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The Cosmic Story: 1st Aquarius/Leo Full Moon 2013, Mercury Goes Direct.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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