weekly astrology blog
a regular commentary on the week's planetary influences
the weekly astrology blog
July 17 to July 23
***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 17th-
uranus in aries contraparallels ceres in cancer at 3:39am, creating an oppositional energy (by declination) between the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener and the Great Mother asteroid Goddess. uranus shakes things up to wake us up! ceres in cancer likes stability, security, the familiar and the known. now that ceres is in cancer she is going to trigger the separated uranus/pluto square in the coming months. pluto opposes ceres on august 21st (the day of the total solar eclipse!) and she squares uranus on september 17th. so for the next 2 months there’s some potent energy playing out in home/family dynamics, safety/security issues and even in regards to countries and nationalities. change is in the air and wielding this energy in positive ways is key! staying open to seeing what you are holding onto that holds you back from growth as well as what needs to evolve/transform within and without is key.
venus in gemini squares retrograde neptune in pisces at 7:33am, creating tension and friction between the Goddess of Love and beauty and the planet of idealism, mysticism and fantasy. venus is the lower heart and neptune is the Higher Heart. when they link together we are asked to get the lower heart in service of the Higher Heart. yet in tense aspect there can be a disconnection between the two or perhaps a difficulty in discerning which one we are operating from. we can be extra romantic and idealistic today but also equally out to lunch, wearing rose colored glasses and not wanting to see the Truth. watch out for tendencies towards denial, delusion and avoidance of reality. take time to meditate, create and be of service today.
mars in cancer squares uranus in aries at 6:37pm, creating tension between the will and drive and the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener! uranus is in the sign of mars- so there can be some extra martian energy that comes out of nowhere today. this can be great for sudden change, revolution, rebellion and self preservation! yet the shadow of this tense aspect can express as violence, rage, impulsivity, reactivity, accidents, and other unexpected expressions of the martian vibe. because uranus is involved be aware of tension- mental, physical and otherwise. having healthy outlets for stress, tension, anger and rage is key. go for a run, hike up a mountain, scream into a pillow! find ways to discharge this energy so you are able to work with it rather than have it work you over!
the sun in cancer semisextiles north node in leo at 8:58pm, aligning the conscious self and ego with the node of destiny and evolution! the sun makes an in conjunct with the nodes (he quincunxes the south node) bringing us to points of choice where we can either keep on doing the same old same old or we can move into a new direction in life. again the focus here is on the north node- being in the heart, being a leader, and creating the future. any shadow tendencies to be overly mind/intellect focused (at the expense of the heart) and being stuck in group consciousness are to be seen for what they are right now. opportunities for shift are present it is up to us to choose to use them!
tuesday july 18th-
mars in cancer trines retrograde chiron in pisces at 6:23am, aligning the will and drive with the Wounded Healer planetoid. mars/chiron is the warrior who channels his energy into healing and awakening others. spiritual warriors, lovers, artists and mystics love this kind of aspect! with both bodies in water the realm of emotions are activated. this is a great day to dive deep and get intimate with what lies beneath the surface. healing is possible when we are ready, willing and able to go deeper than we have gone before.
venus in gemini trines jupiter in libra at 1:09pm, aligning the lesser and Greater Benefics in beautiful ways! venus and jupiter are the two Lights- the brightest planets in the sky (not counting the other Lights- the sun and moon). they were seen as very beneficial by the ancients- bringing much Light, Love and positivity. venus trine jupiter is wonderful for social interactions and enjoying life! in air signs the focus is on communication and relationship. this not a time to go it alone- get out there and connect with others!
at 3:51pm mars in cancer sesquiquadrates retrograde neptune in pisces, creating tension between the will and drive and the planet of idealism, fantasy and illusion. mars/neptune can be the spiritual warrior- the one who channels his energy into service, compassion and creativity! yet this is a tense aspect so this can also manifest as being lazy, avoiding dealing with reality, avoiding accountability and being dishonest or deceptive with ourselves and others. with both bodies in water signs- emotions can be potent right now. having healthy outlets and skillful expression of them is key- otherwise we will tend to stuff them, escape them, turn to addictions to numb out- essentially spiritually bypass them which makes them able to control us more because are not consciously and directly relating to them.
wednesday july 19th-
mercury in leo sesquiquadrates retrograde juno in capricorn at 8:22am, bringing tension between the mind and intellect and the asteroid Goddess of partnership and marriage. communications about partnerships, agreements and contractual arrangements (romantic, business and otherwise) are in focus today. there could be disparity between our needs and those of another, so finding a way to work together is key.
mercury in leo trines retrograde saturn in sagittarius at 12:16pm, aligning the mind and intellect with the Lord of Karma and Father of Time. mercury/saturn is a lovely aspect for getting serious and focused in thinking and communication with others. this is a great aspect for research as well. with both bodies in fire- taking our inspirations, ideas and visions and doing something practical and tangible with them is supported right now! this commences mercury’s trigger of the Grand Fire Trine that will unfold over the next few days (from today through to start of next week). staying open to what new things are incoming and where you are being called to step out of your comfort zone to grow is key!
thursday july 20th-
at 1:51am eris stations retrograde at 23’52 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. eris stationary while trine to mercury (exact later today) can make communications, conversations and information arising poignant and insightful- so pay attention! 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.
mars moves out of cancer and into leo at 5:19am, shifting the conscious will and drive from water to fire, yin to yang. mars in cancer was not the happiest placement as typically the warrior wants to be direct and take action and at times mars in cancer moves more like a crab from side to side. mars in leo is a great placement for taking action from our passions, creativity, and gifts of leadership. we just need to watch out for acting from ego as mars in leo can be overly focused on the self and on personal gratification (so temper those burning fires of desire so they can fire you up without burning the house down!).
venus in gemini opposes mean black moon lilith in sagittarius at 10:44am, creating an oppositional energy between the Goddess who desires connection and relationship and the fierce independent Dark Feminine. venus is triggering the pluto/lilith aspect that is exact on 7/22- which can bring up some deep energies, intensity and passion in relationships, financial situations and more! venus in gemini likes to be Light and airy- she likes to have fun and be carefree! yet lilith and pluto are quite the opposite! they are deep, intense, penetrating and interested in what is beyond the surface and hidden in the shadows.
if we err to far on either end of the spectrum- too light/surface or too dark/intense- today can amplify that extreme! we want to find balance between harmony and discord today- as sometimes our addiction to harmony makes us repress discord that is actually there and needs to be looked at and addressed (enter in eris!).
at 5:16pm venus in gemini quincunxes retrograde pluto in capricorn, bringing tension and friction between the Goddess of Love and beauty and the Lord of the Underworld! venus/pluto is deep, passionate, intense and penetrating. Love or money situations can have many layers going on in them and diving deep to get to the underlying energies or hidden Truth is key right now. because this is a tense aspect we can run into the shadow sides of venus/pluto: jealousy, possessiveness, manipulation and power/control dynamics. particularly if we are playing the victim or the tyrant- rather than standing in our power- we can find this astrology to be activating! being willing to see not just the beauty but also the shadow, not just the Light but the darkness too is key right now. wholeness only comes when we can hold both energies in wholeness- within us but also as we look without and engage with others and the world around us.
the sun in cancer squares uranus in aries at 5:25pm, creating tension and friction between the conscious self and ego and the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener! with uranus the best thing to say is ‘expect the unexpected!’ sudden shifts, changes, shocks and unexpected events or information arising are possible. if you feel stressed or tense- know that this astrology can exacerbate that and do things to help ground the energy down into earth so it’s not running your body amuck (like yoga, meditation, tai chi, hiking, etc…).
mercury in leo trines stationary retrograde eris in aries at 5:41pm, bringing in sudden insights and revelations of Truth that may be shocking and unexptecb but is ultimately freeing! remember eris reveals what is going on beneath the surface. this may not feel comfortable but ‘the pain you feel is the breaking of the shell that encloses you’. stay open to seeing what you could not see before (or did not want to see)- about yourself, others and the world around you!
the sun in cancer trines retrograde chiron in pisces at 11:25pm, aligning the conscious self and ego with the Wounded Healer. this is a great aspect for healing, wholeness, awakening and deepening into emotions. particularly with both bodies in water signs- intuition, deep feeling and emotional catharsis are supported right now!
friday july 21st-
at 5:49am the sun in cancer sesquiquadrates retrograde neptune in pisces, creating tension between the conscious self and ego and the planet of idealism and illusion. on tuesday mars made this aspect and today the sun does- putting the masculine in the spotlight right now. sun/neptune can be great for compassion, creativity and imagination but because this is a tense aspect there is more of a tendency to want to bury our heads in the sand, be deceptive and dishonest and/or turn to addictions to numb out. our masculine sides (and men in our lives- ourselves or others)- need a reality check. dealing with unresolved emotions and stuff from the past is key right now. avoiding the past only makes it more powerful and able to control us. now is the time to deal with what is arising once and for all!
at 11:52pm mercury cojoins the north node at 25’30 leo, aligning the conscious mind and intellect with the node of destiny and evolution! between today and tomorrow these two form a super aspect (when they aspect by degree and declination)- amplifying the energy of this alignment in significant ways. pay attention to information, communication and realizations incoming today! aha moments and significant signs from the Universe are pointing the way forward! a significant teacher or leader could appear in your life OR it could be you stepping up into your role as a leader or teacher in greater ways!
saturday july 22nd-
it is the dark of the moon and it is mary magdalene feast day! this is a deep day with hidden magic waiting to be discovered.
retrograde pluto in capricorn parallel ceres in cancer at 7:53am, aligning the Lord of the Underworld with the Great Mother asteroid Goddess. if you know your greek mythology you know that pluto and ceres have a contentious relationship. pluto abducted ceres’ daughter persephone and took her into the Underworld. tense pluto/ceres aspects can bring up intensity and shadow into parent/child dynamics, co-parenting situations, home/family situations and environmentally and globally as well (ceres is the Mother Earth after all).
from now until august 21st we have a super aspect between pluto and ceres (the exact pluto/ceres aspect by degree is the same day as the total solar eclipse!). in addition we just had ceres contra parallel pluto and she will square pluto on september 17th- so the next 2 months there’s some potent astrology unfolding with ceres! this is not a time to engage in power struggles- but instead to find your Real Source of Power Within. letting the past die and letting go of what you hold onto- people, places, things, resentment, attitudes- is key for evolution, healing and transformation. more on this in the total solar eclipse blog since the pluto/ceres opposition is exact the same day!
the sun moves out of cancer and into leo at 8:15am, shifting the conscious self and ego from water to fire, yin to yang, introversion to extraversion. the coming month of the sun’s journey through leo is a time to have fun, enjoy life, play, create and be generous! just watch out for the shadow side of leo- being narcissist, arrogant, self-involved and needing to be the center of attention ;)
at 6:29pm retrograde pluto in capricorn semisextiles mean black moon lilith in sagittarius, aligning the Dark God with the Dark Goddess in powerful ways! both pluto and lilith look way beyond the surface to get to the Truth. they both are bodies related to power- with the ultimate lesson in learning how to stand in one’s power not give it away and play the victim or lord it over others and play the tyrant. pluto is helping us die to old traditions/expectations/paradigms when in capricorn- and lilith is helping us to get to the Truth of matters when in sadge. the thing with this aspect is to be aware of when we (or others) are trying to dominate and control- being self righteous and thinking we/they are right and everyone else is wrong. strong arming others to get them to our point of view will not work. we must find others ways of empowering ourselves that has nothing to do with disempowering others. there’s much transformational energy available to us now but we have to be willing to GO DEEP. diving into the depths of the Soul, facing the shadow and being with the places that scare us takes courage and it takes deep compassion too. until we can be with ourselves this way we can never truly do it for others- and we certainly cannot expect a dark world to transform or wake up if we won’t do this work for ourselves!
at 9:08pm mercury parallels the north node and the south node- completing the super aspect between these two that unfolded in the last 24 hours. yesterday mercury aspected the north node by degree- today he does so by declination. huge important insights, communications, aha moments and realizations are incoming! connections with others, opportunities to learn, teach, lead and create are incoming! embrace them with eyes/mind/heart wide open!
sunday july 23rd-
the new moon in leo is exact at 2:46am PDT, commencing a new lunar cycle focused on creativity, leadership, authenticity, romance, fun and self expression! this new moon is at the very 1st degree of leo- which resonates with aries/new moon energy (while the last degree of a sign resonates with pisces and the dark moon) which makes this an extra potent lunation for new beginnings, intention setting and setting new energies into motion in our lives. to add to this mars is conjunct the sun/moon conjunction- bringing the warrior, drive and pioneer into the mix. there’s A LOT of fire to harness at this lunation and we can really set onto new paths but we want to make sure we are doing things from a place of inspiration and clarity- not from a place of impulsivity, reactivity, aggression or impatience. with the sun/moon/mars square to uranus- the tendency to do things without thinking of the long term consequences is high. taking time to breathe and contemplate actions taken or words said BEFORE we do them is so key at this lunation.
have a blessed week!
Divine Harmony is dedicated to communicating with one’s higher Self by way of the celestial realms. Just as the microcosm is contained in the macrocosm and vice-versa – Divine Harmony believes that the stars and planets have connections to the people, places and things that inhabit the earth, and there is a way to find the pattern of communication and connection by divining the stars.
BML (black moon lilith) is being included in the weekly interpretations now. the highest expression of joining these two is symbolized by the high priestess tarot card. she sits between the black and white pillars- the black being the pillar of severity and the white being the pillar of mercy. i use the mean position of BML, which in contrast to the fluctuating motion of the true position, advances steadily.
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