To Be or Not to Be Mercury in Phasis
I have had Mercury on my mind for the past couple of months. It is fitting that I share some tentative results of a project I am working on regarding Mercury while the planet itself is in its detriment and fall, and is also peregrine and combust and retrograde. What can I say? I enjoy a challenge. It probably helps that I mostly talking to myself at this point.
I have really been thinking of Mercury and all the other planets with regards to the topic of phasis. A planet can achieve phasis in two ways. A planets is in phasis 7 days before or after stationing retrograde or direct. And/or (because a planet can be in phasis for two reasons), a planet is in phasis 7 days before or after heliacal rise or set. A planet experiences heliacal set when it makes its last appearance in the morning sky before falling under the beams of the Sun. A planet achieves heliacal rise when it makes its first appearance in the night sky when pulling away from the beams of the Sun. When Mercury is retrograde, the appearance reverses: heliacal set occurs when Mercury makes its last appearance in the evening sky before falling into the beams; heliacal rise occurs when Mercury makes its first appearance in the morning sky before pulling away from the beams. This reversal likely occurs when Venus is retrograde as well.
It is important to note that some sources I have seen define phasis as relating solely to heliacal rise and set, but place relatively equal value to both the concept of station and heliacal rise and set. Delphic Oracle, the preeminent Hellenistic astrology program created by Curtis Manwaring, lumps them together. Semantics aside, we are basically headed in the same direction with respect to these concepts. A planet conveys a stronger, more convincing testimony when in phasis.
The problem with Mercury in phasis is the problem with Mercury retrograde: it happens a lot. A lot a lot. Mercury spends roughly three months in apparent retrograde motion. Mercury resides 15 degrees away from the Sun +/- 7 degrees for more than half of the year. In the year 2019, Mercury spends 203 days in phasis by heliacal rise, heliacal set OR station. Mercury spends 63 days in heliacal rise or set AND station in 2019. In this respect, Mercury in phasis by heliacal rise or set is likely to be as meaningful as when the Moon rises and sets into the Sun during its New Moon phase. We might say Mercury basically divides us all up into two camps, kind of like the right brain/left brain argument. It is unlikely to indicate prominence or more compelling Mercurial testimony.
I will concede that Mercury station is probably significant with respects to chart delineation, and I would even extend signifigance to the overlap between Mercurial station and rise/set. To put the concept of rise and set into further perspective Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn each experience heliacal rise and set once this calendar year, a comparative rarity.
I am attaching the notes and dates for this project below. The second attachment is just my way of trying to understand exactly where Mercury is in relation to the Sun throughout his back and forth motions. These two documents where initially generated from Delphic Oracle with heavy notations from me. Delphic Oracle can be a pain, but it is truly a powerful, instructional program when you get the hang of it.
For some insight into the relevance of phasis, Ted Bundy was born with 4 planets in phasis: Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury (and yes, his Mercury was in phasis two ways). Most of us are born with maybe a planets or two in the phasis, at the most. Ted Bundy’s chart was truly exceptional. He had so much going on, that he was in celestial overdrive. He was basically like a force of nature. I hope to get the time to delineate his chart in an article.
If you find any errors in my process or in these charts, be kind with your criticism. I would blame the current debilitated Mercury, but I have been baking this potato for awhile. Thanks. And enjoy.