Hey everyone this is Acyuta-bhava from Nightlight Astrology and today we are going to take a look at Mercury's conjunction with Venus and Pluto which has been happening yesterday today you'll still be feeling the effects of this tomorrow, we've taken a look at Venus retrograde a number of times Venus is conjunction with Pluto a number of times. Today we are going to add Mercury into the mix and look at the combination of Mercury, Venus and Pluto. All together, I have a number of different things I'm going to bring in today for us to look at few tarot cards that I threw also the eaching. And we're also going to take a look at a passage from read Butler's book which you guys know I like to draw on from time to time. So that is our goal for the day. Before we dive in to taking a look at these planetary combinations, I want to remind all of you that there are now just about two more days Thursday and Friday left in my annual Kickstarter, we are now we just crossed the 1200 backer Mark, we are trying to get to 1367 We are now 166 backers away from crossing the finish line. So if you have not if you've already donated thank you so much. If you have not yet I'm going to show you how you can and how you can pick up some cool rewards if you do if you donate between now and New Year's Eve. So we again we're so close to meeting our goal. And we just need one last big push here in the final two days. So let me show you how you can donate if you have not already and anything and everything helps a $5 donation $10 donation, but there are some really cool rewards you can pick up when you donate as well. You can pick up a video learning how that teaches you how to start a mantra meditation practice. There's the astrology of 2022 video, I recorded that this week. That's an exclusive look at the major transits of 2022. I have a list of four or five major transits and then about 30 minor transits that I break down for the year really looking forward to, to sharing that with all of you who have donated, and there's also a like a PDF calendar that we made for people so they can follow along with all the transits that I'll be tracking on my channel for the year that comes with that Astrology of 2022 video. There are a bunch of other videos there's a year ahead horoscope reading that one's really popular. Just finished Aries and Taurus yesterday working my way through giving you a breakdown of all of the major transits for your rising sun or rising sign horoscope for 2022. There's some other horror airy readings available. And then the big ones are of course, you can get any of my online courses ancient astrology for the modern mystic my year to programme my horary programme where my readings and passages programme all my for one year programmes in Hellenistic astrology for 50% off. So the and that's even $400 cheaper than the earlybird rate that we run just prior to the class starting. So it's a really great way to save if you want to study with me in 2022 or beyond, you can use them as credits whenever you like. And we will be starting new classes in June and November. So the year one class starts in June or November on Saturdays and Sundays. We have them start on the weekends. They're live classes, but you can follow along remotely we have all the recordings available to you on a class website. So you can follow along in your own pace or attend live. And there's for that class was over 100 hours worth of classroom content. There's 30 classes on the year two to three hours for each class. There's 12 guest lectures we have breakout study sessions, tutoring staff or discussion forum tonnes of extra bonus material that you can use homework assignments, reading, optional reading, you can ask me questions year round about everything we're studying. So you're learning how to read the the natal karmic context of a birth chart in that class. And year two, we talk about timing how do you actually time out when the karma of the birth chart is going to appear? When will that karma around marriage appear? What are the times in life where things really big events will happen in your career that are promised in the natal chart, that kind of thing. So your two is about timing and prediction. horary is a specific form of prediction, very specific. For example, Will I pass you know Will I pass the exam I have to take or when will the the government's refund check arrive or something like that? Very specific targeted predictive method with horror area astrology.
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Alright, that being said, let's dive into this triple conjunction that we have. It's not technically they're not all exactly conjoined, but close enough. Here you can see Venus, you can see Mercury, and you can see Pluto getting together. Let's go ahead and look at how this develops. Mercury's just gone over Venus. And then you're going to see Mercury cross over Pluto. And that's happening today into tomorrow, the 29th into December 30. So that combination back to back is a pretty potent one. And it's amplifying the Venus Pluto conjunction all over again. Even though the two have just separated, they're still within that three degree range that we consider it to be very active. And now Venus are now Venus Pluto is being activated once more by Mercury. So you can see this in effect really all the way through Friday the 31st as Mercury itself gets about three, four degrees away from Venus, and then by Saturday about four degrees away from Pluto. So you'll be feeling this really through the end of the week. Okay, and by the way, happy Jupiter into Pisces if you missed the video I did yesterday to be sure to check that one out.
Alright, so what I want to do is read you some passages and talk about some of the archetypal combinations I'm going to sort of riff off of off from some of what Renn Butler says, You guys know this book, the Archetypal Universe one of my favourite, they call it the archetypal cookbook. It is a fantastic resource. If you're someone who's doing astrology, I highly recommend having a copy of it at your desk. Because it is a really good way of just integrating or internalising a lot of really nice combinations of adjectives and descriptions and things like that. So here's what he says about Mercury Pluto, which we have today.
"A passionate and probing mind, deep insight into emotional causes and motivations and interest in criminology or depth psychology, a gift for persuasive communication, mental struggles and obsession, fear of one's darker shadow thoughts, harmful and destructive communication, aggressive dogma and beliefs or crude speech."
So you can hear some of the themes coming to the surface from that subterranean space. The potential for darker obsessive thoughts. Pluto can reveal things that with mercury that we get very tightly wound about, you know, what's going to happen a particular outcome in some area of our life that we get really obsessed about the idea that you know, some dark or some revelation can come up in speech you can this is the kind of day where like mercury Pluto, where I anticipate I might hear from someone or get some news. It's rather heavier dark as Venus as by the way as Mercury was coming into the conjunction with Pluto this week, I received news that my uncle had passed away in hospice care. I knew he was in hospice care. The news came as Mercury was coming into Venus and Pluto. So receiving dark or heavy news. News from the underworld if you want to think of like mercury is like a little courier and bringing some news or information from a subterranean sort of Plutonian space. So that's one potential is the potential to have conversations that address hidden things, deep things, powerful things, darker things, taboo things, as well as anything that could amplify obsessiveness or fear or worry, or concern.
News from the dead, deep dreams and the messenger appearing in dreams. Mercury tends to bring messages we talked about, actually, last week talked a little bit about Venus, Pluto and the underworld and talked actually a lot about hermeneutics in that video last week, and Mercury was originally called Hermes. So when you have mercury, communicating with Pluto, messages or insights from the deep can come up and reveal or show themselves. You also have the probing mind, the mind that's able to understand hidden or secretive or subtle dimensions. So for example right now. My oldest daughter, Gigi is sort of obsessed with like puzzles, and not just puzzles, but like mind puzzles for little kids got this book for Christmas. Very Mercury Pluto this week, you know his decoding things. Here's a few other things he says.
"The probing mind, a potent blending of willpower and intellect. A relentless and profound curiosity a gift for deep analysis and questioning penetrating insight into emotional causes and motivations and ability to recognise the deeper significance in small details or just to get to the bottom of problems. The probing instincts of a sleuth or a detective."
He mentions an interest in depth psychology or criminology. A study of the shadow side of the psyche, a tendency to think and talk about sex, deep persuasive communications intense conversations arousing opinions urges to speak the forbidden blasphemy and heresy iconoclasm. So anytime that you challenge a well held idea and there's almost like even if you're doing it to provoke or to in be an instigator of some kind it can be very Mercury Pluto.
The also the other thing that can come up here is the desire for example people that are afraid to talk when they're having sex. And then Mercury Pluto comes by and all of a sudden you know, the lid blows off and they're they're talking a mile a minute while having sex that would be a very Mercury Pluto thing sorry to paint an image and put your to put that image in your head but it's Mercury Pluto today. So I have to intense and powerful criticism. See, when I remember when I was in my MFA programme, there were some people who thought that it was their job to be harsh and critical as though being harsh or critical makes you better at you know, as a writer. That's very Mercury Pluto. The idea that you just need this hard truth. You just need this really edgy criticism. You just you need to hear this. You know what I mean? It's like a new AI. Maybe we do maybe we don't. Because Rand Butler also writes Mercury Pluto is the destructive effect of truth telling the breakdown of old certainties. A transformed point of view exploded beliefs, pension for dark comedy corrosive wit, Shadow qualities that he mentions a tendency toward mental fixation and struggle. I will tell you right now that one of the things that I've noticed in myself over the past few days has been, you know, basically, you know, about four days of eating, you know, terribly over, over the over the weekend, and also being given an amazing popcorn maker for Christmas as my Christmas gift. And I just Mercury came through, too as Mercury has been coming through to Pluto, I've noticed that I've been obsessed about you know, kind of falling off the what's the phrase falling off the waggon falling off the train something like that.
And I've had to catch myself and be like, Why are you obsessing it's the holidays just chill out you had three or four days worth of not eating well, and you can just get get right back on and get back on track. It's not a big deal but just fixation mentally. A mind ready to explode. Be careful are full of the trickery subjects right now today and tomorrow especially an inclination to ask a loaded questions or make others confess. I remember one time, you know, I was dating somebody and they were really this was when I was like, I don't know, early 20s. And they were convinced that you know, I had done something wrong or was keeping a secret from them. And I remember they were just kept pressing me and pressing impressing me and I thought God, they, they really think that I've done something and I can't think of anything that you know, I've done or kept secret or anything, so I just made one up. It was like it was really benign, you know, and I just I'll never forget that being like, I just have to make something up to get out of the situation because this person thinks that you know, I'm keeping something from them. And then they were like, oh, yeah, see, never doubt my intuition and I was like, You're crazy. You know, like that was the beginning of the end for me. And I would not be surprised not be surprised if they if there was like a Mercury Pluto transit happening when that happened. Or maybe Mercury Pluto in their birth chart or something. God bless that person, but you know what I'm saying?
Muckraking journalism, the poison pen or tongue, devastating insults, crude speech of foul mouth, and obsession with sexual innuendo. But also passionate and persuasive writing, a polemical or deconstructive style, a hardcore aggressive rap, he writes heavy sarcasm or satire. So you get a feeling for what Mercury Pluto can bring. And then we're adding Venus into the mix this topic of sex, love relationships, and we're mingling the aesthetic, sensual dimension of The Goddess into all of this, it's a pretty potent transit for a couple of days. I have had some very powerful dreams in the past 48 hours, got the news that my uncle was passing. And this week have been doing some writing for 2022, looking at the astrology of 2022, here's 20 Plus pages that I have of transits that I'll be looking at in 2022 pick up your astrology or 2022 video through the Kickstarter. But as I've been doing that it's been like, you know, every single transit that I'm looking at and unpacking it and trying to get to the bottom of what I think you know, 2022 is astrology is offering has been this deep, kind of probing research work that I've been doing.
I recorded something, I started recording the first take of my astrology of 2022 video, I got a ways in and realise that I had made some major mistakes in the video, it had to delete it and start all over and had a small cuss fest in an empty room by myself. So it's very Mercury, Pluto. And I feel like my, my wife and I have been talking about like the year in review, like at the end of the year, we tend to stay up late and talk a little bit more like what was 2021, you know, a lot of deep insights, I feel like we've sort of levelled up a lot of ways in our marriage over the past year. And there's been a lot of as Venus turned retrograde, like, a lot of reflection on where we're at, I think I shared with you guys that we're starting to transition back to having our bed to ourselves. After doing co sleeping with our kids. There's been a lot of conversation and strategizing about how to move into the next phase with our kids and just the feeling of like, reflecting very deeply on things, especially one of the things we've been reflecting on. It's interesting as both of our parents since we were married, and in our 30s now in our 40s, both of our parents divorced as adults. So we would actually have some really deep conversations about like, not only you know, just the things we're proud of with ourselves and the things we've learned and kind of uncovering those things a little bit between ourselves but also exploring our feelings about being children of adult divorced parents, however that phrase goes. It's an interesting adult children of divorced parents.
But basically both of us, I my parents got divorced the year that we got married, and then my wife's parents finalised their divorce last year. So it's just been like also this, this process of reflecting upon that, weirdly that that's come up really strongly in the past few days with Mercury, Venus, Pluto all coming together. So I have a few more things to say about this before we go for today. And then I have an important announcement by the way for New Year's Eve, that will be something that we're going to be doing that it's going to be really fun. I'm going to be doing a live stream and I need your help. So I'll be telling you that about that about that before we go. But I pulled two tarot cards to ask about what is the what is the polarity sometimes I have my own ways of approaching the Tarot. So this is one of the ways that I will approach the Tarot. I'll ask for a polarity two cards that are representing attention and then I'll ask for the solution in a third card. So the tension that I pulled up is between the page of swords and the 10 of Wands page of swords and 10 of Wands as a representative of an inherent tension within this Mercury Venus Pluto dynamic.
I love using the cards as a way of free associating and starting to see elements of the archetypes that are at play that I might not otherwise see. I think the cards are fantastic for that. So if I had to talk about the page of wands first of all this person this fellow or this woman, whoever they might be his loves to learn loves to communicate is his clever adaptable witty youthful, likes freedom and exploration wants to you know, it's like someone who wants to have the freedom to you know, kind of jump around move around really reminds me of almost like Mars in Gemini, which is something I have in my own birth chart. Youthful curious, fun, adaptable shifty have to be careful though, because the page of wands can kind of be like immature and reckless and gossipy and the page of wands can, you know, be like a kind of like idleness and not doing anything constructive, or almost like a youthful immaturity or even laziness sometimes like fun but not committed, you know, and sometimes also like a medlar or a gossiper, or, you know, can be like just just a little do I want to say like, a little busy mentally and not so grounded. Now, the 10 of wands, the opposite tension, the tension pulling in another direction here to create kind of attention between two cards. 10 of wands has to do with like, look, you know, hard work, discipline, finish what you've started, there's a sense of the labour of existence. The hard work, you know, it's very Saturnine card I think a little bit of Saturn in Aries with this card Saturn in its fall, like the desire for freedom is prohibited because of hard work. And the need to finish or complete something. 10 of wands is the final card of the suit. So here's the page that wants to have fun and do things that are new, or you know, is a card that can indicate curiosity and exploration, and then the 10 of Wands just burdened with hard work. So that's an interesting juxtaposition. Because Mercury, Venus is very playful. Usually Mercury, Venus is like writing a song or a poem or Venus. Mercury is like flirtation, for example, Mercury, Pluto can be a little deeper and heavier. But also, there's like, there's, there's like, Code Cracking and discovery. Mercury, Venus Pluto can be kind of, together with, as far as Mercury goes, can certainly embody the page of swords insofar as there is a desire to explore freely and openly and without inhibition, something like that. Well, the 10 of wands, on the other hand, is your inhibition. This is a very prohibitive card, in the sense that it says, you know, set aside the youthful dalliances there's something serious to be said or done, or, you know, something like that. So, I also wonder about the tension inherent in this transit this week, in terms of the desire for mental and intellectual and sensual or erotic depth and playfulness and freedom, versus you know, of course, this is all happening in the sign of Capricorn, the feeling of boundedness and obligation and duty.
The other thing that I think about with the page of swords and the 10 of wands is how are we accomplishing things? These two cards tell me that you could very easily try to cut corners right now that there could be a temptation to sort of like, cheat or you know, like either not complete something that you should or to do so in a way that is sort of manipulative or dishonest or again, trying to cut corners or something like that. So I would be just, you know, careful. So then I drew a third card. And the third card was, what is what do we need to bring resolution to these tensions, and the third card was the world. So in this card, you get the the card, really of completion of a transformation of something coming full circle, and of there being a sense of completion. So everything in its right place, completing things in the right way, something with history that has to be resolved in the right way, you're almost to the finish line, complete something in the way that it should be completed. So you get these two cards, followed, whoops, followed by this card. So when I look at that, I go, okay, there, right now, there is something that needs to be finished something that needs to be completed. And you might not be able to experience the mental or emotional freedom, because you're bearing some kind of cross, you're bearing a burden. And it's about finishing it in the right way. Try to have a little bit of fun, as you do try to stay open to different ways of doing things. It doesn't have to be as perhaps laborious, or it doesn't have to be as burdensome, as you think maybe there's some freedom or flexibility or a slightly different way of doing something this week. Finishing a process, though, seems to be part of what is depicted here. And having the right kind of intelligence to, to finish something, but also making sure that you're not cutting corners, or, you know, trying to sort of weasel out of a process that will probably won't be entirely as free or as fun as that as that page of swords would like it to be. And I see that and I go like, yes, mercury, Mercury does not love the confines of Saturn. And yet, there's something here that's being completed, Mercury's culminating in the sign of Capricorn and will shift into an airy lighter sign in Aquarius very soon, but it's passing through kind of a gauntlet right now. And there's a there's a pretty long deep process that's going on. I drew a hexagram, as well, from the I ching.
Now the I ching hexagram that I drew is number 54, which is sometimes called a loveless marriage. And I'm going to read you something here is one of my favourite websites iching123.com. So they're talking about in ancient China, if, let's say, a girl's older sister married, and then the younger sister is brought into that marriage is like a junior wife, or like a second wife, I think they would call it she does not have any power in the position because she's not like her sister. She doesn't have like, she's not like the primary wife in the home. So she's in a position of subservience. But she has her own goals. And the her goals in and of themselves may not be bad, but she's not necessarily in a position to get them done. So you can erase you know, you don't like the ancient Chinese marriage metaphor, you can sort of erase that it's not a, it's not a huge deal. But here's what said, the motivation and goal might be good, but the approach is incorrect. Therefore, it should not be done in a forcible way. So there also, you know, a little bit of the page and the 10 of Wands where there's a goal, the page of wands approach could be not I never quite fully trust the page of swords. The page of swords approach may be conniving or may be sort of self serving or manipulative or something like that. So to me, it's like be careful of how you're getting something done and how you're accomplishing a goal make sure that it's done in the right way. So it is the desired goal of the younger sister. The motivation goal might be good. So she has her own goals, things that she wants, but she's in a position where she's like Junior in the pecking order. So it's like, you should not try to do things in a forcible way.
And then line six is changing, this is an interesting line that says, no matter how you, if you try to pretend to get something done, for example, let's say in this example, it's it's an example of her offering a sacrifice and getting no result from the offering of the sacrifice, essentially. And it's saying, like, Yeah, I mean, if you're trying, if you have an ulterior motive, and then you, you sort of show up and, and do everything that you're supposed to do, and, you know, try to play the part that's expected of you, but you don't really care about it, there's an ulterior motive and you're just trying to get something by virtue of this kind of pretence, or whatever, that this will yield nothing, you nothing will come of it. So don't try also to like, feign the thing that you should do or ought to do just to get a result. Because that will also lead in a bad direction. So it's funny because it really speaks to a person who's trying to get something done, they're in maybe a disempowered position. And you might be tempted to try to get something done in a way that is not really legitimate or could lead to problems for you later, I really feel like that embody that is reflective of the page and the 10. The 10 of wands wants to get something done, it has a goal in mind, the page will doesn't love that, you know, that it's may have a certain kind of there may be a certain kind of pecking order. And so the potential for deception or manipulation is very reflective of Mercury, Venus and Pluto, like, I have something that I want, and there's ways I'll twist and turn things to try to get them. So you have to just kind of be careful of that temptation right now. So that is what I see coming from the eaching, the Tarot, just some reflections for you all. But I'd love to hear from you guys. If you want to share a story, use the hashtag grabbed and tell us how the planets are showing up and how this combination showed up for you this week. We'll share some stories next week I hope. In the meantime, on New Year's Eve day, later in the day, I will be doing a live stream probably in the afternoon.
And in the live stream, I want to share some stories from you guys as to what was your major transit of the year. So any major transit that you had in your birth chart, any major transit Do you remember us talking about on my channel for 2021. And just like we use in the grab story, use the hashtag grabbed and put my my transit of 2021 Tell us what the transit is. And please leave a very brief and concise summary we don't need a million things so if it's maybe it's like Pluto is squaring my natal Venus or maybe it was Neptune was conjoining my moon whatever the case might be, please keep the astrological description simple people overcomplicate it all the time with this and add way too many details. Either that or your story sharing is not concise and simple and right to the point. So please tell us what was your major transit of 2021 What what transit will you remember that really define your year personally, maybe it was in your birth chart maybe it was when we talked about tell us which transit it was and how it had an impact on you. Or which transit your birth chart or whatever, use the hashtag grabbed in the comment section or email us at grabbed at nightlight astrology.com we do not respond to those emails, we just aggregate them and I'm going to be sharing some of your memorable 2021 stories on Friday afternoon as we bang the drum and also try to rally support for the Kickstarter on the last day. Remember right now we are just 166 backers away at the time of recording this 166 backers away from crossing the finish line we really need your support pitch in remember the link to the Kickstarter is in the comment section of this video as well as the description of the video. Really appreciate it. Hope this exploration of Mercury Venus and Pluto has been useful for you today. Again, love to hear your stories and we will see you again tomorrow. Take it easy everyone. Bye