Revealing the Mysteries
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Faith Has Its Own Reasons
Mercury’s sextile to Neptune (Feb. 6, 2023, 10:26 am PST) has some advice to offer. Advice like the classic sign posted behind the counter of a small shop: “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.”
Neptune is the ruler of faith – but faith works best when it’s hung over a well-reasoned, clear-eyed framework. We have to use common sense, learn what we can about a situation, and reason the matter through before we grant ourselves the luxury of faith. In this, Mercury in pragmatic Capricorn excels.
But as Neptune reminds us, reason isn’t everything. I’ve studied astrology fairly diligently for nearly half a century, and it’s proven a reliable guide to understanding myself and others. But that’s not why I love it. I love it because it supports my faith that the universe is meaningful and that there are connections between what happens in the heavens and what takes place on earth. These aren’t things that can be proven, but that doesn’t matter. For all the astrological techniques and theories that I’ve explored over the years, faith is the underlying factor that makes sense of it all for me.
As Mercury and Neptune harmoniously unite, there’s an opening in the wall that separates faith and reason, and a common hymn book that lets them sing together in the choir.
Revealing the Mysteries
This week, Venus on the Sabian symbol 16 Pisces, The flow of inspiration makes a sextile to Uranus (Feb. 7, 2023, 9:29 pm PST) on Sabian symbol Taurus 16, Old man attempting vainly to reveal the mysteries. It’s a combination of symbols that serves as a reminder that while we need to listen to our instincts, we can also gain something useful and important from the wisdom of others.
On an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, one of the hosts pointed out that you spend your whole life trying to get to an age where you know something, and once you get there, no one wants to hear what you have to say! They see you as old and irrelevant and assume nothing you have to say pertains to them. I certainly don’t think that’s a universal sentiment, but as a person of a certain age it made me smile.
Venus in Pisces is happy splashing around in the flow of its inspiration, but the job of Uranus, the disruptor, is to break up the flow, to make us more awake and engaged. Uranus represents a unique way of looking at things that can help us avoid the blind spots that come from just being too insular, too caught up in our own process to see other possibilities. The disruptor comes in all shapes, forms, and ages, and this aspect is an opportunity to pause and consider its wise input.
Reading Tea Leaves
Mercury comes together in a conjunction Pluto this week (Feb. 10, 2023, 9:16 am PST) at 28º58’ Capricorn, on the Sabian symbol 29 Capricorn, Woman reading tea leaves. Taking nothing away from those talented individuals with true psychic sensitivity, I think there are instances when what seems like psychic ability is really the facility to look deep down and see what others don’t notice. That can mean seeing things that aren’t pretty, that might be hurtful. The woman reading the tea leaves probably doesn’t enjoy that part of her job.
Mercury is the planet of perception, and when it comes together with Pluto, it describes a kind of temporary x-ray vision. Take everything in, and spend some time combing through it, absorbing its meanings. But take your time before you share what you’ve seen. Some people don’t want to look that closely into their teacup.
The Unexpected Guest
In his book, “Sidewalk Oracles: Playing with Signs, Symbols, and Synchronicity in Everyday Life,” author Robert Moss offers a number of creative exercises for inviting meaningful coincidence and symbolic illumination into your life. Here’s how to play the “Unexpected Guest” game:
Visualize yourself inside your home when the bell rings or there is a knock at the door, and then see who or what has arrived; this is the Unexpected Guest. It might be a feeling, or a person, or a concept. Just name it, and examine your response to this unexpected guest. Moss assures the reader that you are not required to allow just anyone or anything inside your home – if it’s an unwelcome or even threatening guest, you can choose to leave them on the porch, or perhaps in a waiting room – but you have to deal with it in some way.
As in dreams and meditations, the waking world speaks to us in unexpected ways, in symbols and vague impressions. It takes some practice, and a little patience, to learn to read its signs and signals. Sometimes it’s not until we begin to describe a dream, or write a description of an “unexpected guest,” that the message becomes clear.
Mercury, the sign of messages and communication, is considered exalted, or especially strong, in Aquarius (Feb. 11, 2023, 3:22 am through March 2). Mercury symbolizes the stories we tell to ourselves and to others; in Aquarius, the sign of broadcasting, it’s the ability to share messages and global events with millions of people simultaneously. If it seems far too mystical to imagine the world is throwing symbols and synchronicity in your path with intent and purpose, consider how magical and revolutionary radio, telegraph, and telephone were in their time. Imagine, transmitting messages through space! We are in and of the world, and it is communicating with us all the time. We just have to learn to tune in to its frequency.
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