What Influences your Thoughts?
In this mid-Feb blog, I am highlighting the transits of Mercury, the planet that influences mental processing and communication. Mercury is the fastest-moving planet in our solar system. It orbits the Sun in 88 days and spends about 2-3 weeks in each zodiac sign (except during retrograde). Planetary transits with Mercury are brief and worthy of our attention as they influence everyday life by governing the ever-changing sphere of our consciousness and cognition that we process and experience through language.
2/17 - 2/19
Mercury Sextile Jupiter
Mercury influences our mental processes and communications, and Jupiter optimistically expands our approach. When Mercury and Jupiter move into an opportunistic Sextile aspect from the 17th through the 19th, it creates more capacity for optimistic thinking. A positive outlook naturally comes wherever you find yourself. It’s a supportive time to expand your mind and think outside the box. If you feel stuck in a particular way of thinking, this Mercury/Jupiter transit may allow you to open to broader perspectives. I encourage you to take note of new thoughts coming in and write your ideas down during these dates. It’s a potent time to harness the power of positive thinking.
2/19 - 2/21
Venus Sextile Pluto
With Pisces New Moon 11:06 pm PST (2/19)
Just after Mercury and Jupiter create an opening for more expansive mental energy, Venus and Pluto will also make a positive, Sextile aspect with each other from the 19th through the 21st. Venus influences aspects of yourself that connect to relationships, social life, and your aesthetic senses of bringing beauty into your life. Pluto’s energy influences change and transformation, taking you below the superficial levels of your experience to bring forth the power of deeper layers of being. Its influence can bring to the surface the things you may not have been conscious of and need to see to transform your experiences and grow more profoundly as a human being.
Pluto and Venus together stimulate a need for connecting with others and opening up the depths of love and intimacy. You may notice stronger attractions from the 19th-21st and a need to transform your love relationship(s) to the next level. The Venus/Pluto Sextile is a positive and supportive time to move through any existing complicated layers and shift into new spaces.
This Venus/Pluto energy is connected to the New Moon in Pisces on the 19th. Pisces opens your senses to yourself at a soul level as a being swimming in the big sea of the Universe. This expansiveness can help you break through old limitations and tap into new experiences congruent with Pluto and Venus's positive Sextile of transforming power and the areas mentioned above in your life it may influence.
Mercury Sextile Chiron
In this month’s wave of planetary Sextiles, Mercury and Chiron are next in line on the 20th. Chiron is the wounded healer. You may find yourself in healing conversations that help you move forward. If you have been in situations recently where things need working out, I recommend taking the opportunity on or on the days surrounding Feb 20th to open dialogue.
To help guide you, think back to the time around January 11th. This period would have been when Mercury and Chiron were in a difficult Square aspect with each other. You might have felt challenged by conversations, communication, or thoughts relating to a difficult situation. Perhaps you’ve been able to move through it since then, and on Feb 20th, you may experience having more positive thoughts about the situation's outcome. You might have that healing conversation and or be able to process the situation from a place of your higher mind.
Pausing to tune into this Mercury/Chiron transit will be helpful for the following days when Mercury comes into another more challenging Square aspect with Uranus (see below).
2/21 - 2/23
Mercury Square Uranus
As mentioned throughout this Mid-Feb blog, Mercury relates to our communications and mental processes. Uranus opens up the aspect of ourselves that wants to break out of old habits and patterns and get us into new ways of being that feel exciting and free. On Feb 21st - 23rd, Mercury and Uranus will be in a difficult Square aspect, challenging you to break out of stubborn thoughts or ways of communicating that keep you from having forward movement with others.
During the 21st - 23rd, notice if you have upwelling new ways of thinking that challenge your old ways. Sometimes we can feel so attached to a long-held thought about something that we can’t imagine seeing it in any other way, much less letting it go. Doing so would be liberating, but do you feel ready to open up to a new way of thinking? With a square aspect like this, situations can show up as familiar patterns we find ourselves in that require us to shift out of these old ways of being. It can feel like a crisis, but it becomes a moment of personal growth if we genuinely make our way through it.
Ultimately, this up-and-coming Mercury/Uranus transit can free you out of communication patterns that just aren’t working for you anymore. It’s like updating your operating system and upgrading your patterns and processing modes. Recognize if any crisis-type or tipping point situations are related to communication, which can help you understand what parts of your life are calling for new thought patterns. With awareness, you can use this time to open yourself to discovering new pathways in communicating from an authentic place that allows you more alignment with yourself.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for over 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.