“Ocean’s Twelve” (source: IMDB)

Mercury entered my twelfth house where it will remain for an uncharacteristically long time. Because of its upcoming retrograde cycle, it will remain there until late October (except for a brief period where its station takes it back into my eleventh house).

My astro.com horoscope describes this period as a time where I am likely to keep my thoughts to myself, even to own detriment. I’m not sure if I agree with that assessment, though. I’m more inclined to believe that I’ll put a little less credence in my own opinion during this transit, and that isn’t a bad thing. I can be overconfident and full of myself. Moving into my new job at work (which I’m still assuming is mine even though I haven’t been promoted yet), will probably be easier if I listen more and talk less. Nevertheless, I’ve got two whole weeks off plus two statutory holidays while Mercury is in this part of my chart, so I’ll have plenty of time to be alone with my thoughts. “Café Astrology” even suggests that in its interpretation of the annual transit:

“Your mind is focused on private matters and past issues during this cycle. This is a time when you are least likely to speak out of turn or to express yourself freely. You’re searching behind the curtain, and examining the past for answers. This is a good time for research, quiet contemplation, and meditation; but do avoid being dragged down by issues that have outgrown their worth and purpose. Examining the past in order to improve the future is certainly worthwhile, as long as you don’t waste your energy on guilt. Creative endeavors could prosper now, particularly those that draw upon the emotions or that require creative visualization skills, such as poetry, art, acting, and other such activities. You are likely to require a certain amount of solitude in order to get your thoughts together or to be mentally productive. You are less likely to chat indiscriminately during this transit, and tend to be a little secretive or tight-lipped for the time being. This may be important, in fact, because this position is sometimes associated with the uncovering of secrets, so discretion may be in order.”

I’m actually quite encouraged by that passage. I’d be happy to examine “the past in order to improve the future.” Plus, with the sun, Mercury and Venus all far apart in the sky right now, I won’t be singularly focused on anything in particular. Having too many planets in my twelfth house all at once can be too much for someone like me. When it happened in 2019, I was terribly unmotivated. That’s not going to happen this time with the sun and Venus spending a substantial part of this period in my eleventh house.

Anyway, I illustrated this post with a photo from “Ocean’s Twelve” because thinking about the eleventh and twelfth houses got me thinking about those movies and my upcoming trip to Las Vegas. Perhaps I should watch them again to get my thoughts together and be mentally productive, as my horoscope suggests. I’m sure there are worse ways I could spend my time while Mercury is moving through this part of my chart . . .

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