We’re entering the Mercury ‘storm’ phase now, the two or three days on either side of Mercury’s station direct at 4:03 pm on Sunday, March 17. We’re also in the midst of the squares being made by the Sun and Venus to a host of minor planets in Sagittarius and Gemini. In other words, the sky is shifting quickly, but in ways that might make your mind feel a little slow and your emotions especially changeable.
Sometimes the Mercury storm days can be even more challenging and wiggy than the actual station when it comes to communication difficulties, electronics acting up and travel snafus. Remind yourself to take things slowly, anticipate delays and allow the creativity of Pisces to suggest work-arounds as needed.
Mercury is closing in on a near-miss conjunction with Neptune when it stations. Along with Mercury’s slower apparent speed in the days around the station, it’s that proximity of Neptune that could equal some mental difficulty, since Neptune tends to diffuse whatever other planetary energy it encounters. The difference between when you’re using logic and when you’re working with illusions could get a little fuzzy.
At the same time, that may point to leaning on your intuition a little more than usual through the weekend — and the continued presence of three other major planets in Pisces (the Sun, Venus and Chiron) lends assistance there. In fact, Mercury is currently about halfway between Chiron and Neptune, and will pass by Chiron a couple of weeks after its near miss with Neptune. Both intuitions and illusions encountered over the next several days will likely point to something deep you need to address, and you’ll get the opportunity to do so by the end of the month.
Meanwhile, the Sun and Venus in late Pisces are running the gauntlet of squares to planets and points of all sorts in Sagittarius and Gemini for the next week or so. As Len Wallick so eloquently explained on Tuesday, these encounters — while potentially challenging or tense — are giving us the opportunity to encounter deep shadow material, air it out, embrace it and move on in quick succession.
Think of it as ‘catch and release’ astrology. The idea is to recognize what you’re feeling, take whatever action is needed to own what is yours, offer to the goddess Venus whatever is not yours, and allow yourself space to receive some self-directed compassion.
Noticing what frustrates or upsets you is the first step, but it doesn’t need to be where you hang out. It can point you to the next insight if you’re willing to look beneath the surface and receive the lesson. Out of the several aspects Venus and the Sun make over the next couple of days, I’ll mention four.
Sun square Ceres in Gemini is a reminder about ways we can get in the way of what’s good for us when we hold mixed messages about food (and other forms of nourishment). Notice when you’re not feeding your mind and spirit, and remember that Ceres became the goddess of agriculture after establishing the seasons — which are regulated by the Sun. We’re on the verge of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, with its longer days and planting season; how can you also begin ‘lightening’ up what you take into yourself?
Venus square the centaur Ixion in Sagittarius asks, what do you do with second chances in love? Are you sure you’re acting with integrity? If you’re being given a second chance to receive, are you letting the love in?
Venus square Pholus says, watch out for small triggers that could run out of control (as I cautioned for Sun-Pholus earlier in the week), or taking things the wrong way or too far in relationships. That may include ‘too much of a good thing’ if the pleasurable indulgence could jeopardize how you feel about yourself or relates to old, unwanted patterns.
And Venus square Black Moon Lilith (a calculated point related to the Moon’s path of orbit) wants to know how you’re being prompted to accept ‘the real you’. There are both sides to that coin; can you love both the side you like and the side you don’t?
As we move through these encounters with ourselves, Mercury is still pointing us inward through Sunday to help us see what we need to understand a little better about ourselves.