It’s the middle of eclipse season when the cosmos encourages new structures and ways of living that are better reflections of the inner self. Our systems reboot with every eclipse, and the opportunity continues on July 27 (lunar eclipse) and August 11 (partial solar eclipse). With every eclipse, we receive a “boost” of light to reassemble life into a higher form, which can lift us into a new place of being or feel like burn-out.
The huge planetary retrograde continues with Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron moving backwards. (Mercury, planet of communications, moves retrograde on July 26.) Many planets in retrograde can make it feel difficult to find direction, and Mars retrograde (more below) makes everything feel strange and tiring. There is a benefit in retrograde season. The influence of mass consciousness is lessened, and it’s easier to hear our inner voice. When the energetic pool of the world is less agitated, we can find truth and understanding through meditation and reflection.
Sun (life) is in Cancer, a water sign ruling emotion, and Moon (emotions) is in Scorpio, which rules birth, death, and regeneration. In combination, these are forces making for a fertile period of time. (Fertile can refer to thoughts, emotions, actions, and visualizations.)
Sun squares Mars (male, action), which can cause conflict between our path in life and our desire to act. Sun opposes Uranus (awakening, sudden change), and it can cause erratic action and/or conflict between our soul’s path and our personal desire to move forward on the earthly plane.
Moon (emotions) in Scorpio aspects every planet except Mercury (communication). Many aspects with the moon indicate strong, unusual emotions. (Don’t act on them.) Moon squares Mars (action, male), which makes it easy to confuse emotional reaction with a desire for action.
Mars, The Challenge of Non-Action
Mars in Aquarius is retrograde, which can limit and affect physical vitality. It can also cause too much thought and incorrect action. This aspect lasts until August 27. (A square creates tension. Think of a ninety degree angle with two sides pressing against one another. Mars squares Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) and Uranus (awakening, sudden change).
One of the wisest placements of consciousness during Mars retrograde lies in non-action. In the Taoist tradition, non-action does not mean refraining from action but to become passively awake and aware while performing daily tasks. Through this state of enhanced consciousness, we invoke the inner self, which leads us to deeper realizations. (Action prompted by the inner self is fine.)
Mercury (communications) in Leo encourages the learning experience of expressing the truth of the heart. In all honesty, it takes time and work to accurately express the feelings of the heart. Mercury squares Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), encouraging the spiritual task of looking carefully at other people, circumstances, and our own feelings before translating thoughts and feelings into words. (Mercury will join the group of retrograde planets next week.)
Venus (love, feminine) continues with loving support through a Grand Trine with Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) and Uranus (awakening, sudden change.) Venus opposes (opposite feelings at different times) Neptune (illusion, mysticism), which causes difficulty separating illusion and feelings of love. Venus trines Pluto, which adds passion to the equation. In short, Venus is teaching us about learning to love in new ways at a higher level. (The Grand Trine is in earth signs and points to the possibility of self-nourishment and cultivation of love through nature.)
Jupiter (good fortune) trines Neptune (mysticism, illusion), bringing optimistic thoughts to the surface, and Saturn (karma, time) trines Uranus (awakening, change) and helps in combining the old and new worlds as well as our past and future.
Chiron, placed in Aries, indicates the need for a new way of healing – a beginning of experiencing healing in a different way with insights from the Higher Self. Sun (life) and North Node (spiritual direction) trine Chiron, hinting that old wounds can be overcome by focusing on the right path of life while focusing on our spiritual purpose. Saturn (time, karma) squares Chiron as an indication that we continue to review and rewrite old patterns and outdated ways of life.
- Eclipse season creates change within the self. It’s possible to move into a higher level and reconfigure ourselves.
- Many planets in retrograde bring strange feelings, which can cause tiredness and/or bring insight into the inner self. (It’s helpful to meditate and create lists of needed tasks on the inner and outer plane.)
- It’s an emotional chart with Sun and Moon in water signs. Moon is aspected by many planets, which can cause strange emotions. (Emotions are not always real.)
- Mars retrograde brings a feeling of heaviness and sometimes tiredness. Thoughts can seem intense with Mars in Aquarius, and it’s important to think long and hard before taking action. Ask your inner self and meditate on desires for strong action.
- Venus is lovely again with her position in the Grand Earth Trine. Spend time in nature and meditate on the beauty. Focus on the heart. (Heart meditations are particularly energizing.)
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.
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