“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran
Effective dates: February 25th- March 13th, 2017
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Mercury in Pisces: Death. It is the one thing that truly unites us all. You know, outside of a shared planet, the same basic anatomy, needs, and a host of other things. Oh, and taxes. We are fascinated and horrified by death, all at the same time. We do everything that we can to stave it off and extend our lives, but not so much of the fear of death itself- we fear what comes AFTER death, we fear the unknown. Because no matter what the religions, channellers, physicists or the near-death experiencers say, none of us truly KNOW what happens after we die. Are we taken to a paradise? Are we stuck in a limbo somewhere? Are we punished for our misdeeds? Do we get reincarnated? Or is it just oblivion, nothing but the darkness forever? None of us truly know.
During Mercury in Pisces these questions will be on your mind, and the veil between worlds will be extremely thin. You will be able to connect to a world beyond our own, and will experience wonders unlike anything you ever imagined. It will be a dreamscape, where impossible things happen as a rule, not an exception. The trouble with dreams is that its always a short jump to a nightmare. Mercury in Pisces is a month-long high, clouding your mind and judgement– It just also happens to take place in an alternate reality. The whole thing will feel like an acid trip, and like acid it can be great and wonderful, but can go bad real fast.
This Mercury will take us back into hell, like that scene in Willy Wonka (the original, you heathens) where the titular character takes the supporting cast through the psychedelic tunnel of nightmares while he sings softly to himself. That scene is an allegory to Charon, the boatmaster who ferries souls into the underworld. Mercury will be the one leading us back in to the darkness again– At this point it feels like a commute! While this journey may feel familiar, your experience will be different from the last time we were here. This time it will be less harsh on you, less Hellfire and brimstone, more Fields of Ashpodel and limbo. This is the underworld that causes you to lose who you are- your mind, your personality, your memories… during this transit you will feel like it is all slipping away from you, like your mind is wrapped in a fog.
While Mercury is the one responsible for putting us in this mess, he is also the only one who can get us out of it. You see, Mercury is the psychopomp, which means that he is one of the only figures who can come and go from the underworld as he sees fit, and can take us with him either way. As we enter this transit, we will be on the Nodes of the Moon, which means the whole point of this jaunt is to become inspired and bring back a piece of what we find on the other side. This will be compounded by Neptune, adding into the psychedelic factor and making the darkness even harder to navigate. We will end on Chiron, who will show us the real purpose of our visit- Recovering the parts of ourselves that we have lost. Yes, we are going to be doing some serious soul retrieval and shadow work. Luckily, this will be a far less daunting task than it has been in the past, because we have been doing the work, and getting our shit together- the cosmos sees this, and will aid those who are putting in the work. Embrace the darkness, and walk like you can see. You will go far if you surrender to the experience.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Mercury in Pisces– (Cards: The Lovers, 8 of Wands, Page of Cups)
This is a magick as fuck Mercury, Heretics. Although it will bring a lot of depression and angst with it (fucking Emo Pisces), we will also get to experience the wonderment that is the Piscean other realm. Here we will be given a chance to meld that fantasy of ourselves with the reality of ourselves, talk to ancestors of past, receive messages in dreams, and make fucking fantastic art. This is definitely going to be a writer’s Mercury – a story-teller Hermes exploding through the layers of earth’s crust, making his way out of god damn Hades and telling the people exactly what he saw. Pisces is a mutable sign, and therefore the world in her realm is constantly shifting. It is clay ready for us to mold it into whatever it is that we need.
Isn’t it horrible when someone is making you sit inside and work when it’s so damn beautiful outside? We just want to play. And we also just want to sink into the depths of our bedroom sheets and delve into dream land. It doesn’t matter what form this play takes, we want to wrap ourselves up in it and hide away from the responsibilities of the world. Unfortunately, if we do this, we will fail to use this transit for exactly what it is good for: manifesting.
This is also a realm where the veil is so thin that revelation comes like swift lightening, and past experiences are able to integrate and their place in the grand picture becomes extremely apparent. This Mercury transit will remind all of us that we are a part of one tribe, and in this we will be consciously connected to one goal. There will be as many approaches to this goal as there are conscious beings on this planet, but not every part of a bicycle has the same function. Remember that there are certain violent acts of nature that bring about much nourishment (like a Volcano creating an island – the earth needs to bleed in order to create). Pisces knows what it is to suffer, and knows suffering’s place in this realm.
This suffering is waters of baptism, Heretics. I don’t like it as much as you do. I have been struggling through heaps of anxiety, depression to the point where I don’t want to get out of bed. But I must. You must, and when you do, you will get a bizarre need to create. Go with it, no matter what shape this creation takes. You are receiving messages from the beyond right now, and when we are in the realm of divinity it feels like our bodies are about to shatter and we want to sink into the beyond. This is what some occultists call “the abyss.” It is literally crushing like a black hole. How do you get out of the abyss? Well. You surrender. Yes, this is the lesson of the Pisces Eclipse coming up on the exact day of this Mercury ingress into Pisces; surrender.
It is like Kali Ma wielding her bloody blade – a force of nature far too powerful for you to stop. These Pisces transits are meant to humble you, to show you that you are a vessel for greater energies that you must allow to flow through you – or else you will suffer immensely. You must speak what you see. You must create with your pain, because there are messages that desperately want to come through. So we just got out of an Aquarius transit, meaning we should be coming into this ingress with lots of fucking ideas crackling in our head. What has the shadow work of this winter taught you? The cold days are almost over, and our incubation is almost at an end. The season is coming where we must get these thoughts into action – where the shedding of our old skin through the dark months is met with lightness of being once spring erupts through the soil.