Something about cazimi…

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sun conjunct Mercury

Moon in Libra

The Sun and Mercury meet up today in a conjunction that is more than your average planetary joining together. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will know that this is known as cazimi.

But for everyone else, what does it mean? What is cazimi? While it sounds as though it’s something that Harry Potter would say as he waved his wand about a bit, it’s actually that point when the Sun and Mercury are as close together as they can be.

When Mercury is within, say, 8° of the Sun, it’s said to be combust – and combust is not a good place to be. It’s about being so blinded by the light that you can’t see straight…or think straight. If you have Mercury within 8° of the Sun natally, you might be the one who says you’re often overlooked – or not listened to – as though your opinions can’t be seen beyond the light of the Sun. Right?

Up to 17° is referred to as being under the sunbeams – but I digress.

The thing is, there’s no need to feel alone in this – given that Mercury is never more than around 28° from the Sun, the chances are fairly high that your Mercury could be less than 8° from your sun.

Cazimi, on the other hand – that point where Mercury and the Sun join in a golden glow of uber understanding and concentration – is a very, very good place for Mercury to be…however briefly. It can bring with it a blinding flash of seriously, just how clever am I?

The aspect is exact at 11.48am or thereabouts (Sydney time), but Mercury is said to be cazimi within around 17’ of arc. No, I’m not going to do the calculation for that and I can see your eyes beginning to glaze over. The one thing I want you to take away from this is that in that golden period of time, Mercury is elevated to the pure Mercury-ness of it – yep, even when Mercury is retrograde.

Speaking of which, Mercury is retrograde, so not thinking straight already. This cazimi might, therefore, not be as cazimi-ish (yes, I made that word up) as a cazimi normally is…but it’s still a cazimi.