The energy of change is in full swing. The old order is fighting back hard--which was expected--but now people are realizing how much work we have to do to change the world. And we will do it--never doubt it. By next year, America will rise up. We'll discuss this in future Cosmic Story newsletters. For now, personal change and healing are the goals. Shake off the patriarchy within so we can bring down the patriarchy outside
Full Moon by Unknown
So how did your Mercury retrograde go? I know something happened to all of us, because I saw it happening all around me too. What about you? What did you run up against? What flowed smoothly? What did you learn about yourself and your needs? Mercury retrograde in Cancer can tumble us in crashing ocean waves or cradle us as it rocks us down the river.
Mercury is the god of travelers, after all, and when it goes retrograde we tend to do our traveling within ourselves. When Mercury travels backwards through the water signs, we discover our emotional needs and depths. Did you find any emotional nurturance this watery retrograde period (June 26--July 20)? Did friends come through for you? Did your children show you their love? Did your boss recognize your work? Did you create something? Did you see a beautiful sunrise? Did a wild creature cross your path? Can you feel the love that others want to give you? When we know we're loved, we're not afraid to ask for what we need. I hope Mercury showed you exactly what you need to fulfill your life so you can start asking for it.
Hermes or Mercury by Walter Logeman
Mercury can also play the trickster on us. If we're not listening to our bodies, our hearts, our spirits--but only the mind--we might have encountered some difficulties during the past three weeks. Did your unconscious decisions come home to roost? Are you having a hard time standing up for your own needs? Are you over-mothering and getting the backlash? Are you not getting the recognition you deserve? Do you feel unsupported? Are you fearful of a health crisis? Any and all of these experiences are Mercury's challenge to you. Don't forget, "As Within, So Without'. Time to take care of yourself.
Mercury in Cancer has us exploring our emotional body needs and can even help us ride those wild emotional currents instead of being swamped by them. We all have a lot to deal with right now, fully engaged in the mid-point of the ongoing Uranus/Pluto game-changing square. Since Saturn in Scorpio turned to direct motion on July 7th, our spiritual test (Neptune in Pisces--trining Saturn) is to stand in our truth and stop projecting our shadows out into the world and onto other beings (human or otherwise). If we don't learn how to relate to ourselves, how can we relate to others?
Mercury retrograde in Cancer gave us the opportunity to listen in to our real hopes and dreams--rather than to the false desires patriarchy has tried to shape us to. Consuming is a Cancer task, but America, a Cancer country, has taken it to extremes. Cancer's real wisdom concerns when and what to consume for optimum Body, Mind & Spirit health.
The six planets moving through Cancer are energizing our personal and collective emotional body and opening our minds to listening to and understanding what our hearts believe, need and desire. When we own up to our own rejected emotional needs, we can stand up for ourselves even when we stand up for others. It's a win-win situation when we understand the feminine voice of Wisdom, which comes to us through the language of the heart.
The Sabian symbol for Mercury turning direct at 14* Cancer is: An old man, alone, faces the darkness in the NorthEast. This old man is in need of renewal--that's why he faces the NorthEast. Like each of us, he stands alone facing the darkness in the land; he stands there centered in his spirit and hopeful in his heart for rebirth. He has to remain faithful to his heart wisdom. This degree gives us the ability to channel emotional power. This is the next step in our evolution.
This Summer's Water Grand Trine and potent Square
Just to recap: Multiple planets have been moving through Cancer since June , each making up the third leg of a grand water trine along with Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Mercury, Venus, Moon, Sun in Cancer have already formed the third leg with Jupiter and Mars finishing up this week just before the Full Moon on Monday. Each energy center has been blessed by the Great Mother of Life in this time of crisis and transformation. (Mercury-5th, Venus-4th, Moon-6th, Sun-3rd, Jupiter-7th, Mars-2nd, Saturn-1st). With a water trine, our boundaries are fluid, making us more psychic and open to each other. This ongoing healing trine offers the gifts of healing, wisdom and greater consciousness. Stay open so your dreams and feelings can guide you in reshaping your life.
Tropical Waters by google pictures
This blessing calls us back to the loving arms of the Mother, to the Earthly Paradise, where all of us are loved. If we would love our neighbors, first we must love ourselves. And we learn that love from this Great Mother who nurtures us, shelters us, gives us life and takes us at death. The healing energies of this grand trine are profound if we consciously work with them and healing none-the-less even if we don't. We just have to watch out that we don't get dragged under by powerful emotions where we project onto others our own deficiencies because we refuse to accept Saturn in Scorpio's demand to look at our own darkness.
Neptune in Pisces can help us dream big dreams, opening our imaginations to Spirit's messages. Aligned with Saturn, we have a chance to actually manifest some of our dreams. The planets moving through Cancer pick up these big change energies and incorporate them into our daily lives. As each one of them become part of the water trine, Neptune and Saturn will bring both a vision and a discipline to our lunar feeling life, our solar sense of Self, our Venusian love nature, our Mercurial mind, our Jupiterian inspiration and curiosity, and late this month, to our Martian desires.
At the same time, each of these planets will become part of the Uranus/Pluto square . All of us are struggling at the crossroads where Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries are challenging each other and us with the energies of death and revolution, transformation and innovation, letting go of the old so the new can be born. This is deep and exhausting work and everyone needs some lovin' at times like these. So while the universe is sending us challenges all month, remember it is also sending us the blessings of the waters. The Water of Life heals us on the deepest levels, so let the healing happen while you deal with the challenges.
As these planets move through Cancer and come into an opposition with Pluto and a square to Uranus, they receive the energy of change and transformation as well as send a message back about what our emotional and security needs really are. In the midst of deep change, what are the important things to hold close? Family, friends, creativity, children, nature, spirit, justice? Cancer demands that we take into consideration the feminine, nurturing qualities of life that patriarchy has ignored. Now is the time to recognize and incorporate these feminine qualities in your own life and in our collective life.
The Goddess has returned and She wants us to recognize that we are all loved. But like any good mother, She wants us to also love each other.
The Aquarius/Leo Full Moon
The Aquarius Full Moon occurs just a few hours after the Sun enters Leo on July 22, at 11:17am PDT/ 2:17pm EDT/ 6:17pm GMT. This is the first of two full Moons in the sign of Aquarius--the second one on August 20th will be a Blue Moon --when there are two full Moons in an astrological month (not in a calendar month). After the second Aquarius full Moon we'll be back on the new Moon/ full Moon lunar cycle. (Remember, now we have a full Moon in a sign before the new Moon.)
1st Aquarius Full Moon 2013 by Cathy Pagano/Kepler
Every year we cycle through all the signs of the zodiac along with the Sun. As the Sun enters the sign of Leo, our attention turns to Leo's truths: self-confidence, creativity, self-expression, personal power, generosity, playfulness and Individuation. More than any other sign, Leo represents the urge that Carl Jung called Individuation--our soulful need to be unique individuals. But unlike ego-individuality, individuation helps us also see that we are part of a larger group.
That larger group is represented by Aquarius. Aquarius offers us the possibility of alliances with like-minded individuals working toward a common goal. So while we work on our personal hopes, we also can be working on our shared dreams. Now is a great time to search out like-minded individuals who are working on a common goal. We are stronger for our unity.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 1*Leo is: Blood rushes to a man's head in anger. Anger is an intense emotion that mobilizes our vital energies to defend ourselves. Will we give in and attack or will we process the emotion and understand just what it is that makes us so angry? Is it righteous indignation? Or a need to fight for personal rights? Can we use our will to direct these energies properly? Since the blood goes to the man's head, perhaps we need to "use our heads' and not get caught up in emotional drama? Instead, we need to name the emotion and understand what it's telling us and then act on it consciously.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 1* Aquarius is: A cubical white temple in the desert. The desert strips you bare--it leaves you to face your essential self. Since this is a temple in the desert, it is dedicated to the basic spiritual and natural laws of life. Leaving religions behind us, we can seed a new spiritual vision that encompasses the realities of our times and can be a basis for a new civilization based on partnership between masculine and feminine rather than patriarchal domination over everyone else. The old gods are dead--a new age calls us to spiritual and earthy freedom.
Saturn in Scorpio squares this full Moon, showing us where we need to make some inner changes so we can all work together. Saturn demands that we take responsibility for our lives, and with the square to the full Moon, it shows us where we are accountable for the mess in our lives. Full Moons bring us awareness through relationships. Saturn squaring the full Moon says, "if you want to become aware of how you fit into the group, pay attention to how you feel with others.' But since Saturn is still part of the grand water trine--especially now that Jupiter and Mars are part of it--we will have the energy, enthusiasm and confidence to move ahead with our plans. Keep sharing those plans with like-minded people because that's how collective change happens. It's time to realize that "no man is an island' and that if we really mean it that we want to change our world, then we have to find others to work with. This full Moon and the 2nd Aquarius full Moon will help us connect.
The last week of July will be intense as Mars in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn and squares Uranus in Aries. Watch some long-standing issues come to a head and beware of jumping to conclusions without getting all the information. This volatile combination can give rise to power struggles. Are they worth it? When you become a vessel of power, which is the feminine way of handling power, there are no struggles. Just an easy flow of handing power around the circle.
A beautiful and rare grand sextile occurs on July 29, 2013. The grand sextile is formed by two grand trines. The first is our water trine we've been bathing in since June. The second is an earth grand trine comprised of the Moon in Taurus, Venus in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. This second grand trine speaks about the collective re-orientation toward the Divine Feminine. Combined, these two grand trines position a planet every 60* around the circle in the feminine elements of water and earth.
Manifestation is powered by our emotional body and the more focused we are on our real needs which nourish life, the better able we are to manifest the situations which will help us get what we need. Sextiles (60* aspects) are all about opportunity, and this beauty gives us another opportunity to change ourselves and our world. Step into your new life!
Below is a list of the changing energies remaining this month. Watch and see how you feel and act on these powerful days.
Dates for the Water Trine and the Uranus/Pluto T-squares:
July 13: Mars enters Cancer
July 17: Uranus stations retrograde. Jupiter in Cancer trines Saturn and Neptune.
July 19: Saturn trines Neptune
July 20: Mercury stationary direct. Mars in Cancer trines Saturn and Neptune.
July 22: Mar conjuncts Jupiter in Cancer. Venus enters Virgo. Sun enters Leo. Full Moon in Aquarius/Leo.
July 27: Mars in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn.
July 31: Mars in Cance r squares Uranus in Aries.
As we head into the harvest-time of Lammas (August 1), remember to offer something of your harvest to the Divine Spirit of Life. Offerings show our love and gratitude: save a child, a tree, a river, the air, a man or woman--in honor of the Light.
Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies.
Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.
I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.
Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.
Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.