We’re about to experience one of the most unusual Mercury stations in a generation. On Thursday, Mercury turns to direct motion in an exact conjunction to Neptune. This takes place in Pisces; that is Mercury churning through a lot of water.
The conjunction of Mercury and Neptune has been going on for many days, and will continue well into April. It is a defining feature of our moment along the river of night, and it seems to be asking more questions than it is providing answers.
This is difficult in a time when so many people are expressing a desire for resolution and to move on. But it’s been satisfaction with false answers and moving on from responsibilities that have led us to where we are today.
Many others spend their lives waiting for a moment that never arrives. There have to be alternatives to these approaches.
Neptune and Pisces tend to drop to the background; in the foreground we’ve been experiencing a dramatic conjunction of the Sun and Chiron in Aries, bringing in many other influences from the cardinal signs. I covered this in detail last week and the prior week.
Mueller Investigation Summary Published
Even for a casual student or observer of astrology, these are charts worth considering and seeing how they manifest in real life, as events develop.
As this edition was going to press, the attorney general’s summary of the report by Robert S. Mueller III was published. For the past 22 months Mueller has been investigating whether and how the Trump administration collaborated with the Russians to steal the 2016 election. This is covered on the new Planet Waves FM.
I cover charts on tonight’s Planet Waves FM for the president being notified of the report’s completion Friday afternoon, and also the contents of Attorney General William Barr’s letter. The program appears on the front of the Intelligence website. (We continue to update PlanetWaves.FM as well.)
What really stands out, though, is that the White House received the call with the Sun exactly conjunct Chiron — precise to a small fraction of a degree. This would seem either to deliver a mortal wound to Donald Trump, or to confer a kind of immortality. This is a complex chart, and I will do my best to sort it out from the perspectives of both classical and modern astrology.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, Brits are dealing with Brexit, which reflects a society divided even as much as United States society is — and it’s all being driven from below by the same basic set of factors, which is causing people to suspend their intellects and form their opinions based on their emotions alone.
We could say this has always been true, but it’s a little like sugar consumption. The more there is, the more people eat. In 1820, Americans ate about two or three pounds of sugar per year on average. By 2000 it was nearly 100 pounds. The internet is the current equivalent of sugar feeding a kind of mindless approach to existence — here at our critical turning point in global history.
Our successors not so far in the future are going to wonder: What the hell were those people thinking? Oh, they hardly were.
The Melting of Reason, or Deep Creativity
Nothing quite sums up the melting of reason and rationality like Mercury conjunct Neptune. In someone highly aware, this will be inspiring astrology, granting access to the deeper realms of thought and intuition.
Two things stand between us and that possibility. One is how much work it takes. The other is the desire for clarity. Truly creative people make it look easy, but what you don’t see is how much thought and deliberation are involved. My take is that most people are much more intelligent than they let on, but that a kind of intellectual sloth gets in the way.
Yet fearing the results of thought is the real obstacle. It’s not just that action is the fruit of knowledge. It’s that awareness compels a response, and we all know that’s going to take more work.
In the short run, it’s easier to let it all melt away. In the long run, that’s a dissatisfying way to live, to think, and to exist. There are options, though they require effort and cooperation and courage. They require the willingness to change and to grow. This may feel like learning how to breathe under water. I reckon it’s much easier. It’s more like learning how to breathe at all.