I posted my first blog a year ago, on 10th July 2006 at 13.45 in Glastonbury, UK. It wasn’t exactly electional, for it had an unaspected Mercury Retrograde! About the worst time to start such a Mercurial thing as a blog, you would have thought. But I didn’t want to hang around. I did, however, make sure the Sun was near the top of the chart, because I wanted it to be noticed.
The chart has Sun and Venus in the 9th, and Mercury, Mars and Saturn in the 10th, good placements for getting something out there and successful. Saturn gives it staying power, while Sun and Venus in the 9th give it a foreign readership (about 15% are from the UK).
With all the personal planets below the horizon of my natal chart, I’ve never found it easy to have a sustained presence in the world, though what I have done has tended to have a power to it that makes it noticed and appreciated. The only thing I have done that has lasted has been astrology. Even then I didn’t start doing regular readings until 5 years ago. I viewed astrology as a weird interest of mine, that I was passionate about and fascinated by, but which I couldn’t fully take seriously. I got over that one, and doing astrology readings has proved enduring. As has writing about it, which only began 2 or 3 years ago, but I know it’ll last.
So with that sort of background, I wanted my blog to be noticed and for it to endure, and the blog chart to some extent reflects that wish. As for that unaspected Mercury Retrograde... I think MR has a lot of power to it if it’s not working against you. I’m not sure what that power is, but I know it’s there. And unaspected: I live with someone who has unaspected Mercury in Pisces, and though ordinary conversation can seem to drift all over the place, and there’s no such thing as a short answer, Mercury is at the same time free (unaspected) to wander in other realities (Pisces), where paradoxically it becomes grounded, inspired and to-the-point. So I think an unaspected Mercury can emphasise its Gemini/magpie quality, wandering around and picking up bright objects.
Tuesday’s blog Solar Return has Pluto conjoining the Sag ASC and opposite Mercury. So I’m not complaining. It’s a ‘More power to my elbow’ aspect.
One thing I like about blogging is that it has strengthened the creative flow in me, it is like a muscle I have kept exercising for the last year, and there is now a ready power to it. One slight disadvantage is that ideas do not have much time to brew in me before they are out there in the blogosphere. It’s my ‘table-talk’! Sometimes I remember a thought that has been with me for a year or two, and when I then blog about it there is always a stronger than usual response from the readers. On the other hand, I sometimes blog repeatedly about the same subject – like Gordon Brown! – and through that process my ideas on that subject can also gain depth.