Roughly 12 hours from now, Mercury bursts into Aries with a “bang” and begins a 2+ week-long exchange of energies with Mars in Gemini. In astrological parlance, this phenomenon is known as a “mutual reception” – for a more in-depth primer on the topic, see this previous post. But for those who want a more short and to-the-point explanation of the effects of this specific mutual reception, you need only to consider how Air feeds Fire.
Mercury represents the wind of our words, and Mars the heat and fire of battle – from this, one could infer the next couple of weeks as being a period when people are more likely to mouth off, curse people out, or – more neutrally – speak up about things. We gain the courage to raise our voices, but also need to carefully monitor our irritation levels before speaking as the tongue is more likely to be sharpened/armed under this influence – when one blows on a fire, the flames intensify and this can result in an uncontrolled inferno that stands to burn not only others but ourselves as well. Make it a point *not* to say offensive things under this influence (say, by insulting someone’s intelligence) or to be rude/curt; it’s far more likely this will turn into a fight. If we’re going to use our verbal energy for something – and as I said the mouth is apt to be energized during this mutual reception – let it be to stand up for someone/something worth championing and be sure to leave your ego out of it. Do not spoil for a fight by being a (verbal) instigator; cue a pair of child twins sitting in the back seat of car, pointing at each other and saying “Mom, he/she started it!!!” – avoid the impulse to take a juvenile jab at someone in a vocal sense.
Oh, and speaking of cars: Mercury has dominion over our wheels, and Mars is accident-prone. Translation: Slow down behind the wheel, do not flip or cut someone off in rush hour traffic, and avoid starting or contributing to what could be labeled “a road rage incident” – no newspaper headings with this particular line ever end well. Think out your communications (written or verbal) more during this period in all contexts; don’t just fire off the first thing that comes to your mouth. For example, the first thing that would likely come to mind if we were driving home and someone were to come flying up out of nowhere to ride our rear bumper is probably something along the lines of “A$$#@*%!!” – avoiding the split-second urge to vocalize that sentiment (particularly one that arises in anger) can keep a situation from escalating into something more dangerous and possibly more physical. The phrase “Them’s fightin’ words!” is worth bearing in mind for the couple weeks this specific mutual reception remains in play; it will help us to be more mindful that what we say may well be construed as an affront if we’re too hasty in speaking.
On the plus side, this mutual reception can give us plenty of mental energy – new ideas may fly around in our heads in ways that can move things forward for us. We do also well both listening to and utilizing motivational speech that inspires positive action in our lives under this astrological vibe. If we need to make a daring “sales pitch” of some kind, this energy can help us pull it off; provided we’re not *too* aggressive – remember that nobody likes a pushy “salesman”.
Lastly, please do use care around hot or sharp objects for the next couple of weeks – Mars has ties to cuts and burns while Mercury represents our arms, hands, and “digits”. This mutual reception will come to a close on April 19th, but until then it’s best to bear all of the aforementioned in mind for best results.