Mercury is coming to a halt. Every three month’s, he begins to scratch his bearded chin in the evening’s sky and slowly rise from his ephemeral throne to revisit a few places he recently passed by. On this walk down memory lane, he comes closest to the Earth, roping us in all well, forcing us to see those places through different eyes. This is Mercury retrograde. The last of 2017.
I woke with an early gift from our 21st Century Santa (Amazon); A book called Tribe of Mentors was sent to me. It’s Tim Ferriss’s latest. If you’re not familiar with Tim, you should be. He possesses mercurial skills like few others on the planet (Virgo Moon; rulers of his Nodes-Venus/Mars conjunct in Gemini). Whenever I get a new book, my first move is to open intuitively to the first page I’m drawn to, to get an idea of what’s in store. I flipped to this:
“The only true voyage would be not to travel through a hundred different lands with the same pair of eyes, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes.”
— MARCEL PROUST
This theme has been repeating for me ever since Saturn moved into Sagitarrius in 2015. Now that they are together (Mercury/Saturn on the Galactic Center; 28 Sag) it seems even more highlighted than ever before.
In my last post, where I was reflecting on “Sag season,” I shared the idea of the scatterling (read more here). A potent and uncomfortable concept which applies to many of us today. Proust is pointing his pen at the same idea: How we can end up feeling like the Platte river–a mile wide, yet an inch deep. How then do we deepen our flow?
Mercury will begin his descent (rx; Dec 2nd) a degree away from the Galactic Center (@ 29 Sag) and arrive safely in the morning’s sky, stationing once more (direct; Dec 23rd) at 13 Sagittarius. It’s within this torch-lit space where many of the great questions are asked, like: What is the point to all of this? Where are we going? Where do we come from? It’s wise then to find these degrees in your Chart and begin to live the questions there. By the end of it all, right around the holidays and the New Year when he will be stepping out of these degrees for good (post-shadow release). It’s entirely possible we will be seeing the world with freshly reconfigured eyes.
*Remember Jerry’s words, “Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.” Remind yourself of this mystical meme when he plays his tricks on you. Because it will happen and when it does, see it as a perceptual intervention. To some extent, Mercury knows best. We should always ask: Ok. What am I to be learning here? (As you peel the guts of your Iphone 10 from the pavement after “accidentally” running it over in your morning hustle, grieving the fact it can no longer recognize your face).