Mercury stations retrograde in Leo this Sunday, July 7. This means that we’re now in the ‘storm’ phase: the two to three days on either side of Mercury stationing retrograde or direct. Amanda Painter considers the chart and cultural timing of this event, and the need to approach the next several days with increased awareness.
Today’s Sun-Chiron square describes, in part, the collective healing needed to our inner masculine/yang sides. In that context, Amanda Painter looks at the chart for the July 2 Cancer New Moon and solar eclipse, and connects it to the daily assaults on our empathy and capacity to care that are being made by the daily news — particularly the treatment of children at the U.S. border.
We’re in the thick of Mars in Cancer making “the” aspects of the season (and of the year): oppositions to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, which themselves are headed toward a stunning conjunction in January. We’re also building up to a Full Moon in Sagittarius on Monday. Amanda Painter considers the karmic implications of both, and why you might want a camera.
While the Gemini Sun moves into position with Neptune and Jupiter in the mutable signs, Mercury is stirring the pot full of early cardinal-sign planets. Meanwhile Venus and Vesta both change signs this weekend. Amanda Painter considers the types of movement being described and even urged by these aspect patterns, and the choices available in response.
The Moon is currently waning toward a conjunction with the Sun near mid-Gemini: the Gemini New Moon, which occurs on June 3. Amanda Painter suggests that it may help to focus us on the more subtle ways our perception can work; such as how what’s on the periphery of consciousness in more than one way can offer keys to our greater self-understanding.
As Mars makes its way through Cancer, and thus through a series of potent aspects to many of the planets defining current life, it reaches a key marker today: its exact square to Chiron in Aries. As Amanda Painter describes, this is a picture of taking things very personally, indeed — perhaps in ways that could feel challenging, though deepening self-awareness is an option.