Mercury is finally starting to get back on track and this phenomenon started on January 25th when it stationed direct at 15 degrees of Capricorn at 4:50 p.m. Many of us have felt that our new year was literally derailed by Mercury Retrograde, which was official from January 5th through January 25th. But as most of you know, I am a firm believer in the “shadow period” of Mercury retrograde, and while Mercury has blessedly stationed direct, it will not be operating at full capacity until February14th, when it is officially out of the shadow in the sign and exact degree of Aquarius that it was when it stationed retrograde. But just think of how wonderful our Valentine’s Day will be!
The energy of a planet is particularly intense when it stations direct or retrograde, so the wisest counsel is to probably wait at least a few days before embarking on any new endeavors. The good news with Mercury stationing direct is that at least it is moving forward and there is light at the end of the tunnel that has mucked up communications and transportation for the month of January. I still wouldn’t recommend purchasing a new car or any electronics until February 14th. If you take a new job during a Mercury retrograde or even during the shadow period, be prepared for that job description to change in ways that may not please you.
I have heard from many people that this has been a particularly grueling Mercury retrograde, so when it stationed direct on January 25th, there was a collective sigh of relief. One minor example of Mercury retrograde’s frustration was that I had a package scheduled for delivery on January 23rd, only to find out that the FedEx driver realized he had delivered it to the wrong address and it was rescheduled for delivery on January 26th, the first full day of Mercury direct. I have also experienced more than my fair share of missed calls, email snafus, delays in the mail and transit woes.
But I was able to share in the collective sigh of relief on January 25th when I started hearing from people whom I had been missing during the retrograde. And miraculously, that included some new clients, which is always welcome.
The tricky part of Mercury stationing direct in Capricorn was that it tended to trigger the energies of the infamous Uranus Pluto squares that officially ended in March 2015. Mercury stationed direct in my 4th house and squared my Libra ascendant. We had not heard about some remodeling work on our bathroom and that got resolved on the 25th. It will probably be scheduled within the next couple of weeks. But anyone who has planets or points in the middle degrees of the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn probably experienced some kind of jolt on January 25th with the Mercury station. The Uranus Pluto squares may be technically over, but they are still in a separating aspect with a two degree orb through March 2016. The period of change and transformation is by no means over, mark my words. If you are really curious about this affects you, consider getting an astrological reading with me.
On January 27th Mercury and Pluto both trined the moon in Virgo, inspiring me to tweet:
“Virgo moon today trines both Mercury & Pluto in Capricorn. It can help ground communications and transformation.”
Mercury will be conjunct Pluto in Capricorn on January 30th and squaring Uranus in Aries on January 31st, further demonstrating proof of the lingering power of the Uranus Pluto squares. Mercury’s hookup with Pluto is bound to be intense but it will deliver some powerful insights into our motivations. And when Mercury squares Uranus on the last day of January, don’t be surprised if some inspired yet unorthodox ideas emerge. While these aspects may feel a bit unsettling, bear in mind that Mars in Scorpio is sextiling both Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn, so we have an ace in the hole in terms of the courage that Mars in Scorpio will deliver to power us forward. And Jupiter in Virgo has been conjunct the north node which is also helping us to ground those dreams into reality. This aspect will continue through the month of February, so work it for all it’s worth.
The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others. In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am channeling that north node and Jupiter in Virgo energy by offering my Reiki services. If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing. It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off. Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.
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