With Mercury in Aquarius since Sunday 14 February you may have noticed a subtle shift in your thinking and communication style. Being an air sign Mercury functions well in Aquarius. The mind is likely to be sharp and astute with flashes of inspiration, and there will be a tendency to look at things in a very objective, scientific, and perhaps even detached manner. Mercury remains in Aquarius until Sunday 6 March.
This detachment can be frustrating for those of us who value the subjective viewpoint and who look at the world through lenses of empathy and intuition, especially those whose natal charts feature the planet Neptune or the Piscean archetype quite strongly. For these people Mercury in Aquarius can feel somewhat cold, a point that was brought up in a recent discussion of Aquarius ruler Uranus in the Know Yourself Astrology Circle.
A hallmark of Mercury in Aquarius is systems thinking, an ability to view the world in a holistic way. This is perhaps partly why Mercury in Aquarius can come across as a little detached and cold, in stark contrast to its opposite sign Leo with its focus on individuality and self-expression.
I encountered an example of this contrast just recently, observing a discussion between two parents on the risks and benefits of childhood vaccination. One parent pointed out that there were several dangers that although rare can have serious consequences for the health of a small child. The other argued that such thinking was selfish because, while it protected the individual child from risk, it endangered the health of a large group of the child’s peers.
So, while Mercury in Aquarius is very focused on the evolution and development of human society, and can be quite innovative and visionary in this regard, it can lack compassion for individual pain and drama, seeing it as insignificant beside the needs of the collective.
Both social media and the internet more generally are a powerful manifestation of Mercury in Aquarius. Unlike Gemini with its clear-cut exchange of information and ideas, or Libra with its one-on-one partner-based cooperation, Mercury in Aquarius communicates via networks and develops ideas through collaboration between large groups, often across vast distances and between peoples of great diversity and differences of opinion.
To Mercury in Aquarius even the inevitable conflict that occurs within groups can be creative, just as long as the individuals are able to respect one another’s differences. Thus, despite its focus on the group, Mercury in Aquarius celebrates the unique characteristics that make us who we are and resists attempts by society to make us conform to a particular standard or belief, recognising that it is diversity that makes for a healthy social ecology.
When Mercury moved into Aquarius in my progressed chart I became fascinated by participatory learning models where the traditional hierarchy of teacher and student is transcended in favour of a collaborative learning process. This approach is to education is intrinsic to the design of the Know Yourself Online Astrology Courses, one of which commences on 2 March and is now open for registration.
Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is sometimes referred to as the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury because it takes our thinking to another level. With Mercury in Aquarius we think laterally, outside of the square, and we are more open to experimenting with unusual idea or solutions.
How will Mercury in Aquarius affect you?
Mercury in Aquarius will resonate most strongly for those who have Mercury placed in Aquarius or the 11th House natally. You may also feel it if you have strong natal aspects between Mercury and Uranus. Those with planets or points in Uranus will feel this energy most strongly as Mercury transits these natal placements. The area of your life that will be most affected depends on which house Mercury is transiting through in your chart.
Meanwhile, in another part of the cosmos
The Moon forms a wide T-square with Saturn and Chiron over the next few days so beware of taking things personally or seeing things as worse than they really are, especially as an opposition from Jupiter to Chiron is sure to amplify things. We’re all likely to be a little more prone to upset and if your natal chart is affected there may be underlying issues that need to be addressed so you don’t react badly when old wounds are touched accidentally.
Fortunately, detached Uranus makes a supportive sextile to the Moon and a trine to Saturn and this may help bring a little objectivity into emotional situations, especially when Venus moves into Aquarius on Tuesday 18th February.
A trine from Jupiter to Pluto is a very helpful influence as we continue to work with the tense energy of Uranus square Pluto, an aspect that though no longer exact is still very much in effect. Jupiter is currently sextile Mars and conjunct the North-Node so acting on the opportunities that come our way during this time can have far-reaching impacts in our lives.
How are you experiencing Mercury in Aquarius?
If you have Mercury in Aquarius natally, how do you find it affects you style of thinking and communicating? Have you felt Mercury in Aquarius over the past couple of days? How do you plan top make the most of this visionary way of thinking about the world?