on thursday the 18th, mercury stations retrograde in cancer. from now until july 12th, we’re called to review how we think and communicate around our homes and both found and hereditary family. also on the 18th, mars forms a sextile to pluto, imbuing the upcoming mercury retrograde with potential at the junction of subjective emotional motivation and the present collective transmutation. staying clear about our authentic desires and motivations allows us to access and influence societal change.
this access becomes especially useful on saturday the 20th when mars moves to sextile jupiter, providing an opportunity for growth and momentum in the context of our emotional desires (assuming we’ve done the work of clarifying our intentions). like all sextiles, their effects are only felt when you either purposefully take advantage of them, or they form an aspect to something in your own birth chart.
the summer solstice, marked by the sun’s shift from gemini into cancer, also falls on the 20th. in the northern hemisphere, gemini season corresponds with the transition between spring and summer. it’s energy is embodied by the diversification and multiplicity of the natural world, and for people, that looks like centering community, communication, and the local circulation of information. cancer season means summer is here, and with it a re-centering of circumstances to focus on our families and life at home. in this way, the solar cycle acts as an annual self-inquiry: who are you in these contexts, and how does that evolve from year to year?
the cancer new moon on sunday the 21st is described by mars’ sextiles to both pluto and jupiter. this extends their aforementioned potential for growth and transformation (granted there’s clarity around our subjective emotional desires and motivations) until the next new moon on july 20th. this new moon chart is also influenced by the upcoming jupiter/pluto conjunction, exact on the 30th, which i’ll cover in the next horoscope.
neptune stations retrograde on monday the 22nd, lasting through the 28th of november. before you panic, neptune does this for about half of every year. this period indicates a cycle of re-assessing and re-associating with our connections to the spiritual collective: maybe god, the divine, spirit, the universe, nature, ancestors, or a less enigmatic equivalent. regardless of what that connection looks like to you, it can be described as an intangible, felt experience of participation in something bigger than your individual self. neptune in retrograde motion is a time to reflect, commune, and evolve in this spiritual context.
venus’ retrograde is over on thursday the 25th, completing a cycle of re-hashing values, resources, and relationships involving community and locally circulating information. all the lessons we’ve learned since may 13th through intro/retro-spection become actionable, and we may begin grounding our new priorities and beliefs by living in integrity with them.
lastly, mars moves into aries on saturday the 27th. after its truly climactic conjunction with neptune on the 13th characterized by overwhelming emotion, anxiety, and uncertainty, focus shifting away from felt experiences can seem like a relief. however, where subjectivity was once tempered by compassion, its sudden absence can lead to some poorly thought out and self centric behavior. just because you don’t feel bad about something now doesn’t mean you won’t later, and your strongest impulse is not always the most effective action to take. like always, practicing self-awareness gives you more access to authenticity. keep practicing.
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