©12-7-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
I already HATE this Mercury retrograde! Normally, I’m one of Merc Rx’s biggest fans. It’s usually one of my best writing periods, since I was born just as Mercury turned around and went direct. It gives me time to catch up and to write some of those neat article ideas scribbled in my notebook. With a longer project like a book in front of me, it’s time for revisions, fact checking, and filling in missing sections. But this time, I am completely and totally blocked.
Not only am I in danger of missing a writing deadline, an absolute no no for me, I am seriously thinking of bailing on a series I proposed to my dear editors at The Mountain Astrologer. I’ve been worried for the last month that it might turn out to be cookbook astrology, and now that I’m partly through the first article, it’s clear that that indeed is what it is. I. DON’T. DO. COOKBOOK!!!!!
(Cookbook is that sort of piece that slogs through all 12 signs, 12 houses, or every bloody possible Pluto transit to some part of the chart. Readers love them; writers hate them. You won’t find cookbook astrology on this blog.)
So, laboring to get that article out, I’d been aware that Mercury was about to go retrograde and maybe save my behind. I picked up the ephemeris this morning.
OY!! Mercury is barely moving and will be within a degree of Pluto in Capricorn at the station. In fact, it’s within a 5° conjunction from December 1st-18th.
THAT’S the problem. The Mercury-Pluto conjunction.
Every Mercury retrograde period is different, depending on what aspects Mercury forms to other planets during its stationary period, because those aspects will last a week or two.
(A heads up, though, Readers. Do backups right away on any mission critical computer files.)
This one I already hate. I do have a Mercury-Pluto semisquare natally, and know exactly what it feels like.
It’s my light-hearted, playful Gemini Mercury wanting to run away screaming from some of the things my potent Pluto wants me to write. Those dark, scary, emotionally intense topics that make my stomach churn and that I know will upset my readers even as the words heal them.
What I’m writing about for TMA isn’t dark and scary; it’s about transits to the Sun from Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. It’s just that it’s cookbook. And my Mercury-Pluto conjunction has the heebie jeebies. Jeez. All I can think of is that there are still a few days until the deadline, and maybe it will lighten up after Mercury gets moving retrograde.
THE GOOD NEWS: Mercury Pluto conjunctions are quite powerful in terms of being able to analyze situations and get to the heart of the problem.
Mercury stationary conjunct Pluto could be extremely productive of insights into long-standing blockages–things we’ve been reluctant to face or have been in denial about. It can also make words powerfully healing OR seriously destructive.
Watch what you say in anger or vengefulness now, folks. These are the words that once spoken can never be taken back.
I’ve written here about the tuning fork quality of transits—the observation that when an aspect forms between two planets in the sky, the people who have that aspect in their birth chart react to it and respond. (It’s like hitting a note with a tuning fork, and that string on an instrument vibrates.)
So, Readers, I’m curious, do any of you have an aspect between Mercury and Pluto in your birth chart? Is this transiting Mercury-Pluto conjunction stirring you up? And how? Tell us about it in the comment section at the bottom of this article.
FOLLOW-UP ARTICLES: The Mercury-Pluto Conjunction—Grievances, Grudges, Gripes and Grinches and How to Deal with Manipulative Behavior and Guilt Trips.PS. Don’t worry, readers, the article got finished in plenty of time, and I’m having a dialogue with TMA about what my next series will be.
PSS. Natalie just pointed out in the comment section that Uranus is also stationary now. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties, don’t blame it on Mercury Retrograde and add to the hysteria over that; Uranus is more to blame for computer glitches.
Related articles on Skywriter:
- Understanding Mercury-Pluto Combinations (Natal aspects)
- Enough with the Mercury Retrograde Hysteria!
- Why Mercury Retrograde is a Good Thing–Its Helpful Uses
- Readers’ Comments and Questions on Mercury Retrograde
- Mercury Advisory—Keep your Eyes Open and your Mouth Shut! (t-square during Rx)
- Mercury’s Pre-retrograde Shadow and Post-retrograde Shadow Periods
- Obama’s Flubbed Oath–Perfect Mercury Retrograde Story?
- How Strong is your Mercury? Here’s the Score!
- 22 Posts about Mercury and the 3rd House on Skywriter
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