the pupil and the professor

So, Tuesday, November 25th, is the day that dear Mercury bumps smack into Scorpio Saturn.

Vintage-Black-and-White-Clipart-009The image in my mind is the distracted awkward freshman with the untapped intellectual goldmine lurking below his immature, social ineptitude, who finds himself in the professor-from-hell’s 8AM class that first, innocent, Fall semester.

The professor is soooooo damn intimidating and scary. The rigors of the syllabus jump from the page in a fit of ‘roided-out rage.

Why even bother dragging your sorry ass out of bed, when the ‘smart’ thing is to drop the course anyway?

But there is something magnetic about the old man’s way of being.  How the wisdom oozes from his aura. How the twinkling eyes promise a Pandora’s plethera of knowledge.

Something motivates to carry on.

There is always the danger of depressive ideation when Mercury flies under the rings of Saturn, but that is merely the worst possible outlook. The bright side is the pay off of hard work and sacrifice.

Saturn is the old man that knows what he’s talking about and knows how to get the goods.

You have to listen and then follow through.

YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK.

There is no other way.

Lona

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of daggers and thieves

November 8th sees our resident sprinter Mercury again returning to the sign of Scorpio, joining the Sun, Venus and Saturn. He will remain in the Phoenix’ realm until the 27th.

The shift from Libra to Scorpio is palpable. Our circle shrinks—our intelligence is utilized for the survival of our select few.

Suspicions rise and loyalties are calculated. Deep are the musings, when Mercury inhabits the sign of the Scorpion.

The Winged Messenger comes from under the Retrograde Shadow on Monday, the 10th to immediately trine Neptune in Pisces the next day.

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october 25th—major shifts: 3 & 4

Later today, the Sun and Venus will move into Scorpio and on Saturday the 25th, two additional majors shifts occur.  Mars ingresses from Sagittarius to the 10th sign of Capricorn while Mercury begins direct motion in Libra.

Cardinal, baby. Cardinal.

Mars in Capricorn is steady and ambitious.  The freedom loving vibe of Sagittarius is exchanged for the rigors of status, materialism and focus.

When the Warrior dons the mask of the Goat, the aim is self-motivated mastery. There is little desire to blaze one’s own trail, for the impetus is to build on tradition, work one’s way to the top of established structures. To leave an enduring legacy.

The Goat is level-headed, tenacious and self-controlled at best and cold-blooded, obstinate and dour at worst. They are skillful at the long term strategy but can run the risk of over cautious speculation.

Our dear Cappy Soldier is attracted to power which is a potent aphrodisiac and like all Earth signs, his is a sensual, strong libido. Combine this with the current positions of Sun and Venus in carnal Scorpio and the atmosphere steams up all around!!!

While in the 10th sign, the God of War will interact in major aspect with all six of the outer planets. Lots of hobnobbing with the big wigs on his agenda—just as the Goat desires.

On the same day, our dear Mercury, begins direct motion at 16º Libra. He has been retrograding since October 4th and will remain in Libra until the 8th of November. The Winged Messenger will finally move out from the retrograde shadow on the 10th at 2º Scorpio.

Mercury Direct marks the final sweep along the last half of the Relational 7th sign. We should find it easier now to incorporate all the lessons learned while Mercury once again occupies this slice of the zodiac. Thinking as a team; the art of the diplomatic debate; the charming necessity of ‘playing devil’s advocate.’

By the time the God of Thieves gets back to Scorpio, the Sun and Venus will be fully entrenched in the dark Underworld and Mars will be dueling with its Lord from Capricorn. Halloween may be over by then but the macabre ambiance of the heavens will be without a question palpable.

Lona

october 10th—mercury drops his knife, for a minute

fairykingtellsallRetrograde Mercury heads back into Libra today, the 10th, where he will spend almost a month redoing some of the activities he began while in the 7th sign in September.

He will be joining with the Sun and Venus to sextile Mars and Jupiter later this month, as well as conjunct the North Node a few days later.

The first time Mercury sextiled Leo Jupiter was a feel good aspect .  This time around, with Mercury’s current retrograde status, Jupiter’s tendency toward expansion may blow up the technical difficulties and communication glitches. We’ll see.

The God of Thieves will also widely oppose Uranus again—here is info from the first time this went down.

When our winged Messenger goes back to visit the North Node, we get an opportunity to double check and recalibrate some of those future ideas we made with the initial conjunction.

No sweat, really.

Retrograde Mercury is all about tweeking to perfection.

Lona

october 4th—kindling for the bonfire: part 1

This Saturday, October 4th, the grand-Fire-trine perfects, meaning the orbs of  trining Mars, Jupiter and Uranus will be tightest of the whole event.

It is also the day a variety of choice planetary activities occur.

Mercury moved into the 8th sign of Scorpio back on the 27th of September. He has gotten almost through the 2nd degree of the Fixed Water sign, but has slowed and turns retrograde on this day.

Retrograde Mercury inspires anxiety in more than a few astrology buffs.  But not to worry.  He certainly can be managed.  And yes, it is good thinking to expect all manner of glitches in all things mechanical and/or technological, at this time.  It is also not a good time to START new projects necessarily, but instead spend time in reflection.—most importantly, with Scorpio and Libra themed issues.

Such as:

  • How do I communicate my desires and wishes in my most important relationships?   How can I make it better?
  • Do I communicate too intensely to create an intimate bond?  Could I sometimes take it down a notch?
  • Do I keep things too superficial?  Could I risk being more courageous?
  • Am I too geared toward people-pleasing?  Does it get in the way of an authentic exchange?
  • Am I too suspicious for no reason?  Am I too accomodating for no reason?
  • How can I learn to be confident in my ability to make decisions?

See where this is going?

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september 27—mercury into scorpio—razor sharp

“A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.”—William Blake (Mercury in Scorpio)

What is the fundamental difference between Libra and Scorpio?

It’s simple, really.  Libra flints and flutters on the surface with no desire to puncture the seal and reveal all that messiness underneath, while Scorpio lives and breathes buried beneath the murky depths of  ‘messiness’.

On Saturday the 27th, Mercury moves from the sign of balance to the sign of extremes.  Instead of the charming, diplomatic sparring we’ve been amusing ourselves with as of late, our mental activities will be turned to the more authentic, the more crucial, the more intense.

Scorpio plays for keeps.

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