Mercury Retrograde in Gemini – May 2021

Mercury stations retrograde at 23:34 (BST) on May 29, 2021 at 24°Ge43′ R.

Typically, Mercury retrograde tends to come with dire warnings – don’t sign this, don’t travel anywhere, don’t buy anything, just don’t do anything until it’s all over! But life isn’t like that. Whether appearing to go backwards or forwards, life down here on planet Earth continues and not every decision can be delayed until the retrograde is complete. Sure, if you’re Mercury retrograde aware, you might want to delay if you can or check and re-check the small print. Maybe you’ll want to wait before making a big decision. But sometimes, Mercury retrograde is exactly the right time for a certain event or situation to happen – especially if it’s something that was meant to be done but hadn’t been or we’re revisiting or revising a past decision. If an event is scheduled during Mercury retrograde and cannot be changed, we can choose to think the best instead of the worst. Maybe it’s exactly as it’s meant to be. Mercury retrograde takes us out of human time, into cosmic time. Given that Mercury is also the dispositor of the Gemini North Node at the moment too, it’s possible that the matters we explore now also have relevance for our soul’s evolution and karmic story.

Mercury will be travelling through its own sign of Gemini, a place where it truly feels at home. Mercury however is also out of bounds during this retrograde, only coming back into the fold the day after the retrograde ends. It’s likely then, that we will be very aware of the many faces of Mercury, perhaps even spying some we’ve never seen before. This retrograde period offers us a time to go within to examine our thoughts. How we learn, how we communicate, how we think, what we know, what we think we know…Mercury will raise question after question.

Gemini is represented by the heavenly twins, Castor and Pollux, who bat between them experiences of heaven and hell as well as earthly stories. Gemini is the first of the air signs and in a natural chart covers the 3rd house. Gemini is how we learn to think and talk and most importantly, to make connections. It is through Gemini that we begin to interact with something beyond ourselves and explore our surroundings. Our mental faculties develop as we learn language. In learning language, we are then able to express our own internal world to the world outside. We learn to identify that there is me and there is you. These pronouns are important. Those who identify as trans or non-binary may ask to be referred to with the pronouns that make them feel comfortable and we need to honour that. The pronouns we use say something of how we identify ourselves in the world and how others identify us. Think of the words ‘everybody and nobody’. Both are pronouns yet each have a very specific and very different meaning.

Few animals may understand personal pronouns (although some primates and dolphins display self-awareness).  But when referring to an animal, many people will ascribe a gender when talking about them. I do it myself – invariably referring to my pigeon, robin, blackbird and geese friends as ‘he’ or ‘she’. When I hear someone using the word ‘it’ for an animal, it makes me cringe. It’s depersonalising, dehumanising. And yes, whilst of course an animal is NOT a human, they are still alive, ensouled, a living breathing being. ‘It’ speaks of inanimate objects like rocks. ‘It’ creates emotional distance. Animals aren’t human but humans are animals. The words we use can affect our emotional engagement with others and whether we emotionally connect at all.

Primatologist Jane Goodall said :-

“I’ve often said that to make change you must reach the heart, and to reach the heart you must tell stories. The way we write about other animals shapes the way we see them — we must recognize that every individual nonhuman animal is a ‘who,’ not a ‘what.’ I hope that we can advance our standards in this regard globally to refer to animals as individuals, and no longer refer to them as objects, so that the stories we tell spark compassion and action for these fellow beings.”

What we say and what we think is important. The way we describe an event or memory resonates on a physical level. If we use words that catastrophise and stimulate fear, our immune system responds in kind. Affirmations can provoke a different response – calm, confidence, poise. Words and thoughts have the power to shape our world and can alter how we see the past, present and future. Asteroid Melusina (a mermaid who hid her fish tail from her husband) is conjunct Mercury as it stations. This asteroid speaks of needing to be true to ourselves rather than live a lie.

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During this retrograde period, think about the words you use to label yourself. Labelling can be constructive or destructive. I’m an astrologer and I’m a writer. These are labels, ones I apply to myself and in doing so, I can express an important part of who I am. But they are not all I am. Internally, I have also used words like fat, lazy and stupid to describe myself – words I would never speak to a loved one, words that reinforce shame. Can you recall the words you use when your inner voice speaks to you or the words you mutter under your breath when you make a mistake? Are they loving and kind (Venus) or are they the kinds of words that slowly but surely erase you (Neptune)?

Mercury stations retrograde on the Sabian symbol ‘A Gardener Trimming Large Palm Trees’. This symbol tells us that there is something that we need to trim or ‘cut out or cut back on’. Where can we apply this to the mind? What have we been thinking? How has our education framed the picture of the world we see? Which thoughts are crowding us out? Maybe we’ve been taking in too many opinions, too much information, too much social media! We’re charged with the task to clear overwhelm so that we can still the mind and think clearly. As Mercury stations right on the heels of a conjunction to Venus, it tells us that we need to listen to our heart. Part of the purpose of this retrograde is to create harmony within and without.

The challenge during this retrograde period is that Mercury will form squares to Neptune. By the time Mercury stations retrograde, it will have already made one square to the Lord of the Ocean on May 23 and the second square will occur on June 5, a few days into the retrograde. Mercury will remain in aspect of the square until June 15. The square will then dissolve, only to return just after Mercury stations direct. The final square between Mercury and Neptune will occur on July 6, the day before Mercury exits the shadow zone.

So then, due to Mercury retrograde, we will have around six weeks of this disorientating, confusing, uncertain influence where it is difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction. Mercury in Gemini is focused on information, facts, figures, reason, and logic, whereas Neptune in Pisces is concerned with intuition and imagination, unconscious thought, whispers from the beyond. It’s almost as if every time we think we’ve made up our minds, something occurs – a dream, a vision, atmosphere, body language – something that makes us question our decision, conception or perspective. Positively, this atmosphere is super creative, wonderful for writers and artists, perfect for poets. But this hard aspect also can manifest as distrust, a vague sense that some important part of the puzzle is missing; mental fatigue; lying to oneself or others; misunderstandings; muddled thinking; forgetfulness.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

The midpoint of the retrograde occurs on June 11, when Mercury meets the Sun, receiving information directly from source, This is often the time when the purpose of the Mercury retrograde becomes clear. Mind is illuminated. But we still need to give time for the rest to unfold, more so this time because of the Neptune effect.

This period is about listening more than speaking. Embrace silence. Use peaceful mantras. Meditate. Go to bed early. Keep a dream diary. Listen to inspired speakers but take nothing as gospel. Doodle ideas, try bibliomancy, use oracles. Alternatively, spend some time learning a new language, even just a few new words and phrases. Language acquisition stimulates the brain and helps us think in new ways.

The Sabian symbol of Mercury’s station direct on June 22 is ‘The Head Of A Robust Youth Changes Into That Of A Mature Thinker’. This symbol tells us that time for contemplation is never wasted. Our minds are malleable, neuroplasticity is miraculous. We are endlessly changing, growing and evolving. There are endless avenues of possibility for expression and understanding – 100 billion neurons seeking to make new connections, reinforce old connections, break old connections, reshape connections. As above, so below – 100 billion stars in the Milky Way. The mind is a wheeling galaxy, revolving around the centre point of the soul.

Important Dates for Mercury Retrograde in Gemini

15-May-21 Mercury enters the shadow zone
23-May-21 Mercury square Neptune
29-May-21 Mercury conjunct Venus
29-May-21 Mercury stations retrograde
05-Jun-21 Mercury square Neptune
11-Jun-21 Sun conjunct Mercury
22-Jun-21 Mercury stations direct
06-Jul-21 Mercury square Neptune
07-Jul-21 Mercury exits shadow zone

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Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius May 2021

The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs at 12:13 (BST) on May 26, 2021 at 05°Sg25′.

 

As the shadow of the Earth falls across the face of the Moon, so too do our shadows peek out. There’s something underneath everything that is informing our worldview, skewing it from the truth that we seek.

This lunar eclipse is also square to the ruler of this lunation – Jupiter. Jupiter rules both Sagittarius and Pisces so it’s a story about faith and belief with both these signs. Sagittarius, though, is much more about the human concept of faith. It’s the stories that we tell each other about who or what God or Goddess is. It’s the books and rules we create based on our faith and the morals we live by. But Pisces, a sign associated with the collective sea of the unconscious and the soul, is a place of felt experience. This is direct experience with the Gods or the universe – direct communion, no priest or mediator required. What’s happening in this chart is that a huge wave of feeling is coming up with Jupiter in Pisces, and what we’re feeling challenges the belief system we hold.

The tightest aspect from the eclipse is a sesquiquadrate to Mars. This unruly aspect shows that there is an impetus to take action to DO something – to fight, to stand up, defend. We could find ourselves barrelling towards action without thinking. In the sign of Cancer, Mars agitates emotions and memories and consequently we feel insecure. As the cosmos works to remove blinkered attitudes, smashing belief systems in its wake, we can start to feel unsafe. The inner child leaps out before our inner adult has had time to consider the consequences. If we feel triggered during this lunation, it’s important we take time to sit with the feelings, instead of running away.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast May 24 – 30, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

24-May-21 Venus opposite Juno
Questions of commitment around love and money

25-May-21 No major aspects

26-May-21 Lunar eclipse/Full Moon in Sagittarius
The completion of a cycle is accompanied by revelations, realisations, and truths.
An important culmination that challenges beliefs.

27-May-21 Venus square Neptune
Idealisation. Dream lover. Rose-coloured spectacles. Falling in love with love. Imaginative creativity.

28-May-21 No major aspects

29-May-21 Mercury conjunct Venus. Mercury stations Retrograde
Re-opening diplomatic negotiations. Heartfelt conversations provoke a review.

30-May-21 Neptune conjunct Pallas
Spiritual wisdom. Compassion as an antidote to conflict. Unconscious patterns revealed.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast May 17 – 23, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

17-May-21 Sun trine Pluto. Venus conjunct North Node
Step into your power. Women helpers. Love opens doors. Stay true to your values.

18-May-21 Venus sextile Chiron
Healing work in relationships. Building a bridge between people of different opinions. The key for peace.

19-May-21 First Quarter Moon in Leo
A desire for play vies with a desire for comfort. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a risk to create new opportunities for growth.

20-May-21 Venus trine Saturn. Sun enters Gemini
Relationships and investments mature. A responsible attitude to love. Artistic developments. Ask questions. Go on a fact-finding mission. Journal an answer the question ‘Who am I?’

21-May-21 Sun square Jupiter
Stretched out of shape. Over-confidence. Bluster. You don’t have to be all things to all people.

22-May-21 No major aspects

23-May-21 Mercury square Neptune. Saturn stations retrograde.
Muddled communications. Distracted mind. Daydreams and flights of fancy. Meditate. Pray. Time to address unfinished business.

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Jupiter Enters Pisces 2021

Jupiter enters Pisces on May 13, 2021. Initially this will be a preview of the main transit which is to follow as Jupiter will station retrograde in July and re-enter Aquarius until December 29, 2021 when it will begin its journey proper through the sign of The Fishes.

Jupiter is comfortable in Pisces. Before the discovery of Neptune, it was Jupiter who was given rulership over this sign. As Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, it is associated with growth and magnification. As the greatest of the Gods too, we associate Jupiter with concepts such as The Big Picture, wisdom, law, philosophy. Jupiter is called The Great Benefic as he’s connected to the idea of fortune and good luck, blessings and abundance.

Going from the most positive potential, globally this could be a giant wave of compassion, a sense of greater unity and peace, a strong desire to help one another. Maybe there are positive developments in environmental issues such as new laws to protect land, sea and sky. Hopefully, things will be better for the hospitals. Perhaps there is more help for those who have fallen through the cracks – Pisces is a sign that is associated with the lost and forgotten, drifters and dreamers, the homeless, the mentally ill, the imprisoned. Maybe we’re finding our faith again after the pandemic, making meaningful connections, simply enjoying one another’s company. Jupiter in Pisces brings out the symbolic Christ figure in us all which turns cheeks, looks past difference, seeks to find peace at every turn. The wisdom of unconditional love could save many. As hope increases, we may find we’re more imaginative, daring to dream more or dream bigger. We envisage a beautiful future filled with sunshine and rainbows, glimpse endless possibilities, receive wisdom that helps us understand more of the vast universe.

JUPITER IN PISCES DATES

13-May-21 to 28-Jul-21
29-Dec-21 to 11-May-22
28-Oct-22 to 20-12-22

JUPITER IN PISCES FOR THE SIGNS AND THROUGH THE HOUSES

Where Jupiter moves, it brings growth, magnification, increase, opportunity, abundance, luck, understanding.

ARIES
12th house of spirituality, the unconscious, charitable service, and self-sabotage

TAURUS
11th house of friends, networks, groups, society, and future dreams

GEMINI
10th house of career, profession, status, and reputation.

CANCER
9th house of international travel, study, religion, and beliefs

LEO
8th house of intimacy, transformation, shared resources, and change.

VIRGO
7th house of one-to-one relationships – both business and personal

LIBRA
6th house of the office, routines, health, and pets

SCORPIO
5th house of fun, dating, children and creative self-expression

SAGITTARIUS
4th house of home, family, roots and childhood

CAPRICORN
3rd house of local transport, mind and communication, neighbours,

AQUARIUS
2nd house of money, personal resources, and self-worth

PISCES
1st house of outlook, appearance, attitude, and self-awareness

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New Moon in Taurus May 2021

The New Moon occurs at 19:59 (UT) on May 11, 2021 at 21°Ta17′.

The New Moon in Taurus gives us an opportunity to make a practical new start in the realm of finances, resources, possessions, self-worth, values and the body. The global 2nd house is where we discover what matters, what we think of as valuable and precious. Taurus as a sign is associated with farming and agriculture. It’s the land we live on and the body we live in. Here we learn how to survive and thrive in this material world.

The New Moon is tightly conjunct Black Moon Lilith. It’s fascinating symbolism as it is only when Black Moon Lilith is conjunct the Moon that she is ‘visible’ so to speak. In mythology, Lilith began life as a wraith – dis-embodied. This New Moon feels like the moment when she was given a body to inhabit, drawing down all of her chaotic, creative, powerful, raw energy into tangible form. So maybe we too are catching a glimpse of a ghost, something that has haunted us, something we know we need to give form and life to.

Perhaps too we are dealing with themes related to rejection, unfairness, demonization. It’s important that we look at where we demonise aspects of ourselves, split off or reject. Maybe we’re afraid of our power. Maybe were afraid of the void. But right now, wild witch Lilith is front and centre, reminding us that we have the power to manifest (Taurus) if only we accept who we are.

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The Moon is trine Pluto, telling us that there is a natural flow of regenerative energy available if we tap into the magic within. When we dig deep into ourselves, there are precious resources available along with strength and fortitude. Taurus too is a sign that is associated with the ability to endure so whatever it is we want to start, there’s power available to bring it to life. We do however need to be mindful that Taurus can fall into patterns of consumerism and greed. Think Gollum and ‘my precious!’. Taurus finds it hard to let anything go but sometimes we do need to weed out what isn’t necessary.

This Moon is also square to Saturn – it’s wide but it’s there, presenting a challenge. Saturn squares tend to feel like there is a block that we can’t get past, an immovable object, authority or rule that forces us to delay or change our objectives. Yes, we may need to allow for time, delay, or restrictions but it doesn’t mean that we can’t start at all. This aspect is akin to a flower that grows through concrete, a tree that twists itself around a wall. Sometimes we need to alter our course – especially with Saturn in experimental Aquarius. But we can find a way. Don’t let anyone or anything tell you that ‘it’s impossible’.

The Moon’s sextile to Neptune gifts us with an opportunity to listen to our intuition, transcend the limitations imposed by Saturn and serve a higher purpose. It gives us the chance to dip into the pool of the collective unconscious for inspiration and to go with the flow. Neptune also quietly reminds the Moon and Sun in Taurus that the material world is not the be all and end all. We are more than what we perceive with our five senses. The presence of Neptune (and Lilith too) adds ‘spirit’ to the other elements of fire, water, earth and air. The five elements are what are represented in the five-pointed star – symbol of protection and magic. We are just two days before Jupiter first enters spiritual Pisces. The atmosphere is expectant, anxious, urgent. We’re in danger of being too in the head, too stuck in our beliefs but soon we will have to explore the mystical worlds. Perhaps this New Moon helps us see that reality can be shaped and moulded. It all begins in the invisible world of our unconscious and in other unnameable dimensions.

Sextiles are helpful aspects but we need to actively engage with them to bring them to life. Given that this is a very fixed chart which brings out the Taurean tendency to stubbornness, it’s important that we know where to yield, surrender or give it over to the Gods (Neptune). Continuously trying to bulldoze Saturn out of the way isn’t going to work. We need to relax and engage with our imagination to see other possible paths of exploration, other solutions, other ways of accomplishing what we have set out to do.

The Sabian symbol of this lunation is ‘A White Dove Flying Over Troubled Waters’. This elevates the message of Neptune and points us to where we need to ‘rise above’. When we rise above and see life from a higher perspective, we can tune into the karmic lessons behind the difficulties we encounter. Ruled by loving, harmony-seeking Venus, Taurus is a peaceful sign and the dove too is a symbol for peace. When we have peace in our hearts, that is when walls fall, and magic becomes real.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast May 10 – 16, 2021

This week’s major aspects

10-May-21 Mercury conjunct North Node
Listen to what is said. Karmic stories are in the air.

11-May-21 Mercury sextile Chiron, New Moon in Taurus
An opportunity to learn from a mentor. Healing conversations. A new start to bring greater security.

12-May-21 Mars square Chiron and sextile Uranus, Mercury trine Saturn
Vulnerability yet an urge to branch out. New goals that challenge old wounds. Make a plan.

13-May-21 Sun sextile Neptune. Jupiter enters Pisces
Magical, ethereal vibrations. Increased faith. Creative inspiration.

14-May-21 No major aspects

15-May-21 Mercury enters the shadow zone
We will return to this point at a later date. Pay attention to what occurs as these themes may repeat.

16-May-21 Venus square Vesta
Unsure of whether the heart is still invested in what was once sacred. Take time out to lighten the load and pinpoint the problem.

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