work, while with the ducks it seems to signal a Ceres-like tendency toward inappropriate control, in this case you thinking you know better than Mother Nature. We’re given an instinctive warning system that should keep us away from the snake in the grass, or the poisonous berries, but we get all big-brained and opposable thumb-y and believe we can outwit everything–and Merc retro offers us a time to reconnect through the feelings and the senses–and if we don’t take it, we suffer the consequences.
Thus endeth the Merc retro lesson for today; my thanks to April. Mercury goes direct on the 11th at 3:26 PM PDT; you have that long to wallow in brain down time that will allow for a much less restricted flow of information and intuitive and feeling experience. What you bring to your ‘regular’ life after Merc direction from these periods can be very useful, so take advantage of the extraordinary access to what some might call our animal brains, but that I call ‘fun’!
Moon in Pisces and she stays there until the 9th at 2:29 PM PDT. With Merc staying out of the way and our instinctive Selves in high gear, what magic isn’t possible, what escape won’t we try this weekend? Do it now, because the Moon enters Aries tomorrow afternoon Pacific and things become, well, focused, stern, and pretty frustrated, as Merc will still be retro and Mars has a hard time getting what he wants when he can’t think straight. Plus it will swiftly square Pluto, suggesting some taking your lumps, getting to the bottom of things energy around. Just have a one-pointed plan of attention for the early Aries Moon, something Arian and safe, like swordplay or wood-chopping or working at a forge, you smithy of the Soul, and you’ll make it through just fine (and fashion a great set of horseshoes to boot!)
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So I thought all the Martian energy I’ve been seeing was just a spike amped up by the New Moon in Aries, but now I’m looking at the chart for Mercury’s retrograde (April 17th 9:06 PM PDT) and the only exact aspect is Merc’s quincunx to Zeus in Libra. The point of retrogradation sets the tone for the cycle, illustrated by whatever aspects are made at the time; having an exact quincunx to Zeus suggests that Mercury will be speaking loud and clear about Will and ambition, though what we’ll all be trying to say may suffer the distortions of a typical retro period–so we’ll try to send one message but our Will and desires will shine through, the admonition inherent in this being that, as long as we are open about what we want, there won’t be any discord, or sense of duplicity, about our messages during the retrograde. This energy will likely be very similar to the Aries New Moon energy, with ambitions and egos leaking through no matter what the overt message, and so a time when our honesty, with ourselves and with others, will be on display.
If the removal of the typical message, intents, and thought privacy barriers we carry the rest of the time makes you uncomfortable, then no doubt you will suffer under the retro period. The fact that Merc turns around in Taurus does, of course, focus matters in the arena of the material world and possessions, but I think the real challenge will be to admit what we want. Considering the exact aspect to Zeus, and the heavy Martian energy of the pre-turnaround period, the stage is set for an expose of what we all long for, desire, lust for, and materially require, and the challenge will be to have the courage (ah, that Martian vibe again!) to admit it. The only other two close Mercury aspects are a sesquiquadrate to Saturn and a semi-square to Uranus, and these hint at what impediments may exist in reaching understanding of and admitting the truth of our desires. The difficult aspect to Saturn implies that we may feel external restrictions (rules or boundaries, especially traditional or long-established ones, or the fear of the disapproval of authorities) that inhibit us, as well as those internal impulses to repression we all have. The semi-square to Uranus states that, as with any moment of truth, rebellion from what’s expected (in this case the confluence of energies that requires we admit our wants) is a possibility; we could find ourselves resistant, intellectualizing our ability to outthink and outwit, and thus avoid what everyone else must endure. This ain’t gonna happen. The Trickster may try to convince us that the rules apply only to others–always a mistake to buy that one.
Instead, tap into the Saturn energy to give your Mercury confessions (because the more private these wants have been, the more it will indeed feel like we’ve entered the confessional) restraint and form that doesn’t violate others (utlizing Saturn’s boundaries); use Uranus to tailor things uniquely to you and your needs, to make things very specific to your point of view–in this way admitting those things you desire in life becomes a badge of the Soul’s essence, of what you need in order to flourish, a statement of what you have earned and deserve, rather than a sad list of gimmes. Remember that the strength of the retrograde period is that our feeling sensibilities come to the fore; they aren’t hampered by the mind, which typically insists on processing everything. We have an uncommon opportunity to connect with our desire nature through a kind of sense and sensory feast–embrace it and enjoy!
I’m back with another set of search terms found in my stats; sometimes illuminating, sometimes creepy, puzzling, or weird, and sometimes confusing. I bring you the best of them.
dream interpretation of marrying yourself
Shorthand for this would be, perhaps, Oneness, a unity of spirit, the resolution of some internal schism, or making a commitment to honor and care for yourself–all excellent, so the dream is likely an indicator of superior internal (mental, emotional, and spiritual) health. In the natal chart we might see dreams like this when either we have been facing an internal divide, typically between ideals and values (Vesta, Neptune, Venus) v. what our external world, the group, or our role, calls for (Sun, Jupiter, Uranus), with one in one set making hard contact (conjunction, square, quincunx, opposition) to one in the other set, though there are a number of other players that, under the right circumstances (sign or House placement, or natal relationship to a stellium or other complex) would fit the bill; or we may see this kind of dream when one’s attitude toward oneself changes significantly for the better (potentially shown in the chart by Solar Arc contact to the Sun or chart ruler, or contact from a transiting body such as Pluto), and likely triggered as the Moon transits the 12th House, or contacts Neptune.
dream symbol Solar eclipse
This seems a warning, and a call for questions: are you being eclipsed in some sense, with someone or something ‘blocking your light’ symbolically? Is someone coming between you and your material needs or goals, your prosperity, your sense of groundedness and reality, and secondarily, might they be using emotional manipulation to do it (the scenario of Moon coming between Earth and Sun)? Are your own emotions blocking the connection of Soul and Material Purposes (represented in the chart by the Sun/ Earth axis)? Are you being kept from enjoying your chance to shine? There is the chance that you may be observing someone or something else in the life being eclipsed, but this is likely only if there are other aspects of the dream (perhaps you are riding as a passenger on a bus when you witness the event, or are gathered with others in a crowd, and all are pointing and commenting). Certainly this is a dream image that calls for Self-questioning, and the courage to see what you may not, to this point, have acknowledged or admitted.
when the eye is very badle blood shot
Not astrologically oriented, really, but I loved the spelling, which made me think someone had Googled from the Middle Ages. All I can say is, maybe something very Arian, or Neptunian, happened the night before.
mercury retrograde + people don’t mean what they say
Putting it this way is really wishful thinking, because there’s no reason someone wouldn’t mean what they say during Merc retro; what you’re thinking about, though, may be the tendency people have to later regret or otherwise wish they could take back what’s pronounced when the Trickster’s at work. So, it’s really something the speaker must conclude after the retrograde is over, not something we as listeners should count on to negate something we’d rather not hear spoken during Mercury’s backward motion.
his Juno on my Ascendant
If you’re looking to partner with a guy whose Juno falls on your Ascendant, then this is pretty good news; the way you present yourself is just what he’s looking for. Trouble comes if the way you present yourself is considerably at odds with your most characteristic energies, for example, if your Ascendant is in Capricorn but your Sun is in Cancer, the essence of who you are may vary wildly from who you seem to be on first meeting. Whether this works out well in the end is a question of many other chart interactions, but with his Juno on your Ascendant you’re off to a good start.
Aries Moon in child’s natal chart
Though it’s a time honored tradition in many cultures to draw a horoscope at a child’s birth, I don’t work with children’s charts except in very special cases. My feeling is (and I’ve observed this often) that when we introduce the chart to the parent (and the parent likely has some astrological knowledge or they wouldn’t have sought out a chart in the first place) there is too strong a tendency to read the chart and then read those traits they think they see into the child. I feel it puts a filter on a parent’s perceptions that shouldn’t be there, not if they want to meet their child with an openness to who they are, and a fresh perspective that doesn’t search for or attempt to squash what they feel is negative, or superimpose something they see as positive that may be astrologically recessive, or take a form other than the one the parent visualizes. But, by about the time the child turns fifteen, I would urge every parent to have a look at that chart, especially with the guidance of a competent astrologer who is versed in child development–it can answer a lot of questions, and explain some mysteries, right at the time when the parent needs a little more perspective, and the child needs a little more understanding, in order to collaborate successfully.
location of starry mirror
I have no idea, but when you find it, please let me know.
young boys sleeping nude/ ‘dark of the moon’ nudity
These two searches came up within days of each other, and I found it unsettling that anyone was looking for anything on young boys etc. I don’t have any idea how the first search came to my site, but the second is obviously connected to the Dark of the Moon, those three days preceding the New Moon (conjunction of Sun and Moon) that begins a new lunar month. The Dark period is one for retreat, comtemplation, meditation, and a pull-back from action–but associated with nudity? Maybe, if we see the turning inward called for by the period as one of spiritual nakedness, wherein we put aside our social trappings in favor of personal, bare-souled introspection. But, are we more prone to take our clothes off? I have no idea!
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