|Posted by Lauren on November 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM|
November 9th ~ 16th
A few weeks ago I wrote about Mercury square Neptune. At that time Hurricane Sandy was moving up the East Coast of the US, eventually landing during high tide, thrust forward on the wave of the Full Moon and swelled by the blustery winds of Jupiter in Gemini, the ruler of Sagittarius (the sign that Mercury is in) and the waters of Pisces (the sign that Neptune is in). Since then Mercury has stationed retrograde, and is now returning to square Neptune once again. But this time Mercury is retrograde. It is returning to the place it once knew.
Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood. ~ Henry Miller
So do expect the usual denizens of Mercury retrograde (mixed messages, misunderstandings, travel delays and glitches, communication devices failing, vehicles not operating or breaking down, do-overs, repairs), aggravated by the square to Neptune this week (confusion, deception, veiled truths, only seeing what you want to see, only hearing what you want or expect to hear, worry, anxiety, self-deception and intoxication). When Mercury is square Neptune, one planet can dominate at the expense of the other. It doesn’t help if you are beset with delays, interruptions, or bouts of ineffectual daydreams to boot.
The key to making the most of this aspect is to allow a blending of their attributes to take place. When Mercury dominates, there is a tendency to question and doubt feelings and intuition, and not give much needed time to your inner, spiritual needs. You know this is true if you are feeling nervous, anxious, or there is too much commotion arising, with little time to get your wits about you. When Neptune dominates, one’s faculties become compromised or impaired by the imagination and/or what you either want to be true or fear to be true. Together there is a sense of feeling like you have so much to do, but yet not able to get anything done.
I do not say that artists cannot be seers, inspired: that the AWEN cannot come upon them, and the god speak through them. Who would be an artist if they did not believe that that happens? If they did not know it happens because they have felt the god within them use their tongue, their hands? Maybe only once in their lives. But once is enough. ~ Ursula K. LeGuin
Mercury retrograde periods are not good for starting new things, but they are excellent for finishing off projects that you have been putting off. It is also a time for introspection, reminiscence, and getting to know yourself. Neptune subjectively speaks in poetry, music, symbols, the imagination and feelings. Time moves differently when Mercury is retrograde and square Neptune. And sometimes you need to respect that, and give it its own reverence. This is a time for us to have a conversation with God, your Higher Self, your Inner Daemon, your Spiritual Self, whatever you want to call it. Even if you don’t believe that there is such a thing, it doesn’t matter. Find moments of silence. Sit and entertain the thoughts that visit you. Then write them down. Dream, invent, imagine and create. This is a time meant for profound introspection and meditation. Allow yourself to get lost in order to find yourself again. Listen for the whispers in the sound of silence.
There is also a Total Solar Eclipse in the sign of Scorpio this week. This eclipse will be visible in northern Australia and the southern Pacific. Symbolically, Eclipses are like rifts in the fabric of time and space which allow connections to be made with other planes of being and awareness. This would be even more so in the magical sign of Scorpio which seeks to unveil hidden and occult truths and knowledge. Endings do often happen in the ambit of an eclipse, but even as they occur there is a recognition that their time has come. It is time to purge, to release and let go of those things that are no longer necessary in your life, but may indeed be undermining your own well-being, growth and progress. In this way, there is great strength and power to effect a positive healing and rebirth.
This being human is a guest house,
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Solar Eclipses are like powerful New Moons, and in this way, a wave of healing, rebirth, and rebuilding can be initiated at this time. Not only in our own lives, by breaking up habits, old behaviors, or structures that are self-annihilating, as it were, but for all of humanity, and for all the wonderful creatures of mother earth herself.
The video “She’s Alive..” was assembled by Vivek Chauhan along with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network: www.sanctuaryasia.com/
the photo of a silhouetted man and camel in China’s Gansu Province, is by Aly Song
the print of Hermes (Mercury) is from the Second Key (Hermeticum) of Basilius Valentinus, a 15th century alchemist.
For the week of November 9th thru the 16th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:
Although you prefer to be in charge if at all possible, sometimes it is best to just go with the flow. You will have more of a sense of direction and motivation after the 16th. Until then, take care of accumulated responsibilities that have been piling up, and take care of them one by one, making your life both cleaner and simpler in the process. You might want to do this now, before things get hectic later on in the month. But if you don’t, that’s okay too. This Eclipse period is about discarding what is outworn, what is cluttering up your life, or preventing you from growing and moving on to the next stage of your life. Sometimes that simply means cleaning out the trash and remnants of a former life. But also explore how you undermine your own growth through your attachments, addictions, habits and self-limiting behavior. Even small changes can make all the difference right now.
With your ruler Venus strong and dignified this week, this could be lucky for both money and love... but with Jupiter retrograde for the next few months, it is also a time to explore priorities, and figure out those things that are truly important and meaningful to you, and then make those things your priority. This could be a remarkable Eclipse for change and transformation in your relationships, as you see certain alliances changing and people either needing to move on, or away to a new phase of their lives. Also explore what you have been holding on to out of habit or familiarity. These could be keeping you from exploring new options. There are new people out there to be met, and new options to unfold. This is a particularly potent Eclipse for those Taurus’s born between May 10th and the 15th, or who have 20-24° of Taurus Rising.
When Jupiter is retrograde, as it is now in your sign, it is a time to look within, rather than to judge others. It is a time to connect with your own understanding of what is truly meaningful and valuable to you, what relationships, what things you love. What brings you joy. When Mercury is square Neptune it may seem like so much time is flitting away spent in unproductive daydreaming, and leaves you wondering where all the time went. If there are things that must get finished this week, make a list in advance, and tick each thing off as you go along. But also make time and space for some silence in your life. It beckons, and is needed. Just sit, and allow the voice to speak through you. Then write down what it says. It could be quite revealing.
Sometimes it is better to put aside self-interest in the name of a cause, or to help someone else. As Mars, the image of dynamic energy, approaches the sign of Capricorn, it can bring people into your life this week that can prove to be inspiring because of their energy and their courage. As a result you could be motivated to pursue a worthwhile cause helping others. Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” The Eclipse falls in your house of love, romance, creative self-expression and children. Remove the sorrows from your heart, so that something better can grow there.
The Eclipse this week falls in a sign that Leo associates with home, family and security. It also symbolizes “the end of the matter”. By coming to the conclusion of a situation, you are now able to begin anew, reborn and refreshed. But before doing so, pause in the subdued darkness of the Eclipse, and take some time to meditate, withdraw, and succumb to stillness. It is within this pause that true awareness, connection and creativity takes place. Some wonderful beginning can begin to unfold from the ashes of the past.
Messages from people that you hadn’t heard from in quite a while leave you both confused and bewildered. It may be wise not to make any critical decisions until your ruler Mercury is out of the fog and in a better state of clarity. Right now you’ll be receiving mixed messages at best. What people are saying and what you are hearing could be very different things. This is one of those times when it’s better to just absorb, contemplate, reflect and ruminate, rather than act on any grand ideas. At least, not yet. Through the process of dreaming, meditation and reflection, some sort of awakening could occur.
A sense of joy, and that everything is right in the world, carries you through the weekend on the wings of fulfillment. Don’t expect to have very much energy though. You’d prefer to lounge on those wings. It will be all you can do to get up in the morning. What is important this week, is the Eclipse, which falling in Scorpio has much to do with embracing and respecting your own self worth. If you feel that you can’t or don’t deserve abundance, then you create inner barriers. These are often based on feelings of fearfulness, guilt or low self-esteem. Release this negative thinking. There is grace in the ability to receive as well as give to others. Tell yourself: “I am open and receptive to all the good that the Universe has to offer. Thank you Life.”
The Eclipse falls in your sign of Scorpio this week, accompanied by the North Node of the Moon. Those people most sensitive to this Eclipse are people who have their birthdays around November 11 thru the 16th, or have 20-24° of Scorpio rising, but all Scorpios are going to be feeling the necessity to release, in order to rebuild. It is time to move on and move out, to rid yourself of those things that are cluttering, burdening, or perhaps even poisoning your life, in order to grow, evolve and live a cleaner, simpler, happier and healthier life. Explore what is interfering with your capacity to grow, and to have a more meaningful life, and then see what steps you need to take to fulfill these.
One thing that should be appreciated this week, are the ways in which you are loved, and have the glory to share your life with others. With your ruler, Jupiter, retrograde for the next few months, this is time for you to explore what is most meaningful to you, and often it is not those things that you can buy, so much as what you already have.. such as love, and the support of a good friend. You may not get very much done this week. This is a week for silent prayer, meditation and introspection rather than action. Sometimes the most important work to be done is on the inner planes.
Let the motive for action be in altruistic works, through service, and charity to others. Help out a neighbor, or stop to simply listen to someone else’s story. These are the things that make our lives more meaningful and enriching in the end. The eclipse falls in the sign of Scorpio, a sign that Capricorn associates with your circle and network of friends and associates, as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. In some respects, this is new and untrodden territory. You have reached a new plateau in your life, where you’re beginning to think about the future, in a new light... it’s like, where do you go from here? And what are those things and people that you have outgrown? This is a powerful wishing Moon for Capricorn, so spend some time visualizing the future that you would like to see fulfilled.
In the shadowy light of this powerful Scorpio Eclipse, explore what needs to be released from the past, in order for you to embrace your future. See where either fear of power and responsibility, or self-doubts may interfere with your ability to see clearly where your true path lies. Often it’s right there in front of you, before your very eyes. You just need to open up your eyes to see, and accept with an open heart, what and where your destiny truly lies. And then explore what needs to be released, in order for you to grow.
The more you try to control, the more you try to schedule, the more you will become undone this week. These Mercury retrograde periods are times for assimilation and introspection, but unfortunately the world needs to go on, we need to work, and to get up in the morning. Try to keep lists of activities that need to be accomplished, but don’t be too surprised or hard on yourself, if you find yourself ceaselessly distracted. Space and time are different when Mercury is retrograde, especially when it’s engaged with Neptune, and sometimes you just need to respect that. So schedule in time for silence as well on that list. And pay a visit with the god(dess) within, entertaining her for a cup of tea. Give her your ear. She has much to say. Of this I am sure.