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Using Your Tools of Awareness: Mercury Stations Direct 

Dear Chronogram Reader:

Mercury stations direct in Gemini today, June 11, at 6:33 pm EDT. While this signals smoother flying is ahead, it could take a few days (even a couple of weeks) for you to get past the turbulence, as Mercury clears the degrees where it has been retrograde. Yet today is special, if you’re willing to pause and pay attention.

That’s because Mercury stationing direct often comes with some kind of ‘a-ha’ moment for people: an insight or piece of information that completes part of the puzzle. It’s easy not to notice if you haven’t consciously decided to notice, though; and that can be tough to do amidst the confusions and frustrations of a Mercury retrograde.

When Mercury stations direct today, it will be in close aspect to two important planets: a loose-but-longterm square to Neptune in Pisces; and a square to centaur Nessus in Pisces, off by only one degree. Mercury’s also conjunct a rarely used asteroid.

Eric Francis wrote an in-depth post about the Mercury-Neptune-Nessus configuration earlier this week on the Planet Waves website. Touching on some themes he brought up: Neptune, especially in Pisces, is lending a numinous, veiled or unreal/deniable quality to your awareness currently.


That could make it trickier to discern accurately what Mercury’s square to Nessus is trying to tell you. Nessus is already a complex critter. At its darkest, it can point to some legacy or pattern of abuse—or other form of psychological shadow material—which is sexual in nature. This can be on an individual level, or on a collective level; either way, your awareness of it indicates that you have an opportunity to heal it.

That’s not a quick fix; healing often comes in layers. But Nessus is known for showing us how we can begin to stop the proverbial buck related to whatever darker themes we’re noticing now.

If you’re not sure what Nessus represents for you, look to whatever is kicking up the most troubling reactions in you this week (especially if it relates to sex/sexuality) for possible clues. Are these reactions and their provocations familiar, echoing the past? Do you feel compelled to investigate your reactions for their roots and deeper reasons, or to verbally address the person or situation you’re reacting to?

These are signposts for you to work with. My take on Neptune here is that the conversation you think you need to have about sexual healing might not be the deeper issue after all. This is not to say you shouldn’t have it; but don’t be surprised if it leads you further back in time or deeper into yourself. That’s a good thing.

Note that when Mercury stations direct, the Gemini Sun is exactly sextile the Aries Moon; the Sun is also a degree away from conjoining Mars. Sun sextile Moon indicates your conscious awareness and your unconscious/intuition are in perfect harmony at the moment Mercury stations. Thing is, you’ll have to take the initiative to glean what they’re offering, put it together, and use it.

Mars is lighting a fire under you to do so; it might even compel you to blurt out what you learn. Which is okay: we need more people speaking their truth, making it real and being seen for who they are and what they desire.

Finally, that asteroid: Hephaistos, in Mercury’s exact degree of Gemini. In myth, Hephaistos (or Hephaestus) was the blacksmith to the gods. Not only did he make all the Olympians’ weapons (and other enchanted items), he also made Hermes’ (Mercury’s) winged helmet and sandals.

You’re forging a new tool with this Mercury station; a tool of intellectual understanding, made especially for you. It will be up to you to see it for what it is, and to choose how to use it: for your healing, or as a weapon that could perpetuate an unwanted cycle?

If you choose the former, thanks to the dualistic nature of Gemini (and all healing, really), you may find your new tool works in two directions at once: as you understand the past, you heal the present (or vise versa); or as you reconcile something within yourself, you reconcile with another. Listen carefully today and through the weekend, inside and out.

Yours & truly, Amanda Painter

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