by Robert Wilkinson
At least two school teachers told me over the last couple of days that their kids have been wild lately and they’ve been hit with things that forced them to rearrange what they did and when they did it. I also have been swamped with work, and it’s been difficult juggling everything on my plate. What does Astrology show about this?
A quick glance shows Mercury square Saturn yesterday, after which it left Capricorn and entered Aquarius, its sign of exaltation, or “grounds of greatest growth.” Mercury is now sextile Uranus and square Jupiter today. Remember Mercury, the Magician and Guide of Souls, is also the Juggler, the Coordinator, and the One who integrates various energies in smooth and harmonic functioning.
Certainly Mercury, the coordinating principle (and sure to be present in jabberhead situations, whether chattering children or our monkey mind!) square Jupiter puts the lower mind and higher mind in a frictional relationship, with strong and somewhat competitive releases but also a tendency to go overboard. If we factor in the closeness of the out of sign opposition between Jupiter and Saturn, we can see the oppositional “see saw” energies being released through the Mercury T-square.
This T-square throws energy into the last degrees of Cancer and Aries, as well as the first degrees of Leo and Scorpio. Most needed are positive late Cancer and early Leo energies. Taken together, as a conflicted mix it could show impulsiveness, sensitivity, reactivity, combustion, enthusiasm, and intensity. That would describe my teacher friends’ experience this past week!
It’s been a good time to put the brakes on pessimism and unrealistic expectations, and see a new way of focusing on what we truly care about. It’s also been good for finishing up some personality integration issues by seeing what limits are more boon than bondage, and allowing a new heart energy to come forth that opens newer, deeper ways of relating to others, as well as our own lives.
Just don’t overplay your hand or expect too much too soon (Mars is still retrograde, you know!), and put what’s happening into a larger integrated vision of what to move toward while detaching from getting bent out of shape by things that are basically nothing personal. Remember that overall it’s still a great time of practical steady progress (Jupiter in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn) and great harmony of a larger understanding of a new life standard to begin to live (Saturn in Libra trine Neptune in Aquarius.)
It’s still a time for moving forward with confidence, even though lately things may have gotten a bit out of control, overblown, or turned around, despite the slowing pace. It’s a great time to see a bigger picture, a greater contribution to our world, and the promise of things to come.
One very positive thing to remember is that Mercury, Venus, and Saturn are all in their Exaltation signs. That's tremendously productive of favorable growth. Wherever these are in our charts, whatever they rule of our planets and houses, through these planets We’re growing tremendously by synthesizing the many into the whole, feeling a deeper compassion as we say goodbye to old ghosts and feelings of ambivalence, and finding a balanced grace as we move by steps into a mature philosophical completion.
Just a few observations about the near past and present. Happy weekend!
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson