Lately I haven’t felt much like writing. Instead my free time has been spent on my garden, personal reflection or research. I’ve felt a little ill at ease with this because I’ve committed to writing a weekly article for you all and I don’t like breaking my commitments. But last night it occurred to me that struggling against my own inclinations makes no sense at all. Instead of rigidly scheduling myself I need to practice astro time management.
Let’s explore this a little more deeply. Mercury, the planet that governs writing and communication, was in Capricorn for the first half of January, and has now moved into Aquarius. During this time it passed though my 8th House and is now in my 9th. Neither of these houses is about outward communication.
Mercury in Capricorn is all about planning for the future. When it falls in the 8th House we’re talking contemplation of our own and others’ mortality. We think about what might happen when we die, what our legacy to our children will be. Family and organisational finances become a focus. On a more esoteric level we’re exploring our inner dark side. We might also be spending more time thinking about sex.
Mercury in Aquarius is visionary. We’re discovering new ways of thinking about the world, society and our place in it. When passing through the 9th House, Mercury in Aquarius brings a desire to research these things seriously. Having come to a realisation we want to understand everything that it implies. We take a deep dive and come back to shore with the treasure of knowledge.
Obviously this is not the energy for writing articles for a public audience. With Mercury in Capricorn in the 8th House, the written word becomes a tool for self reflection, strategising and intimate communication; the sharing of secrets. When it moves into Aquarius and passes into the 9th House, Mercury becomes preoccupied with study and has no time at all for social interaction or communication.
When we practice astro time management we become attuned to the energies at play in our lives. Instead of trying to force ourselves to do what we feel we should do, we listen to and honour our inclinations. In doing so we begin to flow with life rather than struggling against it.
This doesn’t mean that we ignore or neglect our commitments. Some things just have to be done. For me child caring is one of these things, as is all the little tasks of household management and family life. I can’t just leave the dishes to pile up indefinitely because I don’t feel like doing them, however I can postpone that deep clean of the laundry, perhaps until Mars is in Virgo :)
Astro time management is difficult because our society runs by the clock and the calendar, both of which are based on uniform units of time. We are expected to show up at work Monday through Friday at 9am on the dot and there’s very little room to move within this structure.
Still, there are subtle ways we can integrate astro time management into our daily life. Certainly in our leisure time we are free to follow our natural tendencies, but even at work most of us have some choice as to which activities we focus on and when.
On a more macro level, looking at outer planet transits can give us clues as to the right timing of major decisions and the implementation of big projects. For example, it would be unwise to start a new business when Saturn is square to natal Mars and passing through the 3rd House. On the other hand, a Jupiter transit to the mid-heaven and sextile to natal Venus would be an ideal time to kick off that new endeavour.
To apply this knowledge to your own life you’ll need your own birth chart which you can get for free at astro.com. If you already have your chart but are still figuring out how to track the transits you might enjoy my ebook The Language of Astrology. It’s free to download.
Astro time management shouldn’t become an obsession. We all have responsibilities and sometime you just have to suck it up. But becoming more aware of the planetary energies and working with them can make life easier and more fulfilling. Learning to flow with these energies supports our well-being and makes it easier to achieve our goals.