Tonight (Monday the 19th December) heralds the beginning of Mercury’s three week retrograde trip from mid-Capricorn to the final degrees of Sagittarius.
Always, Mercury retrograde provides a chance to reflect. Far from the (useful but limited) mundane interpretation whereby we are warned to expect delays and postpone contract confirmation etcetera; retrogrades are so beneficial when we work with them. They present opportunities for the emergence of hidden material, bubbling to the surface of consciousness, allowing for deepened understanding of multifaceted variables at play.
Mercury retrograde has taught me that delays, though often frustrating and incomprehensible, most often favour us. It is usually only in retrospect that we are able to see just how significant the right timing can be in the development and discovery of our paths forward. We can push push push for things to be the way we imagine that we want them to no avail. Then, seemingly effortlessly, life flows easily in magical ways, and we arrive at our destin(Y)ation.
The conservative nature of Capricorn pressed upon by the long Plutonian passage (2008 until 2024) marks a phase of metamorphosis…
Collectively we can observe this in the sometimes dramatic changes occurring in financial markets worldwide;
~ as well as apparent social change ~ global demands for the powers that be bureaucracy gov corporations power moguls to display authenticity truth transparency integrity are palpable among our youth and the young at heart alike;
~ and shifts within our collective psyche towards ownership of psychological baggage that, unchecked, remains burdensome and weighty, are clear as our shadows dance across screens tuned to news just in.
When Mercury comes around we might make use of this so-called personal planet ~ the planet of the mind ~ to bring consciousness to the shifts we ourselves experience thanks to Pluto’s challenging demolition~renovation operation.
Mercury’s approach to Pluto will be thwarted by the three week retrograde cycle that will see us into the new year ~ 2017. It won’t be until the end of January that Mercury will finally catch up to Pluto and usher in our deepened psychological understanding of where we are at as 2017 begins. Who have we become? And where do we we intend to go from here? Where are our Sagittarian arrows of meaning and intention aimed?
Sunset on Wednesday (AWST) heralds the Solstice (Sun into Capricorn) ~ we might consciously surrender to the Summer, prioritising rest and repose for a time, and remaining open to incoming new information that helps us to refine our vision.
Capricorn wants to build ~ leaving tangible legacy of our existence ~ but we can inadvertently spend our lives taking direction from an ill-deserved doyen of un-truth. Working-class heroes fooled into accepting the only way to live is to sell our souls jostling for pole position within the rat race. Always working harder longer faster in hot pursuit of dangling carrots moveable feast goal-posts that never truly deliver the satisfaction fulfilment contentment peace that we hope they will.
“You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store” Merle Travis
To whom~what do we owe our allegiance? Capricorn’s dutiful inclinations can lead us to believe we must outsource our inner oracle, as though we do not ourselves have direct access to the same information as sages prophets gurus messiahs. But we do.
We have within us an author~ity
“to thine own self be true”
As we persistently ignore our inner wisdom we are sending the message that we prefer someone (whomsoever we delegate our power ~ boss parents partner children peers…) to chaperone us through life. It is not until we step up to accept responsibility, honouring our own truth, that our authentic voice vision becomes clear.
As we work, expending effort, let it be in alignment with our own author ~ the presence within that knows our personal myth~story and collaborates with the cosmos to illuminate it for us (synchronicities symbols images messages dreams ~ clues abound!) so that we might bring it into the world. As a gift. And a tangible legacy of our existence 🙂