Mercury has stationed direct at 28 degrees of Aquarius. The trickster planet will now be moving forward over the degrees in which he passed on his retrograde and first shadow from February 2 through March 10. This is when the Coronavirus started its uptick and all the news started coming down the pike around this pandemic, particularly here in the USA. Now and through March 30 as she passes back over the degrees we will see just how severe the situation is. Communication and networking will become more clear concerning what strategy to take, but more importantly news will indicate just how serious the situation is and what will be done to contain it. The first shadow and formal retrograde was about learning of the circumstances. The problem came to light and possible solutions were started to be put in place. Now we will see if the solutions will work and what more needs to be done.
Today's Libra Moon is ideal for trying to bring balance to situations and weigh the pros and cons. Tomorrow the Sun sextiles Jupiter, and with that comes opportunity to communicate wisely about global and foreign matters such as this pandemic. There are options and opportunities to learn and gain information from a broad range of folks in order to solve problems. The Moon will quincunx both Neptune and the Pisces Sun so the mood will still be colored by health matters, confusion and paranoia, but a trine to Mercury can help further deduce more logical conclusions and better implement ways to solve problems.
On February 12 I posted a brief observation in my blog that Saturn entering Aquarius around the spring equinox will have a strong impact surrounding our freedom. Here's the direct quote, "You'll get a glimpse of what might happen to your Freedom when Saturn enters Aquarius on March 21." Well, I think we're already getting a glimpse of that with the Coronavirus. The transit of Saturn through Aquarius means many things, but because Saturn represents limits, boundaries and restrictions and Aquarius is a sign of Freedom we can see how this is playing out in world events very clearly around this virus. We can learn about the meaning of major transits by just observing the daily news. I'm particularly focusing on this right now because that's what's in the zeitgeist. Saturn will want to contain things and protect because ultimately the job of Saturn is to restrict and make sure that everything is under control, but he often does it by policing, limitation and applying the rule of law. Countries such as Italy are putting up boundaries and limiting travel. All countries are thinking about their borders. On an individual level so many are restricting travel and making important choices of whether or not to remain in the four walls of one's home and when, how and where to move beyond those boundaries when important to do so. We still have our freedom but we have to be more cautious and adult in our choices.
Think of the positive side of Saturn as a parent who forces you to do your homework. We all have to take responsibility for how we react.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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