The AstroEssence for the 21st: Here’s what I wrote when the retrograde period for Mercury began; you might want to check it out and see if it played out like this for you. And now, a word about Merc’s direction, which occurs at 14 Virgo 49 at 10:30 PM Pacific time of the 21st. As I wrote at that time about the direction, it occurs “in the midst of a trine to Pluto. This suggests change, transformation, destruction, reformation, right out of the gate, based on the changes to our mentality and to our view of the material world, and our place in it.” It’s a close trine, perfecting quickly, and so implying transformative sweeps of our mental landscape that translate into sweeping change in the material one (or, if you prefer, destruction of previous thinking, probably on subjects ruled by Merc or indicated by the Houses it rules or where it’s turning around), replaced with a vacuum, that will be filled with a new viewpoint during the period immediately following direction. The next aspect set for Mercury after that conversation with Pluto is a sextile to Juno that catches Zeus at the midpoint. This implies that the changes we make will be empowering, and they may either bring access to ambition fulfillment more quickly than we anticipated, or they may require the adjustment of the ambition picture, as we realize what making an effective impact on our surroundings really entails.
We also may see adjustment to relationships or finances, according to what happened in the past. This is something we will likely feel we must do, in a kind of delayed reaction that suggests we will only now be realizing the need for response and change (Venus sesq SN)
The AstroEssence for the 22nd: The Sun moves into Libra, and so of course the Earth moves into Aries, with the axis connecting to Jupiter by parallel/ contra-parallel. A sense of optimism and opportunity accompanies this sign shift, though it may feel at first like the social sphere drowns out the conversation between individuals. That’s only a hint that we best spend our energy attending to matters of health, and to what’s practical and smart in material areas, especially those where we are ‘the engine’ that makes it happen (Earth in Aries) (Mars sxt Hygeia, Earth nov Pallas)
The word image for the 21st is a newspaper article about you. Do you have a memory of an actual event that occurred for which you were featured, singled out for attention, or for which you won accolades, or do you envision a future accomplishment or act of infamy? Whichever it is, you’re likely right now to be reviewing that event or expectation, and reassessing its importance in your life, with the central question being, What else will you do that will be worthy of notice, and will it be considered positive or negative by those who come after?
The word image for the 22nd is a pair of old-fashioned skis. When I first started skiing as a child, boots were lace-up, and proper ski height (for your wooden skis!) was determined by holding your arm straight up–that was the correct ski length for you. Everything, I mean everything, has changed since then. You may have a personal memory or connection with some practice, sport, or tradition that has taken a completely, almost unrecognizable form in the interim between ‘then’ and ‘now’, or this may simply be a reminder that everything evolves, bringing up the question, ‘Is now better than then, or is the idea of ‘better’ even relevant?’
For those born with the Sun at 29 Virgo: you’re headed toward a period of emotional harmony, but it’s going to take some work, and most of the year through to your next birthday, to get there. It’s a matter of making the right choices, being willing to commit assets (be they material or talent-related), and taking specific steps to both stay healthy and be open to instincts; do this, and what you create may be one of the most enjoyable periods of your life. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
For those born with the Sun at 00 Libra: it seems you’re looking for your version of Power, your rightful place in the natural order, and you’re looking to expand your world with new experiences, travel, learning–so what’s stopping you? This may be your best opportunity for some time to come to do what you want–you’re fairly well positioned for it, relatively speaking, if I’m reading this thing right–so I would encourage you to go for it. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!
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