For today only, anger not, worry not, be humble, with gratitude work on myself, be kind to all
– one translation of Reiki Precepts ascribed to Usui Sensei
Mercury begins its Pisces retrograde at 4:41 am EST Saturday. Saturn’s first reversal since entering Scorpio on Oct. 5, 2012, began last Monday. What Pisces and Scorpio have in common is elemental water. Among the ways Mercury and Saturn express in your life, both serve as teachers. Every retrograde, regardless of planet or sign, symbolically takes you back to review, relearn and realize your life.
In the case of elemental water retrogrades, the emblematic journey back is upstream to tributaries of experience. The idea is to better navigate now by revisiting where and what you recently were.
By the time it resumes forward motion again on July 7, Saturn’s retrograde will have reversed course to where it, and you, were during the middle of November of 2012.
That’s a lot of water under the bridge. When Mercury stations direct again on March 17, it will have bucked the current back to Feb. 8, when the Aquarius Sun may have had you more conscious of your crew than your headings.
Now, the emphasis is on water. Today, the Sun, Mars, Neptune and Chiron (to name just the major players) are part of Mercury’s Pisces crew. That circumstance implies a more personal emphasis, with a greater focus on what you feel.
One of the things about revisiting old waters is remembering how you felt, and how those feelings either contributed to or took you away from the now. It is not uncommon to worry about the course ahead. By retracing that course, one of the things you can realize is that most of those worries never came to pass, serving only to scuttle your full appreciation of the present. In the weeks and months to come, you will have the opportunity to learn that worry does you more harm than good.
Of course, there is some hazard in revisiting old shoals, where you were once in harm’s way. It is not pleasant to have been steered wrong or keelhauled. The reason most of us can understand that is that most of us have been through it.
Unfortunately, many cannot bring themselves to be through with the cargo of anger taken on at a port long left behind. That makes it all the more possible to be driven to distraction and founder on the way to the future. The retrograde periods of both Mercury and Saturn will provide an opportunity to go back and unload some of that ballast so that you can float a little higher above the bottom.
That is not to forget that, at any given time, some members of any crew must spend time pumping the bilge. Even if you are not in fact among them, you are best advised to serve with compassion for their predicament, knowing that the time will almost certainly come to discharge that duty yourself. One of the lessons Mercury and Saturn are about to teach is the value of humility even when you are riding high or relieved from obligations altogether, allowing some time for yourself.
Of course, on any long voyage, every sailor must take care of her or himself so as to serve with an able body and learn with a capable mind. Even the most uncomfortable berth is something to be grateful for compared to the alternative of going overboard into an unkind environment. That is all the more reason to practice kindness towards all those in the same boat, as perhaps the most important precept of harmony and healing.
Not everybody realizes it yet, but one of the most important things we are about to learn this year is that all of us really are in the same boat. In all of the vast Universe, there is no proven alternative to Earth. Our planet is our now, and now is all there is. Taking care of now means being here now. Anger and worry only take you away, but humility, gratitude, service and kindness keep you here. More than ever, all of us need you here. Mercury and Saturn are about to help you realize just how important you, and the now, really are.
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