Since Neptune is currently exactly square my natal Mercury by transit, I decided to do a little reading on this transit and went to Betty Lundstead’s book on transits, “Transits, the time of your life”. In doing so I was reminded why I much prefer her simple guidelines to Robert Hand’s longer interpretations on transits. For those with over-active imaginations like mine, his book can be a minefield, leaving me feeling more depressed than anything else. What he said about Neptune squaring Mercury had me wondering if I should crawl under the bed and stay there for the next few years! But I feel like I’m managing fairly well.
At any rate, for those of you who also have Mercury in Scorpio (or Taurus for that matter) and have Neptune squaring your Mercury I thought I’d share some ideas on this transit from Betty. She suggests if we are already pursuing some aspect of the study of self awareness – and chances are if you are reading my blog on astrology, you are – this transit may have little obvious effect. Shoot, I’ve always been on the intuitive side anyway and this seems to be intensified. New ideas, strange thoughts and the pursuit of subjects we’ve never been interested in before are par for the course.
We are dealing with Fixed sign Mercury’s being conjuncted, squared and opposed by Neptune now because he is in Aquarius. Speaking for myself, I know I can be preeeetty stubborn when I think I’m right and Neptune is teaching me more flexibility in my thinking. In fact what comes to mind is learning what it’s like to have Mercury in Pisces. Betty gives examples of going into a room and forgetting what we came for, driving to the wrong place and not being able to remember where we put things. Yes, all of the above I’ve done lately . . . most atypical behavior for the normally razor sharp Mercury in Scorpio!! But I recall riding with a Pisces Sun/Mercury conjunct friend and realizing we had gone past our turn off many times – he was spaced thinking about something else.
Here is a quote from “Transits” on Neptune – Mercury:
“Sometimes communications are really muddled and we misunderstand what others are telling us or we are unclear about what we are trying to communicate to those around us. All this serves to unsettle our self image of capability. The more unsettled and uncomfortable we get, the more we add to any feeling of inadequacy. The trick is to learn how to apply this same befuddled energy to creative, meditative thinking.”
One other thing Betty stressed is developing a sense of humor about ourselves makes this transit easier and since I have long felt a strong sense of the ridiculous is critical, especially when viewing oneself, I quite agree. Please feel free to share your own experiences with transit, either as its happening or better yet, if you have come out the other side!!
This great photo of the Eclipse was taken by my nephew with his new Nikon camera. Yes, I admit to lusting after that camera . . . 🙂 More of his great photos can be found on his Flickr site: Sotosoroto’s Photostream