Mercury retrograde is not an excuse for stuffing up!

I read somewhere the other day about a school teacher who had students using Mercury retrograde as an excuse for not completing homework (  … seriously! Take responsibility.  Astrology is not causal, it is just a way of reading the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.  I think of it more like a weather report … if the BOM said it was going to rain, I’d prepare by taking an umbrella (hmm, maybe that wasn’t such a good example!!). An astrology report is the same, it is like an energetic weather forecast … an insight into the art of timing.

Sure things go a bit haywire when Mercury is in (apparent) retrograde motion, but the message is … take more care, be more watchful, double check the details. The important thing about this time is that we tend to be more internally focussed (which is why we might not notice that we’d booked that flight for the wrong month!), so it is a time to sssslllllooooooowwww down.

Mercury retrograde is a great time for working out how you think about something, but not such a great time for communicating that to someone else.  So, if you do need to communicate, double check that what the person heard is what you intended to say.

Mercury retrograde is not an excuse, it is just a caution! An astrological weather forecast …

Roll up for the magical mystery tour …

The next week or two is a truly mystical and magical time.  We’ve got what’s called a Grand Water Trine happening … the peak of it will be between the 18th and 22nd July, but it is building in intensity already.  A Trine happens when two planets are at 120 degrees from each other, and a Grand Trine when there are three (or more) planets each at 120 degrees, making for an equal triangle.  The Trine aspect is one of flow, when the energies of the planets work well with each other. This Trine has the planets in water signs, emphasising emotions anorigin_3596061346d the unconscious.

At the moment we have Saturn (form and structure) in Scorpio and Trined to Neptune in Pisces (imagination, spirit, mysticism) and both Trined to Jupiter (expansion and opportunity) in Cancer.  Mars (assertiveness, courage, drive) moves into the aspect around the 20th.  So, you put all that together and it is an opportunity for deep connection with self, soul and spirit in an expansive way that offers opportunity for real growth.  The energy is powerfully mystical and insightful, a time when we have access to our own unconscious forces and the potential to see our deeper patterns for what they really are.

If we use this time wisely (that’s the Saturn bit!), it is an opportunity to get over our own crap, including the stories we make up about the values that we think are real but are only delusions holding us back (that’s a Neptune thing), keeping us stuck in the constructed meaninglessness of the tick-tock world!!  At the same time, there is likely to be some deep dredging going on in the unconscious mind, and that might be a bit uncomfortable. But, there is opportunity in all that for insight and transcendence.

From how I see it there are two things that will help to make the most value of this time … firstly, doing whatever is possible to get into a state to access the unconscious … meditation, dreams, or whatever works. And secondly, having some time when we’re turned off from all that electronic and mechanical stuff that keeps us attached to the mundane world, and disconnected from self.

Hmm, it’s a bit like a Beatles song … welcome to the magical mystery tour …


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Activating social upheaval

As Saturn is in Scorpio, turning direct at about 5 degrees, there is a powerful link to the Pluto-Uranus square, the evolve or evaporate energy.  The reasoning goes like this … Pluto is in Capricorn which is ruled by Saturn, while Saturn is in Scorpio ruled by Pluto, which is called mutual reception, and it tends to exacerbate the power of both planets.  So, all that Pluto in Capricorn stuff about fundamental transformations of our economic and social structures is affected.  What we’ve come to accept as normal organisation and building blocks of society are collapsing, with Pluto involved it is inevitable that our social forms must change … and fundamentally change, not just a few tweaks around the edges.  So, as Saturn moves forward, expect more disruptions on a global political scale.  The rumblings that have been building during the retrograde period will turn into more decisive and planned action.  It is fascinating how Egypt seems to keep reflecting these energetic changes.  It was during the earliest Pluto-Uranus squares that the people power based, social media lead uprisings in Egypt caused the deposing of Mubarak, and it is while this square is now being energised again that the Egyptian people have decided to do something about his replacement.   It seems to me that Egypt might just be a barometer of the Pluto-Uranus upheavals of our social systems …