This month, we'll be doing "the crab-walk"
-both sideways and backwards-
as we feel out our next attack.
Cancer season heightens our intuitive and gut feelings, urging us to be guided by our primal instincts in our decision making. And Mars, the planet of direct action, retraces his steps backward, imploring us to reconsider our relationship with our passion, anger and our desire nature which drives us forward. Essentially, we may feel less confident in our work or in our relationships, so what needs to shift for our passion to be reawakened? Passion without proper outlet becomes anger and frustration.
( ( (read more about Mars retrograde here) ) )
Take a look around. Things may not look the same by the end of August.
cuz oh...Did I mention it's also ECLIPSE SEASON????!!!!!!
This time around, eclipse season lasts as long as the Mars retrograde. As if it weren't already enough that Mars stations retrograde on the south node (vortex) of fate. And for those of you who don't know, the nodes of fate allow the eclipses to occur. The nodes are points in space where the paths of the sun and moon collide; and when new/full moons occur there, we get eclipses. Think of this eclipse season as a giant purge to make room for more of our higher purpose to ground in.
July 4th/5th: CHIRON STATIONS RETROGRADE in Aries.
Chiron has only been in Aries since April 2018, so we’ve only had a small taste of this longer transit.
Chiron in Aries is helping us individually and collectively heal any wounds around our individuality, sovereignty, personhood and identity. Uranus paved the way for the last 7 years in Aries: radically awakening people to their individuality and the right to BE. Chiron in Aries helps us to integrate this awakening and confront the wounds (personal and cultural) which have discouraged us from shining fully and confidently in our truth. For the next 8 years or so, we will heal any hesitations around asserting ourselves and face the truth – wholeheartedly – of who we are!
For those of you born in the 1970’s you are getting a taste of your Chiron return, which typically happens around the age of 50. Some of you will experience your return sooner than 50, but this is essentially a rite of passage that brings you into your seat of wisdom. It’s about coming to a place of radical self-acceptance and becoming a way-shower in your community.
I’ve also made a video (below) breaking down this summer’s planetary retrogrades, but for Chiron, we really want to pay attention to what’s coming up for us around the days of the station. Pay attention to any themes pertaining to your level of confidence in who you are.
Chiron will retrograde back into Pisces, and station direct in December.
July 8th: Sun trine Neptune - Your psychic antennae are perky today. Sensitive types will soak up these psychic imprints like a sponge. If you have practiced deciphering which feelings are your and which belong to others/the collective, you'll manage these Neptune transits with greater ease. Luckily, trine aspects are usually helpful! So if you so choose to be receptive to messages from your spiritual guides, this is an excellent time to pay closer attention to those synronicities and symbols. DREAMS are HUGE offerings to our consciousness from our subconscious. This period is also ideal for flowing activities; honor your feelings and the guidance of your intuition. Creativity and spiritual practice are also supported here.
July 9th: Venus enters Virgo // Mercury squares Jupiter
July 10th: Jupiter stations DIRECT!
July 11th- 13th: GRAND EARTH TRINE, Venus, Uranus and Saturn
July 12th: SOLAR ECLIPSE IN CANCER (((see video at top of page)))
July 16th: Sun square Eris
ERIS STATIONS RETROGRADE on July 20th!!!
Between her square from the Sun on the 16th and her brother Mars approaching the south node, AND it being eclipse season.... this could be earth- shattering!
July 20-22: Mars makes an exact alignment with the south node,
July 22nd: Venus sextile Jupiter // Sun enters Leo
July 24th: Venus opposes Neptune:
All the Love from the Galactic Center to ALL beings!
May we all awaken to our ONENESS.
Catherine Urban, Astrologer
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