Mercury continues traversing mutable Sagittarius until Christmas Eve, representing (among other things) a messenger. One message is scheduled for delivery shortly before midnight EST today when Mercury squares Chiron, which is paddling through mutable Pisces. What Mercury delivers with its brief but timely square to Chiron will be more of a gift, actually — making this whole year about to end something you can grasp.
Those who vilify square aspects may find it counter-intuitive for gifts to be found within them. After what’s happened this year, just the idea of being able to grasp it holistically might seem futile.
Yet, the trials you typically go through when one planet is separated from another by 90 degrees on the zodiac circle (one definition of a square) often leaves you capable of doing, being and understanding what you could not manage before. That’s a gift anybody can grasp.
Another definition of a square is when the two objects in aspect occupy the same degree of two different signs that share the same quality (cardinal, fixed or mutable). Since a solar sojourn through a mutable sign (such as is taking place now for the Sagittarius Sun) represents the closing of a season, it’s possible to grasp how a mutable square has some of the same cachet.
The sense of closing is reinforced when you consider that tonight’s (or tomorrow’s, depending on where you are) square from Mercury to Chiron is a “closing square,” the last such aspect between the two before they conjoin late next March. That anticipates the last major lunar aspect of 2013, the “last quarter Moon,” a closing square from the Sun to the Moon on Christmas Day. That in turn is followed by a New Moon on the first day 2014.
There are other reasons the quick, closing square from Mercury to Chiron captures and conveys so much about this year. It’s a temporal and spatial counterpoint to the single most dominant aspect our era — the long, slow, recurring continuum of the cardinal square that has opened between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn since the long, slow, recurring continuum of their mutable Virgo conjunction during the mid-1960s.
What’s more, just as the revolutionary character of Uranus and the evolutionary attributes of Pluto connect our era to the world 50 years ago, Mercury and Chiron have between them a similar capacity to cohere the disparate events of the year now passing and combine them with a bigger picture.
For a small planet, Mercury holds a lot of meaning. It emulates your mind’s ability to absorb an education that represents the net experience of humanity, and add more of your personal experience every day. That’s how Mercury has retained the time-honored interpretations of ancient astrologers corresponding it to the mind and its means of expression, while integrating modern associations manifested by electronics, communication, transportation and information technology.
In addition, for the first time since 1967, all three of Mercury’s retrogrades have this year taken place entirely within the three elemental water signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. That’s how this year Mercury (and, by implication, all that Mercury accords with in your life) has further extended its reach to symbolically grasp and integrate elements of experience with which it is not normally associated.
The three segments of the zodiac distinguished by water combine to add up to the same number of degrees as in a square aspect. In sum, they also correlate with irrational emotion; subjective intuition; unspeakable depths of feeling; and your unimaginable, but natural, recurring, continuous and inevitable dissolution into an incalculable but palpable whole.
While Mercury’s six months of stitching through 90 degrees of elemental water are now past, the corresponding experience is now sewn into you. Inevitably, like a square, the trials that went with that experience will add to, rather than detract from, your ability to grasp the future being initiated by the cardinal square from Uranus to Pluto — a process in which Chiron is playing a reciprocal role.
Chiron was the first centaur object to be named. Like others of its kind, Chiron is (in the words of the astronomer who discovered it) “a maverick,” and the science of astronomy actually uses terms like “eccentric” and “deviate” to describe how orbital characteristics of Chiron, and other centaurs, in effect stitch together the outer solar system by crossing the orbits of more conventional planets.
All of that oddly subjective scientific terminology carries over to help you grasp the astrology of Chiron and how its closing square from Mercury serves to capture concisely so much of 2013.
Like Mercury, Chiron is properly interpreted as complex and nuanced. Just as with Mercury, Chiron is reenacting its (unseen at the time) performance of the 1960s by repeating a long sail through watery Pisces, while Jupiter (currently retrograde through Cancer), Saturn (now swimming Scorpio) and Neptune (in its Pisces home port) reboot their grand water trine of the same decade.
Finally, by virtue of the fact that Chiron crosses the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, Chiron is also connecting the Uranus-Pluto aspects of both half a century past and the present with the water trine redux. Yet, the trials of this year appear to be one trial short of helping us to do better, and be more, while managing to understand with greater depth an experience of history — one which we are, all together and at once, now updating and putting to a crucial test.
Therein is the complex and nuanced, but comprehensible, interpretation of Mercury’s mutable square to Chiron tonight. It’s the gift of a second chance. It’s the message not to squander it. It also appears that it’s you who must do your part to complete the delivery.
You can do your part by seizing upon how the brevity of the aspect is indicative. It indicates that you (and everybody else at once) are but a brief moment, perhaps even a single act, away from closing this year more whole than you entered it. If there’s anything to astrology, it’s within your grasp.
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