This Week in Astrology with Saturn and Uranus

“New ways of thinking about familiar things can release new energies and make all manner of things possible.” Charles Handy

“The word ‘evolving’ comes from ‘volare’, ascending up and ‘evolvere’, unfolding like the petals of a lotus”. Richard Idemon

The week starts out under the influence of the Sun conjunct Mercury in opposition to Saturn and forming a challenging aspect to Uranus, the planet of the unexpected. This presents a good opportunity for insights to arise about where thoughts and ideas may have become too rigid. Mercury rules thought patterns and Saturn rules crystallization. Uranus can bring sudden awareness about ideas that have outlived their time or inhibit future growth.

The fiery Sun in Leo will form a harmonious alignment with Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer. This aspect is about the soul’s evolutionary journey towards wholeness. It helps to increase self esteem, courage and appreciation for the journey up to this point.
Throughout the week, as the Uranus/Saturn square is activated by the Sun, Mercury and the New Moon on Saturday, the major themes of 2021 will be activated – the themes having to do with change and the push back and resistance to change. It’s a dynamic time as these forces affect both our inner and the outer worlds.
It’s wise to provide extra down time this week for the integration of information. It’s wise also to keep an open mind and be aware that all the information is not in.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “brilliant sunshine just after a storm.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Another Busy Week in the Starry Heavens

“Play is self discovery in the here and  now. It is spontaneous, yet has its own discipline. It is light yet potentially passionate. It is discovery, and it is enjoyment of one’s own and other’s possibilities, capacities and limitations. Most of all, if not all, great discoveries, even in science, have been the result of intense effort along with playful curiosity and joy of exploration on the part of the discoverer.” Edward Whitmont

“Margaret Mead defined an ideal community as one that has a place for every human gift.” Mary Pipher

The Sun and Mars are now in Leo and Mercury will join them this week. The sign of Leo, which governs the fifth house in the astrology chart, is associated with recreation-  but in the sense of re-creation. Fun which breaks up the hum drum of every day life and helps to bring to light a renewed sense of self. This is the season for it -for the next several weeks.

Wednesday Jupiter will retrograde back into the sign of Aquarius where it will remain until December 28. This transit bodes well for inventive thinking. It an awakener about the significance of community and the benefits of working together. It’s a  good time to collaborate with others of like mind.

Venus is moving up to a square to the Lunar Nodes. This provides a time that bodes well for the reconsideration of all things Venusian – self esteem, relationships and finances. It’s a good time for organizing things and catching up on paperwork as Venus in Virgo is a lover of order.

Mars will be widely opposing Jupiter this week. This can lend enthusiasm and energy. Just watch for “overshooting the mark” and for the tendency to be unnecessarily critical of others.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A merry go-round.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

The Sun, Pluto and Creative Transformation

“Transformation comes from looking deeply within to a state that exists before fear and isolation arise, the state in which we are inviolably whole, just as we are.” Susan Salzberg
This morning I was reading a story about a man attending a Buddhist retreat with Jack Kornfield. In the course of the retreat they had learned about lucid dreaming – the practice of entering dreams in a state of heightened awareness which lends more control.
In the course of the retreat the man mentioned that he was troubled by a recurring dream. In the dream he was standing perilously close to the edge of a cliff, about to fall off.
The dream was not surprising in some ways because the man, who was a writer, was, at the time, afraid his career was going to fall apart. And he had recently “fallen” in love.
When once again he found himself at the edge of the cliff in the more lucid state, he let himself fall. At first he was frightened but then he noticed he was floating gently down. He was comforted to find that he had landed gently on a road in the countryside, surrounded by verdant green fields. He did not have the dream again.
The dream was very much like the Fool card in the Tarot deck which depicts a carefree vagabond, carrying a white rose and looking up at the sky, while about to walk off a very steep cliff. His dog, representing the senses, is barking in alarm. But when the Fool walks off the cliff he turns into the Magus and flies.
With Pluto still widely opposing the Sun and Venus and Mars conjunct in Leo moving up to an opposition to Jupiter, it is a good time to seek creative solutions which can have considerable power now to effect transformation.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A nature spirit dancing in the midst of a waterfall.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

The Sun Moves into Leo and Venus into Virgo

“The universe is made up of stories, not atoms.” Muriel Rukeyser

“Some stories leave a trail of light behind them, meteor-like, so that much later when they strike our eyes, we may see their meaning like an aftereffect.”Eudora Welty

There are a number of aspects to Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer, in the beginning of the week. When Chiron is a prominent influence in the sky , it bodes well to take a look at the old stories we tell ourselves to see if they are in need of updating.

On Tuesday Mercury, the fleet footed god of thought and communication will be making a beneficial alignment with Uranus.   It  bodes well under his influence this week to heighten awareness as this duo is associated with sudden illumination, breakthroughs and revelations. These insights – which can occur with lightning speed – can shift perceptions into new, more liberated directions.

On Wednesday Venus departs the sign of Leo and enters Virgo.  This is a more pragmatic sign and the sign of healing and service. It bodes well for planning and attending to the details. The shadow side of this sign can tend towards being overly critical or judgmental.

Venus will be opposing Jupiter this week  indicating a time for fun and a sense of expansion- just keep moderation in mind as this duo can be associated with excess.

If you have been experiencing delays or difficulties in relationships or with financial matters , Venus moving into Virgo and away from the harsh aspect with Pluto will help straighten out things. Mars in Leo continues in the  harsh alignment with Pluto indicating an uptick in frustration. There’s a tendency for power plays and misdirected anger under this influence.

Thursday the Sun will enter the fiery sign of Leo – an excellent placement for this Sun. This opens up a time when creativity can flourish and fun is in the air. The card of the Sun in the Tarot deck depicts a small child riding bareback on a white horse. The child looks joyful and free and the horse is moving away from a tall cement wall. The wall represents things that constrict or limit us unnecessarily. Tall sunflowers grow behind the wall symbolizing happiness.

The Full Moon is on Friday evening  at 1 degree of Aquarius. The rulers of this full Moon are Saturn and Uranus. The Saturn/Uranus square which is the ongoing,  major alignment of the year, is about the need for  change and innovation and the resistance and push back to it. It speaks of both personal and planetary evolution.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”During a silent hour, a woman receives a new inspiration which may change her life.”

 

The Week Gets Off to a Good Start

“Spiritual practice is really about weaving a network of good relationships.” Dhyani Ywahoo

“Creativity is the river beneath the river, which flows and flows into our lives…The creative force flows over the terrain of our psyches looking for the natural hollows, the arroyos, the channels that exist in us.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Mercury just recently entered the sign of Cancer  and moves up to a very favorable alignment with Jupiter at the beginning of the week. This brings the opportunity for more expansive and optimistic thinking.

Mars and Venus, which have been traveling together for awhile will make an exact conjunction this week on  Tuesday at 19 degrees of Leo. This bodes well for movement forward in relationships and partnerships of both a personal and business nature.

The Sun is making a good aspect to Neptune, the planet of dreams, and visions. This offers an opportunity to grow in empathy and altruism. It is an aspect that bodes well for the imagination and works of creativity.

Chiron stations retrograde at 12 degrees of Aries on Thursday. Chiron is the asteroid of the Wounded Healer and governs the evolutionary journey of wounding and healing. This provides a good time to look back at progress made in this area of your life.

On Thursday Venus will move up to a quincunx to Neptune this week. This can be a very romantic and idealistic combination but  the quincunx alignment tends towards overly idealistic or unrealistic  ideas. When planets are in a quincunx alignment it indicates there is a constant need for adjustment. So it’s wise to exercise extra care with finances or in romantic matters. Yearnings and cravings can be stronger with this influence also.

Recently  I was out with friends and a pragmatic woman who was with us  said at one point,” I think we have to watch not to get carried away here.” Good advice at this time!

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is ,”A magic carpet hovers over the depressing reality of everyday life in an industrial area.”

 

Friday’s New Moon in Cancer

“I’ll send you my words
from the corners of my room
Though I write them by the light of day
Please read them by the light of the moon.” Gregory Alan Isakoff

“To change something build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

The New Moon on Friday July 9 at 9:17 PM EDT  is at 18 degrees of Cancer. New Moons are an excellent time for intention setting or resetting. The sign of Cancer governs nurturing and this is an excellent time to initiate new endeavors for self care. This watery sign also rules the home and family and  provides a good time for improving your domestic surroundings.

The challenging aspects that are with us now involving Venus, Mars, Saturn and Uranus will be in effect at the time of the New Moon. These influences can indicate  a time of hard work as well as frustration and delays  with things Venusian – love and finances. Feelings of loneliness can easily arise.

At the same time though, the Sun and New Moon will be making a very positive alignment with Uranus indicating that intuition is strong at this time and a good tool for seeking solutions.   It is also a good time for innovative solutions. Patience and kindness will go a long way.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A fragile woman of proud old blood is married in a wedding ceremony to an eager youth of a new order.”

 

 

 

Mars, Saturn and This Week’s Astrology

“When we dance with Mars, we enter the realm of fire, where qualities of bravado, boldness, courage and forthrightness are formed.” Caroline W. Casey

“Your words and actions are magical- they create waves of energy that travel out into the world and into nature.”David Spangler

Venus and Mars are now in the  fiery,  passionate sign of Leo. This week Venus will aspect Jupiter which can bring a sense  optimism and good cheer. It is a quincunx aspect though – indicating the need to find balance. It’s wise to avoid excess and the tendency to overdo.

Mars is moving up to a square with Saturn this week indicating that there can be a push and pull dynamic between moving forward and holding back. This can be a time a good time for getting work done but it can be a frustrating time and  patience is key. This alignment will be in effect through early July.

Mars will be making a favorable alignment with Chiron. In the fiery signs of Leo and Aries, this gives courage and optimism for taking action on healing initiatives. Schedule that massage appointment you’ve been putting, for example.

There’s definitely tension in the air and it’s wise to provide extra down time for rest and rejuvenation this week.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”An evening garden party of adults.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

Thursday’s Full Moon in Capricorn

“You can wander into the wrong classroom,
And hear great poems lovingly spoken
By the wrong professor. And you find your soul
And greatness has a defender, and even in death you’re safe.” Robert Bly

“The fragrance always  remains in the hand that gives the rose.” Gandhi

The Moon waxes Full midday Thursday June 24 th at 3 degrees of Capricorn. The Moon is making a very good alignment with Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and good fortune.  Jupiter opens doors, offers expansion and offers  new opportunities.

Life can have its challenges this week  and it can be an irritable, testy time. It’s best under the circumstances to “take the high road” with any obstacles that surface. Doors can open when now with a big- hearted, generous, positive attitude.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “The human soul in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment. ”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

A Busy Week In the Starry Heavens

“Puzzlement is the beginning of wisdom.” Erich Fromm

“Atoms arrange themselves into complicated structures from stars to snowflakes almost as if the particles were obeying a hidden yearning for organization and order.” Mitchell Waldrop

This week’s planetary activity may indeed lead to a  yearning for organization and order.  Jupiter will turn retrograde Sunday, the Sun will enter the sign of Cancer, also on Sunday, marking the time of the Summer Solstice. Mercury will station direct on Tuesday at 16  degrees of Pisces. Venus will oppose Pluto on Wednesday,  the Moon is full on Capricorn on Thursday. Neptune stations retrograde on Friday. This is a bit like being at a busy intersection with the traffic lights out of service.

On the Solstice the Sun will make a favorable aspect to Jupiter indicating that the time from now through the Fall Equinox is an excellent time to move in a direction of more inner growth and wisdom.

The Mercury retrograde period will end Tuesday but Mercury will continue to make a challenging aspect to Neptune until July 9.  It’s best under this influence to make an extra effort to keep thinking and communications very clear and to double check the details.

Venus will be opposing Pluto this week which can bring up financial concerns or issues having to do with loss or the loss of love. Pluto offers and opportunity for transformation if so.

Neptune will station retrograde Friday at 23 degrees of Pisces.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is.”In a quiet moment a creative individual experiences the flow of inspiration.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

Saturn Squares Uranus Round 2

“The fog comes in
on little cat feet

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
And then moves on. ” Carl Sandburg

“What seas, what shores, what grey rocks and what islands
What water lapping the bow
And scent of pine and wood thrush singing through the
fog
What images return
O my daughter.” TS Eliot

Today is the second exact square of Uranus and Saturn – the third and final square to come on December 24. In astrology Uranus is the rebel, the maverick, the outsider, the one who loves freedom and doesn’t necessarily respect traditional forms of  authority. Saturn represents law and order and the status quo and tradition. Saturn represents the past, Uranus the future.  Uranus governs technology, computers and the internet. Uranus disrupts outdated systems – sometimes in ways that are surprising.

But Uranus also governs innovation. This alignment is in effect throughout the year and provides excellent timing to think about what is no longer needed in your life in or  what is in need of an update. And what kind of changes you can make in your life that lead to a better, more innovative future.

Jupiter and Neptune are strong influences in the sky now as they both slow down to station retrograde – Jupiter on the June 20th  and Neptune on the 25th. Mercury stations direct on the 22nd ending the retrograde period – right in the middle of these two stations.  This is a good time for dreams, creative projects and spiritual growth.  But do be aware the Trickster is about – with Mercury retrograde  in Gemini , so it’s best to double check that communications are clear as Neptune, the planet governing fog, and Jupiter the planet of excess and exaggeration are both major players this week.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A  materializing medium giving a seance.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill