Astrology of Now: In the Footprints of Saturn
We woke up to snow on Sunday. Swirling, twirling flakes, hurtling fast, then fluttering delicately past the bedroom window. The garden had vanished by 6am and by mid-day a soft, heavy blanket of white had covered everything. With snow comes silence.
It’s easy in the first snowfall to imagine yourself in a different time — maybe a horse-drawn sleigh will trot down my suburban street. And then time slows too. Instead of cars, people and their dogs trudge and stumble down the street. We went out for a while and, coming home, walked past the end of our road, unrecognisable in its new guise.
A snowfall like this one is magical. It transforms the world, and refreshes it, and stops time.
This week, Mercury is mid-Retrograde, trudging gamely backwards, perhaps, like King Wenceslas’ page, treading boldly in each old footprint. Imagine then, Mercury, walking, not flying, through the crisp and even snow, collecting winter fuel.
This retrograde is a part of the deep midwinter stabilising at this year’s extraordinarily important Solstice on December 21. Yes, extraordinarily important. I’ve looked back over the last 500 years and found only one instance of Saturn at 0° Capricorn on the day of the Winter Solstice, when the Sun himself is also at that degree. That was December 1664. More on this later.
Mercury turned tail at 29° Sagittarius, and he is currently going back over not only his own marks, but also the footprints that Saturn has left in Sagittarius over the last year. This is a huge opportunity for everyone to reflect, rethink, and understand more deeply the lessons of Saturn in Sagittarius. Mercury is able to retrieve evidence — if we need it — renegotiate and reset our direction.
On Sunday, Mercury made an friendly trine to Uranus (the planet of the time-machine). He may have gathered some information about the future, or about technology. He also trined the planet of wisdom, Pallas, who is right next to Uranus and about to run direct herself. This contact with Aries is about battles, disputes, adversaries and beginnings. It may answer a question on how to be a hero.
On December 13, Mercury meets the Sun. It’s usually at this moment in a retrograde that things start to make sense, wires become uncrossed, and messages clear.
On December 15, Venus meets Mercury — a good evening for a party, for talking about love and maybe, regret — and on December 17, the Moon spends the day with the little messenger — a time for an emotional, nostalgic exchange.
Mercury stations direct at 13° Sagittarius on December 23. If this degree is occupied in your own chart, you may feel the shift. FYI, Saturn crossed this degree on January 19, 2016, and again on June 4 and October 17 in that year. (12° Sag is an important degree for the United States, if you use the Sag Rising chart. Pluto was on this spot on 9/11.)
So look at Sagittarius in your own chart. What house does it rule? What planets are in there? Can you pick out a personal story about Saturn’s walk through Sagittarius? Step into those footprints boldly.
Here are some articles written when Saturn first began his journey through Sagittarius.