Your Place In History — Sun conjunct Mercury

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Consider your place in history when the Sun conjoins with retrograde Mercury at 6:50 pm EDT Thursday, June 19. That will be the message when Mercury passes between Earth and the Sun for an interior (or, “inferior”) conjunction.

Astrology by Len Wallick

Besides the type of Thursday’s solar conjunction with Mercury, its place on the zodiac (28+ Gemini) and history associated with that place will combine to complete the message.

Mercury’s interior conjunctions always take place during its apparent reversals. It is an event that marks both the midpoint of Mercury’s retrograde period, and its top speed.

Sure enough, Thursday will be 12 days after Mercury stationed retrograde on June 7, and 12 days before the innermost planet resumes direct apparent motion on July 1.

Mercury’s apparent speed on June 19 will be just over half a degree per day, as fast as it will get during the 24 days it will take to backpedal less than 10 degrees on the zodiac. That’s about one-fourth of the speed Mercury reaches when it is in direct motion on the other side of the Sun for an exterior (or, “superior”) conjunction. That’s unusually slow.

When Mercury is unusually slow, it’s usually a good time to engage in contemplation, among other things. In general, the appropriate nature of deliberate considerations during Mercury’s interior conjunction with the Sun will entail how the quality of the time resembles a New Moon.

During a New Moon, it’s the Moon unseen between Earth and the Sun. Mercury is likewise all but invisible now, its position more induced indirectly rather than deduced by direct observation.

Particular to the nature of inductive reasoning (as opposed to deductive reasoning) is the lack of direct evidence and the need to infer from the corresponding particulars. One striking particular of Thursday’s interior conjunction is its place on the zodiac, in the next to last degree of Gemini.

Eric has observed how the next to last degree of Gemini shows up as being prominently occupied or aspected in the astrology charts for several profoundly historical events so far in this century, such as Sept. 11, 2001.

More recently, the pattern has continued. On June 19, 2013, precisely one year ago this coming Thursday, Jupiter’s necessarily exterior conjunction with the Sun (because Jupiter never passes between Earth and the Sun for an interior conjunction) took place at 28+ Gemini.

Corresponding to Jupiter’s expansive nature, interpersonal cachet, its far removal on the other side of the Sun and its conjunction with the Sun at 28+ Gemini, the issues and news events of June 19, 2013, were large in scale, yet personal in import. Distinguished by obfuscation, they are (perhaps most tellingly) mostly unresolved to this day.

Now, with Mercury about to take Jupiter’s place one year later (albeit on the near side of the Sun), the inferred correlation is more along the lines of what you are conscious of (Sun) regarding your own personal place in history, and how you think of it (Mercury).

Undeniably that’s an important issue given how both your access to awareness (Mercury) and influence (Sun) are arguably greater than most who have lived prior to your lifetime.

That’s a lot to contemplate. Fortunately Mercury’s slow retrograde motion is indicating you will have the time to do so provided you begin your deliberations consciously when Mercury and the Sun come together once again as seldom (if ever) before, on one of the zodiac’s most sensitive degrees.

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30 Responses to Your Place In History — Sun conjunct Mercury

  1. P. Sophia P. Sophia says:

    Thanks Lizzy. Or, we start riding those waves…It’s called body surfing! : ) Seems perfect time to practice being flexible and going with the flow, during our Mercury’s retrograde in the exalted sign and mutable quality of air. Blessings and good weekend to you!

  2. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    I get knocked down, but I get up again – I love that song, P. Sophia! Brings to mind these words from one of Pema Chodron’s books:
    Well, what that feels like is a big wave that comes along and knocks you down. You find yourself lying in the bottom of the ocean with your face in the sand, and even though all the sand is going up your nose and into your mouth and your eyes and your ears, you stand up and you begin walking again. The next wave comes and knocks you down. The waves just keep coming, but each time you get knocked down, you stand up and keep walking. After a while, you’ll find that the waves appear to be getting smaller.”
    By the way, in his Cancer bday reading preview, Eric writes about great things happening when Jupiter moves into Leo. Take heart!

  3. P. Sophia P. Sophia says:

    Be, Banthony61: thank you for, “human solar flare detector” love it and starting to believe I may be as well! I just checked online and apparently last week there were two X Flares and forecasts of more to come this month. Affecting our communication systems (should be fun coupled with the current Mercury retrograde phase), not to mention our momentary low energy. I appreciate the encouragement regarding and do believe as you say Be it is all for clearing/greater good.

    Lizzy, Len: thank you sincerely for you kindness and support. I hear you Lizzy, I have noticed us Cancerians have been hit hard! It feels like the universe has clobbered me over the last several years, honestly it is almost comical…I get knocked down, but I get up again. Yes feeling significant and of value standing up again, even in the face of what our society’s traditional view of security and finding greater strength is what the future holds I am sure.

    I looking at the BIG picture now I guess I don’t find it surprising Cancer in aspect to this Grand Cross last year has been so hit, considering we are water and some of the most sensitives. And with Mars’ escapades, with Libra Rising and house of Moon…it’s been years of our initially integrating and incorporating these changes indeed.

    Guess i got a little ahead of myself as I thought the energy might lift with Jupiter in the house. And with him moving out on July 16 (my Birthday) I was starting to get a little worried when I saw his position nearing the edge of Cancer and on my Sun last night. Len the most encouraging was your offering of Robert Hand’s interpretation “This is the beginning of a new twelve-year cycle of growth in your life.” And I feel you quite literally nailed the meaning of the visit of Jupiter to Cancer for me, “Be the good news for others and the favor will be returned.”

    With this new approach in understanding timing, I will take it with me during Mercury’s current path. Knowing the mind is useful for contemplating, the past and making new, good choices to bring into the future. But in retrograde, is heart thinking, “intuitively” the soul’s path to action that needs a closer look–to better integrate the two. With Mercury retro in the landscape and sign of duality, we have the opportunity for more work here it seems to me.

  4. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    “I look at it like exercise. The body is temporarily ‘weakened’ but builds itself back up in response to the ‘situation’.””Brilliant! Thanks for that!

  5. BAnthony61 BAnthony61 says:

    To P. Sophia,
    I can attest to solar flares personally as they affect me greatly (Moon in Pisces and prominent Neptune aspects?). A couple years ago as I was just learning of them I was having a great Sun/Jupiter transit and felt happy and great and then wham, the clock works unwound. I was driving home and my nervous system just went haywire. I was shaking and ‘discombobulating’. I didn’t know what was happening. The next day I felt better and then read that there had been CME a few days earlier and since they can take a few days to reach earth. I have felt most of the solar flares to varying degrees since then. At least I now know what’s causing these sudden ‘panic attacks’. Last week was a particularly big one as well. I am basically a human solar flare detector! I look at it like exercise. The body is temporarily ‘weakened’ but builds itself back up in response to the ‘situation’.

  6. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    list the blessings and all the good things you have in your life, dear P Sophia – this includes your lovely self – all the qualities you have, even the ones you think are not significant.

  7. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    P. Sophia (and marymack) hang on in there! As you know, am a fellow Cancerian and am really getting clobbered these days – haven’t felt this rough for a long time – both physically and emotionally. The Mars in Libra transit is tough and long and teaching many relationship lessons, there’s solar flares, and woke up this morning with the words in my head that it was also because Chiron in Pisces (where my Chiron is) is about to go retrograde. Lots of great and helpful comments here. yes – it’s all good and as be said, we are in the process of being upgraded. Even if it feels horrible at times, it’s all good! One more thing, systematically and regularly list the blessings and all the good things you have in your life, dear P Sophia, and you will find that your luck will change. This is what happened to me.

  8. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    beth: Thank you for your example of courage. You are an inspiration to all of us. Transiting Pluto conjunct natal Mercury (like anything having to do with Pluto) entails challenge, but (as Robert Hand put it) “…this transit can bring you tremendous new understanding about life.” We look forward to you further sharing your new understandings.

    aword: It is for me to thank you for being so kind and supportive in your comments here.

    marymack: i support what aword says, and you have both my support and knowing empathy as well.

    P. Sophia: Thank you for your insightful contributions. As regards to your question: transiting Jupiter conjunct your natal Sun is (like most things having to do with Jupiter) is good news. Of the transit, Robert Hand says: This is the beginning of a new twelve-year cycle of of growth in your life.” Since Jupiter is the first of the planets outside the main asteroid belt, it’s long orbital period means you will have started to receive some hints of what that growth will entail since since Jupiter entered Cancer nearly a year ago. Be the good news for others and the favor will be returned. You certainly are good news for all of us here at Planet Waves.

    be: For the good news and generous support you always bring for everybody here at Planet Waves, please accept our gratitude. Also, please take care of your health – our affection for you is genuine and our need for you is authentic.

  9. bkoehler says:

    MM, your body isn’t the only one on strike. Totally agree with aword, and you too when you suspect Mars’ might still be catching up and not ready to go full steam ahead. Perhaps the trigger for that will be his square with Mercury conjunct Jupiter (the start of their new cycle) on August 2nd. He will be in Scorpio and they will be in Leo; likely it will energize all 3 of them!

    Also, Sophia is spot on regarding the solar flares; they will sap you of any energy to even take out the trash. But they are actually “upgrading” our bodies as I understand it, making us more able to absorb NEW energies heretofore not available to us lowly earthlings. We must all go with the flow for now. I’m almost positive this is a process of separating us from our attachment to learned behavior such as keeping up with set schedules or you will go to Hades. We are like trained animals, behavior learned from an early age to keep us on track and “getting ahead” in the game. It is preparation for allowing more creativity to surface so we can then re-evaluate how we spend our time and energy.

  10. P. Sophia P. Sophia says:

    Marymack: on several levels so relate to what you have said. Feel an extreamly heavey energy on me and also behind left ear a piercing headacheness and left throat aches. Pinal glad? Stress? Coming down with something..I have no idea. Yet, I have had the same symptoms recently before. where I am just literally whipped out for a short period with no apparent cause and then bounce back. Nothing seems to come of it tho. I have heard talk of people being affected by the Sun’s X flares. Maybe they are amplified right now? Does anyone know about this? Is this a ligit happening?

    Len: As an aside, please offer me some good news. I just realized I have Jupiter conjunct natal Sun @ 24+ Cancer. Is’nt this suppose to be such an exerberient time! I realize we have to make our own good luck. But believe me mine has not yet come from a lack of trying. I am putting myself out there in spades.

    Len do you, or any others out there would love to hear your experience of this aspect -Jupiter conjunct natal Sun. I have been lucky and I don’t want to sound I am not appreciative of the many blessings in my life, still this has been a long season of reshuffling and struggle to find my best path of where I belong. Spiritually has been amazing, yet at the same time I am so ready to receive abundance, lots of joy and a bit more ease would also be nice along with..

  11. awordedgewise awordedgewise says:

    Hi MM,
    Seems to me that you ARE “in the game” -point of the retro is to take a look-see/slow-down. Personally I think a lot of Merc Retro bruhaha has to do with thinking the horse has slowed down and subsequently pushing the cart up-front.
    I say F E E L that inner slow-down and stay with it. You’re still moving at the same speed, you just don’t perceive it that way.
    (In case that assists.)

  12. marymack says:

    I am curious as to whether anyone else is feeling the inner slow-down as I am; it’s as if my body is on strike, refusing to rally one more day in this place of “WTF”. I had a plan there and the plan fell apart and now I’m so far out on a limb without any ideas how I get back home (or to a place that makes good sense). Hoping that the conjunction of the sun and retrograde merc will help me find the oomph I need to get back in the game.

    Maybe this is due to mars not yet cleared of its original retrograde point?

    thoughts?? I’d appreciate any and all.

  13. beth says:

    Thanks Len, for the support. But that was then and this is now. I’ve realized in the last couple of years how I do belong, but haven’t thought about the ‘within history’ part. Everyone does have a right to be here, that’s why we are here, and it’s great to have a reminder about that. Though there have been many times in the past that I have felt I am on the wrong planet. It was actually an illness that brought me to my place here and now. I learned very clearly what should stay and what should go in my life, and how to stop worrying about what others think and start thinking about what I think and want to create. So much has shifted and continues to shift. I have had transiting Pluto sitting on my natal Mercury for awhile now. And yes, of course Planet Waves is the best. Participating in Planet Waves has been incredibly rewarding.

  14. bkoehler says:

    Oh, and I forgot transiting Mars is conjunct the U.S. Sibly Saturn at 14+ Libra./be

  15. bkoehler says:

    Excellent catch aword, especially like the “allows quantity of light” attributed to an iris; which I would never have caught myself!

    This evening transiting Isis and retrograde Mercury will conjunct just as transiting Jupiter (big picture) conjuncts the U.S. Sibly Mercury (data) at 24+ Cancer. At the same time, transiting Osiris (the one in mythology who was re-assembled by Isis) will be conjunct the U.S. Uranus (surprise.. .gee, who would have thought of that) at 8+ Gemini (in the 6th house of service near the cusp of the 7th house of partners and open enemies).

    I still think this suggests reconnaissance, especially when the “quantity of light” allowed by Iris is included. That’s because transiting asteroid Sauer will be there with Mercury and Isis at 29+ Gemini, and Sauer is the name of an invaluable engineer in flight mechanics who worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This conjunction takes place between 8 and 9 PM EDT tonight so the late news might reveal some nugget of info on any event related to this group of minor planets. Also transiting Nemesis (goddess of revenge) will still be at 22 Gemini and square the U.S. Sibly Neptune at 22+ Virgo, so she could screw up things.

    Not sure it’s related but Venus will conjunct Sedna (something going on under water?) in Taurus and sextile Jupiter conjunct U.S. Mercury in Cancer too.

    There having a sale on appliances at Home Depot per email announcement received this AM!

  16. awordedgewise awordedgewise says:

    Well and isn’t that dandy since “iris” is the device that allows quantity of light via camera or eye. So Iris and Isis are buddies looking across the way to Sybly’s Isis. No doubt an opportunity to be presented with visuals or at least see things differently, shedding new (albeit possibly restricted?) light on certain matters.

    Maybe even refrigerators :) (Mine just went on the blink too, Be!)

    Thanks, Len. (Without the caboose, the engine couldn’t do it’s job.)

  17. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    Thank you, lovely Len. Your gentleness and wisdom are a soothing balm.

  18. P. Sophia P. Sophia says:

    Thanks Len for your patience and good teaching. I continue to enjoy Mercury retrogrades and the lesson of communication in space and time. Yes, which requires a time and space for contemplation, planning, and also repetition. Asking over and over, may be what’s needed for me to allow the intuitive message make it’s way through.

    Currently Mars is also sextile natal Mercury till the 21st. Which may be an interpretation of mental work, or lineal patterns of thought. But in understanding this aspect, conversely I am now starting to think of Mercury’s retrograde message as a communication from the soul. In retrograde would be nonlinear, and a different side of the narrative pattern be on and contemplate entirely.

    Just as Mercury moves..slow it down to grasp the concept and just listen..

  19. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    Pam: i would never want to delete you – you are an important person here. Duplicate information happens when Mercury is in Gemini. Thank you for your contribution.

  20. pam says:

    double oops Len: delete my comments if you will – since they crossed with yours!


  21. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    be: Thank you for the additional contributions regarding Sibly and the GC axis. Isis gets more interesting every time you present its astrology. So happens asteroids Isis and Iris will be (within two degrees, essentially opposing the Sibly Isis) part of the Sun-Mercury interior conjunction Thursday. Thank you also for the thoughtful and instructive application of progressions. You are a treasure.

    goatwool: Oops, my mistake (now you see how i bring up the end of the Planet Waves train). Mercury will re-enter Cancer in direct motion about 45 minutes after Midnight EDT on Sunday, July 13. Please drive carefully if you are out late the Saturday night, July 12.

  22. goatwool says:

    i am curious as to when mercury will re-enter cancer – re: after its retro motion reverses.
    What future next date

  23. bkoehler says:

    I THOUGHT you would find that interesting; U.S. Photo on the infamous 28+ Gemini. What’s more, with all the talk of ISIS giving the poor folks in Iraq such grief, I discovered that the U.S. Sibly natal asteroid Isis – which to me is the symbol of bringing together dispersed parts which were once whole, or meant to be whole, or complete a whole picture- located conjunct the Galactic Center at 26 Sagittarius 56 retrograde. This means she’s getting her orders from Headquarters. It puts U.S. Photographica a bit at odds with U.S. Isis, unless we think of their opposition as you have suggested, akin to a full moon, which is a point of revelation. That would make them more of a Team rather than Opponents I would think.

    Then I found that the progressed U.S. Isis, based on the Sibly chart, is now at 0+ Aries, the original Aries Point (the personal is political), along with the U.S. progressed Ceres, also at 0+ Aries. You have said that asteroids, in general, can be interpreted along the lines of their mythology, so might we assume that the U.S. is at a new (Aries) global (Aries Point) stage in its development of bringing together, or making whole (the Isis part) lost children with their mothers, or reuniting families (the Ceres part), and if so, doesn’t that dovetail with the present scene along the southwest border of the U.S.?

    Seeing as how the progressed U.S. Sun right now is at 9+ Pisces (disperse) and the U.S. progressed Moon is at 9+ Scorpio (rebirth), I would think so. After all, that’s how this country became a country, you know “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. . “. Talk about a place (and time) in history. We are there and perhaps this influx of Central American children is also a “profoundly historical event” which the conjunction of transiting Mercury and Sun (conjunct the U.S. Photographica) is highlighting. I can think of nothing more restorative (prog. Scorpio Moon) to the purpose and the original concept of this country than to remember or become conscious (prog. Pisces Sun trine prog. Moon) of how we originally came here; many of our ancestors, all immigrants, having no where else to go.

    Perhaps part of the mystique of 28+ Gemini is how it wakes us up to profound possibilities; forces us to “see” beyond our present situations; to comprehend our place in the Big Picture. Who better than U.S. Photographica, in concert with transiting Mercury and Sun to give us a clear image of our place in history? Who is better positioned than U.S. Isis to relay that task to Photographica?

  24. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    be: Thank you so much for bringing up Phil Sedgwick’s idea how Mercury retrograde protocols can be suspended in the middle of a Mercury retrograde (during the solar conjunction with Mercury). It’s one of Mr. Sedgwick’s best of good ideas (and he has contributed many good ideas of to the field of astrology), like a vacation or forgiveness day. Special thanks for sharing your expert knowledge of the US natal (Sibly) chart as regards to 28+ Mercury. For a nation obsessed with photos (especially the so-called “selfie”), it rings so true. You are one of the best things about Planet Waves.

  25. bkoehler says:

    Thanks Len, I’m deliberating buying a new refrigerator; well I’m going to check them out and MAYBE buy a refrigerator on Thursday. Testing out Phil Sedgwick’s theory that when Mercury retrograde conjuncts the Sun it’s okay to sign things. If it all works out, ie. right size to fit my space, door opens on the left or has option to open on left or right, and the right price, I’m going for it. Found one that sounds perfect on the internet at Home Depot’s site, and they have a store near by. However, if that doesn’t work out I will wait until July 1st when Mercury is direct and the holiday sales will be in full throttle.

    It’s not likely my purchase of a new refrigerator will make the news, but SOMETHING will I’m sure. That way, in the future, I can remember when I bought my new refrigerator. Did you know that the U.S. Sibly asteroid Photographica is at 28+ Gemini? It’s true!

  26. Len Wallick Len Wallick says:

    Lunesoleil: My thanks to you in turn for mentioning the lunar last quarter – just hours before the Sun’s conjunction to Mercury is exact. The last quarter Moon does indeed contribute to my interpretation of Sun conjunct Mercury, but sometimes it is important to leave things unspoken (and only implied) for the purpose of a clear, focused piece.

    goatwool: Welcome to Planet Waves. Your praise is sincerely appreciated, albeit probably too generous. As my Planet Waves editors will tell you, i’m the caboose on a long train of great writers here, and very fortunate to be part of the train at all. In answer to your question, Mercury retrograded in through Gemini’s back door earlier this morning (shortly after dawn in the Eastern US), less than an hour before Juno entered Gemini’s front door in direct motion. i’m glad the retrograde has treated you well thus far, and hope you will come through it all with aplomb. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

    beth: Thank you. You do have a place in history. You made history today by reading and contributing the best (perhaps only) subscriber-supported astrology site in the world. You do belong here. You have a right to be here. You have a purpose which you are unfolding as brilliantly as the Sun itself.

  27. beth says:

    “Now, with Mercury about to take Jupiter’s place one year later (albeit on the near side of the Sun), the inferred correlation is more along the lines of what you are conscious of (Sun) regarding your own personal place in history, and how you think of it (Mercury).” On a personal level I also think of this in terms of how far I have come in just one year, the changes are astonishing, but there are still some facets to be worked on to remain centered and in my body. It’s hard for me to think of my own personal place in history, I’ve spent so much time trying to convince myself that I belong here. It’s a good thing to contemplate and will take your advice to do so over the next couple weeks.

  28. goatwool says:

    Thank You for bringing your wisdom to words and sharing your insight .
    You continue to reign as the top blogger on this site.
    When will merc enter cancer again. Personally I like it there, and if in retro that cool too.
    That slow retro in cancer was nice :)

  29. Lunesoleil says:

    Thanks Len for your article which stresses reflection that will sapprofondir in the last quarter of the Moon

    A mercury inside to relieve our pain of the soul? the absence of our past wounds…

    good evening to all ♡♥♥☆★★ ♥☆☆

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