Aspects of Note this Week
MON: Venus square Jupiter
TUE: Mars stations retrograde
WED: Sun opposite Saturn, Venus quincunx Neptune, Full Moon 9:52pm PDT (4:52am GMT on Thursday)
THU: Venus sesquisquadrate Chiron, Mercury enters Leo
FRI: Mercury sesquiquadrate Neptune
SAT: Mercury square Uranus, Mercury trine Chiron, Sun quincunx Mars
SUN: Venus quincux Pluto, Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn
WE REACH A CRESCENDO
this week, with Mars coming to a standstill in Aquarius on Tuesday and a powerful Full Moon occurring on Wednesday (or Thursday, depending on your time zone).Whenever a planet comes to a stop in preparation for a change of direction, its effect is heightened. With Mars’ station just two days away, we should already be seeing evidence of its increased influence — and we don’t have to look far to find people who are angry and taking action (Mars) about issues of social justice and individual liberties (Aquarius).
MARS is aligned with the fixed star 69 Aquilae when it stations, fanning the flames of passions already stirred. Roderick Kidston tells us that 69 Aquilae “is one of the genuinely strong power stars, giving tremendous tenacity of purpose and ambition.”
Since this alignment christens the retrograde period of Mars, we can expect the fighting spirit to be especially strong throughout the planet’s backward-motion phase (June 26 through August 27). This correlates with the fact that while Mars is retrograde, it will be in its closest proximity to the Earth since 2003, thus having a greater impact on our experience.
SIMILAR CAUTIONS apply to a Mars retrograde period that we usually consider with Mercury retrograde, but with Mars, they more specifically relate to how we take physical action. Under Mars retrograde, astrologer Bil Tierney advises us to:
“… reflect back upon previous actions and re-channel our efforts in a manner that can present us with new ways of mobilizing our vital forces. Frictional experiences at this time are telling us that we have not aligned our energies properly, and that we need to direct our physical attention to what we have formerly neglected, or failed to carry through to completion.”
IT APPEARS we have an interesting dynamic unfolding. On the one hand, with Mars so close to the Earth, we are more highly energized, more restless, and perhaps more likely to become provoked into action over the next two months. On the other hand, with Mars retrograde during this time, we are advised not to take action on new enterprises, since we are likely to encounter frustrating delays and obstacles.
What to do! More advice from Mr. Tierney:
“This phase is excellent for initiating the planning stage of any important project, or going back and reworking previously initiated projects, finally finishing matters of the past.” By waiting until Mars is again moving forward before starting new projects, “we are more likely to have considered the more subtle actions required to ensure a more successful outcome.”
JUNE’S FULL MOON occurs at 6°28′ Capricorn on Wednesday at 9:52 p.m. PDT (Thursday at 4:52 a.m. GMT). This one is another significant lunation, being within one degree of Saturn and in square angle to Chiron. This Full Moon activates our awareness of the wounds that are sustained by individuals when authority figures are blind to the needs of those they govern.
But the Sabian symbol for the degree of the Full Moon gives us hope that current events are creating a wave of energy and response that will eventually have positive impact:
“A veiled prophet speaks, seized by the power of a god: The ability to act as a mouthpiece for the revelation of a transcendent will and truth determining future action.”
Astrologer Dane Rudhyar, in his interpretation of this symbol, explains that it represents an opportunity for a powerful change of direction:
“… the future interacts with the present to release it from the inertial power of the past. At the threshold of tomorrow, [we are] allowed to have a vision or revelation of the essential elements of the as-yet-unknown next step in evolution.”
THIS FULL MOON is also pivotal because it precedes the Solar Eclipse on July 12, representing a time when a course change can make a significant difference in how our upcoming eclipse season unfolds.
Luna’s alignment with Saturn means that this Full Moon will shine the bright light of reality in some area of our lives. It will be up to each of us to observe the events that unfold this week and take personal responsibility for changing that which is within our power to change — even if that change is “merely” a shift in attitude or perspective.
MERCURY enters expressive Leo on Thursday, perhaps giving a green light to one of the “veiled prophets” who will reveal truth and help us make a necessary course correction. The potential for us to receive new information and insights increases on Saturday, when Mercury is in aspect to both Uranus and Chiron.
With Mercury in square aspect to Uranus, the news is either unexpected or takes some time getting used to, since it requires us to interrupt a fixed way of thinking. But, with Mercury also trine Chiron, healing can occur if we open our minds to new creative options and have the courage to move beyond where we’ve been stuck.
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IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are currently in a phase that requires you to realistically assess your current situation and to come to terms with how well it is satisfying your needs for personal fulfillment. This phase will last until November or December, at which time you will have the clarity you need for making important decisions. As you move through this time of assessment, your intuition is heightened, helping you know your truth. Pay close attention to your digestion and how your stomach feels — this is your guidance, for you will feel discomfort here if you are making choices that do not truly support you.
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