Last days of the Sun in Aries, Mercury on the Aries Point

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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.

Photo by Eric Francis.

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.

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10 Responses to Last days of the Sun in Aries, Mercury on the Aries Point

  1. paola paola says:

    I keep re-reading your description…
    Tomorrow when I’ll be in the street and traffic and dust, I’ll think of it.

  2. paola paola says:

    ‘Plan your life and live your plan’.
    Thank you Shebear13!

    And thank you also to Lyd.
    Today I did an inner work session and the theme was… desire!

  3. Lyd, I read your Sabian Symbol reference just as I had booted up the “The Sleeping Chorus” excerpt on NPR –from this year’s Pulitzer Prize in music, the new opera Silent Night, about the famous German/British Christmas truce in WWI.

    Here’s the link to the excerpt (best listened to w earphones):

    Terrestrial choir, but heavenly!

  4. Amanda Painter Amanda Painter says:

    len — my guess is brussles, maybe paris as the photo locale.

  5. Lyd says:

    The Sabian Symbol for today is “A Celestial Choir Singing”. (Blaine Bovee)

    Today: The celestial choir is a call in harmony. That is, something resonates today in experience that actively engages deeper aspects of who we really are.
    There is enough pointed energy to actually manifest today, as opposed to a more ‘lie back and hope for the best’ approach. The key is desire, deep desire.
    Desire is an expression of veneration that, when sung within the over-arching vault of heaven, evokes a deeper space like a chamber of harmonies that backwards draws awareness.
    Imagine fine acoustic halls where choral delights resonate and uplift the very bricks and mortar. Think of vast over-weening expanses that echo is time and harmony of tone.
    And on the street as you walk through your day, with traffic where the dust and litter blows, listen for background harmonies and where divine favour flows.

  6. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    Eric: separate thanks for the photo. Please is it Brooklyn?

  7. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    Thank you Planet Waves Daily Astrology for thoughtful further development of the absolutely brilliant “point of involvement” conclusion to yesterday’s Daily Astrology blog. These special times, their meaning and content, although ironically obscured by their being gilded, have not been lost on us thanks to Daily Astrology.

  8. marymack says:

    as for “bright ideas” … seems to me I saw somewhere that there were glimpses of auroras from Uranus just recently. Wonder how that might help affect our initial ideas from March 5 and 18th? Wish I were better about keeping a journal in working order!

    These times really are something, eh?

    As always, I love the insights and really appreciate your company through this funky journey.


  9. shebear13 shebear13 says:

    Check this out:

    More info. here: SPECTACULAR EXPLOSION: On April 16th around 17:45 UT, magnetic fields curling over the sun’s northeastern limb rose up and erupted, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. The event, which also produced an M1.7-class solar flare and a coronal mass ejection, was not Earth-directed. Nevertheless, it confirms suspicions that a significant active region is rotating onto the Earth-side of the sun. Visit for movies and updates.

    A solar explosion last evening around the time of Mercury’s ingress to Aries?!! Pow-wow! Sun raising the heat, pushing Mercury up our mental thermometers. A wake up call to engage more fully by exercising the power of intention.

    Plan your life and live your plan. We *have* to put our minds to it. We must do this. There is an urgency in the air and the time is here to embrace what we have to do — realistically, consciously and, perhaps one the hardest to believe, blissfully. Yeah, do it all while living in joy and delight.

    We are all unique individuals and have untold power. Choose the power of intent to live from your power. Walk your chosen path with your Sun power blasting out and create that loving world we all crave so much.

  10. michele michele says:

    “Yet 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.”

    That. Yes. But do not dicsount the importance of the forcefield. It matters, too.

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