Today‘s photo: Noctilucent clouds over Trondheim, Norway on July 24, 2014 (credit: Bjørn Ole Solberg, posted onSpaceWeather.com)
PLEASE NOTE that today‘s journal covers 14 days instead of the usual seven. The next issue will arrive in your inbox on Sunday, August 10.
July 28 to August 3
A GRAND WATER TRINE comes into form toward the end of this last week of July. This configuration occurs when three planets are at the same degree of the three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. It indicates that the three planets are working in harmony with each other, supporting our spiritual growth and emotional fulfillment.
Astrologer Bil Tierney, in his book Dynamics of Aspect Analysis, writes that a Grand Water Trine helps us:
“…respond to subtle undercurrents in life. Our powers of detection are above average, suggesting some degree of psychic sensitivity. This impressionability can be transformed into a creative, productive asset once we are able to harness the delicate emotionality.
“The flowing expression of feelings enables us to withdraw easily into our inner private world where we can experience contentment on deeply subjective levels. We may feel personal gratification when exploring the vivid world of our imagination or reflecting upon the past. We at least feel inwardly nourished and secure during cherished periods of seclusion, privacy, stillness, and rest.”
This Grand Water Trine has the potential to create a sort of temporary, watery buffer zone around us. It can provide the space where we can more easily take care of our emotional needs (Venus in Cancer), explore our deeper needs and desires with courage and honesty (Saturn in Scorpio), and let go of the burdens and dramas of life as we reconnect with our spiritual core and trust life’s unfolding tapestry (Chiron in Pisces).
A much-needed respite, considering all that we’ve been experiencing lately.
THE TRICKY THING with trines is that they can lull us to lie down in the poppy field, so that we drift off into the world of imagination and dreams and no longer feel concern for where we are going. If we approach a trine that way, when we awaken later, our life’s journey continues much the same as before.
But, we can also stay conscious as we stroll through these energies. If we apply discipline and intention, we can use the healing energy and soothing qualities of this trine to manifest that next positive step forward in our creative projects and spiritual growth.
In other words, yes, take the time to dream and imagine — but also take your journal with you, so that you can write down the creative ideas and inspirations that come forward.
BECAUSE OF THIS poppy-field effect, it may actually be a good thing that the end of this week also brings some challenging planetary aspects. We have a Uranus-Venus square on Thursday, and Mars squaring the Jupiter-Mercury alignment on Friday and Saturday. Squares, as you may know, represent obstacles that need to be overcome if we want to keep moving forward.
The Uranus-Venus square is our reminder that as much as we want the comfort of close relationships, we also need to maintain our independence and individuality. We are not meant to overcome our desire for relationship, nor is it necessary to extinguish our desire for freedom. Rather, the challenge is to rise above the strict adherence to old forms of relationship that have kept us from realizing our potentials to have both.
THE SQUARE between Mars and Jupiter/Mercury may be a touchy one, even moreso because Jupiter amplifies whatever it touches. Mars is in Scorpio now, and so may be a bit more reactive than we expect. Jupiter and Mercury will be aligned in Leo, adding exuberance and drama to the mix.
In the positive, we can channel the extra energy provided by this square to initiate a creative project. At the same time, we will also need to be aware of the obstacle, which may be our need for those around us to appreciate our contributions. A grumpy response or even just a lukewarm reception can ignite some flames of contention and set off a war of words.
August 4 to 10
THE ENERGY of the Grand Water Trine continues into the beginning of the first full week of August. Chiron is exactly trine Saturn on Tuesday, opening another door to healing energies.
Fears that have lingered just below the surfacemay come forward to be healed with this trine. While in Pisces, Chiron’s healing modality is to encourage us to trust, even when we feel that circumstances are outside of our control. And yet, Saturn will make sure that we truly GET IT this time, that it is not a surface healing, but a down-to-the-bone regeneration.
AS WE NEAR the end of the week, energy starts to move. Thursday’s Neptune-Mars trine aligns our desires with our spiritual/creative sensitivities, making that day an opportune time to move forward with inspired action.
On Friday, the Sun and Mercury align in Leo to shine light on our heart’s desire. These two can also provide the energy to communicate that desire in creative ways. Uranus is trine the Sun and Mercury as they align, adding inspiration and courage to the mix. This is the time for breakthroughs.
HOWEVER, two other planets are in the picture as well, and they’re somewhat less eager to support the proceedings. Mercury will square Saturn and quincunx Chiron on Friday, and the Sun follows suit with the same aspects on Saturday.
With the squares to Saturn, we’re likely to still be hearing the voice of caution, telling us not to be foolhardy. Saturn’s heart is in the right place — it just wants to make sure we’re not so caught up in the moment that we forget to take our longer-term goals and motivations into account.
And the Chiron quincunx aspects? Those are likely to manifest as an internal struggle between our concepts of “ego” and “spirituality.” If we want to make progress, we’ll need to adjust our attitudes, so that it is not an either-or question.
THE FULL MOON on Sunday, August 10, integrates all of the aspects we’ve just been discussing — Sun conjunct Mercury, Uranus trine Sun/Mercury, Saturn square Sun/Mercury, and Chiron quincunx Sun/Mercury. And, of course, the Moon is part of the dance as well, opposing Sun/Mercury, sextile Uranus, square Saturn, and semi-sextile Chiron. Oh, and don’t forget Neptune trine Mars…
So, if that list was a mind-musher for you (it almost was for me!), just go back and read the last few paragraphs about the latter part of this week, and you’ll get a good idea of the energies of this Full Moon.
THIS LUNATION does emphasize the push-pull of Saturn and Uranus again — that energy we’ve been working with (and loving, of course) for the past few weeks. The “should I stay or should I go” question should start to sort itself out over the next few weeks, but for the moment, it looks like we’re still dancing the jig in slow motion.
Astrologer Martin Goldsmith’s symbol for this Aquarius Full Moon is interesting, given the wildfire situation right now:
“A rapt audience watches as a great actor, underlit by stage lights, rehearses the final scene of Macbeth. Though there is no set, the audience can clearly visualize the burning castles in the background.”
THE DESCRIPTIVE PHRASES for this symbol include:
“Confident self-projection; belief in self that engenders the belief of others; exceptional power of visualization and imagination; confidence in one’s ability to handle any situation, no matter how dangerous; changing reality according to what one visualizes as true; creating visionary art vs. conjuring up empty illusions.”
Feels like a good description of the combination of planetary influences involved in this lunation. Remember, too, that this Full Moon was conceived at the Jupiterian New Moon on July 26, and so it makes sense that we might be feeling the urge to do something dramatic as we start to work with the energy of this powerful Full Moon.
The challenge will be to also make it reasonable and REAL, given Saturn’s involvement, and not just a flight of fancy.
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Today‘s photo: Spectacular sunset seen recently in East Providence, Rhode Island, USA (credit: Mary Umbricht, onSpaceWeather.com)
THROUGHOUT this month of July, we’ll be working with two planets with very different agendas. Saturn and Uranus are preparing to change direction on July 20 and 21, respectively — Saturn will finish its retrograde (backward motion) phase on the 20th, and Uranus will begin its retrograde phase on the 21st.
During the two weeks on either side of a planet’s “station,” when the planet is virtually standing still (from Earth’s perspective), we tend to feel that planet’s effects more directly. I often use the analogy of a train station to explain this effect:
If we’re standing on the platform and a train is approaching, at first the vibration and the sound are distant. As the train gets closer and also starts slowing, the vibration and sound get stronger. When the train finally comes to a halt, the vibration and sound are at their most intense in our experience. Then, when the train is ready to leave the station, we have a reversal of our experience, with the sound and vibration slowly diminishing.
SATURN AND URANUS change direction twice every year, so we are certainly familiar with their “train in the station” effects. What makes it very interesting this month is that the two planets reach their respective stations within about 25 hours of each other — and that these two are not very compatible when it comes to their effects.
Saturn is the Teacher, the Keeper of Time, the Law Enforcer. When Saturn’s energy is strong, we feel more compelled to look at life realistically and practically. We are encouraged and rewarded for our efforts to be responsible and disciplined.
On the other hand, Uranus has been called the God of Chaos. Uranus inspires the rebel within us to come forward. Like all the planets, Uranus is also a teacher, but is teaching us to pay attention to what is right for us, even if (or maybe especially if) it goes against the expectations of others, of society, or even of ourselves.
This is clearly a time when we may feel conflicted about right action. “Should I stay or should I go?” is likely to be our theme song this month.
ONE MORE THING calling our attention is that Saturn and Uranus will each be at 16 degrees of their respective signs when they change direction (Saturn in Scorpio, Uranus in Aries).
This will have special impact on anyone who has planets or points in their natal chart between 15 and 17 degrees of any sign. If this is true for you, both Saturn and Uranus will be working very intentionally with you — and you may feel the push-pull more strongly than others.
PERHAPS it will help if we stay focused on what each of these planets wants us to learn during this time. Saturn is in Scorpio, and so requires that we pay attention to what is beneath the surface.
While we don’t want to become cynical and suspicious, there is a certain lesson here about not taking things at face value. We want to be sure of what is real, what we really want, and what motivations are driving us and the others involved.
Saturn is also cautious and conservative, and gives an “A-plus” to any student who follows that example.
IN COMPARISON, Uranus in Aries is freedom-loving, ready to take action on a moment’s notice, especially in response to a recent insight or sudden awareness. Uranus in Aries doesn’t care about the rules. It’s a risk-taker and thrives on the adrenalin rush of new experience.
What does Uranus want from us? It wants us to know ourselves as individuals, with our unique desires and fulfillments and purposes. It wants us to throw away the rule book (that Saturn has so painstakingly edited) and live according to the insights gained from the higher consciousness aspect of our being.
It will be an interesting dance this month. We may feel like one of our stereo speakers is playing foxtrot music and the other is playing an Argentine tango. Which beat will we choose to dance to? Each of us will need to find the answer to that question for ourselves..
THIS JOURNAL is already lengthy, I know — but I can’t wrap this up without talking about the Full Moon on Saturday (at 4:24a PDT). As with all Full Moons, the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs, providing the light for us to see more clearly where we need better balance in our lives.
With the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Capricorn at this Full Moon, we are asked to consider how we balance our home life and our careers, our equally valid needs for emotional security and outer accomplishment, and the desires to stay connected to the past but also focused on the goals that lead us forward.
WHAT I FIND most intriguing about this lunation, however, is the stellium of planets in Libra — Mars, Ceres, Vesta and the North Node are all within one degree of each other, they are all squaring the Sun and the Moon, and they are all opposing Eris. In other words, we have a mini Cardinal Grand Cross. (Mini because the Moon moves so quickly, it is only in effect for hours instead of weeks.)
To me, that group of planets in Libra is meant to rule the day, primarily because they are aligned with the North Node, which represents our collective path of spiritual growth. We are all working on new ways of being in relationship, with ourselves and with others. We are all working to create balance and harmony in our lives. We are all learning how to cooperate with others while still valuing our own sensitivities and needs — and never selling ourselves out.
Libra is the scales, after all. The scales are meant to be in balance, not weighted too far in either direction. Each of us is coming back to center, some from over-dependence on the approval of others, and some from the declaration that support from others is not needed.
Thanks for reading through to the end — and have a good week!
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Today‘s photo: “A Very Young Moon” on June 28, 2014, as seen from Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy, Gauteng Province, South Africa (photo by Allen Versfeld, posted onSpaceWeather.com)
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TRUE TO FORM, last week’s Uranus-Mars opposition has corresponded with significant breakthroughs and breakdowns — and perhaps a combination of both woven through our experience.
If we look closely, we may see that something about our current experience links back to previous dates in our cycle of change — at least back to the grand cross in April of this year, but perhaps linked to all of the times of strongest effect for our ongoing Pluto-Uranus square.
The transformational influence of that planetary combination began in late 2011, and has had strongest effect around the times when the aspect was exact — in June and September of 2012 and in May and October/November of 2013.
AND YET, we’re not quite done. More of the story is yet to be woven into our tapestry. We have two more passes of the Pluto-Uranus square, on December 15 of this year, and on March 17 of 2015. By that time, we will see even more clearly the purposes and potentials that have been a part of the breakthroughs and breakdowns.
All we know for sure right now is that the intentions of the planets are for empowerment (Pluto) through tearing down of the old structures that have become too confining (Capricorn), and for liberation (Uranus) through breaking free from fears that have limited our expansion (Mars).
What’s interesting is the different levels that these energies reach into. We may see tangible events in our physical lives, but we are also working with old mental constructs and misperceptions, and old emotional patterns and dependencies. We’re ready for a new life experience, and through the breakthroughs and breakdowns, we’re clearing away the dross — on many levels — that has kept us unempowered and limited.
MERCURY goes direct on the first day of July (Tuesday, at 5:49p PDT). The ending of Mercury’s retrograde phase should be a relief to those who have postponed decisions or implementation of plans, waiting to have Mercury’s forward motion supporting them.
And yet, hopefully, all of us have gained some insights during this 24-day time of review that is now completing. Mercury goes retrograde every four months, and always makes sure we pause to take a breath and look at life in new ways — often because we have run into a glitch that compels our attention and interrupts our usual procedures. But if we can acknowledge the glitch as a reminder to get out of our mental ruts, we will have accepted the gift of Mercury’s retrograde phase.
THE MOST IMPORTANT planetary influence this week comes in the form of a Pluto-Sun opposition on Friday. Oppositions are about awareness, as we see polarities, have choices, and are provided with opportunities to find new balance.
Pluto, of course, is a primary participant in our course of change, so important developments may occur toward the end of this week. With the Sun in Cancer, we may be tempted to hide from the change, to defend against it, or to feel overwhelmed by it.
But, we can also choose to embrace the change that Pluto represents. What will be vital to remember is that to maintain our balance, we must also acknowledge, support and nurture the small child within each of us that is fearful of the changes that are before us.
Simply ignoring the inner child, getting impatient with it, or telling it to sit in the back seat is not the solution! This aspect of us needs our soothing. Once it feels sure that it is supported, it will be much happier to sit in the back seat and trust the driver, and everyone will have a much calmer ride.
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