(also known as hey I know it’s been a struggle but hey, there is hope!)
We deserve some lightening up after being bombarded by the heavy energies of Saturn station retrograde on Monday and Pluto station retrograde last week. We have been feeling the pain, one way or another! But the next day or two we have the opportunity to reframe our thoughts to be able to face the our obstacles with newfound determination and if we are lucky, even a sense of humor!
Starting early Wednesday morning (May 1st), or tonight if you are on the west coast, we begin a series of Mercury aspects that help us to better understand what’s going on. Mercury represents the thoughts we think and the words we say and when we go through the darkness often our thoughts and words similarly darken and we can choose to deliberately take responsibility (ahem … Saturn station) for what goes on in our minds and what we say to ourselves and others.
The first aspect Mercury makes is a sextile to Mars which happens early Wednesday/late Tuesday depending on where you are. Our mind is invigorated. Mars in Gemini reminds Mercury in Aries what freedom of thought truly is and what being unrestrained feels like. Ah it’s like a breath of fresh air, especially after the repression we have been going through lately. Our minds are powerful. Our thoughts create things. Our words shape our actions. Our mind is energized.
It’s appropriate that our warrior energy has been strengthened because this series of aspects truly is a mental battle. The next aspect which happens early Wednesday morning is a square from Mercury to Saturn. It’s like that rhetorical question: did you really think you could escape your responsibilities? Escape your burdens? The truth is we do need to take responsibility in our lives but we don’t have to suffer because of it. This is the chance to realize (enlightenment) that we choose how we think about what’s happening in our lives. We can struggle in pain and suffering or we can whistle while we work. It’s a choice and we should take responsibility for our outlook and mindset, too.
The next aspect happens on Thursday afternoon when Mercury squares Pluto. We do have to face our shadow, our unhealthy patterns of behavior, our core thoughts in order to create new, healthier, more supportive patterns. This makes uncomfortable but we can’t clean the floor by ignoring the dirt so we do have to turn within and pay attention to that which is coming up in an unsettling way right now. We pay attention so that we can take back the power of our own minds and transform our lives from the inside out.
The final aspect which peaks late on Thursday is Mercury making a supportive trine to Jupiter. Jupiter is the great benefic. He helps us remember what trust, faith, joy and optimism feels like. We have been fighting a mental battle with ourselves and we are, in the end, victorious. We can celebrate with gratitude and with generosity with ourselves in our thoughts and words. We can forgive ourselves for doubting our own capacity and we can congratulate ourselves for persevering and standing strong. Because even if we crumbled for a moment under the pressure we still managed to fight our way out and stand back up. Most of all we have learned just how powerful our thoughts are and just how much power we have in our own lives by taking charge of the thoughts we think and the words we say. We are amazing. All hail the king, Jupiter, for reminding us of our natural royalty and natural divinity.
All of this is happening the next couple of days while we sit in the dark of the moon, preparing for the new moon in Libra on Saturday, May 4th, which offers us the promise of a new relationship first and foremost with ourselves.
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