The Aquarium Age: July 17-23

The routines of daily life unfold in planetary surround sound this week, and the sheer din of interactions could be deafening—and in certain cases, disturbing. Several channels—internal and external, individual and collective—are broadcasting simultaneously, and because each and every signal covers a broad spectrum of ideas and emotions, many of us are likely to feel overwhelmed by a barrage of information and opinion.

But it is still important to listen carefully to what is or isn’t being said. Part of this astral cacophony is heightened sense of intuition, but being able to distinguish fact from fiction or intuitive flashes from wishful thinking won’t be easy, and might require monitoring the meanderings of your inner monologue with greater discernment.

Here are the major contributors to this week’s celestial wall of sound:

Uranus goes retrograde today, July 17, and its “course correction” strikes a strong undertone—but not because its retrograde motion slows anything down. Uranus symbolizes sudden shifts and thunderbolts of realization, and when it “changes direction,” abrupt shifts in perspective prevail, especially where we may have become complacent about a stagnant situation or complicit in maintaining the status quo. Don’t be surprised if you’re feeling unable to tolerate conditions that no longer serve. And be prepared for rebellion as you or others attempt to shake loose old habits and behavior.

Uranus goes retrograde in a square to Mercury, which aggravates nervous systems already agitated by Mercury Retrograde. Mercury goes Direct on July 20, but because of the square to Uranus, we’re not likely to feel immediate retrograde relief. The days after Mercury Retrograde ends could be more than a little chaotic, and the adjustment period between Uranus Retrograde and Mercury Direct will take patience. Don’t expect anything—plans or projects, old or new—to run smoothly for at least a week. Consider it the astrological equivalent of shifting gears without a clutch.

The Grand Trine in Water between the Mars/Jupiter conjunction, in Cancer, Saturn, in Scorpio, and Neptune, in Pisces, continues to stimulate deep emotional undercurrents. Mars/Jupiter contacts symbolize dynamic expansion. Add Saturn to the mix, and that desire for success is amplified by a tenacious determination to pursue goals and objectives. Neptune’s presence softens some (but not all) of the rough edges of that ambition. This Grand Trine also stimulates a deep longing for spiritual unity and alignment. Just be aware that the positive power of this trine may be inaccessible to some and that could produce a deep dissatisfaction. Don’t be surprised if you or someone close to you succumbs to resignation or cynicism because the longing to be connected to a greater story seems just out of reach.

As the week unfolds, many of us could grow increasingly testy. Mars slowly joins the ongoing Uranus/Pluto square, and its presence completes a T-Square, a pernicious, stressful interaction that is unpredictable and volatile. Hold fast to compassion as a first choice in the days ahead. And when possible remember the healing power of kindness and extend a hand to your fellow travelers.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

Aries March 21-April 19
Uranus Retrograde provides an opportunity to reassess your persona. Don’t be afraid to make dramatic changes when necessary, but also resist impulsive choices you might later regret. The best solution is simply to stay steady.

Taurus April 20-May 20
Uranus Retrograde stirs the deep waters of psyche, so don’t be surprised if your dreams manifest as retrospective of recent decisions, personal and professional. If dreams elude you, take notes on where your mind starts to wander—your musings will help you to discover what you long for.

Gemini May 21-June 21
Uranus Retrograde reviews interactions within your community. Expect to hear from old friends, neighbors, co-workers, or schoolmates, and anticipate that those interactions will catalyze your spontaneity and exuberance for adventure.

Cancer June 22-July 22
Uranus Retrograde places the emphasis on public affairs. Whether that’s recognition for your accomplishments or innovative inspiration about how you can improve your professional standing, you’re contemplating how to make your contribution more dynamic and effective.

Leo July 23-August 22
Uranus Retrograde stimulates a spiritual quest—you’re searching for answers that will address several issues, deeply. Don’t be afraid to express your doubts. Having the courage to ask the tough questions will ultimately renew your faith.

Virgo August 23-September 22
Uranus Retrograde aggravates your impatience, especially where you tend to demand a lot from yourself and from others. As you move through this phase, be sure to consider whether your expectations are realistic. And when they aren’t, let go.

Libra September 23-October 22
Uranus Retrograde reviews relationships—past, present, and future—so don’t be surprised if you’re visited—physically or metaphysically—by significant others, personal and professional. Notice your reactions, and allow those feelings to teach you about your most important partnership—your relationship with yourself.

Scorpio October 23-November 21
Uranus Retrograde provides opportunities to reflect on how you take care of yourself. Whether it’s work habits or health habits, try not to shy away from this process. You will only benefit by being honest about what needs to be improved.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Uranus Retrograde could make it hard for you to catch your breath, if only because you’re so busy sloughing off old attitudes that are holding you back. Be willing to surrender what may have been a position of strength, and allow vulnerability to open a new current of creativity.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
Uranus Retrograde stirs the bottom of your psychic pond, and while at first glance the waters seem to turn muddy, the end result of this process is guaranteed to bring you greater clarity about what you need to feel safe and secure from the inside out.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
Uranus Retrograde revisits previous conversations and communiqués, asking you to reflect on what you can learn from the recent past. This isn’t about apologizing or making amends; it’s about bringing awareness to the power of words and refining your communication skills.

Pisces February 19-March 20
Uranus Retrograde focuses on value, asking you to review how you measure worth. Is it through money? Creativity? Self-esteem? Self-confidence? Accomplishments? All of the above? Whatever your choice of currency, pay attention to how you spend your time and energy.

Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail ralfee@aquariumage.com.
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