Mercury retrograde is an excellent time to REview past experiences, so that we can REmember important details. As the saying goes, those who can not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Thus I was struck by an article in yesterday’s NY Times about “tsunami stones.” These are stone tablets, some apparently 600 years old, which can be found along the coast of Japan. Chiseled on these stones are helpful warnings, such as, “Do not build your homes below this point!” Imagine survivors of a tsunami that happened 600 years ago putting up a billboard so that future generations might avoid disaster. The writer of the article mentions one village in particular whose citizens heeded stones’ sage advice; their homes were not destroyed by the most recent tsunami. Here’s the article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/world/asia/21stones.html?pagewanted=1&hp
Point is, tsunamis have been happening for a looooong time, and they will continue to happen. This is a fact of life. Planetary patterns have been happening for a looooong time, too. They run in cycles that repeat over and over. Astrologers can see them coming. Some cycles are longer than others; these would be cycles involving the outer planets: Pluto (yes, PLUTO), Uranus and Neptune. So if we can look back at past cycles and note what happened during those times, and we can see the next cycle coming, we should be able to prepare ourselves — and avoid mistakes we might have made in the past, right? For example, for the past few years and continuing over the next several years we will be experiencing a cycle between “resistance is futile” Pluto and disruptive Uranus that was active in the 30s and the 60s. What happened during those decades? Does anyone remember? What did we learn?
So much for big picture theories. Now on to today: Venus, representing the way we need to express ourselves socially, zips into impulsive Aries just after midnight EDT. Venus in Aries is a bit of a flirt; if you’re looking for a spring fling, this transit just might bring it, especially as Venus gets closer to electric Uranus on Friday. Impulsive, fresh, pioneering, courageous. Just be advised that Venus-Uranus attractions can vaporize as quickly as they materialized. And yet they can be oh-so exciting.
Moon goes void at 12:57PM EDT in the sign of Sagittarius. Do something creative and/or relaxing that will broaden your horizons, even if it’s just a walk in the woods. Or mingle with an international, offbeat crowd.