You’re gonna need a score card to track the astral action this week—the planets are plenty busy, and daily life reflects their hustle and bustle with the stop and start rhythm of an erratic triple retrograde pulse that makes direct, forward motion next to impossible. Actually there are six retrograde planets at the moment—Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Mars, and Mercury—but I’m only counting three: Mercury and Mars, because they are integral to the day-to-day functioning of regular routines such as communicating, commuting, and counting on your smart phone not to turn stupid. And as of this week, Uranus, which began its retrograde yesterday, because Uranus has a deep relationship to technology and when it goes retrograde at the same time as Mercury, device issues tend to dominate all other personal concerns. But that’s not all the astral activity that takes place this week. The second solar eclipse of the summer occurs on Saturday, August 11 completing the 2018 eclipse season—and stretching its effect to 2020. And on August 12, Mars Retrograde triggers the now infamous 0° Aquarius point, as it continues its retrograde back in Capricorn.
The week is busy above and below, which means the intensity of daily life continues and all the revelations continue to be unbelievable. Handling this intensity skillfully requires staying present despite an inconsistent and sometimes frustrating pace of the week. Here’s the skinny:
(1) Mercury Retrograde began on July 26 and ends on August 19, which means we’re pretty much right in the middle of it. Mercury Retrograde is our new urban sky myth—it’s just part of the vernacular now, and because of that inclusion, every time Mercury goes retrograde, it gets blamed for more and more difficulties, even if those problems are unrelated its domain. For example, Mercury Retrograde gets erroneously blamed for relationship breakups—I can’t tell you how many people tell me about Mercury Retrograde and divorce. But Mercury has nothing to do with marriage or any other relationship, unless you’re talking about your relationship to your computer. Its collective effect is all about communication and travel delays and detours. Think…lost packages, stalled negotiations, a vehicle breakdown, a train cancellation, or a plane delay—all Mercury Retrograde. Being left at the altar—not really.
(2) Mars Retrograde began on June 26 and ends on August 27, which means we are closer to the end of this cycle than we are to the beginning—and that’s a bit of a relief—but it’s not over yet. What’s been particularly difficult about this Mars Retrograde is that most of the time it’s been in a square to Uranus, which translates into irritation (beyond the normal retrograde irritation), frustration, and meltdowns—yours, theirs, Mr. Trump’s—just about everyone.
On August 12, the day after the next solar eclipse (see below), Mars hits the 0° Aquarius point. This is a significant degree because it seems to be tied to several significant events with long term consequences: It happened early in the morning of November 9, 2016. It happened again, the day after Uranus entered Taurus, and it occurs again the day after tomorrow’s eclipse, with one last time in this cycle on September 10. Be aware, Mars lingers on and around this point for the next several weeks, and as it does, it continues to surface information related to the election of 2016. When Mars goes direct on August 27, it ‘turn’s around’ at 28° Capricorn, its exaltation point, which amplifies all its qualities. You don’t need astrology to know we’ve been locked in an intensely aggressive phase, but it is interesting to note just how often and just how long Mars is pressing its power button.
(3) Uranus Retrograde began on August 7 and it stays retrograde until January 6, 2019, (the day after a solar eclipse on January 5, 2019). As Uranus ‘turns around’ it surveys the path its traveled since April 20, 2018—and what a busy journey it’s been. Not only did Uranus complete its transit through the final degrees of Aries, but it also began its transit into Taurus, and as Uranus revisits its activities since April, so do we. Uranus goes back into Aries on November 6 and stays there for nearly five months. Uranus enters Taurus once and for all on March 6, 2019, and that’s when we are likely to get the clearest indication of what to expect for the next seven years. After all, the Fukushima tidal wave didn’t happen until the day of Uranus’ final entry into Aries. So hold tight this week, and the next several weeks, as Uranus gets used to moving behind instead of ahead. Also anticipate that for the coming months we’re likely to be revisiting history, again and again…and yes, again. As an immediate manifestation: anticipate all sorts of techno snafus for the next week—at least.
(4) The next solar eclipse takes place on Saturday, August 11, and as we’re all learning, eclipses illuminate what the sunlight often obscures, which means we’re dealing with shadows—all sorts of them, personal and collective. An eclipse effect often extends six weeks before and after the actual event, and while it once was possible to pinpoint likely revelations related to an eclipse, these days, all bets are off. It’s been a wild eclipse ride since June, and so much hidden information has been revealed, it’s hard to imagine anything more—although I’m certain (as you probably are) there’s more.
This week and the next several weeks, all those areas of life, individual and collective, that are already too intense reach a crescendo, but don’t equate that quickening with an ending. Some of the hot spots of daily life are going to continue to burn out of control, and my heart goes out to those who are physically experiencing the heat of the fires in California, as the rest of us attempt to cope with psychic and emotional wild fires. Help others when you can, and don’t forget to take good care of yourself.
Here’s an inspirational short video by Takashi Tanemori, a Hiroshima survivor, who made it through the devastation of Hiroshima—he is living proof that hope is possible even when we think it isn’t. He would suggest that you find the blade of grass in your heart and know that it is possible to endure any hardship. www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7285