Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2022 — Rethinking Our Ideals for the Future

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The battle can be grueling. The human soul, tired of fighting for ideals of which it does not know the foundations. The cosmic mind looks to the past, to what happened in the last year.
What have we learned? What have we based our ideals on? What is the practical direction of our battle? The heavens ask us to reconsider it, according to what can and cannot be done.

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In this article we are going to talk about the first of the three Mercury retrograde transits of the year. A moment when the mind is asked to look within, in order to process inner issues. This time the focus is on our ideals and direction for the future. Let’s see this transit into more detail.

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Venus Retrograde in Capricorn 2022 — The Queen of the Ice

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An austere and composed woman, severe like winter. She is a lover of snow and silence, serious and dedicated to duty with love. Snow peaks are her home, and the heart of the mountain has taught her to do what is necessary.

Lady of Winter, she inspires all the beauty of the season. The magic of the snow, the geometrical patterns of its flakes, as well as the play of light through ice crystals. The magnificence of the Alps is hers.

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Venus in Capricorn teaches us tough love. The kind of love which promote responsible behavior and makes us mature.

Her stay in this sign is going to accompany us for most of winter. This because Venus is going to turn retrograde on December 19th, prolonging her stay in Capricorn. In this article we are going to talk about it, introducing Earth as the element that is going to open the dances for the new year.

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The Cosmic Rose — The 8-year cycle of Venus and its Retrograde Phases

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Pleasure, satisfaction, harmony and balance. These are just some of the meanings of Venus, the famous planet of Love and Beauty. Its rays shine upon us, sending on Earth all the delights of romance, as well as its pitfalls.

Lady of the Arts, she enchants us with her call, drawing us towards the mystical and the sublime. And in doing so, she instills in us all the nostalgia for the lost world of the Spirit, to which every creature longs to return eventually.

DETAIL OF THE BIRTH OF VENUS, BOTTICELLI
PHOTO: Benjamín Núñez González

In this article we are going to talk about the The 8-year cycle of Venus, focusing in particular on its Retrograde Phases. We are also going to talk about the Cosmic Rose, the Pentagram and the relationship that this important symbol has with Mars.

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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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Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio 2020 – Closing the Elemental Triangle of Water

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A young messenger darts quickly through dark and tangled alleys. With a light step he confidently goes through hidden passages in the night, a lantern lighting his way. In his hands a golden key has the power to open all the doors before him. There is no place dark enough or deep enough he can’t reach. Not even the realm of Hades.

Mercury is the only god allowed to come and go from the Underworld. In Scorpio he expresses exactly this powerful signification, especially then the planet turns retrograde. In fact in a general sense Mercury retrograde is about the mind turning its attention within. The psyche becomes the object of observation. And Immediately the alchemical motto of the V.I.T.R.I.O.L.V.M. is evoked.

Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Veram Medicinam. Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone which is the true medicine. The black dirt of Egypt (al-Kemia) contains vital forces hiding in the mud. 

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Working on our shadow side isn’t easy, and sometimes not event desirable. It’s the soul’s journey into the underworld, the place keeping in secret everything we do not want to see. Most of the times we would rather turn our back to the unpleasant parts of us than facing them. Confronting our fears is hard. Still, this is what this transit is all about. And I believe that all the shadows that emerged during the lockdown—which was a forced social Nigredo—are going to come back during Mercury retrograde in Scorpio.

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Mars Retrograde 2020 — Retreat and Backfire

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Two armies line up on a hill. The warriors look at each other from the opposing sides. Silence reigns supreme, and only the rattle of metal resounds in the valley. Suddenly a roar, screams release the tension. The warrior frenzy flares up and the order is given. It’s war.

The battle begins, the clash is a massacre. The energy runs out, the pain and the wounds squeeze the warriors as in a vise. Who is winning? Who is losing? Nothing is understood anymore. They desperately need a truce from all this.

And you? What about you? How are you?

A warrior ready for battle
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So here we are. One of the most import transits of 2020 has begun. What will it bring us? What are the main significations of Mars retrograde in Aries? Since the shadow period has started more than a month ago I think most of you already know the answer.

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Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 2020 – Imaginative Knowledge

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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

As every year, Neptune in Pisces turns retrograde for about 6 months. The power of chaos and images fuels Midsummer dream state. Waves of shapeless colors, distant sounds, blurred encounters, expanding feelings, boundless horizons, mystical impulses. Nature whispers to let yourself go and give up control.

During its retrograde motion, Neptune is going to make two sextiles with Jupiter in Capricorn. As we know, Jupiter in Capricorn is in its fall, meaning that the planet of philosophers is dealing with hard lessons coming from the earthly realm of matter (Capricorn). And we all know what these lessons are, considering 2020 so far.

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 2020, dream-like clouds
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Still, these sextiles are going to loosen the grip. Many people are dreaming about a better future, looking at the worldwide chaos as an opportunity for change. The neptunian energy can be the amniotic fluid that provides a space for these ideas to grow, a gestation for a better world.

The importance of dreams unfolds itself clearly before our eyes. No human vision can be pursued if we lack the ability to imagine it. Imagining requires escaping from the world of senses, emerging in a place of pure thoughts where anything is possible. A place where we risk to get lost, abducted by the fairies. But also a place where we can develop a real bridge towards higher realities.

Anthroposophy and Imaginative Knowledge

How is it possible to gain more consciousness about this inner dimension? How can we process the chaotic world of images we bear inside, to give birth to something completely new? Our modern world is insanely saturated with images that pull us from every direction.

One possible answer comes from Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy that indicates a way through this chaotic world of inner images, to develop a new state of consciousness called Imaginative Knowledge. Developing a new state of consciousness, especially in regards to the life of images, is a neptunian challenge for modern times.

You can think of Imaginative Knowledge as the transformation of our normal dream state to a higher octave. A state of consciousness that would enable us to penetrate in the world of the living Archetypes, Plato’s world of Ideas that he called Hyperuranion—a place beyond the heavens.

In this state of consciousness we experience each component of the inner image as if it was “intelligent”, a symbol constantly and intuitively streaming meanings towards our mind. It’s not a mere vision, something we passively undergo. We feel our will, as well as our whole inner world, actively united with the experience.

For more information about Imaginative Knowledge, and higher states of consciousness as described by Rudolf Steiner you can find more information in his book “Knowledge of the Higher Worlds And Its Attainment”, freely available online.

In addition, if you are interested in Anthroposophy I highly suggest Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli’s blog. Specifically you can find a recent article about the 7 Nights of Midsummer Dreams that relates this period of the year with the 13 Holy Nights following the winter solstice. Check it out!

Aspects of Neptune Retrograde (UTC)

Tue 23-06-2020  6:32:09 Neptune <20Pis57> S/R
Sun 12-07-2020 20:43:04     Sun (20Can51) Tri [20Pis51] Neptune
Mon 27-07-2020 18:06:20 Jupiter [20Cap39] Sex [20Pis39] Neptune
Mon 27-07-2020 19:47:45   Venus (20Gem39) Squ [20Pis39] Neptune
Thu 30-07-2020 20:44:21 Mercury (20Can35) Tri [20Pis35] Neptune
Thu 27-08-2020 23:12:31   Venus (19Can57) Tri [19Pis57] Neptune
Sun 30-08-2020 20:43:56 Mercury (19Vir52) Opp [19Pis52] Neptune
Fri 11-09-2020 22:25:44     Sun (19Vir32) Opp [19Pis32] Neptune
Mon 12-10-2020  9:06:44 Jupiter (18Cap45) Sex [18Pis45] Neptune
Sun 18-10-2020 16:48:45   Venus (18Vir37) Opp [18Pis37] Neptune
Tue 10-11-2020  7:11:31     Sun (18Sco15) Tri [18Pis15] Neptune
Tue 24-11-2020  6:39:41 Mercury (18Sco10) Tri [18Pis10] Neptune
Sun 29-11-2020  2:36:35 Neptune <18Pis09> S/D

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