Today hosts the conjunction of Mercury and the Sun at 16 Leo. This conjunction marks the mid-point of Mercury’s retrograde motion, and is more specifically called the “inferior” conjunction, and occurs when Mercury is between the Sun and the Earth.
Mercury’s retrograde movement, during which he disappears from visibility for several weeks, is often analogized to a journey through the Underworld— a function to which the Greek Hermes was especially fitted in his role as Hermes Cthonios, the guide of souls. The inferior conjunction with the Sun, at the heart of Mercury’s retrograde cycle, can thus be paralleled to the discovery of the underworld’s innermost sanctum. Here, a Chthonian Mercury confers with the midnight Sun to clarify matters of self-image, public-image, and other topics which have to do with the making, wearing and burning of ego-masks.
Mercury’s alignment with the Sun has plenty of Lunar support, due to the Moon in Cancer’s grand water trine with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Reserve some time to reflect quietly, and get caught up on processing this rather rough season.
Horoscopes & Ongoing Influences
Moon in Cancer, 4th Quarter
Sun Conjunct Mercury: Aug 08 2018 7:05 PM
Moon Trine Jupiter: Aug 08 2018 8:41 PM
Moon Trine Neptune: Aug 08 2018 10:40 PM
Moon Opposite Pluto: Aug 09 2018 4:18 AM
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So is it a good night for a public reading of Virgil’s Georgics? We’ll see in a few hours…