Mercury is retrograde on Aquarius 14: A TRAIN ENTERING A TUNNEL
What is it that you feel you need to head towards? Are you sensing the need to get ‘real’ about situations that you may have been a bit all over the place with? What can you do to streamline things? Is it time to focus on something you’ve been avoiding? Realising that Mercury is retrograde can help with the fact that you may make some changes along the way – that you might even make some reversals, but Mercury’s message seems to be about getting and keeping that focus. Perhaps, with the retrograde, it’s not so much about focusing on the ‘light at the end of that tunnel’, but more on the journey with it’s complications and details to be attended to. Where are you heading? Are you all over the place or into taking shortcuts? Only you will know what is, or what will, work for you.
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, of being able to go straight ahead, towards your objectives without being distracted or lead off your path. The “Train Enters a Tunnel”, it is on one track that leads in a certain direction and it doesn’t deviate or stop to assess where it’s going; it simply keeps going straight ahead. You may need to cut through the obstacles in your life and go straight ahead, regardless of the unseen hazards you may encounter along the way. You have a great deal of drive and many others are likely to be with you, so plough on. Push through with what you need to do, making sure that you pay attention to other’s needs along the way.
Deep penetration. Cutting through detail. Persistence. Shortcuts to a desired end. Going for the objective. Near death experiences. Heart bypasses, physical, emotional, spiritual.
The Caution: Being overcautious. Taking the long way around. Tunnel vision. Cutting people off. Having a one-track mind that doesn’t allow for detours or deviations. Cold.
Mercury is retrograde on Aquarius 15: TWO LOVEBIRDS SITTING ON A FENCE AND SINGING HAPPILY
Just as I posted this right this minute, the kookaburras started going off…. I love their laughter. What’s so funny about this one, eh? Well, we can sit on the freaking fence for a long time, especially with Mercury retrograde here… we are perhaps working something out. What are our boundaries? Who is on the ‘fence’ with us? Are we sitting on opposite sides of the fence? Do we have dividing lines between us? Are we trying to get a grip on what a relationship/friendship/situation is all about? Is it causing us to pause in order to gather new information or material? Will this work for us? Have we already been doing this for too long? Does the ‘other’ in the situation feel the same way, or are they diametrically opposed? Is this a dead horse that’s being flogged?
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, for being able to enjoy relationships, to share in the joy and camaraderie that can come from being part of a couple, or from enjoying your friends and their relationships. “Singing” and making statements about love can bring happiness to those nearby and lift the spirits of all involved. There may be a feeling of contentment, pleasure, commitment and enjoyment of your partnership. However, is this really based on taking an uninvolved or non-committed position – “Sitting on a Fence”? Perhaps you find it difficult to actually commit one way or the other. To choose invites risks of separation, but conviction eventually needs to be chosen or rejected.
Faith in love or waiting for signs to commit. Friendship and companionship. Fences, borders and barriers. Showing love. Mating for life. Honest communications.
The Caution: Failing to ever commit. Sitting on the fence. Waiting to see what the other will do. Being stuck when one would rather fly off and be free. Neighborhood disputes.
Mars is on Pisces 12: AN EXAMINATION OF INITIATES IN THE SANCTUARY OF AN OCCULT BROTHERHOOD
This is an interesting Symbol and one that can bring up all kinds of reactions and responses and realisations. And, with Mercury retrograde at the moment, these days are perfect for all those ‘re…’ words. Mars here can have us railing against others, feeling we are being ‘let down’ in some way, that standards are not being lived up to. This is obvious on the political level and it’s apt for every single day, it seems. But here there can be more of a tendency, or the impulse, to judge ourselves, to judge others or to want to take a close look at what’s really going on. Michael Jackson has this degree as the Quest Symbol of his ascendant and his Moon is right nearby, as well. So many judged him, as often happens when people are in the public eye.
The trick with Mars here can be realising the need to let go of judging others and judging ourselves. We don’t have to ‘prove’ anything to enter into the ‘Sanctuary’, we just have to want to be there. We don’t have to answer to others who bully and threaten and perhaps kidnap us. The trick is to find equilibrium, and, if you can, to take some time out to figure out where you are in this particular time of ‘Examination’.
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to pass the tests that life, other people, spirituality or karma throws at you. You are likely to find at times in your life that you are being judged by those above you. It is difficult to see what their qualifications to judge you are, but this is often the nature of progression through the ranks. People being critical of one another can lead to better behavior, better performances or the like, or it can lead to feeling judged, violated and intruded upon. It can seem as though our lives are like lessons; we are periodically “Examined” to see how we are doing on our course. Be careful not to shut yourself away to avoid being seen or having to endure criticism.
The ordeal that comes with higher realms of being. Tests and trials. The Inquisition. Examinations. Cross-examinations. Proving courage and purity. Being a candidate.
The Caution: Refusing advice. Arrogance. People saying ‘I told you so’. Invading other’s space. People assuming they know the truth about someone. Failing. Scandals. Stories.
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Mercury, which is retrograde, is on Aquarius 16: A BIG-BUSINESSMAN AT HIS DESK
How’s your business life going? Have you got your bookwork up to date? What about your taxes (don’t mention the war! ). How are you plans for the future going? What can you put in place to make your business more effective? More rewarding? More effective?
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to organize things, run a business, attend to paperwork or generally be very much in charge. A “Big-Businessman” is someone who isn’t afraid to make decisions, take some calculated risks, or be prepared to work often and long for the rewards it brings. It is a fairly big job to organize a business or group and keeping tabs on all that’s going on can be quite a task. Being professional and organized brings rewards. However, it can mean putting limits on your personal life. This can result in alienation – particularly if you have to stay behind or say no to pleasurable outings. Are you living the way that is best for your future, your relationships and physical well being?
Decision making. Management. Being in charge and in control. Calling the shots. Being responsible. Delegating. Economic rationalism. Sorting paperwork. Desks, computers.
The Caution: Taking advantage of being in charge. Bossing others. Always being “on the job”. Exploitation for personal gain. No exercise. Greediness. Penny pinching. No off switch.
Saturn has just moved onto Sagittarius 4: A LITTLE CHILD LEARNING TO WALK WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF PARENTS
This Symbol can show how we can ‘encourage’ or support others, and, it can also show how we can do with it sometimes ourselves. To be recognized and acknowledged is a part of this. With Saturn here, it might feel like there’s some ‘hard lessons’ to be learned, or, it could feel like we’ve not had the support of parents or that the support we did receive didn’t reflect who we truly are as individuals. Still, I think that Saturn here now is saying that we might be starting a new round of ‘lessons’ about how to be in life… life is such an interesting journey and it is a good thing to have mentors, guides or those who are there in case we fall, and, of course, we do that for others. With Saturn here now, we might feel a distinct urge to get in touch with our ‘inner child’.
This Symbol implies the necessity of those older to be teachers, exemplars or guides to the younger or less experienced. The “Child” needs the “Encouragement” of “Parents” in order to feel supported or guided. At times in your life, you are likely to fulfill the roles of child or parent to others. As you learn and grow, you may move into new phases of learning that, despite all your previous experience, are surprisingly difficult. Patience and step-by-step progress is needed, as is a guiding hand and a kind word or two. There may be those around you that don’t take your difficulties or responsibility seriously, but your struggles will pay off, particularly if you care and share.
Genuine progress. Instinctive determination. Feeling mother earth under your feet. Taking delight in the smallest progress. Teachers, parents, children. Driving schools.
The Caution: Relying on skills that are not mastered. Not taking the initiative. Preferring being at risk rather than accepting help. Being left alone. Tripping others up.
The Moon’s north node is on Libra 13: CHILDREN BLOWING SOAP BUBBLES
This is a fabulous degree and one of play and enjoying one’s creative abilities. Sometimes with this degree, we make art just for the sake of doing it. Art can mean many things – I have this as the Quest Degree of my Mars…. in part, I see this as my ability to see meaning in ‘captions’ (the Sabian Symbols). Captions are rather like soap bubbles… we release them and they go where they will.
The trick with this Symbol is that sometimes our words or thoughts are just prattle – it’s an interesting degree for sure.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of this degree is Libra 12: Coal Miners Emerging From A Coal Mine… we come out of the ‘mine’, out of the underworld, out of the depths, out of a hard period of work (whatever that ‘work’ might be) and we emerge again into the light. We need to remember to play after all that subterranean voyaging – and we need a shower (soap bubbles). (A good, tall glass of icy cold beer comes to mind – and I’m not a beer drinker )
The pic of Robin Williams below is so these degrees – the Soap Bubbles and the Coal Miners – spot on in its symbolism!
This Symbol, Children Blowing Soap Bubbles, shows issues to do with play, make believe, and fantasy. It is through simplicity and imagination that “Children” come together and enjoy play that is sometimes meaningless and yet very important to development. There is often a sense of being on the surface, not delving very deeply into life, however, there needs to be a lighthearted attitude and not to always be into the deep and meaningful, for it will be in fleeting moments of pleasurable wonder that you will find pleasure, joy and companionship. There can be a feeling, however, of a lack of depth in relating – like things that are said are like cartoon captions with little substance behind them.
Spending time being creative with children. Drama. Pollyanna attitudes. Toys and playing. Acting. Cartoons. Escapist attitudes. Fun for the sake of fun. Simple joys.
The Caution: Never growing up – Peter Pan attitudes. Frivolity. Daydreaming. Making light of the more serious. Not meaning what’s said. Impractical behavior. Gullibility.
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun is Aquarius 4: A HINDU HEALER GLOWS WITH A MYSTIC HEALING POWER
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to both give and receive “Healing”, to tune into a sense of radiant health and show the path for others to follow in life. The “Hindu Healer” has a “Mystic Healing Power”; they are often someone who practices alternative forms of healing, although a medical doctor can also have this healing ability. Often, you’ll find that solving problems logically and rationally doesn’t work as well as employing more creative or spiritual solutions. The message is often to look to your spiritual center for healing power. This requires focus, practice and determination. Using the traditional spiritual methods of healing can lead to profound results.
Divine healing potency. Natural methods. Finding one’s spiritual center. Auras. Time alone. Glowing health. Radiating love, faith and hope. Yoga. Yogis. Reiki. Pranic energy.
The Caution: False claims of powers. Charlatans. Manipulation. Tricks with smoke and mirrors. Failure of orthodox healing. Neglect of body, health or relationships. Neglect.
The Sun is on Aquarius 3: A DESERTER FROM THE NAVY STANDS SUDDENLY AWARE OF A DAWNING TRUTH: FREEDOM IS NEVER THE RESULT OF COMPROMISE
What realisations are you having? Are you finding yourself in situations that don’t reflect who you truly are? Have you made a ‘commitment’ in some way that you now want out of? Are you listening to that inner voice that may be saying “hell no, we won’t (or I won’t) go”… ? Where and how do you compromise your values?
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to listen to one’s conscience, to know when to do one’s duty, step up to the mark, or, when it’s time to leave, say enough is enough and ‘I’m not doing this anymore.’ You are likely to find that rigorous restraints and rules are no longer bearable. A decision to opt out may be a moral one or to maintain a free spirit. One shouldn’t have to “Compromise” themselves in order to be safe, secure, employed, or have a purpose in life. However, there are consequences for “Deserting” – not playing the game. Are you prepared for them? It can also show being taken away from home and family for reasons not of one’s choosing.
Rebellion. Leaving although allegiance was pledged. Jumping ship. Wrestling with one’s conscience. Going AWOL. Packing up and leaving. Sudden realizations. Opting out.
The Caution: Not being prepared to play by the rules. Withdrawing when one should be involved in a physical, mental or emotional way. Refusal. Rats deserting the sinking ship.
Venus is on Aquarius 22: A RUG PLACED ON A FLOOR FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY ON
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to rest in the knowledge that you are supported, have a place to live, grow, thrive, play and to be safe. The “Rug” may be a small area that you’re assigned in life for your activities, or it may be a very large patch of area. Whatever it is, you will not want to have the ‘rug pulled from under your feet’; you’ll want to be assured that you have a home and security. At times, you may feel that you, or someone else, are struggling as you seek to grow and develop. Even if you are not aware of it, there are cushions, safeguards and protection all around you. There is a need for somewhere safe to live and prosper. Perhaps you need to provide this for others or have others provide it for you?
Comfort and care provided. Longing for children. Caring for young energies. Cribs and cots. Defining areas of possible activity. Adoption. Sleeping on the floor or the sofa.
The Caution: Too much insulation from reality. Self-indulgence. Being confined. Limits to activity. Having the rug pulled. Not feeling safe or supported. Longing for a home.