Mercury sextile Saturn (again) February 5, 2015

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Mercury sextile Saturn, Couple in a Fantasy Costume by Ferdinand Bol

Couple in a Fantasy Costume by Ferdinand Bol, 17th c.

It is always a strange time when aspects get made, then re-made, then re-made once more. In January and February, Mercury retrograde in Aquarius sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius three times. The dates for Mercury sextile Saturn are, in Pacific Time, January 5 (Mercury direct), February 5 (Mercury retrograde), and February 19 (Mercury direct).

January 5: Mercury 1 Aquarius sextile Saturn 1 Sagittarius.
February 5: Mercury 3 Aquarius sextile Saturn 3 Sagittarius.
February 19: Mercury 4 Aquarius sextile Saturn 4 Sagittarius.

If either planet makes a close aspect to a planet or angle in your natal horoscope, you will have experienced their dynamic through January and into the first half of February.

Mercury sextile Saturn describes a process that began in early January and will complete in mid-February. Serious or practical communications, such as important documents, contracts, or negotiations will be important during this time. Research and moving house are possible. Mercury is retrograde in a fixed sign, so the process will go slowly and seem to drag on and on. Slowness is characteristic of fixed signs, retrograde motion, and Saturn. Mercury, ordinarily a fast planet, must be very frustrated. Mercury is in Aquarius for each of these sextile aspects to Saturn, so throughout the process Mercury is received by Saturn into Saturn’s domicile. Reception by a malefic helps ensure that the relationship is constructive, though not necessarily fun or easy.

Mercury sextile Saturn Rejection (the Opposite of Reception)

One more twist on this sextile is that Saturn is placed in Sagittarius, which is the detriment of Mercury (I thank the Starlight Knight blog for drawing my attention to this “rejection.”) The medieval astrologer Sahl bin Bishr describes this scenario. Applied to our Mercury sextile Saturn in Sagittarius: “It was as if [Saturn] came to [Mercury] from the house of [Mercury’s] greatest enemy, and [Mercury] will not receive [Saturn], does not come near it, nor esteem it.” (The Works of Sahl and Masha’allah, trans. Benjamin Dykes. The Introduction, Section 5.9, p. 32-34)

Mercury sextile Saturn describes a finely balanced negotiation, reflecting delicate, drawn-out operations and diplomatic maneuvers. One party (Mercury) has serious reservations about the relationship, but cannot let go (repeated sextile). The other party is quite welcoming (Saturn receiving Mercury), but the welcome is insufficient for Mercury to commit to the terms offered by Saturn. How will it end? Saturn is a superior planet, while Mercury is inferior. All things being equal, Saturn is more likely to get its way than Mercury.

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2 Responses to “Mercury sextile Saturn (again) February 5, 2015”

  1. Wade Caves on February 3rd, 2015 5:01 pm

    “Saturn is a superior planet, while Mercury is inferior. All things being equal, Saturn is more likely to get its way than Mercury.”

    I appreciated this — anyone can receive, there is no clash of wills. But I often wondered how it would be for a far inferior planet to reject the more superior ones, and surmised that rejection (or, as Al Kindi called it, “refusal”) deserves far more weight when it is the superior planet pushing away.

  2. admin on February 3rd, 2015 6:03 pm

    Wade, you ask all the right questions. I am curious to see which planet ends up prevailing as this aspect completes on February 19. This particular sextile is complicated, in that in addition to “refusal” or “rejection” by Mercury, we also have Saturn receiving Mercury, theoretically allowing Mercury to influence Saturn as Mercury wishes. So, if Mercury wants to reject Saturn, perhaps the reception uniquely positions Mercury to do so. But then Saturn is the superior, so it still calls all the shots in the situation. I have been observing a negotiation (in which I am not a participant) that started around January 5, that is very well described by this dynamic. I want to see how things turn out so I can add it to my “theoretical astrology applied in practice” mental file.

    Hugs,
    Nina

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