The mood is slow and emotional. If life gets hectic, sit still, if just for a minute. Summer’s heat and five planets retrograde ask us to take our time, think through everything we’re doing. Catch up and reconnect with our past, work on old projects, and handle life right here right now. Tend to the woes of the world, and there are so many right now. Deal with what’s already on the plate, and that’s a lot this week the major planetary patterns and process. Speeding up will be counterproductive. If we start up brand-new project it will probably have to be redone, the basic ideas can be sketched out and researched. Mercury, Jupiter, Chiron, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto, all now appear to head backwards against the zodiac.
Unfortunately, this slowness also applies to storm systems, weather patterns can get stuck in a rut, too much water in one place and not enough in another, which is worrisome as a storm bears down on already waterlogged New Orleans as the Sun comes to oppose Pluto this weekend. On January 13, June 16, Sept 21, Jupiter (abundance) and Neptune (water) square exactly, each strong in their own sign, though we feel it all year long. The pragmatic effect is uneven water, a surplus of water, floods, in some places, droughts in others, exacerbating climate change. Jupiter and Neptune were opposite in the great Mississippi flood of Dec 1926, square at the New England flood of March 1936 (exact during the winter before- whose great snow melt caused the flood), and trine during hurricane Katrina. Be careful out there.
The Sun and Venus are now in watery Cancer and ask us to stay in touch with our emotions, tend our family and the family of humankind. Pay attention to our responsibilities to this extended global family. Because so many people are experiencing a major shift this summer, shedding one cycle but not quite ready to start the next one.
Last week’s solar eclipse and this coming Tuesday’s lunar eclipse catalyze these changes, and people need support. The eclipses energize this year’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction in earthy Capricorn, an aspect astrologers predict will shift, however slightly or significantly, our foundations, both geologically and metaphorically. This conjunction started late last winter and continues through the year, flaring up as the faster moving personal planets resonate with it and give it energy.
Mercury and Mars now run close together in Leo, which can add bravado to our thinking and hyperbole to our arguments. Great stories can be told, but people and countries can into arguments around their pride. We need to give people an out for their sense of honor or an argument will tend to escalate. Mars in Leo also speaks of the protective heart, and can bring kind of swift and dramatic responses to perceived problems. The Twitter-verse can blow up on a moment’s notice, as Mercury is retrograde a lot of old dirt comes to the surface, but we may not have all the facts.
As the weekend begins, an upbeat, outspoken, outdoors-oriented Sagittarius Moon trine and s the Mercury Mars conjunction instigates freewheeling, funny, and sometimes brutally honest interactions, but we may feel rushed. Stay situationally aware and all will be well; if the mind is ahead of the body, accidents occur.
We’re asked to stretch our soul Sunday through Tuesday as the Sun opposes intense Pluto, the Moon conjuncts Pluto, and the Moon is eclipsed midday on Tuesday. We may see a dénouement or come face-to-face with some important work, both personally and as globally. Our thoughts can go to worst-case scenarios, or remember what we have lost and what we could lose with the whispering winds of depression or urgency. The storms may could get really bad down in the Delta, or they may just set off the PTSD of those who survived the last hurricanes. It’s easier now to see what is leaving rather than what will grow next.
Summer’s lightness returns on Wednesday as the Moon enters Aquarius, and life can be a team sport. Creativity and connection increase as Venus trines Neptune on Thursday. Get out the art supplies. Keep an eye out for that spark of romance and camaraderie, feed the embers of the heart.
Friday, July 12: the mood is upbeat and restless and outdoorsy. Use a window of good communication to connect with people far away and get the message across to those nearby this afternoon as the outspoken Sagittarius Moon trines Mercury. Be honest, but don’t expect tact in return. Be upfront about past problems in a clear but uncharged way. Hike or dance the night away as the Moon trines active Mars.
Moon enters Sagittarius 9:04 AM, Moon trine Mercury 3:32 PM, Moon trine Mars 10:09 PM.
Saturday, July 13: We notice where life pinches or our world feels too small, and yet smell the whiff of potential as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Abundance can be wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming, watch out for floods, bees, too much of what could, in other circumstances, be a good thing. Adventure beyond the familiar. Simplistic thinking is fine as long as it’s also expansive; watch out for those who just want keep it simple and so disregard the truth. Tonight, our attention wanders and the stars can look unusually lovely as the Moon squares Neptune, we may feel soggy, and need a touch of magic and moonbeam.
Moon conjunct Jupiter to 10 PM, Moon square Neptune 7:30 PM.
Sunday, July 14: Even in a beautiful summer’s weekend we can feel the woes of the world as the Sun opposes Pluto. A restless, potentially angsty and inefficient day calls for balance between honesty and kindness. Organize and strategize tonight as the Moon enters competent Capricorn. We may agree that something must be done, though there may be no agreement about what. We’ll feel better once some improvement has been achieved.
Sun opposed Pluto 8:51 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 5:04 PM.
Monday, July 15: Underneath pleasantness exists an existential discontent. It helps to think back on recent problems, let them simmer to the surface, pick the most urgent ones and tend to it. Just one step at a time. We can control our own efforts, we cannot control one another, though that may be tempting. People be can become manipulative or pushy under stress, but that does not further. Help each other with the work at hand and feel trust grow.
Moon trine Uranus 5:08 AM, Moon opposed Venus 10:41 PM.
Tuesday, July 16: A full moon- lunar eclipse in determined Capricorn, ask us to think about our work and responsibilities, think about what we want to build. The ground shifts under our feet and we may need to let go of an outdated dream and search for new possibilities.
Moon conjunct Saturn 1:17 AM, Venus quincunx Jupiter 1:44 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 4:51 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 11:16 AM, Moon conjunct Sun, lunar eclipse 3:38 PM, Venus opposed Saturn 11:33 PM.
Wednesday, July 17: We can feel more room to breathe, more room to move up as the Moon enters spacious Aquarius and squares Uranus. But watch the tendency to second-guess oneself, to question everything, to feel hemmed in where we really are not hemmed in. It may be important to not look far ahead, but to take cautious steps forward and prioritize connections and communication for the moment.
Moon enters Aquarius 3:18 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 5:38 AM, Moon square Uranus 3:53 PM, Moon opposed Mars 11:49 PM.
Thursday, July 18: This is a day to remember our ideals, remember what we’re building, what we’re working towards, we want to call in, what we want to romance as Venus trine’s Neptune. We can be sweet and flirtatious with this energy, work towards social justice, or just remember the world can be different than this dystopian present. It furthers to work together with like minds, to join the conversation about positive probabilities. or take to the dogs to the dog park and socialize.
Moon sextile Jupiter, 9:53 AM. Venus trine Neptune 12:02 PM.
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