by Robert Wilkinson
Mercury goes direct in motion 11:21 pm PST Dec 29 (7:21 am Greenwich Dec 30) and speeds up for many weeks to come. This shows a quickening of the ability to coordinate, put things together, understand the whole and the parts, the process and the larger cycles. Mercury, or Hermes, "the Guide of Souls," is also known as the Divine Trickster, as well as all lesser models. It is now stationary at 20 degrees of Sagittarius, affecting that area for months to come.
We are told the symbol is "Men cutting through ice." Rudhyar says this is a degree of a "depth of operation necessary to prepare for next phase of life," and "sacrifice of present to future."
In "The Astrological Mandala" he states the keynote is "the foresighted use of natural resources to supply future human needs." He says this point is where our "ingenuity and foresight" can be used to plan for the future in terms of "assuring supply." This degree "stresses the value of actively planning for future need, and of foresight based on the knowledge of cyclic processes."
Of note is that this degree was where Jupiter went stationary retrograde in April 2007. Events since then have been preparing us for the information, signals, ideas, and coordinations we'll be doing over the next few months. Key points in the developments of this theme of preparing for future supply of our needs began in March 2007, and through the rest of that year brought us activity and larger opportunities and awarenesses of how to use foresight of what was to come to get clear about ensuring our future well being.
So what began as an adventure, a wider view, a teaching, or a protective opening in 2007 is now going to give us specific information about this preparatory energy, as well as opportunities to weave ideas and activity into our lives in multiple ways. We should all start seeing, hearing, and understanding things that point the way to our future well being. And since Mercury, or Hermes, is known as "The Guide of Souls," then perhaps here the Guide can lead us to our better interests in terms of future supply.
Given where it falls in Sagittarius, it shows us some form of aspiration, larger or future-oriented vision, abstract understanding or higher Truth to break into a wider life. The symbol is action oriented, and this stage of the process follows the reorientation technique for survival purposes of 19 Sag and precedes the imitative learning phase of 21 Sag.
We'll be dealing with these energies every time there's a transit over it. We got a twin chiming of this point by Mercury and Mars between November 21-25, and the Sun lit it up December 10-11. Now Mercury establishes this as its launch point for lessons through late March 2011.
Venus will help us capture resources and relationships related to this theme January 25-27, 2011, and we should be experiencing new openings where we understand and harmonize these themes in our lives from the Vernal Equinox on 20 March through 8 May, with continual information generated each time the Moon moves through 20 degrees of the Fire and Air signs. Turning points and release points will be generated during times the planets move across 20 degrees of the Mutable signs, so important developments can be expected in the first 3 weeks of March through Mercurial, Solar, and Martian transits and the second week of April.
Mercury going direct will re-activate many of the aspects it's made over the past few weeks, since it made important conjunctions, squares, sextiles and a quintile during that time span. So now that it's direct again it will again sextile Neptune and Chiron, square Uranus and Jupiter, and quintile Saturn while at the end of Sag in the second week of January, proceeding to the conjunction with Pluto in the third week of January. After that it will be out of the retrograde degree span, moving into "unknown zones" where the themes of this retrograde will be played out in forward motion.
Other important aspects influencing coming weeks are Venus septile Mars while also semisquare the Sun during the same time that Mars sextiles Jupiter and Uranus. In mid-January the Sun follows the path of Mars and adds light and power to the productive Mars sextile Jupiter and Uranus from late Capricorn to late Pisces. That will show as one last favorable push to assist personal reorganization as we all stand on the threshold of Jupiter's entry into Aries.
That said, at the time Mercury goes stationary direct at 20 Sag, it makes no significant close major aspects to any of the other planets. However, it does make a very close trielftile aspect, based in the 11th harmonic. Though not widely understood or used, I believe these "elftile" series aspects involve transcending some duality through leaps of faith to achieve a mastery over those types of duality. So perhaps Mercury working through the themes of 20 Sag will bring us all to challenges involving our willingness to make leaps of faith into some future, truth, or adventure.
Probably the strongest influences working at the time Mercury goes direct are Venus trine Jupiter and Uranus while square Neptune and Chiron, and the very tight Mars square Saturn exact just hours before Mercury goes direct. These should show as deepened relational understanding with others who also stand on a major threshold of change, and recent conflicts, releases, and shifts in direction show our dignity and our growth. Keep everything simple, pleasant, noble, loving, creative, and playful as you "come in from the cold."
Mercury at the end of its RX period is in the second half of Sagittarius, said by Rudhyar to be a span of "Detachment" in the Actional level of Transference. While Mercury occupies Sagittarius, many will find they are seeing their truths and philosophical understanding with new eyes, and realize they will have to open to a wider view of their future. You can bet that as Jupiter and then Uranus move into early Aries and septile Mercury's stationary degree, major choices, changes, and forks in the road of destiny related to that degree will be set into motion. As I've noted in other articles, this is going to be one wild ride that develops very quickly!
Dr. Jones states the keyword for this symbol is PROCUREMENT, indicating "the facility with which men organize the processes of nature for the benefit of the community at large." Here we see individual potential working with "natural resources and social opportunities" so that "personal endowment" can be demonstrated in "organized effort." We are told that when positive, the degree is "exceptional capacity for overcoming obstacles and capitalizing on every possible eventuality."
So at the end of this retrograde period, we find ourselves poised to learn and/or demonstrate new skills, where we can work within a group demonstrating our potential to contribute to a greater social whole. If the opportunity comes up, work in some organized effort to capitalize on the group energy to achieve something that takes care of a need. And if you're out on a limb, judge exactly how far not to go, and then be secure in what you've already accomplished as you crawl back down to Earth.
As Jupiter rules Mercury, flow with the changes into a greater vision, adventure, or understanding, unique to your specialized creative Self. Since Jupiter is in an exact forming conjunction with Uranus, accept your own special harvest which can allow you dominion over your inner and outer life, and find a greater productivity than you've known. We are all being blessed with a "benediction" unique to our true Self, and are promised a "self-consummation" and success beyond measure. Just flow on, walk on, forgiving what needs forgiveness and blessing the passages as you move into a new world.
The coming 3 months promise major openings into a greater future for all who pay attention to what must end soon so that empty space is made in the inner and outer life that can be filled with new contents. This period shows us the future, and what we must do to assure some form of supply down the road within a community context. Those who choose a wholehearted productivity will find themselves established in an expression of their Higher Self at whatever level they live.
So demonstrate your skills, use your creative imagination to visualize your role that assures you well being and community in the future, and you could find you are more richly endowed than you've imagined. Use foresight as you flow into new organized forms, and feel the larger blessing and protection that shows you a Higher Way to live.
© Copyright 2010 Robert Wilkinson