Mercury, the planet of communication, speeds into Aquarius on Thursday 16th January at 6.31pm GMT. Mercury is exalted in Aquarius so it can really shine here. Some astrologers believe Mercury rules astrology and in the first 2.5 degrees of its journey through the Water Bearer, it has a heightened energy of the sign. Expect some kind of announcement or news which affects us all collectively, in the following 21 days.
But crucially by late Friday evening of the 17th January, Mercury exactly squares in a tense way to Uranus, the planet of freedom and rebellion.
Both Aquarius and Taurus have Fixed Modes and therefore a tendency towards more consistent attitudes. However, few people would argue that Uranus has anything remotely to do with consistency. In Taurus, it can create a stubborn resistance to change, or in this right angle with Mercury can create real tensions, and particularly if we encounter someone with very different values to our own, be it in terms of money, possessions, self worth (all Taurus) or long term planning, ideals, beliefs or group activities (Aquarius).
If there are any ties in a friendship circle that are out of kilter, they could be revealed now, but perhaps in a surprise and unexpected way. For example, someone may speak out about an unfairness they feel around shared money, or about who has done or contributed what.
Then again, we may find ourselves having a sudden about turn around a long distant plan (Aquarius) or finding a snag come up about a practical matter or cost that we hadn’t anticipated (Taurus). Ironically, concurrent to this Venus continues to forge a fine link with Uranus, so some changes we make now could be beneficial, be it in a relationship or around the marshalling of our resources.
But with the Fixed modes, we must not be too stubborn or resistant to change as it probably won’t be helpful. So if we flex, hear others’ viewpoints, and just give and take, it will really help. Furthermore, it really wouldn’t be a surprise if Astrology itself was in the wider news in one way or another during this transit, which, within an orb or gap of 3 degrees will last until Sunday.
– Mercury is neither male or female, encompassing both energies.
– Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and is also the smallest of the eight planets in our solar system.
– Mercury has been known to humanity since ancient times and although its discovery date is unknown, the first mentions of the planet are believed to be around 3000 BC by the Sumerians.
– Mercury is named after the messenger of the Roman gods, who is also known as Hermes in Greek mythology.
– Astronomers didn’t realise that Mercury was a planet until 1543 when Copernicus published his Sun-centred (heliocentric) model of the Solar System.