No doubt the world yearns for healing at this time. We are all very confused and incredibly tired of this never-ending battle. This article focuses on the energy of these very days which, astrologically, are seen as pivotal ones.
On November 17th Mercury opposes Uranus for the third and final time this year. Why is this transit so important?
Let’s look back at the past two hits of the same configuration in order to identify any patterns. The first hit occurred on October 7th, whereas the second (retrograde Mercury) on October 19th. Since early October this wave of dissatisfaction and information polarization has been accelerating indeed. The trend was at its highest under the Uranian Full Moon which occurred by the end of October.
The final hit will occur tomorrow, when Mercury finally moves across the 8th degree of Scorpio. It won’t clash again with Uranus for a while. These very days may actually bring a literal ‘release’. Such ‘unlocking action’ may be unexpected, shocking and sudden (Uranus). Let’s not forget that Mercury-Uranus interactions can also give rise to genius and interesting developments too. Mundanely, the opposition may affect trade, transportation and the media (Mercury). Whatever the actual manifestation of such energies turns out to be, it will represent forward movement. No matter how uncomfortable.
Does this mean we are done with this exhausting storm? I don’t think so.
Let’s now look at the positive sides of this whole story. Mars has just turned direct and it is now gaining momentum slowly but nicely. Mercury, almost clear from its irritating opposition to Uranus, is by now moving fast enough not to block our thinking and plans anymore. Jupiter has ‘overtaken’ slow-moving Pluto, therefore their final conjunction has occurred. They are still close in orb, but we are now in the descending phase of a long transit which has deeply changed this world. So, the triptych in Capricorn is moving forward at different speeds, and Pluto remains behind. We are now moving towards a Saturn-Jupiter conjunction, which will occur at the Winter Solstice in December (read my previous articles for detailed information about the astrological weather of the coming months and years). Venus will clear its squares to the Capricorn cluster (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto) by mid-week, and this will decrease the level of Cardinality at play. Mars won’t be clearing Aries before January, so our desire to move forward and build up the worldly momentum again still has to overcome certain obstacles.
Each fast transit across the four Cardinal signs has obviously created a ‘disturbance’ to the Capricornian theme of the year (Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction). This is how a dominant challenge, represented by any powerful slow-moving planetary configurations, gets revitalized throughout the months in which it is active.
The clear ‘energy shift’ which can be identified in the skies will unfold as follows:
Venus clears the Capricornian cluster by mid-week
Jupiter and Saturn make a conjunction in ‘freedom-oriented’ Aquarius on December 21st
Mars goes past all of its ‘slow’ squares by the end of January
This simply suggests an impending ‘shift’ of global ideology. We are on the verge of some kind of plot-twist the details of which are not yet clear. We shall just hope that the world at large will be able to embrace the healing opportunities that are about to manifest. Astrologically speaking, it seems quite hard to envisage a long period of darkness like the one which has been ruling the past 9 months, dominated by fear and restrictions. Those elements were archetypal manifestations of the unusual Capricornian pressure imposed on this world. That pressure will fade soon. It will turn into ideological zeal and unpredictable shakeups within society. From a collective psychological point of view, a shake-up whatsoever is what will probably have the power to ‘unlock’ the deep-seated impasse which has been restraining the world at large so far. That very process can potentially initiate the healing phase for humanity.
Metaphorically, these days feel like trying to move a huge rock. The static inertia of that rock is significant, so it takes a lot of effort and time for it to gain a considerable speed. Likewise, once it is running, it will be quite hard to stop that stone from rolling down the hill. I’d say, that clearly describes the Saturn-Uranus energy which will dominate years 2021 and 2022. As specified by Melanie Reinhart in her famous book ‘Chiron and The Healing Journey’, the Saturn-Uranus interaction is linked with Chironian processes. The incredible instability represented by this planetary combination often represents the ground upon which ‘healing’ can occur. Saturn-Uranus storms urge us to depart from those patterns which do not serve the ultimate purpose of life, driving us towards unity and realization. The healing journey is painful and it oftentimes sets us apart from the rest of society. However, it is through that ‘ordeal’ that the human spirit is urged to look at existence in its purest form. Realization can only occur by surrendering to the ultimate will of nature.
Never lose your faith, a divine plan is unfolding and a new world has just been born!
Wanders alone Abandoned my Soul Bleeding it goes Starving for Life
Doubtful my reign Lonesome my Heart Fearful of now To this void I bow
Lost on the way Tears help me pray Rain hits the ground So silent this sound
Strife rules my heart Warrior depart Go find the Light That way seems right
Finally I see Love always wins Healing it be The Journey begins...
In modern astrology, an understanding of the cycle of Chiron has helped us transition towards a more spiritual, less fatalistic view of the cosmic dynamics. The powerful mythological image of the Wounded Healer leads towards profound changes and inner awakening. The greediness of this world of ‘form’ subsides in front of the wisdom of our maverick Centaur.
News such as the US President getting ill, the Russian journalist Irina Slavina setting herself on fire and dying for ideological reasons and the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict are clear manifestations of the current astrological weather.
In fact, the latest Full Moon was conjunct Chiron in Aries and it occurred on October 1st (read The Planet Searches for its Lost Well-being). This lunation has been showing us the power of renunciation and individual defeat. Chiron talks about healing through surrender and compassion. This goes a long way off the modern view of individualistic empowerment.
‘Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable’
As we go through this extraordinary historic phase, we easily come to realise how drastically can both our collective and individual lives change. I’ve been quite busy over the last few weeks, barely managing to publish New Moon reports on this website. However, I should get up and running with my astrological work again shortly, […]
Dear readers, I apologise for not having posted any new articles in a while. Please be aware that I’ve been quite busy with work and that in a few weeks time I will be able to get more involved with my astrological research. I am sure many of us have experienced how hectic the current […]
As expected, throughout the last lunar month several countries have experienced either social unrest or parliamentary movements, in line with an international manifestation of the ongoing reassessment of social structures. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe resigned for health reasons; it is quite interesting to see that last month’s New Moon in Leo, which in “A Fiery Month Ahead” was interpreted as the potential trigger for a series of governmental shifts, fell at the local Midheaven over Tokyo. A coup set destabilization in Mali, Hong Kong protests have started gaining momentum again, several North American cities are plagued with widespread unrest, and what is currently going on in Belarus is another clear demonstration of the powerful energies at play. The enhanced influence of Mars has also manifested in the form of wildfires; once again, California has unfortunately been afflicted by extensive blazes. Wishing for a quick recovery and safe evacuation of all those involved. Until the next New Moon arrives, this monthly trend will not have been completely expressed yet.
The next Soli-Lunar conjunction will occur on September 17th, and it will fall at 25Virgo00, in a wide opposition to Neptune in Pisces, a harmonious trine to Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn, and a fastidious sesquiquadrate to Uranus in Taurus.
This particular Moon Wobble phase shows the Sun-Moon conjunction squaring the Nodal Axis with a less-than-one-degree orb.
A mixed message transpires from this lunation, which after all takes a responsible, methodical approach, yet it carries an illusory flavor. Virgo is mundanely related to workers, healthcare, service and law enforcement personnel. It is in fact the sign of “subordination”, which in its most positive form can be regarded as “duty and service”. The Virgoan approach is always methodical and often driven by criticism. Attention to detail is a priority when this particular sign becomes emphasized. The next New Moon may therefore bring up a very different theme into the world scene, because we might start to see what serious consequences the ongoing slowdown is having on certain parts of society.
A large part of society may seek insubordination or demand better living conditions, as the Soli-Lunar conjunction will receive the influence of democracy-oriented Neptune and reactionary Uranus. With Mercury – ruler of Virgo – in tight square with an almost stationary Jupiter, the need to develop a deeper understanding of facts will be high. New agreements related to the themes above mentioned may be constructively signed or discussed, and we might even expect some countries to take some distance from intergovernmental organizations or coalitions. Interestingly, Brexit talks have been reignited once more, as the UK threatens to trash the deal. With Virgo involved, environmental awareness may be a prominent theme as well, hopefully bringing about constructive developments in a world which is still seeking its true direction.
Also, with Virgo being akin to health matters and well-being in general, significant developments in the fight against COVID-19 may start to appear. The pharmaceutical industry may acquire more visibility during the coming lunar month, and the controversial question about vaccines may be in the news even more.
It is worth noticing that the New Moon in question will be “angular” over two important cities. In Washington DC it will be rising, whereas it will be culminating over Berlin. This indicates that both the USA and Germany will possibly feel the influence of this lunar month the most. Mars in Aries turns retrograde on September 10th, under a highly influential square to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Interestingly, this event will affect the Euro currency chart, which carries a tight Venus-Saturn square around those Cardinal degrees.
On September 11th the Sun opposes Neptune at 19 degrees of Virgo-Pisces. It is worth noticing that such configuration will affect the Piscean Moon of the German republic’s 1990 chart; astrologically speaking, this is an indication of the possible rise of strong democratic/liberal movements nationwide. The New Moon in question will fall in close conjunction with the zodiacal position of Mercury in the German chart; trade, workforce, transportation and healthcare may demand reassessment throughout the next weeks. Also, we might expect international visibility and increased dynamism within governmental circles in Germany.
France’s national Saturn is located at 20 degrees of Sagittarius, and the upcoming configuration might start off some domestic reorientation of structures and traditional values. Throughout the next months, as the South lunar node approaches the 20th degree of Sagittarius, tightening the orb with Neptune in square from Pisces, the country may need to face new challenges related to the conservation of its own stability. On the long term this may affect finance, legislation and even the governmental balance.
The upcoming Moon Wobble will potentially heighten tensions in the Middle East again, perhaps in connection with the increasing financial pressure which comes from both America and the EU. Oil prices may be significantly affected, with the New Moon squaring the Nodes and opposing Neptune in Pisces.
On the other side of the pond, we find a strongly shaken country which is approaching its next presidential elections with a remarkable degree of popular disorientation. As specified already, the New Moon will be rising over Washington DC, addressing the needs of the people and possibly questioning the direction taken by the country. This configuration may indicate that a new path may slowly start to open up for the USA, and several parts of the population may call for renewal and the betterment of social conditions.
The New Moon configuration will activate the 1776 Independence chart’s Mars-Neptune square, which was powerfully stimulated last June (read more on “The Dance of Fire“). In fact, certain planetary alignments in Mutable signs have recently released enormous amounts of social dissatisfaction within the country. All in all, another confused month is likely to be in store for the USA.
The next Full Moon will occur on October 1st and it will fall at 9Aries08, in close conjunction with the asteroid Chiron, during an almost exact Mars-Saturn square (which will be on its second hit because of Mars’ retrogradation). By then, a lot of rogue, unrefined ‘martial’ energy may be out and about. This could be constructively channeled thanks to Chiron, whose purpose is to show the path to healing and understanding. Yet, whenever Chiron is involved, society is asked to come across its deepest wounds and most profound uncertainties, first of all.
Hopefully, the next Full Moon will not awaken any further warfare rhetoric, guiding us towards a more constructive use of that ‘wounded’ warrior-like energy which has been ravaging the global scene for months, perhaps through talks of disarmament rather than further standoffs.
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Aquarian energy at its strongest…The next lunar month starts with the New Moon of February 11th.It will occur at 23 Aquarius, accompanied by an extraordinary alignment of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the same sign.It seems quite obvious that humanitarian themes will reach an unprecedented climax between February and March. At the beginning of […]
A complex Saturn – Uranus waning square is approaching, while unbalance and discomfort continue to dominate the world view. The current planetary configuration in Capricorn has obviously unleashed enormous amounts of energy. All this comes with the flavor of the most conservative of astrological signs. Concurrently, a fastidious semi-square between Uranus and Neptune participates in the whole story; no wonder why humanity is still looking for a way to clear out the fog and move forward with decision.By looking at next year, a specific configuration becomes prominent; in fact, an extensive Saturn – Uranus square in fixed signs will dominate 2021, remaining within orb throughout most of 2022.
A highly charged configuration, it will occur right after a long period of social, political and economic destabilization. The long square will trigger profound changes all over the world. The interval between two successive Saturn – Uranus conjunctions is around 45 years long. Such period visibly marks an entire cycle along the cyclical reorganization of social dynamics. The 29-year cycle of Saturn resonates with both individual and collective growth. Its ultimate meaning is that of grounding ideas into reality. On the other hand, the 84-year cycle of Uranus is related to slower evolutionary trends; it addresses the ebbs and flows of ideological and intellectual force. While Saturn sets the boundaries of that which we create materially and methodically, Uranus looks beyond; it opens doors to the realm of idealism and freedom. Obviously, the interaction between these two planets is generally accompanied by turbulent reshuffles within society.
Each conjunction sets the stage for a new half-century phase in which society at large seeks a different governmental/ideological balance. By looking at past Saturn – Uranus cycles, we get a clear idea of the rhythm at which leadership currents change on a large scale. André Barbault’s book ‘Planetary Cycles – Mundane Astrology” contains a clear description of such phenomena.
What times are we living in?
We are currently approaching the last quarter of the current Saturn – Uranus cycle, which started with a conjunction period in 1988. It will end in 2032 with another conjunction. The last quarter of each cycle starts off the disintegration of obsolete structures. This brings a period of crisis necessary for the discovery of newness by the time a new conjunction occurs. The end of the 1980s was obviously a time of turbulent upheaval; the major outcome of the latest Saturn – Uranus conjunction was the fall of the Eastern bloc. This caused the consequent shift of power towards the West. The disintegration of the USSR was an utter manifestation of the instability of Saturn – Uranus alignments. Such planetary interactions provoke rapid shakeups within the world of structure and control.
Saturn is akin to traditions and the Establishment while the nature of Uranus is both sudden and cold-blooded. As a result, under Saturn – Uranus aspects the foundations of society at large shake badly due to society’s desire for change.
As the USA face their Pluto return (this means that Pluto is now transiting the same area of the zodiac where it was in 1776), a profound metamorphosis is occuring within the country. Also, Neptune is currently opposing the position it holds within the Independence Chart. This is the main reason why new social movements are developing nationwide. The next Inauguration Day will occur under a complex configuration of great importance. In January 2021, the above-mentioned Saturn – Uranus square will be accompanied by Jupiter in close conjunction with Saturn in Aquarius. In other words, the Inauguration of US Presidency will occur between the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius and the first hit of the Saturn – Uranus square. Also, Mars will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus, together with the Moon. 2021 Inauguration Day will fall around a very heated First Quarter Soli-Lunar phase.
This shows us that the next US Presidency will be about enacting a forceful reorganization of structures and social balance. This relates to the fact that in the Inauguration chart such an unstable planetary alignment will dominate two Fixed Signs. The Moon will accompany Mars and Uranus in a financial sign, so civil unrest is not likely to subside at all.
US & the EU
There are grounds to determine that 2021 will represent a long standoff between ‘conservation’ and ‘renovation’. Obviously, the Saturn – Uranus waning square will affect many countries, and not just the USA; the current balance of forces within the European continent may need to be reassessed as well. This is because the early degrees of Fixed Signs has played a prominent role along the European Union’s history.
The three Saturn – Uranus squares will occur between 7 and 13 degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, two Fixed signs. This indicates that the upcoming destabilization will affect whatever survives by inertia within the social, political and economic scene. Such planetary stimulations are also liable to trigger powerful geological or environmental instability, including historical earthquakes, explosions or eruptions. We may assist to environment-related breakthroughs, and our relationship with planet Earth may change, hopefully in positive ways. As long as humanity succeeds in controlling its environmental impact, the upcoming planetary struggle will prove to be constructive.
All countries and organizations carrying important planetary configurations within the same degrees will be affected throughout 2021. Among those we find India, China, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, NATO, the United Nations and the European Union. Russia is approaching its Saturn return, and this appears as an upcoming phase of national reassessment. The domestic changes many countries and organizations are likely to experience will set the stage for the upcoming global reorientation.
The current cycle started from late Sagittarius in 1988; it coincided with a powerful crackdown of the bipolar political struggle which had been ruling the world since WWII. In fact, it directed humanity towards the expansiveness of a fast-growing globalization phase.
As the old saying goes, ‘history repeats itself’. So long as humanity becomes genuinely aware of its own evolutionary process, each crisis heralds a better future!
On July 20th a New Moon falls at 28Cancer27, in tight opposition to Saturn. This is a very important detail which denotes a remarkable amount of heavy energy around the current lunar month. Saturn is often regarded as an “ominous” presence within the zodiac, yet we need to recognize its positive qualities as well, in order to fully understand the enormous depth which characterizes its 29-year cycle. It is absolutely undeniable that whenever Saturn is involved in any astrological event, heaviness, hardships and a generalized sense of “slowdown” are perceived. It is not a case that the word “lockdown” is so popular in the year in which Saturn and Capricorn have been so prominently engaged. On the other hand, we should recognize how immediately discernible manifestations of its astrological influence are profoundly linked with conscious growth and responsibility.
By looking at the current New Moon configuration, a clear emphasis of such themes is evident. The tightness with which the Sun-Moon conjunction opposes retrograde Saturn in Capricorn is not so often reproduced in the skies. The more uncommon or tighter an aspect is, the more significance it acquires, astrologically speaking. We have already seen how the end of July gave rise to a confused “second COVID-19 wave within the first”, especially in the US. The effects of retrograde conjunctions of slow planets, such as the Jupiter-Pluto one which became exact for the second time on June 30th, are coincident with times of generalized social reassessment and ideological reorientation. The high degree of confusion, together with the new wave of social restrictions, was clearly aligned with the astrological event in question. Under such climate, we are now entering a lunar month which is profoundly characterized by a high degree of disciplined force. This could indicate that the global order, both politically and socially, might experience further reorganizations, perhaps quite evidently. An interesting feature transpires from this synodic month, as the New Moon makes a very tight opposition to taskmaster Saturn, whereas the subsequent Full Moon, which occurs on August 3rd at 11Aquarius45, creates a T-Square with Uranus in Taurus. Also, the New Moon-Saturn opposition acts over the Cardinal signs of Cancer and Capricorn, whereas the Full Moon is Aquarian and squared by its own co-ruler. What does this all mean?
In simple words, the lunar month brings the “seed” of restoration, but its culminating experience will be related to some acts of sudden destabilization. Evidently, we are still in a phase which potentially brings further uncertainty and instability in order to make enough room for a new global order. In this case, the concept of “global order” does not resonate with any conspiratorial themes, but simply to the fact that the profound shifts which society is facing are already provoking a much needed re-balancing of political, social and possibly spiritual themes as well. This might not be readily evident, unless we carefully look at the big picture, also considering the historical phase during which the powerful Capricornian awakeninghas been taking place.
Interestingly, the New Moon-Saturn opposition lies on the meridian axis over Florida, one of the regions most aggressively hit by the pandemic. Again we can observe the lack of randomness in the unfoldment of global events, as they closely reflect the prevailing astrological circumstances.
The Aquarian Full Moon which occurs on August 3rd clearly suggests a high degree of instability, as mentioned already. Also, the humanitarian crisis that is becoming so largely evident is set to be gifted with newer developments. Sectors such as the shipping industry are suffering so intensely under the ongoing wave of restrictions, which has removed any sort of fluidity from regular crew exchanges in an unprecedented manner. Thousands of seafarers still remain stuck on board all sorts of vessels waiting for the slightest hope to get back to their home countries; similarly, huge numbers of workers are waiting to get a new contract, still unable to fly out of their own countries with commercial flights.
It is worth considering the possibility of such dynamism being reflected onto the territory as well. In other words, in early August we might expect intense seismic activity, especially in the Far East, where the Sun-Moon opposition acts over the Meridian Axis, while crossing some important fault lines.
On the same day, Mars in Aries will square Jupiter in Capricorn, giving rise to great ideological zest. The revolutionary power of the upcoming Full Moon is remarkable, and it might deeply affect all those countries born in the late 1940s, when Pluto was at 10 degrees of Leo. Those nations are currently experiencing the long square of Uranus to their natal Pluto placements; mundanely, this transit can be seen as an ongoing dismemberment of deeply ingrained and power-related national dynamics. With Uranus-Pluto aspects, there is an inescapable collective need to face the unknown, and this very process inevitably leads toward a regenerative yet scary encounter with darkness.
On July 25th Mars will enter its shadow, as it crosses the 15th degree of Aries, still moving with direct motion. This means that it passes the point at which it will station direct on November 14th. Evidently, a long season characterized by a literal “reorientation of individual drive and fighting spirit” has already started. In simple words, the long retrogradation of Mars in Aries, a sign which it rules, will square the ongoing gathering of heavy planets in Capricorn, which is unmistakably linked with the unprecedented wave of social change we are currently living through.
To summarize, those whose birthdays fall near July 20th or January 20th may experience a year of increased responsibilities dominated by a generalized sense of slowdown. Limitations may be imposed by either external or inner circumstances, and the way to success will be found mainly through acceptance. Those whose natal Moon is placed around 28 degrees of Cancer or Capricorn will particularly experience such pressure at an emotional level. With the Moon ruling the basic instinctual functions of body and mind, a year of inner reorganization will help in building a solid foundation, though painful or strenuous it may feel.
The Full Moon will fall across the 12th degrees of Aquarius-Leo. Those whose birthdays fall around August 3rd or February 3rd will enter a year of important changes which mainly concern relationships. With a Full Moon being so tightly aspected by Uranus, there may also be separations. All in all, the outcome will be an unrestrained call for freedom and rational understanding. The closer either the Sun or Moon are to the degrees of the current lunar phases, the tighter the aspect in the Solar Return chart; therefore, the stronger the effect will be over the coming months.
As Mars enters its retrogradation period, important developments will hopefully bring more clarity into a poignantly confused world.
Relating to the latest article “Two Eclipses show us the Healing Path”, sudden volcanic activity has occurred in Stromboli, a small island in the Southern Tirrenian Sea. The transit of Mars over the 12th degree of Aries, in applying square to the recent Capricornian Lunar Eclipse has definitely ignited powerful geological forces, as expected. As I specified previously, more research is obviously needed on the subject. The current astrological knowledge allows us to identify the major stressing factors which are likely to determine powerful geological developments in certain areas of the globe.
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Planetary cycles resonate with the ebbs and flows of our individual lives and do not only appear as collective influences. In fact, the cosmic resonance between different existential forces acts primarily on the individual psyche, determining the “feeling patterns” which accompany us in our daily routines. It is quite important for the astrologer to keep an eye on both the macro and micro realities of human existence. Knowledge comes only partially through the observation and de-codification of worldly events, because the primary focus of astrological thought lies in perceiving our inner fluctuations and listening to what others have to say in regards to how they feel. After all, the old saying goes “As Above So Below“; these words remind us that it is important to keep in mind that the universal resonances act on all layers of our existence. No individual is in fact left behind, regardless of how society, politics, wealth, education, trends, fashion or religion have “shaped and depicted” him throughout life. The astrologer knows that an astrological consultation about the natal chart has the potential to bring out even the most hidden and unexpressed aspects of individual life; the client often asks for that information at a time when he or she is ready to embrace change and move on.
These are games of the universe in the form of utter synchronicity, yes!
Mercury and its cycle…
Mercury is the fastest-moving planet of the Solar System, as it orbits the closest to the Sun. Its cycle lasts about a week short of a Solar year, and it describes what could be called, in a very simplistic and reductive manner, the “cycle of reason“. Obviously this is a mere attempt at over-simplifying the importance of this astrological fellow, to give an immediate impression of its energetic influence to those readers of this article who do not know much of astrology. Being an inner planet, it always appears to us in the same “portion” of the zodiac as where the Sun is traveling, therefore “following” it by relative motion through the signs at varying speeds. Variations in Mercury’s rate of motion are dependent on many factors, the most important of which is the relative position between the Earth, the Sun and Mercury itself. In order to keep this article simple and straightforward, only the main cyclical phases are briefly analyzed here.
The Shadow period
Mercury is said to enter its shadow when it crosses the point of the next Direct station, which will follow the Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction. Similarly, when it exits the shadow, it crosses the point where it made its last Retrograde station, after the superior conjunction. In other words, the redirection of mental energy typical of any retrogradation of Mercury is manifest throughout the whole period between those two dates. However, those weeks have specific phases which accompany them.
When Mercury gets aligned between the Earth and the Sun, it appears as if moving “backwards” against the zodiac, therefore it is said to be moving “retrograde”. Somewhere during that time a conjunction between the Sun and Mercury occurs, as the latter moves backwards through the zodiac, crossing the same longitude of our star. This is referred to as the “Inferior Conjunction” and it is to be regarded as the BEGINNING OF A NEW SUN-MERCURY CYCLE. Its whole astrological configuration, including the influences of other planets, sets the overall “mentality” of the months to come, until the next Inferior conjunction occurs.
When Mercury aligns on the opposite side of its orbit, with the Sun standing between it and the Earth, a new longitudinal conjunction occurs, but this time the planet will be moving with direct motion. This is referred to as the “Superior Conjunction” and it marks a culmination in the Sun-Mercury cycle.
As with each cycle (see various examples in previous articles), every initial conjunction represents a moment of relative oblivion; though change is about to come – and we may get a clear feeling of it – its promises are still shrouded in mystery. The Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction (with Mercury moving retrograde), if it closely aspects a prominent planetary configuration of the natal chart, represents a moment in which we may find ourselves in need of important change. This is often related to our ideas, thoughts and social connections; this is after all a series of topics which are quite important during the era of social media communication and real-time information.
Myth and Reality
Mythological Hermes, the way Mercury was called by the Ancient Greeks, is a figure which perfectly represents the dynamics initiated by the cycle of astrological Mercury. As the “Messenger of the Gods“, Hermes appears as a quite dynamic figure, related to the transmission of information and the interconnection of Souls. It is his vivacity which bestows Hermes with the capacity to maintain its shape-shifting abilities. The symbolism associated is that of the “Trickster”, whom you may need to be wary of at times when he carries important pieces of knowledge with himself.
This allows us to understand how Mercury plays an important role in modern society, whose development seems to be getting more and more related to fast information exchanges, digital and multi-language content, and widely-accessible educational material.
The Astrological Cycle
The following dates give us a snapshot of the ongoing shadow of Mercury:
Mercury has entered its shadow period on June 1st
Mercury stations Retrograde on June 18th at 14Cancer46
Mercury stations Direct on July 12th at 5Cancer30
Mercury exits shadow period on July 26th
Let’s take a close look at the next Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction, which will occur on June 30th, at 9Cancer44.
Two astrological features are quite evident here:
The Sun-Mercury conjunction squares Chiron in Aries
This year’s second Jupiter-Pluto conjunction will have become exact (by retrograde motion) around that time as well.
In my previous articles I have explained how the retrogradations of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are possibly due to cause a reemergence of those issues which became so prominent in February-March. Such will allow society to make a few backward steps towards a deeper understanding of the present condition of humanity. The fact that the retrograde Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (the second of three exact hits) will be accompanied by the next Sun-Mercury alignment perhaps gives us an idea of the possibility for “new information” to come out in the global scene. Such information may prove to be extremely useful for humanity, nonetheless it will most probably carry some additional pain. This is because Chiron will form a very tight square to the Sun-Mercury conjunction from Aries, setting a specific tone for the following weeks.
When Chiron-Mercury aspects are involved, there is a feeling of inadequacy in uttering words, thoughts and ideas; confusion may be high, at a time when any piece of new knowledge may even hurt us. During those times, rational thought clashes with the need to redeem ourselves and come to terms with our inner wounds, while our most intimate uncertainties get exposed by the healing powers of Chiron.
The Global Scenario
It is likely that the world may get to know some deeper and more authentic truth about the current situation, as the Sun-Mercury conjunction coincides with the next Jupiter-Pluto alignment. These two heavy planets, in their ongoing rendez-vous in Capricorn, have temporarily crushed many people’s optimistic views and projections. It is probably helpful to note how the beginning of the Mercury’s current shadow of has brought out the results of an international investigation which claimed that China had withheld early COVID-19 data, delaying the international response. Coincidentally, a Presidential declaration marked the US breakup with the WHO. Those were not extremely powerful news, as they easily became shadowed by the ongoing protests which have been raging across the US (read “The Dance of Fire“), partially eclipsing the previous wave of “pandemic fear” and cross-continental rhetoric. As the new Sun-Mercury cycle approaches, we might find out more and more about this whole story.
The next Superior Conjunction will occur at 25Leo09 on August 17th this year, a period which may see us reaping any rewards, if any are to be collected, which derive from our commercial, intellectual or work-related endeavors. This is obviously a wide statement and, despite its generalized value, it does not help us understand what the conjunction actually means. Given the fact that no “opposition” can ever occur between Mercury and the Sun, as seen from Earth, the culmination phase of this very important cycle is considered to be the “external Solar alignment” of this fast-paced planet. If we think symbolically, the inferior conjunction represents a moment in which Mercury is “overtaken” by the Earth in its orbital journey around the Sun; this determines Mercury’s retrograde motion, seen from our planet. Retrograde phases of Mercury are often associated with periods of generalized upset and malfunctioning in life; issues are often said to be arising when Mercury turns on its steps, and, according to some, no major initiatives should ever be taken during those times. This is obviously NOT the case. I am aware that many Sun Sign astrologers strongly publicize this idea, probably because it is quite remunerative and glamorous, however there is much more to it all than meets the eye.
If a new contract is signed or a major purchase is made during a period in which Mercury is retrograde, it does not mean that we will have made an irreparable “mistake” and that we may soon need to completely make up our minds. This can’t apply in such a clear-cut manner at all. A newly-established business may become extremely successful even if you opened it when Mercury was retrograde. Similarly, a new car may be working perfectly for many years even if Mercury was retrograde when you bought it. Therefore, where can we find the Mercurial “trick” in this whole story?
If you open a new webpage while Mercury is retrograde, you can be successful at publicizing it, as long as you faithfully listen to the natural imprint your website acquired at the moment it was established. You may need to become aware of the need to deliver messages which have “introspective” qualities. If the website is about meditation techniques, there is high chance that it will thrive enormously, yet if you intend to make it a voraciously competitive motivational blog it may face some issues. Those “issues” are simply related to the possibility that retrograde Mercury may not carry “front-line activist” tendencies, but rather it primarily looks backwards, fostering knowledge and understanding through hindsight.
With retrograde Mercury in the birth chart one is normally inclined towards a more introspective way of rationalizing facts. There may be more cautiousness around our ideas, and understanding is achieved thanks to the support of inner resources. If a retrograde-Mercury person is not confident about his own intellectual abilities, there may be thousands out there who carry the same natal configuration, showing a high degree of ideological self-reliance. This depends on many factors which include the overall condition of Mercury within the birth chart, upbringing, the society one is grown within, education and so on.
The qualities of retrograde Mercury may in fact give a person the power to see beyond the boundaries of the most immediate reality, if other astrological configurations are supportive of that. The retrograde-Mercury person or organization does not tend to connect with the surroundings through immediate, outwardly-oriented communication, because his mind constantly seeks some kind of deeper understanding. Let’s consider a very simplistic example: if we apply this concept to the act of making an important purchase such as that of a house, this can signify that if the purchase is set to bring out those introspective qualities in us, it will result as a very successful one that has the potential to “feel right” in the long run. This could apply to the purchase of a retreat house by the lake on the mountains, for instance. This is an example which gives us an idea of how astrological thought works on the level of “meaning”, rather than “form”.
To summarize, if your birth chart or your start-of-business’ one have any planets or Angles around either 9 degrees Cardinal (Aries,Cancer,Libra, Capricorn) or 25 degrees Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), you might want to look for ways to enhance any information-related traffic which helps you in making a living. Especially if the former criteria is met, considering the peculiar Chironian signature which accompanies the inferior conjunction in June, there may be a need to prepare to let go of something which has been hurtful or insincere, in order to embrace a more authentic way of rationalizing facts and developing ideas.
Similarly, if any of your natal planets or Angles are placed around 5 and 14 degrees Cardinal the upcoming stations of Mercury will be particularly influential for you. Each station is generally felt as a period of temporary uncertainty, due to the several blockages which may hinder our business, travel plans or whichever area of life is addressed by the position and condition of natal Mercury. It is best to step back and release control during those times, otherwise mental exhaustion is risked, especially if the natal chart carries strongly Airy or Mercurial features.