Mercury at 24°20′ is now square to Pluto (24°♑19’℞) and opposite Eris (24°♈23’℞). An intense struggle forms at the most far-reaching aspects of our unconscious minds – how our thoughts and ideas are being subtly penetrated, surreptitiously distorted, suppressed and deliberately used against us for politically or socioeconomically strategic purposes if only to further exclude or disqualify us from the centre of our own, autonomous playing field.
Due to its retrograde, Mercury hovers over this point for days (Sep 20- Oct 03), intensifying its troublesome “adapt or die” edict, completing its last pass on Nov 02. An important, life-altering decision is now incumbent upon each of us. How deeply we look into what is happening in our world will affect our overall judgement, determining which level of humanity’s spiritual shift we choose to play on.
The Pluto/Eris effect forces us to either blindly comply or be shut out entirely. Do we play along for the sake of peace and harmony, or is this a call to challenge the gross inequities and imbalance of power?
THE MENTAL ACUMEN:
The lower, conditioned mind is constantly inundated with mental stimuli that reach our perceptions via established pathways (those in immediate environs, media, all methods of communication). Our five senses are exposed to an array of sights, sounds, smells etc., some of which formulate specific messages for our brain to receive and process. This is the function of Mercury – ruler of the mundane (lower) mind: to form bridgeways where information reaches us, providing vital messages to our inner from the outer worlds. Information helps us to shape a picture of what’s happening so we can make decisions.
Mostly, these messages are ordinary, easy to see and understand.
However, there are times when the way our mind perceives and processes thoughts and ideas becomes powerfully penetrating, incisive enough to delve beneath superficial appearances and dig further under the surface of what is happening. We sense strange motivations, usually obscured by the veneer.
Unconsciously, we sense that some thoughts have the capacity to worm their way into the core of our mind, seize control of our mental processes, manipulate or distort the way we see things, transform, invade or corrupt the way we think.
This is what happens when Mercury meets dark underlord Pluto, whether by transit or as a feature of your birth chart.
Of course, in favourable aspects (sextile, trine), this combination comes across as an intellectual ability to triumph or dominate over the mind – either one’s own or the mind(s) of others. The penetrative thought process may be shrewd, with all the investigative skill of a master detective, psychologist, or propagandist marketeer – subtly though openly, using the process of intriguing and charismatic discussion. Or, more subversively, it may be done using a cunning wit that pierces through another person’s obliviously vulnerable state of mind, somehow seizing another’s thinking, and coercing or coaxing it into a position where they feel convinced of the idea.
This is the art of persuasion (or indoctrination).
Any idea forced with enough intensity has the power to change the mind’s thinking patterns.
Naturally, as seen in the harder aspects, there can be a certain ruthlessness in getting our point across, especially where it seems initially disagreeable, non-consensual or difficult to accept. Pushing a point too hard can often be mentally abusive, oppressive even traumatising.
In extreme cases, the mounting pressure of mind-control can lead to a backlash of resistance, eventually amassing into uncontrollable opposition. Whatever is forcibly pressed upon the mind causes unseen stress and irritability, which builds into psychological distress symptoms, such as those seen in traumatised people. Gaslighting, the practice of persistently putting forth a false narrative that leads another to doubt their own perceptions to the extent that they become disoriented and distressed is the most pernicious form of this aspect, and it is prevalent in the harder aspects (squares, positions, even the maligned conjunction).
Victims of mind-control trauma usually present a two-tiered situation where they harbour an unspeakable secret whilst simultaneously deflecting attention from it. They alternate between feeling wholly brain-numbed and compulsively obsessing over specific thoughts. A deeper study of mental coercion or victims of mind-control often reveals complicated, sometimes uncanny alterations of consciousness such as intellectual detachment or dissociation.
They may bury down all kinds of resentment, sometimes for decades. However, when triggered by a monumental life crisis, these develop into complete mental breakdowns. Counselling and much healing work will help with the wounding and seemingly irreparable harm.
Some ideas implanted into the brain can be like weapons, whether administered forcefully or subtly through spaced repetition; words can be sharper than knives, cutting deeply into the soul and leaving scars that are difficult to heal.
In our times, it is an emerging phenomenon that the root cause of many stresses and disorders is that we are all somewhat deeply vulnerable to cultural or ancestral mind control. Being forced into a way of thinking is inherent in our culture. Mental sculpturing is a heavy feature of our cultural upbringing, passed on to us through our family conditioning and tribal customs, education systems, governments, news media, and all forms of advertising and social propaganda.
In one sense, it serves to summon our minds to evolve into much more effective tools. If we all work together by thinking together, we can assist with what is best for our entire species. However, when misused for the personal or egotistical gains of one particular individual or party, it can turn into abuse which is difficult to monitor and arbitrate the extent of, especially since much happens in secret or seclusion.
All through our lives, we are subjected to the thought-control of those whose ideas are either successful at influencing us or whose status is so influential that we feel powerless to deny, even if we know there is something oppressive. There are times when others, like demagogues and svengalis, forcefully inflict their distorted ideas upon us in such a way that we are left feeling unable to argue or refuse. They tax our mental strength and disturb our nervous systems so severely that our only recourse is losing our minds and surrendering to madness.
The practice of mindfulness seems like the only defence here. Yet often, by the sheer mass of Pluto, the mental processes of Mercury become so possessed and enslaved by obsessive thinking that there can often be no release but complete breakdown.
Such is the condition engulfing our world at the moment. As Mercury squares Pluto, opposing Eris, our existing mental framework is being placed under considerable duress and will react with discord and disarray (Eris in Aries). These processes are largely unconscious to the hapless individual since both Pluto and Eris are largely invisible to the common set of perceptions due to their relative distance from the Sun, our central light of consciousness.
Few will possess the individual power to evolve their mental strength and acuity adequately enough to remain unaffected by toxic mind-games and manipulation of their thoughts and ideas (Pluto in Capricorn). Unless we can see something for what it is, we cannot hope to withstand its insidious attempt to control us or shut us out completely. Many will remain oblivious to the process since they are largely not operating from their own centre of authority and light.
A most detrimental effect upon all culture is playing out under the hypnotic spell of the Pluto/Eris squares (2020-2021) [See article]
Humanity is summoned to look deeply into what is going on, with the hope to reach some workable resolution on how to seize back the control of our mental faculties which have been usurped, often over generations before we were even born. Powerful masterminds have been shaping the way our civilization thinks and moves, and through subtle indoctrination of our own minds via our parents, grandparents (particularly patriarchal), our educators, the media and both private entities and government, the way we think has been cajoled, and we continue to feel compromised.
Through deeper probing into these structures, finding ways to extricate ourselves from unpropitious influences, we gradually come to understand the source of this power, transform our way of thinking and somehow reclaim it individually. This will allow us to think for ourselves, without distortions and secret agendas that fail to benefit our purpose here, as free-thinking entities.
In our every decision, even the most trifling, we must question whether it is coming from a place of fear or from love.
How does it affect your own journey in mastering your power of persuasion?
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You may feel like the outsider here, but you’re ambitious enough to seize on any opportunity for advancement should it arise. Have the wits to outsmart anyone who poses a risk or threatens, obstructs or inhibits whatever direction you have set your sights on or the objective you’re trying to achieve. Whilst you aim for a deeper, more meaningful communication, beware of engaging in mental battles with those in authority – they could wipe you out. Best to allow your mind to become more receptive to the greater forces, responding accordingly to what society needs from you to transform rather than blocking it out due to selfish or dogmatic ideas and attitudes.
Such is your enthusiasm for convincing other people with your beliefs that you stand to make a great teacher (or spruiker). Being so highly compelling with presenting the ideas you espouse, you could easily convert others to your philosophy, religion or political views. Whilst you may enjoy some success in impressing others, it’s fair to warn you: if you lack any true moral code; operate from a selfish design to manipulate the minds of others for personal gain; try to fool or dupe others to make yourself feel superior, this could result in legal consequences that could be equally catastrophic to your reputation or social esteem later. Teach by example.
It is through your intimate dealings with others that a true evolution of your mental powers takes place. You possess a strange capacity to break down outgrown and limiting ideas and ways of looking at things so that new perspectives may form. It is an alchemical process that can burrow increasingly deeper into the true nature of what motivates the structured mind. Here, you wage an intense war between those who desire to communicate and those who are stuck in fear of expressing their true intent, thus externalising any hidden agendas by sheer application of mental pressure.
Your communications with others, especially words exchanged with partners, act like incendiary missiles fired into the most profound and hidden aspects of their minds. Seek to guide and support their transformation and healing by engaging them in intense yet subtly probing dialogue. Those with whom you hold a special significance in your life can benefit from your ability to help them reveal the shadowy recesses of their minds. As you sharpen your mental prowess through close liaisons, be mindful not to allow obsessive or coercive thinking to possess you or the other party. Ward off trying to pass off conservative mental patterns that are outdated or simply stagnant to one another.
It has become your supreme talent to shed enormous light onto situations that have stifled ideas and curtailed thinking to the point where your work, and that of colleagues or co-workers, has become oppressive. It would be best if you worked hard to transform this thinking into more positive outlets. With surgical precision, you help cut out the negative influences and focus on building new channels of thought and communication, especially in your ‘workplace’. Beware that you do not use your mental powers to manipulate others into doing things they do not want to do, press them into guilt or shame for their efforts, or so you can avoid having to do your own ‘dirty work’. Help to foster a deeper connectedness in your workplace so that you may do great things together with others in a team environment.
You take extreme pride in communicating confidently and in such an authoritative manner that you manage to express what is most important. Beware of overt egotism in trying to push any of your extreme ideas or opinions onto others. Respecting boundaries and giving others the freedom to argue or debate with you will warm them over to your views. This can mark the beginning of a tremendously fruitful creative venture, one that can penetrate deeper into the world of structured or traditional thinking and entertain new ways of looking at things.
Any insecurities that lurk inside you, especially those that arise from your personal roots, culture or early conditioning, could manifest now as a mental obsessiveness to find their cause. If the pressure within you builds too much, it could explode into emotionally fueled domestic arguments. You can avoid these intense blow-ups on your home-front by learning to relinquish any old ties, especially those that pull on your guilt strings or past inadequacies. Whilst there is an emotional need to probe deeper into your past, you must learn not to hold things too personally. The skeletons of your past or revealed family secrets have little or nothing to do with the present. Bring them to light in order to let them go, forever.
Creating a deeper, more penetrating sense of communication may be a significant part of your mental metabolism. For a long time now, you have been psychologically obsessed with controlling thought and opinion, especially through your spoken or written work, aiming to influence those closest to you. This can now develop into bitter mental battles with relatives or neighbours. Try to allow your mind to be mentally receptive to spiritual energy rather than shutting out reason due to rigidly and relentlessly held attitudes and ideas.
If your entire value system seems at times inordinately focused on gaining massive reserves of mental power from which to merely pursue some kind of financial advantage, know that this is your identification with fear, not love. Do not allow your mind to become structured to focus only on how to make money. Sure, you can easily find windows in the system to jump through and grab whatever materials opportunity presents you. The real value is in how you use these to profoundly transform the physical world to rise above fear. Things are not just there for your own selfish ends. Use these to bring change into the lives of others.
The force of your mental acumen must become sensitive to the ideas of others rather than be solely focused on your own. You project a lot of power, often in a low-key, subdued manner. Suppose you attempt to dominate others with your ideas. In that case, you will only frustrate and weaken the relationship rather than offer the genuine support necessary to help them through their essential changes. Try not to identify too much with your ego. This is not about you feeling superior. Allow the intense communication process that occurs with others to grow both yourself and others when connecting.
A reminder that you are so vulnerable to the negative opinions of others that lower vibrational communication like nagging or gossip about you has the subtle effect on unconsciously sapping your mental energy. You may worry endlessly without knowing why. If your progressive mind finds it excruciatingly difficult to focus, then you must learn to still this mind by simplifying your life and those things for which you feel responsible. It is likely you have unconsciously misunderstood your role in matters that either do not concern you at all or that you have tried to avoid due to some fear of facing them. Purify your mind through meditation, then deal with putting these matters to rest.
You are possessed with a rare genius to communicate complex social ideas with a certain intensity, which you can use to win friends and influence many. Keep this in perspective. This is not about advancing your often subdued egotistical means and ends. The universe has appointed you as the messenger of the light of the darkness because it currently entrusts that you will be least likely to abuse the power to transform society’s thinking. Your capacity to comprehend higher, more subtle thought concepts such as compassion or forgiveness, or infinity and eternity is profound and true. Your ability to channel and articulately introduce these concepts into society’s mental mainstream is also profoundly poetic and artistically creative. These are not constructs of mere mathematical sense or scientific fact. Find a way to communicate them so they sound so.