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Affecting February, March, April, and May 2021 -
Seeing Where We’re At, and What We’re Leaving Behind
Mercury goes direct in motion at 4:52 pm PST February 20, 12:52 am GMT February 21, and speeds up for the next 10 weeks. This shows a quickening of the ability to coordinate, put things together, understand the whole and the parts, the process and the larger cycles. It is now stationary at 12 Aquarius, affecting that area in our lives for 3 months to come.
Mercury, or Hermes, "the Guide of Souls," is also known as the Divine Trickster, as well as all lesser models. What does Mercury going stationary direct at 12 Aquarius mean? Perhaps it would be useful to take a look back on what the last Mercury direct station brought us since early November 2020.
You will recall that the last time Mercury went stationary direct in November it was at 26 Libra, which is the theme for 2021, since it will go stationary retrograde on that same degree in September 2021. This is the first of three Mercury retrograde periods in 2021, and this year they all begin in the last part of their Air sign, and go direct in the middle part of their Air sign. So it’s a very Airy series of retrogrades this year! This will shift early next year when Mercury goes retrograde at 11 Aquarius and goes back into Capricorn, going SD at 25 Capricorn.
This retrograde period began at 27 Aquarius, helping us review our commitments, and our willingness to embrace greater spiritual values which “link generations of seekers for the highest.” We’ve taken a new look at how we’re able to manage our individual spiritual contributions within the larger group or collective set up we’re in, and gotten a different perspective on all things Aquarian these past 3 weeks. From here we move forward into a new expression of Aquarian energy in our lives.
We’ve now re-traced ground that we first saw via Mercury’s first pass from January 15 through 30, and re-examined via the RX from then to now. Of major importance will be when Mercury goes back over 27 Aquarius on March 12, after which it will move into unknown zones, carrying all its RX lessons forward until its May-June 2021 retrograde.
Now we face 4 months of being guided to our Soul using the qualities of 12 Aquarius. How we use those realizations to coordinate the qualities of that degree into our lives over the next 4 months will show us a different way of shaping our minds to become more receptive to current and future new qualities of Being.
Reflect on recent events teaching you when to use “hard power” and when to use “soft power.” We are learning how to move between will and love, mind and heart, in our interactions (including within ourselves wherever we have 26 Libra.) We’ve now gotten a new look at what we are committed to, and how we can add to the quality of our lives. We’ve glimpsed new ways of managing our individual and spiritual energies, and now can go forth as a vehicle to inspire others, be inspired by others, and see what parts of our past need to be left behind.
We should all start seeing, hearing, and understanding things that point the way to some Mercurial fulfillment related to how we have been and continue to be guided to our Soul. Given that it falls at 12 Aquarius, that area of our chart will be the focus of where the past gives way to the future.
The Sabian Symbol for Mercury’s Direct Station
The Sabian symbol for the 12th degree of Aquarius is “People on stairs graduated upward.” In the original notes from the Marc Jones class on the symbols he published in The Astrology of Personality, Rudhyar says this degree is one of “points of pause and transition, where the soul can evaluate its progress,” “graded effort,” and “necessity for divorcing the past.”
In The Astrological Mandala he states this degree is one of "the necessity of recognizing differences of types and levels of development wherever human beings live and work together.” He offers that this “refers to the ascending process of evolution of life forms and consciousness,” where we understand that “hierarchy of levels is a fact of nature,” and are challenged to “be aware of the level at which (we) stand” even as we aspire to an even greater level of spiritual awareness.
He tells us this is a degree of both reaching up and helping others who are not as aware as we are in a particular way. He says this is about “the great give-and-take of evolution,” and is a symbol of ascent. He warns us not to get too much into the “equalness” of people, since that only operates at “the spiritual core” of an individual, which is “potentially divine.”
He offers that “the natural progression of states of consciousness is an unavoidable reality … at the social-mental level” of our existence. He states this degree falls in the Span of Defensiveness, Act of Capitalization, and Scene of Contribution on the Individual-Mental level.
Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “inner gratification” serving to enhance our individual experience, and “the inherent differences among human kind which enable (us) to share any endeavor with (others) whenever they prove either more or less competent than (we are.) He states “there are limitless levels on which (we) may bring (our) aspiration to a momentary consummation, but no one of these along can ever off (us) sufficient ground for (our) own ultimate fulfillment.”
He offers us the keyword PROGRESSION. He explains that when operating in a positive way, this degree is “an effective forward point of view and a genuine capitalization on all prior accomplishment.”
From this symbol, it seems the next few weeks will help us realize something related to the “natural progression of states of consciousness” showing us our place in the broader spiritual evolution we are part of. Here we are led to a Soul realization of some form of a greater individual, mental, or spiritual contribution to ourselves and/or our world. As this was the degree of the Lunar Eclipse in January 2018 and the Full Moon of August 2020, perhaps over the next several weeks we are leaving some part of that behind, and/or getting a new insights into those periods when we saw where we were on “the ladder of evolution.”
This degree involves entering into a new (and somewhat familiar) realm in the Aquarius, Gemini, and Virgo areas of our chart. We have been experiencing a radical transformation of some sort in the Libra, Scorpio, Gemini, and Virgo areas since the last Mercury direct station, where we saw how we had elevated our relationships and were able to use power in alternating ways.
We’ll close today with a reminder that although Mercury is now direct and won’t be retrograde again until late May 2021, the retrograde we’ve just experienced will affect the coming months until the next Mercury stationary retrograde at 25 Gemini. At that point we’ll have a look back at how we need to shape or re-shape our expression, pruning back some areas while doing Cosmic “topiary” with those possessions, values, and resources we care about.
In the meantime, you can expect this span of 12 to 27 Aquarius to explode into manifestation when Jupiter move through it between now and April 22, and again from August 21 through December 11. Saturn will begin to bring preliminary structure to the ideas, signs, and signals related to the span of 12-14 Aquarius when it occupies that set of degrees between March 27 and July 21, setting up the future structures to come when it again transits the Mercury RX span between December 23, 2021, and February 10, 2023.
Of course you can find out more about past, present, or future retrogrades by getting your copy of my book A New Look At Mercury Retrograde. Here's the Amazon link to where you can order your paperback edition of A New Look at Mercury Retrograde to check out possible ways this Mercury retrograde effect could play out over the next 4 months. That link will also allow you to order an ebook copy on Kindle, or you can go to B&N’s nook instead.
In part 2, we'll continue to examine what we can expect over the next 3 months now that Mercury is direct.
© Copyright 2021 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2021 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
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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.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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