MERCURY, now conjunct VENUS (free-flowing conversation), will now backtrack through patriarchal Capricorn, a sign known for its chastity and control – qualities which can be considered positive since they strengthen self-discipline, self-control, and self-respect.
For example, maintaining chastity is not only a fine way of demonstrating respect for one’s own body and others’ boundaries but also a great way of avoiding unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
Similarly, maintaining control over one’s thoughts, emotions, and actions may be regarded as an exemplary way of managing stress, avoiding risky or harmful behaviours, and making responsible decisions. After all, Capricorn works hard to preserve an impeccable character in the eyes of society – it’s what endows the cardinal/earth sign to pass arbitrary judgements.
However, it’s important to note that the idea of chastity and control as a social ideal can also be manipulated to justify oppressive or harmful practices, such as the repression of innate desires or the control of women’s bodies. With Pluto in Capricorn since 2008, one could argue that imposing those qualities has not only transformed our society into a puritanical state, but they have also become corrupted, often becoming the tools of tyranny and abuse.
In the coming weeks, Mercury will retrograde back to 8º08′ Capricorn- degrees Pluto has been transiting since the beginning of 2012, examining retrospectively the context in which the concepts of chastity and control have entered our collective psychology, raising questions about whether they are being used in a healthy, respectful, and consensual way.
more about MercuryRx here (with special horoscope message)…
Of course, MERCURY/VENUS are now squaring ERIS, and at the cusp of a New Year, we see our world thrown into turmoil, where all normal expectations are out the window, our daily habits disrupted by such a feeling of ever-expanding strife and chaos that it makes the future seem dire and uncertain, the past mentally and emotionally unavailable, and everyday life so unpredictably bizarre that we start to believe that anything imaginable could happen.
When we are left to assume that the one option left to us may soon no longer be available, that although we can see the symptoms of disintegration, the reasons for it remain obscure and incomprehensible. In Eris’ chaos, we are left with no choice but to hold onto anything that is still tangible, as there seems to be nothing we can do to stop the disintegration but maintain our self-respectability, chastity and control, even if it kills us…