What You Know

Posted by Len Wallick


Wednesday night (or Thursday), Mercury enters Capricorn. Len Wallick explains this symbol of being called to remember and express your humanity while acting on your conscience — even as those who have forgotten their humanity continue to hold the reins of institutions in decay.

Watch out. What you know could soon become valuable. Even with entire disciplines encoded into software, what you carry in your head and heart could become more important than ever. Even if robots take over entire fields of work, what you know could be necessary if anything is to work.


For what you know goes beyond skill sets. Whether you are comfortable with it or not, you have a conscience, which discerns between right and wrong. In addition, you have an ability to see what’s important beyond considerations of power. You also know how to appraise value that has nothing to do with price.

In spite of being born into, growing up in and having to make your own way through a world in which death, profit and politics hold sway, you know the importance of a single human life. You can see the future in a baby. You appreciate kindness, treasure love, and comprehend grace. Such are the manifestations of human culture that have truly distinguished us from the machines and machinations we have created.

It is what you know that will ultimately make a difference if you do not allow yourself to forget it. It is what allowed small bands of our ancestors to survive in a big world. It is the same knowledge that will allow a huge global population to go on living in a world suddenly grown smaller.

In the same way we can see an encouraging implication of Mercury entering Capricorn seconds after 9:34 pm EST tomorrow (2:34:10 UTC Thursday). For among the things versatile Mercury represents is mind, where knowledge is processed. By the same token, among the realities Capricorn corresponds to are the cultural institutions that for so long have preserved, protected and passed on the knowledge that allowed our kind to get this far.

In the short period of time since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, many of those institutions have been revealed to have either decayed or otherwise betrayed their purpose. Whether it is organized religion, government, schools, justice, health care, public safety or any other of the large organizations that combine to create society on a large scale, dysfunction is undeniably more the rule than the exception. This, in spite of so many people just like you who devote their lives to serving in good faith, somehow holding on to what they believe in while holding things together in a system gone awry.

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Perhaps an elite few have hijacked cultural institutions for their own purpose. Maybe those vast foundations of social structure have somehow taken on a robotic life of their own.

Regardless of what is behind what can only be called a crisis, this foray of Mercury into Capricorn will implicitly require both your innate and acquired knowledge to both understand and address how we all came to this pretty pass, and also how to survive it.

That’s because most of the next Mercury retrograde will take place in Capricorn. Yes, Mercury’s apparent reversal will appropriately begin in the second degree of Aquarius, the sign of groups (especially those in service to the group) on Jan. 5, 2016.

But most of Mercury’s thorough review will be emblematically moving through the hallowed halls constructed for — and the sacred ground set aside for — a common good. This at a time when the cause of serving all of us in common appears to have been set aside in favor of power, profit and politics — particularly as practiced by those who have forgotten what made them human. Which is how you are being called upon to remember and express your humanity while acting on your conscience. It is nothing less than the symbolic imperative of Mercury’s impending ingress to Capricorn.

If not you, who? If not now, when?

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Len Wallick

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Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: lenwallick@gmail.com. His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

3 thoughts on “What You Know

  1. Barbara Koehler

    You give us mortals a lot of credit Len. You may be right though. Last night on Rachel Maddow’s show she put forth the theory that Donald Trump wants to lose. . on purpose. She thinks that’s why he says such awful things, maybe. The more awful they are the less likely he could win against Hillary (were she the Democratic nominee) and the more nut jobs would come out to make Donald the Republican nominee. I think that is what she is implying. We’ll find out tonight when she appears on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show at 10 PM, EST, MSNBC. They will discuss the ramifications of her remarks last night.

    Well, transiting Mercury WAS conjunct the Galactic Center last night, known to transmit information for the common cause from the Universe, and they were both sextile the U.S. Sibly Moon (the Common People) in Aquarius, and Mercury being the trickster. . . who knows? Neptune has us all under a spell until further notice.

    So grateful to you for reminding us that another Mercury retrograde is coming up soon and he will be backtracking through Capricorn, the sign of institutions and transiting Pluto. Keep on totin’ that barge and liften’ that bale I guess.

  2. chief niwot's sonchief niwot's son

    Len- once again you capture a moment in both it’s vastness and intimacy. The forthcoming sojourn of Mercury in Cap suggests that what we know, think, and communicate has to work in the real world, a “rubber meets the road” kind of experience.

    I applaud your clear words and insightful vision.

  3. Pisces SunPisces Sun

    The Sabian Symbol for 2+ Aquarius is a man deserting from the Navy, which according to Dane Rudhyar is man’s conscious (symbolized by water- the Navy) repudiation of the collective conscience (desertion + Naval institution). It is essentially “man’s refusal to accept cultural patterns” and through this “desocialization he will find himself.”

    It is difficult to accept, but in light of current social patterns (that have dehumanized to the point of almost automatic, mechanistic, without heart and soul) playing out in our media and institutions, as well as, “home grown” and “internationally grown” terrorism, I can’t help but wonder at what point a “desocialization” can occur? Certainly we are nearing a tipping point?

    Obviously the writers and readers of PW have hit it. We have removed ourselves from believing the mainstream. We see the human side of the issue, we refuse to accept cultural patterns. Mercury in Retro will allow us to reflect even more. It will also offer a time where we can touch our conscience more fully.

    But after that time, when Mercury turns direct, I can’t help but wonder at what point does Mars interject into our personal and collective worlds and reshaped conscience/consciousness?

    Thank you Len for this piece. I agree with Chief Niwot, you do have the uncanny ability to describe the vastness of the cosmos while making it relative and personal.

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