Monday, June 18, 2018

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of June 18th - PAY ATTENTION, saying it out loud, putting it in writing, feeling dizzy, separating the illusion from reality, what we want is wanting us right back, a wake up call at the end of the week

words of love by oprisco

OK, let's take a look at the week ahead!

MONDAY - Neptune stations retrograde
TUESDAY - Mercury trines Jupiter (part of Grand Water Trine), Venus conjuncts the North Node
WEDNESDAY - Mercury trines Neptune
THURSDAY - Summer Solstice | Sun into Cancer, Venus opposes Mars
SATURDAY - Sun square Chiron, Mercury opposes Pluto (OUCH)

We have a gorgeous Grand Water Trine (yes, another one!) - peaking on TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY with Neptune in Pisces trining Jupiter in Scorpio trining Mercury in Cancer. Our words, our thinking, our ideas - are very powerful now because they will have not only Mercury but also the energy of Neptune and Scorpio behind them in a closed energetic loop. Remember in early June we had the same loop except then we had Venus instead of Mercury in Cancer. Maybe the thing we wanted then or that came to our attention then - can now be said out loud or put in writing.

This is an important week for INFORMATION (also other Mercurian themes - communication, siblings, our local environment, teaching, writing, transportation, commerce) with lots of karmic reaping (what we have sown) and a foreshadowing of our future as Mercury walks the path previously laid out by Venus and also does a little fortune telling via that big mid-July eclipse in Cancer.

This is also the last week we will have Mars in forward motion for months - if hay needs to be made somewhere, best to get on with it. The Moon is waxing.

On MONDAY the Moon will move into industrious Virgo while we sleep, so no sleeping in. I's will need to be dotted and T's crossed. The Moon (in Virgo) will trine Uranus (in Taurus) early in the day - good for commerce, ambition, making money. Late afternoon EDT the Moon will trine stable Saturn - so tending to our responsibilities, doing the right thing, interactions with authority - should all move us forward.

The big news of the day, and it could make the entire day kind of dreamy and ungrounded, happens at 7:27PM EDT when Neptune stations retrograde at 16 degrees (where he has been hanging out for what feels like forever on top of my natal Jupiter!). He will backtrack to 13 degrees and then on November 25th he will station direct. All retrogrades are period of re-visions and re-dos.

Neptune rules the ocean, the seas, sleep, our dreams (both the dreams when we are sleeping and the dreams when we are awake), the unconscious, the subconscious, our inter-connectedness, flow, imagination, compassion, meditation, medication, illusion, deception, lies, addiction, alcohol, exhaustion, escape, baptism, sacrifice, spirituality, detox, faith, psychology, mental health, mental illness, intuition, mysticism, fantasy, the ethereal realms (things that cannot be seen, touched, tasted or heard with our five senses), art, dance, music, film, chemicals, drugs, poison, ghosts, victims, martyrs, saints, religion, fanaticism, hospitals, healing, research, confusion, retreats, release, isolation, orphans, nursing homes, retirement, our feet, vision, karma, hidden enemies, what is hidden, what we do in secret, what we don't want to look at, any lack of boundaries, the 12th house of our charts (things we do last, things that are put away, our subconscious, our self-undoing), the house that holds Pisces in our natal charts.

Pisces rules endings. Most often the quiet kind.

Think of the way rock is worn away by water - slowly and almost imperceptibly - but effectively and permanently.

This one takes Neptune from 16 to 13 degrees Pisces through late November. If you have planets or points in those degrees or in those degrees in any of the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) or mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) you will feel this year's retrograde strongest. Neptune is retrograde about 40% of the time.

Something here is up for review which means situations, people, circumstances will come up that will re-focus our attention on one or more of these areas over the next few months.

This will be a time to reflect, re-do, re-evaluate, re-examine, release or re-visit what we are working with here. Neptune always turns us inward. 

Dream guidance and intuition will increase.

Remember when a big energy shifts like Neptune does today we will literally be "off" so things can just feel "off" - let's not push where we don’t need to push. Instead just stay alert to the signs and feelings around us and take our cue from them. We might require extra (or less) sleep, more (or less) time alone or more (or less) meditation time or time in or near water.

Avoid mind altering chemicals and known addictions.

Life's natural anesthetic is moving in reverse now, so the lure of outside numbing agents - that drink or shopping spree or pain pill will be stronger - keep this in mind.

Imagine we are standing at the shore line up to our knees in the cold ocean. When we look down into the water everything looks foggy. Our legs look two sizes too big, almost like one wide mermaid's tale (or this is how I imagine myself, clamshell bra and all). The shells and pebbles at our feet are not in exactly the place they appear to be when we reach for them. Even in the clearest water things are illusory and shifting.

Then the tide flows out. The shells at our feet look a lot more ordinary and less colorful and they are smaller than we thought they would be.

Instead of things being closer than they appear, they now appear to be exactly where they actually are. Stuff is a little less magical - the mermaid's tail/tale turns back into our ordinary legs/storyline; sunburned,  spider-veined and filled with typos - but now that we have legs again we can do all kinds of things we couldn't do before. Maybe sometimes the tail/tale is needed to keep us sane and protected, but at some point it just gets in our way.

And this is a sloppy, terrible metaphor, but you might see what I am getting at. 

Neptune retrogrades separate the illusion from reality.

And what we will be left with next November will be the reality. Useless boundaries, lies, guilt, martyr and victim stories and other tall tale/tails will be left on the shoreline. What was vague will clear up. Draining dreams will dissolve. Reality shifts. LIES ARE EXPOSED.

This could happen now, planets are uber-powerful when they station, slowly over the course of the retrograde or when Neptune turns direct in late November.

This would not be a good day to make an important decision.

On TUESDAY, the Moon continues her journey through Virgo - we are focused on our day-to-day activities, our work, our pets, our health.

At 3:43PM EDT Mercury (in Cancer) will trine Jupiter (in Scorpio) and trine Neptune (in Pisces). This is a smooth flow between issues dealing with home, relocation, family, renovation, home business, mother, our past AND other people's money, loans, mortgages, investments, inheritances, insurance, commissions AND those Pisces themes we talked about for yesterday.

Words are very powerful and expansive now. 

This transit connects back to early June when Venus was walking these same degrees (what we want, love, money, women, beauty, our values or self-esteem) and is foreshadowing the mid-July eclipse in Cancer here.

So what are we saying, what are we hearing, what are we signing, what ideas are we hatching, what thoughts are we thinking, what things are we learning? PAY ATTENTION.

This transit is excellent for creativity, for healing and also to feel quite lazy and just let things drift!

On the same day Venus conjuncts the North Node in Leo.

This is excellent energy for everyone on that North Node path - following our heart, taking the center-stage in our own life - this is where what we want meets our best path forward.

New attractions, opportunities, people will feel fated because they are. This is the time to step up.

The ways that we have been mired in that South Node in Aquarius - in distraction, in detachment, in technology, hiding out in a group or dissolving into group-think - will oppose Venus, so work at cross purposes with what we want. With Mars in Aquarius about to go retrograde and Venus moving toward an opposition with him in just two days - things won't be all puppies and kittens, but somebody somewhere is getting some puppies and kittens - I hope it is YOU!

We are stepping toward what makes us feel most proud and generous and ALIVE.

Leo ruler of the 5th, also rules children - hopefully this is the week the horrendous decision to pull immigrant children from their parents at the border can be stopped.

On WEDNESDAY, while we sleep, the Moon (in Virgo) will square the Sun (in Gemini) giving us our monthly First Quarter Square Moon. We will be facing a challenge with whatever kicked off at the Gemini New Moon last week - maybe we are facing a decision or feeling overwhelmed with details/choices (not all choices are real now). We may want to keep looking for more data, but it is probably time to focus on what we already know. It could be time to apply a solution, even if it is not a perfect solution.

The Moon moves into Libra at 8:29AM EDT - we should be a bit more balanced, diplomatic, focused on keeping everything on an even keel and on our partnerships over the next couple days. A late afternoon square with Saturn could everyone more difficult and inflexible. Authority or career issues are tense/frustrating.

At 11:59PM EDT (could make for some interesting dreams) Mercury will trine Neptune enabling our words/communications to go deeper. We may say more than we intended to say, but it won't necessarily be a bad thing. Great energy for creative writing and meditating. Also for healing words and information.

On THURSDAY the Moon (in Libra) goes void from 11:13AM EDT to 2:17PM EDT.  The Sun moves into Cancer at 6:07AM EDT welcoming the Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year - I will write a post.

This summer is going to be all about the "re's" with every planets except Venus (and the Sun and the Moon which never retrograde) turning retrograde AND focused on the big eclipse season where we will see the first eclipse on the Cancer/Capricorn axis.

This is also the day Venus opposes Mars - opposition around what we want and what we are willing to do to get it. We will talk about this in the Solstice post.

We end the week - SATURDAY - with the Sun squaring Chiron and Mercury opposing Pluto.

With Mercury (in Cancer) opposing Pluto (in Capricorn) we could get some information we don't want to know. There is probably something here we don't want to look at/think about/deal with. This is good energy for deep research, but also good energy to be manipulated - don't let yourself be talked into anything now - or to be obsessed with an idea or thought.

At the same time the Sun will square Chiron - the wounded healer and wounded healer doesn't mean healer of wounds, although it might, it means the healer IS wounded. With the Sun in Cancer now - there is probably something here about not feeling safe or not feeling mothered or cared for. It could be some tension around a home/family issue - a frustrating situation now could trigger a childhood wound/trauma.

A big week that kicks off a BIG ass-backwardsy summer! Back with some dailies.

xo all

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Moon in Gemini square Neptune | we don't know what we don't want to know, exposure, questions, choices, lies - changing our mind - listening before we speak, double checking EVERYTHING, tossing multiple ideas out there to see what sticks

the sandgiver by S-T-R-A-N-G-E

At 3:43PM EDT the Gemini Moon meets the Gemini Sun at 22 degrees bringing us our annual New Moon in Gemini.

Gemini is all about the movement of information and ideas.

Gemini is about choices and multiple anythings.

The expressions "more than one way to skin a cat" and "kill two birds with one stone" make my point here - although in a morbidly, Dexter-like, serial-killer style

(who the hell was doing all this cat skinning, bird stoning anyway - I don't even want to know where these expressions come from - although actually I probably do now that I think about it since it's Gemini season and all and I am CURIOUS and yes, now I am thinking about cats again and what curiosity holds for them - yikes).

There will be more than one thing to talk about now, more than one thing to do, more than one way forward.

With the Moon in Gemini answering to Mercury and Mercury in Cancer answering to the Moon both planets are strengthened now.

The fly in the ointment - if you like having choices - is a square to imaginative and deceptive Neptune strong in her home sign of Pisces.

Are these choices real? Is this information true? There is going to be alot to talk about and read and muddle our way through, but at the end of the day - or the end of the next six months when we reach the Full Moon in Gemini next December - will anything here amount to anything? It is hard to be sure. In fact, maybe it is not even possible to be sure of very much right now.

This New Moon - ruled by trickster Mercury - is like one giant flashing yellow light blinking at us "LOOK before you leap".

When I see Mercury square Neptune I think there us a LIE here somewhere. As my grandmother would say "something is fishy in Denmark" or maybe she would say rotten, but I can't bring myself to write that about Denmark!

And, of course, we have multiple Mercurian things playing out right now - how crazy-making for us and how appropriate for Gemini!

We had the Sun and Mercury connect just a week or so ago and square Neptune. I wrote about it HERE in a post titled "alice down the rabbit hole". Now we have the Sun and Moon connecting in Gemini - answering to Mercury - squaring Neptune again. They are past Neptune now.

So the LIE (or Neptunian situation - what is hidden or put away or done behind the scenes, behind our backs, behind closed doors, secrets, the ethereal realms, imagination, hospitals, spirituality, addiction, healing, illness, compassion) maybe started then - around June 6th -7th.

Something at best un-grounded or misguided and at worst deceptive was put into play.

Maybe there was something we glossed over and didn't want to look at too closely because we knew something we badly wanted to add up, just didn't. I know someone who had a botched medical procedure in a hospital. There are as many ways this could play out as there are stars in the sky.

And now in the dark of the New Moon, when the Moon has totally disappeared from view, something here that is no longer needed is probably going to disappear, too.  

Maybe it is the lie. Maybe one of the choices that was never real anyway. Maybe all of the choices because they were never real anyway. Maybe it is our rose-colored-glasses that .. oops .. land on the pavement and are pressed into concrete by the reality police. 

There could be something in play about making a decision through the process of elimination.

The other Mercurian storyline we have playing out now is we have Mercury opposing a retrograde Saturn at the end of this week. This takes us back to January when Mercury met Saturn in Capricorn and we were talking about being careful with our words/thoughts - that we were creating contracts.

So, at the end of this week we come to the closing sentences of one chapter and beginning sentences of another chapter of that story - a check-in date we had written into that contract.

Saturn sits across from Mercury and Saturn asks - "well, what have you done with this?" and then Saturn says "here is your karma, here is your result".

If we have done our work and what we said we would do (and this could have been something we told ourselves, of course) - stepped into our Saturn, lived up to our contract - we will be having a development now. Maybe something related to official paperwork or a career result. Maybe something related to home or family or the themes of our natal Cancer/Capricorn axis.

If we haven't been doing our Saturn or we set up a contract unconsciously - what will probably happen now is we will project our own Saturn onto someone else or some situation (authority/rules/limits) and they will be telling us what to do via a rule or limit, or telling us NO or whatever this tension/frustration is. If this is happening to us let's stop - and Saturn will force the stop - and think about how we ourselves have set this situation up - even when it might look like something is blocking us from the outside! Any space we are blaming the other person now we can be assured what is actually happening is we haven't taken on the responsibility ourselves.

If we like where we are right now, if we are in a good place and OK with what is happening it is because we did the right thing back in January or maybe we have taken seriously what we verbally or mentally set into motion back in January. If we aren't in a good place then the problem/situation we encounter now is designed to get us back on track - another spin of the cosmic dial, another chance to step into our responsibility and claim the authority for our own life. 

The good news - a new chapter is starting so what have we learned here?

For today - it is time to set our New Moon intentions!

There is extra oomph with the Mercury/Moon reciprocity and although there could be a tendency to drift off course with that Neptune or paint too pretty a picture - there is also something here to push against - squares get results!

One of the ways to use this New Moon - and the way I like to use it and I have a strong 3rd house (Gemini rules the 3rd house) - with Mercury, the Sun and Saturn there - is to toss multiple things out there - and see what takes off. With Gemini results are usually spotted rather quickly. It won't take long to see which ideas grow wings and which ideas fall to the ground!

(which is creating more dead bird imagery for me - I am going to take a long walk now! Ack!)

This New Moon in Gemini is all about communication so things might come up now that have us thinking about the way we get our point across, the way we present our ourselves, the way we show up and relate to other people and maybe most especially - with Mars on that South Node in Aquarius now - what we are a voice for.

GEMINI NEW MOON AFFIRMATIONS

This is a great time for affirmations for Gemini themes - movement, flexibility, wit, communication, logic, social graces and ease, siblings, local issues, teaching/learning, mental anxiety, areas of life where you are seeing double or encounter two choices or are doing two things at once, our nervous system, hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and our lungs AND the theme of your natal Gemini house.

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a good frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive place (meaning both happy and certain) - write your affirmations down by hand in script, speak them out loud - then release your attention from them knowing that your intention is known. Gemini is our first air sign of the year. I am going to speak them into the wind this year (a fan will do) and imagine my intentions flying far and wide, landing on the most fertile soil.

Know what you seek is seeking you (Rumi).

Know these things are already yours.

xo all