On the first day of the Mercury Retrograde, February 6, I found myself deep in my attic, surrounded by piles of junk: old bedsteads, mysterious boxes, a couple of boogie boards, a broken dollhouse even. I’ve been meaning to clear out the attic since last year, but every time I thought about going up there I just felt overwhelmed by the task. Some of the boxes up there are literally too heavy for me to lift, and the piles of stuff have become unruly, precarious, threatening even.
So there I was in my unruly attic, still in pyjamas, having trapped myself in a corner behind some boxes and an ancient stereo, when I spied my missing books, my missing knitting needles and a tumbling bag of baby shoes all at once: treasures. Suddenly, it was easy. I found I had almost superhuman strength. Boxes were lifted and tossed aside, crates levered… a space was clear in minutes.
Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: exploring detritus in the unconscious. Pluto opposite Jupiter (Pisces ruler): throwing out rubbish.
I cleared half my attic in a single morning. A task which has been weighing down on me for more than a year was accomplished in a trice. Clearly, the time was right.
Now an attic is a metaphor for the mind. Mercury, the planet of mind and communication, will go backwards through the first few degrees of Pisces until February 13, and then through Aquarius until February 28, when the messenger will turn forward again.
Pisces is the unconscious mind and Aquarius is the conscious mind. Pisces is poetic, intuitive, emotional. Aquarius is rational, logical, Spokian. First we sift through our emotional attitudes, our memories, dreams, imaginings; then we turn to the systems of thinking that we may have been holding on to for years.
Everything is up for re-evaluation now. And some of it should be thrown down Pluto’s drain.
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