This weekend could bring a summer high point, a gathering of like minds, rally for a cause, or a great day for a swim and a picnic as this morning’s full Moon in communal Aquarius illuminates our need for interconnection. This glowing Moon also opposes the Sun and Mercury shining in Leo which loan us the ability to shine and share ourselves. Venus joins the party as she retrogrades back in Leo over the weekend and approaches her second of three conjunctions to Jupiter this season. She also squares Saturn and so increase the outpouring of our emotions (Jupiter) just as she reminds us of our Saturnine responsibilities.
We just have to remember to share the limelight, because the difference between the gift of Leo and it’s shadow is the ability to respect others, to empathize and share with them. What a leonine gift it is to shine when we can also see the light in all others, and what a gift it is to be willing to have our authentic self truly be seen.
A Sun-Neptune quincunx over the weekend adds to this panache and imagination, but it doesn’t help us be realistic. The Moon enters Pisces on Saturday and Sunday, infuses all things creative and softening our hearts, but leaves us a bit raw and protective of our vulnerabilities. Let’s practice being fully present to the people around us, as they may need it.
We can too easily return to old emotional patterns or get tangled in a difficulty that has plagued us all month as Venus retrogrades back into Leo and squares Saturn again, but this time be able to break a cycle and experiment with a fresh approach that feels more aligned with our purpose. We can tap in to the extra free-floating emotions just spilling over all around us, but instead of getting caught up in the drama, just let it open the heart.
We’re much more ready to shift gears and take action on Monday and Tuesday as the Moon heads into proactive Aries while Mercury trines Uranus.
Over the next few weeks can feel momentum build in campaigns and our own progress and process as Saturn turns direct, it’s been retrograde since March 14, slowing us down and asking us to go back and do some foundational work. Pay attention to a review of issues with one’s father or father-like authority figures. Choose what teaching to keep and what to release, and build the strength of personal authority in the process.
Saturn squares Jupiter all week, which can lead to political stalemate, not that we’d really notice the difference these days, but one where the differences get articulated and underlined. Like they might be, for instance, by the image of Bernie Sanders running against Donald Trump. And as we articulate the difference, we also get the chance to reconcile or repair those differences, or find some common ground to build upon, if we so choose. All our ambitions begin to find its feet again, and we can bring a fresh, kinder mindset back to our long-term goals.
Friday, July 31: The Moon is full early this morning and calls our attention to all group dynamics, politics, gossip, and our communal sense that we are all one underneath. It also can entrench our stubborn side, but possibly for good cause. We want to know that no matter how busy our beloveds are, we are special to them, not a burden. Our mind and heart can disagree tonight; mediate between needs as the Moon opposes Mercury.
Moon opposed Sun 5:42 AM, Venus retrogrades back into Leo 10:27 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 9:25 PM
Saturday, August 1: Today brings magic, not logic or clarity as the Sun quincunx Neptune. Mornings hums with generosity, afternoon we grow edgier, more easily discouraged and need of support as the Moon squares restrictive Saturn and the Moon enters Pisces. Be direct about needs, avoid a sullen response to vulnerability. If a quirky concern or fear wriggles to the surface as Mercury bi-quintiles Pluto, get more information. We benefit from mutual gentleness tonight, take this softness as an opportunity for healing dreams.
Moon sextile Chiron to 11 AM, Sun quincunx Neptune 1:23 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 2:15 PM, Moon squares Saturn 2:49 PM, Moon semi-square Pluto 3:23 PM, Moon oppose Venus 5:02 PM, Moon enters Pisces 5:36 PM, Mercury bi-quintile Pluto 11:06 PM
Sunday, August 2: After a magical, soft and squishy morning as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, Take a subtle opportunity to grow in personal authority as Saturn turns direct. Take notes about the new ideas for long-term progress, but be patient and determined about how they unfold. Because we’re distracted by many different needs and ideas, our communication can be disjointed and off center mid-da unless we listen deeply as Mercury aspects unsettling Uranus and Chiron.
Saturn turns direct 12:52 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus 2:28 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune 8:27 AM, Mercury semi-square Uranus 9:50 AM, Mercury quincunx Chiron 3:01 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 3:39 PM.
Monday, August 3: We may be slow off the mark this morning under a sleepy Pisces Moon. And may not feel we have the energy to over come some intransigent contradictions in our life. If so, it will help to accomplish one, small, doable thing, and then another, until the momentum builds. Enthusiasm picks up this afternoon as the Moon forms a grand trine in water signs, with Mars in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio. We can speak about future actions our hearts demand, and then kick into gear later as the Moon enters active Aries.
Moon conjunct Chiron 3:28 AM, Moon quincunx Mercury 5:20 AM, Jupiter square Saturn 5:36 AM, Moon trine Mars 12:49 PM, Moon trine Saturn 3:35 PM, then VOC, Moon enters Aries 6:23 PM
Tuesday, August 4: This will be a hard day to be bored; make this day action- packed and eventful, versus melodramatic. Just do it, as the Aries Moon tines the Sun. If tension arises because achieving goals seems like a struggle, let’s not buy the melodramatic thought that all are out to frustrate our plans, or that we are all alone in this work, but instead follow any lines of opportunity to make progress. Restraint helps, redirect temper flashes into mutual support and satisfying work. Success is the best medicine, and the best revenge.
Jupiter sesqui-quadrate Pluto 2:22 PM, Moon trine Sun 2:23 PM, Venus conjunct Jupiter 4:46 PM, Moon square Pluto 4:50 PM, Venus sesqui-quadrate Pluto 6:14 PM
Wednesday, August 5: Take any green lights and run with them as the Moon conjuncts energizing Uranus, trines Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter. Check with logic as well as heart, but say yes wherever possible. Share heart, people need effusive signs of love and respect. Let opinions flow, just try to keep them focused on desired outcomes. We love the people that help us this afternoon, and get crabby when people are in our way. The Moon enters Taurus tonight, slows down, asks us to get more comfortable, and firms up plans. So make changes earlier,
Moon conjunct Uranus for 20 1 AM, Venus square Saturn 10:08 AM, Moon trine Mercury 2:25 PM, Moon square Mars 5:06 PM, Moon trine Venus 5:21 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 6:29 PM then VOC, Venus semi-sextile Mars 8:23 PM, Moon enters Taurus 8:29 PM
Thursday, August 6: Identify the most urgent need, and attend to it, even of the hammock calls and entropy maximizes. Once we’re in action, we can make steady, enduring progress as Mars trines Saturn, but if we sit still, we’ll tend to stay that way. We need to blend aesthetics with function, world with our love life, rather than see these needs competing as Venus and Mercury square Saturn. Relationships may take care and negotiation, and a common goal to work on when other conflicts get in the way. Practice good relationship skills rather than test the love; it may feel awkward and self conscious at first, but will produce much better results.
Sun quincunx Pluto 2:30 AM, Mars trine Saturn 3:29 AM, Mercury conjunct Venus 9:24 AM, Moon sex tile Neptune 12:20 PM, Mercury squares Saturn 3:19 PM, Mercury semi-square Pluto 6:23 PM, Moon trine Pluto 7:44 PM, Moon square Sun 9:02 PM, Mercury semi-sextile Mars 9:59 PM
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We need to be extra loving this week. We can be emotional, need to make changes, and have to deal with stressful occurrences, and mutual support helps. The week may also bring abundance, but let’s not take our loved ones for granted. The busier we get, the more love we will need.
The Sun and Mercury run together in abundant, friendly, extroverted if stubborn Leo, and encourage us to connect and increase our need to feel seen. But as the weekend begins a private Scorpio Moon and reserved Venus in Virgo (still close enough to Jupiter to be extra juicy) make us ambiguous about this whole sociability thing. We can feel a real approach avoidance conflict, and will need time both in privacy or quiet companionship, and time engaged in the heart of all things. The tension between these two sides of ourselves can make us a little uncomfortable and cause us to send out mixed signals, just as others could all use a little extra reassurance that they are loved and wanted.
Cross currents layer into this conflicting mood over the weekend as tempestuous Mars squares energizing and change inducing Uranus, just as Uranus turns retrograde. If we’re irritable, let’s be honest about it. Notice a desire to make changes just for the sake of making changes nudging around the edges of an otherwise beautiful time. And just when we’d like to make some progress a longer-term change we’ve been working on may be put on hold while we go tend other work for a few months.
The weather may get stormy, maybe it’s just our interpersonal interactions. This edginess nudges political undercurrents and social justice discontent; Mars square Uranus doesn’t want to put up with it anymore, whatever it is that bothers us. But we can use this restless combustion-engine of an aspect to engage the world bravely, whether were hiking up a mountain or tackling practicalities. Let’s just not tackle one another.
Venus retrograde for the next few weeks can bring back old friends and old faces, or old relationship dynamics we haven’t seen for a while. The mood becomes more inspired and accepting on Sunday as the Moon enters Sagittarius and the Sun bi-quintiles Neptune. Share a dream, share a moment of heart and spirit, and slough off the irritations.
A new determination arises midweek as an industrious Capricorn Moon kicks us into gear, and the Mercury-Pluto quincunx can stir some old ghosts, or strange power dynamics and make us wonder if we really are enough. Underneath the Leo hopes that we can do anything, and the Plutonian concerned that we can do nothing, is the quiet endurance of the fixed signs that gently reminds us of the power of our experience.
The weekend ends on a social high note as the Moon enters collective Aquarius, the coming full Moon in Aquarius is one of the best times to gather with beloveds all year long, and feel the presence of supportive souls.
Friday, July 24: Can’t live with people, can’t live without them; we can feel enthusiastically ambiguous about this whole human relationship thing as the Scorpio Moon squares the Leo Sun. People need attention and privacy at the same time, ask important questions of events, but honor any “do not disturb” signs upon people, and they will warm-up in a day or two. Notice the emotional signals and body language sent out, as people are reading both our words and our energy, and be can be confused and defensive if signals conflict. Feel the enthusiasm to just do something, anything, about urgencies, just do it safely. The energy feels more sultry and supportive later tonight.
12:04 AM, Moon trine Neptune 2:40 PM, Mercury bi-quintile Neptune 8:22 PM Moon sextile Pluto 11:23 PM
Saturday, July 25: The mood and power dynamics really swirl, with a strong thread of impatience running through. Mechanical difficulties and know-how abound. Keep this energy on track with forgiveness and affection, as impatience can really pull us off track. Be suspicious of sudden decisions made this morning as Mars squares Uranus, make sure they really are in one’s best interest. Pay attention around fire and sharp objects. Honor political unrest in the culture and in the family; people who have felt endangered before, need to feel heard now. Afternoon is more positively dynamic as the Moon trines Mars and Chiron, and softens this evening with thoughtful abundance.
Venus retrogrades 4:28 AM, Mars squares Uranus 3:42 AM, Moon trine Mars 12:49 PM, Moon trine Chiron 1:32 PM, Moon square Jupiter 11:54 PM
Sunday, July 26: The mood is more accepting, cheerfully engaged, willing to explore as the Moon enters exploratory and cheerful Sagittarius. Under stress we may want to get away from it all and go on an adventure. Minor aspects between Mercury and Chiron as well as between the Sun and Neptune can confuse us, soften our edges, but make us willing to be helpful. We just need to make sure we listen as much as we say, and really share the limelight.
Mars trine Chiron 2:06 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 3:14 AM, Mercury sesquiquadrate Chiron 4:01 AM, Moon semi-square Pluto :06 AM, Uranus retrograde 4:37 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 6:24 AM, Moon square Venus 7:48 AM, Sun bi- quintile Neptune 910:04 AM, Moon trine Sun 12:55 PM, Moon trine Mercury 8:26 APM, Moon square Neptune 11:43 PM
Monday, July 27: Take this day as is, take it off and enjoy the summer if possible. We get a break from some of the heavier energies but may not be so realistic as Mercury quincunx imaginary intuitive Neptune. We may feel unusually sensitive to our surroundings and need time outside and honoring the natural world. A warm sense of humor can help keep us moving. But confirm data if there is disagreement, clear up the fog, and otherwise let the mind float and the body wander. We have some internal catching up to do.
Mercury quincunx Neptune 5:05 PM, Moon trine Uranus 8 PM. Moon square Chiron 9 PM
Tuesday, July 28: Unless we have lists or a plan, we can putter inefficiently. But the meandering can prepare us to this afternoon as the Moon enters industrious Capricorn and trines Venus. Form follows function, beauty can be practical, and diplomacy can get the work done. A wafting world-weariness needs respect but not attention; bring thoughts back to what’s working.
Moon trine Jupiter 8:36 AM, then VOC, Moon enters Capricorn 1:47 PM, Moon trine Venus to 40 4 PM,
Wednesday, July 29: We have a lot to do, and can get it done through teamwork rather than specific efficiency if we can let go of an illusion that we know how it needs to be done, and they don’t. Rain showers of depression or inadequacy possible this afternoon as the Moon and Mercury interact with Pluto; don’t believe the story, don’t sulk, do let it be motivation. If feeling lonely, reach out to someone else who also needs connection.
Moon sextile Neptune 4:49 AM, Sun sesquiquadrate Chiron 4:55 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 11:41 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 12:23 PM, Mercury quincunx Chiron 9:21 PM
Thursday, July 30: It could be just a good morning with a touch of attitude. A subtle but confusing Mars-Neptune aspect can leave us less decisive than we’d like, and help us see that our situation is more complex and requires both strength and sensitivity. It’s easy (but unproductive) to argue over ideologies or beliefs, or hold other people inappropriately responsible for our disappointments. Tonight the Aquarian Moon brings up support and camaraderie, helps us find it all easier to do if we do it together.
Moon square Uranus 12:50 AM, Moon opposed Mars 6:24 AM, Moon semis square Neptune seven own 6 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 1:49 PM then VOC, Mercury by quintile Chiron 1:56 PM, Moon enters Aquarius 4:40 PM, Mars success could quadrate Neptune 9:29 PM
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|A look at the year 2015.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Whose life has not changed much in the last three years? Seven Uranus-Pluto squares from 2012 through March 2015 dissolved our old forms and kept us shifting and adapting for three years, precipitating transformations both challenging and wonderful. Toward the end of this year, new forms begin to solidify. Do we like the shape of our life? If, not, let’s use this malleable, potential-filled year to change it up.
The tone of 2015: The last echoes of the Uranus-Pluto square (from the two planets we associate most with revolution and transformation in the pro-active Cardinal signs of Aries and Capricorn respectively) keep us unsettled, exploring our options, and confronting (Uranus in Aries) the power of organized authority (Pluto in Capricorn). Venus and Mars run close together all year long, and add extra emotional torque to all we do. Romance is in the air. So is passionate social unrest and intense personal engagement with our work. Objectivity, however, may be sparse on the ground.
When we put these two planets we most associate with revolution and transformation in an intense squared relationship, Uranus (change) and Pluto (power and transformation), anything can happen., Anything but us to expect things to stay the same and us be happy about. The world is changing, but our impatience and concern can outpace the rate of change.
When this square began in 2012, we saw it echo in revolutionary politics around the globe, but events were still pretty surprisingly quiet (if contentious along party lines) here in the USA. But recently Uranus and Pluto approach the mid-degrees of Cardinal signs (they are now at 13°) and begin to dance on the chart for the mythic America, the one born July 4, 1776, bringing the productive discontent home to roost. Trying to smooth things over in a Pluto-Uranus transit will not work, whether it happens to our country or to ourselves; we have to dive through and do the work. This transit is asking us to change something inherent about the American identity (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Sun), and change how we structure and discipline are use of power (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Saturn).
In a personal way this square continues to ask us how do we use power (Pluto in Capricorn), and by that we mean electrical power, fossil fuels, personal power, political power; how do we take it back where we’ve given it away, and make sure we’re wielding the power we do have in the cleanest of ways possible. In a more enthusiastic tone, this square also asks us to really listen to our enlivening, precious, spontaneous spark, listen to what feeds that spark and where it calls us to go.
As 2015 dawns, feisty Mars in Aquarius opposes Jupiter in Leo (both stubborn fixed signs) and sets a strong, energized, competitive, argumentative tone for the whole year. It encourages us to fight for health, for what we believe (Aquarius can be so theoretical) and not back down when advocating for societal causes we believe in.
But it also does the same for those on the other side of our debate. This aspect is tricky; it gives us energy when we’ve got a clear direction, and helps us tackle big challenges with enthusiasm. But once we get locked in a debate or argument can make it hard to let go and hard to move past oppositional behavior into win-win solutions. Again, we’ll see this in our politics and in our personal lives, and have to add our own imagination to find a way for everyone to feel like they’ve won if we want to get past the argument and on to something else.
Saturn in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces (both intuitive mutable signs) on and off all year (intensifying in spring and late fall). Together they also ask us let go of our illusions (and show us the difficulties if we don’t) around the Sagittarian issues of justice, education, spiritual philosophy, and communication across international and inter-species boundaries.
On a more personal level this Saturn-Neptune square ask us to balance work and spirit; instead of seeing our discipline and work at odds with our creative process and spiritual journey (highlighted by the square), this square nudges us bring these apparently divergent polls to work together. Explore how to put disciplined and form into our creative and spiritual practice, and put imaginative inspiration into our work.
In early January, Venus and Mercury in Aquarius turn our focus to our relationship with group, community, the body politic. We may start the year slow and deep as we wrestle with our internal questions, may wrestle with one another or with our worries.
We may even feel inadequate or incompetent for our year ahead as the Sun comes to conjunct Pluto right near a Full Moon in emotional and sensitive Cancer (opposed Pluto and squares Uranus) on January 4. Let’s comfort one another, hold our hearts dear and just make this a deep time, not a deeply worried or resentful time. We can come out of this introspection with new and thoughtful fervor after January 6.
Mars enters Pisces January 12 and takes the challenge inwards, we need to feel the woes of the world (and our own it is a sensitive time) and respond with healthy action. We can feel it all and move forward anyway, but must do so with kindness. Technical innovations jump forward, but consider postponing high-tech purchases and take the time to review while Mercury retrogrades January 21 through February 11.
It’s going to be a fiery spring. The two planets of emotions, Mars and Venus, rush together into passionate Aries February 19 (Mars stays here until it enters Taurus on April 1), (the Sun and Moon enter Aries on March 21 followed by Mercury on March 31) increasing our desire-nature, lowering impulse control, and adding the spark of innovation and willfulness to all we do. Life can conflagrate quickly; be wise, feel the impulse and think for the long haul. This lights a fire under us, so what do we want to bring to a boil? This spring brings fresh revolution with deeply rebellious energy, but we can waste it all in reaction or we can choose to pour this fresh energy into fresh terrain.
Early in May both Venus and Mars enters earthy Taurus. The seeds we plant will root-- whether they are seed for food, love, grudges, work, babies, or hope---so let’s sow with consciousness. Mercury retrogrades May 18-June 11. Enjoy an earthy muskiness this spring, but reel in a tendency to be possessive or territorial, especially around old friends or familiar places. Look for a deeper meaning of security. Reach into the past to preserve personal history, archaeological artifacts and ancient traditions.
The summer brings a review of our work over the last few years, as Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio and takes all our work down deep within, insisting we take out the trash from memories, hearts and closets. We may see a return of unfinished business left unsettled over the last few years, we’re not stuck here we just have a little bit more work to do to close those chapters.
Mars enters Cancer on June 24 and brings the conversation back to more intimate places but also hones our defenses. If they can save their pride, people are more willing to let go of old angers. Use this warm-heartedness to repair old crisis as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square mid-July.
Exercise family responsibilities and boundaries early in August as Saturn turns direct, but lovingly and kindly stay an authority in one’s own life. We focus more on service and less on pride in September as Jupiter enters industrious Virgo, and may need to tend to health issues around filtering and cleansing of our blood stream and the earthly arteries of rivers and lakes
July brings a more idealistic and romantic vibe as Venus in Leo conjuncts Jupiter, peaking July 1 and Mars trines Neptune July 8. People may be able to let go of old angers if they can save their pride in the process. We can use this this warm-heartedness to prepare for a difficult but opportunity-filled weeks as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square in mid-July, and take the opportunity to repair an old crisis.
As Uranus begins to pull away from Pluto in the fall, the world doesn’t suddenly get calm, but we may find the major agendas are now already on our plate, rather than new ones arriving weekly, as they have the last few years. We see the work that needs to be done, and now we have to do it. There’s a chance that recent improvements can slide back and we let go of recent progress, but only if we settle.
This is an important time to make working compromises that lead to productive roads, to have patience while people step forward and do their work, but not to let up on our recent efforts for improvement. Whether we’re talking political pressure, or were thinking of our own recent self-improvement efforts, gentle steady pressure towards our goals is really important this fall as new forms and habits coalesce.
As Mars and Venus run together in Leo through September, they bring romantic fervor to the start of school, give us the guts to reach out and expand our social circle, but also add melodrama. Work and personnel are reorganized, and the financial market may adjust.
Mercury retrogrades September 17 through October 9, Pluto turns direct after a long retrograde on September 25, unearthing surprising sludge from the depths of our psyche, but encourages progress soon after.
October –November the focus will be on social justice and improved egalitarian relationships. New societal forms are coalescing, so are new relationships, let’s make sure they work. December looks complicated, more on that as the year winds on.