By Amanda Painter
Often misworded, the quotation “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are” is also overwhelmingly misattributed to Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy did not come up with it; he quotes it in his autobiography, and attributes it to one Squire Bill Widener of Widener’s Valley, Virginia). Be that as it may, it struck me as perhaps a useful mantra for the current astrology as we head into the weekend. With Mercury stationing direct today, a New Moon in Sagittarius tomorrow, and various other planets interacting with those two events, you might be feeling a mix of push-pull on the one hand, and a lull in energy on the other hand.
If that’s the case, I suspect it would be useful to stay in touch with your actual circumstances, resources and honest desires. I’m not only referring to the seeming ‘limitations’ of What Is, but also to something that you may sometimes push aside or not believe: your inherent enough-ness; that is, the fact that you are enough, as you are right now.
But, I get ahead of myself. Let’s go over the astrology in a little more detail.
As mentioned, Mercury stations direct in late Scorpio today at 4:22 pm EST (21:21:59 UTC). I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks (most of which Mercury spent in Sagittarius) seem to have been marked by a number of interesting things coming to light — both in the public/political realm, and also in my personal life.
Given that Scorpio is the sign of secrets (among other things), I’m very curious to witness what shakes out as it stations direct today. See if you can keep your awareness tuned to that sense of something being revealed, and make a note of what you discover.
Tomorrow, at 2:20 am EST (7:20:15 UTC), the Sagittarius Moon and Sun form their conjunction for the month, for the New Moon. They do so conjunct a deep-space phenomenon called the Great Attractor (you can read more about that here) and square Mars and Neptune in Pisces.
New Moons tend to be lower-energy phases. The same is sometimes true of Mars-Neptune conjunctions. Since Mars prefers to be active, this could translate into kind of an ‘itchy’ or discouraged feeling. Add to that the fact that square aspects usually come through as a need to take action to resolve inner tension, and you might be feeling a bit at a loss in terms of what you want to do, what you’re able to do, or what you’re willing to do.
With the Great Attractor in the mix, there may be an additional sensation of being pulled along, or of reacting against something. The thing not to do, if any of this describes you, is to take it too seriously (or to try and get around it dishonestly). This, like all else, shall pass.
Instead, notice whether you are actively pursuing something or whether you’re feeling pulled along by it. Check your honesty before speaking or doing, since integrity starts within. Are you letting all that you know inform your decisions? If you have energy that needs to be put to use, is there a person or cause who might appreciate your help? According to some astrologers, that’s an ideal way to use Mars-Neptune conjunctions (especially in Pisces) — as long as your underlying motive is not selfish gain. (Feeling good about helping out is not the same as doing so to position yourself for glory or kickbacks.)
Also worth noting tomorrow is a square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Nessus in Pisces. One possible interpretation of this aspect is that you might be noticing an emphasis on certain patterns from the past — but in a way that spurs you to seek healing, justice, or bringing an end to its perpetuation. ‘Being free’ of something does not happen by ignoring it, running away from it, or repressing it. Yet, we all do those things at times, sometimes as a necessary means of survival.
If you start to judge yourself harshly, please remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can, with what you’ve got, right here and now. It’s all any of us ever can do, and sometimes that’s going to look and feel better than at others. Stress, illness, confusion, pain, grief, fear, surprise and shock — all of these things (and others) can contribute to not being at your best as compared to other times and circumstances. That’s okay. The thing to watch for is when it’s tempting to ignore facts that might make a task or process harder or more complicated; that’s when the concept of integrity comes into play.
It’s easy to get into the frame of mind that anything to do with Mercury retrograde is going to be difficult or problematic. Yet, that’s not necessarily the case; Mercury’s apparent back-and-forth can be very useful. And in fact, in the current astrology, it appears that the New Moon configuration is the slipperier of the two events. The Sabian symbol for the New Moon degree even carries the keyword “dependence” — a fascinating synchronicity given the polarization and pull of the Great Attractor, by which our Milky Way galaxy is being drawn through space.
Meanwhile, Mercury is stationing while in a harmonious, supportive trine to Chiron in Pisces — which itself stations direct on Dec. 9. This trine is in effect in the background all week, potentially adding an even deeper layer of awareness and insight to Mercury’s pivot, especially perhaps on the levels of intuition and emotional IQ.
However, it’s the keywords for these two station direct degrees that really struck me. For Mercury, it is “an inner allegiance”; for Chiron, “abundance.”
What does it look like when you stay in contact with an inner allegiance to your inherent abundance? One might say it’s the understanding that you are enough, just as you are. Squire Bill Widener might have put it a little differently, but I think he’d agree. Teddy Roosevelt certainly seemed to.