Astrology News

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer Wham! Pow! Shazam! The July 1st New Moon in Cancer arrives with its powerful eclipse in a Cardinal Grand Cross and we see the beginning of a powerful web of changes—globally, institutionally, individually and in our communities!

Now, you could easily say, “but I thought we were making powerful changes last month, last year, with the last eclipses, and…” AND you’d be right! But there is still more to come. I hope you’re not too out of breath.

The New Moon in Cancer at 1:54 AM PDT Friday July 1 2011 is trined to Neptune in Pisces. This hints at warm and fuzzy feelings with a focus on nurturing, safety, and family connections. But let's take a better look. The Sun and Moon are also opposing transformational Pluto and forming tense squares with wild and crazy Uranus and stodgy, fear mongering Saturn! This suggests a strong undercurrent of slow-moving, deeply intense and dramatically change-producing influences are working on us.

If you recall from last month, there was another partial Solar Eclipse at the New Moon. Eclipses are openings, allowing for energy flow. That’s why they signify change. With this eclipse in Cancer, think about Cancer-oriented issues like family, conditioning, old patterns, expectations, or those things we have been told will make us happy or secure. The energy of now says, "get real." The pressure is building to change some of our conditioned ways of being or believing. They simply no longer make sense (if they ever really did). YOU have moved on in your consciousness, and that “thing” that has worn out its welcome is holding you back from really connecting with yourself.

We've heard the recent reports of women of Saudi Arabia who are driving cars despite the laws against women driving, and risking arrest for doing it. Laws against women driving cars are nonsensical in the 21st century. If a woman chooses not to drive, fine, that’s her choice. If her choice is to drive a car, however, she has a human right to do that.

As hard as we might want to maintain the status quo, it will not be maintained. There is too much pressure now to change. We can, as individuals, cling to outmoded beliefs, just as the Middle East dictators cling to power. However, with that approach, much suffering and chaos results.

Look for that thing in you which is calling out for change, and work with it. Some change can be relatively easy and relatively quick. But most things take time, patience, and moving step by step (the positive qualities of Saturn) because they are deep and evolutionary (Pluto). We may get niggling, or even quite stunning, insights (Uranus). Sometimes our world feels upside down, and we just want it to stop. Then we look within for counsel from our inner Source of wisdom (Neptune) and live to cope another day. The important thing is to be willing to accept the insight about what must be changed, even if you feel unable to take the action right now. More opportunities will come.

Also on July 1 we see Mercury moving into Leo, where self-expression and creativity influence our communications. Hopefully a little clownish humor won’t give way to more egotistical grandstanding. Be careful with wanting to make your point a bit too forcefully during this month. Passion and drama are entertaining, but it’s good to know when to “fold them” and when your audience is no longer interested.

Venus will move into emotional and nurturing Cancer for the July 4th holiday, but in the early days of her passage through the sign, she will join those difficult aspects with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, making relationships and finances a bit prickly. Keep in mind the need for change in your old modes of dealing with these very ego-provoking issues. Despite the feelings involved, cultivate a state of mental and emotional neutrality/flexibility as best you can, in order to move through the next 10 days with your self-esteem intact.

Some very good news, at least potentially, is that giant Jupiter and powerful Pluto have been moving into a cooperative trine aspect that will last about a year. On July 7, they make the first of a series of three exact alignments. A trine usually indicates that both planets are in the same element, and sure enough Jupiter is in Taurus, and Pluto in Capricorn. The earth element is highlighted here: practical, substantial, material, and sensual. Make good use of this time as the god of broadening horizons meets the god of underworld power. Perhaps you will travel (literally or figuratively) to a whole new culture and begin a lucrative business venture. Perhaps you will meet someone from a far-away land who leads you to a deeply spiritual path that alters your body/life in a healthy way.

The outer planets spend a good deal of time in retrograde motion. Starting July 9, it is Uranus’ turn to go retrograde for about 5 months. This provides us time to sit with the insights for change we’ve received so far, and to make plans for breaking free and moving ahead in 2012.

The first half of July culminates with a Full Moon in Capricorn Thursday July 14 at 11:40 PM PDT. The pull is between the feelings about home and hearth vs the responsibilities of career and status. Can we pull together and hold the opposites of inner and outer needs as one?

The most interesting thing for me about this Full Moon is that it forms an exact T-square with the newly discovered planet Eris, named for the “goddess of discord,” but more likely the shadow parts of the feminine that were cast off and discarded because they were unacceptable to the patriarchy. Now that we can fulfill the totality of womanhood, of the feminine, we are asked to redeem those parts labeled “bitch, whore, slut, witch, unfulfilled woman” in order to bring them out of the shadows and integrate into the whole of who we are.

If anyone has an experience or insight around the Eris square they would like to share, I’d be very interested in hearing about it.

In the final week of the month, the Sun, and then Venus enter the Sun’s own sign of Leo. We’ll be emphasizing the drama and creativity of the Sun, with the capacity to open our hearts to more warmth in our relationships, unless ego gets in the way. In that case, dig deep for some humor and find something to do outdoors!

Coming up next month - another Mercury Retrograde cycle is at hand as Mercury enters its own sign of Virgo in the last week of July and prepares to station retrograde early in August.

Stay tuned, and have a good July!

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