The Sun, (new)Moon, Jupiter and this Thursday, Mercury is in Leo. The sun is shining on ourselves, our emotions, our luck and our minds. Have a picnic and a party, but don't forget to hustle your buns at work. You can accomplish a LOT at this time, so don't let the lure of party all the time mood distract you. You can capture attention, get a plan approved, make new contacts, solidify ideas and get plans going. It's a summer party in ALL areas of your life if you make it so. Free will is key here, so be sure to take advantage of opportunities from all areas.
It's also a perfect time to give thanks. Abundance is all around you. Practice mindfulness (looking around at your life and finding the gifts you have. Or as Ram Dass calls it "be here now"). Stop daydreaming, spacing out, living in your head, watching too much TV, hiding from the world. Be in the moment. Look around and see all that you have to be thankful for... no matter what problems you may have in your life, there is always good too.
I recently had a health scare, and I am a baby when it comes to doctors, they scare the crap out of me. Must be a past life thing because my anxiety level is over the top. Thank God, the worst did not come to pass, but I have to make changes in my life to avoid further complications, and that's OK. I am grateful for the wake up call, grateful I have alternative options to western medicine, and grateful my worst fears did not come to pass. For example I know a large part of this is due the stress in my life. I am slowing down, sitting on my deck and enjoying the view, dining near the water with friends, walking in parks, sleeping 7+ hours and most 8, doing my work in spurts, not 10 hour long hauls that exhaust me, and being grateful for my life and my many options.
I am cleaning house on a personal level, taking care of me and making sure my future is going to be healthy, fun and less stress-filled. And while this kind of thankfulness is always good, when everything is in Leo, Ruled by the Sun, it's an optimum time for being grateful. Be a sun worshiper for the next few weeks, and give thanks to the planet who gives us the light of day, the energy to function, the life force for our food to grow from mother earth. And know that every time you give thanks, you are filling the world with LOVE. Thankfulness says "I really appreciate how you take care of me God/Creator/Universe. I thank you for my life and loving me back no matter how stupid and wayward I am." You are giving our creator the love back it wants AND DESERVES. And that kind of love fills the pool of energy we all draw from with more and more love we all get to share. And that love heals us all, including the planet, and it creates a circle of love from you to the pool to me and back again.
We are all in this together. We need to be as kind and good to each other as we can, everyday in every way. We need to think positive, think world peace, think fairness, and take stock. The world needs as much healing as we can muster, and we need it too. Much love to you all.
Lots going on this week. Uranus goes retrograde. Sun enters Leo. New Moon in Leo. Mars FINALLY goes direct.
Uranus goes retrograde Monday. This means it will generate tight squares to Pluto yet again. Retrograde squares are more harsh as the need to finish things overlooked is important - and pressing. Past ideas may be reviewed. Uranus gave you some gems the past few months, and you may have missed them (intelligence, insights, inspiration, genius). Now its time to review ideas that crossed your mind and see if they might be worth a new look/effort. Energy is somewhat slowed, so you can check out the details. Focus and find the gems of inspiration you may have overlooked.
Wednesday the Sun leaves Cancer and moves to Leo. Your spirits will be brighter the next 30 days, and you will have a lift in your energy, your spirits and your moods. Get out and be seen. Dress Up. Laugh. Smile. Seek the limelight. It's just darn great energy you get once a year. Enjoy.
Saturday the new moon is in Leo. NEW NEW NEW stuff coming in, and it makes you happy and celebratory. New ideas. Change (theme of the year) can be really good now. Do what you've been meaning to do with gusto. And meet new people, new connections, new opportunities.
Holy cow and both the Sun (your inner core) and Moon (your emotions) are conjunct Jupiter (abundance, expansion) who just moved into Leo for a year. Va Va Voom! If you don't make some good changes in your life this month you never will. Now get out there in your Sunday best and show people how fun, interesting, charismatic and charming you can be, and doors will fly open.
If you've been smart, you've been doing your inner work this first half of the year, now its time to take it on the road and test out the new you. If you haven't done the work, enjoy a month of fun, and when the planets move into Virgo expect a harsh look at reality to hit you in the face. You can't run from your spiritual work now, and if you try, its going to be so much harder to face up to yourself later on. You're only running from yourself, which of course you can't do.
And last, but certainly not least, Mars, imprisoned in Libra since last fall is finally out of jail. So unhappy and trapped in Libra (the diplomat, the lover of harmony) has been driving" lets go, lets do it" Mars insane with all this hurry up and wait crap. It will take a week or so for Mars to realize its free, and stumbling into Scorpio is pretty much a dive off a cliff energy wise from how its been living. You'll get your bearings and get ready for action, but this week, starting Friday, just take it slow and steady. But with each succeeding day you'll feel more energized than the day before, like you've been let out of jail. But this release is a double edged sword. Mars in Scorpio is beyond driven. Its a my way or the highway energy and the ability to be quite ruthless and cunning. You must be very careful about the desire to manipulate. Plans and schemes will entice, but they will backfire. Mars here will also be inconjunct (an adjustment) to Uranus in Aries, and squaring (stress) Jupiter in Leo. It will also eventually conjunct transiting Saturn here in Scorpio, where again will be curtailed by Saturn and really, really pissed off about it.
I especially worry about the middle East and Ukraine. This is volatile stuff, and hot heads may well prevail here. And if personally you have ideas about controlling situations or people, plotting something unseemly, using covert methods to get your way...watch out, because when Mars hits that Saturn conjunction you will be stopped and it might not be very pretty. Saturn demands the last word and Saturn does not take undisciplined behavior lightly. So behave yourself, don't take short cuts, but do use this energy to further positive goals and advancements, just remember "The dark side isn't stronger, its just easier - more seductive" might apply here (Yoda from Star Wars). Don't succumb to that devil on your shoulder, temped though you may be. You're playing with fire (Mars IS fire) on steroids.
So you can see this next month (while so much is in Leo) is going to make us outgoing and optimistic (sunny), and mars make us want to charge ahead unbridled because our ego's are having a good time.
Develop self control and patience in your desires, and you'll be fine.
It's a busy astrological week, so lets start with the little aspects.
Around 11AM PST on the 14th two aspects appear back to back that bring on low self esteem issues. Mercury semi-square Saturn and Sun semi-square Neptune. You might get bad news. Take some time out to make decisions, or to get over your doubts. If you have meetings around that time, don't be surprised if they feel like personal attacks. By late evening Tuesday, when the Sun parallels Mercury, you''ll find solutions to problems or bad news.
On Friday around 6PM PST Venus is inconjunct Jupiter. Enjoy your family and friends, have a mini celebration or indulgence. It will go well.
Wednesday July 16th Jupiter, the planet of abundance and good times, leaves Cancer and moves into Leo for 13 months. Words cannot express how happy this makes me. Leo is a fire sign, and Jupiter is ruled by Sagittarius, a fire sign, so its really happy here in familiar energy. Leo is ruled by the Sun. Leo's tend to be optimists, fun loving, loyal, generous, and very creative. They are natural born leaders. So Jupiter here enhances those qualities, including the negative ones of ego inflation and bullying to get their way. Enjoy and embrace your new found optimism, but when things start going really well, don't let it go to your head! Ego is Leo's downfall.
Wherever Jupiter is or whatever it aspects during this transit, makes it bigger. While in Cancer it T-squared the Pluto Uranus Square, giving us a bigger sense of stress and anxiety. Now that slower Cancer energy is subsiding and Jupiter is shifting into something more energized (goodbye feeling tired) and more ideas and more movement are imminent. Get ready, this is going to be an active year. All fire and air signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius) will be especially happy now. All this energy is in harmony to their sun signs. Taurus and Scorpios are going to be squaring this energy so there might be a lot of changes which is not easy for them, but remember its about good change. If you can't learn to be flexible in these times, you're just making it harder on yourself. Take a deep breath and make the shift.
Leo is a natural leader too, and one of the things that has been missing from the so-called Left is leadership. During this transit some will find the courage to be the face of the change, and take people to new heights, while enduring the constant barrage of negative criticism directed at them. We will see new people speaking out for the 99%, with growing harmony to Uranus in Aries, encouraging change and giving people focus to make the changes which must come into our world. Without leaders the change is doomed. And Leo loves the spotlight so the time is ready made for people stepping up and taking center stage. Some will be phony's and even tyrants (Mussolini) but many will be sincere, and have the courage to create a solidified protest strategy though-out the world. Unlike the 60's, the times are not about our Vietnam war, its the entire world speaking out about injustice, inequity and unfairness. This year is going to be filled with fireworks so get ready to step up and join the protests, volunteer, write or better yet, take that fantasy of being a leader and make it happen. If you think you have greatness within, this is the time to step out of the shadows and into the Light.
On Sunday the 20th at noon, Saturn turns direct, which will allow movement again. Only four days after Jupiter moves into Leo, Saturn direct in Scorpio continues our need for inner work, but gives us the feeling of progress. We won't feel stuck anymore. So we now have two planets helping us grow, move forward and the energy to tackle it all. Get ready, the adventures are about to begin.
This holiday weekend 37 people were shot in Chicago (and its less than last year!!). This is beyond a tragedy, but being my home town it's truly upsetting. The USA averages 87 gun deaths each and everyday (32K a year), and 183 gun injuries (67K a year). How is this kind of craziness going on in 2014? And it's just one of the many things going on right now that need correcting. And all of these issues (affordable housing, living wage jobs, health care for all, safety in our streets, equity in the law, etc.) not only takes an act of Congress to fix, but it takes the country's people standing up and really meaning "we're not going to take this anymore".
And deep, permanent societal change only comes from our changing. And right now the Universe is changing us from within. It's a solitary process. You can feel angry and frustrated like these shooters, or you can go within, look at your "stuff" and pull the weeds so your garden is beautiful and pleasing. When our internal selves are aligned with higher minds, our world automatically changes. Societal pressure is a strong thing. When the people in our communities no longer allow this kind of craziness to continue, then our society changes. And when we do our internal work, link to our higher selves, we begin to radiate love in everything we do, and that love spreads like a virus and "infects" everyone's thinking and behavior. it is our job now to become channels for higher purpose and right now that means going within and feeling sad, tired, unhealthy, confused, etc. because we have to change, and we do that by looking at the stuff we don't like to look at and change it. We have to look at what motivates us and we need to take a turn in the road.
When I was young, I wanted to be a journalist....and didn't follow my dream. I started a few successful but small businesses, but never "made it big". Around my birthday last month, I was looking at my age, and beating myself up for not being more successful in my life, and feeling sorry for myself and disappointed in myself. Then a light bulb went off. My inner voice said to me "you are equating success in your life by material measures. Why not change that to how you have lived your life and the kind of example you have been for others. Have you been kind and forgiving? Have you been loyal to friends and family? Have you helped others and touched lives? Have you learned to say NO and protect and honor yourself? Have you volunteered or given money to charities? Have your made your spiritual growth a priority and kept at it over the years? These are the ways we need to judge ourselves. Money and success can be fun to achieve, but they do not define you. Your character is what defines you. And now is the time to look at yourself and look at what is really important. And once you see the ways you have done the right thing, or good things, then you can love yourself more and that then sends that love everywhere because you radiate it. And all that love is like Penicillin curing the many viruses in this world, and helping us care about one another and ourselves in a loving and caring way. And then the world just become a place of joy, because we are good to each other; we value what is important not transient or material stuff. We follow the path we came to follow, and we become spiritual warriors, healing the world.
So right now you may feel a little "out of it" but that's the right way to feel right now. Serious stuff is going on inside. This month Saturn (our task master) is in harmony with Chiron, the planet of old karma and DEEP emotional pain. Saturn makes us work for our successes. It's helping us go within and look at deep wounds and patterns and end them once and for all. Saturn work is permanent change. And Mars opposite Uranus, while Saturn inconjuncts Uranus, helps us have epiphanies. But as Saturn is about to go direct (20th) and Uranus slows down to go retrograde, we are in a push pull scenario...change, don't change, change, don't change. It can be exhausting.
But Mercury finally being direct gives our minds a chance to think more clearly again. Saturday the 12th Mercury moves into Cancer. Our minds turn to family, real estate, and its a good time to make decisions about same - put the house up for sale, remodel, move even. But Cancer also represents our inner core, our foundation, aiding us in this inner journey. Transformational Evolution is one way to look at it, or simply "the shift" as another. We are blessed to be alive now, even though sometimes it doesn't feel like it. We came to evolve, and we are evolving, like water on a rock, lapping away the old slowly but surely. Hang in there. Take breaks from the world and rest when you can. Be good to yourself and to your body. We are also changing on a cellular level, ergo another layer to the tiredness we are all feeling now.
When Jupiter enters Leo on the 16th, the energy is really going to shift. The outer world comes into play in a big way. So rest up and be ready.