This week, last week’s planetary patterns carry forward with an increased intensity that distorts perception. Don’t be surprised if you feel a little like Alice in Wonderland — one planet will make you small, another will make you tall, and the Red Queen is certain to be making unreasonable demands. It won’t be possible to stay linear, so keep your head by multitasking — just avoid getting caught in a maze of your own making trying to finish everything at once.
First the not so good news: The on-going Mars/Sun square continues to aggravate the atmosphere, engendering bad moods, ill feelings, and foot-in-mouth disease. Mars is in Aries, a placement that excites its ire. The Sun is in Cancer, and while Cancer isn’t volatile, it is given to internal anxiety storms, and when those tempests aren’t acknowledged, they often explode as preemptive strike meant to protect, but only seem to make matters worse. Unfortunately, a Neptune/Mars square incites, making it hard to maintain healthy boundaries, which contributes to the already testy atmosphere.
Next, the good news: An on-going Venus/Mercury conjunction in Leo continues to inspire creative thinking. Venus supplies a devotion to beauty, Mercury lends intellectual support for her aesthetics, and together, they produce opportunities to deepen our appreciation, as well as our participation in creative pursuits. The really good news is Jupiter, in Libra, sextiles both Venus and Mercury. We love this because when Jupiter, the happy planet of good fortune and good humor, forms a positive alliance with Venus and Mercury, the entire bundles amplifies the possibility of creative solutions to all sorts of situations.
But the really, really good news is a Grand Trine in Fire, that begins on the 8th between Pluto, in Sagittarius, Mars in Aries, and the Mercury Venus conjunction in Leo. This hugely positive alliance sparks passion of every persuasion, igniting amorous adventures, intellectual zeal, and belly fires of ambition.
Yet in a parallel universe, moving at a very different rate, Saturn is changing Signs. In ten days, on July 16, Saturn leaves the Sign of Cancer, where it has been since June 2003, and enters Leo, where it will stay until September 2007. When Saturn shifts Signs, we experience that movement as an intense transitional phase. But more importantly, because the final degrees of any Sign are the distillation of that Sign’s essence, when Saturn finishes its current journey through Cancer, we experience the distillation of the entire journey. Which means you can expect the next ten days to be an existential pop quiz on what you’ve learned over the last two years and a half years about issues of safety, security, nourishment and belonging — all primary Cancer themes.
Saturn’s forward movement, combined with its retrospective, mixed with the momentum of the other planets is certain to create reality warps. So don’t be too hard on yourself or others if you need to call time out — remember, Wonderland was exhausting.