As the powerful Sun steps into its own sign of Leo Monday morning, we have Full Moon within hours at the very earliest degree of Leo/Aquarius. Leo holds our radiant core self, our divine essence that shines from our heart as we give over to joyful self expression, at our best when improvising in a dramatic, colorful way. Our inner Leo loves to be seen and applauded. Aquarius, on the other hand, moves us into the mental objectivity of an air sign, where we become compelled by higher ideals of equality, freedom and cooperating for the good of all. The needs of the collective take on more importance than personal, individual expression. Being true to our authentic self takes precedent over fitting in, so the inner rebel or outsider is often spawned.
At Full Moon the Grand Trine in Water signs is still operative just past its peak on July 17-19 with Mars now in early Cancer adding just the thrust of action needed to manifest in the right place, at the right time with everything we need. Really focus when things are working out just as you had hoped – even in the smallest way – despite some unexpected challenges. Pluto and Uranus continue in their (endless) square relationship adding underlying tension to the aspects of our lives that embody the ease, sweetness and flow of the Grand Trine in the feminine signs of Cancer (Jupiter and Mars), Scorpio (Saturn) and Pisces (Neptune).
Mars is showing his kinder, warrior nature as he travels with Jupiter and mingles with the water nymphs in the Grand Trine, but he just can’t resist stirring up a little conflict the last days of July as he forms a volatile T-square opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus. This is a recipe for tension and conflict especially focused on the rigid collective structures not responsive to the people’s needs. Also Mars is considered ‘out of bounds’ – a technical term, but connoting intensified, wild unpredictable behavior lasting all of July. The BIG demonstrations we are witnessing for collective issues – Egypt, Turkey, Trayvon Martin, etc. are supported by Mars being just outside of the influence of the plane the planets usually travel at this time.
Pallas Athena, who rules our mental, creative artistic mind, and Venus, ruling beauty, art and sensuality are working together. We are looking to balance our outer world accomplishments with our inner feminine knowingness that connects us all with the great mysteries of life. We are learning to bring our artistic self out into the world for full expression. Both are in a stressful relationship with the Full Aquarian Moon creating a Finger of God formation. Adjustments will be necessary. Is it intimacy vs. creative expression? Can you bring a balance into your inner and outer worlds? Step over doubt and use your deep pool of intuition to access your source of sexual/creative energies and rejoice in their full expression.
Quirky, but true: Because we have Full Moon at 0º 06″ Aquarius, we get a second Full Moon in Aquarius on August 20 in the last few degrees of that sign (28º).
But the chart I am personally looking forward to occurs on July 29th. It’s a highly exceptional chart of sacred geometry forming a Grand Sextile. THAT IS RARE!!!!! It is formed by a planet in every other sign all around the zodiac, and here, they are in all three Earth signs and all three Water signs, which makes it in the feminine polarity. It’s not a long lasting influence/chart because one of the Earth signs is formed by the rapidly moving Moon, but while the Moon in Taurus moves from 4º-9º from early morning to early evening, it will be completing the final point of this Grand Sextile or six-pointed star. It seems the heavens are aligning in a rare portal. In addition, that six-pointed star consists of Two Grand Trines (both Kites) – one in water signs, one in earth signs, and two Mystic Rectangles (a surprisingly practical formation). Only the Sun in Leo and Uranus in Aries are not part of the formation, and they throw down with some much needed tension and dynamism added to the pot. The Sun forms a wide Finger of God to Pluto and Neptune and squares the North and South Nodes – so you know some evolution and adaptation will be taking place. Uranus forms a T-Square with Pluto and Mars-Jupiter. These last two arrangements will help us identify and excavate the barriers to our participation in the ease and opportunities of the feminine collective energies offered us now through the Grand Trine.
Who knows how it will manifest? But focusing your intentions, meditating on what you want to bring into manifestation, holding the highest consciousness of the feminine archetype and dreaming a beautiful dream of how you want the world to be would be ‘right use’ of a configuration of this magnitude. Eliminate the resistance and fear of change and old models of scarcity and powerlessness that exist inside you, thus defusing these energies out in the world. Give your top priority to using this day of supreme perfection for creating something beautiful, healing and inclusive with the support of the quantum field and the planets.
Mercury turns direct on July 20th and as it slowly gains momentum and retraces the territory it has revisited in Cancer, the sign of tribe, family, ancestors, foundations and home, we can assimilate the memories, dreams and reflections that have come to us during the last three weeks.
As July turns to August, we celebrate the midpoint between summer and autumn. Lammas, the celebration of this cross quarter day, honors the first harvest of grain – the entering of the Sun energy into the seed that nourishes the people and can be replanted in spring to welcome the Sun anew. Use this time for honoring and blessing the natural cycles of life and the miracle of harvest.
For you night owls, two meteor showers peak on the night of July 30 after midnight – Capricornid (look east-south-east) and Delta Aquarids (look overhead). Not the most powerful meteor showers, but maybe together that can make a showing. But the big summer meteor event is always the Perseids active August 11-14 and peaking on August 12th with 60-80 meteors an hour. Don’t miss that one!