“New ways of thinking about familiar things can release new energies and make all manner of things possible.” Charles Handy
Mercury stations retrograde at 12 degrees of Leo on July 14th at 10:16 PM EDT and does not resume direct motion again until Aug 8.
Mercury retrograde periods provide excellent timing to pause and reflect on our perspectives. Often there is a need to expand the habitual way we think about things to allow for different kinds of possibilities, opportunities and outcomes. These three weeks are excellent for moving in that direction- revisit, review and revise your perspectives if necessary.
Retrograde Mercury can have a trickster nature to it also so be sure to leave more time for traveling, be more vigilant about the erratic nature of other people’s driving, avoid rushing and double check any communications that seem to have gone awry rather than assuming that something intentional has occurred.
“One is always surprised by awareness for everything is always new.” Peter Balin
Uranus will station retrograde Friday 7/13 at 5:49 am EDT and Mercury will station retrograde Saturday the 14th at 10:16 pm. For the next several days higher octave, visionary aspects are in play. So often what limits our ability to evolve in the outer world has to do with a limited perspective originating in our inner world. Pay attention to information that comes about your perceptual lens – the framework of assumptions, deeply held views and perceptions – that no longer serves you and inhibits your ability to move forward in an authentic, evolved way. Information leading to evolutionary leaps can abound under these aspects – sometimes coming to us in surprising, symbolic ways.
“Every bush is a Burning Bush and the world is crowded with God.” CS Lewis
The Sabian symbol for today’s Jupiter Ceres conjunction in Gemini is “A well with bucket and rope under the shade of majestic trees.” This image speaks of a place of solace and peace – close to a source of inspiration. Reconciling duality is still very much on the table as Venus continues her trek through Gemini and under this influence it bodes well to try to recapture and re- integrate inspired parts of ourselves which may have been pushed aside in the process of adapting to the “rules of the road.” It can be a time of breakthroughs which lead to emotional and spiritual renewal.
Sabian symbol reference from Dane Rudhyar, quote from Lynda Hill’s Divine Sparks
“Life wants us to be who we are – not someone else’s vision of who we might be.” Boots Hart
July’s Full Moon falls at 12 degrees of Capricorn on Tuesday July 3 at 2:52 pm EDT. This Moon offers the opportunity to develop a more heightened awareness about transforming outlived emotional patterning of the past. Perspective and how we frame experience is key in the process. Emotions can run high at this time.
Neptune and Chiron together in the sky now indicate that information about healing and evolution will be available through dreams, intuitions and inspiration.
It is wise to tend to any repairs – especially those related to travel and communication (cars, computers, phones etc) – before the 14th. If contracts and agreements need to be finalized it is best to complete these before the 14th or after August 8 to avoid the need to revisit or revise at some future date.
If it is necessary to finalize contracts during this Mercury retrograde period do review them more carefully than usual.
At the end of the first week of July the influence of the upcoming retrograde stations of Uranus and Mercury will be in effect. It is wise to provide extra time for relaxation and to process events as there can be surprising twists and turns when this planetary pair is together in the sky. It is an erratic duo in nature and it is best to enter this time frame (through the end of the month) remaining flexible and open as often unexpected things occur and plans can change on short notice.
As with all Mercury retrograde periods, this one is best used for review. It is also a fertile time for breakthroughs. Be innovative when seeking solutions.
From the 7th through the end of the month leave extra time for traveling and anticipate delays. Be more vigilant when driving and avoid rushing as accidents can occur under this influence due to impulsive behavior.
On July 13 Uranus stations retrograde at 8 degrees of Aries and on the 14th Mercury stations retrograde at 12 degrees of Leo.
July 17 Mars in Libra will enter the Pluto/ Uranus square and form a grand cross with the Moon. This influence brings justice and fairness in relationship to the forefront. How we advocate for what we need in relationship, how others respond and power balances/ imbalances are on the table. This applies to all kinds of relationships. Pay attention to where old behavior patterns have outlived their purpose and create a more evolved model for the future.
Late July holds more harmonious aspects.
“Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?” Mary Oliver
Venus the planet of love and desire will be aspecting Uranus – the planet of surprising events- through mid July. Love at first sight experiences often occur under this aspect. Its mysterious, highly charged electrical energy can break up outdated ideas about love and relationships and help us move in a more expansive, innovative direction. Relationships born under this aspect often have an erratic or unconventional nature to them and freedom is key.
Under this influence it also bodes well to look for innovative solutions to issues related to love, relationship and finances.
Venus stations direct today at 7 degrees of Gemini. One of the Sabian symbols associated with this degree is “An old fashioned well with the purest and coldest of waters.” Hidden springs, woodland wells and urban fountains have throughout time been thought of as magical places to make wishes. There is something magical indeed about a place where water bubbles up from deep inside the earth. Symbolically it can represent spiritual or emotional rebirth – a place of innocence and good intentions. As Venus stations we get an opportunity to hit the reset button as far as our values – personal and collective- are concerned- in order to come from a place of increased authenticity about what really matters to us personally and as residents of a small planet.
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Loren Eisley
Saturn stations direct today – signaling an end to the retrograde period which started in the first week of February. Saturn’s influence can create calcification of views and belief systems and the transit through Libra can show us where this process has occurred in relationships.
This station provides excellent timing to actualize new ideas about how we relate to others both personally and collectively. We are living in a time of planetary evolution and the Libran influence offers us the opportunity to move in a more evolved direction – developing more authenticity and good will in relationships and evolving models based on mutual respect and fairness.
Tuesday’s (6/19) New Moon at 28 Gemini falls at 11:02 am EDT. The Sabian symbol associated with this degree is “The First Mockingbird Of Spring Sings From The Tree Top.” This joyful image is about giving form to endeavors related to self expression – are there things you have wanted to speak out about, advocate for or create? Now would be the time to commit to the process. The symbol for Mars at this New Moon is “A Lion Tamer Rushes Fearlessly Into The Circus Arena”– an image that illustrates the need for courage and daring regardless of track record or expertise.
“Whose worldviews shape our own values and belief systems? Whose history and judgments do we live by? These are the critical questions thinking people must ask themselves again and again as they move through life.” Deborah Grenn- Scott
As Venus continues her retrograde journey it bodes well to revisit the assumptions behind the values we hold – values both personal and collective. Much of the paradigm shift which is in process now originates is in the realm of values and what values we choose to live by individually and as a small planet as we move forward.
Narcissus is the character in mythology who dissolved into his reflection in the water. Symbolically he chose to became his outer image rather than evolve or develop his soul yearnings or his authentic sense of self. Under the influence of the Venus retrograde it bodes well to revisit and connect with what we experience as true abundance in our lives – not abundance as dictated by outer sources – be they advertising, familial, social or peer pressures. Connecting with and experiencing the beauty of the trees as we pass by, the clouds, a thoughtfully prepared and presented meal, a beautiful painting or piece of music – is a good way to experience abundance in the present in order to create a more meaningful connection to it in our everyday lives. This is a good exercise under the Venus retrograde (in influence thru the end of June)