Hey hey hey,
Mercury entered the air sign of Aquarius last week on February 7 at 2.35am MST. Coming out of the previous retrograde and transit through earth-sign Capricorn, this probably feels like a very light time in comparison! The last six or seven weeks have had us making profound and concrete changes to our lives. Our minds have been on long-term steps toward lifelong goals. I didn’t write about the new moon in Capricorn (exactly conjunct that Mercury retrograde), because I was experiencing some major life milestones of my own. Things were taking shape that hadn’t done for ten years, placing me in a direction I hadn’t previously thought possible. I was also personally thinking about 10th house (Capricorn) matters, career moves were in my focus, and good things were piling up on top of each other in that regard. For me as an individual, it’s been a momentous time. Pluto is in Capricorn, giving energy to the transformations I’ve been going through.
So now, for the last week, Mercury has been able to lighten up and get some fresh air in Aquarius. Mercury (being associated with air-sign Gemini), loves to be in Aquarius, because he/she (Mercury is asexual) gets to connect and communicate a lot! That sign is the ruler of groups and networks, and shows us how we relate to those groups as an individual. Our minds will have an unusually quick mode of thinking, almost touching on prescient, prophetic hunches and impulses. Mercury is the ruler of intellect, communication, and expression, and Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) is all about innovation, connection, and equality. We will be eager for intellectual stimulation during this time. We’ve been doing a lot of hard work, and now through Aquarius’ connection to hopes and dreams, we get to enjoy the fruits of that hard mental work.
Our minds will especially be in groupthink/hivemind during this time. We will be especially connected to those bodies of people with which we identify. We will be more apt than usual to explore our thoughts intellectually, ‘arguing’ in an Aquarian -type way to make sure we understand our thoughts as well as we think we do.
We will want to talk more about social issues during this transit, because our minds are thinking about the People. Everyone believes what they think is the right thing (no one is a villain in their own narrative), and now we will have a great opportunity to see and connect with people who might not be in our everyday sphere. We will be able to intellectualize what it’s like on the other side of the tracks, whatever side we ourselves may be on.
This time will help us connect with each other, and what lies beyond, as we move toward Pisces season. During that time, we reach the ‘end’ of the zodiac, washing away our identity and merging into the Oneness of everything. This time is all about connecting to the world around us, and Mercury in Aquarius quickens and deepens that understanding.
P.S. I used my Pottenger/Michelsen Ephemeris for the dates, and the Buddha Board at Golden Braid Books for the InstaImage.