Venus arrived at her station degree this past Saturday. She won’t actually turn retrograde until July 25th, but we are all hearing her call.
I was seeing Venus everywhere this weekend. It was a weekend ripe with enjoyment, pleasure and great company. The Taste of Tremont was yesterday. I love people watching, but yesterday, everyone was more vibrant in my eyes. “Humans are so beautiful,” I thought. Despite the 95⁰ heat, everyone was enjoying themselves. It was neat to see how different groups of people dressed like each other. Tribal as ever! I was delighted in observing these various Cleveland tribes. It inspired so much love in my heart.
Twice, someone kissed my hand yesterday. When does that ever happen??? So Venusian. “It’s a pleasure to meet you,” said one gentleman. The other was from a beautiful mermaid goddess, who came up to me and said, “You are so beautiful, I just wanted to tell you.” I responded, “It’s a reflection of your own beauty.” So Venusian.
The other thing I am noticing is the archetype of Virgo. Even though the majority of Venus’ retrograde will occur in the masculine sign of Leo. Venus begins her retrograde at 0⁰ Virgo, a feminine sign of the autonomous, cultivated priestess. Virgo cares about perfecting herself, and she cares about the Earth, acknowledging Mama Tierra as her sustainer. How can we perfect our habits of living to be more sustainable?
Venus remains at this degree for two whole weeks, reinforcing its significance. 0⁰ of Virgo aligns with the fixed star Regulus, who only drifted into Virgo from Leo in 2011. Many astrologers have suggested that Regulus’ shift would ignite a collective change in values, from Patriarchal to Matriarchal. Several astrologers are also suggesting that this Venus Retrograde is amplifying that shift.
Who knows, but it’s certainly necessary. Before writing this article this morning, some really strong issues have been on my mind. Ultimately, I am encouraging people to contemplate your lifestyle! We, HUMANS, are destroying this planet!
One of the biggest offenders is the holocaust of animals so that humans can feed themselves. I realize that a lot of people feel that they need meat to sustain themselves. If you do, please consider where your meat is coming from. Local farms have much cleaner practices, which is better for your health and the health of our sustainer, Mother Earth. The practices of meat farms are disgusting and you can see literally see pools of blood and feces from Google Earth. Those pools of course run off into the Earth, with dire ecological consequences. We are literally committing suicide by allowing ourselves to continue living the way we do. Things need to change on this planet, and FAST.
Despite all the beauty at Taste of Tremont yesterday, I was shocked that there were no recycling bins! Think of all of the plastic bottles that end up in the garbage after events like this. They are happening everywhere and all the time! Someone who inspires me so much is Zero Waste Girl. I feel that I do a great job of recycling, but I feel that it isn’t enough. I’m asking myself, “What changes can I make in my lifestyle to reduce waste?” I’m wondering if only drinking beer from a growler would help? A local store owner in my neighborhood is promoting the #BYOJ, Bring Your Own Jar movement. It’s less convenient, but I feel that it’s not that difficult to do. Making small, easy changes in our routine to help our Earth is the least we can do.
The point is, shifting to a matriarchal value system would clean up our planet and improve the quality of life for all. The patriarchal system we’ve been living out of for millennia has brought us many wonderful advancements, but now we need to learn responsibility.
Those are a couple of big Venus in Virgo issues on my mind. Thanks for reading. I hope these energies inspire you too.
On July 25th, 2015, Venus turns retrograde at 0⁰46’ Virgo. She will retrograde back into Leo until she hits 14⁰25’ on September 6th, when she will station and return to direct motion. Venus retrogrades about every 18 months for 40-43 days.
Venus rules beauty, aesthetics, relationships, values, resources and money. It’s generally not recommended to begin anything *NEW* that pertains to Venus’ rulership. When the Goddess moves backwards in the heavens, nothing in her domain moves forward.
“As above so below.”
(Of course we all have free will; if you want to go ahead and make a big purchase, you can. Just the same, if you want to plant flowers in the snow, you can. It’s just that the timing isn’t on your side.)
Beauty and Aesthetics: This is not the best time to dramatically change your appearance. Don’t chop your long hair into a pixie on a whim. You might later regret that you didn’t consider your choice more thoroughly. This is because during a Venus retrograde, everything is going to look beautiful and more appealing. We just aren’t thinking as clearly. The same goes for tattoos and cosmetic surgery, for obvious reasons. Use the retrograde period to meditate on the idea and if it still sticks come September, go forth! As a hairstylist, I expect that I’ll have to overemphasize the risks of my client’s bold ideas. I would hate for them to find that their new hairstyle doesn’t work for them after all.
Big Purchases: This is also not the best time to go on a giant shopping spree. We are enamored by everything we see during this time. If you see something that you simply can’t pass up, keep the tags on. Just in case. Venus rules luxury items. This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy anything at all! Just beware of the big price tags. The reason being is that often during this time, prices are a bit inflated. You may later realize that you paid way too much for something, that it’s cheaply made or that it becomes a money pit. You may also later decide that the expensive, stunning dress that you bought is now hideous.
Investments: When you make a big investment in something that isn’t paid off in one day, you are creating a business relationship with a bank, the company you are purchasing from and perhaps another individual. This is a triple “no-no” as Venus rules relationships and money. It’s best to wait until after the retrograde to purchase a home or vehicle, or to invest with a friend. Use this time to plan and research. If you decide that you can’t wait, you may come to find that your big purchase turns into a bigger headache than it’s worth. Either the car goes on sale soon after you bought it, or your car becomes a lemon.
But is it a good time to sell your house? It sure is. But you would still have to find another place to live, which rehashes the issues stated above. It’s best to wait until September.
Resources: We’ve already discussed a bit about spending, but the biggest resource we have is our energy. Where are we distributing our energy and with whom? This is a great time to evaluate how we allocate ourselves in the world. Perhaps you have an affiliation that’s become outworn or even draining. In life, we hope to get back what we give in. If the exchange of energy is disproportionate, then we need to reconsider how much we are giving.
“Relationships are for a reason, a season or a lifetime”
Also, since we are talking about Venus, it’s worth considering if we are giving enough of our time to things that we love. Often we end up choosing the option that pleases others. Venus conjoins Jupiter in Leo 3 times this year! It’s important that we connect with our passions enough to feel like we are shining in the world.
Relationships: This is NOT the best time to begin a new relationship. Generally, we want to feel like we are moving forward in our relationships. But with Venus appearing to move backward in our sky, this is about reviewing our current relationships.
Any relationship takes work. We are all growing. And we don’t always grow together. Whether the relationship is new or old, this is a good time to express any feelings of dissatisfaction. See if there is a compromise that you two can make that would improve the dynamic for everyone. It may just take a few minor adjustments.
Also ask yourself, “does my end of the compromise fit with my value system, or have I already overextended myself?” Conversely, you may also become aware of things you could improve on your end of your relationships.
If you end the relationship during the retrograde, it may come back to life later on. So if you really want this person out of your life for good, wait until the end of the retrograde to sever ties.
Expect to hear from a past lover. Venus retrograde doesn’t promise that they will stick around, but she does promise closure one way or another. “Oh, that’s why that didn’t work out…” If you are single, it might be fun to reconnect with an old flame; especially since it’s not the best time to begin a new relationship.
However, if you do meet someone that piques your interest, what you’ll want to do is just take things slow. Keep it very casual. Use this time to make sure that this person fits your set of values. Sometimes Venus retrograde will invite you to overlook your deal-breakers. Beware of getting wrapped up in a fairytale that this might be “the one,” and then several months later you’ll wonder, “What was I thinking!?”
So even if your past lovers don’t call you, they can at least come to mind. There is a reason for this. We are reflecting on our growth. We grow through intimate experiences with others. We are reminded of our lessons so we don’t make the same mistakes twice.
It’s a good time to review what went wrong in our past relationships, and to face any unresolved feelings. You may realize that although the experience was unpleasant, that it taught you a lot, and that it narrowed in your checklist for what you value in another person. Look at things in a new light so that you may bring healing to your heart. Try to find understanding. What was the “reason or season” truly about? Make peace with the past.
Marriage: Generally, this is not the best time to plan a wedding. So if you realize how perfect your mate is, and you want to go to Vegas and get married next weekend, hold off until after the retrograde. Your heart may still be clouded; you get so wrapped up in your love for your partner that you forget how badly your family wanted to be a part of this moment. Now you’ll never hear the end of it!
But don’t call off the wedding if you have already planned it! August is a beautiful time of year for weddings. It doesn’t mean that a marriage is doomed when commenced under a Venus retrograde. All it means is that the heart is telling you what to do, and Mercurial mind is taking a backseat. It’s wonderful to listen to your heart! But your heart might be overlooking a few things, telling you, “everything will be perfect,” but then you come to realize that one person wants a life in the city and another person thought that you two would escape to the country to settle down. These issues aren’t deal-breakers, but they are hurdles. During a Venus retrograde, the hurdles are invisible until afterwards.
Values: To sum up all of the above: What are our values? What do we value in any type of relationship? What is important to us?
The Relationship of Venus and Mars:
Venus and Mars are closely related. Venus is the goddess of love and war, while Mars is the warrior. The allegory is simple: If Venus is what we love and what we value, she is also responsible for what we dislike, or even hate. It’s these strong feelings of love and hate that drive us into war.
Without these Venusian preferences, Mars would have no direction. Mars takes action because of Venus. We do what we love. Or even if we are working at a job that is only tolerable, it’s because we still put value on keeping ourselves afloat and therefore, the job is valuable…
What makes this Venus retrograde unique is that she makes 3 conjunctions to Jupiter (July 1st, august 4th, October 25th, 2015) and to Mars (Feb 21st, September 1st, and November 2nd, 2015). Mars is what drives us to work hard. Sometimes we get so caught up in the work that we forget why we are doing it. Venus retrograde is a great time to get back in touch with why we are invested. Venus is the why behind what we do (Mars).
And with Venus travelling so closely to Jupiter, we are reminded to play, to rediscover the joyous side of our Venus. Jupiter is inviting us to shine more! If the job is only tolerable, open the door to search for something more aligned with your essence.
This retrograde also has to do with HEART HEALTH. Physically and spiritually. Leo rules the heart and creative self-expression; Virgo rules intestines, diet, and discernment. We must follow our heart’s desire, but still be practical about it. Virgo wants us to have a plan. Don’t just quit your job and move to a commune on a whim. Do your research and consider the details. When it comes to diet, Jupiter wants all the fatty, delectable, indulgences. Virgo has to digest it, so she is asking us to be mindful! Create a balance. Ideally, we can find a love for honoring our health.
Venus retrogrades occur in an 8 year pattern: Looking back to previous Venus retrogrades in Virgo/Leo can give us even more clarity as to certain themes that might reemerge. In July 2007, Venus went retrograde from Virgo back into Leo in July of 2007, 1999, 1991, 1983, 1975, 1967.
Retrogrades allow us to slow down and gain the clarity we need, so that we can adjust our direction. These brief periods of reevaluation are so important on our path.
May we all find the courage to connect with our hearts’ true desires in a way that helps us feel more supported in our spiritual and human existence…
July is an eventful month for the moons. The word “month” is etymologically derived from the word “moon.” Before we had our modern calendar, the ancients tracked time by the moon (moonths), and planned their farming accordingly. Life depended upon tracking the moons, to nourish the family with food. In July, the sign of Cancer is majorly prominent. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, who rules emotional needs, reactions, and instincts. In a natal chart, the Moon’s placement describes how one nurtures the self and others. The crab carries his home on his back with everything he needs in tow, lending to why Cancer rules the home, mother, family, heritage, the stomach and breasts. The Moon represents yin energy. This isn’t to say that it’s purely matriarchal, because everyone has a moon! That said, the Moon majorly influences women’s moonthly cycle.
There are thirteen lunar cycles in a solar year. Accordingly, women cycle through their menstrual thirteen times each year. This is how the number “13” gained the reputation to be “unlucky.” However, “13” is a very powerful number. During a woman’s moon time, it is said that a woman is most sensitive and intuitive. How interesting that Cancer rules instincts. Cancer, as well as the Moon, asks you to listen to your body. Be in tune with your needs, as well as what you don’t need.
When two Full Moons occur in a single month, the second moon is called a “Blue Moon.” This is of course where the saying “Once in a blue,” comes from. Blue Moons occur about every 400 days. It just so happens that this month, we are blessed with two Full Moons!
Venus finally meets up with Jupiter early in the morning of July 1st. Have you noticed the two bright orbs in the sky just after sunset? Meet Venus and Jupiter! And take it all in because soon, we won’t be able to see either of them at night anymore (well at least not for a while). On June 3oth and July 1st, they will appear together in luminous conjunction in the western sky. Venus and Jupiter are known as “benefics”, meaning that their gifts are generally positive; especially in Leo, the ruler of the heart! Although, it’s wise to keep in mind that too much of a good thing can sometimes have a negative effect. Expand through spending time with loved ones, going out to your favorite restaurants and treating your divine self to the joyous experiences you deserve! “The more the merrier!” Jupiter and Venus conjoined remind us to have fun, eat, drink and be merry. Spend more time doing what you love. It reminds us that we don’t just grow through hard work- sometimes you have to let go, indulge in the senses, and say YES to life. No man is an island. We can grow through social exchanges with others.
It's also worth mentioning that Marriage Equality was granted to all Americans under this lovely duo. Venus is relationships, Jupiter is the expansion principle (as well as courts), and Leo rules the heart! It's no wonder the whole world is hashtagging #LoveWins !!!
Venus will soon turn retrograde, demanding our attention for the next few months. She will remain in orb of Jupiter through August, so this interpretation will echo throughout the next several weeks. Venus usually moves more quickly, but due to her retrograde, she will remain close to Jupiter much longer. To have this heavenly conjunction last so long, we are so very blessed! It certainly lightens the mood and we barely notice Saturn’s returned to Scorpio (for now.)
We are delighted to have our first Full Moon on July 1st just after sunset at 10:19pm EDT, at 10⁰ Capricorn. Full Moons are powerful periods of realization and reflection. Pluto joins the Moon and opposes the Sun, who is conjoined with Mars. Where do we need to be more assertive? This is a very potent and powerful dynamic, but someone isn’t very happy and something is calling for balance.
The Cancer/Capricorn polarity highlights the home/career. Maybe power needs to be redistributed at home or in the work place. Perhaps this manifests as the job being too demanding while you desire to be home more. If you are working too hard, you need to plan a day to relax. Give that to yourself! Are you a stay-at home mom who misses her career? There are ways to have both a vibrant home life as well as career. Or maybe you are loving your job, but you feel a tug from your family who misses seeing you as much. We are invited to fine-tune our balance in both worlds.
The Full Moon aspects the Nodes of Destiny. We have all of the facts from Mercury, now we need to go with our gut and take action. We have a choice to do what’s easy and continue to go through the motions even if it’s less than satisfactory; or we may be called to step out of our comfort zone in order to serve our personal/spiritual growth. We may be reminded of a wound that is keeping us in a restrictive pattern. In order to move towards more happiness and abundance in our lives, we may have to look at that wound in a new way. Neptune supports a shift in perspective─ a higher awareness that all is in Divine Order.
Cancer crabs carry their homes on their backs. The Capricorn sea goat makes a steady climb up the mountain. How difficult it would be to climb up a mountain carrying too many things! Let go of something weighing you down, so you can make it up the mountain a little easier. Perhaps it’s time to let go of a bad habit that holds you back, declutter your surroundings or make peace with a bad memory. Whatever it is, you already know what needs to be done!
July 1st-7th, Mars catches up to the Nodes of Destiny as well. Pay attention to who you meet. You may be called upon to serve, take action, or to stand up for yourself. The Sun remains in harmonious aspect to Neptune, allowing creativity. Let your intuitive side flow. Everything can be a moving meditation this week.
During the second week of July, Saturn’s retrograde through Scorpio tightens its square to Jupiter and Venus, tempering all the fun that was had last week with the Venus/Jupiter conjunction. Saturn’s here to remind us that hard work pays the bills! But luckily, the serious and sometimes austere Saturn is in turn tempered by all of the jollity of Venus and Jupiter. So we come back into balance of work and play. This seems to the theme of the month! Enjoy the fruits of your labor, but don’t exhaust all of your resources.
Saturn in Scorpio can be too deep, too serious to endure at times. Fortunately, Saturn is only here for a short stay to tie up loose ends from all the work we did together from October of 2012 until December 2014. We still need to transmute some lead into gold. Scorpio rules the most serious and the most taboo. Jupiter and Venus lend a hand to help finalize estates, wills, and to help you find more understanding. Also, with Jupiter and Venus in expressive Leo, we have the opportunity to heal any self-imposed limitations holding us back from sexual freedom. This transit is in effect through mid-August
Happy Fourth of July!!! It’s a great weekend for a celebration. We won’t feel like the party is over until July 5th when the moon sets off a T-square with Venus and Saturn.
On Monday, July 6th, the Sun comes into exact opposition with Pluto. Themes from the Full Moon echo. It may seem like someone or something is blocking your attempts to succeed. Pluto is about evolution, so you may be called to make a change today. Ask yourself, what your deepest desire is, from your core, and make moves from there. Also, think back to the first week of December, and the beginning of April. This is a story related to personal power and allowing yourself to shine.
On Wednesday, July 8th, Mars makes an exact trine to Neptune. It’s a great day to work on house projects, or to work from home at your own pace; Creative action. Mars is softened by Neptune, so it may even be that relaxation is available to you.
In the afternoon, the Moon makes a hard aspect. Beware of a possible frustration.
Also today, July 8th, Mercury finally concludes his long stay in Gemini, arriving on the threshold of Cancer. The buzz of the mind slows down a bit, as Mercury in Cancer consults how it feels in order to process information. Trust your instincts. Cancer is also a nostalgic; take a trip down memory lane. Reflect on your progress and give yourself some credit! If you’ve been meaning to have an important conversation with a family member, now is a good time. Mercury will be in Cancer until July 23rd
The week concludes on “Saturnday,” July 11th, when the Moon forms very challenging aspects to Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Pluto. It may feel like your needs aren’t being met. Saturn says “no” today. It’s not the best day for your bargaining chips. Therefore, it’s a good day to get some extra chores done. The aspects today are difficult, so prepare for a challenging day.
As the night draws near, you may feel like rebelling against the day’s frustrations. The Sun comes into exact opposition with freedom-loving Uranus on Sunday night; but with the lightning speed of Uranus, this urge to break the mold will be felt all weekend. Do something extraordinary. Get weird, wild; be spontaneous. Uranus often brings surprises, or sudden realizations. Make a discovery today or tomorrow.
On Monday, July 13th, we have a Mercury/Neptune trine. Inspiration may overflow from the weekend’s adventures. Thoughts are free-flowing, allowing for a creative day.
Venus moves ahead of Jupiter to form an exact square to Saturn on July 14th. This brings up an issue related to our values. Is there something that’s been bothering you in regards to a certain relationship? Or maybe you become aware that you aren’t meeting someone else’s expectations. This could also be about the way you distribute your resources. If you spent too much money during the Venus/Jupiter conjunction last week, this is when you receive your credit card statement and you realize that maybe you should take it easy this weekend.
.::::IN SPACE NEWS::::.
Today, July 14th, 2015, is when the NASA mission New Horizons reaches Pluto. As of this article’s writing, we have blurry pictures of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. But today, humanity embarks even further on our mission to explore space. Not only will we obtain high resolution images of Pluto and its moons for the first time, but the craft will continue on into the Kuiper Belt. Who knows what more may be discovered about our trans-plutonian friends out there!
On Wednesday July 15th, we have a New Moon at 23⁰ Cancer. So wherever this degree falls in your chart, is where you are beginning something new. Cancer, again, is where we nurture ourselves and others.
Venus is at 29⁰ Leo, still in a tight square to Saturn. 29⁰ of any sign is very potent, stressing the importance of that archetype. But in Leo, this degree really emphasizes your heart, what you love and the need to express your heart’s desire. What are you proud of? Are you proud of what you do? Are you proud of who you are partnered with? A square implies that there is a restriction here. If it’s been awhile since you expressed your appreciation for your partner, today is a good day to do so. Or maybe you’ve been too generous with your resources. Use your resources wisely!
Mars and Mercury tightly oppose Pluto. Beware of your sharp tongue! Words are very powerful today. Speak wisely. Make sure that what you say is truly coming from your heart. That’s not to say that everything must be sugarcoated. It means that you must come with integrity. Speak your truth! If you haven’t been able to be truly clear with your communication (for whatever reason), now is the time.
These Lunar charts play out in our personal lives as well as in the world. Pluto represents personal power, but also corporations. Mars conjoined Mercury implies strong words, written or spoken. We may see some strong reactions against the TPP Bill, which was quietly passed at the end of June which allows corporations to sue countries who don’t want to sell their product. As ecstatic as I am about Marriage Equality, we may see some state reactions towards this decision as well.
Throughout the rest of the week, Mercury remains close to Mars in Cancer and forms a square with Uranus in Aries. You may feel compelled to take action in regards to a living situation or a family member. A sudden realization may strike, inspiring you to take action. It’s also a great time to dig in the yard or work from home.
Make good use of pent up energy on Saturday, July 18th when Mercury makes an exact square to Uranus. This is a very hyper combination. If you don’t use that energy wisely, it could manifest as anxiety. Your wits are about you, so get out into the world!
We won’t see the beautiful Venusian Goddess in the sky tonight because she will be occulted by the Moon as they both waltz into Virgo together. Venus will remain here at 0⁰ Virgo for two whole weeks, as she has arrived at her station degree. Venus begins to demand our attention now, although we still have a week before she actually turns retrograde on July 25th.
The majority of Venus’ retrograde will take place in heartfelt Leo. However, for the first two weeks she is in Virgo. Virgo is detail oriented. The lower expression of Venus in Virgo is nit-picky towards the self and others. Venus in Virgo wants themselves and everyone around them to be the best they can be. Venus in Virgo recognizes the greatest potential. However, even if criticism comes from a place of love, it may come off as unsupportive.
Virgo is also concerned with service and hard work. When Venus in Virgo is at her highest expression, she is a high priestess; offering her skills in a form of service. She wields a sheath of wheat, which she has steadily cultivated.
Virgo is sometimes understood as “Virginal,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean chaste. The esoteric meaning of virgin implies an independent, autonomous woman, who cultivated herself to the point of ripeness (hence the sheath of wheat). She is learned, skilled and is concerned with developing the self to perfection (purity). Therefore, the confusion becomes obvious: A virgin is pure, having little to do with whom she has laid, but instead, how she has honed her skills. Virgo is the 6th sign of the zodiac, not yet joining with others in the 7th sign of Libra. Therefore, it matters not if the Virgo Goddess is a holy whore or chaste; all that is important is that she has cultivated herself with care.
So before Venus retrogrades back into Leo, she asks: “You know what you love, but what about your skills?”
July 22nd may bring a lot of emotional energy, or a strong sense of urgency. You feel the need to do something important that has been previously sidelined. Mercury and Saturn aid with constructive, grounded thought.
The Sun enters Leo, the sign of its rulership, at 11:30 pm EDT on July 22nd. The Sun is at home in Leo, as both have to do with self-expression. The Sun is obviously concerned with shining. Leo is a playful energy, so do what you love! Leo is a fixed sign, the unwavering heat of summer; it has staying power, just like true love. Leo also has to do with pride. Are you proud of yourself? Are you proud of those you love? Express yourself. Show off your children, your spouse, talents, creations, or whatever it may be! If you are proud of something, it means your heart is in it! The shadow side of Leo is having so much pride, that one is reluctant to admit being in the wrong. As if our shininess were dulled by being wrong─ but of course that’s not true. We are all wrong sometimes! If we weren’t wrong, we wouldn’t be human. But Leo is ruled by the Sun, and the Sun is not human. The Sun is Ra, the Sun is the Sun God and He is worshiped. Similarly, Leo appreciates being acknowledged for his greatness. Don’t we all? We all have our unique ability to shine; let’s honor each other’s greatness. Sat Nam!
The following day, Thursday, July 23rd, Mercury follows the Sun into Leo. It’s a high energy day with all this new fire. We are receiving lots of inspiration from Uranus as well. It’s a good day to wrap the week up early, because we are feeling a fun weekend ahead of us.
Friday, July 24th, things just seem to flow with ease! The intensity of Pluto is more subdued for a while and we can all feel a bit lighter! We want to do something extraordinary. That said, Mars is approaching its exact square with Uranus, which happens in the early morning of July 25th. But with these two fast planets, we already feel them strongly. Sometimes this combination can lead to so much spontaneity that recklessness ensues and accidents can happen. Absolutely have a ton of fun this weekend, but be careful! Venus also stations retrograde this weekend. Venus retrogrades aren’t the best time to begin new relationships. With the wild and unpredictable energy in the air this weekend, it may be best to hang out with close friends or people you haven’t seen in a while.
Venus stations retrograde on July 25th at 5:29 am, EDT. Venus has to do with resources and she wants us to double check our spending. Our resources are our time, our energy, talents and our money. Whatever it is that we exchange or share with others, Venus retrogrades invite us to make adjustments here.
I’ve written a more in depth article on Venus retrograde. Stay tuned! It should be posted soon.
On Sunday, July 26th, the weekend’s wild energy continues when Uranus stations retrograde, amplifying his voice. Wherever Uranus is transiting your chart, is where you will hear him roar. Uranus is not a quiet planet. He is rambunctious, but in a way that serves the highest good. He tears down that walls in your life that block you, showing you a new vision. When you have an “aha” moment, you can thank Uranus. When you know that you must leave one situation and pursue another, without needing any other reason except that you know you have to─ that’s Uranus. While in Aries, Uranus is all about turning us into pioneers on our path. We boldly go forth into unknown territory. The only thing we know is that we must. Uranus has been in Aries since 2010 and will continue to shake things up in our Aries houses until 2019.
July 26th-31st, the square between Saturn and Jupiter closes tighter. Both energies have been equally strong, so this is a time of temperance. Hard work is balanced with play; expansion balances constriction; seriousness grounds the whimsical. With squares, we know what needs to be done, but we don’t want to do it because it’s hard! We need Saturn to integrate all that we’ve learned with expansive Jupiter. Jupiter calls for enjoyment and exploration and Saturn tells us to stop. Jupiter tells Saturn that he’s being too serious, so quit worrying about getting old and to live in the moment. Then Saturn responds that Jupiter should stop being so frivolous and to start an IRS account, and furthermore, that he should stop smoking because one day it will make him sick! Jupiter says, go out and explore yourself. Go to the university and study abroad. Then Saturn comes along and says, you have to pay off your student debt now; apply your knowledge to a sustainable career. Gratification will not be instant. Saturn knows that slow and steady wins the race.
This is a very important 20 year cycle that plays out in our lives; but this cycle plays out in the world in a very major way. I hope to do a more in depth article in the future, so stay tuned! In short, I’ll give a small example: as we grow and new frontiers are embarked on (Jupiter), we must implement rules (Saturn), and become mindful about the dangers. That’s why we created speed limits with the creation of cars. So where do the limits come in with corporations? With genetic modification? With surveillance? With abusing Earth’s resources? With social media? Growth is essential to life, but safe parameters must be implemented if recklessness abounds.
The Moon sets of a Grand Trine in fire on the 27th, inspiring creativity and lots of action. Expect a fast paced week!
July concludes with our second Full Moon on July 31st, at 6:43 am EDT. Our Blue Moon will be best observed Thursday and Friday night. The Moon is at 7⁰55’ Aquarius and the Sun is at 7⁰55’ Leo. Both are creative and compassionate signs who love to share their energy with the world. Leo creates for expression’s sake, while Aquarius organizes ideas and people into a group. “It takes a village,” is the motto of Aquarius. A group effort has a greater chance of making an impact in the world. Aquarius concerns itself with humanity and social issues. We are all ONE on this planet. We are now in the Age of Aquarius, where we are becoming a global society. Aquarius rules the internet, which has helped us all to become more connected. China is no longer half a world away, but one click away. Information has become increasingly available, on an exponential level. The positive is that we are collectively becoming more open minded. The downside is that our brains have never operated this way in our entire human existence, so we are still learning how to adapt. We are realizing that one person’s sorrow can affect millions. The only way to survive these times is through compassion, love and understanding. We find this through the heart of Leo. We are beginning to realize the negative impact of greed and big business has on our environment. We only have one Earth. So this Full Moon asks us to “be the change you want to see in the world,” as Ghandi once said. How can we express (Leo) our ideals (Aquarius) for a new and better world? How can we get involved with other groups that can work towards something bigger than us? Whatever it is that you feel passionately about: composting, recycling, participating in neighborhood or beach clean-ups; or maybe you are really brave and you want to lobby for or against something. We all have a part we can play.
June 25th, 2015 was an extremely important day in American history. Marriage equality was granted to all. The immense amount of love exploding from the hearts of millions raised the vibration of the planet. Not everyone was happy about the decision, but they will have no choice but to eventually keep up with the times, or the time will leave them behind. Just as we all evolve within our individual lifetimes, we also evolve collectively as a human race. In the same way, our planet Earth is spiritually evolving. As we raise our vibrational frequencies, the Earth will do so as well. The highest vibration is LOVE. The more love we share with the Earth and the more compassion we share with one another, the more love we experience in our own being. One person who raises their vibration, affects ten others. This is exponential.
Aquarius rules the electric current; Leo rules the heart. Aquarius rules the electromagnetic field that is generated by the human heart. The Earth also has an electromagnetic field, which is generated by the Sun (ruled by Leo)! Everything is intimately connected, which we are just beginning to understand on a scientific level. But on a spiritual level, the results are obvious: When you raise your vibration, you can observe the ripple effects on those around you. When you raise your vibration, doors open, the world gets a little brighter. It’s easier said than done to simply raise your vibration. It takes some effort and it may take time. But Aquarius is a very innovative sign, with the help of the Leonean inner child. There is a way through every block. Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus, so we can build new innovative structures that better serve humanity. Let’s elevate each other!
Love, Light and Peace to the Planet!
Love, Light and Peace to ALL!