Mercury in Aquarius ☿ Jan 31 – Feb 18

Jan 31 – Feb 18, 2018

Mercury transits are not necessarily high impact on their own; it is Mercury’s interaction with the sun and Venus which are important, or the context within which Mercury operates. Mercury is a mental support beam for the sun and Venus. When he is not synced – when he is drifting through another constellation – the given solar cycle is less synergistic. But during the period in which Mercury joins the sun and/or Venus in a given constellation, the mind is aligned with forces of outward manifestation (the sun) and the heart (Venus).

In light of this relationship between the inner planets, the most powerful time during the upcoming Aquarius solar cycle will be when Mercury and Venus are also in Aquarius (Jan 31 – Feb 10).

Aquarius is a gale-force wind eager to upend the status quo. He is progressive, radical, pushing the boundaries of reality and social acceptability. It is time to FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS, spark the revolution, share ancient wisdom, scream truth to power. Feel Aquarius’ amaranthine passion for social justice coursing through your veins.

Aquarius embodies some powerful paradoxes. He is a diehard rationalist and volatile risk-taker with a spiritual heart. He is remarkably tolerant and open-minded, yet ridiculously headstrong, despising all manner of disrespect. He is scientific, analytical and inventive, yet impatient and often judgmental.

The water bearer is an avid social butterfly. He is fun, chatty, full of ideas and eager to share his unique prophecies. Now is the time to draw upon your social circle and dream up some ambitious future plans. Break out of old patterns, environments or relationships which have become too emotionally charged. We can make change now while remaining comfortably detached, unconcerned with how or when things will happen.

Animals associated with Mercury include the rooster, ram, goat and tortoise. None of these animals remind me of Aquarius, and I can hear his infectious laughter when I say this. To be immune to categorization is exactly what tickles Aquarius the most. In Native American astrology, Aquarius is associated with the otter, the quaking aspen and the precious metal silver. If you are feeling stuck, meditate on the playful otter. Meditate on the sheen of aspen leaves, hear them rustle in the winter wind. See quicksilver clouds racing at light speed across the skyscape. Go out beneath the diamond star dome, let Gaia’s frigid air fill your lungs. There is something undeniably magical and exciting about Aquarius.

Every constellation is a preparation for the next. Aquarian lessons prepare us for Pisces. The water bearer’s electric winds create empty space for the bottomless ocean of fishes. I suggest incorporating some technology into your future-making. For example, you might start a blog or get behind a camera. Soon left brain intellect will give way to a magnificent, nebulous swirl of right brain spirituality and creation.

Ok here’s the day we need to be most careful: Feb 13. On this day, Mercury will square Jupiter in Scorpio. Squares are difficult angles, suggesting conflict. This is especially true when we’re talking about a square with Jupiter, the planet of expansion and good fortune. This is NOT a good day to travel, invest or hold important conversations. Treat this day as you would Mercury Retrograde. Some dates to watch with the moon and Mercury: on Jan 30, the day before Mercury enters Aquarius, the moon and Mercury are in opposition – also not a good day for important or heartfelt conversations. Feb 3-5 are excellent days for such conversations, or any kind of social event. When the moon is in Scorpio from Feb 6-7, we should once again be very careful with how and when we communicate our hearts. On Feb 15, the moon and Mercury will conjoin at the same degree – should be an excellent day. To speak is to be free. Try physically warming your body and throat chakra before holding important conversations.

As always, take deep breaths, meditate every morning and speak your truth slowly. Focus on the third eye and crown chakra. Wear blue, white and metallic tones/gems. Give special attention to your calves and Achilles. Invert your body with Aquarius Yoga. If you were born with Mercury in Aquarius, these next few weeks are your Mercury Return. To find your personal Mercury sign, click here.

Mantra:  I know

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