It’s Great to Anticipate! Mercury Enters Aries.

After practicing the art of negative capability, Mercury, the planet of perception moves forward in Aries on Saturday, April 3rd.  Looking becomes forward looking.  A type of looking that generates excitement.  A perception that is fond of future and its yet-to-be contents.  When Mercury moves into Aries it becomes clear how great it is to anticipate. 

Numerous psychological studies performed in 2007 (professors, Leaf Van Boven and Laurence Ashworth) reported people feeling more intense feelings when contemplating future events than when reflecting on things that already happened.  Prospective holidays far outranked the levels of excitement and happiness than the reflected-upon past holidays, even the most satisfying ones. 

Anticipation underlies optimism and hope.  It provides momentum, and works wonders even in its most simple practices.  

To see through the eyes of the Ram is to see the future in lit-up pieces.

Plato saw vision as a a smooth and gentle outward-flowing fire that was emitted from the eye to fuse with ambient light and create a “body of vision.” Empedocles also believed this but added that the fire of the eye was lit by Venus herself.

While science agrees little with this theory of vision, psychologically there is something here. Venus, with her delights, “light” our visions of future events. There may in fact exist an outward-flow of fire when it comes to an important type of vision; the vision of looking forward, the fire of anticipation.

As Twin Peak’s special agent Dale Cooper muses, “It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.”

Aries’ forward-fire is more alive when contemplating the future because it is only in the future that we can experience hope.  Jean Jacques-Rousseau said “anticipation and hope are natural born twins.”  The strength of the Ram is the strength of the Will, again connecting fire to future, as in “I will..”

Fire mixed with future is what nurtures the Japanese concept of “Ikigai (pronounced icky guy), which is seen to be a key to longevity. Ikigai translates most literally into “a reason to get out of bed every morning.”  It is a dynamic sense of well-being, one that hinges on a relationship to the immediate (and also faraway) future. 

The Sun and Venus have been relearning many active principles, and Mercury is the latest to join the springtime party.  The trickster looks forward to looking forward, and experiencing what Camus called “the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.”

How will you ignite some anticipation in your life?

Mercury will anticipate in Aries until April 19th when it will embrace itself in Taurus.  

Happy anticipating and happy astro pondering!

Astro Art by Johnnie Day Durand.

A look at some elements that appeared at the Oscars

Fire excites.  Water makes you feel.  Here are two examples of those energies in action taken from the Oscars this past Sunday.

Patricia Arquette stoked the flames in the audiences hearts when she used her acceptance speech to command attention to the need for equal wages and equal rights for women. Meryl Streep was so excited that she stood up and pointed “Yes!”.  Patricia is a double fire sign, with her Sun in Aries and her Moon in Leo.  Not to mention that at the time of her speech transiting Venus and Mars were in Aries (fiery passion) and stimulating her natal Aries Mercury in the 9th house (her fiery mind naturally tuned into 9th house matters, like politics).

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Patricia started the political fieriness off early in the night, bringing excitement to the audience

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The excitement brought Meryl to her feet shouting “Yes!”

Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory” stirred up a lot of emotion in the audience.  Tears continued to flow as they took turns with the acceptance speech after winning the award moments later.  Common is a double Water, with both his Sun and Moon in compassionate all-embracing Pisces.  The last line of the speech, in reference to the “spirit of the bridge” at Selma couldn’t sum up the Pisces energy any better: “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings”.

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Common and Legend made a point to have their acceptance speech tie directly into the important themes equal rights for all human beings prolonging the high emotions in the audience.

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David Oyelowo has Venus in Pisces as did Martin Luther King. Relating to others (Venus) in an all-accepting compassionate way (Pisces). MLK also had a Pisces Moon which puts those themes even more centered into his soul.

All in all a very enjoyable Oscars!