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Mercury Stationing Retrograde Trine Nessus: Dive Beneath the Surface 

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Mercury is slowing down in the sign Cancer, ahead of the station retrograde on Saturday at 7:56 am EDT. When Mercury reaches such a slow daily motion, things can get extra tricky--so take things one step at a time, be extra conscious if you have contracts in your hand and try to put off major purchases for a while.

If you must complete a purchase, make sure the guarantees are in order and that you have a good relationship with whomever the seller is. And remember to follow up difficult (or missing) communication; if your e-mail does not get a reply, pick up the phone rather than making assumptions.

Yet the real beauty, the distinctive quality of this Mercury station is the trine to Nessus in Pisces. Nessus is a new discovery that points us toward inner conflict and trust issues, and helps resolve them.

This is an access point into material that is difficult to admit or to talk about, and while it will hold steady for a while, it will still seem fleeting in hindsight. Make the most of it, even if the weather in there becomes a bit stormy as the weekend approaches. If you are in the role of listening, be patient and give people a chance to figure out where they’re coming from.

Trines are often considered karmic rewards, aspects of ease and flow, and of opportunity. Others have noted their ‘use it or lose it’ quality, and the need for conscious exercise and expression of the talents they represent, or they fade away.

Martha Lang-Wescott has added that a trine can have the quality of “If you lie, I’ll swear to it.” Yet note that is within a person’s natal chart, or the experience of a transit. It’s not one person lying for another — it’s an inner thing.

This would be more commonly known as denial. I don’t consider denial a primary definition of a trine, but it’s on the list of shadowy things to check when a trine is active. Mercury in Cancer trine Nessus in Pisces has the special property of being wrapped in Mercury’s station retrograde Saturday.

Mercury is powerful when it’s slow, and it’s approaching a point of inner emotional confrontation — changing directions in the sign Cancer. There are many people who live in and on denial; who live in wholly fictional worlds of who they might be and who others should be. This is isolating. Mercury stationing retrograde feels like a point of reckoning.

Neither Cancer nor Pisces give up their secrets easily, if only because they’re not easy to translate into words. One thing that might help this process along is the use of I-statements. Pisces is the sign of the sexual imagination (often denied, or regarded as a dirty secret clothed in guilt) and Cancer is the sign of security at all costs, which is often a head-trip. This relationship is worth investigating.

You’ll have go below the surface, though there’s treasure down in that shipwreck. Not knowing has served a purpose. Now, knowing must serve a greater purpose, so that you will be motivated to find out, and to use what you learn.

Notice the subtle shifts in your perceptions, particularly your orientation on your inner and outer worlds.

You may soon become aware of things that you did not notice before, but which suddenly seem obvious, as if they were there all along. I suggest you not latch onto this clarity but rather keep moving with it and see where it leads you, in whatever sphere you are exploring.

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