This year has been like variable levels of Dante's hell in loop phases. We've definitely had to abandon hope to move forward. As the solar year comes to a close we'll be digesting the path we've adventured. That means some emotional highs and lows. It means recognizing that we may not be where we expected to be individually or as a collective. It's a great time to step back from this shit goop and take time to analyze whats going on and how far we've come.
Mercury is retrograde until December 23rd in the freedom loving and spiritual sign of Sagittarius. Usually this chaotic time is enough to send everyone running and screaming in terror. Sure electronics will go haywire, there will be imminent traffic delays, tons of misunderstandings, and your coworkers will gossip more. Your computer may fritz, an old lover may text you, all the usual Mercury retrograde things are bound to go down. This cycle however, may be a little different. We’re in the middle of a radical shift. This particular cycle is going to put us on a new level of resistance and change for 2018, so lets get ready for that.
Mercury turned direct conjunct Saturn, lord of structure, time, karma, and security. If the usual retrograde effects are not enough, this theme conjunction is calling out our ability to feel safe, comfortable, and free to exist in a genuine light. Karmic wounds, debts, and even karmic or fated relationships will come into play. If there’s a backpack of emotional labor or cords you’ve been carrying around, it’s unpacking itself as you read this.
Both Saturn and Mercury were conjunct the galactic center during Mercury’s pause and illusionary reversal. The galactic center is the point from which it’s been determined our universe is expanding from. It’s the source of energy and growth in every sense. The galactic center dwells at the end of the sign of Sagittarius. Ruler of the centaur archer is planet Jupiter, who also rules expansion, luck, and spirituality. Jupiter entered Scorpio on October 10th for 14 months. During this cycle we’re going to be faced nose to the mirror with our greatest fears. We really can’t get around it. Both as a cosmic society and as individuals. This work entails drawing out our poisons and doubts, you know, our deeply seeded toxic wounds. Those things we’ve shoved down into recesses of ourself for ions, lifetimes even. Cycles that surface and haunt us. Instead of suppressing them on this wave, invite them to the table, and offer them a seat. Let your fears and doubts be heard. Talk to them, talk to yourself about them. Becoming comfortable with what we’re afraid of is the swiftest route to strength.
Chiron turned direct on December 4th. Chiron is a comet that orbits Saturn and rules our ability to heal our psychic and karmic wounds. In myth Chiron could heal everyones deeply seeded infections but neglected his own. This inability to face his own shadow eventually cost him his life. With Chiron turning direct in Pisces the shadow could not be more noted. Pisces rules the unknown, the shadow, the deepest subconscious. We're standing with swords in hand, naming every resurrected fear we've become swamped with this year. Bringing ourself from the shadows of ancient nightmares into the light and back again. This is Chiron and his gift for 2017. The emotional labor load and repeated triggering experiences in the media and beyond has varied for most of us. Being plagued with the reality of a real life horror show has been exhausting. What's become of this experience within the goblin realm has been nothing short of extraordinary. People, especially women, have come together and united in ways I've never experienced. There is a marked healing between multiple levels, boundaries, and generational diseases. Chiron pushes us, and has left us sobbing while feeling incredibly alone. Rising up from the huddle of sorrow, looking around now we realize we've never actually been alone. We are legion. There may be a great divide between the worlds right now but if you're standing on the side of justice, you're basking in the promise of a new day. You know the truth is powerful. So if you're going through hell, keep going.
Eris has been conjunct Uranus the entire year. She's a queen of shadow work. Eris rules taking a stand against oppression. She has zero chill for struggle, inequality, and wars against anyone who’s been systematically disenfranchised. Uranus rules our radical nature. Uranus is the planet responsible for massive and radical revolutions of social change. He did it in the late 60s and he’s been back at it for years now. This conjunction is long lasting and a key part of our revolution. We have the support of the gods. We have karma and of course time on our side. So here we are, doing our thing. Damn we’re good at it too. Relentless, thirsty for blood. Eris is also bloodthirsty. Eat the rich? Eris says, fuck yeah. Schedule an entire dinner party. We’re building an entire buffet of seasoned and well fed oligarchs with a flaming pile of patriarchy for desert. We’re being drawn to break free from our lords and masters. We’re being forced to face our fear of being trapped against our will. Opening any form of social or mass media for the last year has been incredibly triggering. We’ve all torn ancient scabs off and reopened wounds we conveniently forgot existed. Some by choice, others not.
Last year at this time Neptune was conjunct the south node, unleashing the hell of past life nightmares and DNA wounds. That was the election of the current angry orange in chief. Since then we’ve been on some kind of a bad acid trip. As we’ve adjusted to what’s sadly the new normal, we’re helping others escape their nightmares. In turn we’re helping to heal our own. It’s happening all around us. This is both necessary and it’s been on the docket for some time. Who’s the judge here? We are. If we don’t like it, the shit will have to be served a sentence.
Energy wise, Mars built this new level of resistance for us by sweeping Libra during Mercury pre-shadow phase in mid to late November. Mars entered Scorpio on December 10th and promises about 40 days of powerful willpower recharging. Mars is home in Scorpio and things that seemed impossible even six months ago will now become plausible, launching a new level of intensity into every realm of our existence. Scorpio holds nothing back. It will kill whatever is necessary to keep it’s host safe. It’s painful and uncomfortable to heal in this position, but necessary.
During this Mercury retrograde phase and through early January expect excessive word vomiting. Sagittarius is known for over-talking in the usual sense. So during this cycle be careful of saying much too much. Try to remain wordless if possible, flip the script. Focus on being within, understanding yourself better. Jupiter pushes us to seek self awareness or just to be more woke. Pay attention to the nuances that surround you. The world whispers in wonderful ways. On a practical note, Sagittarius rules excesses. With Jupiter in feral Scorpio, beware taking anything overboard at this time, especially partying.
Make plans to be better, to do better. Take better care of yourself. We can’t do this without you! If walls are crumbling, it’s to let more light in. If you feel afraid, ground yourself. Imagine you're a rose bush growing into the Earth. Your thorns protect you while you bloom with beauty. Everything is happening as it should. We are, you are, doing exactly what you should be doing. Keep doing it. You chose to be born for this. It’s a marathon not a sprint. This year was all about being patient and continuing to build a foundation for the future we all deserve. We are winning, as long as we exist and resist, we are winning. Tell yourself that more often. Whatever you need, just remember the universe has your back. Manifest what you need. Saturn stands at the center of our galaxy waiting for you to ask. Even when you feel lost, remember someone somewhere feels the same way you do. You are not alone. We’re all in this together. Do more magic! Candle and sex magic are especially powerful at this time. If you’ve been distracted and led away from your practice, you’re being called back to it. Put your energy there, into your holy body, at your altar. Feed your spirits and yourself in radical new ways.
Come the end of this year we’ll see a shift. It may seem as if 2017 was "the worst” just remember in order to clear out the systemic infection more yuck may emerge for healing. Stay focused and true to the work you do. Put more into your spiritual life, this coming year is all about expansion. Put more care into yourself also, so you can do more for others in the future. Retrogrades are a time to re-think your state of affairs. The “Rx” for renewal. A time to wash away what isn’t working and start over. This month we’re rethinking our cosmic collective while we face everything we’ve been running away from this year. Stop running. Rest for a while. Remember what we say, all that remains is witchcraft. Turn to magic for solace. When all feels lost, your power never leaves you. Although you may feel weak, you can always rebuild your protections.
I always recommend our white bath or crystalline soak for rejuvenation. This is also a great time for the death, justice, and temperance tarot candles. Salves like Rapture or ceremony oils like Blessing oil or Uncrossing oil are indispensable through this Mercury retrograde. Use the code “2017END” for 20% off any purchase through January 5th.
Mercury begins to turn direct on December 22nd with post-shadow lasting through January. We’re in for quite a solar new year party. What a year it's been. December is all about healing our shock factors. So rest up, buttercup. This time is for you.