Mercury in Pisces is still the signature of this week as we wind down to the New Moon early Sunday morning — though on a mental/intuitive level, you may feel more like you’re winding up. It has to do with Mercury conjoining Mars in Pisces at 12:57 pm EST on Friday.
I’ll explain more in a moment, but first wanted to be sure you knew that regular ‘signpost’ events (like the New Moon and Full Moon) as well as rare astrology (like Venus transiting the Sun last June) form the backbone of Eric’s weekly and monthly horoscopes.
The horoscopes are what Planet Waves has been built on for about a decade and a half now, and for good reason: Eric has an almost uncanny ability to interpret both the ‘regular’ astrological events and the ‘super-special’ ones for all 12 signs. He does so in a way that not only makes sense intellectually, but also feels right — to the point that we receive regular comments from readers about how he must be a fly on their wall or read their mail.
Coincidentally, Eric’s uncanny way with astrology can be partly described by his natal conjunction of Mercury and Mars in Pisces — the very aspect giving this week its sense of ‘winding up’ even though we’re approaching a New Moon. In general, a Mercury-Mars conjunction is marked by ‘fast thinking’; Mercury in Pisces is a marriage of mental and intuitive working in tandem; add Mars, and you get some passion and drive of the ‘steam power’ variety, assuming other factors are not dampening Mars down.
It’s not enough to look at one person to see a real pattern with an aspect, though — you have to survey a number of charts. Traditionally, Mercury in Pisces is said to be ‘in detriment’ — that is, in a weak position and unable to fully express itself — in Pisces. Since Mercury rules the mind, communication and writing, one might assume that very few famous people known for writing, thinking and expressing themselves eloquently or powerfully would have this Mercury placement.
But consider this brief list of people with Mercury in Pisces: Alexander Graham Bell, Dane Rudhyar, Irma Bombeck, Kurt Cobain, Emmylou Harris, Victor Hugo, L. Ron Hubbard, Spike Lee and Abraham Lincoln.
Those are some pretty capable (and influential) writers, artists and thinkers. It would take careful study, and a wider survey, to determine if these people had some ‘extra help’ in their charts giving their natal Mercury a boost. But it’s clear enough that a mental/intuitive melding of creative vision and the ability to articulate it is not being hindered in these people.
What happens when we add Mars to Pisces along with Mercury? Then we get Elton John, Johnny Cash, Casanova, Stephen Sondheim, Muddy Waters and Billie Holliday. In fact, Elton John has those planets conjunct within seven degrees; Johnny Cash within six degrees; and Billie Holiday within two degrees.
Casanova is not known for his music making (more like his love-making), but those musicians with Mercury and Mars in Pisces are not just ‘famous’. Their music has been tremendously influential.
So what does this mean for you this week? Maybe you should try making music. Maybe you’re ripe for making love. Maybe you’re not really in a position to do much in either of those realms, in which case, see how finely you can tune your antennae as you listen to others — or to yourself. If a thought arrives with passion, or an intuitive tug is followed immediately by a clear, step-by-step vision of how to make something happen, give yourself permission to follow through. Make it a priority.
Consider it a way of gathering steam, so that after the Aquarius New Moon on Sunday at 2:20 am EST (which we’ll be covering tomorrow, and in Eric’s horoscopes in the premium subscriber issue on Friday) you’ll be ready to start this next cycle with a truly new approach. Who knows — whatever you do might be even be influential.