Mercury stations Direct
Mercury Stations Direct at 9:33 AM PT Wednesday. Mercury is the Roman name for the god Hermes from Greek mythology. Hermes is a liminal god who acts as a mediator between human beings and deities. He is also the protector of travelers and thus he stood at the crossroads. The Homeric Hymns say of him that he was: (lines 13-15)
a shrewd and coaxing schemer,
a cattle-rustling robber, and a bringer of dreams,
a watcher by night and a gate-keeper
The time when Mercury goes Retrograde may cause delays, miscommunications, and mayhem, but it also affords an opportunity to pause and reassess the state of our consciousness. Take it easy this week as the liminal god changes direction. Mercury’s storm ends on May 13th, the shadow ends on May 21st. Wait until after the shadow if possible to launch new enterprises, or at least until after the storm.
In Erin Sullivan’s book on Retrograde Planets, she looks at the full cycle of Mercury Retrograde, that is, from one retrograde period to the next. The cycle begins with the Superior Conjunction with the Sun, that happens during Mercury direct, this is called the Epimethean phase. The Inferior Conjunction, occurs while Mercury is Retrograde. At the point of the Inferior Conjunction, we enter the Promethean phase. Prometheus is knows as the god who stole fire from the heavens to give to mankind. His name means literally foresight or forethought. However in rereading my Homeric Hymns I found this about Hermes: “For Hermes was the first to give us fire from fire sticks.” (line 111) Which ever one was the first to bring mankind fire, Mercury stations Direct is a time to ignite your consciousness and watch out for clues from the unconscious.
Void Moon and More
We have a nasty Saturn/Chiron square at 1:26 PM this afternoon. This is harsh and wounding energy. Personally I am going to hide at home and rigorously avoid negative recriminations. Wednesday brings a spiritual Sun/Neptune sextile at 5:51 PM. A great opportunity to step back from the world and meditate or dream. Void Moon in Leo takes place that same night from 9:35 PM until 2:47 AM the next morning when the Moon enters Virgo, but you will be chilling at home due to the Mercury Station and the Sun/Neptune sextile. The other difficult Void is Saturday from 5:42 AM until 11:20 AM. This Virgo Void Moon is ideal for organizing your home or healthcare regime.