Hello to readers in Paradise Cove!
Welcome to another tough week, where everyone continues to feel empowered to express their opinions, and the clash of ideas, ideologies and idiots continues, moving us deeper into the chaotic abyss that has become daily reality, an abyss where ignorance continues to challenge the welfare of Planet Earth. But don’t despair—there’s still time for conscious beings to find solidarity and solutions. Positive news arrives daily from the fertile field of individual efforts to make a difference in the world by taking a stand against the mendacious policies of the Trump regime. Those efforts are gaining support at local levels all across the United States, in blue as well as red territories on the map. (See links below.)
Uranus dominates the astral action this week:
(1) Uranus has been in a square to the ongoing Sun/Mars conjunction since Monday, July 10, and continues as a square to the Sun until July 27. This fractious interaction fuels the need to break free from whatever enslaves, so be prepared for all sorts of declarations of independence. From a personal perspective, this volatile combination tends toward impulsive behavior that’s intended to demonstrate who’s the boss. From a collective perspective, it’s the need to demonstrate military muscle without a long-term strategy. Framed from a positive perspective, and used wisely, the intensity of the Sun/Mars/Uranus configuration can fuel the desire for adventure and at the very least, the desire to try something new—a new way into town, a new walk to work, a new recipe.
Because we are currently in the separation stage of this Sun/Mars/Uranus influence—the most powerful phase—it would be wise to be prepared for meltdowns and tantrums, especially in situations where adjustments are required. Under the power of this interaction, resistance to any adjustment at all is fierce. Before you engage in battle because you just can’t take it anymore, breathe. Then breathe again. Yes, outrage is an appropriate response to the outrageous, but what the world needs now are spiritual warriors committed to being peacemakers.
(2) Uranus goes retrograde on August 3 and remains retrograde until January 2, 2018. When the planet of surprising plot twists makes a “course correction” it’s best to anticipate startling close encounters with the past as well as sudden reversals of fortune in the present—and with absolutely no idea what the future will bring. Of course, reversals won’t happen for everyone. And turnarounds aren’t only negative—some can even be deemed positive twists of fate—it all depends on the condition your condition is in. However, the coming Uranus Retrograde is a doozy, which makes it prudent to start thinking about it now.
And here’s what makes it extreme:
For the next two weeks as Uranus “slows” to a crawl, daily life resembles a techno-Mercury Retrograde because Uranus has a close relationship to technology of every iteration, in every industry, and when it goes retrograde, machines somehow feel the shift. What’s more—and not to alarm you—the second Mercury Retrograde phase of this year actually begins on August 13, ten days after Uranus Retrograde begins, as well as five days after the lunar eclipse on August 7, and eight days before the solar eclipse on August 21. Be prepared for the cosmic gears to grind throughout August—it’s a month of dynamic planetary activity, so even though it seems far away, it would be a good idea to start your backups now. And don’t expect any plans—even the best laid—to sail through without a hitch.
There’s more Uranian activity to talk about but it occurs in the fall, however before any of that could make any sense at all (as if it’s possible to really make sense of Uranus), it’s best to just get through August.
That being said, there is one more thing about Uranus that’s crucial to note:
On May 15, 2018, Uranus leaves Aries and enters Taurus, signaling a seismic shift in influence. Taurus is the Sign of money and other resources, which could translate into shockwaves throughout the financial markets of the world. One thing we know for sure: When Uranus changes Signs, we feel that shift in focus quite dramatically. For example: On March 11, 2011, the day of the Fukushima tsunami, Uranus left Pisces, a Water Sign, and entered Aries, a Fire Sign, and the power of the ocean literally transformed into the power of Uranian fire. There’s no telling what next May will bring—and I’m not hedging my bet or being coy. It’s simply impossible know how Uranus will punctuate its move from Aries, a Fire Sign, into Taurus, an Earth Sign.
What’s important now, as Uranus starts to wind down its Aries journey through its next to last retrograde phase, is to make the most of these last Uranian lessons on what it means to be an individual in a society that grows increasingly uniform. As I have said before, Mr. Trump represents the symptoms, the disease, and thus also the cure for what ails our global situation. He is the worst manifestation of what’s wrong, and recognizing what he represents is the first step in healing the problems. He appears to be the individual who doesn’t take guff from anyone, but actually he is the status quo of a bygone era that many have outgrown.
Yet his supporters hold his truths to be self-evident: We are a country of rugged individuals who grab what we can and take care of our own interests regardless of the consequences to others. This is the worst of Aries. This is individualism in the name of selfish interests. And this is the lesson we are being taught. Nothing exists separately any longer, and while it is healthy to assert one’s Self, it’s not healthy to assert oneself over others in a callous or cynical manner that denies the rights of others to have an equal self, especially if that self-assertion prohibits another individual’s ability to live peacefully and pursue happiness.