Mercury spies Neptune and dreams a dream

Another subtle shift in energy has just taken place with Mercury moving into his home sign of Virgo where he will stay for the next 2 ½ weeks. This is a great time for any research or study related activities – Mercury at home in Virgo finds it easy to communicate his ideas, especially in writing. It’s a clear headed and thoughtful energy that comes in contrast to the fast-paced talkativeness of Mercury in Leo. It’s likely people around you will start to be a little more careful about what they say and a little more inclined to listen.

If you have paperwork to get through these next 2 ½ are a great time for getting on top of it all, any writing projects should also receive an boost at this time – whether that’s just emailing relatives you haven’t seen in a while or getting on with writing that book, things should start to flow more smoothly and clearly.

Before that clarity really kicks in though Mercury has to run the gauntlet of Neptune, planet of dreams, inspiration, poetry and misinformation. Both these planets are strong in their home signs right now and just as Mercury enters Virgo and looks forward to some clarity he encounters Neptune gazing at him from across the skies and making everything seem even more hazy and uncertain than they were before. One of the less pleasant sides of Mercury in opposition to Neptune is that it can bring out the gossip and liar in people – so bear that in mind if anyone wants to bend your ear about anyone or anything; it could just be a pack of lies (which goes for anyone giving you a smooth sales patter and trying to part you with your money too).

Just for this weekend it’s best to put the paperwork and the logic to one side and allow Mercury to be inspired by the poetry of Neptune. Actually this shouldn’t be too hard as Mercury recently ran across Sappho while he was in the last degrees of Leo, it seems he wants to spend some time absorbing her poetic vibes and just being a little dreamy. A good weekend for keeping note of your dreams and for reading some fantastic fiction.

Here’s a poem I love to start you off – chosen to please Neptune:

Sea and Hills

By Rudyard Kipling

Who hath desired the Sea? — the sight of salt wind-hounded —
The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber win hounded?
The sleek-barrelled swell before storm, grey, foamless, enormous, and growing —
Stark calm on the lap of the Line or the crazy-eyed hurricane blowing —
His Sea in no showing the same  his Sea and the same ‘neath each showing:
           His Sea as she slackens or thrills?
So and no otherwise — so and no otherwise — hillmen desire their Hills!

Who hath desired the Sea? — the immense and contemptuous surges?
The shudder, the stumble, the swerve, as the star-stabbing bow-sprit emerges?
The orderly clouds of the Trades, the ridged, roaring sapphire thereunder —
Unheralded cliff-haunting flaws and the headsail’s low-volleying thunder —
His Sea in no wonder the same  his Sea and the same through each wonder:
          His Sea as she rages or stills?
So and no otherwise — so and no otherwise — hillmen desire their Hills.

Who hath desired the Sea? Her menaces swift as her mercies?
The in-rolling walls of the fog and the silver-winged breeze that disperses?
The unstable mined berg going South and the calvings and groans that de clare it —
White water half-guessed overside and the moon breaking timely to bare it —
His Sea as his fathers have dared — his Sea as his children shall dare it:
          His Sea as she serves him or kills?
So and no otherwise — so and no otherwisc — hillmen desire their Hills.

Who hath desired the Sea? Her excellent loneliness rather
Than forecourts of kings, and her outermost pits than the streets where men gather
Inland, among dust, under trees — inland where the slayer may slay him —
Inland, out of reach of her arms, and the bosom whereon he must lay him
His Sea from the first that betrayed — at the last that shall never betray him:
          His Sea that his being fulfils?
So and no otherwise — so and no otherwise — hillmen desire their Hills.

Explore the works and times of Sappho here:


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