|Posted by Aleksandra Ceho on December 8, 2015 at 9:45 PM|
Welcome to the joyous season on Sagittarius! I hope you’re all getting into the merriment of the season! I received a question today that gave me a bit of a chuckle (but had merit), and so I’d like to share that with you as this influence will be active for most of December.
So the question I received had to do with Mercury and some technological issues a friend has been encountering. He reached out to me to see if Mercury is retrograde. I know that some of you will feel a certain degree of relief when I say that he is not in retrograde motion. But it may certainly feel like it for some of you though!
So as of November 27th, Mercury is in what we call the Out of Bounds position meaning that in terms of his declination (how far he has travelled North or South), he has ventured south of the Tropic of Capricorn which is the southern-most boundary of the Kingdom as dictated by the Sun. (For further explanation of this concept, here’s a good article with an explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropic_of_Capricorn)
Astrologically, when a planet moves beyond either Tropic (Cancer or Capricorn), that planet is said to be Out of Bounds. When a planet is Out of Bounds, he or she crowns themselves the ruler and becomes pumped up. It is as though that planet is on steroids.
Now, Mercury has been in Sagittarius since November 20th and since Sagittarius is opposite to his own sign (Gemini), Mercury does not fare well there. In fact, he is said to be in his detriment in that sign. So at this moment, Mercury is far away from home and on steroids. On top of it all, he’s very close to the Sun (he always is) and the Sun is lighting a fire under his bum. Now this probably doesn’t mean much to you does it? So allow me to paint a picture for you! In true Mercurial style, I present to you the following comedic scenario:
Here is Hermes, the winged messenger who has been given excessive amounts of steroids. He’s talking 100 miles a minute, flitting from here to there and in a bit of a general panic because he’s far away from home and can’t seem to get his bearings straight and his pants are on fire! So if you’re feeling nervous and a tad over-reactive right now, it may be that you’re drawing on that Mercurial energy more than you thought you were. And as you can see, he’s just a tad bit off at the moment…
Mercury governs over our ability to perceive and react to the world around us. As the go-between, he rules over the nervous system (through the sign Gemini) and our senses shape our perception of the world around us. When Mercury comes under fire (Combust of Sunbeam) or is in an Out of Bounds position, that affects the nervous system (some of us more than others) and we tend to become more sensitive and more prone to stress as the nervous system becomes hyperactive and more easily agitated. Things seem harsher than normal and we long for peace!
What fascinates me though is that Mercury spends most of his time either in the Combust or Sunbeam positions, meaning that he is under almost constant stress from the Sun. Astrologically, Mercury is never more than 28 degrees away from the Sun and any position within 17 degrees of the Sun is either Combust or Sunbeam, meaning that he is either on fire or stuck in the middle of the desert with no shade and no water. As a society that values the Mercurial qualities and domains (trade, intelligence, communication, merchandise, marketing), it’s no wonder that most of us are under an almost constant state of stress. We spend so much of our lives in that Mercurial domain (the mind) and sometimes struggle to pull ourselves away from his influence (hence why his retrograde periods can often be a rough experience).
The good news is that by the time you likely read this, Mercury will have moved into Capricorn which is ground decidedly more neutral to him. He’ll still be on steroids and have his pants on fire though! He goes off the steroids on December 24th, just in time for Christmas! Prior to that though, it is important that we take the time to learn how to master the mind and in essence, learn how to master Mercury’s influence. Don’t forget, I named this site Master the Stars for a reason!
So if you’ve been feeling that stress, over-reactivity or fire under your bottom, here are some ideas to help manage your over-worked mind and nervous system:
• Ritual or prayer – Hermes (Mercury) was the God who brought prayer and ritual magick to the world. Rituals for healing and peace are perfect! If you don’t know any, I encourage you to check out the Empower Thyself class, where you learn rituals for self-healing and protection!
• Essential oils: anoint yourself or put these oils in a diffuser. Lavender is soothing and will help with an overactive mind and restful sleep. Camomile relieves a frazzled nervous system.
• Crystals: amazonite, blue pyrite or sodalite. Wear or meditate with these crystals. All have a soothing and reinforcing energy for the nervous system, mind and communication!
• Healing: Reiki (works wonders for the nervous system), Crystal Healing or Etheric Reconstruction sessions would all be beneficial at this time! I encourage you to gift yourself one of the sessions! For those of you in Toronto, these are sessions that I would be happy to offer to you!
There are many things we can do to bring ourselves back into balance, it’s simply a matter of understanding what is going on and having the right tools for the job! Here are some suggestions for the present holiday season. If you feel like you need more specific guidance, please reach out to me: [email protected]
Many Blessings to you this Holiday Season!