weekly astrology blog
a regular commentary on the week's planetary influences
the weekly astrology blog
July 16 to July 22
***all times are PDT; add 3 hours for EDT***
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all times are in PDT. and for those of you new to my column, i write in lower case for a reason as i find it symbolic and resonant with how i view the world. i capitalize certain words in ways to illuminate their power. otherwise, all is equal to me and i write in lowercase :)
monday july 16th-
at 12:55am venus in virgo quincunxes retrograde mars in aquarius, creating tension and friction between the Divine Lovers. venus in virgo wants purity, presence and modesty. mars in aquarius wants rebellion, revolution and radical change! put the two together in a difficult aspect and there can be differences of opinion in relationships right now. remember mars is retrograde so he is being reign in but he does not like that! watch out for being overly critical and judgmental (venus in virgo) but also watch out for being addicted to drama and chaos to the point that you cannot be masterful in your actions (mars retrograde in aquarius).
at 8:24am mercury in leo quincunxes retrograde pluto in capricorn, creating tension between the mind and intellect and the Lord of the Underworld. deep things can arise in communication and thinking right now. they could be revealing and transformative or they could be intense and involve power/control dynamics with others. this is great astrology for being in therapy- not so great for trying to dominate others. mercury is slowing down to station retrograde on july 25th- and in doing so he makes one very long quincunx to pluto (exact today and lasting through august 4th). so these mercury/pluto themes are up BIG TIME right now. navigate with care! excavate and get to the root of issues- but steer clear of power control dynamics!
the sun in cancer squares eris in aries at 9:34am, creating tension and friction between the conscious self and ego and the Goddess of Discord and Chaos. this can unearth anger and rage that has been repressed or depressed. if we are not facing our emotions our emotions will get bigger to get our attention! issues in home/family situations or with parents or children can get exacerbated right now. navigate with consciousness.
at 10:15am uranus in taurus semisextiles retrograde chiron in aries- harmoniously aligning the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener with the Wounded Healer planetoid. these two have been in semisextile aspect since the start of 2009 and will continue to do so until the middle of 2021- so this is a long term transit that really spans a whole generation. uranus brings things to Light and helps us make radical shifts and changes and when he is in contact with the Wounded Healer we have huge potential for seeing our own wounds and doing deep healing work that helps us to dramatically release the past and the hold it has on us. this is the first time we have uranus in taurus and chiron in aries (the last aspect was december 28th 2017 when uranus was in aries and chiron in pisces)- so we have a shift in what is being brought to awareness. uranus is helping us change our values and attachments. uranus is freeing us from old ideas of safety and security that are based on an old paradigm.
chiron is helping us heal our relationship to the masculine within and without. coming into right relationship with our anger, will, drive, rage, sexual energy and aggression is key right now. this astrology provides us with the impetus and potential to bring to Light that which we could not see or face in the past. cathartic healing is possible right now- be sure to embrace it and work with the energies present right now! (because both of these bodies are slow moving planets this transit lasts 12 years- but the degrees and signs they activate during each exact aspect change. in 2009 uranus was at 20’22 pisces and chiron was at 20’22 aquarius. in 2021 uranus will be at 10’50 taurus and chiron will be at 10’50 aries. so both bodies transit over 50 degrees respectively over this 12 year cycle- helping to awaken and heal parts of our individual and collective experience that is ready for shift).
retrograde mars in aqua squares juno in taurus at 1:23pm, creating tension between the will and drive and the asteroid Goddess of partnership and marriage. there can be some feisty fiery energy playing out in relationships today- marriage, romantic, business and otherwise. this is a good time to find balance between asserting ourselves and working towards compromise and keeping the peace. too much of either- either too aggressive or too passive and sweeping things under the carpet- are not recommended right now.
at 2:40pm venus cojoins ceres at 7’33 virgo, aligning the Goddess of Love and Beauty with the Great Mother asteroid Goddess. venus/ceres brings a nurturing focus to all our relationships. with both in virgo we want to be of service and help others but we need to watch out for when we are overly critical, judgmental or playing the savior/helper/healer in relationships. luckily both venus and ceres just formed a Grand Earth Trine with saturn and uranus so we have some very lovely earthy, embodied energy present that helps us attend to reality- work wise, financially, health wise and more in useful and practical ways.
tuesday july 17th-
there are no major aspects today.
wednesday july 18th-
at 9:04am mars cojoins the south node at 6’22 aquarius for the 2nd of 3 times! the first alignment was june 13th and the last will be on september 22nd. mars/south node aligns the will, warrior and drive with the karmic south node of the past. mars retrograde is a time to reign in the ego nature and not be reactive, impulsive, aggressive or violent but instead deal with the way we have set things into motion in the past. this is NOT a time to start new things- relationships, businesses and more. with mars on the south node we are all being asked to look at the karma around our expression of masculine energy. add to this the fact that chiron the Wounded healer is in aries (the sign of mars) and we see that we have deep potential for healing around the way we have expressed/repressed/acted out our masculine energy (personally and collectively).
but first we have to face the karma of the past that we set into motion. karma simply means that which unfolds based on choices we have made in the past. if we have made conscious choices out of integrity- we have karma that reflects this. if we have been unconscious and out of integrity then our karma reflects this as well. dealing with our karma and facing/being accountable for our past is key to being able move forward and grow into the future. pay close attention to what is brewing and stirring in your life right now.
insights into your own personal lessons regarding mars’ Underworld journey (which actually began may 12th when he entered his front end shadow and carries into start of october when he clears his back end shadow) are incoming. pay attention! (over the next 10 days or so mars is on the south node while the sun will align with the north node- HUGE opportunities to reorient to a new way of running masculine energy is incoming!)
thursday july 19th-
retrograde saturn in capricorn quincunxes pallas in leo at 4:02am, creating tension between the Lord of Karma and the Warrior and Wisdom Goddess. saturn/pallas is a time to get real and serious about things. where pallas in leo is creative and expressive, saturn in capricorn is quite the opposite. this is great for narrowing our focus and getting more pragmatic but don’t let saturn’s energy squash your creative juices and intuition. not only that which you can see is real! (pay attention to politics and world governments today and over the next few days as lots of tense pallas aspects can bring focus to these areas of life)
friday july 20th-
at 6:51am eris stations retrograde at 24’05 aries, bringing the Goddess of discord, chaos and upheaval into strong focus. eris is the Goddess who threw the apple of discord and caused the trojan war (google her story for more info)- but she is not all bad as she is often made out to be. she can only cause discord when there is unrest underneath that is not being acknowledged or dealt with- and her role in mythology is to bring to Light that which others don’t want to see but need to look at in order to evolve. being willing to look at what you don’t want to look at and call out in yourself and others that which is hidden is powerful medicine that must be held with much consciousness, awareness and compassion. watch out for anger and rage today (eris is in aries after all) and have healthy outlets for it so it can be worked with creatively rather than destructively.
saturday july 21st-
retrograde mars opposes pallas in leo at 11:08am, creating tension between the will and drive who is retrograde but not happily reigned in and the Wisdom and Warrior Goddess. this fiery combination can be overly aggressive and assertive or it can create issues with being direct and seeing the whole picture clearly. being aware of our own motivations and what is running us and our reactions is key right now. remember we don’t want to start things when mars is retrograde- that includes wars, arguments, legal issues and more. he who initiates during mars retrograde ultimately loses.
sunday july 22nd-
happy mary magdalene feast day!!!
at 2:21am venus in virgo sextiles jupiter in scorpio, aligning the two Benefic planets in expansive, positive ways! venus/jupiter is lovely for being social, enjoying life and having fun! of course venus is in virgo and she is focused on being of service and jupiter is in scorpio and he is focused on the depths, the shadows and transformation. both virgo and scorpio are great signs for inner work and shadow work as they both have interest in what needs to be brought into wholeness. using this positive energy to expand into healing and deepen relationships is supported right now.
pallas cojoins the north node at 6’09 leo at 10:43am, aligning the Wisdom and Warrior Goddess with the evolutionary north node of destiny and growth. pay attention to directions you head into right now and be sure that your intuition and inner wisdom are leading you. we need to stay connected to our hearts- not disconnected from them and only coming from the linear logical mind right now.
the sun moves out of cancer and into leo at 2:00pm, shifting the conscious self and ego from water to fire, yin to yang, feminine to masculine. the sun in leo is a great time to have fun, get creative, express the self and pursue what we most love in life! just watch out for the shadow side of the sun in leo: narcissism, self focus and needing to be the one in the spotlight!
have a blessed week!
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