The Mercury Eclipse

mercury eclipseA rare phenomenon is occurring on May 9 when Mercury in retrograde conjoins the Sun. Mercury will be at its furthest point of its orbit (aphelion) from the Sun and also moving slowly. This phenomenon occurs during Taurus or Scorpio. It is similar to the Venus eclipse we had in 2012.

This transit occurs 13-14 times in each century.

The chart for the transit for Washington, DC would be May 9 at 9:57 AM EDT

Cancer ascendant is near the US Sun with Uranus and Eris conjoined in the tenth house. Uranus is still square Pluto which sits on the seventh house cusp, our relations with the world. Mars and Saturn are conjunct and square both Neptune and Jupiter and the nodes.  This confusion certainly relates to the state of politics in the US now and throughout the world. There is a grand trine with Venus, Sun, and Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn, which bodes well for the earth’s resources and moving through the Paris agreement on climate change. The Moon in Gemini in the twelfth house indicates a lot of communication and is square Chiron in Pisces; we need so much healing now in the world. Perhaps there will be a bit more communication with Uranus’ sextile to the Moon.

To read more about this, see the article by Thanasis Matsotas in the April 2016 issue of ISAR journal, Vol. 45, #1

For an astronomical description of this eclipse and to find out why it is rare, click here.

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