Just about everyone I have spoken to in the last coupe of days has been experiencing an increase in the upside down craziness of Mercury retrograde. Today I watched my phone screen weirdly flicker and jump all over the place, then my parking app completely froze (I was of course in a hurry). I just had to laugh.
I've already had days of Mercury craziness, from missed appointments to lost ipad to backing into someone in my car (or he ran into me we are not sure which it is). I have found this particular retrograde to have been even more annoying than usual. ( I have Mercury close to my Sun in my natal chart, so am more affected by these cycles) When I got into my appointment (late) today, the practitioner said they too were behind due to having a really crazy day, so I explained to him about the Mercury 'Storm'.
Mercury, planet of communication, has been moving backward over the last three weeks. It turns direct tomorrow (Friday), and the day before and after that are called the 'Mercury Storm'.
As Mercury slows down to change direction, everything is intensified and the chaos and confusion of the retrograde gets amplified tenfold. Luckily, this only lasts few days, then slowly over the next three weeks, as it retraces its steps, we will pick up the pieces and reorder our thoughts and our lives (hopefully), with the added benefit of insights gained during this time of reflection. At the turnaround point, secrets or hidden information often come to light. Mysteries will end or begin. (Agatha Christie eat your heart out).
It is sort of a time of revelation.
Mercury has been moving through Libra, sign of relationships. Its turning point is exactly opposite the Aries Point (0 degrees Aries is the beginning of the zodiac) so this marks this as an important 'critical' moment in time. It is also on the Lunar North Node/Destiny Point, telling us that not only is this a moment of truth for each of us personally, it is linked to the evolution of humankind. This point was also lit up by the recent Solar Eclipse in early September, so is even more strongly emphasized.
The message of Libra is that we must learn to work together in harmony (Libra) if we are to survive as a species on planet earth. We have to balance our need for autonomy (Aries) with our need for others (Libra), which requires we get in touch with the underlying field of love (Venus, planet of love rules Libra) that connects all of us.
And besides that, its so much more fun when we are getting along, is it not?
In this time of re evaluating how we connect to ourselves and to others, have you learned something new about relating? Did you uncover the roots of some of your own hang ups? Are you overcoming your conditioning enough to step out of those old programs? Have you found a new vision since last weeks eclipse?
It's a new day, its a new dawn, it's a new world.
Right now Saturn points to the most important factor involved with getting along with others, which is (duh) getting along with our own self! I am not talking about narcism or egotism here, but of a healthy self esteem that is then able to extend itself to love, share, work, and communicate positively with others. All that has to first come from inside of us. If I don't like myself I am either going to put others on a pedestal or I am going to find fault with everyone.
The challenge is around 'self worth' . When I look in the mirror who do I see? Venus (love) is being squared (challenged) by Saturn (judgment, lessons, limitations). There is an emphasis on 'self-evaluation'. Can I do that with kindness and love?
The fear of harsh criticism lies heavy in the air. A whole group huddled at the beginning of Virgo are being challenged by Saturn.
Venus (love, relating),
Mars (action, desire)
and Jupiter (joyous expansion)
are all held in check. The ensuing pressure can trigger fear and self doubt and bring a sense of foreboding to those who are being affected.
This push pull between Jupiter (expansion ) and Saturn (contraction) has been on and off for the past year. Jupiter brings so much glorious possibility, then Saturn switches on the naysayer in our head, you know the one that says it isn't possible so why even try. This rather bi-polar dynamic is being amplified by the presence of the other planets. This is not fun.
To add insult to injury, they are all in Virgo, sign of the perfectionist. Virgo can be highly critical (picky, picky, picky), and quick to find fault. Help!
If you are being hard on yourself right now, or feel somewhat defeated, you can blame it on Saturn. (you know you want to...)
Of course not everyone will get caught up in this tension. There are always those who are less susceptible to melancholy. A strong Jupiter brings implacability, or an Aquarian influence adds detachment. Leo Sun always feels lucky.
Those with a more Saturnian bent (Capricorns for example, or Saturn is a difficult position) may be more prone to the negative side of this influence.
Saturn can also inspire in some a dogged determination to see things through. There are many ways to respond to pressure.
Watch out for health issues (Virgo), and feelings of exhaustion or overwhelm. If that is you, take time to slow down and rest and focus on self care. Drink lots of water and eat well, get outside and let nature nurture you. Ironically, that may be harder to do with Saturn breathing down our neck. Still, one must try. That is part of the lesson. (When the going gets tough, the tough get going, etc...)
The ultimate lesson of a Saturn Venus square is ‘Self Love’ (or lack there-of). We are facing self doubt so we can find the cure.
We must face what needs facing, with an open heart. We must love what needs loving (i.e.you/me!) It is time to grow up, face our foibles and take responsibility for our lives. Just be aware of the potential negativity this aspect can induce. In Sagittarius, we will be examining our core beliefs (oh no not that again!) This aspect can cause us to complain a lot. We could get sideswiped by old programs of 'less than', 'not enough', or 'poor me' etc. Gotta let those go.
All this can lead to escapism. Neptune is strong right now as well. And it is interfering with Mars ability to act (great, just great!!) Obfuscation and confusion and downright dishonesty are all possibilities when Neptune is fogging up the scene.
So basically, things are a bit weird and wacky and downright heavy right now. If this is affecting you, please don’t be discouraged. Keep it honest , keep it real. A little patience will go a long way. Let Saturn teach you how to take things one step at a time.
Neptune in Pisces brings us gentleness, kindness and compassion; for ourselves and for others. Sometimes being in service is the perfect antidote for our own problems. Just don't let yourself be manipulated or tricked into doing something you will regret. Discernment is key (Virgo).
Sometimes Saturn teaches through loss and disappointment, and demands we find our personal mastery, by pushing us till we find the strength to step into our power.
Neptune brings us a quiet faith in the unknown.
And remember, Saturn can never block Jupiter’s joy completely. Behind those clouds, the light is still shining brightly. Our magnificence is just waiting to be discovered.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”