Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon that occurs approximately 3 times per year, every year. Having gained recent popularity due to a surge of interest in spirituality amongst Millennials, it is technically not classified as a “big hitter” in astrology. This most recent retrograde however, was more than just the brilliant eclipse across the Sun. It stirred the generational pot, activating unconscious ties between Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. It triggered both their similarities and disparities, prompting an already existing aggravation into mass protest across the globe, and a surge of memes, articles and analysis online.
Video footage by Nolan Omura
Resistance is futile, enjoy the ride.
This recent Mercury Rx cycle ended with the messenger snuggled up to mystical, nebulous Neptune. If retrograde times themselves aren’t enough to throw us off, sealing the deal with Neptune only intensified this.
The effects continuing this week have left many of us feeling cloudy & indecisive while lacking vitality & clear direction. Sound familiar? 🤔
It’s these moments, these potent astrological signatures, that are clear cosmic reminders that Capitalism is man-made & intrusive on our natural rhythms. The desire to achieve, to strive for survival is innate, but aligning our worth with ‘success’ & ‘progress’ is not. Why is it so hard to rest & DO nothing? How much did you push against this tide, only to feel more confused & dissatisfied? When we DO nothing, the only thing we can ‘do’ is just be. It’s in these precious moments that we can truly hear the messages.
If we lived in a society where we were encouraged to make our life’s work something we’re good at or enjoy, the very fabric of society would be different. We would ‘work’ because we enjoy it, because it’s fulfilling, because we’re contributing. We would ‘work’ to our abilities, not a stock standard that exhausts us & pits us against each other. We wouldn’t have to stop & create time to check in, we’d be an expression of the rhythm of life itself. The indoctrination that we need to work to eat, to survive, to feel worthy are the sharp teeth of capitalism that eat away at our vitality & take us away from what we’re here to share.
We’re not out of this shadow phase until April 17, so these learnings are still being filtered through. With Saturn & Pluto as watchdogs over the south node traveling through Capricorn, we’re shedding more than the ideologies of capitalism. We have to address our own fears, our own beliefs & support of systems that uphold the things that inevitably hurt us.
Neptune allows us to view the ideal, to quest back to source. While it might not change overnight, each choice we make alters the entire vibration of the Universe. How’s THAT for personal responsibility?
Although I haven’t watched it, the “does it spark joy?” question has filtered through. Like anyone listening to these Uranus in Taurus messages, I’m getting down, closer, to that which calls me, holds value & needs to go.
Where ever Taurus lands in your chart, you understand the desire to build roots, have comfort & long lasting material security. Uranus though, has other ideas & is forcing us to renegotiate our relationship to such things.
Taurus wants to possess, hoard & maintain; allow slow change over a long period of time. Uranus wants to disrupt the status quo, abruptly freeing us from that which inhibits. Trying to control something so dynamic in a fixed capacity can only lead to a shuddering of secure foundations.
Being a conduit means you allow things to pass through. Like powerlines transmitting electricity, the cables & the electricity are not one and the same, nor are they’re trying to be. Taurus is the container for the energy of Uranus over the next 7 years; challenging our ideas of what ‘enough’ is, forcing us to identify that which truly brings us joy based on what we value & not relying on what worked in the past. #freshandnew
To be surrounded by less distractions, both inside & out, requires leaning in to trust in a more acute way.
This trip home has walked me down so many memory lanes with friends, places, food & my eternal love: motorbikes! The fact that you physically can’t carry much stuff, that the wind washes you clean of anything stuck, that it’s you (& possibly one other) & the potential offered in an open road. Need I say more?!
This Uranus transit initiated itself last May. It’s underway, & will switch gears again on the next New Moon in Pisces. For those strongly rooted in their Taurean ways, I hope you can find your conduit shape so that you can be lead by the sparks that are illuminating your road forward. If personal earthquakes rumble & you’re aware of a need to control, right there is your diamond mine. Taurus is not interested in scratching the surface, we need to dig a lot deeper. Shedding the material has a deep emotional & spiritual component, too. Don’t deny yourself.
The road is open & all maps are out the window. Where will you go with such freedom?
Shout out to Sullo for lending me her bike & to Jessika Fancy for being numero uno co-pilot.
*Map of Aboriginal Australia can be purchased here
We’ve established that genocide is not something to be celebrated, that housing insecurity sabotages our ability to function to our fullest potential & that generational trauma is passed on irrespective of physical changes; location, $, class, privilege etc.
& yet we still have space in Australian society for a national holiday that upholds these basic principals, & more. We’re still governed by that same violent mentality that sought to conquer, eliminate & deny the very existence of Aboriginal people, their cultures & spirituality, that lived on & with this land for thousands of years. Thousands.
One historical difference in the colonisation of Australia & Nth America is that the specifics of conflict, dispossession & betrayal were barely recorded in visual form in Australia. Where we can find photographs & sketches of the Civil War in the US, there is hardly any visual representation of the truth in Australia, & blatant fabrication of the truth in written form. This has contributed to problematic misconceptions that a) no one was here when Captain Cook arrived b) Aboriginal people did not fight back, unlike Maori people c) the British came in peace. .
Looking at this map v’s the British division (where someone got a ruler & divided it up into what we know as Australia today), is a good reminder for us white fellas that colonisation enforces straight lines, a strict rule of thumb via assimilation, & continual erasure. Straight lines don’t occur in nature. Decolonisation requires us to think beyond the rules & mentality we’ve been indoctrinated into, to listen & soften our edges.
Today & everyday I stand in solidarity with the traditional custodians of this land, & continue to seek understanding of the ways in which my presence, my whiteness, my ignorance continue to reinforce this violence.