Mercury is finally direct today@ 9:57 am EST. Mercury has certainly been a little trickster this retrograde go around. Just when you thought it was “not that bad” that jokester mercurial energy made a mess of your plans. For me – two flat tires, friends canceling plans and deliveries not happening. All and all not too bad except for the two f***ing flat tires, that literally blew!
Mercury has been in Aquarius throughout the whole retrograde. It’s definitely been a time of re-evaluate, re-novate, re-form and re-invent. Invention and Aquarius go hand in hand. Now you will want to start moving forward and making decisions. Today there’s major planetary activity and still not the best timing for making huge decisions. More patience please! the forward energy will really kick in in about a week, at the Super New Moon on Feb 18th.
Mercury is direct just in time for Valentine’s Day on the 14th, which is a nice little gift. With Venus, Mars, and Chiron being together closely in Pisces we will want to be extra mushy and sensual. Yeah Babe! Venus loves being in Pisces so let’s soak up all the love, get regenerated and ready for Spring.
Great Astrologer/Writer and once a teacher of mine, Eric Francis, writes-
“Venus loves loves loves Pisces, which is natural territory for her, and a place of creativity and sensuality. Venus is making two aspects — square to Saturn in Sagittarius, and then approaching a conjunction to Neptune in Pisces (which happens about once a year). This translates to, “It will be worth working through any resistance you feel, to get to the thing you want.” That thing is not really a thing; it’s a state of mind.
No, not a state of mind, an emotional space, of total bliss. You may be wondering if that is possible in Western society. It is, for a while, if you want it. You cannot really plan this but you can swim toward the feeling, toward what seems like some place of origin. Follow your intuition on this one, and apply the minimum energy needed to move through any resistance. It will be worth it!
You may think you have to be realistic to get the rewards of this conjunction but you would be better off being wildly idealistic and allowing yourself to visualize and attract who or what you want the most. Looked at one way, Venus-Neptune is total submission, but it’s also about releasing the irresistible attractiveness that you contain.
Meanwhile, another conjunction is developing in Pisces — Mars and Chiron. This one happens once every two years. As if Venus and Neptune were not enough Pisces (they are plenty) we have Mars and Chiron pulsing through the cosmic headwaters. The message here is, allow yourself to desire actively, boldly and directly. In a sense it’s the opposite energy of Venus-Neptune. Mars-Chiron is the power of conscious will directed toward specific desires or destinations. Remember, you have this option.”
Interestingly Eric writes about the Venus-Neptune conjunction as being “total-submission” right as the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is about to be released for V Day. Not surprising that Hollywood used V Day as it’s release date. I doubt that those executives consciously knew about the astrological aspects though we’re all (hopefully) aware on some level. I think the message is the “power of conscious” letting you be aware and not disillusioned by Neptune. If you’re submissive know it and own it with fifty shades of Pisces LOVE.
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