[Apologies to email subscribers for the late post! This week I ended up posting each forecast day-by-day through Instagram & Facebook. Hopefully this is still valuable for reflection on the past week 🙂 Stay posted for some announcements in the next couple days. I will be taking this week off from writing daily forecasts, but I hope to resume beginning in a week’s time on July 10th with a more condensed version via email.]
We are fresh into this lunation cycle, only a few days past the New Moon in Cancer (last Friday), clear of the aggressive Mars – Jupiter square exact last Sunday, and yet the cosmic weather is rapidly continuing to heat up. Expect a building intensity leading up to the Full Moon peak on July 9th (ADT). Why? Because we have three very influential personal planets (Sun, Mercury, Mars) journeying the deeply emotional sign of Cancer, making successive oppositions to Pluto, who is across the way, on the other side of the zodiac, chillin’ at ~18 degrees Capricorn. Pluto; the modern ruler of Scorpio, god of Hades, death, transformation, rebirth, ETC. All the super intense stuff in life.
180° oppositions can be very challenging aspects in astrology – it’s as if the planets involved are having a full on confrontation, a conflict, a tug of war. This creates an enormous amount of tension, which must be wrestled with, integrated, balanced. However, tense aspects in astrology are also stimulants to growth. They are catalysts. They propel us forward. As we head toward the full moon, which will occur as the Sun comes into an exact opposition with Pluto, let’s stretch. Out of our comfort zone. Our souls are hitting up the weights this lunation cycle for some strength training.
Family and commitment-related themes are running strong this week since Cancer and Capricorn are the traditional matriarchal and patriarchal figures of the zodiac. Cancer rules all that is related to your childhood, home, family – and your relationship with your mother figure (or nurturing caregiver) in particular. Maybe it’s not family related though. Maybe there is something that comes up in relation to your roommates, your landlord, or your close-knit community.
Monday eases us into the deep waters with a Mars-Neptune trine which urges us to surrender to the process. Surrender to the journey. Pluto burns away all that is decaying and holding us back in life. Pluto strips our lives of pretense and brings the deepest truth to the surface. Preparing within ourselves a willingness to surrender, will do us well over the next couple of weeks. Allow yourself to enter fully into the present moment while grounding yourself in a realm that transcends time and space. Release and loosen your tight muscles within Neptune’s warm, watery embrace.
Mercury heavily dominates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s cosmic weather. The planet of thought and communication is BUSY. Anticipate some intense and/or revealing conversations and/or confrontations. Anticipate being the recipient or deliverer of some shocking news, or a long-awaited, difficult message. There could be a conflict. There could be a break-through. There could be both. At any rate, WORDS have an additional CHARGE to them this week. In some way or another, through the vehicle of communication, our close relationships may be on the hot seat this week, or in the frying pan.
As always, these transits have the potential to express themselves all very internally (i.e. you may be primarily struggling with your relationship to yourself), but for many of us, the cosmic weather this week will shine the spotlight on our interactions with others.
On Tuesday, Mercury squares Jupiter and trines Neptune, repeating the aspects that Mars just made. A square to Jupiter prompts exaggeration, obnoxious assertions of opinion, a bubble of “hot air”. A trine to Neptune dissolves conflict and competitive ego battles that strive to out-argue and out-wit – through forgiveness, compassion, creativity, and spirituality.
On Wednesday, Mercury fuses with Mars through conjunction in Cancer, within close range of their opposition to Pluto (3 degrees orb). Whew! Thought and communication meet self-assertion, anger, and desire in a BIG way. Remember, Cancer is a highly emotional sign with a tendency to be indirect, passive aggressive, or shy, with its communications. Mars wants you to be direct. Assertive. Fearless. Without emotionally blowing it out of proportion, say what you need to say. And listen too, because we all live under the same skies.
As Mercury passes Mars to make the first exact opposition to Pluto on Thursday, it becomes even more crucial to effectively channel those super charged thoughts surging through your brain. Get your body involved as well. That’s always a good way to handle the intensity of Mars and Pluto. MOVE YER BODY. Jump up and down. Dance. Run. Punch your pillow. Twirl. Have sex.
Pluto rules all that is deeply secret and hidden. As it activates the planet of thought and communication, buried knowledge may rise to the surface – or be blasted explosively up through the ground. It could be a messy thing and full of conflict, but it may also be something you share or bring into the public sphere that liberates you and bestows you with a new confidence – or both. One key warning here – guard against gossip. It will come back to bite you.
TGIF, although… on Friday we have the First Quarter Moon. Relationships are again prominently highlighted here. The First Quarter square between the Sun (in Cancer) and the Moon (in Libra) presents a challenge. Something that must be overcome in order to move forward. With Cancer and Libra involved in the First Quarter as Venus (the planet of relationships) in Taurus simultaneously squares the Moon’s Nodes, there could be a struggle between wanting to progress in some area or make a particular decision, while also trying to keep others happy. Strive for a middle ground, a balance, if it is reasonable and healthy to do so, while warding against co-dependence and accepting that you cannot please everyone, and nor can you fix and heal every problem.
ARE WE DONE YET?! Nope. On Saturday, Chiron, our wounded healer figure, goes retrograde. Chiron spends half the year going backward. It’s at the turning points that we may be most aware of Chiron’s work. When Chiron turns retro, his healing work intensifies. At his pivot point, during the time period that Chiron changes direction, he directs his arrow straight toward at that darn wound, pinpointing its location and thus bringing it to our attention. This may not feel great, but graciously, he also leaves clues as to how we can continue to heal. I had a pretty magical Chiron Rx pivot last year which I will share later. If you are nursing wounds over the weekend, be careful of the drive to defensively overcompensate through inauthentic means as Mars and Pluto activate power struggles.
SUNDAY!!! We’ve felt it building throughout the week, but today the Mars-Pluto opposition is exact. Take care of yourselves lovelies. Especially if you are vulnerable to mental health concerns. This is a lot of volatile, intense energy. Again, move your bodies. All forms of exercise and physical movement are really important this week. Our bodies are vessels that absorb so much from our surroundings and manifest our thoughts. If intense emotions like anger or grief surges through your system, find an effective outlet. Like kickboxing. Or doing something active in nature.
The Moon is still moving through Libra on Sunday. Channel that Libran peace, that diplomacy, while obeying Pluto’s orders to get to the root of whatever it is that has come up for you. If you are vulnerable to certain triggers, make sure you are grounded and pull out a tried and trusted self care plan. Heads up that projecting our issues on to other people is a big liability with oppositions, especially when two intense planets are involved.
It may feel like a crisis, like you’re in a major power struggle, but it could also feel like crossing a tipping point into victory, success, breakthrough and freedom. There is a sense of completion that comes with this aspect going exact after so much build up. Maybe you feel like a superhero flying out of a burning building, clearing the danger zone just as it collapses behind you. Just watch out for accidentally burning bridges, especially when it comes to relationships. We still have a Sun-Pluto opposition at the Full Moon waiting for us in a week’s time. Yah! More opportunity for growth!
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- Thursday, June 29th
- Friday, June 30th
- Saturday, July 1st
- Sunday, July 2nd
- Mars (in Cancer) trine Neptune (in Pisces)
- Moon (in Leo), sextile Jupiter (in Libra)
As I mentioned in my last post, very early this morning (ADT), Mars formed a trine to Neptune. We have some really intense cosmic weather coming up over the next two weeks as we build toward to the Full Moon on July 9th, and we also just completed the challenge of a Mars-Jupiter square yesterday. However, today the edges are momentarily softened. There is a reprieve; a pause on the rising Plutonian intensity as Neptunian energies join forces with our will, our aggression, our self-assertion.
The first word that comes to mind with this aspect is “surrender”. But surrender has a lot of negative connotations. A quick scan of the internet’s dictionary sources indicated the following definitions and synonyms for the concept of surrender: “giving up, submission, yielding, fall, defeat, abandoning, resignation, ceasing resistance to an enemy or opponent and submitting to their authority.”
In religious and spiritual contexts the word “surrender” often has a more positive connotation, but its meaning may not resonate with all readers. In this context it often refers to submitting one’s autonomy to a higher power; to become a vessel or a channel for the will of the Divine.
Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. Pisces is a sign that is deeply in touch with the essence of surrender. And yet Pisces is also a sign that highlights the risks and dangers in being too gullible, weak willed, being taken advantage of, and submitting the entirety of one’s self to a cause/person/substance – to the point where the sense of self may destructively dissolve like ice melting and then evaporating to nothingness in surrender to the sun’s unwavering gaze and onslaught of heat.
There is plenty of reason why resistance and firmly refusing to give up, may be vital in your current situation and struggle. The invitation to surrender to a divinity may ring hollow for you. The idea of melting and evaporating to nothingness, even less appealing. So what then, can surrender offer?
When I think of surrender, I come back to the imagery of water. I’m addicted to hot showers. When I was young and I would take a long shower, my parents used to yell at me from outside the door: “THE POLAR BEARS ARE DYING!!!” To be honest, I think their concern was more related to the price of the oil used to heat the water, but they tried to evoke my environmental sensibilities. Long hot showers are a guilty pleasure for sure, but sometimes feels a necessary one especially during bouts of depression. The feeling of hot rivulets of water washing over me, running down my skin, cannot be matched.
For me, surrender is releasing yourself from all the shallow entanglements that hold you back. It is a return to something essential, undiluted, pure. Life is often complicated, messy, frustrating. So many little details threaten to swarm and suffocate us in our day-to-day lives. Surrender is the moment standing naked under the shower facet (or waterfall, or in the rain) where you let it all fall away. The human body is 60% water. As the drops of water pelt against your eyelids, your skin – the human body’s permeable container – takes part in a sacred exchange with one of life’s most powerful elemental forces.
Surrender is also about not letting the little things bring you down. Surrender is about seeing the big picture. Surrender is allowing yourself to step fully into the present moment without reservation. Surrender is accepting that the future is uncertain, but you have an opportunity to make the best of whatever the day brings. Surrender is admitting that it is not all up to you alone. Surrender is acknowledging when you’ve reached your limits and when you need help. Surrender is letting yourself heal. Surrender is letting the extraneous surface issues fall away in order to tap into your deeper intuition. Surrender is acting on your calling and listening to your gut instinct.
Surrender is perceiving yourself as part of a larger network of humanity; a broader story. Surrender is seeing others as they are – other humans made up of 60% water, doing their best to navigate messy existence with whatever childhood they experienced, and with whatever resources, and opportunities are available to them. Surrender is compassion. Surrender is sinking into your truth and finding your stability there. Surrender is going deeper, to the place beneath the struggle, beyond the seasons, outside of time. Surrender is bringing an awareness of the universal into your present day moment, and breathing it in. Deeply. Surrender is being at peace – even when you are called to resist and hold your ground.
The photo for today is one of a waterfall in Iceland (from Pixabay – not mine). I enjoyed a wonderful spontaneous trip there 6 years ago. There are so many gorgeous waterfalls in Iceland, that myself and my travel companions had this catch phrase we would jokingly say as we shrugged whenever we passed magnificent liquid eruption from rock- “Oh, it’s just another waterfall”… And yet it is the roaring thunder of Iceland’s waterfalls that echoes through all my memories of that trip.
Today the cosmos’ fiery and aggressive warrior, Mars, has an uplifting conversation with Neptune, the god of water.
“Very little grows on jagged rock.
Be ground. Be crumbled.
So wild flowers will come up
Where you are.
You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different. Surrender.”
- Mercury (in Cancer) square Jupiter (in Libra)
- Mercury (in Cancer) trine Neptune (in Pisces)
- Moon (in Leo) squares Venus (in Taurus), trines Saturn (in Sagittarius), trines Uranus (in Aries), and then enters Virgo
Is anyone graduating today? Mercury square Jupiter reminds me of a graduation ceremony with all the pomp and formalities leading up to that quintessential moment where everyone throws their black, tasseled grad caps in the air at once (does this actually happen outside of movies??).
It also reminds me of hot air.
When Jupiter meets Mercury in a natal chart, there may be an extra dose of smarts. When Jupiter and Mercury meet through a more challenging aspect like a square, the smarts are still there, but in addition there may also be a tendency toward intellectual arrogance. There may be strong opinions, an argumentative streak, a flair for the dramatic and exaggerated, uninhibited boasting, jumping to conclusions, or a monopoly of verbal air time. These folks may also be very optimistic, enthusiastic, skilled at seeing the big picture and planning for the future, speaking their truth without hesitation, possessing a voracious appetite for learning, and endlessly entertaining within their social circles.
As Mercury squares Jupiter today we all tap into these potentialities. Be proud of your accomplishments. Formulate well-thought out opinions and be willing to stand beside them and back them up. But don’t be a smart ass.
You are not what you know, or who you know.
If you find yourself in a situation today where you are trying to make a good impression, just do you 🙂 It will get you more respect in the long run.
Quit the name dropping. Don’t make promises you can’t keep and watch out for ambitiously overestimating what is possible. With the sign of Cancer involved, the Jupiterian desire to achieve success, to always be “right”, to always win, may be driven by some very strong emotions.
Today (Tuesday) Mercury squares Jupiter while also making a trine to Neptune, repeating the aspects that Mars just made. A trine to Neptune dissolves conflict and competitive ego battles that strive to out-argue and out-wit, through forgiveness, compassion, creativity, and spirituality.
How will these two Mercurial aspects blend? My advice for the day would be: Pick your battles. Decide which arguments to pursue to the ends of the Earth, and which ones to release into the sea and let bygones by bygones. The Moon moves in to Virgo tonight, but try not to get hung up on details.
Mercury trine Neptune symbolizes our good intentions beneath it all. Jupiter is a lucky planet, even when involved in a square. Like the new grad, tossing their cap jubilantly high in the air, allow yourself to be excited about something today. Celebrate something. Whether it is managing to get the laundry done or finishing a big project at work, a Jupiter transit always calls for a high five and a pat on the back.
- Mercury (in Cancer) conjoins Mars (in Cancer)
- Moon (in Virgo) sextiles Sun (in Cancer), and opposes Neptune (in Pisces)
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Have you heard that old children’s rhyme? Apparently it was written to encourage children to courageously brave taunts and name-calling at school.
But the rhyme is bs. Words can hurt. A lot. It’s amazing the words, the statements, that still echo in my brain – many tracing back to early childhood. Words of praise and affirmation, words of ridicule, and accidental words that left an unintentional wound. What words or phrases rattle around in your head, long after they have been expressed to you? I may have been born with my moon in Gemini, but I am sure I am not the only one that is deeply affected by other people’s words, for better or worse.
Today (Wednesday), Mercury fuses with Mars through conjunction in Cancer, within close range of their upcoming opposition to Pluto (3 degrees orb). Today the power of our words is super charged. Their potential impact is maximized.
It may be a time to review your library of personal words received and internalized, and do some purging. It may be a time to be very careful with the words you speak to others, especially if accompanied by anger. It may be a time to honestly speak an emotional truth that you have thus far been too intimidated or hesitant to publicly verbalize because you feared judgement or rejection.
Today, thought and communication (Mercury) meet self-assertion, action, anger, and desire (Mars) through an emotionally defensive, yet intuitive and compassionate conduit (Cancer). Cancer is a highly emotional sign with a tendency to be indirect, passive aggressive, or shy, with its communications. Mars wants you to be direct. Assertive. Fearless.
However, there is a high risk of emotional overreactions today. Without blowing it out of proportion, say what you need to say. And listen too, because we all live under the same skies.
Today is a day to boldly, carefully, put words to emotional issues that have been brewing, and then to take action on these words.
You may be at risk of imploding or exploding today if you don’t strategically open the pressure relief valve. If a conversation with a certain someone(s) is not what you need or feel capable of, see a therapist. Journal it out. Write a letter to someone, even if you never send it, but avoid Cancer’s fallback strategies – emotional manipulation and the silent treatment. Be bold, with whatever it is.
Take some deep breaths. And don’t forget that physical movement and exercise are wonderful medicinal antidotes to the intensity of Mars-influenced, racing thoughts.
- Mercury (in Cancer) opposite Pluto (in Capricorn)
- Moon (in Virgo), sextiles Mars (in Cancer), sextiles Mercury (in Cancer), trines Pluto (in Capricorn), squares Saturn (in Sagittarius), trines Venus (in Taurus), and then is void of course.
Disclosure: “the action of making new or secret information known.”
I’ve noticed emotional disclosure as a big theme over the last couple of days for myself and for people around me as Pluto, Mercury and Mars powerfully co-mingle this week.
Usually I try to write these posts in advance, but due to circumstances I am writing today’s post, today. Aside from disclosure, other key themes I’ve noticed thus far among my circles is this sense of approaching big transitions and shifts this week and through to the weekend. In a very obvious, or in a more subtle way, there is a sense that a door is about to close and a door is about to open. Perhaps we aren’t yet sure what doors are closing and which doors are opening. Perhaps there is still building suspense and anticipation. Perhaps we are still working it out with ourselves, and with others we are in relationship with.
Regardless, I’ve noticed the very Plutonian theme of getting down to the red hot heart of a matter that may have been brewing for quite a while. Pluto scrapes away the crust, all the fluff, all the decay, all pretenses, to reveal that molten lava bubbling beneath the surface – the raw truth. This may emerge in conversation with someone else, or it may be a sudden clarity, a sharp realization, a profound insight that enters unbidden into our minds without prompting. Sometimes this is a painful process. Hopefully always, there is a sense of liberation. Relief.
Planets coming into opposition with Pluto bring us to a “tipping point” in our lives. The definition of “tipping point”, courtesy of the online Oxford dictionary: “The point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.”
There may be a sense of “enough is enough”. There may be a desire to end something in order to begin something new. There may be a need to clear the air. There may be a compulsion to eliminate something from your life. Pluto’s activation this week, the planet of death, transformation and rebirth, may be strongly correlated with a dramatic closing of doors in your life. But with every ending, comes a new beginning. Look for the doors that open in the midst of the dust created by doors closing.
Pluto rules all that is deeply secret and hidden. As it activates the planet of thought and communication today (Mercury), buried knowledge may rise to the surface – or be blasted explosively up through the ground. It could be a messy thing and full of conflict, but it may also be something you share or bring into the public sphere that liberates you and bestows you with a new confidence – or both.
So far, the “disclosures” I’ve participated in or observed, have been relatively gentle and freeing. Emotionally loaded, yes, but timely and well-received.
This may not be the case for everyone. With Mars and Pluto involved in the cosmic activity this week there is certainly the potential for major emotional drama, friction, gossip, and projecting emotional issues on to someone else – emotional scapegoating. When I experienced a Mars-Pluto transit personally (transiting Mars opposing my natal Pluto) I had a big emotional meltdown and conflict with someone close to me whose relationship with me has unfortunately sustained a fracture. So far, thankfully, that has not been the case as of yet with this global transit!
However, words of advice to everyone: Be wise with whom you share your truths too, and try to be a non-judgmental, trustworthy recipient of emotionally loaded, personal content being disclosed to you. If emotions are boiling fiercely, find outlets to release the pressure valve in healthy ways so you don’t unleash a volcano unnecessarily within your personal relationships. It’s Cancer season. Be that Cancer-like compassionate presence that creates a safe container that allows others to soften, to open up, and become vulnerable.
With this Cancer-Capricorn axis activated (Sun, Mercury, Mars in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn), personal matters of all types could be coming up for you, depending on what houses in your chart are highlighted with this transit, but certainly could be an emphasis on family matters. Cancer and Capricorn are more traditional figures in the zodiac wheel. I often think of Cancer as the zodiac’s matriarchal figure and Capricorn as the zodiac’s patriarchal figure. Both seek security and stability, but in different ways.
Capricorn seeks security in the external, public sphere through financial, material accumulation and status. Cancer seeks emotional security in the internal or private, family and home-related sphere of life. This Cancer-Capricorn axis could also be interpreted as emotional labour vs. paid labour, caregiver vs. breadwinner, nurturing vs. discipline, subjectivity vs. objectivity. Therefore, this week and the one to follow, could bring up these themes for you as an individual as well as within your relationships. Where do your priorities lie?
If you are actively participating in a family unit, arguments with family members about employment, money, chores, and child-rearing could be front and centre during this time. A friend told me recently that her and her boyfriend have started having discussions about whether they should break up or start a family. This very much exemplifies that Cancer-Capricorn dynamic and tension, especially with Pluto involved who tends to force a decision to be made and a direction to be chosen.
- Venus (in Taurus) square the Moon’s Nodes (North Node in Leo, South Node in Aquarius)
- Moon enters Libra
- Moon (in Libra) squares the Sun (in Cancer) – First Quarter Moon Phase
Today we reach the First Quarter Moon. This means that we are 1/4 of the way through the current lunation cycle that began with the New Moon in Cancer last Friday. The First Quarter Moon creates a challenging 90° square aspect between the Sun and the Moon. It presents our budding New Moon intentions with a bit of resistance. There may be some decisions to be made, a barrier to navigate. With the Sun currently in Cancer and the Moon in Libra, we may be facing a challenge that pits our desire to move forward, against the needs and desires of other significant people in our life (or people and society in a more general sense).
Cancer needs to be needed. Although Cancer has its crab shell for protection (unlike Pisces, another water sign symbolized by the pair of fishes with no protective barrier), Cancer can still run into some boundary issues. Cancer energy can manifest in ways not unlike an over-involved, interfering mother who wants to play therapist to everyone. Cancer wants to soothe every emotional hurt. Cancer can sometimes have a “fix-it” mentality, similar to Virgo’s, except that Cancer’s fix-it approach applies to the more emotional realm rather than the practical sphere.
Cancer seeks emotional safety and stability, often within the context of close, emotionally intimate relationships. Thus when kids fly the nest, when romantic partnerships end, when loved ones die, when friends drift and distance themselves, Cancer grieves. Cancer feels these losses deeply. Once Cancer secures the stable, close relationships it seeks, and allows themselves to bond with others, Cancer will often cling to these relationships at all costs. They’ll go to great lengths to ensure that nothing will rock the relationship boat or severe these precious bonds.
So that’s where the Sun is at. Now what about the Moon’s role in this 90° cosmic conversation…
The Moon is in Libra, a sign represented by a set of scales. Imagine a teeter-totter. When I was a child, together with other children, we would try to get a teeter-totter to maintain an equilibrium, frozen in the air with two humans sitting at either end. It was very difficult, and success was fleeting if we managed it. Libra is trying to achieve this magical act of having the scales balanced; each end of the teeter-totter suspended in mid-air. Perfect harmony, is what Libra wants. Beautiful symmetry.
Justice and peace are other Libran goals, but Libra is not always comfortable with the messy process that is often necessary in the pursuit of justice and peace. The shadow side of Libra avoids and ignores all conflict. Libra’s shadow refuses to dig beneath the surface and instead would rather choose to maintain a shallow appearance of justice, peace, harmony, and balance, when in actuality…. there is none of that.
But to disturb the (superficial) peace by pointing out faults, issues, injustices? This may send the teeter totter wildly careening from end to end. This might upset people! And Libra truly hates to upset others. Libra wants happiness all round. Which is lovely, at face value, but superficiality at the surface may be hiding decay, rot, and mold at the core. This will need to be addressed in order to halt infection and prevent widespread corruption.
Libra understands that the wellbeing of one person is contingent on the wellbeing of the other people around them. This is the case in close relationships, and also in society as a whole. An injust society hurts us all. Libra gets the concept of “interdependence” at a deep level. This is Libra’s gift, Libra’s innate insight.
However, because Libra knows this so well, at a personal level Libra fears rejection and isolation. Libra, represented by a set of scales, feels left out and even “incomplete” when they are not around other people and involved in close relationships and/or partnerships. Similar to Cancer, Libra will also go to great lengths to try and keep others happy, so that they themselves, may also be happy.
In summary, the Sun is in Cancer squaring the Moon in Libra. The square is an irritating aspect; a stimulant that is trying to propel us forward, trying to catalyze our first big step ahead in this lunation cycle, but with Cancer and Libra involved, there may be a hesitation to take action that we know is necessary, because we are worried it will upset certain people in some way.
And yet, at the same time, there is still all that Pluto action going on right now, this week and next week. Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio, simply will not tolerate superficiality. At all.
Pluto forces Libra to look at all that decay beneath the surface that must be rooted out in order for authentic peace and harmony to be achieved. Pluto compels Cancer to identify and release the unhealthy emotional bonds that are keeping them entrapped in toxicity or chained to a dead end, rather than growing and developing in a nourishing emotional space.
What has expired in your life? What has passed its “best before” date? Is there something true and valuable that can be salvaged with some changes and transformations, or does the entire “thing” need a complete overhaul and replacement? Relationships are highlighted this week, but depending on the houses highlighted in your chart, this struggle may be of another nature.
The cosmos is really highlighting some consistent themes this week! Today, along with the First Quarter Moon going exact, Venus (the planet of relationships) in Taurus is simultaneously squaring the Moon’s Nodes, further forcing a decision between two opposing directions – one toward our soul’s growth (North Node), and the other toward a stagnant (easier) comfort zone (South Node).
Our actions impact others. No one is an isolated island unto themselves. We move through time within an interconnected, interdependent web of life. While the Aries’ portion of our natal charts attempts to disagree, there are often reasonable (and sometimes difficult) compromises that must be made to maintain the integrity, cohesiveness, and health of various types of relationships.
Are you responsible for the impact your actions have on others? Yes and no. That’s a difficult philosophical question. Aside from human behavior that has clear legal ramifications, navigating relationships and figuring out what to do with our autonomy and freewill within an interconnected and interdependent society, is an enormous existential task that is thrust upon us.
I hope for clarity for all of you, and then the corresponding courage to take action toward the path that your soul knows to be right. As always at the First Quarter Moon, it is recommended to do one thing, even if it is small, that pushes you out of your comfort zone slightly, and brings you closer to your goals and the manifestation of your New Moon intentions, seeded last week.
Some extra tips: Examine personal and relational boundaries – where do they need to be (re)established and where do they need to come down, in order to bring something in your life into greater balance and health? Remember not take to take everything personally. Under the current cosmic weather people are liable to be projecting their own emotional issues onto you, mistaking you for the source of their pain, when really the root is deeper (and vice versa).
Strive for a middle ground, a balance, if it is reasonable and healthy to do so, while warding against co-dependence and accepting that you cannot please everyone, and nor can you fix and heal every problem.
- Chiron turns Retrograde (in Pisces)
- Moon (in Libra) conjoins Jupiter (in Libra), squares Mars (in Cancer), squares Pluto (in Capricorn), squares Mercury (in Cancer)
[Possible Trigger warning, but hopefully helpful]
Early Saturday morning Chiron, our wounded healer figure (in asteroid form), turned retrograde. Chiron spends half the year going backward. It’s at the turning points that we may be most aware of Chiron’s work. When Chiron turns retro, his healing work intensifies. At his pivot point, during the time period that Chiron changes direction, he directs his arrow straight toward at that darn wound, pinpointing its location and thus bringing it to our attention. This may not feel great, but graciously, he also leaves clues as to how we can continue to heal.
I had a pretty magical Chiron Rx pivot last year which I will share soon. Take notes on what emerges for you around this time. If you are nursing wounds over the weekend, be careful of the drive to defensively overcompensate through inauthentic means as Mars and Pluto activate power struggles with their opposition.
Chiron symbolizes woundedness, but also our triumph in healing our wounds and rediscovering wholeness. Chiron is the wounded healer. Through healing our own wounds, we are able to hold the space for others to heal. Chiron’s point of pivot may bring a mentor or guide into your life to support you through your journey, or you may serve that role in someone else’s life.
Humans have a natural, protective aversion to pain and suffering. Just like we avoid stepping on glass or putting our hand in the fire, we also tend to avoid the uncomfortable process of working through our areas of wounding. And yet, if we turn away from this process, if we resist, our shadow grows bigger. Nothing that is suppressed or repressed goes away forever. It returns in another form – possibly one that is more unwieldy.
As Michael Singer writes, “If you are resisting something, you are feeding it. Any energy you fight, you are feeding. If you are pushing something away, you are inviting it to stay.”
Similarly, Jane Clapp writes, “We often move into trying to release physical tension or emotional pain before we have stayed with it long enough to know why its there, what it’s telling us or following it long enough to get into deeper wisdom about it. We want to feel better so we go to trying to get rid of it before acknowledging it and making space for it. Releasing something can’t come before acknowledgement and letting something be expressed, albeit from a grounded state that doesn’t carry us away.”
Chiron turning retrograde is a reminder to bravely shine a light on our shadows, rather than letting them fester in darkness.
The rest of this post (and the multiple images) is about trauma. This may or may not be relevant to you, but with Chiron pivoting and highlighting old, repressed wounds; along with Pluto, symbolizing our shadow side, as a powerful cosmic player this week and in the coming weeks; and with the Cancer-Capricorn axis strongly activated – it is certainly a distinct possibility that some old trauma might get triggered. There are three personal planets moving through Cancer right now. Cancer holds our emotional memories, our childhood experiences, our sense of belonging and rootedness in the world. Cancer speaks to our desire to be loved and nurtured. These themes are front and centre as Pluto gives them a good shake to test their depth.
Those stats I posted? They make my insides scream. Why??!! Why is this the world we live in?! Why is there so much violence and pain? Why are so many humans moving through life with such deep trauma wounds that they may spend their lives trying to mend? Trauma is everywhere. Trauma is like a rain of stones with far-reaching ripple effects throughout the collective pond.
And yet… the symbol of Chiron instills in me the hope that healing is possible – individually and collectively. Chiron reminds me of the gold that is created through the alchemy of transformation, through the actual process, the laborious work itself – of mending, repairing, reconnecting, releasing. We are both vulnerable and resilient.
A word of caution and advice: Be gentle when approaching trauma wounds. I know a lot of people who refuse to seek healing because they are terrified of what this process might open up. They’ve developed coping mechanisms to keep themselves protected, stable, and functional (or at least, numb to the pain). They don’t want to risk a rupture that might send them into a spiral.
I get this. When I’ve opened the door to vaults of past pain I have sometimes been so overwhelmed with panic attacks and nightmares that I’ve had to pause everything in my life until my psyche could find firm ground again. I call this “therapy hangover”, or the “catharsis aftershocks”. It happens when you “unfreeze” latent memories and past experiences too quickly.
However, there are ways to approach and release this volatile content safely (see the images for more info). Be wary of using a “talk therapy” approach to trauma that asks for a constant retelling of your narrative. This can re-traumatize. Personally, I believe getting the body involved is crucial for deeper, more effective healing. Sometimes we need to work in the direction of body–> mind, rather than (or in addition to) mind–>body.
Not everyone can afford therapy and healing services, but there are a lot of free available resources if you know where to look. If any of this is relevant to you (or someone you know – which includes just about all of us) I would really recommend following Toronto-based, Trauma Recovery Specialist @janetheclapp on Instagram. Her orientation to trauma recovery is strongly somatic (body-based). I know how much effort it is to provide daily, high-quality, informative posts on social media, and I am so impressed with this woman’s tireless advocacy and insight into trauma healing. Her IG is a treasure trove of practical and helpful tips.
May we all participate in breaking the toxic cycles of trauma, violence, and pain. May we all experience a visceral sense of safety in this world and deep-rooted inner peace. May we all come to know authentic freedom. May we all find each other woven into a tapestry of belonging that is built on justice and sustained through love. ⚷ ❤
Image Credit: Two potions- Tanemori @ Wikipedia (CC – image modified) // Iceberg – Uwe Kils @ Wikipedia (CC – image modified)
- Mars (in Cancer) opposite Pluto (in Capricorn)
- Moon (in Libra) sextiles Saturn (in Sagittarius), opposes Uranus (in Aries), and then is void of course until entering Scorpio
Cosmic transits unfold in a series of interconnected stories. With practice, one can begin to read the sky and see consistent themes and patterns correlated with life on Earth over time.
The current story (or chapter) that launched with the beginning of this lunation cycle at the New Moon on June 23rd, is dominated by Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio. Pluto, the intense planet of death, rebirth and transformation, is the key protagonist of the current cosmic story. Understandably then, the cosmic weather is tumultuous. Today we reach the Mars opposite Pluto climax of the story, as this aspect goes exact, which occurs once every two years. This is a blisteringly harsh and volatile aspect to be sure, but its themes probably aren’t a surprise to you since they have been building all week.
This is only the first climax of the Pluto story. The next big showdown arrives next Sunday/Monday with the Full Moon on the Cancer-Capricorn axis, occurring simultaneously with the Sun opposing Pluto. I will be taking a break from posting soon, so that’s your heads up!
This energy could show up in many different ways in your life, depending on how it interacts with your natal chart. Regardless of its manifestations and whether it is experienced negatively or positively, this energy is undeniably intense and heavy.
With personal planets in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn, two zodiac signs that crave stability, security, and safety, we are liable to feel very threatened by others or our environment, and may be prone to adopting a defensive stance. Standing your ground is important – as is stability, security, and safety – just watch that you are not impulsively and emotionally lashing out at others unnecessarily.
Cancer, the sign of home and belonging, on a broader scale is also associated with nationalism. Canada celebrated Canada Day on July 1st, and the US celebrates Independence Day on July 4th. With Pluto so involved, tensions around “who belongs and who doesn’t”, who has ownership over the land and who doesn’t, may be fierce.
These successive Pluto oppositions remind me of earthquakes. Earthquakes often occur along “fault lines”:
“The definition of a fault line is a break or fracture in the ground that occurs when the Earth’s tectonic plates move or shift, and are areas where earthquakes are likely to occur.” -yourdictionary.com
Our emotional triggers and trauma wounds could be considered our human “fault lines”. When there are energetic cosmic storms or lots of stress in our environments, these sensitive “fault lines” may be activated and give way to earthquakes.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor E. Frankl
This is a beautiful insight, but one that doesn’t always seem possible to put into practice consistently because it depends so heavily on the frontal cortex of our brain (i.e. the rational thinking portion) kicking in to create that precious space that allows us to reflect wisely in order to “choose our response” and claim our freedom. When we are in highly charged emotional situations, the other more instinctual parts of our brain and our conditioned responses can overwhelm our frontal cortex like a tidal wave.
Increasing what is called our “window of tolerance” with intention, with practice, with healing, will enable us to create greater space between the stimulus in our environment, and our response to it.
And if you are experiencing anger, or rage even? Anger is a valid emotion. It took me a long time to accept this. The somatic experience of anger is your body saying that something is wrong. Something is not okay. Something crossed a boundary in your life. Something touched a wound. It is only seriously problematic when anger explodes uncontrollably in a way that hurts yourself and others around you.
It is tricky to find the balance between rationalizing and gaining insight into emotions at an intellectual level, while also validating our emotions and letting them move through us in a healthy, mindful way. So often an intellectual approach can undermine emotions. We tell ourselves that we shouldn’t be this upset… that it isn’t a big deal. And then we try to ignore our anger. Anger is a normal response to being hurt.
What about when we are hurt repeatedly in some way and yet never experience anger? That may be indicative that perhaps we need to rebuild our strength, reclaim our power, and re-establish boundaries.
However, applying a rational lens to emotional reactions is also what enables us to avoid uncontrollable and aggressive outbursts of our anger, and ensure that we do not unfairly target other people who have upset us. It is what enables us to create that space between stimulus and response. Our rational brains help us to function appropriately in society and assist us with becoming self-aware individuals – just make sure that you don’t invalidate, delegitimize, and undermine your experience of the emotion all together.
Acknowledge what you are feeling. Mindfully stay with intense emotions like anger and carefully follow their stem all the way down to the root (a very Plutonian strategy). Evoking intense emotions is one strategy that your deeper self, your soul, uses to get your attention. It wants to be heard. It wants to be listened to – and it must be listened to carefully because the true cause of your emotion may not be what you first think it is.
What is anger telling you about yourself? Anger and other intense emotional responses can hold keys to a greater understanding and potential for personal (and collective) growth. When we react and throw our anger toward someone else, an external target, we may be unintentionally giving away these precious keys through this distraction.
And yes, do find a productive means of release. All forms of exercise and physical movement are really important this week and in the week to come. Our bodies are vessels that absorb so much from our surroundings and manifest our thoughts. If strong emotions surge through your system, find an effective outlet. Like kickboxing. Or doing something active in nature.
The Moon is still moving through Libra on Sunday. Channel that Libran peace, that diplomacy, while obeying Pluto’s orders to get to the root of whatever it is that has come up for you. If you know you are vulnerable to certain triggers, make sure you are grounded and pull out a tried and trusted self care plan. Again, heads up that projecting our issues on to other people is a big liability with oppositions, especially when two intense planets are involved.
It may feel like a crisis, like you’re in a major power struggle, but it could also feel like crossing a tipping point into victory, success, breakthrough and freedom. There is a sense of completion that comes with this aspect going exact after so much build up. Maybe you feel like a superhero flying out of a burning building, clearing the danger zone just as it collapses behind you. Just watch out for accidentally burning bridges, especially when it comes to relationships. We still have a Sun-Pluto opposition at the Full Moon waiting for us in a week’s time. Yah! Another opportunity to grow! (*sincere exclamation with only a hint of sarcasm 🙂 )