A Busy Day for the Messengers

Today is a big, busy day astrologically. Much of what is happening with the planets signals just the beginning of processes that will develop over weeks, months and years. What’s great about this is that you have time to get the hang of things; to investigate and experiment; to listen carefully and apply what you learn.

Photo by Amanda Painter.

Photo by Amanda Painter.

Eric Francis has covered the major aspects of this unusual day in his Planet Waves FM broadcast for this week — well worth a listen. I’m not going to try and explain in-depth all of the aspects (listen to Eric’s podcast for that), but I am going to give some highlights before I get down to what really caught my attention in today’s chart.

The central event is that Saturn leaves the sex, death and money issues of Scorpio today, and brings its emphasis on authority, responsibility, foundations and boundaries to Sagittarius at 10:49 pm EDT (2:49 UTC Friday).

Broadly speaking, over the next two years, you can expect to encounter questions about your philosophical, spiritual and religious beliefs — getting down to the ‘bones’ of what really matters to you. You can be sure Planet Waves will be developing the Saturn in Sadge story as we go along.

Also today, Jupiter in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces (exact at 2:54 am EDT / 6:54 UTC). If recent events have not already given you this clue, make sure you’re taking a fine-toothed comb to any important documents or negotiations. Conversely, if you deal in the creative or ‘spiritual’ realms, those could be a rewarding focus for your energies — as long as you’re not getting ‘creative’ about who someone truly is.

If someone is willfully trying to deceive you, there’s only so much you can do — though due diligence in checking their facts and trusting your intuition can get you further than you might think. It’s worth the effort, especially if the stakes are high. But how often have you met someone who indicates their true nature to you, yet you ignore the message in favor of idealizing them to fit your fantasies? Or maybe someone has done this to you?

Which brings me to the third major event today: Mercury stations retrograde in Libra at 2:09 pm EDT (18:27 UTC). This is likely the most tangible part of the astrology, and you’ve probably already noticed certain challenges in communication, or technology glitches, or unexpected delays.

Mercury in Libra relates to the quality of your communication (and thinking) in your relationships — how balanced it is, how fair, how articulate. Over the next three weeks, you’ll be reviewing this facet of your life. If communication with a partner gets screwy, it will be worth it to take a step back and ask yourself why; especially if you focus on your part in the tangle, since that’s the only part you can actually control or influence to any real degree.

Yet here’s what’s really interesting about this Mercury station: it does so while conjunct the hypothetical point Zeus and the asteroid Iris. Zeus was the king of the gods; in astrology, this point represents controlled, directed energy (in many forms).

Iris was the messenger between the gods and humanity (whereas Mercury was messenger mainly between the gods); she’s the personification of the rainbow. Iris also had the power to put to sleep those who perjure themselves.

We have a picture of not one but TWO messenger deities flanking the The Big Guy, the one who gets his point across with a strategically aimed, controlled lightning bolt. The gods are trying to talk to you. According to Eric, their message is, “What are you not saying to your partner?”

Perhaps more importantly, why are you afraid to say whatever it is you’re holding back? You might speak very gently in your relationships; you might be a fantastic, empathetic listener. But if there’s something you’re not articulating, you are essentially choosing Iris’ ‘sleep’ over the unpredictability of a partner’s response if you release Zeus’ focused energy in your relationships.

That sleep, that kind of withholding, is standard in our culture; it might not actually serve our highest good, however. Listen carefully this afternoon.

6 thoughts on “A Busy Day for the Messengers

  1. Pisces Sun

    Thank you Amanda for a great piece of prose but my main purpose for commenting is your picture, how eloquent of a choice! The symbolism is fantastic! You have managed to capture it all haven’t you? The heavens and earth, mankind, nature, technology, soundwaves, lightwaves, “flag waves,” humanity and culture, communication, foundations and structure, promises and hope. So much symbolism in one picture that captures so much of what you and others at PW are describing about this day! Beautiful! Listening, yes, your picture describes more, it seems we are called upon to observe (and likely “intuit” (Neptune is also involved) in all its forms.

    1. Amanda Painter Post author

      Thank you, Pisces Sun! I think you got far more out of the photo that I was seeing; thank you for bringing your rich observations to bear here. My thoughts were mainly about the rainbow/Iris connection — also, it occurred to me that the church alludes to Saturn in Sagittarius.

      It just dawned on me that the utility/phone lines indicate communication also. And yes to all else you see in the image. Fabulous.

  2. DivaCarla Sanders

    That’s why we show our art~ it is a co-creation between the first visioner (artist) and the multitudes of subsequent visioners (audience.) I second the other Pisces Sun’s (me too, PS) reading of the imagery. Meanwhile, I am writing an article on communicating with your partner about foreplay. You just gave me my hook, and a lot of encouragement since Mercury and Iris are beckoning.
    Thank you, Amanda.

    1. Amanda Painter Post author

      DivaCarla — so happy to know I’ve provided some inspiration for you article’s “hook” and some encouragement. I’d love to read the article when it’s done.

      And yes, the co-creative act involved in witnessing the creations of others is rich, fun, fertile ground for layers of meaning-making.

  3. Pisces Sun

    Isn’t it amazing to see how the subtleties of the sub-conscience can manifest? Everything you mentioned, I immediately saw and assumed you did too! This also shows the power of suggestion even unwittingly. I have been so focus on “observing” that I feel my whole soul opened to every allegory provided– I actually could have gone on in my observations- too funny! Saturn may be in Sadge but hopefully something somewhere is also saying, “don’t take everything too literally.” Or maybe it is saying just observe, think, and let it all swirl…
    Last night I watched the pubs in their “debate,” or grandstanding. The only thing truly transparent were the stage and podiums. They, instead, were swirling around their own symbolic gestures of Americanism which they seem to think equates to Reaganism, very interesting and entertaining. Too bad it isn’t a farce but that they take themselves for real: We need to build a strong military so that we are no longer bullied,” really? Are we bullied or bullying? Anyway, I add this to the mix because it made me think about symbols, interpretation, swirling ideas, and hoping somewhere in the mix, there is an energy running amuck that interjects some humility in the form of humor. Any takers on sharing if there is something there? I am no astrologist and don’t sleep at holiday Inns 🙂

    1. Amanda Painter Post author

      Pisces Sun — I did not watch the debates, but Fe did. She might have something to say under her column from last night (delayed from Monday so she could cover the debates) along the lines of your inquiry, if you pose your questions there.


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