Mercury went retrograde April 18th @ 12:06a EST. Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, it is a second chance to re-do, re-visit, re-think, and/or re-organize something that we have already done. Mercury rules thinking, the mind, and communication, as well as all modes of technology which assist these activities. Mercury Retrograde does not usually support new projects, but if you are doing something for the second time, then Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to make your second, better effort.
The sign in which Mercury retrogrades is important, for it tells us what areas of life we should re-visiting. It also directs our attention to the area of our lives ruled by that sign in our charts. For this Mercury retrograde, the sign we need to understand is Taurus. Taurus is the fixed earth sign of the zodiac, ruler of the 2nd house. Taurus is associated with resources. What resources do you have? What resources do you take for granted? Sometimes, we take our best resources for granted because they are second nature to us. With Mercury retrograde in Taurus, this is a great time to spend some time thinking about our resources, how we use or abuse them, and how we can make better use of what we have. Taurus also rules farming, which is a metaphor for how to use your talents in order to create sustenance. If we are unsure of our resources, gardening may be an appropriate activity to help us meditate on the subject. It will also help us to remember that resources must be cultivated in order for them to be productive for us. Taurus also rules money, an important resource in our society. During this Mercury retrograde, it would be a very good idea to get a handle on our finances. Tax season is over, and perhaps now is the right time to review our budgets and make the necessary adjustments with respect to our refund or payment.
Taurus is ruled by Venus, so we definitely want to look at Venus and see what is going with her so that we can fully understand the message of Mercury in her sign. When Mercury turned retrograde, Venus was in her own sign of Taurus, as well. We call this a dignified position, because Venus is powerful in the sign she rules. This also reiterates the importance of understanding how we are using our resources. Venus is in a good and supportive position to Jupiter at the retrograde as well. Jupiter is also dignified in Pisces, and Jupiter magnifies whatever it touches. Some of us may getting some really good news with respect to our resources, others may be getting news that is not so good. Either way, Jupiter in Pisces is reminding us that material resources don’t create spiritual wealth. In fact, many spiritual masters ask their students to renounce their material wealth so that they can concentrate on cultivating spiritual wealth. Good news or bad, increasing resources or decreasing, it would be wise to make sure your spiritual resources are renewed and supportive. Even poor men can be rich in love and Spirit.
Whatever house is ruled by Taurus in your chart will be that area of your life where these concepts are manifesting. For example, Taurus rules my fifth house, and with the support of my friends and network in DC, I was able to give lectures and readings this past week which allowed me to express myself creatively in a way that I have been chasing for years. Now that I have done it once, I can use this experience as grist to fuel the mill and support my desire to create more space for me to deliver my public talks. If you have a group that you would like for me to address, please let me know. I’m adding “Public Speaker” to my business card.
As this is happening, Saturn and Uranus are lining up for their final opposition on the Virgo-Pisces axis at 29 degrees on Monday, April 26. The 29th degree of any sign is a big deal, but Uranus at the last degree of Pisces is the biggest! Michael Lutin taught me that 29 Pisces is the Weeping Degree. Sounds heavy. It is. For the past 2.5 years, the Saturn-Uranus opposition has been asking us to release the status quo where it has made our lives stale and unfulfilling. Uranus is the planet of awakening, revolution, and insight. This energy is infusing our daily routines and habits with new, fresh, and innovative ideas in an effort to bring us more fully into our own lives. Many of us have been embracing this change, letting things go that needed to go, and this week, we will finally feel like that separation is complete, or completing. (Uranus will move forward into Aries late May and retrograde back in to 29 Pisces in the fall, showing where we may not have released as much as we thought.) Nonetheless, this week is a big separation. If we have been resisting this change, fighting the need to let go, then this week will be an especially difficult and volatile one, as the release will happen regardless of our attempts to stop it. A therapist of mine, Rachel Levy, once told me that the pain was in the resistance. Well, if you are resisting this release, then you know what she means.
We are all being called to a higher level of consciousness whether we like it or not. The Age of Pisces is giving way to the Age of Aquarius. We are moving from a dualistic society where the martyr-victim mentality is being replaced by the “We are One” mentality as evidenced in the huge popularity of the movie “Avatar.” We are all connected, our actions affect the planet, we are our brothers’ keepers, as well as keepers of the earth. We cannot afford to take for granted the things that sustain us, and this includes our resources. Perhaps we need to release something that keeps us firmly rooted in the illusion that we are not connected, that we are independent from and that we have no responsibility to our fellow humans. Pluto in Capricorn through 2025 will revolutionize our sense of responsibility and help us to understand our relation to the earth and our responsibilities to it and the family of Man.
Two days after this exact opposition of Saturn and Uranus, we will have a Full Moon in Scorpio. Scorpio rules joint or shared resources and with the Sun still in Taurus, the focus will be on all of our resources, individual and shared. A Full Moon shines light on the shadow, and we will get feedback on how in control or out of it we have been with regards to all of resources. The news may not be good, but its only information. What we do with the information is what is important. (This Full Moon also heralds the Wesak Festival. Please follow this link to a great explanation by Robert Wilkinson of the importance of this celebration.)
This is also the day that Mercury joins the Sun to start a new cycle. The Sun and Mercury conjunct in Taurus opposing the Moon in Scorpio tells us that we need to evaluate our security with regards to all of the resources in our lives. If we are not secure, then we can use the energy of the Sun (effort, work, focus) and Mercury (thinking, processing, and communicating) to develop a better a relationship (Venus rules relationships, as well) with our resources. This cycle will be full in June at 6 Cancer when we will see the full effect of this cycle. Cancer rules emotional security, so if we don’t like the feedback we are receiving, then we have 8 weeks or so to work on creating something we can feel good about. Also, even if we are receiving feedback we like, this does not guarantee that we will feel good at the full phase in late June, because if we are only focused on material resources, we may see in June how our lack of cultivation (a Taurus word) of more spiritual resources has left us feeling vulnerable.
2010 will be a year of change unlike any we have seen in a long time. I hope that each and every person is really re-evaluating , re-leasing, and re-forming a plan to get them to where they want or need to be. Of course, I know not every one is, and I have compassion for these folks, because even though the universe will give them more chances to work within the energy of the cosmos, they will have a price to pay this week, this month, and this year, as they cling to a loss which is not only inevitable, but the seed of their own progress.
We are still under the power of the most recent New Moon in Aries, so please consider how you would finish this phrase: I AM ___________. If you are not satisfied with your answer, then now if the time to work on the creating an answer you can be happy with - an answer that expresses the totality of who you are, not just some hat that you wear for a few hours a day. The next new Moon will be in Taurus, bringing us the seed energy to cultivate the resources that have been the focus of the Mercury retrograde this time around.
With love and hope that you will prosper and find find happiness.