This morning Mercury and the Sun are conjunct. This is part of Mercury retrograde — Mercury is passing directly in between the Earth and the Sun, which is called the ‘interior conjunction’ (sometimes referred to as inferior, which I think is ridiculous, so I changed the term to ‘interior’). This is the halfway mark of the Mercury retrograde cycle; Mercury stations direct March 17.
When Mercury and the Sun are conjunct, it’s almost always an interesting day. Events involving Mercury during the retrograde can bring revelations of various kinds; notice what you discover, what you learn and what seems to shake out of the cosmos. You potentially have a leverage point to express yourself or convey information, though my take on this particular retrograde is that it’s got some unusual potential for self discovery.
Lots else in Pisces confirms this. Venus recently made a conjunction to Neptune, and this week will make a conjunction to Chiron and a square to Jupiter. The Neptune connection blends tangible, worldly love and what you might think of as cosmic or mystical love. Now that Chiron and Jupiter are in the picture as well, the idealism factor increases, as does the need for practical awareness. Yet Venus-Chiron can be highly sensitive, and Jupiter can lead to some sense of exaggeration. Keep your responses to what you feel in proportion. If you want to involve other people, make sure they know you’re seeking an intense experience and enlist them consciously, rather than drawing them into a drama.
Venus-Chiron, especially in Pisces, to me is about biophilia. This concept suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems, which one might think is obvious — except for how most humans act, as if they are separate from nature. Merging with nature — however you choose to do that — would be one of the more creative and constructive ways to experience this aspect, including your own emotional nature. If you’re an artist, lover or musician, this is a rich aspect that could come with a breakthrough of some kind.
Living systems philosopher Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the biophilia hypothesis in his 1984 book, Biophilia. He defines the idea as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.” He also describes it as “the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike process” — the affinity for life. Venus-Chiron can also point out the ways we have denied this simple fact of existence. In other words, you might find yourself noticing the pain of separation from nature and the longing to make contact.
As you can see in the minor planet chart, an asteroid called Eros is in the picture. So we have one aspect that includes Venus, Eros, Jupiter and Chiron, in Pisces. This is a reminder that sex and love are related and at their best bring us into harmony with the living systems known as one another and the whole planet. Sex is about connecting with nature, which is part of why religion tries to make it bad. If you ever had a moment where it was possible to experience this connection, that time is right around now.
Which brings me back to the Sun-Mercury conjunction. Honesty and open hearts are the key to any form of sex, but especially if you want it to be a little or a lot more interesting than usual. What’s interesting about this conjunction is that it takes place conjunct a relatively newly discovered planet named Borasisi. Named for one of the gods in the Kurt Vonnegut novel Cat’s Cradle, Borasisi is about the relationship between truth, lies, belief and what we perceive as real. In a sense, it says, “reality is what you make it.” I did an extensive article for members on Borasisi two years ago — you’re invited to read that if you want.
In practical terms, my take on the Sun and Mercury conjunct Borasisi is to be aware of what you believe and its effect on you. Remember that believing things is one way to ‘make them true’. I suggest you do this this with awareness, rather than trying to convince yourself of something you want to be true. Choose what is true for you based on what you know you need, want or which will facilitate your growth. Envision yourself in a more evolved or advanced state, or allow yourself at least to believe that you can become that.
Notably, the novel and the planet have an association to the nuclear lies of one company, General Electric, though this can be extrapolated to include the entire nuclear dilemma. With a powerful conjunction taking place exactly conjunct Borasisi, be ready for some news out of the nuclear industry (as if being told, again, that Fukushima was not really toxic and that Hanford is leaking were not enough). The event could be covered up quickly, or it could represent an intellectual development (such as new data) that is buried by the press.
There are a few other bits in Pisces as well — the full list is included in the chart above. Among the interesting aspects are Mars conjunct Heracles (as heroic as it gets, though in Pisces, you might not want credit), Amor conjunct Photographica and Salacia (also great for creating sexy photos and for using photography to see someone differently).
Cousins, this looks like a very interesting week. Be conscious, pay attention to the details and remember to lead the way with love. Remember that the most important boundaries are yes and no. Remember that walls need doors and windows, which can open and close.