On Thursday, January 21st, Mercury, currently retrograde, began its conjunction with Pluto, planet of transformation, rebirth and regeneration. What might normally be a relatively quick and subtle aspect is exacerbated and lengthened as Mercury retrograde backtracks past Pluto in the 15th° of Capricorn to the 14th°, where it stations direct. At this point in the retrograde cycle, Mercury is moving at its slowest speed. Once stationed direct, it appears to come to a stop and then reverses direction, passing by Pluto once more and entering the storm period of the cycle. Because Mercury is retrograde and moving so slowly during this time, its transit with Pluto will be felt, emphasized and at work longer than usual.
However, before Mercury stations direct, a midst the conjunctions with Pluto, the energies are pulled to focus on the Moon, as we experience the Leo full moon, exact Sunday, January 24th at 5:46 PM PST. This adding a sense of drama and flair to the air, as well as the potential for a lighter, playful energy to our Sunday evening, before the heaviness ensues and Mercury stations direct. Leo adds a creative element to this transforming time. The Full Moon, hitting the 12th and 6th houses in the full moon chart suggests this is a good time to establish creative routine, find release. Leo, ruled by the Sun, is a bold sign, it is expressive and strong. This full moon reminds us of our part in creating our destiny in the world around us. As we engage with our environment, we have the choice as to how we greet our day, how we seize our day and how we react or respond to situations. Through this time of transformation, where many feel as though the world is shifting beneath their feet, it is important to remember the role our personal creativity plays in the life we manifest for ourselves. The Leo full moon is here to remind us of this power, the power we do have, when it may not feel like there is much power to be had.
During this time some deep changes are being urged and in a sense forced into our lives – pushing us all a little further on our personal evolutionary journeys. Adding to this already intense Plutonian energy that will fuel the next week or so, Mercury stations direct in the 8th house of Pluto co-ruled Scorpio on Monday, January 25th at 1:50 PM PST. This is a time of change, like it or not. Whether in regard to relationships, finances, career, matters at home, or how we present ourselves – the universe has bigger plans for us, and it is likely that beneath the stress and distractions of life, we also have bigger plans for ourselves. Pluto has the tendency to remove the unnecessary, the glitz and glamour and show you what needs addressing. Mercury’s slow visit here, implying the need to really think about what we are getting ourselves into, to really learn and dive into the details of the matter, but also implying a change in our awareness, and the need to expand our minds beyond their current limitations. Pluto, acting as a molding force.
Pluto aspects have the tendency to feel difficult and heavy, bringing about the growing pains of life as we mature emotionally and spiritually. The chance for crises and confusion is just as likely as the opportunity to achieve resolution, and to eventually find comfort in the changes taking place. Aim for patience with yourself and with others, especially over the next few weeks. You truly do not know the battles others are fighting, as you fight your own. Compassion and understanding go a long way, both personally and socially.
Furthermore, Mercury stationing direct and entering its storm phase brings up issues, commitments, conversations and plans we have made or encountered over the last few weeks, since Mercury stationed retrograde on January 5th. As Mercury made its way back through Capricorn, it is likely miscommunications, delays and revisions were common – especially in the work environment and and in regard to achieving goals. These set backs causing us to examine the structures of our lives; our homes, routines, money, authority and in some cases our bodies. For more on Mercury’s retrograde through Capricorn, check out Reclaiming Your Power. This retrograde through the earth sign Capricorn associated with the material world, has been more tangible than Mercury’s retrogrades of 2015 through the air signs. Though the specific effects of the retrograde differ person to person, based on where it is currently transiting ones natal chart, as well as where and how prevalent Mercury and its associated signs and houses are in one’s natal chart – the overall inconveniences, technological malfunctions, and miscommunications are easily felt by all during these times, as well as being re-visited by ideas and people from our past.
As Mercury reaches the 14th° of Capricorn, where it stations direct, the inconveniences and typical Mercury retrograde anomalies will reach a peak, and then slowly begin to subside as Mercury completes its storm phase, and regains its speed. During retrogrades, it is generally not advised to make any commitments, sign new agreements or begin new impulsive projects, and it is during Mercury’s storm period that the unseen fine print, or overlooked details regarding these new endeavors tend to present themselves. The completion of the storm period, and this retrograde cycle ends on February 15th in the 1st° of Aquarius. Life stops feeling so backwards, and though we are still wobbly and unsure of this new metamorphosis we have undergone, though the fog is still thick and difficult to navigate through, with both feet on the ground, we feel as though we can move forward more easily with a greater sense of purpose and power.
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