Daily life continues to pulse to a stop/start, push/pull planetary beat that plunders time, disrupts continuity, and turns the week into much more than a normal Mercury Retrograde Time Warp. Just envision a thousand armed Avalokitishvara: On one hand glitches and delays are likely to turn moods grumpy with frustration, but on another, an air of excitement sustains and supports spontaneity. On a third hand, a passionate determination to move forward despite the warning to wait for the “right” time provokes power struggles with another hand over the meaning and measure of time. Some hands groan with despair, others fret with anxiety, even more coo with delight, and so on through a vast variety of reactions. There’s a lot going on — almost too much to cope with, and there aren’t any simple solutions to the complexity. There’s just the tried and true method of taking life one day at a time.
Mercury Retrograde, which began on July 4th and ends July 28th, drives the sense of frustration. When Mercury moves in reverse, life on Earth takes on a slo-mo rewind feel that transforms mundane tasks into extraordinary accomplishments. Avoiding ordering new equipment, installing computer software, or setting anything in motion that will requires a quick, immediate response. As many of us already recognize through experience, the best way through a Mercury Retrograde is one chore at a time. And while the temptation to multi-task will be a constant companion, too many irons in too many fires could turn into a multidimensional mess.
Uranus provides the excitement, as it continues to trine the Sun, and even this positive union is fading, there is still room for more excitement, if only in the form of anticipation of things to come. By this time next week, Uranus will start to move back into range for a wide trine to Jupiter, an interaction that tends toward startling plot twists — negative and positive. The thing about Uranus is our capacity to feel its presence. Call me causal, but I just can’t deny a direct relationship between human nervous systems and Uranian signatures. Unsettled sleep patterns and edgy reactions will generate a very real need for grounded emotional, mental, and physical bodies.
And there’s more. A Pluto/Mars trine supplies almost super human strength to get whatever it is you need to get done, done. This trine, even though it is separating, continues to pump out intensity and one of the major characteristics of its fiery, dynamic influence is an inability to adapt to the retrograde rule of “no new anything.” Mars needs to move, Pluto thrives on that need, and together, they push toward new horizons. Venus, too, plays a role, as she opposes Pluto and sextiles Mars. Yes, this is as sexy as it sounds, and the entire bundle easily translates into seduction, as well as an attitude of anything goes if it furthers ambition. The only problem with not considering the consequences, are, actually, the consequences.
This week and next, as the past merges with the present, most of us are likely to be looking for the future, and that disjunction could be maddening, because the river can’t be pushed, or insightful, because we have an opportunity to glimpse the creation of the future.