Ok, so there’s a good chance the next few days could be a bit weird! With the combination of an eclipsed Aries full Moon (Saturday morning for those in Eastern Australia), Mars opposite Neptune (Sunday) and Mercury turning retrograde (Monday) there is a high likelihood of misunderstandings and confusion.
An eclipse is a time when emotions (Moon) are in shadow, we are disconnected from our feelings. So, we can feel out of sorts and act out of character. And when you get that happening to everyone at the same time, weirdness ensues! As this full Mooon is in Aries, watch out especially for Arians and Librans (and of course Cancerians, because they get whatever is happening to the Moon), they’ll be feeling it hte strongest.
The Mars-Neptune aspect is a physical and a psychic wobble … Mars is about physical energy, assertiveness, the yang nature. Neptune blurs the boundaries of everything it touches, it both creates and shows the illusion of it all. So, when these two planets are pulling in opposite directions we can get anything from clumsiness on a physical level to deceptions and delusions on an intention or spiritual level. It is not really a great time for precision in interactions, so don’t bother getting drawn into discussions of the minutiae … it’ll just end in a messy argument! But it probably is a great time to spend in the spa or the sea (with Neptune being so watery).
And then there is Mercury going retrograde, which I’ve talked about before, essentially the things ruled by Mercury (communications) don’t quite work in a straight line … Mercury retrograde 26th June – 21st July 2013. and here … Mercury retrograde is not an excuse for stuffing up!.
Put all that together and I reckon that the next few days are going to be just a little tricky, especially when it comes to communicating or expecting that our communications have been precisely delivered! It is a time for allowing and being forgiving, rather than judging and expecting. A time for fantasy and dreams, rather than illusion and differences. A time for calm and flow, rather than control and certainty …
And of course it’s not causal, just a reflection of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things …
The next week or two is a truly mystical and magical time. We’ve got what’s called a Grand Water Trine happening … the peak of it will be between the 18th and 22nd July, but it is building in intensity already. A Trine happens when two planets are at 120 degrees from each other, and a Grand Trine when there are three (or more) planets each at 120 degrees, making for an equal triangle. The Trine aspect is one of flow, when the energies of the planets work well with each other. This Trine has the planets in water signs, emphasising emotions and the unconscious.
At the moment we have Saturn (form and structure) in Scorpio and Trined to Neptune in Pisces (imagination, spirit, mysticism) and both Trined to Jupiter (expansion and opportunity) in Cancer. Mars (assertiveness, courage, drive) moves into the aspect around the 20th. So, you put all that together and it is an opportunity for deep connection with self, soul and spirit in an expansive way that offers opportunity for real growth. The energy is powerfully mystical and insightful, a time when we have access to our own unconscious forces and the potential to see our deeper patterns for what they really are.
If we use this time wisely (that’s the Saturn bit!), it is an opportunity to get over our own crap, including the stories we make up about the values that we think are real but are only delusions holding us back (that’s a Neptune thing), keeping us stuck in the constructed meaninglessness of the tick-tock world!! At the same time, there is likely to be some deep dredging going on in the unconscious mind, and that might be a bit uncomfortable. But, there is opportunity in all that for insight and transcendence.
From how I see it there are two things that will help to make the most value of this time … firstly, doing whatever is possible to get into a state to access the unconscious … meditation, dreams, or whatever works. And secondly, having some time when we’re turned off from all that electronic and mechanical stuff that keeps us attached to the mundane world, and disconnected from self.
Hmm, it’s a bit like a Beatles song … welcome to the magical mystery tour …
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At the winter solstice yesterday the Sun moved into Cancer (yep, the two events are linked, it’s the same as how the Sun moves into Capricorn at the summer solstice … and I’m talking about the Southern Hemisphere here), and with Venus and Mercury already in Cancer and Jupiter about to join them next week (on Tuesday), we are indeed in the midst of the sensitive and nurturing energy of the crab … a gentler time than the fervour and frivolity of these past few Gemini weeks. Venus and Mercury are still hanging out together, so this weekend is a great time for communications that require empathy and sensitivity. Mercury has slowed down, preparing for its (apparent) retrograde period that starts on the 27th June. This will be a time when thoughts turn inwards, when it is best to focus on internal processing rather than overt projections … more on Mercury retrograde in next post … Over the next few days the Sun connects into the Grand Water Trine with Saturn and Neptune. While this won’t be as dreamy as when Venus got mixed up in this trine last week, it should be a time of heightened insight and intuition … this coming week is more of a romantic tear-jerker than an action thriller!!!