The surreal quality of daily life persists—we’re in the Mars Retro zone, a peculiar type of time warp where some things happen at a slo-mo rewind pace and others, at the speed of light. We’re also in the eclipse zone, where the world’s wobbles—mostly emotional, at least for this week— ripple across the collective pond, often resulting in startling tsunamis or devastating droughts. The combined effect of these overlapping dimensions exacerbates daily life which already feels more like an episode from Twilight Zone than it does any previously recognizable day-to-day reality.
Of course, we’ve been surviving in a bad acid trip for so long—since November 8, 2016 to be exact—some might not even notice the recent increased intensity, but those paying close attention are probably even more rattled than usual, which means there’s also an increased need for self-care. Most of us weren’t taught how to self-soothe, but don’t let that stop you from trying. Pay attention: The stresses and strains of coping with a world spinning out of control could irritate old issues you thought were long gone. An appetite for old survival mechanisms—drinking, drugging, shopping, and all the other activities you once used to alleviate stress but eventually gave up because they actually only made matters worse—could rear its addictive head. If the cravings return, ask for help. This is not the time to go it alone.
For those new to these pages, Mars Retrograde began on June 26 and it ends on August 27. Mars signifies muscles and movement, and when it seemingly shifts into reverse, our ability to move forward in just about any area of life happens in fits and starts—one moment the world is moving at a snail’s pace and the next, plans and projects are moving so swiftly, it feels as if any moment you might careen off a cliff. This uneven pace is going to continue all summer long, so keep breathing your way through any obstacles you encounter along the path or any frustration you experience trying to deal with those problems.
Keep in mind as you work your way through this two-month retrograde that Mars also symbolizes a fighting spirit, ready, willing, and mostly able to take a stand. That fighting spirit is certain to be on display during this retrograde, for several of reasons, not the least of which is when Mars has to move behind instead of ahead, it gets prickly and lots of little things easily morph into much bigger issues. Be cautious about starting a small skirmish about something insignificant—you know, squabbling over putting the top back on the toothpaste or squeezing the tube from the bottom. Those seemingly unimportant disagreements are often symptoms of a divide far greater than bathroom protocol and this wouldn’t be the wisest time to open up discussions about divorce.
From the collective perspective, Mars stays within close range of its square to Uranus all summer and then some. This square began May 1, was exact for the first time when Uranus entered Taurus on May 15 and will be exact again August 2 and September 19—twice more—before it technically ends October 1. A Mars/Uranus square is never easy. Uranus is the rebel, with or without a cause; squares indicate fractious interactions, and because both Mars and Uranus represent energy, their squares tend to be explosive and violent. Significantly, those explosions are usually motivated by a need to break free from whatever enslaves, whatever the cost. We know it is going to be a long, difficult summer, so try not to add to the already highly charged atmosphere by blowing up just because it feels good to blow off steam.
A solar eclipse takes place late in the day on July 12 EDT, early morning on July 13 GMT. The on-going Mars/Uranus square is part of this eclipse signature, and even though the square is wide at the time of the eclipse, it is still powerful. During a solar eclipse, the Moon overshadows the Sun. Modern astrology interprets the symbolism of this event as unconscious concerns overriding conscious ones, and as a result, reactions turn deeply emotional. This solar eclipse is especially fraught with feeling because it occurs at 20° 41’ Cancer, the Sign of the mother, home, and the longing to belong. We know that an eclipse effect can be felt six weeks prior to the actual event as well as six weeks after, which it is why it is possible to frame what’s happening to children and families at the borders of the United States, as well as the swell of protests about that situation, as part of this eclipse effect.
What’s more, this week there is a Grand Trine in Water—the Sun, in Cancer, trines Jupiter, in Scorpio, and both are in a trine to Neptune, in Pisces—which indicates a fairly high emotional tide for the next 11 days taking us straight through the lunar eclipse of July 13. But that’s not all. Jupiter goes direct on July 10 and the forward motion of that expansive and excessive bright light is sure to push the emotional waves of the week even higher. So take a deep breath and expect that lots of our fellow travelers are going to be highly sensitive for the next couple of weeks, especially with children and animals, who feel the energy and often channel it, but are at a loss to articulate exactly what they are experiencing.
And there’s more: There’s a lunar eclipse on July 27 (the day after Mercury Retrograde begins) which packs and even more powerful emotional wallop than the solar eclipse. During this lunar eclipse, Mars conjuncts the Moon as the Moon opposes the Sun and both square Uranus. It is as intense as it sounds and for the next several weeks, we are building to this crescendo, which unfortunately is just one in a number of this summer’s tsunamis. More about the details of this eclipse in the weeks to come.
As you attempt to ride these astral waves, do your best to pay attention to what’s happening around you. Each day we are moving toward the awareness that each of us is just one individual thread in the fabric of the collective and each of our decisions effects everyone around us. We may not see the immediate result, but that doesn’t mean our efforts are in vain. Daily, more and more of our fellow travelers are waking up and beginning to participate in life with new awareness of our fundamental interconnectedness. As you celebrate Independence Day, declare yourself free from the notion that anyone or anything exists independently. Then honor that interdependence with a commitment to causing no harm to any sentient being.