By Amanda Painter
How are things shaking out now that we’ve concluded the eclipse period, and Saturn and Pluto have made their famous meeting in Capricorn? True, Saturn-Pluto is still working out, and Pluto is not at all done with Cap yet. But has anything shifted? Do you feel like you’re in recovery? Are you facing a brave (or scary, or shiny, or intimidating) new world?
It may take a good while yet to see the effects of choices you’ve made in the last two to three weeks. Chances are good, though, that you understand something about your world, and your personal agency in it, in a new way.
Right on cue, Mercury — the planet of intellect — is leaving the Capricorn herd and entering Aquarius at 1:31 pm EST today (18:30:42 UTC). Mercury is strong here, blending the steady persistence of Saturn (traditional ruler of Aquarius) with the intuitive inventiveness of Uranus (modern ruler of Aquarius).
Mercury in Aquarius also tends to be a communicative, friendly placing, likely related to the association Aquarius has with groups. It can be iconoclastic with its ideas, but there’s also a reminder to beware of inflexible thinking once the brainstorm has offered its insights. Aquarius is, after all, a fixed sign, describing the repeated crystallization of new patterns after old ones have been interrupted.
With Venus now in Pisces as of Monday, and Mercury entering Aquarius, we get some personal-level softening and enlivening of all the serious, earthy Capricorn energy we’ve been living in. Mercury in Aquarius, in particular, suggests the ability to approach from a new angle whatever turning point or restructuring you are currently navigating.
You’re about to get some help, in the form of inner restlessness or mental stimulation. Mercury is now square Uranus in Taurus (exact Saturday). And though both Taurus and Aquarius are fixed signs, this looks to me like a potentially inspiring few days.
Uranus represents the unexpected, the ‘cosmic spark plug’, the world’s (and your own) revolutionary impulses. In contrast, Taurus likes to take an easy, steady pace with things. Mercury in a Uranus sign, making a tension-and-action aspect to Uranus itself, describes the mind moving quickly and unexpectedly. Yet you might find your thoughts are developing faster than you can act on them.
That’s okay. Take notes — whether on paper, verbally on your phone, or as texts and emails to someone (or to yourself). Get it all down so you don’t lose it. You can assess the strength of the ideas and the integrity of your plans after a few days, when you can pause and focus.
Don’t worry if your plans for the weekend don’t pan out. What new thing do you feel inspired to try instead? Can you be flexible, rather than clinging stubbornly to your expectations? I know it’s not always easy, but it will likely help to ease any nervous tension, if you’re prone to it.
Note also that the goddess asteroid Pallas enters Capricorn on Saturday. One resource I checked associates Pallas in Capricorn with such healing modalities as osteopathy, chiropractic, deep tissue massage and dentistry. I have not done the research to see if that bears out — but it may be worth considering some kind of structural bodywork while Pallas is in this sign.
At the very least, Pallas would seem to offer a strategic type of wisdom. Pallas Athena was a warrior goddess, sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus. You don’t need to think in terms of warfare. It might, however, be helpful to think of marshaling all your resources for whatever you are undertaking.
Everything that has gotten you to where you are now counts: from your family’s heritage and traditions, to your past work experience, to all the various healing and self-understanding modalities you’ve tried, to the patterns you’ve worked to undo and the new ones you’re trying to set. Anything you have learned (and learned to let go), any form of self-mastery, is part of the foundation you can stand upon now.
No experience has been wasted, if you have learned from it. If it has eventually served to open and enlarge your world and your sense of possibility, rather than shrink or close it down, it has been time and effort well spent. You can use this wisdom to direct whatever Mercury-Uranus lightning bolts light your mind’s sky in the coming days. And you can carry the image of that light to guide you through whatever Saturn-Pluto has compelled you to begin.