By Amanda Painter
On one level, this week’s astrology is describing some very insistent and action-oriented themes, related to Mercury making the same aspects in the cardinal signs that Mars has been making. At the same time, we have activity in mutable signs lending their own sense of movement, in their own style.
To start with, Mercury is currently in early Cancer.
Over the next couple of days it makes squares to Makemake and Logos in Libra, an opposition to Quaoar in Capricorn, and squares to Salacia and Chiron in Aries (it opposed Pholus in Capricorn on Wednesday). So we’re still working with ideas about how family and generational patterns play out; what we think of ‘secret’ sexual material and how it does and does not get spoken about; and the ‘mystery’ and logic of how things have come to be the way they are.
Though with Mercury involved, you may find that your perception of these themes and how you tend to speak about them comes into greater focus. One thought that comes to my mind is the way you conceptualize your place in the family — which is a facet of identity — and how it affects your worldview. Are you feeling more compelled than usual to investigate this, or to ‘think out loud’ on the topic when in conversation?
I witnessed something along these lines today, in conversation with a friend, before sitting down to write this — and also noticed what I’ve just dubbed ‘the urge toward aggressive caring’ in myself, now that Mars in Cancer is between its two sets of major aspects. Though this could be just me, as transiting Mars has been contacting my own natal Mars (my Italian DNA really, really wants to feed an acquaintance who keeps complaining of not bothering to eat well). Regardless of your personal chart and genetics, ‘aggressive caring’ may be worth some consideration.
On Friday, Mercury’s square to Chiron is exact. With the signs Cancer and Aries involved, it suggests to me the question of how closely we identify with our emotions and thoughts. As in, can you detach from them enough to feel your ability to choose and change them? Or do you feel like releasing a troubling or toxic thought or feeling will leave you adrift, not sure of who you are without it? Chiron is raising the awareness, and also offers the impulse to ‘stand out’ in a more independent way.
Intellect and the emotional body can be seen comingling via the mutable signs, too. On Saturday, Venus moves from Taurus — a sign it rules, and a locus of feelings-via-the-physical-senses — to enter Gemini (occurring at 9:37 pm EDT / 1:36:49 UTC). Venus in Gemini is said to sift the emotions through the mind, as astrologer Isabel Hickey put it. There’s a greater tendency toward friendship, intellectual rapport, verbal flirtation, and light sociability with this placement.
And while sexual variety, rather than deeply sensual habits, is said to be a mark of Venus here, it looks like the sky will supply it another way, as Vesta leaves Aries and enters Taurus on Sunday. Vesta here could describe practical devotion and steady, routine-oriented focus — except for one thing: Uranus still in very early Taurus. What does it mean to experiment while remaining steadfast? Could it be that the values at the core stay central, and simply the way of living them gets refreshed?
Finally, the Gemini Sun itself completes a square to Neptune and an opposition to Jupiter in Sagittarius Sunday into Monday — though it is in effect now. The less ethical and aware manifestation of this pattern could look like evasion of conflict (whether by refusing to choose a side or option, or through outright deception) and stepping on someone’s boundaries. Yet the more constructive scenario it describes is one of daring creativity: the optimism and confidence and imaginative idealism you need to try something new and make something beautiful.
In the end, you have a choice — or several of them: the power to choose how much power your thoughts and emotions have; the choice between helplessly falling into familial patterns or articulating them so you can navigate them better; evasive deception or creative adventure. Know also that if you discover yourself to be in the midst of a scenario you don’t like, you can always choose again differently.