The season’s storms continue, and many get kicked up a notch. Some walk perilous paths, certain of their purpose, cloaks wrapped tightly around them. Others watch objects of comfort and desire burn, winds carrying away the ashes for a sky burial. Yet the sky will return what the gale has stolen.
This week is host to the peak of the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-Square, temporarily transformed into a full on Grand Cross on Tuesday by the Moon’s movement through early Cancer. Wednesday holds the New Moon in Cancer while Sunday hosts the Sun’s entrance into Leo. All the while, a retrograde and now invisible Mercury considers the hero’s journey, and what clever tricks he can play along the way.
The Grand Cross: X Marks The Spot
One aspect of the cross is as a symbol of the pain that comes from embracing destiny. So often crosses coincide with those complicated matters we have no choice but to endure. What is born of Necessity cannot be disowned without offending the goddess herself. So for those who are called to heart of the passing storms- give yourself to them. Don’t do what you think is reasonable- do everything you can. For the cross is not merely a symbol of pain, but also one of heroism.
Yet not all are called to the cross, and for many of us, there is the option of whether to participate in shitstorms or merely zip up our raincoats. If you have a choice, I recommend the latter.
New Moon in Cancer: A Complicated Elixir
In Wednesday’s dead of night, the Moon catches the Sun again, re-seeding the lunar month. The New Moon in Cancer gathers up yesterday’s craziness and tomorrow’s tensions and asks us to reflect upon them. There is meaning to gleaned from this season’s dramas, and grand themes beneath its many events. Distill the essence of what is happening and drink, deeply.
Mercury Retrograde: Aim For The Heart
Mercury’s time in Leo is a hero’s journey in reverse, a walk backwards, stripping away all but the center, the hero/ine’s beating, deciding heart. As it aspects different planets along its journey, each will contribute an important piece to this story, adding to the core of the narrative unfolding.
The first of these is with Mars, whose conversation with Mercury will run from Thursday until Saturday, when it is perfected. This aspect asks us to consider the type of power Mars in Libra symbolize, which is the ability to know when to fight, and when not to. The sword of truth wielded here sometimes cuts though conflicts, revealing them to be petty and unnecessary. At other points it strikes hard injustices, situations which cannot, of their own karma, endure. The difference is knowing what is worth fighting for, and what isn’t. With drama abundant and factions currently recruiting for crusades large and small, this ability to know the difference makes all the difference.
The Sun Enters Leo: The Order of Thrones
On Sunday the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, shining a bold light onto the heart of things. This ingress lends us some strength to retake the center after a week full of pulls from all compass points. The Sun’s entry into Leo also sees it join a retrograde Mercury, energizing questions about what the new center will look like. What will we be led by, and who?
The first half of the week is host to the rough cross, another riff on the tensions that have been your theme song for the last several weeks. If you get stressed, try and take a step back. Ask yourself whether you are a poor, put upon victim of history, or whether you are made of something stronger than shifting tides. The masks of the victim and the hero/ine are both yours to don.
The New Moon in Cancer on Wednesday brings many of the month’s concerns back to your foundations. Root deep and lower your center of gravity and like a mighty oak or one of those punch-clowns, nothing will be able to knock you down.
On Sunday, the Sun enters Leo, where it will be lending you strength and reinforcing your creative energy for the next month.
Things get started with a series of tensions spun out by Tuesday’s cross. There are a lot of moving parts here, stocked with small problems and big questions. Yet there is a lesson concealed by the swift winds, a teaching on the aspects of your nature you’re still having trouble coming to terms with. Find that and the rest will make more sense.
Wednesday’s New Moon in Cancer brings the month’s multitudinous concerns back to the small tasks directly before you. There is a lot to do, so start with what is simple.
Come Sunday, the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, shifting the solar spotlight to your living situation and relationships with your family for the next month.
The first half of the week is dominated by the passing cross and subsequent t-square. There’s much moving here, and you’ll be tempted to chase all of it. Enjoy your storm chasing, but keep an eye on the cost of your adventures.
The New Moon in Cancer on the 18th brings the month’s concerns back to their impact on your available resources. If you’ve been drained by the recent goings on, consider what short term moves you can make to fill the tank back up.
On Sunday the Sun enters Leo, shifting the solar spotlight to your schedule and highlighting a shifting variety of short term goals and small tasks.
The cross that begins the week serves up a heaping helping of tasks and concerns. There’s a lot on your plate right now, and though you might have the hunger, it’s still a bit much for one sitting. Take it one bite at a time.
The New Moon in Cancer on Wednesday brings things back around to how the last month’s events have altered your position and condition. Take stock of your situation, and consider what you can do to become the person you need to be.
On Sunday, the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, shifting the solar spotlight to the changing status of your available resources. The Sun will be pouring a little light into your pocket book over the next month.
This week’s grand cross and subsequent t-square present a medley of small tasks and big questions for you this week. Ready, set- problem solve.
The New Moon in Cancer on Wednesday asks you to reflect on what you’ve learned about the importance of keeping an eye on hidden factors, not least of which is your own shadow.
Come Sunday, the 22nd the Sun enters Leo, shifting the solar spotlight onto you and your ceaseless glory. Rather than merely reflecting those beams in a flash of light, you may want to consider more absorptive attire. You’re going to need that energy.
The cross kicks off the week, presenting a cluster of factors which will probably take several days to sort out. This configuration is positioned to tax your resources, especially finances. Give each penny a pinch before you spend it.
Wednesday holds the New Moon in Cancer, highlighting how the last month has altered the web of your relationships. If you’ve stressed some of your friendships, consider ways to remediate the issues.
On the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, shifting the solar spotlight toward the darkened recesses of your subconscious. The Sun will be shining on your neglected pride and underused positivity for the next month.
This week’s cross and subsequent t-square will keep you busy. In fact, there’s a lot that depends on you right now. Plow through the problems with as much poise as you can muster.
The New Moon in Cancer on the 18th brings the month’s manifold events back to your professional situation, asking you to sit and consider where things can and can’t go from here.
Come Sunday, the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, shifting the solar spotlight toward your place in the social world. Things are changing here, but it will take few weeks of the Sun’s light upon this territory for it to become clear.
The week is host to a grand cross, as well as a rather tense t-square, likely accompanied by a small storm of tasks you’ll need to attend to. Find a place of balance to move from and you’ll bring equilibrium to whatever you touch.
Wednesday holds the New Moon in Cancer, which brings the month’s manifold events back to your long term goals. What has the last month taught you about the road that bridges here and there?
On Sunday the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, shifting the solar rays toward your professional position. Expect to have your performance spotlighted for the next month.
This week’s cross gets things moving, tapping your social, creative and monetary resources. While you’re whirling about with things, it may be in your best interest to keep an eye on tensions within your social network. Casual relationships will be in a touchy place for the next couple weeks, so treat your friends and contacts with a little bit more care.
The New Moon in Cancer on Wednesday the 18th brings the month’s manifold tensions back to the time, money and energy exchanged between yourself and others. Partnerships, business and otherwise, may need more nurturing than they’ve been receiving.
Come the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, illuminating your big picture and shifting energy toward long term goals. Settle back and candle gaze at the shifting futures playing upon the horizon.
This week’s cross throws out a lot of energy, asking you to accomplish more than you might have expected. Embrace the pressures, both visible and invisible, and figure out a way to make it work.
The New Moon in Cancer on Wednesday asks you to pause a second and consider the status of your significant relationships, which have likely acted as a backstop to the stresses of the last several weeks.
On Sunday the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, where it will be highlighting your changing exchanges of money and energy with other people over the next month.
The cross this week is liable to throw a slew of small issues in front of you. Solve what needs solving, but keep your eye on the horizon. The bumps in the road mean less when you remember your destination.
Wednesday’s New Moon in Cancer asks you to pause a second and consider the status of your fiscal and physical health, which may well have taken a beating over the last several weeks. Consider what habits you can re-engineer to help offset the cost of recent stresses.
On Sunday, the Sun enters Leo, illuminating your significant relationships for the next month. The Sun’s time here will help bring the patterns that need to be rethought into visibility.
This week’s cross is likely to spin out a small storm of activity. In the midst of managing all of the action, mind your obligations to others. It is easy to forget the support we’ve received in both the throes of defeat and the ecstasies of success.
The New Moon in Cancer on the 18th asks you to hold still for a second and consider where you’re allocating your energy. There’s a lot to do, and it probably won’t all get done by accident.
On Sunday the Sun enters Leo, shedding light on the changing landscape of tasks before you. You may be uncertain about some aspects of the work ahead, so spend your time checking off the knowns to make room for the surprises.