Being on the dark side of the moon, as we are now, and being a Sagittarian, I am looking forward to the New Moon on Thursday when the Sun and Moon come together for new starts in this forward-looking and fiery sign of the zodiac! Mercury leaves Scorpio tonight having uncovered the secrets and mysteries we needed for understanding how to co-create our lives. As the Messenger of the Gods heads into the Archers' territory re-fortified, he goes forward with great enthusiasm and renewed hope.
Mercury is actually happiest in Gemini, Sagittarius' polar opposite, sharing tidbits of information and not having to worry about the ramifications of idle chatter. While in Sag, he has to consider the bigger implications of what he now knows. Mercury here waxes more philosophical than usual and has to look in the direction of spiritual momentum rather than short-term gains. This is harder for those in a hurry, or those who think the end justifies the means, than those willing to spend more time on sacred ground, knowing that integrity needs to align with intention on this part of the journey.
The good news is, that Sag's ruler, Jupiter, is in Gemini and Gemini's ruler, Mercury, is in Sagittarius - what we astrologers call "mutual reception". In other words, they are visiting each others homes and while there will be on their best behavior! So enthusiastic Jupiter (the teacher), won't mind all the details that Mercury (the student) will lay out in front of him because a new horizon awaits. Story-telling can be very poignant as long as the broadcaster isn't just telling tall tales... Witty dialogue and humor are apt to be rampant throughout the rest of 2012. I'm not saying we can't take things seriously, just that humor may help the medicine go down. It's the difference between "The News" and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
As Mercury squares impressionable Neptune tomorrow, we also need to ask ourselves, "is it real, or is it Memorex...?" The answer may surprise you, so, if you don't want to know, don't ask! There is the contingent that says, what you don't know can't hurt you, but I am not of that school. If you want to know the truth, ask yourself if what you are hearing is real or not, then listen to your body or your spirit and you'll know the answer right away!! Because Mercury rules the mind, you could go round and round with reasoning, one minute believing this, and the next minute, believing that. Meditate for clarity and wait until after the New Moon to decide anything.
Wednesday is an adventurous day with lots of happenings; set some time aside to spend outdoors in nature to address the wanderlust. The New Moon takes place in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, when Sun and Moon come together in Sagittarius setting the stage for the month ahead. Long-range goals, including travel, higher education or spiritual pursuits are to be taken into consideration. For those writers out there, you may want to take some steps toward publishing or sharing your words with a much larger audience. If you keep things to yourself, how will you know where you might have gone?
Finally we can speak to the meaning of the Sabian Symbol for 22 degrees of Sagittarius, the degree point in the spotlight at the New Moon; it is A Chinese Laundry. Dane Rudhyar say this is about maintaining one's own identity in situations which neither give value for, nor favor what one basically is. The necessity here is self-containment and good humor! Having my sun on this degree, I can relate. Avoid feelings of inferiority and stay alert to opportunities to relate to the bigger society.
Another planetary energy to be aware of this week is revolutionary Uranus turning Direct shortly after the New Moon on Thursday. Let the dust settle around you, or out-in-the world, and prepare to seize the day on Friday when the Capricorn Moon brings an opportunity to begin to achieve a work or career goal. How hard you work and how badly you want to make something happen of lasting consequence, will bring significant benefits down the road. Saturday evening is a time to enjoy shared values and social opportunities, especially if they involve humanitarian concerns.
Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~