Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time). For the East Coast, systematically add 3 hours…
Mercury will be turning back to direct on Monday July 9th at 2º28′ Cancer. Although Mercury retrograde is not a popular time because of the breaking down of computers and vehicles, losses and general miscommunications, these 3, 3-weeks a year, periods, are personally among my very favorite. I find that they invariably bring so much magic and unexpectedness with them, that we emerge on the other side changed people. Friends re-appear whom we hadn’t heard from forever, we have the chance to complete abandoned projects, the pace of life being slower more time is allowed for introspection and creativity. It is also offers a wonderful opportunity to travel back to a place long forgotten, to reconnect with more inner aspects of ourselves and make some necessary changes in our life direction by reassessing where we’re coming from. This particular retrogradation, because it is occurring in sensitive Cancer, is wonderful for matters connected to our roots, our family, our children, our home. We may think in more subjective ways than usual, find ourselves being more emotional. We could definitely ponder on our past and reopen some old chapters in our lives in need of healing and clearing. Artists, especially those who draw or paint, could be particularly inspired. We could be also drawn to cooking and organizing dinner parties to share some memories. Photography is also very favored by this transit and so is dairy-writing. Why not blend the two together. It could be the perfect time to create a “treasure map” by pasting on a large sheet of construction paper, pictures cut out of magazines, symbolic of our dreams for our lives. We could be drawn to the water, a lake, a river, the ocean and need to spend more time by it. Issues surrounding safety, being nurtured and feeling nurtured could come to the forefront, requiring of us to make some adjustments to fulfill our needs. Generally a time when we may feel more homey than usual, wishing to make our personal space more comfortable and welcoming.
Venus turns retrograde on Friday 27th at 3º Virgo and will remain so until September 8th when it will have reached 17º Leo. Venus is only retrograde once a year. This is a time when we are being faced with our relationships choices or, if we are single, our relationships wishes. Especially in the sign of Virgo, there is a need to be very discriminative and to not only feel, but also be rational about our choices. An element of apparent coldness could be present but it stems more from the necessity to be very clear asto what works and what doesn’t, and seeing also what can, or cannot, be fixed. Relationships are complex matters that don’t just happen one day, we happen to our relationships and attract the people who are in our lives. The mirror they offer us is a good reflection of how far we have come and how truly ready we are for true love. This retrogradation could also make us want to change something in our personal style, adopt a more practical hairstyle, be more casually elegant in our clothing, and generally insist on great health as the source of radiant beauty rather than hiding imperfections under cosmetics. This could be a wonderful time to reassess our exercise regimen, our diet and generally our daily habits. We could also choose to adopt a pet from a local shelter and save a life as well as find much love in that companionship.
Jupiter is still retrograde this whole month between 12º and 11º Sagittarius. These degrees in the Sabian Symbols are symbolized by “a flag turns into an eagle; the eagle into a chanticleer saluting the dawn” and “In the left section of an archaic temple, a lamp burns in a container shaped like a human body”. Our loyalty to external representations of power and oneness are to be replaced by our own true celebration of living life with heartfelt joy, enthusiasm and gratitude. And only then, when we realize that we are NOT our house, we are NOT our relationship, we are NOT our bank account nor our profession, shall we discover who we truly are: a divine being recovering the infinity of his/her true consciousness.
Uranus is still retrograde this whole month at 19º Pisces. The Sabian Symbols describe this degree as “A Master instructing his disciple”. There is no true spiritual evolution without a level of discipline (“disciple”) in study. We wouldn’t ordain ourselves doctors without having gone through the hard and long studies this title implies, and yet we often tend to fill our minds with borrowed knowledge without having had the seriousness to truly go to the depths of our being, live through the dark night of the soul and face our inner demons. There is no short-cut to spiritual evolution even in these times of accelerated shifts when things are more and more going to start occurring simultaneously as we approach 2012.
Neptune is retrograde still this whole month at 22º Aquarius which in the Sabian Symbols is symbolized by “A rug is placed on the floor of a nursery to allow children to play in comfort and warmth”. As we do our homework, protection and support are provided for us from the other realms, the other dimensions and higher beings. It’s a magical time of finding again our spiritual innocence so that we can playfully discover what is really divine and what is only light appearing real.
Pluto is also retrograde still this whole month at 28º-27º Sagittarius. If we turn to the Sabian Symbols once again, they describe those two degrees as “An old bridge over a beautiful stream is still in constant use” and “A sculptor at his work”. The old is not rejected in favor of a whole new creation. This new earth, this new society, this new humanity we are creating one person at a time, one moment at a time, one choice at a time, is a piece of art integrating what we want to bring over from the world we are leaving behind while integrating the new, our dreams, our wishes, our hopes, our faith but also the unknowable unknown which inspires always new levels of magic.
It’s always a good idea to mark these periods in red in your monthly planner and avoid scheduling any activity of importance during them as they would amount to… nothing. These periods in time are best used in quiet meditation and for inner work.
Our intentional mediation this month, started on Saturday June 30th at 6:49 AM when we charged our blank papers on the Full Moon in Capricorn. On Friday evening, July 13, take your Full Moon charged blank sheets and write on each one a precise, positive and concise intention. Make sure they’re out to gather the energy of the New Moon at exactly 5:04 AM on SATURDAY July 14. In the morning, when you wake up, collect your papers, staple them together, write the date, put them away and remain in the positive expectancy of a miracle!
On Sunday July 29th, put out new sheets of blank paper to be charged by the Full Moon in Aquarius at exactly 5:48 PM (you may, as always, put them out several hours before that exact moment until several hours after). After that exact moment has passed, put them away in a folder until the next New Moon which will occur in August on the 12th at 4:02 PM.
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Sunday 7/1: Venus Conjunct Saturn (7:38 AM), Mercury Sextile Mars (12:08 PM)
Our attitude towards relationships could be more serious than usual. A good time to re-assess what is in our relationship, and what isn’t, and decide either to part ways or to commit further. A past relationship could reemerge, giving us a chance to explore it again. Public Relations, as well as legal affairs are favored by this transit. The need to be very realistic financially could lead to a deeper sense of responsibilities. A well-planned business backed by hard work is the best way to approach today’s energy. An increased intellectual curiosity is present. A wonderful time for writing, teaching, publishing, lecturing and any matter related to the medias. Negotiations and communications in general, are direct and positive. We could feel drawn to being more active in the groups we are involved with, and possibly also do some short distance traveling related to work or study.
Sunday 7/8: Venus Trine Pluto (6:07 PM)
A powerful day for a date to remember. A complete spiritual regeneration could occur through a romantic partner. Our relationships today are thorough, honest, loyal and profound, leading to a deep transformation and a rare sense of fusion and commitment. Artists should find this transit particularly exciting and are most likely to create memorable works that are both inspiring and up-lifting. Business is also greatly favored by this transit. Any money making endeavor is favored today and will be extremely rewarding in the long run. A yearning for the mystical and the magical could also infuse today’s energy, making us dwell deeper into metaphysics and possibly also seek to help the less fortunate.
Monday 7/9: Mercury turns direct (7:16 PM)
Kindly refer to the opening paragraph.
Tuesday 7/10: Sun Trine Uranus (10:34 PM)
This is a very special transit for scientists and researchers in general, with the likelihood of an important breakthrough. Inventions are also favored and so is humanitarian work. Financial speculations are beneficial today. Self-improvement will open bright new doors. Unexpected relationships could come our way which expand our horizons in significant ways. We could feel more energetic and be more popular than usual, receive special gifts or suddenly be offered the opportunity to travel.
Saturday 7/14: Venus enters Virgo (11:29 PM until August 8)
Three weeks when we may approach our relationships in a more practical way, wanting to be of service to those we cherish. Communication between spouses could be more frequent than usual and go into more depth. We should beware of not becoming too critical of each other. We are likely to practice discernment in our social contacts and prefer quality to quantity. We may be drawn more to inspiring minds than just beautiful bodies, and weed out acquaintances whom we don’t feel enough of a connection with anymore. Artists could pay more attention to details and be drawn to re-organize their work or get on a more specific schedule.
Friday 7/20: Mars Sextile Uranus (3:14 PM)
An exciting day infused with original ideas, leader
Sunday 7/22: the Sun enters Leo (10:00 PM until August 23rd)
In the next month we may be attracted to the sun, leisure, the arts, glamour and children. A phenomenal month to expand our creativity and improve our personal appearance. We should feel warm-hearted and more lavish than usual, wanting only the best for ourselves and others. A wonderful time to go on vacation and mostly rest and enjoy life at a slower pace.
Tuesday 7/24: Mars Square Neptune (4:11 PM)
This is a strange day where unresolved forces from the subconscious mind could lead to self-destructive actions. Hidden enemies may strike, covert manifestations of hostility or jealousy could undermine our efforts. We should beware of spiritual imagination. Frauds or lies could affect our professional status as well as our financial affairs. It is best to use this transit only spiritually by taking it easy today, meditating, dreaming, doing some yoga or listening to the ocean (even if only on a CD).
Friday 7/27: Venus turns Retrograde (10:27 AM)
Kindly refer to the second paragraph in the opening section of my newsletter.
Saturday 7/28: Mercury Trine Uranus (8:24 PM)
Writing, lecturing, studying, publishing…. are all favored by this transit. A day of brilliant new ideas, of futuristic inventions and consciousness breakthroughs. Answers to our questions could come in a flash and completely free us from old conditioned perceptions. A day also of new, exciting friendships with unusual people, walking to the sound of their own drummer. A great transit for corporate finances, insurances, funding, grants, inheritances and signing contracts. Scientific and esoteric research are greatly favored today.
Tuesday 7/31: Mars Square Saturn (5:01 PM)
We could feel alone and defensive today, or encounter people who seem to display these tendencies. There is a danger of running into conflicts with people in positions of authority. We should do our best to stay away from situations that could lead to physical injuries. It may seem like heavy burdens are being placed on our shoulders awakening a certain level of anger. Our ambitions, it seems, are blocked today. This could cause much frustration if we fight against the limitations, but prove very constructive if we accept them and work within those external boundaries.
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