fIRST Mercury Retrograde 2021 Arrives

January 30, 2021 at 8:12 am | Posted in Astrology | 5 Comments
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The first Mercury Retrograde of 2021 is here.  We will expand this post a bit in the next few days, but we want to put up a few charts first (on the outside chance you know how to read them or are trying to learn that skill).

A few key points:

  • Mercury Retrograde begins with the Retrograde Station today (January 30th of 2021) 
  • Mercury Retrograde ends with the Direct Station (February 20th of 2021)
  • The Shadow Period prior to the retrograde started January 15th
  • The Shadow Period after the direct station ends March 14th
  • Most of the chaos is associated with the stations and aspects in the shadow period
  • Mercury Retrograde can always be useful; use it to complete “unfinished business” and overlooked maintenance.  Cars break down, but often we have the flat tire because the time for new tires had arrived (and we ignored the warning signs).  Opportunities abound during this time IF you know how to recognize them.

This Mercury Retrograde has all of the patterns discussed in “What the Hell Are You Pissed Off About Now?”  We will cover those patterns again in brief.  

A single pattern unique to the station stands out: a Saturn-Chiron Yod with the Moon at the apex:

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 Chiron-Saturn Yod with Moon at Apex

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This pattern tells us that, both collectively and individually, we face a decision : stick with “doing things the way we always have” (also called “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”) as compared to following a path of healing and education that may involve a painful look at ourselves.  Moon at the apex in Virgo tells us that healing is probably the better choice here though the universe will provide both advantages and disadvantages on each path at the fork in the road that we face.  No matter which path you pick, the path not chosen will always leave you wondering “what if I had chosen that way?”

The key, here, is the Moon at the apex of the yod.  This shows up in a Solar Map of the United States at this time with a Moon Descendant line passing through the western part of the United States that passes about halfway between Phoenix and Albuquerque.  (Those two, and that region, are likely to be “activated” somehow.)

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 USA Solar Map Moon Line

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New York, New Jersey, and Eastern PA, along with Boston, are also activated by Mars and Uranus lines.  “Something” (or someone) could go “boom” in these regions.

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 USA Solar Map NJ-NY-PA

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Notice that Scranton, Allentown, and Philadelphia are all “direct hits” with these lines (Uranus), as is New York City (Mars).  Pluto at MC (Midheaven, top of the sky) crosses the bay at Boston MA.  Expect “interesting” events in these regions from now through (at least) March 15th.  The days near Saturn Square Uranus (February 17th) will be especially sensitive for these regions.

Fifth harmonic (5th harmonic) activity is elevated in this period, signifying that creatives (poets, musicians, photographers, videographers, other visual artists and sometimes “inventors”) will benefit in this period (IF they go back and look at old ideas with “new eyes”).

Mercury Retrograde Station 2021-01-30 5th Harmonic

Mercury (Retrograde Station!) forms quintiles with Mars and Juno.  Issues involving women (and especially anyone who trusted and was then betrayed) will combine with Mars (war, warfare, violence) and Mercury (Standing Still!) is at the apex.  The time is at hand for certain people to right old wrongs, to obtain justice.

Other pages discussing Mercury Retrogrades in 2021:

First Mercury Retrograde begins

January 30, 2021 at 7:59 am | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on First Mercury Retrograde begins

What the Hell Are You Pissed Off About Now?

January 30, 2021 at 6:01 am | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on What the Hell Are You Pissed Off About Now?
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That is the mood of the moment, right?

(Maybe you are looking for the title page that USED to be here?  If so -> click here <- )

Considering the combination of a T-Square (common, and breeds anger), a Grand Cross (RARE, and the amplified entity that a T-Square is TRYING to be), and a Thor’s Hammer (what is that?  This portrait of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook School shooter, explores the Thor’s Hammer (ANGER!) in his birth chart.)

“We” (collectively) are being hammered by a series of variations on what is described in the previous paragraph.  The patterns have been in play for months, are in play now, and will continue to be in play.  And, if you think electing Biden will solve the problem, then you are deluded.  Nada will improve over Trump, and it might all worsen.

Does that piss you off?  Good.  Maybe you can break through your denial.

Here is the horary version of the general chart:

2021-01-25 8th Harmonic Filter (Octiles) with Grand Cross and Thors Hammer (Horary Page)

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And here is the “beginner” version:

2021-01-25 8th Harmonic Filter (Octiles) with Grand Cross and Thors Hammer

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Both of those charts are filtered for 8th harmonic aspects, the ones that range from minor irritations to deadly explosions.  All of it is active now!

Just knowing this will help SOME of you.  Not everyone will get it, but chances are good, if you are reading this, that you are the kind of person who is willing to learn the lesson given to you.  You look for wisdom in places others refuse to go, and you can dig out a little self-control over all that anger and rage.

Said differently, you can channel it.  And I do not mean channeling it like Adam Lanza did into being a school shooter or the people did who broke into the capitol building.  Myself, I used some of my irritation to clean out the garage.  And, as I found problems and various situations in the process, I became EVEN MORE ANGRY.

That could have broken me, but it didn’t.  The garage is still a mess, but it is much better than it was when I started.

You can do the same thing.

To make the Thor’s Hammer clearer, here is a chart filtered specifically for that:

2021-01-25 Thors Hammer (Focused on Neptune, Neptune-Vesta Axis)

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Vesta (traditions, especially military and police but ANY traditions) appears to be at the focus of the Thor’s Hammer.  Sesquiquadrate to Vesta (one leg) is Saturn (structures, especially existing social structures, but also bones (your skeleton!), the structures of buildings (especially the beams that carry the weight), and any other kind of structure).  The Sun is currently close enough to be included in an additional sesquiquadrate.  Some people would  argue that nearby Pluto should be included.

Frankly, I can see that (Pluto being included here), but I am trying to “keep things tight” here since a common criticism of astrology is that it predicts anything and everything from anything and everything.  So, I am using tighter orbs.  But, again, Pluto could be considered part of the mix, and the “Pluto Return” for the 1776 birth chart of the United States has begun, probably peaking about 2024.

The other leg has Uranus sesquiquadrate to Vesta.  Uranus is in Taurus, and that is NOT a good place for it.  Uranus (at home in Aquarius) is about change and, similar to Jupiter / Sagittarius, HATES to be restricted.  Taurus is best symbolized by granite.  Taurus is the ULTIMATE sign of “not changing.”

I have a dog born with Uranus in Taurus, and he is an interesting character.  Frequently angry and temperamental, he is adorable and loving when he sleeps near me at night.  He is a study in contrasts, and (to me) he is emblematic of Uranus in Taurus, unpredictable at times and prone to explosions yet endearing at other times.

Uranus is bad by itself, considered a “malefic” because of the disruptions it brings.  (Some of these “disruptions,” however, are necessary breakthroughs.)  Having Uranus in Taurus on one leg of a Thor’s Hammer, with Saturn in Aquarius (the home of Uranus!) on the other leg (and, therefore, squaring Uranus) is a NIGHTMARE.

Although Vesta will eventually move (and so will the other two, but S-L-O-W-L-Y), we have been dealing with this for some time.  The good news is, wait, with this THERE IS NO F-ing GOOD NEWS.  This is bad, just bad.

Your only hope is to, somehow, channel all that rage into something productive and helpful. 

Otherwise, you’ll regret it!  (Even worse, someone like me will be saying “I told you so.”)

Anything else?  Quite a bit, but  let’s look at the oppositions in play.  Only a conjunction is a more “fundamental” aspect in astrology than the opposition.  A full moon is an opposition of “the lights,” the Sun (the “Greater Light”) and the Moon (the “Lesser Light”).

Here, we examine the oppositions of the moment:

2021-01-25 Second Harmonic (Oppositions) that form Grand Cross + T-Square

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The Nodes always oppose each other (mathematically impossible for them to NOT oppose each other), but the involvement of Juno tells us that some kind of karmic issue is facing wives in particular but also daughters and sisters and females in their roles as family members, particularly wives.  This probably involves issues of trust.

The Nodes are in Gemini / Sagittarius, something we discussed in May of 2020 (last year); we will not dig into that again here.

Hygeia opposes Sun / Saturn, an aspect present in the other charts but not obvious.  This tells us it is part of the mix, and it brings issues of health and healthcare into these patterns of irritation, anger, rage, and sometimes extreme behavior.  We already know this from the issues of the pandemic, but sometimes confirmation is at least “interesting.”

Vesta opposes Neptune.  Again, this opposition is somewhat obscured in the other charts.  This might  be the single most important aspect of all in this chart.  For creatives, breakthroughs are possibly in poetry, photography, and videography, particularly involving traditions and other aspects of Vesta.  (Strangely, Vesta also rules “kinky sex,” so some odd stories involving such might emerge, given that Neptune specializes in unmasking secrets.  Also, the adult video industry may undergo some kind of major shifts or changes at this time.)

Vesta is also conjunct Denebola (refer to first chart).  What does that mean?  “Fixed star Denebola is of the nature of Saturn and Venus (slovenly, very immoral, shameless, revolting, mean, sorrows in love.) It gives swift judgment, despair, regrets, public disgrace, misfortune from the elements of nature, and happiness turned to anger, and makes its natives noble, daring, self-controlled, generous and busy with other people’s affairs.” Source: Astrology King: Fixed Star Denebola.

But, Neptune in this position converts the Thor’s Hammer.  Just as a yod can be converted into a focused yod by a planet opposite the apex, here Neptune does the same thing, effectively creating a “Focused Thor’s Hammer.”  As far as I can tell, no one has named the “Focused Thor’s Hammer” though a fair amount of discussion of the Thor’s Hammer pattern is beginning to circulate, such as this comment at the Aquarian Papers in 2014.

2021-01-25 Thors Hammer ( Neptune-Vesta Axis)

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What does it mean?  My guess is this: a few of us, creatives, will use this to produce brilliant expressions of breakthrough ideas.  And, for the rest of us (maybe all of us), this is an opportunity to reveal (Neptune) our delusions and false thinking (also Neptune) about institutions (Neptune, and especially nursing homes and prisons at this time) and traditions (especially those of police and military).

We can have breakthroughs, but only if we do not let the anger lead us into regretful acts.

One parting question :

What the Hell Are You Pissed Off About Now?

Sometimes, a little humor can be helpful.

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