Neptune & Mercury – by transit

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

13 responses to “Neptune & Mercury – by transit

  1. Neith…? Sorry, I lost it. LOL. Just kidding! I agree, a sense of humour is critical. I am forever saying to people: ‘Why am I looking in the fridge again?’ ‘You’re bring me butter.’ ‘Right. Butter.’Or,’I went to the…thingy. That place with books?”The library.”Right…the library.’::bangs head::

  2. My daughter has just moved out of home with her boyfriend and I received a phone call late at night recently from her, quite upset. She had gone to get her boyfriend from a late shift at work and her car was missing, thought stolen. As she was sobbing and telling me the story and asking what to do she suddenly stoppped and said she felt as though perhaps she had done something “silly.” Quizzing her further she said that maybe she “left” it somewhere….long story short she dashed off by foot to the nearby shopping centre and their was her car. They had driven to the shops two days before hand, done their shopping and proceeded to walk home with the groceries, leaving the car behind, completely forgotten until she needed to pick him up from work. The two of them are very bright, intelligent young adults…both have Mercury in Scopio!!!

  3. Neith…? Sorry, I lost it. LOL. Just kidding! I agree, a sense of humour is critical. I am forever saying to people: ‘Why am I looking in the fridge again?’ ‘You’re bring me butter.’ ‘Right. Butter.’Or,’I went to the…thingy. That place with books?”The library.”Right…the library.’::bangs head::ROFLMAO!!! God that sounds familiar!!! it’s off to ‘la la’ land we go!! hah, with Mercury in Taurus I bet you thought you’d never forget ANYTHING!! Neptune is good at making asses of us all . . . 😀

  4. The two of them are very bright, intelligent young adults…both have Mercury in Scorpio!!!{{{Denise!!}}} Oh what a perfect Neptune messing about with Mercury story! I bet both of them felt very foolish but very relieved too! heh, in this case, maybe its Neptune’s romantic side that is the source of confusion . . . 🙂

  5. Neith, I am quite sure that is true. They are born six days apart and all their planets bar their moon and asc. are in the same signs; different houses though. Both saggis, she with saggi moon, cancer rising, he with pisces moon, scorpio rising. They were sweethearts at school, broke each others hearts, parted and met back up three years later. They have been inseparable for a year now. He is a musician/singer and she a Landscape Architect/artist. They have their heads in the clouds and would have been so excited about shopping together that they would never have remembered that they even took the car…they don’t stop talking!!! ha ha..

  6. They have their heads in the clouds and would have been so excited about shopping together that they would never have remembered that they even took the car…they don’t stop talking!!! ha ha..LOL! This is so sweet! All that Sagittarius ebullience overflowing and spreading happiness . . . and a certain amount of confusion. We were that young once and it was fun, wasn’t it?! ::grin::

  7. Well, if standing in the shadow of the eclipse made us toast, your nephew should have been struck down on the spot for that photo!Great shot. I’ll run over and leave a comment on his site.As for Mercury … sigh. He’s coming up for the third pass on my Sun, and you’d think I’d be sharp as a tack. But I’m dull as a doorknob. While I’m not getting farther behind, I’m not catching up as fast as I thought I would once the little guy went direct. It feels to me like there’s still some lingering disturbance in the air, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Hang in there, Neith!

  8. Too bad, you have to register to leave a comment. Not into that. So next time you talk to him, please pass along my compliments to the photographer. 🙂

  9. As for Mercury … sigh. He’s coming up for the third pass on my Sun, and you’d think I’d be sharp as a tack. But I’m dull as a doorknob. While I’m not getting farther behind, I’m not catching up as fast as I thought I would once the little guy went direct. It feels to me like there’s still some lingering disturbance in the air, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. You too?! Could it have anything to do with Neptune conjuncting Mercury around the time it went Rx? Mercury will be conjunct Neptune again not long before it reaches the degree it went Rx (around March 8-10). No flow to speak of around here either . . . but the snow’s leaving and we’ve had several calm, sunny days!

  10. Too bad, you have to register to leave a comment. Not into that. So next time you talk to him, please pass along my compliments to the photographer. :-)I will be happy too. Hey, a chance to get photos of an eclipse in the greater Puget Sound area is always an occasion!

  11. Yes, Neptune is a prime suspect whenever minds are foggy and dull. As you noted in your post.I’m still keeping an eye on WSF. No more incidents “at sea” since Mercury went direct, but there’s at least one accident waiting to happen (that we know about). Neptune was definitely was a factor in those events, so it will be interesting to see what happens now.

  12. Yes, Neptune is a prime suspect whenever minds are foggy and dull. As you noted in your post.Very distractible too. 🙂 Sometimes things appear down right strange. Well, this too will pass.

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