The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Pisces, September 2017

Chart for the Full Moon in Pisces
Chart for the Full Moon in Pisces

"How do you know you’re not deluding yourself? As for me, I’d need proof."
"Proof… Did you love your father?"
"Yes, very much."
"Prove it."
~ From the movie Contact, based on the book by Carl Sagan

Sep.06 – FULL MOON in PISCES (13:53 of Pisces)

The archetypes of Pisces and Neptune are emissaries of illusion.

When we enter their Hall of Mirrors, it may be difficult to know if what we see is real or a distorted reflection or an outright hallucination.

Hmm... I should be clear: I'm not saying that people born with Pisces strong in their charts are delusional or absurd (although their grip on reality does tend to be a bit more flexible than the rest of us). Rather, I'm talking about the Pisces archetype – the ideas, patterns, thoughts and experiences that we all have access to, that we call Pisces.

In the Saturnian world, we tend to measure reality in terms of physical phenomena. If something produces an effect that can be demonstrated and confirmed in reliable ways, we consider it to be real. Conveniently, physical reality comes equipped with its own methods and benchmarks for evaluating the truth of something with certainty – logic, observation, comparison and measurement.

However, physical reality can only assess something that is observable within its own boundaries. Anything that can't be quantified as a physical phenomenon is considered questionable. And if it can't be assessed by Saturnian means, then we have no solid, objective means by which to confirm or understand it.

Yet, that doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't exist or isn't real. The experience of human emotion is an example. Oh sure, we can measure events or behaviour associated with an emotion – the person's own description, their actions or body language, chemical reactions in the brain or nervous system – but is that the same thing? Is that all there is to human feeling? What of love? Fear? Anger? Curiosity? Wonder? Gratitude?

When it comes right down to it, there are some things that the Saturnian world can perceive, verify and explain only indirectly. So, if certain experiences and perceptions don't fit inside Saturn's boundaries, then what are they? Where are they?

If I asked you about art, you could give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo? You know a lot about him, I bet. Life's work, criticisms, political aspirations. But you couldn't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling.
~ Good Will Hunting

In Pisces, we enter a liminal space between worlds. In Saturn's realm, certainty is the goal and anything outside of it is questionable at best. In Neptune's realm, ambiguity is the norm, and certainty is the illusion.

Beyond Saturn's bounds, everything is relative to everything else. Is something "up" from where you are? Turn a different way and it's suddenly "down." You might believe in something, yet a slight shift in perspective makes it look very different. As in the world of dreams, anything is possible when you leave behind Saturn's rules and structure.

This place is associated with psychic phenomena, ghostly existence, the unexplained and the unknown. Whether you approach it with fascination or skepticism, curiosity or dismissal, it is nevertheless part of the human experience.

The very fact that the human imagination can envision a reality beyond what is physically obvious makes it part of who we are as sentient beings, and anything that is part of our human experience cannot be dismissed.

But is it real?? Well, that depends on your definition of "real" and how you measure it. In the place where everything is relative to everything else, is anything real? Is everything real? Does "real" have any true meaning?

Well, it depends...

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
~ Isaac Asimov

We draw our conclusions from what we believe to be unquestionably true – our root assumptions. The sky is blue. When it rains, you get wet. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

What happens if I go outside and see a different colour sky? If I see a grey sky, I'll probably think it's a cloudy day. If I see a red sky, I'll have to dig deeper for the answer. Am I hallucinating? Or dreaming? Is it a sunset or sunrise? Am I wearing coloured glasses? Am I near a forest fire? Do I have a brain tumour? Is Mercury retrograde?

Our natural curiosity, as well as our survival instincts, seek an explanation. If we can figure out what's going on, we will (hopefully!) know how to respond – to enjoy the spectacle or run for cover.

But what happens if our subjective experience doesn't match the objective evidence? This is the fundamental controversy between physical fact and human imagination; between Saturn and Neptune. If we can't meaningfully measure Neptune using Saturn's rules, and if Saturn's certainty becomes pointless in Neptune's perpetual relativity, then what is left? How do we bridge that gap?

This is where our root assumptions come in, and now we're in Jupiter's realm—the traditional ruler of Pisces. We see the world through the lens of our assumptions and interpret our experiences through those perceptions.

Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.
~ Bertrand Russell

The trouble is that everyone has a (slightly or dramatically) different set of root assumptions. And now we're in the liminal world between Saturn and Neptune. Because, depending on what you believe to be true, you may come up with a totally different interpretation of the same event from the person standing next to you. And depending on your explanation of that event, you are likely to form some degree of opinion about the other person based on theirs.

Example: two people are looking up at a starry night and they see a meteor streak across the sky. If one person is devoutly religious, they might see this as a sign from God telling them something important. If the other person is a steadfast atheist, they might see it simply as a rock from space burning up in Earth's atmosphere. One event, two dramatically different interpretations.

The religious person's root assumption may be that an event so vivid and unusual must be set in motion by powers beyond the physical world. The atheist's root assumption may be that all events are explainable in terms of the laws of physics and no other interpretation is real.

Which one is right? Maybe both of them are. Ultimately, we can't know for sure. Each of them has a radically different belief about the possibility that a physical event could have meaning or significance beyond its purely physical qualities.

At the end of the day, each of us must interpret life through the filters of our own beliefs, feelings, hopes, fears, motives, expectations and past experiences. We may rely on science, religion, astrology or dreams to help us decide how to interpret life. We might defer to trending topics and memes on social media, our own gut feelings or someone else's teachings to tell us what is true.

The implications go far beyond how we might view a shooting star. Our religious friend might see the atheist as sadly lacking a broader sense of meaning about the world, and might even see them as a bad person because of it. Our atheist friend might find the religous person's more colourful worldview to be amusing or entertaining, and as a result, might see them as deluded, ridiculous or even dangerous.

One interpretation begets another; one conclusion has implications that lead to more. It all depends on how you look at it. And what you see depends on where you're looking from. And where you are is standing firmly on your root assumptions.

The point is that we all use our beliefs to anchor ourselves to our understanding of reality. And that, ironically, makes the Saturnian world a lot more Neptunian than we thought it was.

It's not about going around trying to stir up trouble.
As long as you're honest and you articulate what you believe to be true, somebody somewhere will become your enemy whether you like it or not.
~ Criss Jami, Killosophy

So, what do we do with this? Well, you're about to find out.

The Full Moon in Pisces is tightly conjunct Neptune. This is a double dose of a counter-Saturnian elixir! You could call it the contamination or the antidote to Saturn (depending on your root assumptions...). The focus—albeit a somewhat blurry one—is on your exploration of what is real to you and why. And it may be time to reconsider how you gauge what is real and what is false, what your assumptions and expectations are, and what you believe the implications are.

T-Square: Sun opp Moon Neptune, square Saturn

His Royal Realness, Saturn in Sagittarius, is in a wide but still significant square aspect to both sides of the Full Moon – the Sun-Moon opposition combined with Neptune. Although Saturn and Neptune have finished their exact square aspect passes (Nov.26.2015, Jun.17.2016 and Sep.10.2016), they are still lurking closely enough this year that they have been within an orb of just under 8° from late July to late August.

At the time of the Full Moon, the Moon and Neptune are 7.5° to 8.5° away from a square aspect to Saturn, and since the Moon is applying (moving toward an exact square to Saturn) the combined aspect gets extra points. Besides, with so much Piscean energy around right now, I think any contribution from Saturn is probably a good thing, lest we become completely disoriented and dissolved in Neptunian waters.

Another way to look at the Saturn factor is that this Full Moon gives us a rerun of the Saturn-Neptune dream we had in 2015-2016. So... what were you doing during those years? What situations were you working through that required you to walk a tightrope between your dreams, imagination, possibilities and faith versus the hard corners of reality, limitations, necessity and stability?

You might need to revisit your decisions and choices from that time. One possibility is the need to review how well they have worked for you and whether you want to make adjustments to the direction you've taken since then.

You may also be called upon to recognize that you're in a different place now. It may be time to let go of some of that struggle from the last 2 years, or you might realize there's more work to be done that requires you to revise the vision that has guided you since that time.

I feel I change my mind all the time. And I sort of feel that's your responsibility as a person,
as a human being – to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible.
And if you don't contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you're not thinking.
~ Malcolm Gladwell

Pitting Saturn against Neptune in this way is bound to bring up many of the issues I've discussed above. You might think you know, but how do you really know something? If you must rely on your subjective experience, there are an awful lot of variables that could influence your perception and, therefore, your assessment of it.

Personal expectations, hopes, fears and wishes can skew how you see a situation. Your investment in the outcome—will you feel more relieved, anxious, safe or angry if the verdict is one way or another way? An unexpected conclusion could challenge your root assumptions—so, do you embark on a complete renovation of how you understand yourself and life, or do you keep hunting for missing facts that will support your preferred point of view?

Well, it depends... There isn't just one right answer to this.

Altering your core beliefs to accommodate fresh ideas allows you to discover a more objective, impartial truth, but those same beliefs also provide some much-needed stability so that you don't tumble topsy-turvy with the shifting tides of new information. Alternatively, maintaining faith and commitment to your ideals and convictions in a changing world can be noble and stabilizing, but it could also block you from acknowledging a greater truth beyond what you normally allow yourself to see.

We're back in that liminal realm of Pisces again, caught between our need for the certainty of the Saturnian world and our longing for surrender to the relativity of the Neptunian one.

There is no easy fix for this dilemma. There is only mindfulness as we move along the path, trying not to fall headlong into one or the other extreme. Pay attention. Be awake. Be true to yourself and what you believe, but avoid absolutes. Cultivate awareness of your emotional investment in the situations you are moving through. And be open to inconvenient information that may hold a kernel of insight that can put another piece of the puzzle into place.

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded,
no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight,
to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all.
~ Richard Wright, Black Boy

A Full Moon is the fruition of what was started at the previous New Moon. In this case, the New Moon was the infamous Solar Eclipse in Leo (Aug.21). This Full Moon in Watery Pisces, conjunct its ruler Neptune, has dumped a deluge of water, not only on Texas (courtesy of Hurricane Harvey, with its record-breaking rainfall) but also in various parts of southern Asia (India, Nepal and Bangladesh, which are getting the worst flooding in decades), as well as Nigeria.

I've seen a few astrologers on Facebook, including Michael Lutin, remark recently that we're just beginning to see the full power of that Solar Eclipse. As I reported in the last update, this eclipse has legs! From late August until mid-September, that energy keeps getting triggered by transiting planets going over the eclipse point (28° Leo). Like an earthquake, we are likely to see a few more aftershocks over the next few weeks.

One of those triggering transits that is especially active right now is Mercury who stationed-direct RIGHT on the eclipse point, just 19 hours before the Full Moon reaches exact. In other words, in the Full Moon chart, Mercury is stationary and conjunct the Solar Eclipse point. Mercury gets even more power (as if he needs it...) because he stationed right at the edge of the Sun's beams (15° from the Sun). That means Mercury was just about to become visible, after being blotted out by the Sun, when he had to turn around and go back toward the Sun again. At the edge of that visibility ponit, a planet is extra strong.

So, basically, Mercury is being an even louder brat than usual right now. And this becomes a very loud gong of a wake-up call to the Solar Eclipse energy, just in case it was thinking of escaping into Piscean dreamland. (Oh sure, just flood and run. We'll see about that!) This is likely to extend Mercury's mischievous retrograde effect, as well as the eclipse's influence.

Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.
~ Marianne Williamson, The Law of Divine Compensation: Mastering the Metaphysics of Abundance

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So go get your meditation hat out of the closet, turn on some soothing music, light some candles (carefully) and resolve to take things one intuitive, creative, spiritual step at a time for a little while longer.

That said, Mercury probably won't be happy just floating passively on a cloud during this time. He is in trine aspect to Uranus (120°). This is a great time to pay attention to the impulses, ideas, inspiration and visions that cross your awareness during this time. The trine is not a very proactive energy, so it might be easy to go, "Oh what an interesting idea," and then forget it when you're interrupted by the next distraction. But this is a time when you are likely to get some very creative and insightful ideas, so jot them down. (There, that thought you just had—do it now!)

You might want to wait to act until you've had time to consider them, though. Remember that we're in that liminal space of Pisces, so you might need some extra time to become clearer about the best time, place and method to make something awesome happen. If you decide to go with your impulse right away, be prepared to accept the consequences—good, bad and otherwise.

This is a time of transformation, which basically means we get to tear open old wounds and wash them clean of the built-up toxicity and dis-ease. (Doesn't that sounds like fun? *cough*) Thankfully, the tools, clues and support we need can be found – we just need to watch for them.

What news, feelings, urges or insights have you had in the last few weeks? It could be unsettling or illuminating. It might open your mind or hit you in the pit of your stomach. It could spin you around in a different direction or anchor you to a deeper sense of commitment.

The implications and ripple effects are still unfolding for much of September. Give it time. Have faith that your role in the Universe is evolving as it should, while at the same time your active participation in the process is essential. Trust the process.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen

Sep.09 – Sun trine Pluto (16:56 of Virgo/Capricorn)

Your sense of purpose is strong now, as you are able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality is likely to be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. Your ability to see below the surface of things is especially clear, and it may be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours or others'). This is a time when your personal presence may come across as somewhat "larger than life," so you need to remember that a little goes a long way during this transit. This could be a time when you suddenly find the strength to stand up and assert your personal power in a situation that has felt overwhelming or discouraging. On the other hand, if you are still struggling to learn how to own your power, without using nuclear bombs to make your point, you may still feel a bit overwhelmed or daunted by this transit. In that case, take smaller steps and don't try to push the river.

Sep.09 – Mercury Direct enters Virgo (until Sep.29)  (Sep.10 in NDT, UK, AU)

Mercury moves into its own sign of Virgo, where it brings an awareness of health, healing, work and service. This is a good time to be analytical, methodical and focused on improvement. But be careful not to get so lost in details or perfectionism that you can't see the forest for the trees. This energy is well spent by finding ways to make your work and the pursuit of your goals more efficient and effective. Try organising your activities better and prioritizing them according to what works well and what needs improvement and how. This is especially true for any health issues that keep getting pushed to the back burner. Whatever your plans, this transit can help you organise an effective strategy to move you forward.

Sep.10 – Moon-Mercury-Mars Parallel (11° North Declination)  ("What is Declination?")

Mercury and Mars are closely parallel by declination throughout much of September, and their paths cross exactly on Sep.10 and Sep.16. Today the Moon crosses their paths as well, making their combined energies that much more accessible to us. Mercury and Mars are also conjunct during this time, which amplifies the potential for sharp words, impulsive speech and impatience. On the more beneficial side, this can also make it easier to think fast on your feet, grasp ideas more quickly, and find the courage to speak up in situations where you might feel inhibited. The Moon adds an emotional and personal facet to this, so that you may be more inclined to speak from your Inner Child, and be more easily triggered by things that affect you at a feeling level. The Moon also adds an element of empathy and caring, so that you may be more apt to come to the defence of those who need extra support, encouragement and love.

Sep.11 – Jupiter sextile North Lunar Node (23:58 of Libra/Leo)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Pay attention to opportunities and people who cross your path for up to two weeks before and after this date. These could have the potential to become something more than just a chance encounter or a passing fancy. It will take some effort, energy, resources and attention to build it up into a reality, but for now, let your imagination take a stroll through future possibilities and try them on for size.

While the sextile aspect can certainly bring good things together in creative ways, it can also make it all too easy to "connecting the dots" in questionable or self-serving ways. In this case, rationalization might play tricks with vague or inaccurate assumptions, leading to disproportionate blame or short-sighted opinions. So, let your imagination explore the possibilities, but remember to filter any conclusions through a reality check over time.

Sep.12 – Mercury-Sun Greatest Elongation as Morning Star (01:49 of Virgo)   ("What's the Shadow?"  Read my articles about Retrograde Cycles.  Read my article about Mercury Retrograde.)

Mercury reaches its greatest elongation from the Sun roughly today, meaning it is farthest away from the Sun as the Morning Star (visible in the Eastern sky just before sunrise). This occurs after Mercury has turned Direct and a few days before it leaves the Retrograde Shadow. Thoughts, awareness and decision-making tends to be clearer, and your path ahead may be easier to see. It can be a good time to reflect on the information and awareness you've gathered in the last couple of months and finalize plans for how best to act on these. If you were feeling confused or frustrated during the retrograde period, things can make more sense now. Let this be a time of fresh perspective and awareness.

Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

Sep.12 – Venus trine Saturn (21:27 of Leo/Sagittarius)  (Sep.13 in UK, AU)

Stability in relationships and finances characterises this transit. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and to invest the hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and interaction with others. Commitment and structure are easier to achieve and embrace than change or taking risks. Self-worth can benefit now because you are less inclined to give in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Sep.13 – Sun square Saturn (21:29 of Virgo/Sagittarius)  (Sep.14 in NDT, UK, AU)

It is necessary for you to come to grips with limitations, boundaries or expectations. If you have been avoiding some task or obligation, this transit might bring consequences from that avoidance or a warning of consequences to come. You might also encounter a situation that requires you to accept unwanted responsibility or restricts your freedom in some way. You might be faced with some part of your life being pruned back, either to rein in something that is out of control or to make room for new growth. This is likely to be more or less stressful depending on how comfortable you are dealing with responsibility, authority, limits and hard work. If you have a hard time with authority issues, you might find yourself in conflict with someone in authority under this transit – perhaps in part because your buttons are getting pushed. On the other hand, this could also be a time when you are challenged to take action or make a decision that involves taking on more responsibility. It is also a time when you may have to find better ways to deal with personal boundaries – accepting others' or learning to assert your own. You're bumping up against reality, so try to work constructively with it, not hurl yourself against it.

Sep.14 – Venus conjunct North Lunar Node (23:58 of Leo)  ("What's a Lunar Node?") (Sep.15 in NDT, UK, AU)

Your love, beauty and joy are especially visible to others right now. You are likely to be at your most attractive – both in body and personality. You could become a magnet for what you desire today – just be careful what you ask for, since you might get it! What you attract to you might be material abundance, admiration and appreciation from others, or perhaps a sense of well-being that brings you into a more beautiful balance with those around you. This can also be a time when you begin a new relationship or social contact, or perhaps you begin a journey to make yourself or your world more beautiful, loving and kind. At worst, or if other stressful transits are also in effect, you might also have a tendency to fall into over-indulgence, empty glamour or compulsive craving.

Sep.15 – Venus sextile Jupiter (24:50 of Leo/Libra)  (Sep.16 in AU)

There is an abundance of creative inspiration, material enjoyment, feel-good pleasure in the air! Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. It may be relatively easy to attract the people, possessions and opportunities you want or need, but you'll still have to work to get them. On the other hand, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach (as mother would say) and you might be tempted to charm, flirt or bluff your way through a situation more than usual. There may also be a tendency to self-indulgence. These are not necessarily bad things, but it's probably wise to remember to use this energy to enhance your best judgement, not override it.

Sep.15-16 – Mercury-Mars-Uranus Parallel (9-10° North Declination)  ("What is Declination?")

Mercury and Mars are closely parallel by declination throughout much of September, and their paths cross exactly on Sep.10 and Sep.16. On Sep.15-16, their paths also converge with Uranus by declination, boosting the energy level of an already powerful parallel (Mercury-Mars). Mercury and Mars are also conjunct during this time, so their parallel amplifies the effects of quick thinking, courageous (or impulsive) speech, and impatience (especially if you're trying to explain something that the other person isn't "getting").

Adding Uranus to the mix is likely to make this energy a bit more chaotic, uncontrolled and spontaneous. This planetary combination really fits the saying of "shooting off your mouth before your brains are loaded." ;-) So, it's probably wise to pick your battles – take a break if you're getting too worked up over something, and come back to deal with the situation when you have a cooler head. On the plus side, this combined energy could also give you the courage to speak up or speak out in a way that breaks through denial (your own or someone else's) and illuminates a greater truth. If you're looking to stop a bad habit or make changes in your life, for example, Mercury, Mars and Uranus could provide the springboard you need to break free of your old ways and launch yourself in a new direction.


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Sep.16 – Mercury Direct conjunct Mars (07:13 of Virgo)  (Sep.17 in AU)

Spontaneous or impulsive words may come flying out of your mouth under this transit! If you've been struggling to keep opinions or observations to yourself, you might find it hard to keep them quiet, especially if you feel strongly about the situation. You might see things as more "cut and dried" than usual. Although you might feel frustrated if things don't happen in a direct, quick, straightforward way, it can also be a good time to make decisions and move forward with plans. On one hand, this can have a positive effect because it can give you courage to speak your mind and assert yourself candidly and honestly. On the other hand, you might also come across as abrupt, cranky, argumentative or even downright hostile, especially if you've been stuffing down anger or resentment for a while. This transit represents a new beginning in how you can handle self-assertiveness, communication and decision-making. By "listening to" your impulses, passions and urge to speak your truth, you can get an idea how your "inner voice" wants to emerge – and how to do that without annihilating the other person. ;-)

Mercury is also exactly parallel Mars by declination when they conjoin on this date. This adds a lot of extra intensity since they are doubly connected. So, think twice before you speak, don't take others' harsh words too personally, and aim to simply listen for the kernel of truth hidden inside the emotion.

Sep.18 – Venus trine Uranus (27:43 of Leo/Aries)  (Sep.17 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT, CDT)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life.

Sep.19 – Sun opposite Chiron (26:33 of Virgo/Pisces)  (Sep.18 in HAST, AKDT)

This transit can bring a challenge to your sense of personal purpose versus the trans-personal vision of possibilities. This could play out in many areas; for instance, spirituality, career, life direction, physical or emotional healing, etc. Perhaps you are feeling a conflict between what you want to gain on a personal level versus a higher vision of what you could be capable of. The problem is that to reach for greater possibilities, you have to move beyond your comfort zone. There is a certain amount of risk and sacrifice involved in any kind of growth. You might worry that moving into a larger context could undermine your self-esteem by making you feel small or inadequate. You may be concerned that you'd have to give up personal rewards in order to achieve that higher vision. Regardless of how this plays out in your life, the struggle to find a balance you can live with – between what is and what could be – is the purpose of this transit. Later it will be time to take further action, but for how it is important to grapple with the dynamics of your situation which will lead to a decision.

Sep.19 – Mercury leaves the Shadow (11:38 of Virgo; until Nov.14)  (Sep.20 in AU)   ("What's the Shadow?"  Read my articles about Retrograde Cycles.  Read my article about Mercury Retrograde.)

Mercury finally leaves the shadow—the part of the zodiac where it was retrograde. This means the confusion, delays and miscommunications of the last 2 months have mostly dissipated and things should be more or less back to normal (whatever that is). The difference is that you now have the benefit of seeing things from a different perspective after having reconsidered, rethought and rehashed information and perceptions over the past 2 months. This gives you more choices than you had before. In fact, you may find that although you thought something was a good idea a month or two ago, you now realize that a different approach, decision or way of understanding it is better. If you've been waiting until Mercury finished with the retrograde cycle before you made a final decision about something or taking action on something, this is the time to take another look at whatever that is. Just don't forget your common sense, and remember that Mercury is only one factor to take into consideration regarding the timing of a decision. Use your best judgment and wisdom.

Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

Sep.19 – Venus enters Virgo (until Oct.14)  (Sep.20 in UK, AU)

Under this transit, it is possible to fall in love with purity, precision and analysis. It is a time to invest in health, efficiency, and your contribution to the world around you. The beauty is in the details, as you embrace a labour of love in your life. Just don't get so enamoured with pristine splendour that you get lost in perfectionism and unable to accept the natural imperfection that exists in all life and humanity. Each of us is the Universe's perfect child, but we are also in a state of becoming and growing and are therefore likely to make human mistakes. Remember that we're here for the journey, as much as the destination. This part of the journey takes us into service and devotion, whether that is focused on another person or on ourselves.

Sep.19 – Mercury Direct opposite Neptune (12:26 of Virgo/Pisces)  (Sep.20 in ADT, NDT, UK, AU)

Inspired thinking, mental fantasy, imaginative ideas and lucid dreams are likely during this transit. This can result in enormous creativity that sees inspiration and magical ideas in the world around you (be sure to write them down to develop later). Your communication may be unusually intuitive and inspiring now. However, it can also be a time when your perceptions about reality are a bit off and coloured by wishful thinking and irrational conclusions. Doing a reality check with a trusted friend or advisor is a good idea, especially if you are trying to make important decisions right now. But be sure to explore any non-rational or irrational thinking, since the veil between the conscious and unconscious mind is thin now and you can learn much by observing your thoughts and perceptions.


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