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Mercury Has Entered Its Shadow Zone at 9 Capricorn

Mercury Has Entered Its Shadow Zone at 9 Capricorn

Looking Back in Capricorn to Review and Complete Our Understanding of What 2022 Was About.

Mercury is rapidly slowing, preparing to go retrograde soon! Lots of Capricorn action ahead!

The shadow zone is defined by the span between where a planet goes retrograde, and where it goes direct after the retrograde period. In this case, Mercury goes retrograde at 25 Capricorn on December 29. It will retrograde back to 9 Capricorn, where it goes stationary direct on January 18.

That puts the shadow zone between 25 and 9 Capricorn, and around 1:30 am PST December 12 Mercury will enter 9 Capricorn, the degree where it’ll go SD in mid-January. I’ll be writing quite a few articles about the coming retrograde which will post as it comes closer.

So we now begin an 8 week run of three passes over the span between 9 and 25 Capricorn. We’ll have returns related to old Capricorn people and events which impacted our lives in the past. This will be “a look back” at past work, past duties, past authorship, and past public standing. This one brings memories of prior Capricorn experiences so we can get a different angle of understanding.

Mercury retrograde always gives a new take on whatever it’s transiting, and this period is going to reveal much which will be important from past Jupiter and Saturn transits of Capricorn, especially since 25 Capricorn is the degree of TWO Jupiter/Pluto conjunctions in 2020! When we add the factor that Mercury went SD at 25 Capricorn in February 2022, it sets the stage for a review of the theme of the entire year. We’ll take a new look at the themes of each year from 2019 to the present and beyond in the next Mercury retrograde article coming the week before Christmas.

As Venus and Mercury are dancing close together all month, they continue to bring that fusion of energy to planets and houses where we have Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, and Libra. When Mercury begins to slow down in about a week, Venus will close the gap and they will again conjunct, this time at 25 Capricorn, bringing yet another layer of importance to that degree! All of these Jupiter/Pluto and Mercury/Venus energies triggering that degree will be “brought to light” and vitalized when the Sun transits that degree in early January, and of course as the Sun transits the entire shadow zone, it will illuminate all the phases and themes of this coming Mercury retrograde transit! Looking ahead, some of what happens these next few weeks will be directly related to whatever Mars triggers in February 2024.

During Mercury retrograde, we often see how we dealt with something in the past and come to new insights about how it affected our ways of relating to similar things since then, or we could come to a new way to apply those old insights into life experiences. The sign(s) where Mercury “looks back” opens us to new ways to view those things, giving opportunities to weave, unweave, or re-weave our understanding of how to apply our “second sight” as we are “guided to our Soul.”

Since Mercury last went stationary direct in early September, we’ve been in a period of dealing with health issues on different levels, as well as seeing what work we need to do which will honor us at the end of our lives. Much of what’s been happening in the Gemini and Virgo sectors of our charts has prepared us for a form of “public recognition” down the road of life. This has been a time of educating and being educated in some social or emotional form of service, whether to ourselves, others, or our world.

As that direct station featured a powerful opposition to Neptune and trine to Pluto, strengthened by Mercury’s biquintile to Saturn on its SD degree, we’ve all seen how we’re related to others, received a blessing or “mantle of power,” and been mobilized at least once to deal with something unexpected which damaged something important, if only temporarily. That gave a favorable awareness and strength to any planets we have in the final decan of the Earth and Water signs. It also brought high specialization and unique gifts to planets or points we have near 23-27 Virgo, 5-9 Sagittarius, 17-21 Aquarius, 29 Aries-3 Taurus, and 11-15 Cancer.

The coming Mercury retrograde period will definitely bridge the past, present and future! We’ll take a new look at the near past, as well as the entire year. We’ll be seeing the present as the inner planets compress between late December and March. And we’ll be seeing the future as Jupiter begins to speed through Aries and Mercury and Mars both go stationary direct around the same time in January, launching the entire year!

The retrograde period begins in a review of where we’re at with how secure we feel as we deal with obligations competently using “accumulated knowledge or acquired skills” and focus “advantages and resources” to achieve our potentials related to some social/emotional group work, and will take us back through the parts of Capricorn associated with the physical/material level of group work and then continue revisiting the individual mental-spiritual and social/emotional levels of crystallizing personal power and effective functioning.

Time To Adjust to A Different Pace

The Mercurial data you notice over the next 3+ weeks will be clarified after the Sun crosses the Mercury SRX degree around January 14/15 a week after the Inferior Conjunction at 17 Capricorn on January 7. That also compresses the information cycle, since Mercury goes direct on January 18, just days after the Sun illuminates the SRX point, speeding everything up substantially. So for the rest of December and early January, adapt to the slowing pace of things, get all your papers in order, finish what you can in the next 3 weeks, and prepare to put some things on hold for a little while.

Take a look at what's been set into motion with an eye to building in delays, rehearsals, or more research before things again begin to move forward in mid-January. The time before Mercury goes retrograde is good for doing what must be done so that other related things can be done later, as well as reconnecting with people and activities from the past that are somehow related to the future.

With Mercury’s retrograde station at 25 Capricorn, get ready to go inward and review whatever has brought you to a sense of “transcendent security” as you enjoy life’s basic comforts. We can find a new way of seeing or expressing ourselves in social situations, more or less “backing into group insights” as a prelude to attuning to the invisible world and our helpers there who will assist our group work in the first few months of 2023. I’ll give you more about Mercury’s SRX degree in a week or so.

if you want to know more about Mercury retrograde and how it may operate in Capricorn and how it affects your chart, please consider getting your copy of the 2nd edition of A New Look at Mercury Retrograde where you can find out all you need about this retrograde, as well as past and future retrogrades. Here's the Amazon link to where you can order the paperback 2nd edition of A New Look at Mercury Retrograde, and if you want an Kindle ebook copy you can get it there as well, or if you prefer, go to B&N's site and get their copy in Nook. Just make sure you get the much improved 2nd edition with the award on the cover rather than the earlier one from 1997.

See you soon with more on the coming Mercury retrograde on a degree of “an Oriental rug dealer.”

At this time, since this is still an important factor in a larger evolutionary pattern, we’ll revisit our “graduation into a new realm” in play since early 2020 which is still on the front burner through early March 2023.

A Look Back At Our “Graduation into a new realm of Being” since March 2020

In 2020, Mercury went retrograde in February-March which launched a transfiguration phase in all our lives which is still impacting us through 2023! So I figured I’d leave it in so you can take a new look at how we’ve “graduated into a new realm of Being” since March 2020 which was activated by Mars’ transit through the Transfiguration Zone in mid-May 2020. This “transfiguration pulse” was renewed in April 2022.

However we chose to transfigure our lives in 2020 expanded into greater truths, opportunities, and adventures during Jupiter’s three transits of this zone in 2021, blessing and expanding the promise three times: the first time was April 28-May 13, the second time was July 28-August 14 and the third and last passage was between December 18-29. This has now found new expression since Mars again transited the zone in mid-April.

The theme of the “Transfiguration Zone” at the last two degrees of Aquarius is the future of humanity, as it is the entry zone to the coming Age of Aquarius. You ARE a “Being of Light.” WE are “Beings of Light.” We are One Light/Life all together, simultaneously existing in a vast field of Light/Life. And our nature, and the nature of “All-That-Is,” is Love. Unconditional, eternal, dancing waves of Love across dimensions, an infinite perfection of harmony, movement and all enveloping Love. This is the nature of humanity and all of Life. These were the themes cut loose globally between January and May 2020 which has been and will be made manifest in many ways by February-March 2023 when Saturn moves through the zone.

A look back to look forward at the emergent Age. Originally published on January 30, 2020, for your reconsideration,

The End of Aquarius is the Beginning of the New Age

Mercury is the second inner planet to enter the last two degrees of Aquarius in 2020. This zone is one of transfiguration and entrance into a greater realm of Light/Life, where we can catch glimpses of the Age to come, as well as what’s up for the years between 2050 and 2190.

So at 10 pm PST February 1, 2020, Mercury enters the 29th degree of Aquarius, occupying the last two degrees of Aquarius until 3:37 am PST when it enters Pisces. This year the Sun will be the next to transit this span between 10:55 pm PST February 16 and 8:57 pm February 18 when it too enters Pisces.

Due to our global precession from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, we leave Pisces at the beginning of the first degree of that sign, and enter the Age of Aquarius via the last degree of that sign. By my calculations, at this point between Ages we are still at the first degree of Pisces and will enter the Age of Aquarius sometime in the third quarter of this century.

Since a Great Age is about 2160 years, mas o menos, it means each degree of a great Age equals about 72 years. Thus the transition between Ages runs around 210-360 years. We’re directly in the heart of that transitional era.

The New Age began to “pre-form” some of its bridging structures when Saturn occupied 29 and 30 Aquarius and 1 Pisces between mid-April and early August 1993 and January 1994. Jupiter expanded our growth in those late Aquarian themes in late January and early February 1998 and again in January 2010. After 2010, Mars activated these “cusp of the Age” themes in late February 2011, late January and early February 2013, January 2015, December 2016, and November 2018. It will activate them again in early May 2020.

After that, these late Aquarian themes will begin to be expressed in new long terms forms which will bridge the current Age and the coming Age when Jupiter again transits the last 2 degrees of Aquarius and first degree of Pisces between late April and mid-August 2021 and late December 2021. Mars will activate those expanded and renewed themes of 29 and 30 Aquarius in April 2022, with Saturn crystallizing the Mars-activated Jupiter pulses when it transits the last 2 degrees of Aquarius in February and March 2023.

Those will be set into motion by subsequent Mars transits, and expanded in newer forms at the next Jupiter transit in 2033. Pluto eventually transits this span of degrees in 2041-2044, which will initiate the seeds of the Age of Aquarius sprouting in widespread forms.

Anyway, on February 1 and 2 Mercury transits the last two degrees of Aquarius, giving us Mercurial signs and signals about the 140+ era to come in the last half of this century and the beginning of the next. The last two degrees of Aquarius are “Butterfly emerging from chrysalis” and “The field of Ardath in bloom.” I’m not going to go extensively into these portentous degrees today, but will note that the former is a degree of transfiguration and “graduation into a new realm of being,” and the latter is one where “everyone may count on the inherent friendliness of the universe” and find the fruits of their more positive labors as "we all shine on, like the Moon and the Stars and the Sun, and we all shine on, on and on and on and on...."

In these degrees we find our ability to emanate our Light through our lives, find “an uncompromising faith in the promise of existence itself and in the wonders of a continuing creation,” as well as “self-illumination through exceptional service to others.” Here we transform the implications of our Light/Life through our new ability to self-transcend, and can experience ourselves as Lights within a greater field of Light, with infinite particles within waves showing the vaster unified field of existence.

Imagine this is the future of humanity. This is the Mercurial signal of this Cosmic Moment in Time.

You can find out more about this larger transitional Era between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius by revisiting these two recent articles:

Are We In The Age of Pisces Or Have We Begun The Age of Aquarius?

Uranus Awakened the Age of Aquarius, Neptune Dreamed It Into Collective Consciousness, and Pluto Will Sprout It Into Life

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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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