by Robert Wilkinson
Right now and for the next few days, Mercury is square Saturn. I've observed this influence narrows the view, and makes for somewhat pessimistic or rigid thinking and interpretations around what's happening. The antidotes for this one are humor and compassion, as well as a sense of what's ending, what's opening, and taking responsibility in communications.
Showing the generic gestalt of the atmosphere, this square can demonstrate the mind's inherent seriousness, even negativity, whether in us or another. In its positive manifestations, it will show as culmination insights re: the Saturn lessons in play since September 2008, and open a more varied and practical "spiritual rapport" with others who share our duties and responsibilities, as well as "Dharma mates," or those who we are linked to Dharmically.
It is another in the sequence of planets making Mutable T-squares from Gemini to Virgo and Pisces while trining the Aquarius stellium through August. It is now square Saturn, en route to its square with Uranus trine Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune July 1-2. I discussed how this "off-set" T-square works in the linked article.
Mercury should now give us signals, ideas, and communications around what was set into motion by the Solar squares, so that we can move into valuing, appreciating, and/or capturing pleasing forms of whatever these challenging aspects are showing us when Venus moves through this configuration later in July.
On a related note (since Mercury rules Saturn), Saturn continues to occupy the degree of a "Volcanic Eruption," allowing us to release a lot of pent-up pressure and blow out whatever is keeping us from experiencing our "wholeness." We can now get at many old complexes that have been stuffed down and release them through Mercury's power of adaptation to new discoveries that require exteriorization. Get a new view, or new ways of interpreting what's happening, and you can experience a fiery rebirth that shows your best to your world.
And on a final somewhat unrelated note, from about 2:15 pm PDT (10:15 pm Greenwich) today (June 24) for 24 hours after, the Sun will occupy 5 Cancer, the degree of karmic adjustments, curbed recklessness, and as Rudhyar puts it, "The tragic results which are likely to occur when the individual's will pits itself carelessly against the power of the collective will of society."
So for about the next 24 hours, we should see illuminative elements of this degree, which we are also told is one where an individual is brought to account for their societal obligations. Since we are told that Pluto rules such things as railroads and trains, I've long regarded this symbol as one where "At a Pluto crossing, old forms are wrecked by destiny."
Dr. Jones says it's "the irresistible power of completion," as well as a type of control so we don't have to continue any action "to the point of self-cancellation." Here we can find our obligation to ourselves rather than externals, and disperse whatever we need to in order to achieve a creative reorganization.
Falling where it does in the sequence of degrees, it implies the wreckage or end of that which obstructs or willfully disregards the major decisions symbolized by the recent Summer Solstice. It would seem that something is having the brakes put on so we can move forward into a new allegiance. Just a few insights into this part of the zodiacal journey....
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