Mercury Retrograde 2021 — Elemental Triangle of Air

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As we have seen in the overview of 2021, this year Mercury is going to form an Elemental Triangle of Air in the sky. This means that Mercury is going to stop and turning retrograde in all three zodiac signs of this element: Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.

This post is a generic overview of this phenomenon. We are going to talk about what Mercury retrograde means, what are the phases or steps that it usually undertake, and the most important dates for each retrograde period. Let’s start by talking about the Air element and how it relates to Mercury.

Triangle of Air

The Elemental Triangle of Air

As you may know, Mercury is the planet of the Mind and it rules both thinking and communication. From this perspective, when Mercury is in air signs it’s perfectly at ease. This because the element of communication itself is indeed Air, hence it matches excellently with the mercurial force.

If you think about it, we literally talk, meet and see each other through this element. Which is not only the element of communication but also of all kinds of relations. Friendships, relationships, partnerships and even contracts are different expressions of the same force.

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Jupiter and Saturn Great Conjunction on Winter Solstice — The Dawn of a New 200 Year Cycle

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The Sun is lowering more and more on the horizon, while the shadows lengthen on the earth. The Winter Solstice, the time of the year when the Sun seems to stop is approaching. All life follow the light on its journey through the Underworld. And two great planets prepare to shine together as a single star in the zodiac sign of the dawn.

This year had to leave the scene with a grand finale. On December 21st Jupiter and Saturn will conjunct in Aquarius, starting a new cycle in the air signs that will last for about 200 years.

Jupiter and Saturn appearing as a single star on winter solstice sunset
Jupiter and Saturn appearing as a single star on Winter Solstice Sunset
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In this article we are going to talk about the threefold cycle through the Four Elements that these planets make in their journey across the centuries. We are also going to talk about the ending cycle of Earth, which led humanity to materialism, and the upcoming cycle of Air, that is going to bring humanity to live in a world of living images.

But first let’s take a look at Jupiter and Saturn, talking about their entrance in Aquarius and the astral forces that are going to be streaming down from this region of the sky.

Jupiter in Aquarius

On December 19th Jupiter is going to enter Aquarius. This is not unusual, since Jupiter changes sign once a year. In fact in 12 years Jupiter completes a cycle, visiting year after year all the signs of the Zodiac.

So what does Jupiter in Aquarius mean? First and foremost, Jupiter in Aquarius means that it’s no longer going to be in Capricorn. This is particularly important since Capricorn is a sign where Jupiter is very weak or—as we say in astrology—in its fall. Jupiter is the Great Benefic which brings optimism, expansion and growth. Did you see any in this 2020? Exactly.

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Astrological Insights on the Neowise Comet

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What’s that thing in the sky? A ball of fire with a long tail streaming through the heavens, appeared at dawn without any notice whatsoever. An omen, for sure. But of what kind? As they say: no news, good news.

A comet appearing breaks the harmony of the cosmos. It is an alien light, coming from remote regions of the Universe. Unlike eclipses, that break the harmony predictably, they are completely random phenomena.

But those following a spiritual path know that chance does not exist. Everything in the Universe has a meaning, and it is constantly speaking to us. So what’s the message of the comets? And what is this comet in particular telling us?

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C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) photographed from France on July 13, 2020

The Meaning of Comets

A ball of fire made of dust (earth) and ice (water), dissolving through the air. Comets bear with them all the four elements, even though primarily they were looked at as creatures of fire, bringing droughts.

Over time, the omens of doom associated with comets increased. Death, wars, riots, slaughter, the death of the King or important people. Apparently, perfectly in line with 2020 so far, isn’t it?

Astrologers began pretty soon to look at the color of the comet, the direction of the tail, as well as the astrological sign in which they appeared. All this to better understand what the comet could stand for.

Before trying this interpretation out, let’s take a look at this beautiful video captured by the International Space Station from its orbit on July 5, 2020. Let the beauty of this astronomical event inspire us all for a minute.

According to Anthroposophy, comets are generally speaking celestial bodies guided by the highest spiritual beings. They have the task of cleaning the atmosphere from an excess of astral junk released by human beings on earth. As you can imagine, the astral atmosphere around us is now filled with fear and worry, and it definitely needs to be purified.

This role of comets in the economy of the cosmos may also explain why they appear in times of difficulty. It’s not comets causing trouble, on the contrary they are ready to collect all the astral junk to throw it away, far in the cosmos. They are here to help.

Color, Tail and Sign of the Neowise Comet

Let’s first of all take a look at the name of the comet which—by itself—is a symbol that we can interpret. To be honest, the name comes from the name of the space telescope used to spot it, the Neowise. The complete technical name would be C/2020 F3 NEOWISE.

However, we are going to take the name Neowise anyway because simply put that’s how we refer to it. It’s like for the name “corona virus”: the real name is COVID-19, whereas corona is just the family name it belongs to. Regardless of their origin, names are important.

Neowise literally means New Wisdom, suggesting that this is what the current worldwide crisis would need. Going back to our old life as if nothing had ever happened isn’t a wise move for sure. So the being itself of wisdom is our first clue.

Concerning the color, there are two of them as we can read on wikipedia. The first tail’s color is magenta and made of gas and ions; the second twin tail is golden color and made of dust, like the tail of Comet Hale-Bopp. So not only the name refers to wisdom, but the colors as well.

In fact, magenta and gold are colors of harmony, balance, spiritual development and higher moral qualities. For this reason it is the color worn by bishops (or at least a variant of it). So far the Neowise Comet seems to be a warning, a call for developing higher spiritual qualities.

The comet was discovered on March, but it became visible only in July. You can spot it a few hours before sunrise (from the northern hemisphere), facing north-east. This means that the comet became visible in the zodiac sign of Cancer.

Traditionally, a comet in a water sign is a possible indicator for rainstorms and tsunamis. I’ve already talked about the possibility of having tsunamis this year in a previous article about the Eclipse of Summer Solstice. I really hope to be wrong at this point, but this is another signification strengthening my former interpretation.

Developing Wisdom

In a more positive sense, it seems that humanity is being asked to develop a new form of wisdom concerning cancerian forces. Those are forces of nurturing, of care, forces of the mother. They are also forces of materialism, the dominant spiritual current that is increasingly taking us away from a meaningful existence. I this regard, we should start a process to transform the forces of materialism and to move away from them.

Nature is the reflection of Wisdom itself, and only if mankind is going to develop a new form of wisdom we will be able to reconnect to this lost Eden, the archetype of the Garden, which is nothing but the mirror of the human soul.

Astrosophy is the name of the wisdom of the spiritual dimensions reflected in the world of the stars. We can read them to find guidance and strength through these difficult times.

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Biography Work According to Anthroposophy

Reading Time : 3 minutesRecently, I’ve come across a very interesting book: The Human Life by George O’Neil and Florin Lowndes. This is a book about biography work, a discipline well known among anthroposophers (Giorgio if you are reading this, thanks for the advice!).

For those who never heard about Anthroposophy, it is a conception of the world founded by the Austrian philosopher, social reformer and esotericist Rudolf Steiner. I don’t want to go into that because it’s a huge topic and this post would probably turn into an article about it. In fact Anthroposophy is the mother of Waldorf Education, Biodynamic Agriculture and the Camphill Movement (just to name a few). So if you are interested you can start from here.

Biography Work

In a nutshell, Biography Work is the dynamic understanding of the human life. It is a way of looking at your biography as a piece of artwork you consciously contribute to create. And I say contribute because your life is driven by its own laws. We can’t ignore them; we need to learn the way to listen to them and understand them. In other words, it’s never a creation from scratch. You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not. But you can definitely be an active part in order to live a meaningful life. That’s the goal of Biography Work.

The Chart

The book comes with a beautiful chart (it’s a poster by the way). It pictures the archetype of a human life divided in septennia (the rainbows below) in a way that they can also mirror each other.

The colors help to catch easily the relationship between events and experiences that we wouldn’t connect otherwise. Those correspondences are based on spiritual laws of rhythm and reflection discovered by Rudolf Steiner. You can think of it as a spiritual “breathing”: outer events and inner processing create together the game of life.

This chart is a potent, living symbol we can work with. Check it out, it’s stunning.

Biography Work Chart by George O'Neil

Planetary Spheres

As an astrologer I was at first interested in the correspondences between planets and septennia. From an astrological perspective they are indeed pretty obvious.

The chart starts at the top left corner with the Moon (0-7 years), and proceeds down through the spheres of Mercury (7-14 years) and Venus (14-21 years). This top-down representation means that as you grow your spirit gradually incarnate from the spiritual realms down to earth. This process ends with the formation of what Anthroposophy regards as the “body”. Please note I am simplyfing a lot, since Anthroposophy talks about a physical body, an etheric body and an astral body.

Then, the central part of the incarnation takes place. From 21 to 42 you are under the influence of the Solar Sphere. Here you go through a long threefold phase (3 septennia) of exploration and learning. If everything goes well, that should lead you eventually to understand who you really are. The central part of the incarnation is about the Soul: the second component of the human being.

Finally, the real spiritual journey begins (yes, at 42!). Now you know where you come from and who you really are. You have everything you need to do what you came down on earth for. It’s time for action, the influence of Mars kiks in (42-49 years). This is also called the “second adolescence” and it is a reflection of the experiences that took place on the Sphere of Venus (14-21).

You are now going upwards, ascending the ladder of wisdom. The Sphere of Jupiter (49-56) makes you a mature person, in the same way the Sphere of Mercury (7-14) gave you juvenile vitality and curiosity. At last, those vital forces begin to retreat as the influence of Saturn (56-63) grows stronger. These three septennia refers to the development of what Anthroposophy calls the Spirit.

In conclusion

The journey, of course, proceeds. But you are now a “child of the gods”: you are free from the influence of the planetary spheres. Or at least from the classic septenary, since the correspondences continue with the generational planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). Your life is now one with the life of others.

This article was just an introduction to a very complex subject. If you are not familiar with Anthroposophy the book itself is nevertheless an excellent compendium. If you want to deepen the threefold nature of the human being according to Anthroposophy I highly suggested the book Theosophy by Rudolf Steiner (you can find it here for free).

Mercury Retrograde, Boosted Christmas Chaos?

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DEC19 @ 16° Capricorn — JAN08 @ 29° Sagittarius

Delays, late public transport, undelivered packages, mobile phone betrayals, messy forgetfulness, last minute hysteria, unsent messages, misunderstandings, scheduling complications, planning drama. Mercury Retrograde is the biggest stereotype among astrology followers.

Let’s face it: Christmas time is going to be like that anyway—either Mercury is retrograde or not. So, is Christmas chaos going to be boosted by this struggling transit? Generally speaking, yes. Also because on the same day Mars—ruler of action—is entering Pisces: the most chaotic sign of the zodiac. Even technology won’t help you since its lord Uranus is retrograde, too.

I can already imagine people going crazy, rushing around aimlessly like a bunch of beheaded chickens. But can we say this is going to be the case for everyone? Of course not. You should—as always—check at least in which specific house of your Natal Chart is going to fall Mercury Retrograde (from 16° Capricorn to 29° Sagittarius). For example, the list above is a typical third house Mercury retrograde general trend.

Well, now that we have decreed that this Christmas is going to be a messy-mess we can move forward and see what we can do about it.

Planning Drama and Self-Control

When direct, Mercury in Capricorn is the mind who analyzes external events in order to control them. It is a business oriented mindset who uses data and statistics for market forecasts and risk management.

But when such energy goes retrograde you can expect external things not to go exactly as planned. The mind turns inwardly and it is asked to better understand the inner life of the soul instead of focusing on the outside world.

At first, this can easily turn into an attempt to self-control. After all, when you suddenly lose your grip over external events the first reaction is usually to freak out, right? In this case self-control could indeed be useful. But there’s more than that.

When you step into your psyche you learn pretty soon that there are few things you can control. Actually, the only element you are allowed to control directly is your thought process. I don’t know if you ever tried to control your thoughts (it is a meditative practice) but let me tell you it is something very difficult to master. And please don’t ever try to control your emotions: it’s going to end up badly.

So, here are some questions to deal with the first part of the transit consciously:

  • What did not go as planned? How did that make me feel?
  • How do I react to unexpected events?
  • Am I able to control myself when the situation requires it?
  • How disciplined is my mind?

You can give this questions a specific context by checking in which house falls 16° Capricorn in your Natal Chart. For example, if it falls in your eleventh house this transit is mainly going to concern your friendships and personal projects.

Allowing the Inspiration

I like the way this transit evolves, fading slowly from Capricorn to Sagittarius. The second part of the transit (second stationary point of Mercury) is about letting go to open yourself to inspiration.

Mercury in Sagittarius is in its detriment. The mind is overconfident, so it refuses to analyze a situation since it believes to have it all figured out. This by the way usually becomes that annoying tendency some people have to teach others everything. They speak more than listen, because they love the sound of their “truthful” voice.

But when Mercury turns retrograde, all this comes to an end. The outside world proves you wrong, again and again, showing you that in the end you don’t know anything. When you are challenged this way, you are ready to open yourself to inspiration: the direct flow of knowledge and intuition that fuels endlessly creatives and artists all over the world.

But why is that? Whether you want to control something, or you think you already know how things are, you are closed. But when you let go and simply accept the fact you don’t know—you become receptive. In other words you allow yourself to be guided and to attune with your inner voice or—as someone call it—your internal guiding system.

I simply call it learning to trust yourself.

How Materialism Is Deceiving You

Reading Time : 3 minutesOur society is drenched in Materialism. If we were true to ourselves we would say that we are all materialists. And I’m not talking about that shallow accusation of “not being spiritual”. I am talking about the materialistic mindset we have all been raised with.

Please be aware that you can call yourself spiritual, being nevertheless a materialist to the coreTwitter . In fact if you approach to spirituality without changing the way you approach to things in general you are missing the whole point.

The point is that Materialism is an insidious, subtle way of thinking that makes you focus mainly on results and outcomes rather than on the process, whatever it is. So the real question here is not “are you a materialist?” but rather “are you focusing mainly on results?”.

Let’s say you are. So, what’s wrong with that? Please note that I am not trying to demonize Materialism: I believe everything comes with pros and cons. Actually, I think that if you want to achieve something concrete you should definitely embrace that perspective. Nevertheless, it comes with a price and I believe you should at least know if it’s worth it.

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Let’s take an example. Let’s say that Jessica loves painting. She likes it so much she doesn’t actually care about the final outcome—in this case, paintings. Loving what she is doing is what really makes her spiritual here. And yes, you don’t need to talk about spirit to be spiritualTwitter . She is free, because she is completely focusing on the process, she is enjoying it, and she has no other reason for doing that than painting itself.

One day, someone tells her she’s very good at it and she could definitely earn some money by selling her paintings. Let’s say she accepts the deal. Now, this is crucial: what once was an end in itself (painting) has now become the means to another end which—in this case—is making money. This is when Materialism kicks in, and no—money doesn’t have necessarily anything to do with it.

The point is her focus has changed. She is not focusing anymore on what she loves to do: she is now focusing on the result which comes from it. Do you realize how tricky is that? Apparently nothing has changed—she is still going to paint anyway—but the fire of the spirit is lost!

In order to be aware of the consequences, take this definition of Materialism I found online:

Materialism
[muhteer-ee-uh-liz-uh m] noun

1. preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.

and replace the word “spiritual” with “what you love to do”:

Materialism is preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of what you love to do.

This is the price: a materialistic mindset is always going to deceive you confusing the ends with the means. It is in its nature. You want to achieve A but you must get B and C first. This because you want to achieve something rather than focusing on what you love to do. And there is always a strategy, a procedure, a series of steps to be taken in order to get what you want. But eventually this can only take you away from what you really love. On the contrary,  when you love what you do you the reward is in the action itselfTwitter .

“The fundamental maxim of free men is to live in love towards our actions, and to let live in the understanding of the other person’s will” — Rudolf Steiner (Philosophy of Freedom, Chapter 9).

This may sound very odd for us, considering that we have been educated to always think we need to do something to get something else. But this is what being free—and spiritual—is all about.

 

Venus in Scorpio, a Nasty Burn

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Sometimes life is wierd. Simple, everyday actions sudenly go wrong and you find yourself injured—stuck in a hospital for three weeks. This is at least what doctors are saying, and no—I’m not talking about me.

Last week my boyfriend had a bad burn, caused by a hot water bottle that blew up behind his lower back. I am still cursing that damn thing. How can an object so small and common make such a damage? I still can’t figure it out.

Burns are hard. They are probably the worst kind of injuries you can get. They loose liquids, you are exposed to infections and the skin is not able to regenerate easily by itself. It takes time—if not a surgery—and you need to be very patient.

Furthermore, hospitals are like holes in spacetime. If you stay in bed long enough they start to mess with your head. Daylight and night time blend together—eclipsed by articial light—while restelessness, pain and meds welcome you in Wonderland.

Apparently, this is burns time. The staff of this department is very busy because a lot of people get hurt trying to start stoves or fireplaces (guys, please don’t use alcohol!). Personally, I like to think that this is the bad influence of Venus in Scorpio which—when this blog is published—will be in Sagittarius. Let’s talk about it.

The Skin according to Astrology

In Astrology the planets ruling the skin are Saturn and Venus, which give us two very different perspectives on the matter.

First of all, being the Reaper, Saturn has power over all dead things. Furthermore—as the Guardian of the Threshold—he also rules all sorts of borders and boundaries. Combining these symbols together we’ve got “dead borders”. This is obviously related to the skin considered as the border of our body which—at least on the outer layer—is made of dead cells.

In regards to Venus, we can say that she rules beauty, as well as pleasure or—in this case—well being. All women know that a luminous and young skin is the secret of beautyTwitter —otherwise why bother with lotions and makeup? Our well being is seen by the skin, too.

Boundary (Saturn, earth element) and appearence (Venus, air element) are the two pillars of the skin according to medical astrology.

The Goddess and the Serpent

Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Pluto. It is the sign of death and rebirth, so every process of regeneration deals with its energies. This also applies to skin regeneration—just think about the well known metaphor of the serpent changing its envelope. This is mainly due to Pluto’s influence on the sign.

What about Mars instead? This fiery planet—the God of War—is the lord of all injuries. This is the main reason why the goddess of pleasure is not well here. Beauty and contentment are both sacrificed on the altar of deep regenerationTwitter that requires a blood toll. Ironically, in my previous blog I compared red wine to blood, just inspired by Venus in Scorpio.

In conclusion I’d like to say that I don’t believe that a single planetary transit is able to affect people in such a deterministic way. As you may know I look at the sky looking for inspiration, not for mass predictionTwitter . If you want to use astrology to dispel the darkness of an unclear event you should always—always—go back to your Natal Chart.

Have a good week.