Category: Astrological News Written by Robert Wilkinson
Signs and Signals Looking Back at the Capricorn and Aquarius Cycles Launched Two Years Ago.
Mercury is rapidly slowing, preparing to go retrograde soon! Lots of Aquarius and 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 11 Aquarius on January 14. It will retrograde back to 25 Capricorn, where it goes stationary direct on February 3.
That puts the shadow zone between 25 Capricorn and 11 Aquarius, and as of about 9:30 pm PST January 28, Mercury will enter 25 Capricorn, the degree where it’ll go SD in early February. I’ll be writing quite a few articles about the coming retrograde which will post as it comes closer.
Because the coming SRX degree at 11 Aquarius is so close to where Mercury went SD in February 2021, we’ll get a look back at all the Aquarian developments which have taken place in our house where we have 11 Aquarius, as well as how many late Capricorn cycles have developed since the numerous conjunctions at 23 and 25 Capricorn throughout 2020.
So we now begin an 8 week run of three passes over the first 11 degrees of Aquarius and the last 6 degrees of Capricorn. Because this makes three passes over 1 Aquarius, we’ll get a direct-retrograde-direct Mercurial experience of the themes of the Grand Mutation in play for the next 20 years. (Of note is that the coming Venus conjunction with Mars in early March also occurs at 1 Aquarius, which is where Mars conjuncted Saturn in March 2020!)
We’ll have returns related to old Capricorn and Aquarian people and events which impacted our lives in the past. This will be “a look back” at past friendships and ambitions, as well as duties and responsibilities, perhaps through echoes of memories of perceptions of echoes of memories of perceptions of …. to give us a new take on what we have been dealing with since early 2020. A Mercury retrograde always gives a new take on whatever it’s transiting, and this period is going to reveal much which was concealed back in 2020. As Venus and Mars both transit this entire span fairly soon, we’ll see a lot of quick action related to whatever is being uncovered or brought to light in January and February.
During a 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 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 October, we’ve been in a period of understanding how to communicate in different ways, adapting our understanding to the people we are interacting with. This past year we’ve committed to something greater, left parts of our past behind, and shaped and re-shaped our expression to reveal something of our inner life and purpose. We’ve transformed our ability to create thought forms and this Autumn, got reflections and reminders of how to demonstrate “the alternating use of hard power and soft power” in our interactions. We’ve had to see when we needed to express our heart, and other times our mind. We’ve been using that skill to navigate November and December. Interestingly, the January 2022 retrograde station will trine all the previous Mercury direct stations, extending our understanding of Air.
This Mercury retrograde period will definitely bridge the past and future! Its retrograde track through the past gives us all a new look at how the late Capricorn and early Aquarius cycles have developed these past 2 years. We may get glimpses of a new understanding of what we went through between late January 2020 and now, since that was when Saturn occupied this span of degrees (except for April, May, and June 2021).
We’ll also get a new look at the higher awareness or opening which happened when Jupiter was in this part of Capricorn between April and June 2020 and again late November and early December 2020. Jupiter occupied the first 11 degrees of Aquarius between late December 2020 and early February 2021, so we’ll get a new look at those things as well.
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 29/30 as Venus goes stationary direct and just before Mercury goes SD. So during 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 early February. 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 11 Aquarius, get ready to go inward and get a new inspiration, or a new form of social creativity. If necessary, give up the lesser to attain the greater. We can find a new way of seeing or expressing ourselves in a social set up, more or less “backing into restructuring” as a prelude to accepting new forms of personal power because we instinctively understand the natural law at work in a situation. 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 Libra 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 rather than the earlier one from 1997.
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.
However we chose to transfigure our lives since then has now expanded into greater truths, opportunities, and adventures due to 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 we’re just now finishing the third and last passage between December 18-29.
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 will be made manifest in many ways over the next two years as Saturn also 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:
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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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