Mercury and Venus will make separate, but virtually simultaneous, conjunctions with spiritual implications on Sunday. Mercury’s nascent Capricorn adventure crosses paths with Pluto at 11:43 am EST. Less than three hours later, Venus conjoins the core of our galaxy near the end of its Sagittarius sojourn.
Both mergers will be brief, emulating the short shrift spirituality often receives in our time, but giving you enough time to check yourself out.
Spiritual is not the same as religious. Religions, more often than not, distinguish themselves as ideology. Spirituality, in the context offered for use here, asserts that there is more to our existence than property and politics.
Mercury conjunct Pluto will symbolize the larger, more complex picture of spirituality in the world. In joining, both will be in a tight sextile to Saturn in Scorpio. At the same time, both Mercury and Pluto will be semi-sextile to Mars next door in Aquarius, all to the degree.
Saturn’s sextile to Pluto is more than an aspect, it is an exchange. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. Pluto has occupied Capricorn since 2008, long enough to have incurred some squatter’s rights. Saturn’s October 2012 ingress to Scorpio, in turn, put Saturn in Pluto’s signature domain. Two planets occupying each other’s dominion is called mutual reception.
According to Alan Oken, planets in mutual reception “work together, enhancing or debilitating their various functions.” The sextile, 60 degrees of separation, is a candidate for the most functionally enhancing aspect of all.
In combination, then, we might expect the current relationship between Saturn and Pluto to be a mutual admiration society, except for one thing. Saturn as a sign dispositor is ancient and traditional, whereas Pluto is a relative newcomer to astrology and our consciousness. Saturn’s seniority would therefore appear to enhance the more worldly functions Pluto has become associated with: sex, death and taxes. If you look at what is going on in the world and (probably) in your life right now, that scenario seems to fit. There are, however, other sides to Pluto.
Pluto is slow to reveal itself. It took half a century from its discovery in 1930 for astrologers to actually use it and see something past its admittedly prescient name (attributed to the precocious Venetia Burney). Eventually, astrology’s time-honored protocol of observation and correlation, along with a few brilliant minds, got past the nominal prejudice. As Eric noted of Pluto some years back: “What became clear over time was its transformative nature, what you might call its spiritual value.”
Of course, spirituality can be scary too. It can be scary to the ego. Having egocentric Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio, holding hands (which is what a semi-sextile amounts to) with Pluto brings that fear to the forefront. Mars in a simultaneous tense square with Saturn only exacerbates matters.
Then, of course, Pluto is in a long, continuous cardinal square with Uranus. That darn square, as you may have read by now, is continuously proving the maxim that personal and political are one and the same. It’s all enough to make you forget that Pluto is also profoundly spiritual. That’s where Mercury comes in.
Mercury has to do with the mind and its means of expression. Spirituality is decidedly not analytical or linear. Nevertheless, one way sentient and corporeal beings can gain access to the spiritual is through the abstract proficiency of the intellect. Plus, no other aspect and no case of mutual reception can exceed the intimacy of a conjunction, where the function and nature of the merged objects briefly become as one. In this case, quite briefly.
The thing is, Mercury is moving really fast right now, 50% faster than the Sun. That means Mercury’s Sunday conjunction with Pluto will reveal more about you than the planets so complexly involved. Consider it a litmus test.
Be aware of what comes up in any situation where anybody (including you) senses or suggests that something is going on that empiricism, science or common sense cannot account for. If you can keep your antennae up for the situation, go a little further and watch your reaction. Any scoffing or eyeball rolling will probably mean your relationship with Pluto is firmly grounded, but capable of so much more. If that is the case for you, don’t worry, Venus will have your back.
Venus is nearly as fleet as Mercury for the time being. That means its conjunction with the Galactic Core will also be brief, but it is a different situation from the one Mercury and Pluto will comprise. Venus is not intellectual. The nature and function of the brightest planet is receptivity and attraction. Such qualities are very powerful in the clinch of conjunction. Venus is thus compatible with the center of our galaxy, which, unless science is very wrong, holds the rest of the galaxy together with the attraction of its gravity.
Yet a galaxy is more than a gravity well where stars collect. Its innermost essence is the largest elaboration of fundamentals such as a center, or a source, that are the references for spiritual access. Venus’ conjunction to the Galactic Center will thus be a different sort of litmus test for you. If you can take note of where your senses and feelings take you on Sunday, and heed them, you might become your own Veneita Burney, revealing and illuminating the profound even if your feet are still on the ground. And that is also spiritual.
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