Here’s what to watch for given the nearly perfect square between Mercury and Saturn:
* Leveling with yourself (Mercury/Saturn)
* Getting real (Mercury/Saturn)
* Structuring, organizing, making something more effective (Mercury/Saturn)
* A serious choice or crossroads decision (Mercury/Saturn)
* Being too reserved or restrictive in mind or speech (Mercury/Saturn)
* Trouble speaking or communicating, blocks in thought or speech (Mercury/Saturn)
* Mental fortitude, toughness, discipline (Mercury/Saturn)
* Speaking with elders, respecting the voice of an elder (Mercury/Saturn)
* Contesting or analzying or deconstructing overly rigid or detrimental philosophies, self beliefs, or convictions (Mercury scrutinizing Saturn in Sagittarius)
About the Mercury/Saturn square, the I Ching responded with two hexagrams in my morning meditation…
Conflict leads to Temptation
The first hexagram, #6, called “Conflict” or “Quarreling,” depicts a sincere person being obstructed or even persecuted by someone unreasonable or unfair. The advice of the hexagram is to retreat rather than trying to prosecute the contention or forcefully win the battle…even though the implication is that we are in the right about something.
The changing line reads: To nourish oneself on ancient virtue induces perseverance.Danger. In the end, good fortune comes. If by chance you are in the service of a king, seek not works.
The changing line reflects the idea that by clinging to ancient virtues, traditional or perennial values (humility, faith, trust, compassion, etc.) we persevere through any injustice and in the end the danger passes away and good fortune comes. The last line instructs us not to go seeking or lusting after powerful positions at this time (the favor or promotion of the King), again echoing the idea of humility and temporary retreat in the face of some kind of persecution or injustice. Interestingly enough, one version of this line says “she eats her own virtue and does not contend for more than that.” Yet another line says, “stand firm on your integrity and stop striving for anything more.”
The second hexagram, #44, called “Temptation,” depicts a powerful but negative influence approaching someone or something good, pure, holy, or upright. The instruction is to pay close attention to what approaches or tempts us and to not give in but to simply stand our ground and hold to our principles. In other words, solid and fortified integrity, naturally invites temptation, so this is also a time to be extra aware of the temptations that naturally arise when we double down on our values. Oddly enough, according to the I Ching, our strongest outwardly recognized or visible times of integrity and goodness are always the moments that are the most vulnerable to temptations.
So we might also think about the Mercury/Saturn square in terms of a challenge to our integrity about something…the advice is to avoid conflicts, subsist on our virtue and integrity alone, trust that good fortune will come eventually, and be extra careful of temptations to our integrity.
Prayer: Teach us the sustainable farming of a quiet, peaceful, and ever circulating personal integrity.