The Sun and Mercury Move into Leo and a Peek at This Week

“Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

You owe me.”  Hafiz

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born- you are my sun, my moon and all my stars.” e.e.cummings

The week starts off with a Mercury Pluto opposition. This combination is often seen in the charts of private investigators who are adept at getting to the bottom of things. It’s also often in the charts of people who do research of a deep and complex nature. In other words, this pair of planets gives the ability to see into the depth of things below the surface. It also give the potential for great vision and the power to create.

With Mercury’s rulership of speech this aspect can bring emotional intensity to communications. Feelings that are deep and repressed may surface unexpectedly. So it’s wise through the early part of  the week to exercise more care in communication.

Tuesday Mercury moves into the fiery sign of Leo. This ushers in the more sociable and fun loving part of the summer here in the northern hemisphere. The card of the Sun in the Tarot deck is associated with the sign of Leo. The painting on the card shows a small child joyously riding on a white horse. Behind them is a tall stone wall, symbolizing obstacles that seemed very daunting in the past, that they are leaving behind. Sunflowers grow near the wall symbolizing happiness. It is a card of freedom, happiness and moving away from burdens. It bodes well for creative self expression, fun and happiness.

Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer  stations retrograde on Tuesday at 16 degrees of Aries. Chiron in this sign is very much about healing the wounds of the inner masculine – how we manage anger, aggression, power and how in general we take action and move forward. Chiron is the asteroid which is about moving towards increased wholeness, making it a good time to look at our journey in this area.

The Sun, following Mercury, is transiting through the late degrees of Cancer and will oppose Pluto, the Lord of Transformation on Tuesday. This brings a time of intensity and deep feelings. It can exacerbate power struggles. There is a compulsive side to Pluto which can manifest when in a powerful alignment like this. It’s a good time to look at motives and emotions  that may normally be hidden but that can motivate actions.

Thursday, Eris, the goddess of upheaval, stations retrograde at 25 Aries. In mythology Eris is associated with war as she threw the apple of discord which started the Trojan War. There’s a radical side to Eris- she was enraged about  injustice or shadow issues that people don’t want to look at or acknowledge. She is sometimes associated with the enraged feminine – enraged over issues having to do with power-over by the patriarchy. Eris is associated with much of the chaos, upheaval and discord we see in the world today- empowered more by her recent alliance with Pluto.  Her role, ultimately  is to bring things to light that people don’t want to look at or acknowledge.

On Friday the Sun moves into Leo. This ushers in a more sociable time- a good time for getting together with friends and  making new ones.

The end of the week brings a good time for the expansion of vision as Jupiter aligns favorably with Pallas and Mercury. Jupiter can bring more optimism and a broader perspective on matters both personal and collective. The Pallas/ Mercury alignment gives the courage to take action.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

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