Terracing at quintessential Machu Picchu ~
Like terracing on a steep hillside, our lives are favored by retrogrades. They help us gradually ascend the heights, levels of enlightenment. Some are narrow, some have broad flats. They hold the water of fertility as it descends, some sloped inward to hold more, others sloped outward to release to the shelf below. As in terrace farming, they gradually lower along their length, to shift the water from that terrace to the one below. Slow, spread, sink – receive. This Retrograde is in Capricorn, the high rocky mountains, and Aquarius, the stratospheric air above them.
Sometimes our lives need this adjusting. We get ahead of ourselves, need to regulate the flow, take time to absorb the treasure that is right in front of us. We get a little heady at times, either scattered, or packed too tight, our thoughts blocked. Stand still along the way ascending the turns, get used to the new altitude. Take a far keen look. Breathe deep. Lean on the rocks, let the gravel slow the flow, catch what passes around us, filter debris coming our way.
Mostly the RX is in Capricorn. The three part cycle – direct, retrograde, direct – starts Dec 19 at 14 Capricorn 54. Mercury goes into Aquarius New Year’s Day, but only for a few days. It retrogrades Jan 5, barely getting in Aquarius, at 1 AQ 2, returns to Cap Jan 8. It shows us the goal in Aquarius then returns to rebuild the foundation in Cap. It remains there until it turns direct, 14 CP 54, Jan 25. It goes forward in Cap, reenters AQ Feb 13, the day before Valentine’s day! The cycle finishes on Valentine’s Day!
Mercury Rx is famous for paperwork and communications snafus! In Capricorn that can be related to career, parenting – especially fathering and elder care, the consideration of long term commitments, housing. In our bodies, give good regard to your bones, skin, fingernails, knees and teeth. Just when you don’t have time over the holidays, you need a little extra rest. if possible, during the retrograde, wait to change jobs or schools, move or remodel, get extensive dental work. If you must, for now, do only what you need to get by, don’t choose permanent or long term options. Stay flexible. Rent, don’t buy yet. Get less expensive and less furniture. There may be another move in the near future.
In its brief foray into Aquarius, only you with very early factors in Aquarius will pay any attention. The state of the world, our local friends, personal and professional associations will matter. Freedom is at stake. Change is evolution. Even what seems bad, stirs the collective, heads are put together, new healing ways found. In moments of genius, profound need, we will find the words to say that people will hear. At the personal level, might wait on getting that computer, phone or car.
Aspects Mercury makes during the cycle:
Dec 19, Jan 22 & 29 Mercury conjunct Pluto! The cycle starts with a powerful connection with our primordial Other Self. Mercury chats, Pluto doesn’t show face. Good poker player. A contract can be made, but you better know what you are doing! No cheating or tricking, no force. Stay clean.
Dec 20, Jan 20 Square Uranus. Not all as expected, a friend goes the other way, a connection isn’t made. Your computer betrays you. The lights go out temporarily.
Dec 25, Christmas Day, Jan 14, Feb 6 trine Jupiter! Lucky conversation. Sign the paper. High praise. Share the big news! Take a little trip, go to the seminar, school, temple.
Dec 29 Square Mars. Be careful, watch tempers and overdoing it. You don’t have to tell all. If you have been a quitter, get it done! Shout it out, be inspiring, make the breakthrough!
Jan 5, the day of the Rx, it squares Mars again. The square is within 3 degrees from Dec 24, Christmas Eve, until Jan 9 as Mercury retreats, while Mercury and Mars are at their sign changes. Mars goes from Libra to Scorpio Jan 3.
Focus on the long term important things, be safe, celebrate your completion on Valentine’s Day! Stay sweet!
Check with your astrologer to see if any of these activate your chart and which house(s) Mercury activates ~