Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius: A Look at Multiculturalism

© November 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

mercury in sagittariusMercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

One of the themes I wanted to talk about when I started Astrology Unboxed was multiculturalism.  But in over a year, not a single post has touched on this subject. With the final Mercury Retrograde (the apparent moving backwards) of 2010 in Sagittarius, I felt it was time.

Mercury being the Messenger of the Gods rules communication in general, language, thought, commerce. Sagittarius and its ruler Jupiter presides over philosophy, travel, spirituality, foreign cultures.

The combination of both gives an emphasis on how to communicate with different cultures. It is a subject dear to me.

Third Culture KidThird Culture Kid Definition

Born and raised in Brazil from a French mother and an American father, I learned at an early age to straddle multiple cultures and multiple languages at the same time.

Recently I learned there was even a word for my case: Third Culture Kid (TCK) and/or Cross Cultural Kid.

The definition is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. Or as I define it: when  somebody asks you “where are you from?”  and you have more than one reasonable explanation. And when, I should add, the answer starts with “it’s complicated”.

As I read the characteristics of a third culture kid, I could not help but nod in agreement. If a check list existed, I would probably have crossed most of the items.

Like many TCK, I have build relationships to all the cultures I lived in (Brazil, France and now the United States), while not having full ownership in any. I easily relate to all of them, but I do not belong to any of them fully.

My sense of belonging comes more from relating to other adults with similar experiences and the same background of having grown up with multiple cultural stripes. I understand and feel comfortable with any of my 3 cultures, but I do not 100% indentify myself with any of them. I am not one or the other. I am this and that and also that other culture too.

I look American and French, sound American and French, act like a French and Brazilian, but I feel so different to any of them.

And I definitely see the world through different eyes.

Creating a Hybrid Identity

As a young adult who grew up outside my parents’ passport culture, I spent an enormous amount of time wondering why I never felt fully blended with my own cultures? Why I always felt homesick for the countries I used to live in? Why moving to a different country at a drop of hat was never an issue?

Thinking back to this time of my life, I compare it to playing a permanent game of Twister®, stretching myself to reach that particular spot where I belonged and finding myself tied in knots when I felt short on finding where did I belong in the traditional slots.

It is not until a few years ago, that my search for one identity finally stopped. I realized that I love the many worlds I come from. My identity is hybrid. Not here nor there, but both.

mercury retrogradeA Cultural Adventurer

Somebody once told me I was a cultural adventurer.  I took me a while to wrap my head around the concept, but finally I got it.

I am most happy when I am among different cultures. I realize that my happiness comes from the benefits of being a multicultural person.

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About Fabienne Lopez

Astrologer, Blogger, Life-Coach. My mission is to help you discover, develop and nurture your creativity no matter what transit you are going through.
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4 Responses to Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius: A Look at Multiculturalism

  1. Twilight says:

    I enjoyed this, Fabienne. I can’t relate to the multi-cultural thing as a birth-right, but by connection I can, kind of (first husband Italian, second very long relationship with Northern Irishman, current husband American.) I’ve learned how subtle differences and/or very pointed differences can make or marr a relationship. Luckily two out of three emerged as “made” the other belongs in the “marred” category. :-)

    In a way juggling nationalities is a bit like the way all of us have to juggle our astrological factors, both natal and transting -some blending, others jarring, some at time even jolting us painfully.

    • Fabienne says:

      Hi Twilight:

      I had a feeling you would understand :) And you are wright about astrology. I often joke that in addition to the languages I already speak, I added astrology as a fourth one!

  2. katley says:

    I call it the “Stranger in a Strange Land” syndrome. I grew up in a Puerto Rican household and lived in Europe. People in the States, except for people like myself, think I’m strange. My best friend is another “Third Culture” woman who came over from Hungary at three years old. She is the sister I never had.

    • Fabienne Lopez says:

      Hi Katley:

      It feels like coming home when we “strangers in a strange land” start to connect, doesn’t it? Thank god for the internet and Facebook! Before that I did not know anybody like us.

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