Mercury will work its way through the last half of Aries in the next ten days. That pace is not unusual. What’s truly remarkable is that the innermost planet first entered the domain of cardinal fire two full months ago. The recently concluded Mercury retrograde cycle, which took up most of March and April, accounts for the paradox. Now that the swiftest planet is accelerating through territory long deferred, it may account for your itch to do a little exploring.
The sky implies a desire to explore right now. Since Mercury corresponds to mind and its means, your itch has probably become an idea. Current astrology says your strategy should be to thoughtfully expand upon that idea rather than immediately scratch the itch and inflame it.
The potential for inflammation is the first thing you should be aware of as you make plans to explore. Mercury in late Aries will have its hands full with more than a handful of centaur planets this week and next. Encounters with centaur energy are always best approached consciously and carefully because they often coincide with latent or potential irritation. Therefore, if you go on a day hike, wear an extra pair of socks and apply arnica or moleskin before you need it. If you will be meeting new people, lay off the alcohol so you can be cool and real.
If your itch is more intellectual than physical or social, start slow and humble so as not to overwhelm yourself. A small measure of anticipation is better than a massive amount of regret. Besides preparing for the anticipated, another part of exploring is being open to the unexpected. That’s where Uranus, another current occupant of Aries, comes in.
The discovery of Uranus was unexpected. William Herschel had no idea there were other planets beyond Saturn and wasn’t looking for them. Instead, he was doing some exploring, surveying they sky for binary stars, when he chanced upon an object previously seen several times but not properly identified. Herschel’s advantage was a better telescope than previous observers had been equipped with, allowing him to discern a reflective disc where others had seen only a point of light, presuming it to be a star. Interestingly, Mercury was engaged in another long trip through Aries at the time of Sir William’s discovery. Also, just as now, both Mercury and Uranus were connected with another fire sign, Sagittarius.
Among other things, the expression of fire specific to Sagittarius fuels the expansiveness which is both required of and derived from exploration. When Herschel identified his new, unexpected planet, Mercury was occupying Aries, and Mars, ruler of Aries, was inhabiting Sagittarius, opposing Uranus at its Gemini discovery position. Now, from their common residence in the Martian kingdom, both Mercury and Uranus are approaching flowing fire trine aspects to points in Sagittarius that will indicate the state of your own expansion into the new, unexplored, and probably unexpected chapter your own life is about to enter.
Most of the centaur objects Mercury will encounter while completing its tour through the realm of the ram are long-term residents of Sagittarius. As it trines one Sagittarius centaur after another over the coming days, Mercury’s mental archetype will comprehend a continuous fiery flow that, if not properly handled, could get away from you, burning you out before your explorations begin. Your best approach is to practice precautions that allow you to be present to the fire without being consumed by it. The concurrent fire trine from Uranus, on the other hand, is more of a slow burn.
Unlike swift Mercury, Uranus moves slowly and its itch is of the seven-year variety, corresponding to the amount of time it takes for Herschel’s discovery to complete a single sign transit. Practically stationary at a corresponding degree of Sagittarius is the mean lunar north node, marking one end of the axis where eclipses will soon converge and where your own explorations will converge with their consequences. If Mercury’s centaur trines are the rapid fire this time, Uranus trine the lunar north node is what will smolder for a long time. That sort of flame requires a different kind of care and a longer, sharper focus to discern the true nature of its light.
What burns slowly also burns long. Long after Mercury has left Aries behind, Uranus and the nodal axis will continue rubbing together, gradually igniting a new era. That era will be baptized in the fire of next month’s eclipse cycle, incubating your explorations through what will be the most powerfully transformational year in many lifetimes. So heed your itch. There is no use trying to put it out, but also choose carefully how you attend to it. The path you take will be your own.
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