Mercury Conjunct Pluto, Stationing Direct, Mixed Up with the Leo Full Moon: Of Meltdowns and Breakthroughs

Dear Friend and Reader:

Mercury stations direct Monday, after nearly three weeks retrograde first in Aquarius then in Capricorn. What is so interesting about this station-direct is that it involves two conjunctions of Mercury to Pluto in Capricorn. At the moment, this is happening in the run-up to Saturday’s Full Moon in Leo.

There was a conjunction of these two planets prior to Mercury retrograde, on Dec. 19, right before the southern solstice; that date may remind you of something or someone.


Don’t have a meltdown! Have a breakthrough!

Mercury, now in retrograde motion, is conjunct Pluto. That was exact Friday, Jan. 22 at 4:59 am EST (09:59 UTC), so it’s still happening now. This happens with Pluto currently moving slowly past the midpoint of Capricorn, indicating that this long phase of history is half-over. (In case you’re wondering, Pluto enters Aquarius for the first time on March 23, 2023).

Closer to home, Mercury stations direct Monday, Jan. 25 at 4:50 pm (21:50 UTC). Then Mercury, moving in direct motion, will be conjunct Pluto on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 12:59 am EST (05:59 UTC).

Said simply without any numbers, Mercury will make a conjunction to Pluto Friday, then station direct Monday, then make another conjunction to Pluto a week from Saturday. Really though, the conjunction remains close enough to be considered continuous, but with two peaks. We have the planet of mind, communication and awareness aligning with Pluto, the planet of depth, death, transformation and surrender, with all those terms multiplied by sex.

This is a hormonal moment, and this alignment can represent various forms of focused, deep thought, obsession, breakthrough, transformation or, for some, meltdowns. In today’s horoscope, Sally Brompton was advising readers to take a deep breath, and count to 10 before getting too pissed off (out loud). This is what she was talking about.

Then combine all this with the Full Moon and you might experience, or witness, some really impressive emotional fireworks. It may take some consciousness to keep calm and cool enough to keep focused enough to navigate all this energy.

As for Mercury-Pluto: The things that you may think you have to change your mind about are not such a big deal, really — it’s only the stuck quality of thought that makes them seem so. Mercury is moving retrograde for the first alignment of this pair, indicating it may be some past theme, issue, idea or perception that you have to rethink. So, rethink, and see what you come up with.

Then comes the moment of revelation, which is how I think of Mercury stationing direct. Concealed, veiled or otherwise hidden information can suddenly come to light. This looks like anything from a murder mystery being solved, to you discovering the real meaning of your own sexuality. If there is a meltdown involved, you can trust that it was a low-grade idea or emotional attachment that was not previously tempered by Pluto’s fire. Better ideas will withstand the intensity of Pluto and transform into something clear and useful, over time.

All that said, there will be some people who seem to fall apart this weekend and into next week, but the beauty of astrology is that we get to know the weather and see these things approaching. Then we can dress, and act, accordingly. Admittedly, though, it can be difficult to handle the change-or-die energy of Pluto. But some people thrive on it and love it, and others can learn to harness it. If you’re a deep thinker, you may be in rare form.


6 thoughts on “Mercury Conjunct Pluto, Stationing Direct, Mixed Up with the Leo Full Moon: Of Meltdowns and Breakthroughs

  1. Barbara Koehler

    I heard today on MSNBC that the governor of Michigan has (at his own expense and not that of the taxpayers) hired a PR firm called “Mercury” to clean up his image from the flack he has taken because of the Flint lead-poisoned water disaster. Can it get much plainer than that? A new cycle between Mercury and Pluto that requires a double conjunction (actually 3 of them) to get started.

    The U.S. Sibly chart’s natal square between Sun in Cancer and Saturn in Libra is joined in a cardinal cross with transiting Uranus in Aries and transiting Pluto in Capricorn, but it took a PR company called Mercury to get our attention onto the problem. Love to see that governor’s chart!

  2. Lizzy

    “it can be difficult to handle the change-or-die energy of Pluto”. Oh boy, you said it, dear Eric. This week’s meltdowns have also got some real breakthroughs inside them – but not without dragging me kicking and screaming through hedges backwards. And it ain’t over till the fat lady sings. Thank you for this wonderful and helpful piece.

  3. DivaCarla Sanders

    OK, even with the warnings, I had some meltdowns, and feel no resilience with the little things: jammed printers, slow loading websites, little nothings at all. It was big on Saturday with a steam roller of a Leo full moon, (all the good stuff of a Leo full moon happened too). I came back to this article to review Mercury and Pluto. Next 3 days, breakthrough!

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