Cycles and circles and spirals are at the core of who we are, despite the fact that we have mostly lost sight of them. What you are about to read is intended to offer insights into ways to reconnect with your roots though the ancient art/science of Astrology.
We offer a glimpse into the current celestial weather under which we are all operating, so that we may have some awareness of how to use these energies for the highest and best possible outcomes for ourselves and others.
We will again begin by focusing on the Moon’s cycle from New to Full and back again. This is the fastest moving cycle in our heavens and the most readily accessible in the sky to even the most casual observer. Since, in astrological understanding, the Moon represents our emotions - and how we respond to the ebb and flow of everyday life - it is also the most easily observed in a personal way.
We are obviously in a time of great change and disruption of patterns. Astrologers have been watching and anticipating great events this year (and beyond) for a long time. While no one predicted a world wide pandemic or weeks of massive protests related to the current celestial configurations, it has been widely acknowledged that governments, monetary systems and more would break down. Our country is in a long process of deep transformation related to the racial and social inequities woven into the very fabric at the foundations of our nation.
It is clear that life cannot return to what was normal. Our work, should we choose to take it on, is to envision and work toward new, more equitable systems going forward. Knowing the current astrological energetic impulses can greatly assist us.
July features the last of three eclipses: first we had a lunar eclipse on the Full Moon June 5, when the moon was darkened by the earth’s shadow. Next, a solar on the New Moon June 21 - the Summer solstice - when the sun was covered. The third (another lunar eclipse) will happen on the Full Moon July 5. These are partial eclipses and this is why there are three. Eclipses most frequently occur in pairs, every six months, and they can trigger events for extended periods ranging from several months to a year or more.
Where they are visible, a partial solar will appear to have a halo, often referred to as a “corona”, because the Sun is not totally blocked. It’s more than a little ironic that this will occur in the midst of this historic pandemic of the same name. We will likely see a spike in the rate of infection, especially in the regions where it can be seen. The second lunar eclipse (July 5) will be visible across North and South America, southwestern Europe and Africa. (http://www.eclipsewise.com/oh/ec2020.html) Eclipses are most impactful where they are visible, but affect everyone everywhere.
If they occur on or very near planets in someone’s birth chart, or the chart of a country, the effects are more dramatic, as we are seeing from the “Great American Eclipse” of Aug, 2017. In ancient times, they were feared and seen as “the death of the king” and general reversals of fortunes. Now we understand intense events are possible and not just on the dates of the eclipses, but for months afterward. They also amp up the energies of New and Full Moons, so being aware can help us navigate. The total solar eclipse of Aug. ’17 that was so visible across America, portended changes and challenges in our country. It also impacted important parts of both the US chart and the birth chart of Donald J Trump. We currently still see the resulting ripples each and every day.
An hour or so past midnight on July 5th, if you’re awake and the sky is clear, you may have the opportunity to view the Full Moon partial lunar eclipse here in the US. Sun, now in the middle of home-sweet-home Cancer, opposes Moon in business-minded Capricorn, and this continuing theme of feeling into our collective heart beat - be it at home or at work - is once again spotlighted. This is obviously one night past our nation’s birthday, making it very potent with accentuated symbolism related to the state of our country. Those with birthdays July 4-6 and Jan. 3-5 will be most strongly effected.
New Moon July 20 at the end of nurturing Cancer will focus once again on how we are to move forward with our new realities. Saturn (rules and restrictions) is in a challenging position to this New Moon, and will put further pressure on how we emerge from our sheltering in place. We all will be negotiating sharp disagreements indicated by communicative, mercantile Mercury (in Cancer) in a stressful, challenging relationship with warrior, action-oriented Mars (in Aries). This will be in effect all of July, tapering off as we enter August. We must all try to resist the temptation to argue over emotionally held viewpoints, instead using this energy to pierce illusions and access creative imagination to initiate new solutions.
This forecast period is one when several planets will be in retrograde (apparent backwards motion). Sun and Moon are technically referred to as Luminaries and do not retrograde, but all the others spend some time retracing some area in the zodiac. These are times of inner reflection and possible revisions. This in some ways is all leading up to a rather unusual Mars (in Aries) retrograde later this year (Sept. 9 - Nov. 14).
Mercury’s second retrograde of the year began on June 18 in mid-Cancer and will resume its forward motion on July 12. This will make it difficult for commerce to move forward with any vigor. Communications will be more acrimonious as Mercury and Mars (in Aries) square off with each other especially around the July 20 New Moon. In the US President’s chart, this is effecting his planet of communication Mercury. Watch, if you can, for him to show even further signs of difficulty managing the official message.
Venus, goddess of love and guardian of the feminine mysteries, has recently had an extended retrograde journey through flirty Gemini. She resumed her forward motion on June 25 and will spend the entirety of July in this sign. Venus is now appearing as Morning Star since mid-June, in the east before sunrise. In this morning star phase, her energies are more assertive and anticipatory of needs in relationships. This is a great time for creative pursuits in a variety of avenues of expression, especially literary.
Mars changed signs and entered Aries on June 28, where it will stay for an entire six months. Warrior Mars in headstrong Aries, a sign it is strongly aligned with, will dominate our reality. This time period will be marked by increased aggressiveness and impulsivity. The desire for freedom and initiative will be energized, and we are all strongly advised to take care not to get caught up in demonstrations that include expressing anger with force. This alignment will be prolonged due to Mars going retrograde in Sept. (More on that in coming articles.) This can be very productive for individuals with strong Mars or Aries energies if focused carefully and with awareness. The mild-mannered among us can seize this moment to express ourselves with greater courage.
Jupiter (expansiveness) continues its retrograde in late Capricorn (through Sept 2020), emphasizing efforts to retain the crumbling status quo. Jupiter and Pluto (deep transformation), retrograde since April, met on June 30. We no doubt will see major revisions continue and unprecedented, desperate and inevitably fruitless measures to revive corporate business as usual. Collectively, we will feel the tensions between the push for previous profit levels versus the health of the work force and small businesses. Personally, this is very strong for people with birthdays Jan. 13-16 and July 14-17.
Saturn (limits and structures), which has been testing the waters in humanitarian Aquarius since late March, will also retrograde back into Capricorn on July 1 (until Dec 17). On a personal level, this will re-energize the Saturn returns of those born 1990 - 1991. Everyone experiences their first Saturn return at the end of their twenties and cyclicly every approximate 28-29 years they are alive. If a retrograde occurs, it extends this period of taking stock of our lives before moving forward.
Collectively, our focus will again temporarily return to the more conservative and conventional approaches to organizing civic life. What has been revealed to us through the current crisis is the nature of essential services, who provides them and what they need in terms of wages and working conditions. Humanitarian efforts to support those workers are apt to meet with greater resistance. We can expect increased ferment around these issues through the end of the year and into 2021.
We are still in an interlude between two very different eras: what we were accustomed to and a yet-to-be-revealed new normal. It is best used to focus on the inner work our previously busy lifestyles too often crowded out. Time spent on self-care, or with family or friends over the internet, will help keep us grounded and stave off both the virus and its predatory companion: fear. The years ahead will provide opportunities to creatively embrace new pathways forward. They will eventually unfold, with our help, into the much-anticipated Age of Aquarius.
If you are curious about how the current planetary configurations affect you through your own astrological chart, the authors welcome the opportunity to assist you.
About Aeolea Wendy and Peter: Aeolea Wendy Burwell has been a student of the celestial arts for over forty years, and is currently teaching astrology to eager students in her living room and wherever possible. Personal chart consultations and one on one instruction available : (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peter Doughty has nearly forty years experience studying and writing about mundane astrology, including his blog over the past seven years and recent book entitled Scenes from a Tapestry.
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