Mercury’s Turn Around – Or, Is It The Same Old Run Around?

Retired Sea CaptainMercury is, thankfully, turning direct after spending the last three weeks retrograde in Libra. During that time, Mercury has traversed over some of the most difficult Libran Sabian Symbols – bringing up issues to do with relating and relationships – and many may have found it rather difficult to maintain a sense of equilibrium in amongst it all.

Mercury is turning direct on Libra 17: A RETIRED SEA CAPTAIN WATCHES SHIPS ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HARBOR

Although you may have lots to do, especially as things may have been piling up lately, it is still necessary that you take some time out to contemplate, to think, to look back, perhaps, on the stormy times you’ve been through and the calm times that may have you feeling like you’re going nowhere (or to an unknown destination, perhaps).

This Symbol speaks of the necessity in life of finding time for quiet recollection. You may feel that the stormy, unpredictable emotional life is something you can, or need to, leave behind – to opt out. But like the sea captain, there will always be the frustration in the desire to return and get back in amongst life. An objective and calm understanding of life’s experiences is available to you, but know when to rest and when to be active and to work as merely looking out at the world from a confined perspective and feeling like you have no choice but to sit and watch is unlikely to bring the world to you.

Memories and peaceful contemplation. Writing memoirs. Being a spectator rather than a participant. Disconnection from the past. Nostalgia. Safe ports or harbors. Retiring.

The Caution: Copping-out, escaping from reality. Relying on past experiences. Refusing to join in. Staring at lost opportunities and times gone by. Frustration. Boredom.

It’s important to remember to find your center… especially as is passing three times over Libra 18 and Libra 19 – two of the toughest degrees of the 360.

Libra 18 is TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR THEIR ACTS BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF SOCIETY

This Symbol implies the periodic need for people to step up to the line and explain Two Men Placed Under Arrest 2themselves, or to justify some actions or ways of being, particularly in relationships. Sometimes our ideas or actions are under criticism, to the point of feeling that someone has offended social acceptability. Be thoughtful about situations, because problems you face in your life may only exist in your own mind, stopping you from having fruitful relationships because of a lack of trust or because of a failed relationship in your past. You may need to feel forgiven or you may need to forgive someone else. Relationships can be held in abeyance until all the facts come to light. Things resolve themselves as time goes by.

Unacceptable principles. People kept apart because of circumstances. Relationships feel like jail sentences. Staying too long. The law. Karma to be worked out. Judge and juries.

The Caution: Refusing to conform to society. Sabotaging relationship values. Feeling stuck, unable to move. Telling tales. Handcuffs and manacles. Severe judgments.

and then, Wednesday or Thursday of this week, Mercury transits Libra 19: A GANG OF ROBBERS IN HIDING

This Symbol implies that, at times in your life, you may feel that you have been wronged or something has been taken from you. Often, there is no real way of finding who or what is the cause. It often happens that the feelings of loss or being taken advantage of are mostly in your own mind, making it difficult for you to trust or even to know how to trust. Make sure that there is no undermining of faith by indulging in suspicions that are ungrounded in reality. You could spend time searching for perpetrators, but a better solution is to get on with your life. However, do take precautions so you’re not easily taken advantage of. Things will most probably come to light when they are meant to.

Mental attitudes that sabotage, restrict or control. Counseling others to help them improve their lives. Alert to intrusion but not paranoid. The need for light. Spying. Ambushes.

Not_This_Shit_AgainThe Caution: Unfair advantage at someone else’s expense. Finding it hard to trust anything. Difficult hidden energies that erupt into consciousness. Unbalanced mental states.

So, what does all this mean? It is indicating the need to examine relationships and to see where you might be holding yourself (or others perhaps) back, where you might feel that you are handcuffed to a situation or a person (or handcuffed alone, handcuffed to yourself – in a manner of speaking)… and, it also shows that this period is excellent for getting rid of those emotions, memories, thoughts and attitudes that hold us back from true relating.

For many, this period may signal a time of forgiving and forgetting. For others, it may mean facing up to the fact that someone has not (and probably will not) live up to your expectations. Getting to the root of issues is part of the healing now. Is it time to remove the ‘handcuffs’ so you can feel freer and more able to live the life that you want to live, rather than the one proscribed for you by the outside world?

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Gough Whitlam’s Chart And Sabian Symbol Report

Gough Whitlam lithograf from Josef Lebovic GalleryWe lost a big man in Australian politics today – Gough Whitlam – and it feels like the end of an era – well, it does signal the end of an era. He was a person of vision, was a great speaker who could move people with his messages. He changed so many things that benefitted the Australian people, becoming a champion for the underprivileged. His marriage to his life-long wife Margaret was legendary, just like the man. They were known for being such a pair – it seems that they were born for each other.

Born on July 11 1916 in Kew, Victoria, the Sabian Symbol for his Sun is Cancer 19: A Priest Performing A Marriage Ceremony – totally apt for Gough Whitlam. The Symbols for his nodes are spot on. His north node is Capricorn 30: A Secret Meeting Of Men Responsible For World Affairs and his south node Cancer 30: A Daughter Of The American Revolution…

It is often said that Whitlam was dismissed as Prime Minister by the machinations of the US administration. All very interesting stuff. If you would like to check out his chart, you can do so here – scroll down for the Sabian Symbol report and click on the names of the planets as you scroll down. Click here… 

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The Upcoming Solar Eclipse: Tourists On A Sight Seeing Bus – Scorpio 1

Tourists On A Sight Seeing BusThe solar eclipse this week is a very very interesting one and one that will no doubt bring up some serious issues that need to be addressed.. it’s a fascinating chart… the Sabian Symbol for the solar eclipse is Scorpio 1: Tourists On A Sight Seeing Bus… you may feel like the first photo or the second photo, or both (or none!)… ha… it’s an eclipse, anything is possible (except the likelihood of you, or your loved ones, being beheaded or getting Ebola…. sheesh!)

Make sure you sign up to receive my newsletter in your email if you haven’t already… the link to sign up is to the right of this blog post… here’s the link to my blog on this solar eclipse… 

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The Sun And Mercury On The Third Wing On A Butterfly Degree: Libra 24

Butterfly framedThe Sun and Mercury are conjunct (together on the same degree) on Libra 24: A THIRD WING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF A BUTTERFLY

Keeping things in perspective can be interesting with this degree – we may find ourselves feeling a bit lopsided, disjointed or all over the place. And, with Mercury retrograding over this degree, we may feel like we’ve been in this territory before. How to regain balance and perspective?

This Symbol can show imbalances of many kinds, be they physical, mental, spiritual or emotional. Understanding and accepting fragility and differences in our self and others can give greater empathy for those who have difficulty operating efficiently in the world. When the transformation into full potential occurs, it is a wonderful thing, however, you may feel that you are unnaturally developed or somehow lopsided in the emotive, intuitive realms. Instinct may swamp logic or logic may take from your instinct or intuition. Physically, you could find that one side of your body works more efficiently or smoothly than the other. It helps to try to regain balance and equilibrium in your life. More can be achieved by finding that still space in the middle.

Creative overbalance. Oddities. Beautiful imperfections. One side being more perfect than the other. Being light and flippant. Savants. Bodily impairments and handicaps.

The Caution: Unrealistic reliance on being different. Obsession with strange things. Flapping around and not getting anywhere. Restlessness, nervousness. Lopsidedness.

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Jupiter On The Houseboat Party: Leo 19

Jupiter is on Leo 19: A HOUSEBOAT PARTY CROWDED WITH REVELERS; THE WATER REFLECTS ITS LIGHTS

THouseboat partyhis Symbol shows the ability, or the necessity, of being flexible, movable and prepared to celebrate with friends in a carefree atmosphere. Although still in a situation of definite structure and form, things may need to be taken from the more mundane, normal routine and given over to fun and unusual possibilities. This pictures lightening up, relaxing and spending time with like-minded and pleasure seeking people. However, if you find you have nowhere to anchor, no boat landing to land on, you could find yourself rather unmoored and unsettled and continually on the move looking for fun that may be somewhat unfulfilling in the end.

Emotive social pleasure. Leisure times. Fun and free-floating. Cleopatra style parties. Claustrophobia. Delicate social balances. Moving around. Adventurous spirits.

The Caution: Trapping people or feeling trapped. Self indulgence. Not knowing ‘where’ the party is. Not being moored in reality. Being ‘cast adrift’. Not being able to get off.

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Mercury on Libra 27: An Airplane Sails High In The Bright Clear Sky

Mercury is (retrograde) on the degree that Mars was on for the two Malaysian airplanes going missing… perhaps we’ll hear more about that over the next day or so. 

Libra 27: AN AIRPLANE SAILS, HIGH IN THE BRIGHT CLEAR SKY

AirplaneThis Symbol shows the ability to transcend strife and to rise above issues. You can feel above situations and are being carried away and beyond the mundane towards something completely new. You can sail above issues and avoid more everyday, down-to-earth problems. Having a calm, objective and somewhat detached way of observing life reveals a lot to you. Don’t, however, get so far above things that you feel removed entirely from what’s really going on in reality. This won’t help when you need to employ practical solutions or have a need to really deal with life and its ramifications.

Transcending difficulties. Optimism that knows no bounds. Having a bird’s eye view. Airplanes, birds, flight. Roller-coaster rides. The need for navigation. Objectivity.

The Caution: Difficulty seeing the details of what’s going on. Escape from reality. Running out of fuel. Egoism. Playing with gravity. Disconnection from the real world.

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Venus Is On The Two People Under Arrest Degree: Libra 18

Venus is on Libra 18: TWO MEN, PLACED UNDER ARREST, HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR THEIR ACTS BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF SOCIETY

Two Men Placed Under Arrest 2The Sun has recently been over this degree and the Moon’s north node will pass over it in the coming weeks. For many, we are being asked where we are holding ourselves up, where we are holding ourselves in abeyance to some larger, perhaps not really self-satisfying ideals.

Perhaps it’s time to speak up about those things you don’t agree with, even if you’ve done it before, this time it may be more freeing than has previously been possible.

This Symbol implies the periodic need for people to step up to the line and explain themselves, or to justify some actions or ways of being, particularly in relationships. Sometimes our ideas or actions are under criticism, to the point of feeling that someone has offended social acceptability. Be thoughtful about situations, because problems you face in your life may only exist in your own mind, stopping you from having fruitful relationships because of a lack of trust or because of a failed relationship in your past. You may need to feel forgiven or you may need to forgive someone else. Relationships can be held in abeyance until all the facts come to light. Things resolve themselves as time goes by.

Unacceptable principles. People kept apart because of circumstances. Relationships feel like jail sentences. Staying too long. The law. Karma to be worked out. Judge and juries.

The Caution: Refusing to conform to society. Sabotaging relationship values. Feeling stuck, unable to move. Telling tales. Handcuffs and manacles. Severe judgments.

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The Sun On Libra 21: The Crowd Upon A Beach Degree

The Sun is on Libra 21: A Crowd Upon /a Beach. This speaks of getting along with others, enjoying the outdoors. Not judging others, but adopting a live and let live attitude - 

Libra 21: Crowd Upon A BeachA CROWD UPON A BEACH

This Symbol implies getting along with people with a live-and-let-live approach to life. People enjoy the outdoors and each other as they leave behind the stresses and strains of modern life in order to get more in touch with their bodies and their environment whilst having fun and relaxing. At times you may feel the need to get out into the open air or spend time with others or get in touch with your emotions. Joining with people of like mind in a natural setting, in a free and easy way, you can feel the release that can come from reminding yourself of the wonders of nature. Any feelings of what needs to be done should be put aside as you enjoy, relax and play.

Simple gatherings. Sharing in natural values. People loosening up and revealing their bodies. Relaxing social constraints. Sun tanning and swimming. Informal gatherings.

The Caution: Avoiding close interaction with others. Sunburn. Sunstroke. Feeling like just one of the many. Dehydration. Loneliness. Difficulty finding room to yourself.

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The Moon’s North Node And The Sun On The Jewish Rabbi Degree – Libra 20

Over the last 24 or so hours, the Sun and the Moon’s north node (said by many to be a ‘karmic point) were on the same degree – Libra 20: A Jewish Rabbi In A Tiny Room Full Of Manuscripts And Books, Performing His Duty. 

And, with that, British MP’s have voted to recognise Palestine as a state. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-29596822Jewish Rabbi

The Moon’s north node is still on that degree… The Jewish Rabbi – what is it that you feel you could be or should be doing? Perhaps this Symbol is saying that it is a good idea to stick to your spiritual path, continue learning and catering to the spiritual needs of your community

A JEWISH RABBI IN A TINY ROOM FULL OF MANUSCRIPTS AND BOOKS, PERFORMING HIS DUTY

This Symbol implies a person having the role of administering the spiritual and ethical laws and rituals and rules for living for their society. No matter how large or small the role is, this Symbol implies being in touch with one’s roots and studying and learning how to translate the lessons and the benefits for others. There is age old wisdom and established tradition which has survived to this day and you may need to access this knowledge though instruction or an inner search in order to deal with situations. There are “Duties” and ceremonies that need to be performed, either for your self of your community. Do what’s needed with faith and reverence.

Ancient sources of truth and understanding. Faith in abiding laws. Inherited wisdom. Books, manuscripts and written laws. Ceremonies marking life’s journey. Initiations.

The Caution: Religious dogmatism. Too strictly following the rules”. Over-inflated sense of self. Distrust of people from different religions, backgrounds or ethnic origins.

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The Sun On Libra 19: Robbers In Hiding Brought To The Light

Gang Of RobbersThe Sabian Symbol for the Sun is a rather challenging and yet interesting one. Many things can come to light with this Symbol.

The Sun is on Libra 19: A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding.

The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief. William Shakespeare

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it. George Bernard Shaw

A ‘Gang of Robbers in Hiding’ is an image of people, possibly hidden in the shadows, waiting to take advantage of someone or something. The ‘Robbers’ are watching and waiting for the appropriate time to come out into the light of day, or it just might feel as though they are.

This Symbol can bring up issues where you may feel that you have been wronged or something has been taken from you. It my be useful to check if you are exposing yourself to being taken advantage of or attacked in some way. Be careful not to get confused between reality and paranoia. You could spend your time searching for the real perpetrators, however a better solution may be to get on with your life, whilst being mindful that something could go awry. Perhaps an “authority” of some kind needs to come into play, to sort things through, to ensure future safety and get life back on track. This authority can be an external party who’s in charge and powerful in some way, or it can be your own sense of authority that needs to sort out the facts of what’s really going on.

Whatever happens, things will most probably come to light, either now or at a later time. This Symbol can point to delusions of someone’s thought processes. Make sure that there is no undermining of faith in others by indulging in suspicions that are ungrounded in reality. Locking out life can lead to feelings of being a prisoner or alienation from others. Sometimes one has to “break a window” to allow the light to get in. The solution may lie in taking control of your emotional, mental and physical realities. If you merely react in a vulnerable and defenseless way, what is there to deter the ‘Robbers’ from taking advantage of you?

Keywords: Gaining unfair advantage. Robbers and thieves. Spying. The cold war. Big business ripping off the “little guy”. People appearing to be something that they are not. Con-men mentality. Holding up proceedings. Mental attitudes that sabotage, restrict or control. The need for light. Voyeurism. Gangs.

The Caution: Gaining unfair advantage at someone else’s expense. Finding it hard to trust anything. Difficult hidden energy that may erupt into consciousness. Feeling that someone is going to “get” you. Hiding in the shadows. Locks and shutters that prevent true
relationship.

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