I’m back from a trip to London and back to the blog.
What’s happening this week?
The Astrology Blog – w/b 25 November 2013
I’m always talking about new cycles but of course, by definition, such moments signal the closing of old ones. This is a particularly strong theme as the week kicks off, a message that fittingly comes through Mercury – who in mythology is Hermes, winged messenger of the gods, and the planet of all communication:
- Mercury is reaching the end of his unusually long journey (nearly 10 weeks instead of the usual 2 to 4) through the powerful and complex water sign of Scorpio. There’s another ten days to go before he moves on into the next sign of Sagittarius.
- Along the way he conjuncts (joins up with) Saturn in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Because Mercury has been retrograde – moving forwards, backwards and then forwards again – this aspect is being formed for the third and final time. The first two dates for this aspect were 8th and 29th October.
- Also on Wednesday Mercury reaches 18.22 Scorpio, the degree at which he turned retrograde on 21st October, and this is the end of the Shadow period.
So, whatever issue has been unfolding for you during the last two months is reaching a finale. This is a picture of hidden matters coming to light, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, and the time is right for decisions, resolutions and finding answers, even if they’re not ideal or the ones you really wanted – such is the nature of Saturn. Work with the “this is as good as it gets” message – which includes accepting the things that you’ve tried to change but can’t, and recognizing where your responsibility in a situation starts and ends.
In particular note any issue that carries the symbolism of Scorpio – secrecy, matters of great personal intimacy, shifting the locus of control back to yourself rather than giving power to others to dictate your life, addictions, areas that need total change, matters on which you are no longer prepared to compromise, feeling the fear and doing it anyway – and so on. Scorpio governs all that relates to