Mercury Retrograde and Icarus

In ancient times there were stone statues of Mercury at crossroads – pointing the way.
I recently did a reading for a client whose astrology chart has been impacted by the Uranus/Pluto square (sudden, surprising life changing events) in a very dramatic and personal way. She is highly motivated and accomplished and has had a very successful long term career in the corporate world of finance. Suddenly and unexpectedly she was fired from her job. No explanation.
She called me for a reading to consult about it. It is hard at times like this for anyone to refocus from the perception that their life has fallen completely apart. I feel my job as an astrologer is to be like Mercury – the person at the crossroad – who is pointing the way forward. I do this by deciphering the ancient signs and symbols of her chart.
 We talked for awhile about how devastating it had been and the totally unanticipated betrayals that had occurred. After awhile I mentioned a quote I had read once about Icarus – who in his soaring flew too close to the Sun and crashed to earth – his wax wings melted. The quote was in a book of assorted writing by different authors compiled by Thomas Moore.  I couldn’t find it today – not sure who wrote it the quote about Icarus. But the essence was that Icarus crashing was not really an uncommon event. It said if you look around people are crashing all the time.
It is true that people are crashing all the time in different ways. But the real question after the crash is what is the significance of it on a deeper level and how do  discern the meaning and move forward in a well indicated way? It is really like being at a crossroads and gathering information about how to proceed.
Astrology and the Tarot readings can be invaluable guides at times like these with the many indications in astrology charts about matters of destiny, the soul’s yearnings and what kind of efforts are likely to succeed with the timing of the transits.
In our very work oriented time and culture there is a tendency towards linear thinking and a tendency to override the parts of life that have to do with the soul’s yearnings. And sometimes this is what the crashing is about- to bring the recognition to that and to give an opportunity to create a new life that honors and addresses the needs of the soul.
The time is right with Mercury retrograde in Capricorn to rethink how your life is set up now and how to move in a new more authentic direction. Pragmatics are needed of course. And addressing the needs of the soul. In a certain sense we are all at Mercury’s crossroad and can consider different choices about which way to go.

As with the Kings and Queens of old, an Astrologer or Tarot Card Reader should be a trusted ally on your life’s path.

 Reach Amelia at 603 654 1043, amelia.shea@comcast.net,  www.ameliashea.com and https://ameliashea.wordpress.com. Her readings start at $30 and are available by phone, email, skype and in person in Wilton, NH.
If you like our forecasts and would like to support our work, please consider a donation.