When retrograde Mercury makes its brief Pisces conjunction to Venus while tomorrow flows into Thursday, it will symbolize a time when you can make effective personal contact with history and the world. The nature and cycles of Mercury and Venus will make it personal. What will make it historical is the astrology you are in the midst of and how it correlates to what is going on in the world at large.
Mercury and Venus (along with the Sun, Moon and Mars) are foremost among the objects considered to be “personal planets” by astrologers. It has to do with how the apparent motion of those objects compare to the cycles and length of your life.
The cycles of your life are probably synchronized with the Earth’s rotation and it’s orbit around the Sun. One full rotation of the Earth is a daily cycle of about 24 hours. After the Earth has completed a full circuit around the Sun, a year has elapsed.
During the course of a day, the Sun appears to move from East to West. During the course of a year, the Sun’s risings and settings move from extreme south (at the Capricorn Solstice) to extreme north (at the Cancer Solstice) and back again. Those apparent solar motions are the standard for the cycles your life. They are also the template for defining a personal planet.
The solar cycles repeat many times in your life. That is also how a “personal planet” is defined. All objects in the personal category complete a full circuit of the 12 signs frequently. During the probable course of your lifetime, even Mars (the personal planet of slowest apparent motion) will have circled the zodiac more times than you have fingers and toes.
Just as personal as fingers and toes are the life events that synchronize with the personal planets. When two such objects make contact in the same degree of the same sign, it probably means that two or more of the cycles in your life, symbolized by the position and nature of the objects involved, are coming together as well.
When a conjunction of personal planets forms an aspect to slower-moving objects, it implies that you are also making personal contact with the longer cycles of history, and living in a moment when what you do, or don’t do, is actually making history. It all begins in the most personal of places, inside your mind.
Mercury represents your mind and what it does. Its routine cycle of three retrogrades per year probably corresponds to how often you are compelled to devote significant time and effort to review, reiterate or reevaluate how and what you think and communicate. Many of our thoughts and most of our communications indicate personal values.
Personal values correspond to the nature of Venus. When it comes to values, people usually get very passionate. Since Pisces is where Venus is exalted, it is an especially good time for such expressions. The Pisces conjunction of Mercury and Venus at the juncture of tomorrow and Thursday will be brief, but the aspects it will make indicate that what is coming together for you in passionate reappraisal is also coming together on a much bigger and longer scale.
In the handful of hours during which Mercury and Pisces conjoin, both will be in a precise water trine to Saturn’s Scorpio placement. Saturn takes nearly 30 years to complete a circuit of the 12 signs, and therefore does not correspond to frequently recurring life cycles. Rather, Saturn represents the long-term endeavors to which many devote their lives. Those endeavors, like career and family, define who you are for those who never spend much time with you, or even meet you at all.
To work with Saturn’s cycles is to create your own legacy. The fact that the ringed one is also retrograde right now indicates that the passionate reappraisal implied by the Mercury-Venus conjunction is, as a water trine aspect represents, flowing into a much longer stream of events that are reaching a critical juncture of their own. The applicable image is tributaries of karma coming together to define the course of not only your lifetime, but generations to come. That’s where Pluto comes in.
Pluto takes about two and a half centuries to complete its own circuit of the zodiac. Its cycles correspond to the development and decay of institutions and systems that define entire cultures, empires and nations. In the moment Mercury merges with Venus, both of those personal planets will be in a sextile to Pluto’s enduring and earthly Capricorn position. That sextile aspect indicates that your karma this week includes a contribution to history itself.
Trine aspects effortlessly conduct a flow of energy through the symbolic medium of a single element. Sextile aspects, on the other hand, contribute the support of one element with a compatible other, manifesting in a synthesis that no one element can achieve alone.
Whatever your passions and thoughts combine to express when Mercury and Venus merge will add solvent to the slurry of Capricorn concrete that is slowly manifesting with Pluto’s apparent motion. If you want your contribution to matter, and if you want your contact with the cycles of history to correspond with your ideals and values, you would do best to ‘do’ consciously. That begins with what you think of your own value.
Most people are conditioned to undervalue themselves. If you are among them, this week is a chance to change yourself and change the world in the process. You can bet that those of the so-called one percent who are flush with traditional forms of value, like currency and power, are even now working to set the world in stone according their self-image for centuries to come. It would be easy for you to let the cycles of your life slip by to either support the efforts of the one percent or just let it happen. That, however, does not have to be the case, and the alternative does not have to be difficult.
If you value yourself, and people like yourself, people who are passionate about values that money cannot buy, people who think that any and all of us can be the agents, rather than the subjects, of cycle and change, you can do something simple and easy this week. You can make your legacy different from those who have gone before you. You can transform the shape of the world for those who follow you. You can simply and easily change your own mind about something you buy, and be an example for others to do the same.
You can pick one thing that you have been buying your whole life because those who have gone before you also bought it, and refuse to buy it any more. It could be a toxic food. It could be gasoline. It could be any number of things, or even non-things, like an idea. Start as small as you feel yourself to be, but start. When this week brings you into personal contact with what is so much bigger, you will see that it makes a difference.
It will be a difference of something left on the shelf, or a path no longer taken, or a place you no longer show your face. It can and will be something you, and others, will see. When that happens, you will have shown yourself and others that there is no such thing as too small to make a difference so long as you live and breathe. That is how to make personal contact with posterity and change the world in the process. There is no time like the present. There is nobody better than you.
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