These are the last few days of the Sun in Aries (it enters Taurus Thursday at 12:12 pm EDT), just as Mercury has re-entered this first sign of the zodiac. In a sense, these two bodies are working the same themes from opposite ends of the same sign: the unexpected, stepping forward, personal/political, and change.
We’ll start with Mercury. It was recently retrograde and is still working out of the echo (or shadow) phase, which ends April 23 in high style — with Mercury in an exact conjunction to Uranus.
Mercury currently on the Aries Point (the first degree of Aries) is spurring our minds, calling us to conceive of ourselves within the greater context of all the changes in the world around us. Mercury in these first degrees of Aries is approaching both Uranus (by conjunction) and Pluto (by square), which are forming the locomotive of revolution and evolution shaping this phase of history. The square is exact for the first of seven times in June. When a fast moving planet like Mercury comes along, however, we can pick up a signal about where the much larger historic process is headed — and where our individual lives might intersect it.
Therefore, listen for messages from ‘the world’ and from your inner world. This is the third and final pass Mercury will make through this region of the zodiac this year. On its first leg through the territory, we referred to Mercury conjunct Uranus as “looking like a bright idea” — a spontaneous one that needs some grounding. What sprang to mind for you around March 5 and March 18? A third spark may come this weekend, with the third conjunction on Earth Day. Goddess knows this planet of ours could use some more bright ideas aimed its care –- let’s see what lights up. The Sun in Taurus should help with the grounding, but you will still have to work with any ideas consciously. Collectively taking care of our home shouldn’t come as a surprising act, but at this point, it would be a welcome one.
As for the Sun leaving Aries, that may come with its own surprises. The last degrees of a sign have a special emphasis, like a microclimate. The weather can leave you feeling listless, antsy to get on with the next sign, or feeling a sense of drift. Yet at other times highly unusual events develop, things that seem unlikely or impossible. So don’t rush the end of the cycle — ease through it.
Last year at this time, Eric wrote: “My prior ideas about the void Sun hardly seem to matter anymore. I used to observe that it was a day when unlikely events could unfold. From a news perspective, this is a moot point — under the Shock Doctrine, we have unusual things going off every day or so. There is always another crisis, another war, another disaster to sell us.”
Yet in your personal life, unusual developments are still possible, and the best way to handle that is to be open to what unfolds. Treat your life like a work in progress, a story half written, with characters who don’t know where the storyline is headed.
Many of us are still awed by the continual parade of unlikely events, and that can mean distraction from the deeper or subtler elements of life. The news isn’t quitting, and the need to engage the world more fully and immediately is clearer each day. Even the recent Mercury and Mars retrogrades were designed to help us clear out, understand and begin transforming whatever baggage might otherwise weigh us down for this next leg of the journey.
You may find that when the Sun finally enters Taurus on Thursday, your senses will reward you by telling you something you’ve known all along: no matter where you think you need to go with yourself, you’re home in your own skin.