mercury and the Winter moons: astrology by Vanessa Cleary
I was singing to myself: MoJo risin’, risin’, risin’… and thought why did that song pop in my head? Hmmm, let me look at Jim Morrison’s natal chart. Of course, he is Aquarius rising and Mercury just went retrograde in Aquarius. Mercury rules the memory and Aquarius – ruling the airwaves and all things unique and outside the box – brings appreciation for outlandishness. This 3rd week into the new year of 2015 is marked by a new moon in Aquarius to accompany Mercury’s retrograde shift. New moons are psychic in that instinctual radar way. They let us know where to turn without the outside directions. Aquarius is also a bit telepathic, so listen for info.
Aquarius is a fixed sign and Mercury is very happy in this sign, lightning fast but not very open to changing its free roaming ways. The retrograde however is slowing down Mercury’s need for speed and can create aggravated and incoherent communications, trips and falls, computer meltdowns and basically cause anything that’s making progress to just quit. Jupiter (retrograde) in Leo is also opposing this Mercury position and gives way to clashing philosophies at the party. Juno, Jupiter’s mythological wife companion who doesn’t like straying from tradition decides to join the debate on matters of the heart … quite passionately, so beware. Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius are the ruling planets of Aquarius. These two, both in fire signs, (not to mention Jupiter in Leo) are making me hopeful for not as cold a winter as last year. Use this retrograde to revisit old groups and friends, get back to old inventions and old dreams and reinvent new associations with them with patience and honor for the process as Saturn is gonna give you a speeding ticket if you don’t, he’s just protecting you from your own demise.
With this all in mind let me get back to the new moon in Aquarius … the new moon has 3 more phases to complete from this start. They are carried out within the month as well as over the course of the next 2 ½ years. This week, the new moon in Aquarius said undo, restart, and trust your gut. The 1st quarter moon in Taurus on Jan. 26th is feeling a really extreme need for action surrounding relationships but there is a sensitive nature to the lack of control over these situations, so try meditating on things more while cooking a nice soup at home and listen to the radio for clues. Stay diplomatic and adhere to keeping a sense of security. The full moon on Feb. 3rd in Leo really illuminates that knack we have in common with each other – to get dramatic and make ourselves sick in the process. Escape in a novel rather than drown sorrows and try to help heal relations. If you can’t quite grasp them, then use your wisdom to see the work that needs to be done everywhere and Saturn will give a helping opportunity….though later down the line. Last quarter moon in Scorpio on Feb. 11th is now ready to get back to talk about what was stewing on the soupy 1st quarter moon. It’s deep and emotional and with Mercury shifting to go direct on that very same day be sure to breathe, and add more ingredients to the soup. This is a spicy moment. No worries. Remember in this fast paced Mercurial existence that in October 2015, 9 months from now, the long term moon phase related to this new moon will give new developments to all that we are currently dreaming about.
“Took a look around, to see which way the wind blows” ~ Jim Morrison
A New Yorker of 21 years, currently located in Bushwick, Vanessa began to study astrology formally with the NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) in early 2011. She passed 2 of their 4 levels of certification exams and has been practicing personal Natal Chart readings for over a year using Tropical Astrology. She is also adept at reading planetary return charts, progressions and current transits to any chart.