Welcoming this final month of 2017, we have a large contingent of astrological factors to consider, all playing off one another in a way that defies simple delineation. This week we're seeing Mercury stationary retrograde while joined with Saturn at the Galactic Center, the powerful black hole that forms the center of our home galaxy, signaling a matter of extreme importance and with Mercury and Saturn, a serious message for the Planet Earth. Mercury's retrograde on Sunday occurs eight hours before the Full Moon becomes exact in Gemini, it too underscores the role of news and information and what it might mean to us in the big picture. Let's take a closer look at some of these features, keeping in mind that they may be acting as precursors to something far larger and more encompassing that lies on the event horizon
Mercury, the planet associated with information, communication, transportation and all manner of exchange comes to a standstill on the final tick of Sagittarius this weekend, stopping just 42 arc-seconds before it reaches the cusp of Capricorn and the Winter Solstice Point. After hovering here for a day or two, Mercury will appear to head back the way it came, back toward the middle degrees of Sagittarius, but not before joining Saturn for a second time three days later (the same Mercury-Saturn conjunction took place last Tuesday); while the third and final union won't occur until after Mercury turns direct, joining Saturn inside the cusp of Capricorn on January 13. This six-week process is likely to call-out some serious problems demanding immediate action and total accountability
This will be the third and final retrograde of the year, notable that it follows a pattern we've seen with Mercury forming three-peats to a major planet or sensitive point. Last spring, Mercury retro tagged Uranus three times, coinciding with Trump firing James Comey before sharing classified information with his Russian comrades in the Oval Office. The second Mercury retrograde passed over the Solar Eclipse Point in July and September, before and after the actual eclipse, a sensitive point that happens to fall on Trump's Mars, rising in Leo (described relentlessly back in August). And now, Mercury does it again, tagging Saturn twice in late Sagittarius and once more in Capricorn. What news is Mercury repeatedly emphasizing with these contacts? I'm going to guess that this involves the walls closing-in on Donald Trump and his Russian cabal over the course of the next six weeks.
Another way this unique combination of Mercury, Saturn and Sagittarius could be finding larger expression is through reports and accusations (Mercury) of sexual predation that appears to be leading us to some kind of reckoning (Saturn), particularly with regard to the male-dominated social structure (Sagittarius) and the abuse of power and authority. So whatever we're experiencing at this time should be seen as a precursor to a much more important story unfolding after Saturn crosses the cusp into its home sign of Capricorn where it will remain until 2020.
Dialing it back to a personal scale, whenever the planet of information, communication, transportation and all things related to interchange turns retrograde, the tide shifts and the emphasis is directed toward introspection, consideration, review and research. The only time it tends to backfire is when we push the envelope and espouse our ideas or plans prematurely, without proper vetting. Now that we're in the midst of the holiday shopping season which for some people tends to lean heavy on tech toys as gifts, there's no getting around the purchases, but they can protect themselves by doing some research before making purchases, taking out sensible warranties and keeping receipts. Same thing goes for online purchases, making holiday travel arrangements as well as mailing packages (be sure to insure). It's simply a matter of going through the motions and covering your ass(ets) when Mercury retrogrades.
Mercury stations retrograde at the end of Sagittarius (29Sag18) late Saturday night or shortly after midnight Sunday, depending on your time zone. Mercury will then station direct (ending retrograde) Dec. 22 in mid-Sagittarius (13Sag01), finally leaving its retrograde shadow on Jan. 10 before crossing the cusp of Capricorn.
Sunday's Full (Super) Moon takes place eight hours after Mercury stations retrograde which is interesting considering the Moon will be in Gemini, the sign of Mercury's rulership. This is a moment in the solar-lunar cycle when the seeds that were planted at the New Moon (Nov. 18) reach the flowering stage; whatever was set into motion in the days surrounding the New Moon will culminate this week. Activating the Gemini/Mercury analog, we're talking about news, communication and information involving the Sagittarius Sun, the polarity churning even more news stories, most of which are exposing the masculine power culture, with devastating results.
Confusing the picture, Neptune is directly involved with the Full Moon, suggesting a strong element of weirdness; perhaps an item we may not be seeing clearly, something just out of range of sight. It's likely to find expression through vision, idealism, confusion, deception or misdirection. It might also manifest as false testimony, self-doubt or something that is being seen as weakening and debilitating, such as the opioid epidemic sweeping the country with devastating effect.
Neptune's connection (via T-square configuration) with the Full Moon can also lend itself to compassionate exchanges, creative and imaginative ways to deliver information and perhaps a greater sensitivity to the Truth, even when attempts are made to hide it. Meditation is highly recommended as well as yoga or prayer, any technique that stills the mind; allowing us to hear the still voice that speaks to us from a place deep within our hearts.
The Gemini Full Moon will take place on Sunday at 10:47 a.m. (Eastern), illuminating the second decan of Gemini and Sagittarius (11Gem/Sag40), potentially setting into motion a process of release which will come to a close two weeks from now at the Capricorn New Moon and the same day Saturn enters Capricorn. Also notable is the fact that this Full Moon happens to be a "supermoon" due to the Moon's close proximity to the Earth, increasing the tidal pull to some degree, but not as intense as we’re like to experience a month from now at the Cancer Full Moon.
Lunar Gardening Report
Decent planting conditions are on tap through most of the day Saturday, at least until the Moon moves from Taurus to Gemini at 4:20 p.m. Sunday and Monday are terrible days to plant or fertilize or do much of anything in your garden with the Full Moon in agriculturally sterile Gemini. Tuesday and Wednesday are the best planting and fertilizing days of the week, favoring just about any kind of activity that encourages growth with the Moon in its fertile domain of Cancer. Late afternoon Wednesday through Friday are better days for cutting, clearing, weeding, raking, mowing and pest control while the Moon moves through the fire sign of Leo.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Standard -0050/UTC)
Saturday, Dec. 2: This weekend is dense with major astrological features even as we come away from yesterday's potentially disruptive Mars-Uranus aspect, still reverberating in the way of shocking extremes. Otherwise, most of the day is under the grounded auspices of the Moon in Taurus until it enters hyper-kinetic Gemini at 4:20 p.m. adding a footnote that its ruler, Mercury is stationing ahead of turning retrograde after midnight while hovering close to Saturn. Looks like a dose of the heavies although this is countered by another, lighter-than-air aspect that signals idealistic or visionary inspiration as well as deceptive, too-good-to-be-true developments (Jupiter trine Neptune). Water, oceans, oil, gas, drugs, viruses and things unseen could be creating a major buzz this weekend as well.
Sunday, Dec. 3: We've got a double-header today beginning with Mercury turning stationary retrograde at 2:34 a.m. at the very last click of Sagittarius (29Sag18) where it will turn the information sphere inside-out until Dec. 22. Considering Mercury is stationing on top of Saturn, there could be serious news to contend with, particularly in the way of consequences and accountability now and for the next several days. Also notable is the fact that the Full Moon takes place at 10:47 a.m., illuminating Gemini (Mercury's ruler) and Sagittarius (the sign Mercury is retrograding in) which could mean that news and information involving religion, ideology, beliefs and ethics are polarizing and a source of conflict or hypocrisy. With the Full Moon forming a T-square configuration with Neptune, we should be alert to the potential for lies and deceptions hiding within news stories; perhaps attempts at misdirection or distraction from the real news.
Monday, Dec. 4: The still-full Gemini Moon makes several contacts today which could leave us fired-up in the late morning hours, conflicted or blocked during the afternoon when the Moon moves opposite Mercury retrograde and Saturn. Patience, deliberation and second-guessing may be in evidence today while we need to be alert to a brief VOC Moon beginning at 2:13 p.m., ending when the Moon crosses the cusp into Cancer at 3:37 p.m. After this time and into the evening hours we should expect stronger emotional responses than we've seen recently.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Chiron, the wounded healer archetype stations direct today toward the end of Pisces (24Pis19) where it now sets its sights on Aries which it will enter in the spring, coinciding with a major shift in our approach to health and wellness. The morning hours might also see emotional displays reflecting insecurities that need to be dealt with on an internal level: the solution to any of our problems cannot be found in the external world, no matter how much it seems they should. Home, family, parents, parenting, security and nurturance may also make a strong showing today.
Wednesday, Dec. 6: Although Mercury has barely moved off its retrograde station, it makes the second of three exact conjunctions with Saturn, coinciding with another spike of serious news. Whether this is an extension of the Mercury-Saturn conjunction which occurred a week ago or simply more of the same old story remains to be seen. Mars gets in on the Mercury-Saturn action throughout the day, suggesting news and information getting folks riled-up over some fool thing. If moodiness and insecurities have been dominating the last two days, we might notice a definite shift once the Moon enters Leo at 3:37 p.m.; drying our tears and setting a potentially warm and upbeat pattern for the next couple days.
Thursday, Dec. 7: In spite of any left-over stress from recent days, the general tone appears warm and expressive with the Leo Moon forming smooth alignments today and tomorrow. The only potential catch involves going overboard around noon while a more focused and balanced energy pattern emerges around sunset.
Friday, Dec. 8: Much the same as yesterday, the general pattern is upbeat and productive with the Leo Moon continuing to lend its creative touch to most endeavors with a sense of balance and good humor. After a very brief (30-minute) VOC period beginning at 5:40 p.m., the Moon will enter Virgo where the devil lies in the details, leaving some folks feeling a little critical or prickly. Regardless, make the most of this lull in the heavens as a more dynamic, if not disruptive set of indicators soon come into play that will echo throughout the remainder of December and into the New Year. Ho. Ho. Ho.
Copyright 2017 Gary Paul Glynn