The week begins just after Uranus and Pluto’s first square and Saturn’s direct station, which occurred last Sunday but reverberate throughout the week Despite the relatively epic nature of recent configurations, there is more in store. Monday Mercury enters Leo, the sign in which the messenger will find his next retrograde. Then, on Wednesday, Venus spins on her heel, turning direct after nearly 6 weeks of retrograde motion. Meanwhile the Sun creeps into a chaotic T-square with Uranus and Pluto, volatilizing things, especially Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday offer some relief, but it is another intense week. One set of transformations finishes out and another set of alchemical operations begins, with no down time between them.
Mercury Enters Leo
This Monday, Mercury leaves behind Cancer’s tidepools for the hot savannas of Leo, where he’ll be dramatizing communications and spurring visions for quite some time. In Leo, Mercury’s clever words escape his mouth as a Lion’s roar. It’s a helpful wavelength for advertising, promotion and creative writing, not to mention lordly speeches and commands.
On a personal level, Mercury’s time in Leo pushes us to speak from the heart. If you happen to believe that the heart is a font of unmuddied wisdom, this is a good thing. However, if you have even the most preliminary experience with human vivisection, you know that hearts are full of all sorts of nasty things. Why, there’s jealousy, hatred, and vanity all mixed in with whatever eternal fire still manages to burn.
With people moved to give voice to their bloodiest organ, there is tendency toward drama that can be observed whilst Mercury is in Leo. Do your best to avoid being cast in the cheap little plays soon to be enacted.
Nevertheless, beneath the ego, Mercury in Leo conceals the often latent ability to speak directly to the heart of the listener- and to the core of any issue. This ability to speak from and to the blazing nuclear heart transcends the idiocy of the blustery corona. Recognizing the difference will save you from some unnecessary suffering later in the season, when Mercury turns retrograde.
Due to his upcoming retrograde (July 14th –August 8th), Mercury will be in Leo an unusually long time. In fact, we’ll be dealing with Mercury in Leo until the very last day of August. Enjoy the bright, extraverted quality of Mercury’s energy this week, for as we move deeper into the season these rays will bend backwards in search of answers to tricky questions.
Venus Stations Direct
Retrograde since May 15th, Venus finally turns direct this Wednesday. Venus’ direct station is in, in many ways, a happy event, signaling quite literally that it is once again time to move forward socially and emotionally. However, sometimes moving forward means leaving old and beloved things behind. It also means entering into new relationships or new types of relationships, exploring dynamics in which we are yet unpracticed. This retrograde brought a rare depth of realization and change into yet that very profoundity constitutes a real challenge. How do we make a home in our lives for what we glimpsed only briefly as a tiny bee buzzed the face of the Sun?
Yet the lady has left us a trail of honey to guide us back through the mirror maze. Its sights should be familiar at this point, its illusions not so bewildering. From now until July 31st, Venus will revisit the degrees she retrograded through, asking us to work on integrating and understanding the emotional changes we swept through so quickly this Spring.
The Sun in Cancer spends much of the week moving through a T-square with Uranus and Pluto. This puts the spotlight right on the revolutionary changes and evolutionary mandates which comprise the bulk of world news and inner awareness right now. Although the influence can be felt all week, the Sun is configured most perfectly to red hot Uranus and black ice Pluto on Friday. On one level, this aspect helps bring awareness to the deep processes of change unfolding, yet on a more practical one, this is some gnarly shit, complicating plans and lighting the fuse on sensitive situations.
The T-Square in astrology is so named because of the letter its shape resembles. Formed of an opposition and 2 squares between a minimum of 3 planets, this configuration is notably tense and unstable, often indicating complicated situations to which there are no simple answers. Another name given to the shape of the T-square is the Tau cross, called that for its resemblance to the Hebrew letter Tau. This is the shape of the cross as it appears in the Old Testament, and as such is sometimes called the “Anticipatory Cross,” prefiguring, as it does, the crucifixion of the Solar savior. This week that title is especially relevant, as the Sun’s T-cross with Uranus and Pluto prefigures Mars’ much nastier one in a few weeks.
The T-Cross is often found adorned by a serpent in iconography. This emblem, derived from the Old Testament but used in a more precise manner in alchemical works, represents the “Fixing of the Volatile,“ keeping still what wants to squirm. Here we see the Serpent representing volatile Mercury and that Tau cross corresponding to fixating Saturn. This alchemical formulae, which yields the elixir of Mercury, is the key for working with the difficult energies on offer this season.
On a psychological level, the fixing of the volatile refers to concentrating upon the issue at hand until it transforms. On the level of artful living, it is the craft of holding to fast to your aims amidst a season of distractions. This week we are offered the first in a series of opportunities to learn to fix the volatile or be whirled about by it. This is one of a series of crosses we’ll brave, and we can use it to establish the concentration needed to make it through the Summer’s many crosses with our intentions intact. That, or we could flail our arms in terror.
The week begins with Mercury’s ingress into Leo. The messenger’s time in the Lion’s sign puts a megaphone to your lips, amplifying even your whispers. Start working on the assumption that people will actually hear what’s coming out of your mouth. More elocution, less projection.
On Wednesday, Venus stations direct, marking the 6 week retrograde’s official end. The lady’s direction station helps clear up your thinking a bit and stabilize your relationships, both intimate and casual.
Finally, Friday’s t-square is likely to spot issues with your living space, as well entailing a degree of general discomfort. During this T-square and the next several, I’m going to be asking you to watch your temper, especially if you’re a March Aries. I don’t necessarily think that it’s going to help, but I’m going to do it. It sounds sort of like this- please don’t lose your shit, even if it seems like a good idea.
Mercury enters Leo on Monday, where the usually swift planet will be for the next 2 months. In Leo, Mercury asks you to consider your living situation and your relationship with your family. These areas are due for some renovation, though the edit won’t begin for a few weeks.
A few days later, on the 27th, Venus stations direct, bringing her 6 week retrograde to an end. This reversal lends both your finances and psyche some certainty which has been lacking recently.
Friday’s t-square may involve some disruptions to your schedule, as well as some rather emotionally loaded moments. You may want to skip the etiquette and not ask people how they’re doing for a few days. What you don’t know cannot be talked about for hours.
On Monday Mercury enters Leo, the sign in which your patron planet will be doing his thing until the end of August. In Leo, Mercury emphasizes a number of peripheral tasks and meetings, threatening to overcrowd both your schedule and thoughts. Nonetheless, this position will help you broadcast cleverness in a wide arc for the next bit.
On Wednesday, Venus stations direct, bringing her 6 week retrograde to an end, along with the emotional volatility that’s accompanied it. You probably have much better idea of what you want than you did 6 weeks. Failing that, I bet you have some really clear ideas about what you don’t want.
The t-square on Thursday and Friday threatens to drain your reserves a bit, both financially and otherwise. Considering the climate of the oncoming weeks, you’d be wise to be conservative about your expenditures, even if Jupiter is trying to convince that you’ve recently become bullet proof.
Mercury enters Leo this Monday, shifting the direction of your thoughts towards your finances. Material worth is certainly one of the questions in play here, but so are deeper questions about what value you have, as a person. These topics will widen and deepen as progress further into the season.
On Wednesday, Venus stations direct, ending the morning star’s retrograde, along with the passing moments of enlightening madness that came with it.
The T-square on Thursday and Friday puts you between a rock and a hard place. Well, not really. More like being being between a ruthless evolutionary imperative and an idealistic need for freedom and self empowerment. Don't worry, it's nothing you can't handle. It's just that you probably don't want to.
The week begins with Mercury’s entrance into your very own Sign. The messenger’s presence in Leo this week begins a multimonth re-evaluation of who you are and where you’re at. It’ll start slow, but in a few weeks time you’ll be stuck gazing into the mirror, asking questions like you were the Evil Queen in Snow’s White after a few too-many tabs of acid.
A few days later, on the 27th, Venus stations direct, bringing her 6 week retrograde to an end, ending the uncertainty surrounding certain friendships and the ambivalence about your social position.
Finally, Thursday and Friday have a nice t-square for you. Consider it a temporary test of your sanity, to be avoided if at all possible.
Monday sees Mercury enter Leo, where the talkative planet will be for the next couple months. Whilst in Leo, Mercury may try to trick you into saying what you usually keep quiet. In addition, you may find yourself thinking about things from unusual angles, like being positive. By all means resist this baleful influence.
On Wednesday, Venus stations direct, bringing her 6 week retrograde to an end, along with a host of contradictory feelings about your professional situation. As the haze begins to lift, you’ll see this area of your life looking considerably more triumphant than when the mist initially descended.
Thursday and Friday’s T-square may bring with it some social squalls. Unless called by Destiny herself, you may want to sit out the squabbles you’re privy to.
This Monday Mercury enters Leo, where he’ll be for the next several bits. In Leo, Mercury emphasizes your communication within groups of people, and asks you to examine the role that you’ve been playing within them.
A few days later, on Wednesday the 27th, Venus stations direct, bringing her 6 week retrograde to an end. Venus’ direct station restores some balance to your psyche and helps dispel some of the schizophrenia that has recently afflicted your long term goals.
The T-square on Thursday and Friday aims a fair amount of planetary firepower at you. Be prepared to BALANCE THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
Monday Mercury enters Leo, placing a mental spotlight on your professional situation. Expect a slow ramp up in the importance of communications coming your way, followed by a short season of SNAFUs come mid-July. The issue hiding beneath this is whether the way you think about yourself is helping or hindering your professional situation.
Then, on Wednesday the 27th, Venus stations direct, ending her 6 week retrograde, along with some uncertainties about the dynamics of exchange between yourself and others. Feel free to start stealing from your friend again.
Thursday and Friday’s T-square may complicate travel plans, as well as confuse some of your long range goals.
This Monday Mercury ingresses into Leo, sending your thoughts outward. As you gaze through the crosshairs, you’ll see images of yourself dancing through projected time lines in far flung futures. Don’t get ahead of yourself, as there is plenty to sort out between here and there.
A few days later, on the 27th, Venus stations direct, bringing her 6 week retrograde to an end. Venus’ direct station help bring some clarity to the confusion that’s colored your relationships for the last month and a half.
Thursday and Friday’s T-square suggests some stress on what you share with others- property, Playstations or businesses. Try to keep your cool about conflicting interests, even if others can’t.
On Monday, Mercury enters Leo. Within the leonine Sign, Mercury will communicate to you what you are owed, as well as what you are obligated to. Consider a point of honor to comport youself well in respect to these situations.
On Wednesday, the 27th, Venus stations direct, ending her 6 week retrograde, along with the uncertainties that have surrounded work, or the lack thereof, over the last month and a half. See the problems and solve them.
Thursday and Friday contain a lovely T-square which targets you rather directly, as much of this Summer will. Consider how you can make the necessary changes to your living situation.
Monday Mercury moves into Leo, where he’ll spend the majority of the season. The focus here is on communications within your relationships. Consider the image you have of the one you’re speaking to- chances are that your representation of them is a little off.
A few days later, on the 27th, Venus stations direct, bringing her 6 week retrograde to an end, along some of the internal contradictions you’ve been experiencing about what to apply yourself to. Let the seeds of creativity fall on these less confused fields.
The T-square on Thursday and Friday may bring a few unexpected expenses your way, in addition to taxing your health. The season ahead may be a bit rough on your reserves, so keep an eye on your fiscal and physical vitality.
This Monday Mercury enters Leo. In Leo, Mercury highlights tasks in need of work and problems that need attention. Pay attention and stay with it.
On the 27th, Venus stations direct, terminating her 6 week retrograde and ending the uncertainties surrounding your living situation and family situation.
Thursday and Friday’s T-square may create some confusion as to what direction to put your energies in the long term. You can wrestle with the planets, but it might be best simply to save the questions for another day. You’ve got plenty to do in the meantime, don’t you?