We’re in the planetary hot zone this week, and as this celestial heatwave replaces several recent terrestrial scorchers, the day-to-day intensity of life on Earth intensifies even more—and that’s a problem, especially in all those places where daily life is already too hot to handle. Anticipate meltdowns, yours or others’, as frustration leads to tantrums—again, yours or others’. Also be prepared for standoffs of every type, from the silly and superficial to the serious and significant—lots of folks are going to insist that their opinions are correct and refuse to tolerate any other. We are as polarized as this week’s planets, and the tension of oppositional forces is certain to be almost impossible to bear. Do your best to stay present in the moment, for as difficult as life may be at times, this is a freewill planet and you can choose to be responsive rather than reactive. Remember: the past informs the present, as the present informs the future—that’s where the power is, and each present moment plays a pivotal role in determining what lies ahead.
The source of this week’s danger zone is an opposition between Mars, in Cancer, and Pluto, in Capricorn. Mars signifies the athlete, the warrior and the adventurer as it simultaneously represents ambition, the need to succeed and the impulse to move. Its passion has the power to escalate Cancer’s normal emotional hypersensitivity into hyperspace moodiness, which is likely to manifest as extreme impulsivity. Be patient with your Cancer friends and family—it’s not easy being ruled by the Moon, especially when the archetype of the warrior is roiling deep-feeling waters. We all have Cancer somewhere in our individual birth charts, so it would be wise to also be patient with ourselves.
Of course, being patient won’t be easy because Pluto, the Planet of death and rebirth, is in Capricorn opposing Mars, and that tense interaction tends to kill empathy and instead engender ruthless intent—it’s a get-the-job-done-at-any- cost attitude without concern for consequences. It’s not an accident that the fight about the new health care bill proposed by the Republicans is occurring under the influence of this opposition—it directly demonstrates the polarization between Capricorn and Cancer. Capricorn can be all about the bottom line, while Cancer is almost always about issues of safety and security. What’s more, Mars symbolizes anger, and as the ramifications of this bill (and other actions by Mr. Trump and his cohort of heartless hungry ghosts) become clear, tempers are certain to pin to the red, particularly as Cancer’s fears and anxieties about safety and security are provoked by its stunning and complete lack of empathy.
The Mars/Pluto opposition started on June 25 and is exact and separating on July 2. But Mars and Pluto are not alone in this volatile and pernicious interaction. From June 28 through July 3, Mercury conjuncts Mars and opposes Pluto, and beginning July 3, the Sun also conjuncts Mars and opposes Pluto. Mercury and the Sun both add a fanatical obsession to the entire bundle—translation: We are likely to see the Republican health care plan become a catalyst for protests, many of which carry the potential for extreme violence. This isn’t surprising, given that opponents of this plan will literally be fighting for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
But that’s not all. On July 2, there is also an opposition between the Moon, in Libra, and Uranus, in Aries. Interestingly (and I mean that), this opposition occurs at the same degrees and in the same Signs as the final Jupiter/Uranus opposition on September 28. This final oppositional contact between Jupiter and Uranus is the culmination of the seesaw cycle that took place between December 2016 and March 2017. Although much was set in motion during those months, we still haven’t seen the full effect—and it will take all summer for the rest of the story to unfold.
And it takes all summer because immediately following the next few weeks of astral heat we enter the eclipse zone, which turns up the heat on all that’s transpired during the last many months of the Trump regime. As mentioned in the column of May 10, on May 11 we entered the eclipse shadow zone of the August 21 solar eclipse, a potent field of events and information that comes to a head six weeks before, or on, or after the actual eclipse event. This solar eclipse is called the ‘American Eclipse’ because its visibility spans the entire country. It transits Mr. Trump’s ascendant and his Mars, and both of those contacts indicate increasing difficulty for him personally as well as publicly. Eclipses always reveal what was previously hidden, and while it is impossible to believe that anything more could be hiding about his involvement or his advisors’ involvement with Russia, there’s sure to be more. Interestingly, he fired FBI Director Comey the very day the eclipse shadow began.
As these coming weeks unfold, do your best to find healthy ways of coping with the stress. From a personal perspective, try not to let frustration foster ultimatums you might later regret. Everyone is suffering from over-exposure to the chaos we’ve been swimming in for the last several months, and knowing that can be quite helpful in dealing with tantrums. From a political perspective, it’s important to take heart—goodness will eventually have its day. But that will require lots of people who think they are on the good side to stop hating the people who aren’t. And we are a long way from that. So continue to work at making kindness your first choice, especially this week and next—your fellow travelers will need a lot compassion and care.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Perspective is everything, especially if you are someone who is low on patience—and dear Aries, you are notoriously impatient. The best way through your current frustration is to take the long view—you may not be able to access what you
want and need right now, but eventually you will achieve success. And part of your accomplishments will be attributable to patience.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Concentrate on being charming, and while I admit that can be interpreted as pretty superficial advice, it also likely to be the best way through several difficult situations. I’m not suggesting you be dishonest; I’m simply advising you to lead with kindness and concern rather than fluster and bluster. You may not succeed, but you’ll feel good about who you are when the going gets tough.
Gemini May 21-June 21
The problems you’re coping with appear to be financial, but there’s more to the situation than meets the eye—it’s just difficult to identify the deeper themes. Rather than assume or presume to have the answers, let go and allow the situation to unfold on its own. You’ll know fairly soon in that process when to step in and what to do to remedy the problems.
Cancer June 22-July 22
The challenge is figuring out how to keep the peace when all you want to do is go to war. And while it won’t be easy navigating a safe passage through the collective turmoil, it doesn’t have to become personal. Stay grounded in the knowledge that you have what it takes to withstand what are best described as waves of opposition, and you’ll safely reach your destination.
Leo July 23-August 22
You’re still at risk for a brain worm infection because you’re still chewing on what was and wasn’t said and what you could or should have done. Stop obsessing about the details. It is…what it is, and if you had been able to do it differently, you would have. Learn the necessary lessons and then be determined to integrate and apply that information to the next similar situation.
Virgo August 23-September 22
You’re wondering if you’ll ever find your creative voice, and the answer is yes—but only if you’re willing to listen to yourself as well as others with an open mind that’s capable of coping with criticism. You don’t need a list of all the things that are wrong. You simply need to realize that we are all works in progress and often it takes more time to learn one thing than it does to learn another.
Libra September 23-October 22
You’re facing an interesting conundrum: Concentrate on achieving your professional goals or spend your time and energy managing events occurring with family. The solution is not as obvious as you would like it to be, and it’s likely that several serious conversations with significant others are necessary to solve the puzzle. Stay present, listen carefully and you will find resolution.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Ignore what seem to be insurmountable differences about the best way to handle a brewing brouhaha, and instead use your superpowers to identify mutual concerns. If you can find a way to identify what unites rather than separates, you’ll discover a facile and pragmatic tool for helping everyone—including you—to stay calm in the midst of the storm.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
It’s not about whether or not you can make the transition—you can, no doubt about it. The question is how you can hold fast to your values and still recognize and respect the values of others. This is no small feat, I know. But it is the next necessary step in creating a way of walking through this world that stays true to your deepest principles.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
You can frame it as a standoff with significant others or you can understand it as a challenge to acknowledge the needs of those you love without surrendering your own. This is not an easy task to tackle, especially if you’re already feeling resentful about how little those significant others actually do. But if you put aside anger and open your heart, you’ll find a compromise that works for all.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Try not to take on the turmoil and tumult of the world. You have an innate connection to the collective and because of that superpower, you often feel the zeitgeist a little more keenly than others. I’m not suggesting you tune out. Quite the contrary: I am advising you to identify what you may be taking on unconsciously so that you can release it and lessen your personal stress.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Stand in the strength of your innate empathy and let the ability to stand in another’s shoes help you through any polarization you may encounter. You don’t have to merge completely—you simply need to be willing to consider another point of view, something you already do quite easily. Don’t worry—you won’t lose yourself. If anything, you’ll gain recognition for your compassion and kindness.
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