Before next week gets up any steam, Mercury and Venus will have come home in some way. That’s a lot of shift on the zodiac fan in a short period of time. It could correspond to some astounding events coming home for you.
Mercury enters its esoteric Aries home at 10:37 pm EDT Saturday. (Mercury is the ‘esoteric’ ruler of Aries; according to Alice A. Bailey, each sign has three ruling planets. Mars is the ‘orthodox’ ruler of Aries that most people know about.)
Venus enters Taurus at 3:25 EDT Monday, where it is the ‘orthodox’ ruler. You’re probably aware of the Venus-Taurus association (Venus is also the ‘orthodox’ ruler of Libra).
Regardless of events, the implied grounding of two energetic archetypes (Mercury and Venus) should help you to handle whatever manifests. The key will be to balance confidence and restraint.
Mercury expressed through Aries is not all that much different from Mars, orthodox ruler of the same field of cardinal fire. In both cases, there is the astonishing energy of a seedling pushing up a sidewalk. The same refreshingly impulsive initiative away from equilibrium can also be expected from either. At variance is where the energy comes from.
There is an intriguing mystery to where brash and visceral Mars comes from at home. The indiscriminate and elemental nature of Martian assertion, however, rarely transcends its own sake. Mercury at Aries’ helm channels the same energy from a different place, usually to a different end. That place may be said to be intent, but astrologers of the esoteric persuasion have their own worthy language.
Esoteric astrologer Alan Oken has distinguished Mercury’s portrayal of Aries’ character by noting that “the initial impulse to act, comes from the Divine Mind.” Whether you take that characterization with your whole heart, an open mind, or a grain of salt, your role is the same: as a restraining influence.
Restraint does not mean inhibition. It means being appropriate. Even if you feel sure that your mouth, pen or keyboard are channeling the highest and most holy truths, the responsibility for what comes out is your own. Then again, any credit due for acting on what springs to mind is also yours to seize. Therefore, restraint is as much confidence as it is discretion.
Venus coming home to its traditional Taurus digs can help with the confidence, if you feel it down to where your toes dig into the ground. That’s what it literally comes down to. It’s the liberation of matter. It’s earth animated. It’s breath and clay with an affinity for each other rather than alienated.
If you think about it, what could be more confident than the joyous dance of Venusian coherence and the fecund dust of Taurus? Yet, physical life is also a very fragile alliance. Our species is far more proficient at taking, and losing, life than giving or preserving it. Which cycles us very neatly back to restraint.
In a way, it’s a shame that Mercury and Venus don’t enter their respective esoteric and orthodox homes at the same time every year. The fact that it is happening this year is no coincidence. Now is the time, and yours is the change.
It’s just enough change all at once to shake you awake. It’s also just enough grounding to to act from your most altruistic intent and breathe a little life into everything you make. All you have to do is be present with both confidence and restraint for the remainder of April in order to fulfill the highest purpose any human being can hope to attain: serving to connect what is above with what is below for a homecoming of your own.
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