Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

Mercury Cazimi: January 29, 2019

The King’s Heart

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE.

*There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. For example, in the Renaissance tradition, William Lilly extends Cazimi to 17′. As a general rule, I choose to focus on (or work within) the 16′ range, particularly when merging Cazimi portals with electional astrology.

Meticulous Messenger: The Traditional Associations of Mercury

Traditional associations of a dignified Mercury punctuate sharp intellect and cogitation. Here, debaters and logicians mastering knowledge and articulation are rendered, as are seekers of mysteries, amalgamating information without external guidance or teachers. Of additional Mercurial attributes, Lilly emphasizes those being “ambitious of being exquisite in every Science, desirous naturally of travel and seeing foreign parts: a man of an unwearied fancy, curious in the search of any occult knowledge; able by his own Genius to produce wonders; given to Divination and the more secret knowledge; if he turn Merchant, no man exceeds him in a way of Trade or invention of new wayes whereby to obtain wealth.”

Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

Currently of swift motion, on 1/29/19, Mercury Cazimi is exact at at 9°54′ Aquarius. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is posited in Saturn’s diurnal domicile, in the affirming bounds of Venus, and simultaneously journeying through the final arc minutes of the Venus-ruled, first decanate. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is in aversion to Saturn, and overcomes Mars via sign-based sextile. Mirroring this month’s earlier (Saturn) Cazimi, both charts unfurl with a Libra rising and angular malefics in their domiciles. In the background, Saturn overcomes Mars via superior square, a configuration that also echoes the backdrop of the final lunar eclipse in Leo.

Mercury remains in Cazimi past midnight, come 1/30/19, in the bounds of Venus. Likewise, the Messenger is in an applying sextile to the Moon as the benefics overcome the Sun-Mercury conjunction. As an inceptional chart, clarity in communication is accentuated, along with presentation. Although in detriment, the solar rays are persuaded by mercurial matters: decisions, logistics, and contractual matters are favorable under this configuration. Third place matters receive the benefics’ affirmation, via sign-based sextile, and siblings, friends, learning, and quotidian excursions can benefit from this brief Cazimi. As with the previous chart, in aversion to the Cazimi and first house placements, Saturn merely emits a partile ray to Mars, as both separate from a square.

As the Messenger journeys through the Water Bearer, be advantageous and efficient in mercurial matters. Come 2/11/19, Mercury enters its detriment in Pisces, followed by its retrograde. Aptly, The Messenger enters Aries on the day of Mercury, 4/17/19, in the term of Jupiter and decanate of Mars. By then, with Mars in Gemini, mutual reception will mitigate both planets.


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Mercury Cazimi

Mercury Cazimi

September 20th, 2018: Mercury Cazimi

When in its own domicile, a planet is considered impervious to the Sun’s beams. For example, while the Sun currently illuminates Virgo, fleet-footed Mercury’s recent ingress into The Virgin remains impenetrably poised, as a result of his domicile (and exaltation). However, as Mercury swiftly approaches the heart of the King on 9/20/18, he will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).*

The King’s Heart

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. For the purposes of this article, I will be focusing on the tighter value of 16 arc minutes. 

Mercury

Meticulous Messenger

Traditional associations of a dignified Mercury punctuate sharp intellect and cogitation. Here, debaters and logicians mastering knowledge and articulation are rendered, as are seekers of mysteries, amalgamating information without external guidance or teachers. Of additional Mercurial attributes, Lilly emphasizes those being “ambitious of being exquisite in every Science, desirous naturally of travel and seeing foreign parts: a man of an unwearied fancy, curious in the search of any occult knowledge; able by his own Genius to produce wonders; given to Divination and the more secret knowledge; if he turn Merchant, no man exceeds him in a way of Trade or invention of new wayes whereby to obtain wealth.”

Since Mercury in Virgo is already in his domicile and exaltation, on 9/10/18, its momentary Cazimi placement will doubly fortify its Mercurial correlations. As a rare and auspicious election, The Messenger oversees cerebral activities involving dexterity and precision, strengthening his associations with critical thinking, judgement, and, traversing the ninth place (see chart election), grants swift and safe journeys.

Ursa Major

Mercury Cazimi on Fixed Star Alkaid

Mercury and the Sun, at 27°34’ and 27°47’ respectively, conjoin fixed star Alkaid, at 27°10’ Virgo, the final resplendent white star perched on the tail of the Great Bear. Although Benetnash (Alkaid) is considered the star of “hired mourners” with the influence of a “Mars-Uranus-Saturn” nature, it is said to grant protection in travels. The Mars-like quality attributed to Ursa Major is pronounced in Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos. “Of the stars in the configurations north of the zodiac… those in Ursa Major (are like) that of Mars.” According to Agrippa in Three Books of Occult Philosophy, the ancients inscribed an “image of a pensive Man, or of a Bull, or the Figure of a Calf; it availeth against incantations, and maketh him who carrieth it secure in his travels.” If one wishes to further implement the protective properties of this star, chicory juice with wormwood and periwinkle flower should be combined with a magnetic stone such as mineral magnetite (lodestone). Specifically, of The Bear, Agrippa ascribes rulership over “the loadstone; amongst herbs, over succory or chicory, whose leaves and flowers turn towards the north; also mug-wort and the flowers of periwinkle…” According to Hermes on the 15 Fixed Stars, this combination repels enchantments, dryness, and grants safe excursions.

Mercury Election

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The September 20th election is ideal for travel, journeys, and all matters pertinent to the ninth place. Of the ninth, this extends to foreigners and foreign lands, religious associations, astronomy, astrology, oracular decrees, philosophy, and prophecies. Like the third place, where Luna traditionally rejoices, the ninth is the Sun’s joy, emphasizing authorities and sovereigns.

For this election, while the ruler of the first is Saturn, he is posited in his domicile. Being a diurnal chart, Saturn is not the malefic contrary to the sect in favor, and both benefics are overcoming The Time Keeper. As a result, his more constructive energies are capable of manifestation. The benefic of the sect in favor, Jupiter, governs the 3rd and 12th places. While there are no perfect elections, and Mars (the malefic contrary to the sect in favor) can present financial challenges in the 2nd place, both benefics overcome him. Luckily, Mars, in aversion to Saturn, cannot extend his malefic energy to the domicile lord. Although separating, Venus, ruler of the 10th and 5th, is in a square configuration to Mars. Aside from the auspicious implications of Mercury Cazimi, note that the Sun and Jupiter rejoice in the 9th and 11th, respectively.

In the King’s heart, Mercury (Cazimi) is graced with the protective warmth of the solar rays. Additional fortitude is granted by The Messenger’s journey through his Virgoan domicile and exaltation. On 9/20/18 at 3:44 PM EDT, this celestial portal will briefly offer guardianship in excursions, adorned by Alkaid’s fiery light. To commence travels, this is one favorable election.

References:

1. Chris Brennan, Hellenistic Astrology

2. William Lilly, Christian Astrology

3. Elsbeth Ebertin, Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation

4. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

5. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy

6. John Michael Greer, Hermes on the 15 Fixed Stars

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Roaring Umbra: Partial Solar Eclipse at 18°41’ Leo

In moments of personal victory, is one’s energy guided by the blaze of creative wisdom, or is it, instead, scorched by e-motive annihilation? When “in the grip of the lion’s paw”, the process prior to triumph not only defines strength of character, but is equally symbolic of moral courage and self-restraint.

Leo, Latin for lion, is the only sign in the zodiacal sphere portrayed as a ‘beast of prey’. The Latin etymology of Leo, namely, to ‘blot out, to annihilate, to destroy’, aligns with the foundational nature of the lion. [Carey, p.130] Leo synthesizes with the fifth division of the human body via motion, energy manifesting in action, and the anatomical parts corresponding with the heart and motor nerves. Concerned with dividing, lifting, and circulating the blood, the heart’s great mass of muscular tissue receives from the inner sun in Aries the ‘divine fire’ [Carey, p.131] in order to generate both tangible and invisible activities. Therefore, in order to harmoniously labor with The Ram, all precipitated energy must be constructively wielded by The Lion.


At 18°41’ Leo, lavished via Jupitarian rulership, ample triumph spawns in The Lion’s second face. In the Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Agrippa notes “…a man on whose head is a Crown; he hath the appearance of an angry man, and one that threatneth, having in his right hand a Sword drawn out…” It emphasizes “hidden contentions, unknown victories, base men… quarrels and battels [battles]” Furthermore, multiple figures adorned with laurels emerge violently victorious, illustrated by Ezra as a man wearing “…a crown of white myrtle, and a bow in hand [who] is fierce like a lion in his anger.” This imagery is echoed in (both the Arabic and Latin) Picatrix, alongside Birhat Jakata, whose “man… with white garlands [is] fierce as a lion with a bow in the hand…” Noted is the annihilatory nature of The Lion, now lacking harmony with the inner Sun or divine spark of Aries, and, as a result, unable to constructively wield the embers of motion (versus e-motion) and creative action.

As Luna’s penumbra pierces Augustus’ solar rays, this year’s final eclipse conjoins Pallas Athena and Mercury retrograde (at 17°06’ and 14°41’ Leo, respectively). Its potent focus, propelled by the wayward waltz of Hermes’ inferior conjunction (retrograde), finalizes this year’s ecliptic impetus in the axis of The Lion and Water Bearer (until 1/20/19). In essence, the partial solar eclipse merges the necessity of mental agility in alignment with purity of creative (life-bestowing) intent.

The heightened potential of Mercury’s fiery flight through Leo’s lunar umbrage blazes thought, opinion, and events which not only digress from the main current, but merge the above and below (i.e., the conscious and unconscious/ rational and irrational vigour of the mind). This cerebral voyage molds an interface between the establishment and the more progressive social factions, while merging the spiritual and soulful modes of consciousness. The unification of this mental excursion offers cultural diversity through new options and previously unimagined perspectives. However, these benefits request mental magnification, fortitude and cerebral flexibility beyond The Greater Benefic’s (Jupiter) currently opaque lens, in order to adjust and reform antiquated views. Mercury’s square to Jupiter, the most potent aspect apart from the actual eclipse, offers a macro-perspective, encompassing broad themes, structures, and abstract thought. However, its idealism and overt generalization can dismiss important details that significantly impede the fruition of visionary goals. Fortunately, Pallas Athena (Jupiter’s parthenogenetic daughter) in Leo, functioning as one’s capacity for realization and accomplishment, invokes the wisdom of creative spontaneity that spawns new modes of unique visionary expression. Conjoining the eclipse, Pallas Athena coalesces the mental-creative principle with the emotive realm in lucidity of the feminine expression.

While Jupiter challenges our levels of realism throughout this eclipse, its harmony with Neptune bestows much-needed humanitarian and empathic qualities. Participation in altruistic work is both likely and beneficial. The Jupiter-Neptune dialogue, stimulating the esoteric realm of our personalities, potentially ushers professors, mentors, or suitable guides that foster progress in spiritual endeavors or other meaningful journies.

At 19°41’ Leo, fixed Star Merak, a pale-green star in the flank of the Great Bear, conjoins the eclipse, and is said to bestow “a love of command and domination”. According to Ebertin, it fortifies perseverance and is influenced by the potency of Mars. [Ebertin, p.49] Additionally, the eclipse finds fixed stars Acubens and Dubhe conjunct Mercury. Of Mercury-Saturn influence, Acubens is stationed on the southern claw of The Crab near the head of the Hydra constellation. Popularly termed “the sheltering of hiding place,” fixed star Acubens is said to beget “activity, malevolence and poison, making its natives liars and criminals.’ [Robson, p.116] According to Dr. Morse, Acuben’s more positive quality stems from a “sharp intellect” and seamless problem-solving capabilities, “for which one might earn public renown.” However, Dr. Morse notes the latter as resulting from covert influence of external factors. [Dr. Eric Morse, p.50] Additionally, fixed star Dubhe, a yellow star perched on the back of the Great Bear (via Ptolemy’s location) is associated with the destructive nature of Mars [Ebertin, p.43]. However, it is likewise concerned with insight, persistence, and passive strength [Brady, p. 160] Dubhe’s constructive fortitude involves the ability to apply time to problem-solving strategies, alongside its faith in life’s rhythmic patterns.

Leo’s second face is attributed to the Six of Wands, yet another affluent emblem of victory (as per the RWS tarot), mirroring the optimism of its Jupitarian rulership, and paralleling the images of conquest previously excavated (in Leo’s second decanate). A young man on a white horse, adorned by a crowning wreath (on both the head and wand), proudly greets a jovial crowd in regal triumph. The traditional meaning of this card denotes victory following prolonged perseverance, labor, and the tenacity echoed by the The Lion’s strength.

In the Epinomis and Chaldean Oracles, Leo’s second face corresponds to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of protection and magical prowess. Isis, Egyptian Aset or Eset, is considered one of the most prominent goddesses of ancient Egypt. In resonance with the regal prestige of Leo II, her name is the Greek form of an ancient Egyptian word for ‘throne’. However, in the second face of Leo, she emerges as a merciful expression invoking the potency of creative, life-bestowing action and progress.

 Eclipse Visibility 

The maximal phase of the partial eclipse will be recorded in the East Siberian Sea, near the Wrangel Island.

The Partial Solar eclipse, whose maximal phase will register in the east Siberian Sea near the Wrangel Island, retains visibility in Canada, Greenland, Scotland, most of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), Estonia, Latvia, Russia (excluding southwest of Pskov), Moscow, Penza, eastern points of the Far East, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. During sunset, the eclipse is observable in North and South Korea.

Possible Social Effects

Solar eclipses in Leo are generally intense, as its fixed mode denotes lasting duration. However, because this is a partial eclipse, it can, to a lesser extent, influence matters related to governments, rulerships, management, nuclear power, expenditure, gold, vacation and recreation industries. Leaders may either rise or fall to power, and the economy can be impacted via banking (resulting from the influence of fellow fixed signs Taurus and Scorpio). Stocks may erratically oscillate within a period of 30 days to a year of this eclipse. Finally, broad events including political demonstrations upon groups and their governments/ leaders can be expected. Again, please note that because this is a partial eclipse, these effects are both lessened and relative to the visibility in one’s location (see eclipse visibility).

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* The eclipse is exact on the day of Saturn, August 11th, at 5:57 AM ET.

The Stellar Sword: New Moon at 22° 44’ Gemini

The Gemini New Moon accentuates the fortitude of ideas and language as potent creators of reality. The renewing energy of the New Moon summons self-reflection, thriving on The Twins’ ability to view situations through boundless perception. However, at 22° 44′ of Gemini, it also heralds the final zenith of The Twins’ polarization. The scope of internal and external bifurcation demands a choice, dissolving the incessant duality of Castor and Pollux.

During this lunation, eight fixed stars Bellatrix, Mintaka, Ensis, and Alnilam, Capella, Phact, El Nath, and Al Hecka) in four constellations (Orion’s Belt, Auriga, Columba, and Taurus) join the Sun and Moon (from 21-25° Gemini). Essentially, this lunation is positioned in the most active section of the sky pertinent to fixed stars. While the New Moon remains unaspected, aside from a minor quincunx to Pluto (at over 2° orb), it perches precisely between fixed stars Mintaka and El Nath, at a mere distance of 0°10′. According to Robson, in Orion’s Belt, Mintaka is a fixed star of fortune and protection. Conjunct the Sun and Moon, Mintaka promotes enduring happiness (as well as notoriety) while influencing discretion, caution, and (an oscillating) yet sharp and alert business sense. Fixed star El Nath, positioned at the tip of The Bull’s horn, is associated with the destructive potential that either annihilates or bestows life. As noted by Brady, in paran with Luna, El Nath indicates a fighter acquainted with the violence (or ‘cruelty’) of life. The brightest of the eight stars is Capella, associated with nurture and ‘free-spirited flavour’ (Brady). Linked to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, Capella embodies action and movement. In paran with the Sun and Moon, fixed star Capella seeks freedom and independence while improving quality of life (Brady).

The Moon’s ruler, Mercury, resides with maternal Cancer in mutual reception, heightening emotional intelligence and merging depth of knowledge with cerebral analysis. In communication, tone takes precedence over content, encouraging the intuitive capacity to extrapolate the core-centered message of language. Verbal expression is best exercised compassionately and empathically, as the mutual reception of Luna and Mercury can propel defensive reactions and overt sensitivity.

Reactivity is further accentuated by Mercury’s tight square with Chiron at 2° Aries and its opposition to Saturn at 6° Capricorn (reaching exactitude on 6/15/18), constituting a tense T-Square. Mercury-Chiron can strain communications, including the use (or perception) of injurious words. Underlying doubt regarding the efficacy of problem-solving may surge, misunderstandings are probable, and the meaning of communication may be challenging to decrypt. We are wise to be conscious of the power of language to either harm or heal. There is potential for resolution of past injuries along with reclamation of personal authority if we choose to confront pain with courage. Additionally, the Mercury-Saturn opposition echoes the severity of conscientiously determined decision-making (Saturn) relative to the notion of home, family, and personal relationships (Mercury in Cancer). However, as Saturn casts its gelid cloak of fear upon potentially overt critical thinking, hesitation, and cyclical thought-patterns enshrouded in negativity, there is opportunity for awareness. Saturn’s illusory veil of impossibilities also grants freedom if the willingness, labor, and persistence exists to recognize (and rectify) destructive patterns. As Time Keeper and karmic debt collector, Saturn provides the psyche’s liberty through maturation, hard work, and perseverance.

As the chart’s final dispositor, out-of-bounds Mercury, journeying beyond its usual scope of declination (from 6/6/18-6/24/18), heralds expansion past the usual boundaries of perception. The broadening of the mind’s eye, transcending the limits of orthodox stagnation, invites visionary insights that pierce through quotidian perimeters. Energetic portals to pioneering creativity are further amplified by Mercury’s electric sextile to Uranus (at 1° Taurus). Authentically voicing the virtue of our thoughts with empathy and compassion strengthens the coupling of Mercury and Uranus through the vehicle of transcendent communication.

The New Moon at 22° Gemini is atypical via decan, triplicity, and the multitude of retrograde planets journeying during this lunation. While New Moons traditionally encourage the birth of new endeavors, this Moon focuses more on the power of discernment, nurture (or amelioration from past wounds), and preparatory measures aligning with adequate timing. Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, currently retrograde, will be followed by Neptune and Mars (on 6/18/18 and 6/26/18, respectively). Therefore, adjusting existing trajectories via internal reflection is paramount during the Gemini New Moon. As ruler by triplicity, Saturn reminds us of the severity behind choices. At decan III, The Twins’s polarity must mitigate in order to achieve unity. Proceed wisely, as Luna’s effects echo well into July’s (partial) solar eclipse.

The New Moon in Gemini occurs on June 13th, 2018, at 3:43 PM (ET)

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5/15/18: The Moon’s Savage Stir at 24° Taurus

At 24° of Taurus, the seemingly exalted new Moon stirs savage imagery, confronting the potentially destructive forces that function via sub-conscious primitivism. Arabic, Indian, Hellenistic, and later European images of this face are accentuated by Saturn, ruler of this decan in both descending order and triplicity designations of planetary rulership.

According to the Birhat Jakata, the Śarabha is the mythological creature (with eight legs and two heads that slaughters lions) corresponding to the third face of Taurus. In Ezra’s work, this Taurean decan describes a man of ‘white feet and elongated teeth visible outside his lips.’ His reddish hair echoes his complexion, and ‘his body resembles that of an elephant and lion, and he is not reasonable…’ In parallel, the animal brain, or the ‘bull-headed god’ of the Age of the Golden Calf, symbolizes the stage of human evolution when the sub-conscious mind is both lacerated by primal passion and oblivious to the utterance of reason. Alluding to the primal faculties of sub-consciousness, one of the body parts allocated by Taurus is the cerebellum, from ‘cere’ or seed, and ‘bellum’, Latin for war and antagonism.

In addition to ancient pictorial correspondences, this lunation coincides with potent fixed stars and clusters. At 24°, the fixed star Algol resides within the exact degree of the Taurean lunation, followed by Capulus at 26°, and the Seven Sisters of Industry (or Pleiades) a few degrees later. Algol, known as a beastly head fueled by focused passion, correlates to Lilith (the first wife of Adam in Talmudic Law). This seemingly malefic star, depicted as the winking head of Medusa, equally alludes to the Lilithian female kundalini energy. Its immensely feminine passion and dominance is akin to the potential power of Gaia. Additionally, the Pleiades cluster offers insight into the occult, leading to encounters with both the ‘best and worst in human nature’ (noted in Brady’s Fixed Stars). This cluster’s lunar attribute, likewise, parallels the New Moon’s trine to Pluto. Void of the light of reason, desires to intensely and passionately merge are dominated by depth and obsessiveness, weaving a precarious gossamer of convoluted extremes (again, the ‘best and worst’, dissolving equilibrium).

Perhaps the most prominent impetus during this lunation is the anticipated circuitry of anaretic Uranus, squaring Mars, and entering Taurus (at 11:16 AM, EDT shortly after the exact lunation, at 7:48 AM EDT). Uranus is the riotous, individual quality inherent to the structure of the mind. Nothing is more rapturous to it than the prospect of insurgence. In essence, the transcendence of cultural and social programming, particularly in relation to the collective and individualistic perspective of currency, is the vigorous current of Uranus’ impending ingress into Taurus.

Operating on sensation instead of action, Uranus in Taurus functions through a Venusian lens. However, Uranus transcends worldly matter, aligning with the elevated realms of thought. The innate incompatibility between worldly desires and transcendental exaltation is the impetus behind forthcoming revolutionary change. Historically, Uranus’ previous Taurean transit, from June 1934 to May 1942, ushered a plethora of revolutionary fluctuations, including economic shifts deviating from the U.S. gold standard coupled with bank closures, the lamentable rise of the Hitler regime, and the Great Depression (to the middle of World War II). In essence, values inherent in materialism were as challenged by the erratic undercurrent of Uranian transcendence as they are currently underway. Now, decades later, we arrive at a similarly pivotal precipice of change. As we experience individual (and collective) dissolution of the tyrannical structure of monetary transaction, newly inventive forms of exchange will be embraced, orchestrated by the principle of self-worth.

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