Imagine you are walking up a mountain trail. You’re slowing down because the way is getting steeper, and rougher — and your sense of dread and unease grows with every step. A dark shadow looms on the path in front of you, filling you with dread. You turn tail and fly, tripping down the mountainside.
In fact, as you stumble away, you realise you had dropped your map some way behind anyway and you start looking for it on the way down. As you walk, you find that your path looks quite different from this angle. You are able to see layers of rock. What the mountain is actually made of is evident now.
About half-way down, you meet a fellow traveller who radiates a powerful, positive energy. When you are near him, you notice bright veins of minerals in the rocks that you had never seen before. He tells you he’s seen your map near the bottom of the mountain, and that he’ll meet you on the other side. He explains that he has a meeting with the Lord of the Mountain, the person who owns everything you both stand on. Heartened, you hurry downhill.
It becomes clear to you that the path you were taking is not what you thought at all. The view is quite different now; you can look right down into the valley you’d left behind.
At the very bottom of the mountain path, you stumble back into the jungle. There is your map, exactly where you dropped it.
You turn back. Because you see the path for what it is now, you can make your way with greater certainty — and you have the map. Now you gather pace as you float up the mountain. Lo, at the exact spot (almost) where you turned back, there, sitting on a rock at the mouth of a vast cave, waiting for you, is someone dressed in black, the Lord of this Mountain.
Mercury is doing something like this now. The little planet of speed, intelligence, communications, commerce, language and travel will turn retrograde on December 19 just seconds before meeting Pluto. He has been toiling through the shadow of that retrograde since the start of the month.
Mercury turns Rx on December 19 at 15° Capricorn.
Meets the Sun on December 28 at 7° Capricorn.
Turns direct on January 8 at 28° Sagittarius.
Returns to 15° Capricorn on January 27.
Squares Uranus on February 1.
Leaves Capricorn on February 7.
This year Mercury’s three retrogrades have been almost exclusively in earth signs, squeaking just barely into other signs for a day or less. Practical changes have been afoot. These have been to do with money, with property, with boundaries.
But this month’s action is especially important because Mercury is retracing all the degrees that Pluto has recently made his own in Capricorn (since 2008). Pluto in Capricorn has been transforming the world economy — and possibly not for the better. We saw this in action in the banking crisis as soon as the Lord of Plutocrats entered the sign of establishment, international structures, hierarchy. Now we are getting a chance to review Pluto’s scorched earth in Capricorn so far.
Just this month we have seen some very literal changes in how money works in the world. In India, “demonetisation”, imposed by the government, completes today. Basically, small denomination notes have been taken out of circulation with lightning speed to be replaced by plastic. Since most Indians (some estimates say over 90%) are paid in cash, the impact has been disastrous. The results so far have been devastating for the poor. The purpose of this move was to root out corruption. Both are Plutonian themes. That’s 2bn people affected.
Meanwhile, in Egypt, the government has floated the Egyptian pound — again with devastating effects on the poor. The value has dropped by 50% in less than a month. That’s 90m people affected.
Then there’s Venezuela: another money disaster. The currency was worth so little by the end of November that you had to carry a backpack of notes around in order to do your shopping. Like the Indian government, the Venezuelans decided to pull banknotes (demonetise) — but these were high-value ones. Again this was supposedly to combat corruption. This week, the country has had to close the border with Colombia to stop currency smuggling. That’s 30m people plunged into deeper poverty.
In all three of these countries, decisions by government (Capricorn) have rendered people who were just coping completely destitute. It’s the difference between feeding your family and starving in some cases.
Fighting corruption has been one of the motivators — social unrest will and is likely one of the results. But international corruption — an area of Plutonian expertise — is being rapidly exposed too. Every day, the stink from Donald Trump’s ties to Russia gets stronger. It will be interesting to see whether the Electoral College goes with the energy of the Mercury Retrograde and decides not to vote for him on December 19, the day Mercury goes Rx.
Be prepared for a lot more corruption and dirty dealing to be revealed over the next few weeks. Another example is the revelation today that 1bn yahoo accounts (including mine) were hacked in 2013. Big, big numbers of people are feeling the effects of this transit personally already. Pluto is about vast wealth. Mafia bosses are Plutonian avatars, but so is the chief of police…
Watch out when Uranus turns direct on December 29, Mercury turns direct on January 8 and when these two meet on February 1. This will wake up the Uranus-Pluto square again.
On a personal level, we will all be reviewing the effects of Capricorn in Pluto so far too. More on that in the next post.