Push and Express

Posted by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter.

Wednesday a friend of mine recounted a story on Facebook about her morning that seems to perfectly illustrate some of today’s significant astrology. The standout planetary event is that Mercury makes a conjunction to the Sun today in Capricorn; Venus square Chiron also plays a role.

By Amanda Painter

Wednesday a friend of mine recounted a story on Facebook about her morning that seems to perfectly illustrate some of today’s significant astrology. The standout planetary event is that Mercury makes its ‘interior’ (traditionally called ‘inferior’) conjunction to the Sun today in Capricorn. This is the Sun-Mercury conjunction that happens at the midpoint of a Mercury retrograde, so take heart: the retrograde is half over.

Photo by Amanda Painter.

Photo by Amanda Painter.

Mercury and the Sun make some interesting aspects with other planets, which flesh out the interpretation. Also, Venus and Chiron are active. But first, my friend’s experience.

We just received a few inches of snowfall where I live. Not a huge amount, but enough to make the morning commute messy as sunlight hit the snow-salt-sand mixture and the cars mixed it up. As my friend walked to work, she saw three cars near each other stuck on a particular hill downtown; everyone just drove around them without stopping to offer assistance.

My friend approached a woman who was spinning her wheels, used the shovel that was in the trunk and pushed, but no luck. Spotting the YMCA nearby, she ducked in, grabbed their bucket of rock salt, told the employee she’d be right back with it after helping three stuck cars, and set about sprinkling it beneath the tires of each. My friend writes:

“As I pass the YMCA to get back to [the first car] at the top, the front desk guy comes out in his crisp blue polo and khakis and hollers at me: ‘You know, when you said you were going to borrow it that usually means you’re supposed to bring it back.’ I. Am. Outraged. I drop the bucket at his feet and shout: ‘I saw three people stuck in the snow, I was borrowing it to get them OUT! But hey man, if you want your ice melt back so badly, here you go.’”

Here’s what I see there astrologically; I’m going to start with Venus in Sagittarius, which is still square Chiron in Pisces (it was exact Wednesday). At it’s most basic, squares are push energy; felt internally, they push us to take action and then integrate the influences. Besides the literal image of my friend trying to push the stuck car, she also felt the push of her convictions (Sagittarius) and her awareness of collective (Pisces) need.

Yet a Venus-Chiron square can also indicate a release of emotions, potentially in an uncontrollable way, as Eric has written before. Witness my friend’s outraged shouting at the YMCA guy. With Chiron conjunct Borasisi, your beliefs will be wrapped up in any emotional release today; with Venus and the sign Pisces involved, this release might express for you as sexual energy.

Mercury conjunct the Sun in Capricorn further underscores the need to express oneself and seek new experiences, and to take initiative in that. (In fact, traditional astrologers often say that Sun conjunct Mercury would be the one day in the retrograde when signing a contract or making a purchase or similar could work out, if you cannot wait until the retrograde is over.) The conjunction is exact at 9:05 EST / 14:05 UTC.

But in Capricorn, as Len Wallick pointed out yesterday, you’ll want to keep it all very practical. You’ll also want to consider carefully any insights from past experience that are emerging for you.

This inner awareness, the need for taking a practical approach, and taking initiative are also underscored by the other aspects the Sun and Mercury are making. On one side, Sun-Mercury is sextile the Moon in Pisces; on the other side, Mercury-Sun is trine retrograde Jupiter in Virgo. (The lunar South and North nodes in Pisces and Virgo, respectively, are also in the alignment.)

Under normal conditions, this trine and sextile offer inner harmony between mind and emotions, and clear perception, judgment and communication. With the lunar nodes present, add in awareness of past emotional habits, and recognition of the current patterns that can show the way forward. But to have Mercury and Jupiter both retrograde are not ‘normal’ conditions.

What they are is a reminder to stay focused, to really lean on that idea of practicality, to listen very carefully to lessons from the past and your intuition, and that simply feeling good is only step one; you have to do something with that good feeling to make the most of this astrology.

That might sound counterintuitive if you’ve gotten caught up in ‘Mercury retrograde paralysis,’ whereby you’re too afraid of things going wrong to do much of anything. But consider my friend walking up that snowy, slushy street. She didn’t worry that helping out would make her late for work, or that she’d get covered in slush, or that she might get yelled at for borrowing the YMCA salt.

Instead, she took her sense of altruism, her compassion, her awareness of need and took initiative to turn it into service — some spontaneous, in-the-moment citizenship. And then, well…she ‘expressed herself’ and released some emotion. How will that look for you?

6 thoughts on “Push and Express

  1. Fe BongolanFe Bongolan

    Feeling quite blue with the famous artistic deaths this January. But we slog on. Putting my focus on really working on the body (Chiron in Pisces) and getting it back in good shape. Mammogram tomorrow. Meeting with a trainer for nutrition recommendations at the gym. Did I mention my ASC is 1 degree Pisces?

    Social front (Venus in Sag – 10th House) is another matter. My poor earth and water sign pals are trying to plan my birthday celebration, but cannot seem to zero in on the right day, based on my rehearsal and class schedule. And when we do, one of them remembers they have another engagement on the proposed day. So in one restaurant reservation goes, and out the next hour. Of course this is all done by text messaging, so the communication can get ignored, especially when you’re responding to the text right on your screen versus the whole conversation that has scrolled up by a few linear inches.

    Modern life in retrograde.

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter Post author

      Indeed, Fe.
      And I know body lasts forever, but dammit, 69 is just too young. As the Guardian quoted Rickman:

      “Actors are agents of change,” he said. “A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”

      You’re busy being an agent of change — which makes planning a birthday bash tough, but really is pretty important work. :) Maybe you can have a series of rolling celebrations with a varying cast of characters, rather than aiming for one big one?

  2. DivaCarla Sanders

    I need to come back and read this again for details, but I can’t resist jumping in on the YMCA story: I thought you were going to say she grabbed their yoga mats to put under the tires. I always keep rubber mats in the boot of the car this time of year. Got me out of many slick messes. Next, time, grab yoga mats! Great story.

  3. Glen Young

    I first heard the term `emotional release’ from the TV show Criminal Minds. Mandy Patinkin was the actor/agents of change who was task with the expression of this most intimate and sexual of feelings. I experience this emotional release (orgasmic like feeling) once, in my late fifties. The Scorpion Sun, lady, who trigger it also has Venus conjunct the Sun. Venus in Scorpio is in mutual reception to her Pluto in Libra which is conjunct her Moon in Libra. There’s a dark side to this story.

    The emotional frustrations of your friend, as well as the guy at `Y’ are without a doubt completely understandable on both their parts. We so much need each other.

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