Today Mercury in Aries makes a trine with Saturn in Sagittarius. This brings an element of discipline into what might otherwise feel like an impulsive or reactive time. If you’re feeling fired up to get a particular project planned and organized, you can use today’s energy to good effect. Work systematically, even if you encounter an unexpected detail, development or glitch.
It’s possible that the Aries New Moon overnight into this morning manifested for you with an impulse to plant the metaphorical seed of some new endeavor. Or maybe you received some unusual insight about yourself and what you think of as your ‘identity’. Another possibility: you’re getting a wake-up call associated with how you use your technology, and its implications for ‘who you think you are’.
The phrase ‘new moon’ long ago made its way into common usage, meaning a fresh start, which rings true astrologically. Tonight’s Aries New Moon suggests that we are beginning this particular cycle a little wiser. It may be useful to bear in mind that even the most difficult teaching experiences can be invaluable, as well as rewarding in ways that might not be immediately clear.
Today, Mercury makes contact with the slowly dispersing Uranus-Eris conjunction. This is likely to have the effect of bringing a globally significant aspect into personal perspective. You might find you are now able to make sense of the past year or so; or perhaps the immediate present, and wherever it’s tending.
When the Moon enters Pisces today, notice whether your world feels a little softer around the edges. Music, art, movies, dreaming, sex — all of these activities, whether enjoyed as a spectator or participant, with others or solo, could suit your mood. Retrograde Venus conjunct the Sun in Aries adds to the curious introspective-yet-expressive dynamic at play.
Erich Fromm, who celebrated a birthday yesterday, once wrote, “Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an action, the practice of human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as a result of compulsion. Love is an activity, not a passive affect; it is a ‘standing in,’ not a ‘falling for’.”
Aspects involving Mercury and Pallas suggest that a certain issue may be broader or more complex than it currently appears. There could be hidden information, or an unexpected new angle that will suddenly make itself known. Either way, it may be preferable to carry out additional research, rather than to forge ahead on what might be an incomplete understanding.
Notice how plugged in you feel regarding what’s happening in the world around you. Can you articulate your thoughts about it, including your sense of identity or your role in the face of the chaos? Mercury in Aries is moving into a powerful grand cross with planets late in the cardinal signs: Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in Libra, Vesta in Cancer and the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries.
If your plan for achieving your dream feels at odds with some kind of ‘cosmic truth’, what does that mean? Does it mean that your strategy needs to take into account your soul’s purpose or dharma better? The good news is that this situation — if true for you — can be worked with. Currently the asteroid Pallas is making a square to the Galactic Core.
Aspects by Mercury today seem to highlight the fine line between doing one’s duty (i.e. what is ethical) and maintaining traditions that have become meaningless, for their own sake. Often, in the latter case, the driving emotion is guilt or fear. If you’re in this situation, ask yourself what would be the worst case scenario if you changed things up.