I work at a small environmental journal. I had anticipated that this juncture in my work – proofing the copy and the ads – was going to require more attention to detail than usual because Mercury is retrograde and widely opposite Neptune. This aspect bodes well for ethereal endeavors- spiritual, creative and idealistic. It reminds me of a day when my friend and I decided to start a peace vigil in town – to go down town as time allowed and hold signs that spoke of our desire for a peaceful world. Someone we knew was driving by and pulled his car over when he saw us there. It was a cold day and he brought us some warm muffins. . He said “The world will always need dreamers.” That is a Neptune/Mercury comment. Many of the uprisings we have recently witnessed in Syria and North Africa have come under the influence of Neptune in Aquarius -where it is now. There has been a collaboration of like minded people trying to create a more just life for themselves and the world. It would be easy to get discouraged if these idealists were focused mainly on the pragmatic details of how their endeavors would proceed logically. Neptune requires faith and sustains spiritual and idealistic efforts through faith. Today as I expected when I started proofing the paper, many typos came my way. But it was okay- I was prepared because of my knowledge and respect for cosmic influences.
This morning I was up at one of my favorite places – a remote beaver pond out in the country. The reeds and purple loose strife blew softly in the breeze as I walked and mused about this weekend’s inspired Full Moon on Saturday 8/13 at 2:57 pm EDT. When it came to me suddenly about what to write I returned to the car and excitedly drove off – subsequently discovering I was going in the wrong direction! This is a good symbol for the influences of the upcoming Full Moon- a very good time to be in touch with the higher planes – accessing information for creative or spiritual growth- but sometimes confusing and illusory on the mundane level- with Mercury retrograde opposing Neptune. There is a strong Venus influence at the Full Moon so it also bodes well to identify and appreciate all the things we love and value in our lives – a very good time for gratitude.
As Mars entered the Cardinal Cross this week- opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus we witness the fires, violence and police (all governed by Mars) in the streets of London and the erratic (Uranus/ Mars) activity in the stock market. The Pluto/Uranus square- symbolizing a revolutionary era- is in effect for the next four to five years. It governs the breakdown of corrupt and ineffective systems so that more evolved models can emerge. This aspect affects us both personally and collectively. It is a good time to remember that any breakdown process heralds a new start. It is best to stay out of fear and keep the focus on positive, evolutionary paths for the future both personally and collectively.
“In a shrinking world that needs a good shrink, we don’t need another theory of evolution. What we need is the practice of evolution.”* – Swami Beyondananda
In a well documented 1993 study a group of Transcendental Meditators moved to Washington DC as part of an experiment to see if their presence meditating together there could lower the crime rate. FBI statistics documented that it did. It also lowered the incidence of emergency room visits. The aspects this week as Mars opposes Pluto and squares Uranus are traditionally defined as a volatile and accident prone – a time where storms of all kinds can escalate. It bodes well to make an extra effort to remain calm, to be patient and wary of impulsive acts – personally and on the part of others – because that is where the accident prone aspect so often can come in. On the bright side there is often an abundance of energy to accomplish physical tasks if they are clearly defined.
*From Spontaneous Evolution by Lipton and Bhaerman
Mercury is retrograde now – a time notorious for creating snafus with communication and travel. This morning I mused about this theory in light of synchronicity and recalled a recent interview with Hugh Grant. He described a day several months ago when his car broke down out in the country. Getting out of the car he was immediately confronted by an aggressive reporter with a camera. Already irritable, Grant started swearing at him. But when things calmed down the reporter started relaying his experiences working for Rupert Murdoch and cited many of the illegal activities he had experienced there. Weeks later Grant returned to the bar where the reporter- since turned bartender –had started working. Grant carried with him a small tape recorder and taped the conversation about the activities at the paper. Grant is now suing Murdoch’s company.
When things go awry, it can provide an opportunity to slow down and see what opportunities or perceptions might not have been available to us had things proceeded according to our plans.
“What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands
What water lapping the bow
And scent of pine and the wood thrush singing through the fog
What images return O my daughter. “ TS Eliot
The influence of the sea god Neptune is strong throughout the month of August. The planet Neptune rules water and the watery dream life of individuals. Neptune’s influence provides dreams, visions and inspiration to artists and mystics. Neptune also rules addiction – often referred to as a derailed spiritual journey.
August 1- the 6th Venus trines Uranus. This is an aspect which governs “love at first site” experiences as well as innovation and experimentation in affairs of the heart and relationships. This planetary pair loves surprises, spontaneity and relationships that foster freedom and individuality. If you are open to a new relationship this is a good time to be aware of what is going on around you. Heed synchronicity. Expect the unexpected. If you are in an existing relationship that could use some spicing up this would be the time.
From the 1st through the 11th there is a strong influence towards excess as the Sun and Venus square Jupiter. Watch for overindulgence and overspending as with Venus involved some alluring things may be on the table.
Mercury stations the retrograde on August 2. As with all planetary stations it is wise to heed any info that comes to you two or three days on either side of the station. This is a fertile time for creative and spiritual work as the veils between the worlds are thin. It will also be a time when information we may have overlooked can be revealed and when perceptions can be more profound. There will be help and guidance with projects and endeavors that are consciously undergoing reform – individually and collectively.
Mercury will be retrograde from the 2nd through the 26th, so use this period to rethink, reconsider and revise. Take extra care with travel and communications this month as with Neptune’s influence mental clarity may be harder to maintain than normal.
On the 3rd Mars moves up to a trine with Neptune – again making this a good time for creative and spiritual work. It is good under this influence to strengthen the immune system.
From the 3rd through the 19th Mars will be transiting the Cardinal Cross making this a volatile time. This is a good time to focus on staying grounded and aware as tempers can flare and impulsive acts create problems.
On the 4th Neptune retrogrades back into Aquarius. This is a humanitarian aspect which encourages us to collaborate and cooperate with others to move the world a more just and sustainable direction.
From the 21st through the 29 the Sun and Venus will move into an opposition to Neptune. Neptune will cast his gossamer veil over daily life at this time of the month as well. Double check details as it may be more difficult to separate fact from fiction. Pay attention to intuition and guidance from higher planes. Make extra time for mediation and creative projects.
On the 25 Mars will square Saturn – the aspect that astrologers sometimes describe as driving with the brakes and gas on. It is often a time of frustration. It can be a time when significant work is accomplished as long as obstacles and delay are anticipated and worked with.
Mercury will station direct on the 26th and the New Moon is on the 28.
“I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each…
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.” TS Eliot
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