March 23, 2016 at 1:10pm PDT / 8:10pm UT

Sun conjoins Mercury at 3°37' Aries

This morning's lunar eclipse coincides with an important culmination point in the cycle of Mercury, which in astrology represents our ability to think, connect, and make sense of the world around us. mercury-magSoon after the eclipse, Mercury will conjoin the Sun marking the "superior conjunction" or "Full Mercury." This is the fruition phase of a cycle that began last January 14th when Mercury last met up with our central star smack dab in the middle of its retrograde cycle.

Referred to as the inferior conjunction — or "New Mercury" — the January conjunction occurred when our trickster planet was up to his best retrograde hijinks and coincided with the planet's closest approach to Earth. Akin to a New Moon, the inferior conjunction is the starting point in Mercury's cycle, when the seeds of mercurial intent are planted in our lives. The cycle's peak, however, does not occur then, but two months later, at the next conjunction with Mercury in direct motion and moving at a full "quicksilver" speed. And this synapse-firing high point is where we are right now, conjunct a lunar eclipse to boot.

At this time, we reap the rewards gleaned from the reflection and review we completed when Mercury was in retrograde motion and a new Mercury began.At this Full Mercury culmination, it is useful to look back at the genesis point of Mercury's cycle. What was going on in your life in mid January? What was foremost in your thoughts and concerns? And, do you see any connections between what was going on then and what is happening now? For it is mercurial harvest time. What we intentionally or inadvertently set in motion last January is now ripe and ready. Something that was unclear, cloudy or confused may be brought to clarity right now.

There are 47 days between the Full Mercury and its next retrograde station (April 28th). So we are at a special stretch of time when we experience the greatest Mercurial momentum. At the Full Mercury, we reap the rewards gleaned from the reflection and review we completed when Mercury was in retrograde motion and a new cycle began. Although with one serious caveat, Mercury conjunct an eclipse, which suggests this momentum will be folded into the chaos that is often apparent during eclipse time. So while those synapses are indeed firing away, it's a good time to exercise caution in the areas of life Mercury rules: commmunication, transportation, electrical equipment and any kind of commercial transactions.

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Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.

— Khalil Gibran

Sun-Mercury trine Mars

A major subplot to this Full Mercury/Libra lunar eclipse is a trine from the Sun-Mercury conjunction in (Mars-ruled) Aries to Mars itself, currently in Sagittarius. Bolstering the self-initiative, action-orientation and enthusiam of this Arian high point in the Mercury cycle, the trine also reminds us that Mars will soon be in the center ring. This high-wattage fire trine from Sun to Mars, perfecting in three days, is another critical step towards Mars's swiftly approaching station retrograde.

More on that in my next post, stayed tuned!



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