The Moon wanes over a number of tensions this week.  It is not so much about a single celestial event, as much as it is a cluster of factors.   First, Mercury’s retrograde station on Saturday (14th) overshadows the week, making clarity a rare commodity in the midst of a period where it would be most helpful.  Second, the Sun spends the entire week in a square with Saturn, giving it a potentially unpleasant heaviness.  The third, and perhaps most important factor, is the T-Square between Uranus, Pluto and Mars, which tightens throughout the week, pressurizing things and triggering a small crisis or two.  This volatile configuration is additionally troubled by Uranus’ retrograde station on the 12th.

Not a terribly auspicious week, but it could be a rather productive one.  There is energy in abundance, but chaos to contend with.

Uranus Retrograde

Uranus stations retrograde on Thursday, July 12th.    e same notes as the Moon’s conjunction with Uranus a few days earlier.  Uranus’ retro station calls for us to turn back from the periphery of the radical, to instead consider the changes and breaks with the norm we’ve already made.  For the duration of Uranus’ retrograde phase (Jul. 12th-Dec.13th), put new experiments on hold while you consolidate the changes you’ve already made.



Mercury Retrograde in Leo: Mirror, Mirror

Mercury stations retrograde in Leo on Saturday, the 14th. On the surface, Mercury will be concerned primarily with ruining cell phones, sending emails to the wrong address, messing up plans, complicating schedules and sowing miscommunications.

In addition to dealing with a few concrete annoyances, Mercury’s retrograde through Leo brings up questions of identity.  Change is in the air like smoke from a forest fire.  Old masks lie half burnt in the fire.  People question the mirrors of past and the future.  Who is the one I see?

The issue here is how to resolve the contradiction between past and future images of oneself.  That point between is the present, the place of change. A bridge must be built, an understanding of self that includes yet transcends what was and will be.

These changing winds blow the ego’s fires in unexpected directions.  Strange topics catch fire as they are pulled unexpectedly into very personal processes.  This is to be expected and to be forgiven to some degree… yet beware, for the drama llama rides hard and fast through the empyrean these weeks, a skyborne terror of myth and dark legend.  If you see the glint of his pitborn eyes or feel the woolly madness of coat- flee!  For the sake of all that is yet holy in the world- flee!

On a less esoteric level, Mercury’s time retrograde in Leo highlights questions of leadership.  Some power structures are crumbling, others arising.  Most are in flux.  This mutation of hierarchies makes the issue of leadership an important one.  Who should lead, and how?  These questions are pertinent in many places, at many levels, whether it is the OCCUPY movement, Egypt’s newly elected government, or the American race for the iron throne. These questions are an echo of the more personal issues of identity described above- who is the one who leads us?  What is the name of the person or principle at the center?

As organizations and their titular heads grapple with these issues, we the people and the viewers can expect some superbly hilarious gaffes to come singing out of political leaders’ mouths.  Thank you, life, for all of the consolation prizes.

T-Party: Uranus, Pluto and Mars

This week and next contain a particularly nasty t-square between Uranus, Pluto and Mars.  This configuration is for many a call to action on multiple fronts, a great and stressful busy-ness.  In particular, it is those tasks which are required to participate in the transformations trying to occur within people’s lives.  Yet resistance to change offers no respite, for to oppose these currents requires even more energy than to try and keep up.

This one will spin up a variety of small storms, and shorten tempers considerably, making it likely to oversee squabbles in both the micro- and macro- cosms.

This potential for squabbles is exaggerated by this T-square’s overlap with Mercury’s retrograde station.  Delicate points put poorly easily ignite shortened fuses.

Do your best to manage strong reactions this week, for there is much to do, and very little of it involves petty conflicts.

Sun Square Saturn: Stay the Course

While Mercury prepares for an inversion and a trio of planets squabble, the sensitive Sun in Cancer approaches a square to Saturn in Libra.  Though some may chaffe under the hard, duty-bound nature of Saturn’s influence, this aspect may be the week’s saving grace.  For in Saturn’s Libran exaltation there lies the unavoidable truth of balance, the near-invincible wisdom of equilibrium in all things.  There is also the principle of duty to one’s life- the deep obligation to one’s destiny, which is one of the few principles that transcends mere comfort.

Discipline and self control have a poor reputation in the post-modern west.  Our heroic narratives are those of liberation and pleasure.  Yet liberation does not free us from the work inherent in the execution our own will, and pleasure is a blessing, but abandons us when we desire it most.  When grace flees, discipline remains and duty endures.

Use this week’s uncomfortable touch with Saturn to anchor yourself to what you really want and the work it will take to achieve it.



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Aries: The Ram

This week’s T-square highlights the tension and activity in multiple areas of life.   Ongoing professional transformations, your personal mutation process and your conflict management skills all play a role.  Try to dance with the sometimes jagged rhythm of the present, even if you don’t know the moves.

Mercury’s retrograde station in Leo this Saturday calls into question the way you’ve been allocating your creative energies.  Take the next 3 weeks to consider what you can commi to making happen.

Taurus: The Bull

This week’s T-square aggravates some ongoing tensions, particularly those between your changing long term goals and a growing awareness of previously hidden sides of your psyche.   Fiscal and physical irritations are also part of the mix.  Don’t think of the many questions and conundrums as distractions- consider them the mission itself.

Come Saturday, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, which pulling your attention to your family and living situation, areas in which you’ll likely find some issues that need sorting out.  Consider the advantages and disadvantages of your home base over the next several weeks, but don’t commit to any relocation plans until Mercury goes direct next month.  Regarding family matters, do your best not to be drawn into any developing drama.

Gemini: The Twins

This week’s T-squares may aggravate some ongoing tensions, likely presenting a potential drain on your resources- social, financial, emotional and creative.  Spend yourself on what is necessary, but be careful not to fritter reserves away on inessentials.

On Saturday the 14th, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, pulling your attention to a number of peripheral tasks, a hornet’s nest of small issues.  Somewhere in the buzzing cloud are a series of lessons for you, but I’ll leave that to you and the next 3 weeks to puzzle out.

Cancer: The Crab

This week’s T-square brings a number of themes in your professional and personal life into tense alignment.   Professional changes, relationship lessons and more combine to pack your plate. Suffice to say that there is a lot to deal with, both internally and externally.  The tangles are your own to unwind, but I can urge you to take extra good care of yourself so you have the energy to deal with the bullshit as it arises.

On Saturday, the 14th, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, pulling your attention to your bank account and adjustments you may need to make to your income-expense ratio.  Be extra careful of overspending for the next 3 weeks.  You may need a cushion to offset some of the curveballs falling from the heavens.

Leo: The Lion

This week’s T-squares highlight your mutating long term goals and ongoing fiscal and physical transformations.  Some chaos surrounds the changes you are trying to make happen, as well as those you’re attempting to adapt to.  Though the present may seem packed with drama, these changes will take time to fully unfold.  Check your impatience and settle into the jagged rhythm presented.  Deny impatience a foot hold and clear away obstacles as they arise.

On the 14th, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, beginning a 3 week period where you’ll be drawn to rethink who you are, as well as the way you communicate that to other people.   Consider the image you have of yourself and how you’re been projecting it.  Consider it a royal makeover.

Virgo: The Virgin

This week’s T-square gets things moving, amplifying the energy and setting the stage for a little chaos to sneak in.  Watch your cash reserves and tread carefully in business relationships.

On Saturday, the 14th, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, pulling your thoughts towards the back of your brain, the secret corner where you’ve imprisoned your shadow.  Over the next 3 weeks, you may catch a passing glimpse of that vain monster in nearby mirrors.  Consider making friends, as the theme for this Mercury retrograde is integrating the parts of yourself that you’ve rejected.  You just might need them.

Libra: The Scales

This week’s T-square highlights tensions that have been ongoing for the last several weeks.  You are pulled more directly into this week’s configurations, though, called to exert an effort to meet the demands of this Summer’s strange transformation.

Mercury stations retrograde in Leo this Saturday, beginning a 3 week period whose theme is rethinking the role you play in the social world, as well as how you relate to groups of people.  Shifting group dynamics may complicate these considerations, so don’t feel like you need to make any of these moves immediately.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The T-square this week may well involve some peripheral pains in the ass.  Handle the problems as they arise, and take care not to let the stress push you toward unhealthy coping patterns.

On Saturday Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, signaling that it may be time to rethink some aspects of your professional situation.  In addition to re-envisioning how you see your career,  expect to handle a variety of technical and communication issues over the next 3 weeks.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

This week’s T-square brings a number of pressures to bear, stressing your resources.  Uranus in Aries brings erratic luck and unstable energy levels while Pluto in Capricorn places an evolutionary pressure on your finances.  Mars’ entrance into Libra on the 3rd adds some irritations from your social sphere, while the Sun’s move through Cancer provides a stressed focus on the exchange of resources between yourself and others.  None of these pressures is, on its own, a huge burden, but all together it is a bit of pain.

Mercury stations retrograde in Leo on Saturday, bringing your thinking about your long term goals to an ambivalent place.  You’ll be scanning the horizon for the rest of July for visions of who you might one day be.  Just don’t commit yourself to becoming any particular vision until Mercury stations direct in August.

Capricorn: The Goat

This week’s T-squares brings several pressures to bear simultaneously.  Uranus in Aries lends instability to living situations while Pluto in Capricorn exerts a subtle but inexorable evolutionary pressure.  Mars in Libra  adds some irritations from your professional sphere.  Nothing you can’t handle, but its not that easy to handle all at once.  Do what you can with it.  Things will ease up a little later.

Come Saturday, the 14th, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, suggesting that the next 3 weeks are the right time to rethink the exchange of time, money and energy between yourself and other people.  Consider what’s fair and what works, but don’t feel the need to settle on a particular arrangement before Mercury stations direct in August.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

This week’s T-squares activates a horde of small issues.  Uranus in Aries destabilizes your schedule, while Pluto in Capricorn places an evolutionary pressure on your psyche, creating ambient stress.  In addition, Mars in Libra puts some obstacles between you and your long term goals.  Even if you’re not sure exactly what you’ll find there, you know what direction you should be headed in.  Don’t let the shitstorms blow you off course.

Mercury stations retrograde in Leo on Saturday, bringing your thinking to your relationships.  You’ll spend the next 3 weeks reconsidering the way you interact with those close to you.  Listen to what others have to say, but don’t be surprised if the message is a little garbled.  Avoid any big decisions about relationships until Mercury stations direct in August.

Pisces: The Fish

The T-square this week brings several of pressures to bear, stressing your resources.  Uranus in Aries points to financial ups and downs, while Pluto in Capricorn places a heavy pressure on your social life. Meanwhile, Mars in Libra may create some friction around the exchanges of money and energy between yourself  and others.  Don’t let the moments of pressure cloud your judgment.  These things will come and then they will go.

On Saturday, the 14th, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo, asking you to take another look at your fiscal  and physical health, as well as the work you’re getting done, or aren’t.  The ensuing 3 week period is a good time make positive changes in your eating, exercise and work habits.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


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