During any religious celebration, especially Christmas, the attention given to the parties, and the gifts, give way to our thoughts about the angels, who are the heralds of the good news on this day, so long ago. So, it was very appropriate that my local Public Broadcasting Channel showed a program dealing with the origin and the myths of angels. Every culture, no matter what its religious affiliation is, believes in some form of angels. Our present western concept of what an angel looks like comes from paintings by the great masters of the renaissance. The documentary implied that the word angel meant messenger or the bearer of news, either good or bad. This made quite an impression on me at this time, in that I wonder what planet in our natal chart was like an astrological angel in our lives that was the bearer of news.
At the same time I was wondering if there was any difference between angels and the guardian angel, and the duties of each. Was one the angel, a messenger, and the other besides being a messenger, the one that personally watched over us? That our Guardian Angel might be our inner voice and our conscience that seems to make itself known, when we are in doubt of our actions? Is it the same inner voice that keeps us on the narrow path of right and wrong? Is it the voice that reminds us that sometimes we need to take a chance on our hunches and intuitions? Is it the same voice that we thank God for that we were open enough to listen to, when all seems fruitless? However we see Angels or how we think of them, it seems to me with all the facts presented, that the Angels, whatever there extra duties are, and how they appear to us, they are messengers.
We have the freedom of choice of listening to the message and whether we will respond to it is our option. The job of the angel is done once the message is related, and whether we understand, and whether we believe or whether we accept the message or not, is our responsibility. How we respond will determine the outcome and how we perceive it. Their responsibility is the communication, our accountability is being open to hear and understand what is being said. Understanding and deciphering correctly is essential. In relating this to the natal chart, I can see Mercury as our personal Guardian Angel, who is the messenger, who gives us the gift to understand what is being said. Comprehending and accepting the role of the planet, gives us clues to how and if we will react. Mercury not only gives us the gift to hear, but at the same time, the gift of freedom to choose.
Perceiving the conditions our Mercury is in our natal chart by the sign, the house and the aspects it makes, gives us the clues and the keys to how well we receive the message, and whether we will understand and will heed it. By accepting the conditions the planet is in, in connection to the whole chart, we begin to realize our assets and liabilities we are working with in dealing with any situation. In this way we will understand what we need to compensate for, and what we need to hold back on. This awareness gives us the advantage in achieving the dreams and wishes we are working towards. As we study our own charts, it will become clearer to each one of us, how Mercury may be our Guardian Angel as the bearer of messages, and being the instrument to allow us to understand and to choose the direction we will need to take.