Mercury in Sagittarius, The Winter Solstice and 2019 in a Nutshell

“The longing for light is the longing for consciousness.” Carl Jung

“My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake,
The darkest evening of the year.” Robert Frost

Mercury, the sometimes Trickster God, moves out of Scorpio into the fiery sign of Sagittarius this week. The sign of Sagittarius governs the expansion of horizons – both inner and outer – and bodes well for learning, education and travel. This placement can enliven conversations and inquiries and bring the Scorpio energy out of the depths and into the light.

Sagittarius is also associated with a search for the truth and thus governs the legal system and organized religion.

We are now moving up to the Winter Solstice on the 21st when the Sun will move into the sign of Capricorn joining both Pluto and Saturn. The Solstice is followed by a Solar Eclipse on January 5 at 15  degrees of Capricorn. These placements indicate that success with be earned this upcoming year by  taking a pragmatic and disciplined approach to aspirations. Best to create  plans with a strong foundation and acknowledge incremental progress as valuable.  Keep  persistence and perseverance on the front burner.

As Caroline Casey wrote about the ruler of Capricorn,”Saturn lays the tracks for the Reality Train to follow.”

Neptune and Jupiter will be making a challenging aspect throughout the year which can lead to inflated and unrealistic hopes and wishes. Beware the promise of the shiny object! Disillusionment can be best avoided by weighing in on the pragmatic side.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”The ocean covered with whitecaps.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Mars, Neptune and Mercury Retrograde Ends

“I sat a solitary man In a crowded London shop
An open book and an empty cup
On the marble table top
While on the shop and street I gazed
My body of a sudden blazed
And twenty minutes more or less
It seemed so great my happiness
That I was blessed and could bless.” WB Yeats 

“Problems cannot be solved on the level they were created.” Albert Einstein

Given  the impending  direct station of Mercury on Thursday do make sure important files are backed up and it’s wise to remember snafus  involving communications (of all kinds) and travel are more likely to occur for the next few days.

Mercury stations are associated with a culmination of information as well. So for the next few days it is wise to be be aware of information that surfaces of that nature.

Historically Neptune’s transit through its natal sign of Pisces has correlated with the growth of spirituality on the earth. Neptune’s again entered Pisces in 2011 and will transit through this sign until 2026.

Under the influence of Neptune and Mars in Pisces (through mid month)   it is wise to strengthen the immune system and pay more attention to boundaries as this is a boundry-less combination. It is also associated with muse – type energy, however, and bodes well for creative and mystical endeavors. It is a good time over the next few days to set aside some time for inspiration, meditation or healing work.

The theosophists have a meditation for the Full Moon in which they join other theosophists throughout the world in concentrating their energies to bring a higher awareness and more Light to the world.  The strong Neptune influence now provides good timing to contemplate  your wishes and higher aspirations for future of the planet.

One of the  Sabian symbosl for the Mars Neptune conjunction is,”A sword used in many battles is now in a museum.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Mercury Stations Direct

“Clarity is the perception of wisdom, being able to perceive and understand the illusion. ” Gary Zukav

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” Alice in Wonderland

This is going to be an interesting week and it bodes well to navigate it with increased awareness. Mercury will station direct on Thursday at 27 degrees of Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign that can penetrate deeply into the essence of things and bring hidden information into the light.  Most of Mercury’s retrograde this time has been through the sign of Sagittarius – the sign of higher learning as well as  journeys that expand understanding and knowledge. This sign  also governs the legal system  and higher law.

Mercury will station in exact trine to Chiron – the asteroid of the Wounded Healer. Do be aware of information that has surfaced and will continue to surface this week that points to missing pieces of information about your journey of personal evolution . Some of this info can be related to how you may have  unintentionally misled yourself or were misled by others. Insights of this nature can clear up misconceptions and trigger personal growth and evolution.

Mercury and Chiron will also be aspecting the Nodes of the Moon and the planet of the unexpected, Uranus. There can be surprising occurrences and  information that surfaces which can result in shifts of perception.

It is a good week for creative projects and for inspiration. But as Mars moves closer to Neptune the pull of addictive impulses is likely to increase. It is a good week in general  to make an extra effort to see past confusion and deception.

The Moon waxes new Friday the 7th at 15 degrees of Sagittarius and makes a challenging aspect to Mars and Neptune. Do keep information straight. There is an atmosphere about this time that is like the truth trying to coming to light through the veils of illusion.

One of the  Sabian symbols for the New Moon is.”A vast panorama of sand and time is unfolding; the pyramids and sphinx in their glory rise before the eye.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

This Week’s Astrology with Jupiter and Planets in Home Signs

“The act of perception is always open-ended and unfinished.” David Abram

“Perception is a mirror, not a fact.” A Course in Miracles

There is some very positive energy to tap into this week – with Jupiter conjunct the Sun and many of the planets in their own signs- Jupiter in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces and Venus in Libra.

With Jupiter’s influence look to broaden your perspective and assume a more optimistic approach. Things you may have overlooked can become more apparent.  It can also bring new opportunities with its sense of expansion and optimism.

Jupiter also governs justice and with this influence  it’s likely  the wheels of justice are likely turning and unjust situations may be brought into more balance.

Jupiter is also known for excess and in this sign can become overly dogmatic or rigid in outlook.  It’s wise to assume not all the information is in.

Neptune stationed direct this past weekend and is strong in the sky now- boding well for works of the imagination and of the spirit.

Mercury is still retrograde until December 6 so do  double check the details on messages and communications.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun/Jupiter conjunction is, “A wise old owl perched high up in the tree.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Pluto, Saturn, Vesta and the Alchemists.

“The goal of alchemy is to transmute whatever is heavy and leaden into something light, alive and liberating, which is why its practitioners referred to it as the ‘redemption of matter.’ Sharon Seivert

“Alchemy is one way of imagining the release of spirit from the thick of matter.” Thomas Moore

There are many significant celestial bodies in the sign of Capricorn now including Saturn and Pluto which are moving up to an exact conjunction in 2020.  This planetary pair is associated with the breakdown of old structures and it is similar to the naturally occuring breakdown phase described by the alchemists. The alchemists knew that the breakdown phase was a necessary part of any cycle and like the autumn, contained the seeds of new life for the spring.

Vesta – the asteroid which governs what we are invested in – including beliefs- is now in Capricorn squaring Venus is Libra. This is a good time to look at beliefs and assumptions you are invested in. Perhaps they have supported your evolution up to this point but are in need of updating.

Perhaps they have become unnecessarily rigid and are unintentionally limiting options for the future. Perhaps things which were burdensome can now become less so. It is also a good time to look at the amount of responsibility you carry – and whether it needs to be adjusted or tweaked. Life can require so much persistence and perseverance and with these planetary influences it bodes well to pause and revisit the assumptions you carry on your way.

With Venus involved it bodes well to look at issues of self esteem, self worth and what represents joy, happiness and abundance to you. This things can change and evolve over time.

The Full Moon today – Friday  11/22 is in Gemini – is a lighthearted sign and known for its curious nature. Isabelle Hickey says this sign is represented by,”the light changeable breezes of early summer.”

The Sabian symbol for Venus now is, “An airplane sails high in the bright clear sky.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill




Friday’s Full Moon in Gemini

“All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Buber.

“Proceed from the dream outward.” Carl Jung

In astrological circles there is a saying that the Full Moon is in influence “three days coming and three days going” – in other words, three days before and after the event itself.

This month’s Full  Moon occurs at a time of significant planetary changes. The Moon waxes full Friday shortly after midnight following closely on the heels of the Sun moving into Sagittarius on Thanksgiving Day in the US – 11/22 and followed by Neptune stationing direct on Saturday the 24th.

The Full Moon is at 0 degrees of Gemini opposing the Sun conjunct Jupiter and forming a challenging aspect to Mars. This indicates that there is the opportunity to expand dreams and aspirations now. There may be a rush to make a sudden advance in that direction with Jupiter squaring Mars but it’s best to avoid an impulsive action on this front. Things can fizzle out without adequate forethought and planning now with Neptune’s influence. And Mercury is retrograde indicating not all the information is in.

Jupiter will be in Sagittarius for the next year or so and with it bringing increased optimism and vision. It bodes well for education and travel as Sagittarius rules both inner and outer journeys.

One of the Sabian symbols for this Full Moon is, “A glass bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill.


Hello Again Mercury Retrograde!!

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Alice in Wonderland 

“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.” Alice in Wonderland 

It’s another very busy week in the starry heavens as Thursday Mars will enter Pisces, Friday Venus will station direct after a roughly 6 week retrograde period and Mercury with station retrograde. The Mercury retrograde period will last through Dec 7.

Mercury will station retrograde at 13 degrees of Sagittarius in a challenging alignment with Neptune. This  calls for increased discernment with information. This Mercury/Neptune  duo has been with us often at significant moments since late 2016 and is a heads up about the need to pay  closer attention to information and communication which can be confusing and/or misleading.

Do be extra clear in communication as misunderstandings can more easily occur and the Trickster is about where technology is concerned. Do make sure all important files are backed up and don’t jump to assumptions when a text or email isn’t returned.Best to double check.

The Mercury retrograde period will end with a  Mars /Neptune conjunction indicating the mists of confusion will continue to be with us.

One time when Neptune was prominent in the sky I heard a radio interview about the life and writings of Lewis Carroll. He had Neptune and Mercury together in Capricorn. Mercury /Neptune aspects lean towards poetry and fiction and provide a great time for creative work and spiritual growth.

At the time of planetary stations it is always wise to be aware of information which represents a culmination of information. This week and into early next week provides good timing for that. With the Mercury station at 13 degrees of Sag look for information about what you are learning  and your ideas about broadening your opportunities for the future. With the Venus station look to matters of self love, relationship and creating abundance and pleasure in your life.

One of the Sabian symbols for this retrograde period is, “Children in Halloween costumes indulging in various pranks.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Uranus, Jupiter and the New Moon in Scorpio

“Somebody placed the shuttle in your hand.. somebody who had already arranged the threads.” Dag Hammarskjold

The starry heavens are a busy place this week. On Tuesday, Uranus the planet of sudden change retrogrades back into Aries – the Mars ruled sign of energy and drive. Uranus will be at the 29th degree – often called the “fated degree “in astrology. This degree (in any sign) can represents a time of culmination or fruition but also a time of uncertainty if loose ends linger.

Uranus is the planet of the rebel and the innovator and gives a wake up call about taking charge of one’s own destiny.  There can be sudden revelations and realizations that come under this influence.

Uranus transits can be taxing on the nervous system so it bodes well to provide extra downtime to rest, rejuvenate and access intuition to discern the meaning of events.

Uranus will  travel  retrograde in Aries until March of 2019.

Jupiter will enter his home sign of Sagittarius on Thursday.

The New Moon is Wednesday  this week with the Sun and Moon together at 15 degrees of Scorpio. The New Moon makes harmonious alignments to Neptune, the planet of dreams and visions  and Pluto, the planet of transcendence , providing an excellent time for creativity, intuition, spiritual growth and intention setting.

One of the Sabian symbols for the New Moon is, “A silvery moon shining across a beautiful gem of  a lake.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Venus, the Nodes and the 29th Degree

“What is not brought to consciousness comes to us as fate.” Carl Jung

“Karma is a complex dynamic involving the molding of the past, present and future. We should never reduce it to a simplistic concept of reward and punishment. Karma is the law of action, of change. We can create and are creating ourselves at every moment. Our power is in the present.” Diane Mariechild

Venus retrograde is now at the 29th degree of Libra. The 29th degree is considered “the fated degree” in astrology. The Lunar Nodes of destiny and life path are squaring Venus now. It bodes well to heighten awareness for any information that brings more clarity about relationships and particularly, formative relationship patterns of the past and how they affect relationships in the present. These aspects speak to karmic relationship patterns or those that have evolved down through ancestral lines.

It is a choice point of sorts and and  a new or deeper understanding of the formative effects of past relationships  can have a freeing effect  in the present and result in more empowered decisions going forward.

Juno, the asteroid of commitment is opposite Mercury and  Jupiter. It is a good time to review the nature of commitments you have now- commitments of all kinds- and  to think about what kind of commitments you would like to make moving forward. Jupiter and Mercury together can bring a sense of expansion and optimism to this area of life.

One of the Sabian symbols for Venus now is,”A person alone in deep gloom. Unnoticed, angels are coming to his aid.”

Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and This Week’s Astrology

“Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. All thoughts begin in wonder.” Plato

“To love is not a state. It is a direction.” Simone Weil

Mercury moves up to a conjunction to Jupiter this week making it a very good time for expanding your thinking, for exploring, learning and travel. The favorable alignment occurs at 27 degrees of Scorpio adding the depth of perception and expansion to big picture thinking.

Mercury is also making a favorable aspect to retrograde Chiron in Pisces. This bodes well for revisiting and rethinking any healing endeavors. . Chiron is the asteroid that, with conscious awareness, can contribute to the healing of what is fragmented. It is a good time to look for what might have been overlooked or missing pieces to the puzzle. This is a metaphysical duo and with a number of planets in Scorpio,  it is a time of mystery – a  good time to pursue what is mysterious to you.

Venus the goddess of love and abundance is squaring the Lunar Nodes now. It’s a good time to think about self care going forward. It is a crossroad of sorts where new people enter your life and others can become more distant.  It’s a good time to consider the kinds of people and relationships you would like to be drawing into your life now.

Venus will oppose Uranus this week. There is considerable upheaval in the relationship between the Masculine and Feminine now (in both men and women)  which is calling for new models of relationship and more consciousness in relating. This aspect  is likely to heighten the atmosphere around these issues.

The Sabian symbol for Venus squaring the Nodes is, “A broken bottle and spilled perfume.”

Saian symbol from Lynda Hill