This week and the next several weeks, the planets sing sentimental songs and life on Earth hums with feeling. Expect to feel vulnerable, as emotions, yours or others, dominate daily routines. Also anticipate an increased need for solitude as a way of coping with the tenderness. Of course, the stars aren’t only singing sad songs, but even the happy melodies are likely to stir a melancholy mood. The good news is that this hypersensitivity offers possibilities of spiritual insight, specifically, the sort of understanding we gain when we have the courage to feel deeply and learn from the intensity of our emotions.
The source of vulnerability is a Saturn Sun conjunction in Cancer that starts building this week and is exact on July 8th. This conjunction tends to inhibit vitality. It also stimulates a need for protection that translates into the desire to withdraw or isolate. Cancer represents the mother and the primal urge to feel connected to others through love. Saturn represents limits, and when it overshadows a Cancer Sun, it’s easy to become self-conscious about both giving and receiving love. If you’re dissatisfied with the quality of a current relationship, this conjunction could magnify your disappointment. If you’re not partnered, but wishing you were, you might find yourself despairing if true love will ever come along. Whatever your partnership status, don’t let this conjunction devolve into harsh, bitter judgment about neediness, yours or others. If it’s one thing we all share, it a need for love. Instead, use the sober, probing quality of Saturn Sun to explore how you can create positive nurturing relationships where mutual needs are accepted and respected.
Fortunately, Jupiter sextiles the Sun and Saturn, softening the seriousness of that conjunction with humor and a philosophic attitude that encourages exploration into the emotional waves of the week. Use Jupiter to examine your beliefs about intimacy, and as you do, consider whether or not it’s reasonable to expect a partner to love you unconditionally, the way your mother did or should have. Asking another to satisfy that need could create an imbalance that blinds you to the love that’s already there.
As the week unfolds, and the atmosphere grows increasingly sensitive, try to be as patient as possible with yourself and others. Some of your fellow travelers are likely to respond to the emotional climate with mood swings, others may turn sappy, and still more may feel overexposed. It takes skill to handle powerful feelings, so when possible, offer a helping hand. Really, we belong to each other, and sometimes a kind word or gesture acknowledging that connection is all that’s needed to soothe the heart and comfort the spirit.