The July 2013 Cosmic Story:
Cancer New Moon & Leo/Aquarius Full Moon; a Blessed Water Grand Trine
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
~ Wendell Berry ~(The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry)
Mercury Retrograde in Cancer
July begins with Mercury having just gone retrograde at 24* Cancer on June 26th. The Sabian symbol for Mercury retrograde is: A beautiful South Seas island, whose white sands are strewn with pearls. This vision of perfection speaks to us on the deepest levels—an island paradise where we can just live life. Our pearls of great price are there on the sands, our long labor to become conscious turned into a luminous jewel for us to claim and wear. The pearl of great price is our soul and it seems this month offers the simple pleasures that make our souls joyful.
You can be sure that any messages you missed about what’s going on in your life and in your world will be repeated in ways that will go straight to your heart. It takes a huge effort to stay on track with change. This month that all will change, because the heart gets engaged. This month, there is grace available for all of us, a gift from Spirit, to help us on our way. With Mercury retrograde in Cancer, our emotions are suddenly front and center. Watch out for miscommunications which turn into hurt feelings. It’s time to express what you’re feeling, but try not get caught up in your own or other people’s dramas. The grace note is that this will be easier to do now.
Find new ways to communicate how you’re feeling rather than being taken over by your emotions. You might find yourself being cranky—a great Cancer word! Patience now is a virtue. It’s time to learn how to listen to the emotions behind the words. Sometimes we’re saying one thing but really want to say another. So have patience. With cosmic blessings flowing now, give people a break and try not to project the worst onto what they’re saying.
This Summer’s Water Grand Trine
Multiple planets (Mercury, Venus, Moon, Sun, Jupiter and later Mars) having 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. This is nothing less than a blessing from the Great Mother of Life in this time of crisis and transformation. While trines (having a planet in each of the three same elemental signs) offer us gifts and talents, because of the closed nature of a trine, they can sometimes be hard to access. But this grand trine feels different, especially because it flows with so many planets moving through the dance. And with a water trine, our boundaries are also fluid, making us more ‘psychic’ and open to each other. (See the exact dates below.) This healing trine brings us wisdom and greater consciousness. Stay open so your dreams and feelings can guide you in reshaping your life.
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.
As we are cradled in the womb of the Mother, her love gives us the courage to look at the ways we deal with each other—all our relationships will have lessons for us now. With Saturn in Scorpio, we have to see our shadows and accept those dark, angry parts of ourselves before we can go on to be intimate with another. Accusations, jealousy, envy, anger are just a few of the emotions we might experience as Saturn slows down and turns direct on July 7th at 5* Scorpio: An opera star braves the storm to attend a wild party on board a ship. An opera star uses the full range of her voice to channel strong emotions and tell a story. Her songs express all the anger, passion and jealousy inherent in human interactions. The elements of wind and rain and sea also symbolize those strong emotions—nature itself is causing some chaos. And yet the opera star braves these elements to be with like-minded people and celebrate life in the midst of that chaos. Perhaps this symbol speaks to our need to let go and go wild for a short time in the face of the storms that are coming our way. Saturn wants us to take responsibility for our fears about sharing ourselves, about seeing our truths and letting others see us as well. Like don Juan’s advice to Carlos Castaneda, perhaps we need to ‘take death as our adviser’ and stop being afraid to be ourselves. Let your past go; use what you’ve learned from the past to move forward with confidence.
Neptune in Pisces went retrograde on June 7th at 6* Pisces: West Point cadets, shouldering guns armed with bayonets, march and countermarch in the red setting sun. This symbols points to the changing of the guard, letting the old order die so a new one can be born. Also, these cadets are trained and disciplined, ready to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. What would you sacrifice? How committed are you to letting your old way of life go so you can live more aligned with Nature’s laws? 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.
The Uranus/Pluto Square
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, 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 message of change and transformation as well as send a message about what our emotional and security needs really are. In the midst of deep change, what are the important things to remember? 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.
Cancer New Moon
The Cancer New Moon falls on Monday, July 8 at 12:15 am PDT/ 3:15am EDT/ 7:15amGMT.
Cancer is considered the sign of the Great Mother of Life, the nurturing power of our emotional body. Under patriarchy, we—but most especially men—have been taught to ignore our feelings. But feelings let us know if something is good or bad for us. When we ignore our emotional intelligence, we create disorder and chaos in our lives and in the world. So pay attention to your body and your feelings this month and for this new Moon, plant seeds of emotional intelligence. (The difference between emotions and feelings is this: emotions move through us like water, sometimes overwhelming our ego but also giving our egos a chance to name the emotion and turn it into a conscious feeling. So next time you start to say, “I am angry” change it to “I am feeling angry” and see what happens.)
This New Moon is conjunct Mercury retrograde, so messages will run deep. Use the New Moon energy to go within and have a talk with yourself about your life. What’s really important to you? Is outer monetary security more important than inner emotional security? Why are you here on Earth? What’s your destiny? If you put in the time, you will get answers.
The New Moon is also opposite Pluto in Capricorn and square Uranus in Aries. What changes do you want to see in your own life and in our collective life? What unique gift can you bring to the table? Add some of those seeds to the mix.
This New Moon is conjunct the bright star Sirius, which is located below the constellation Orion (the one with the three stars in his belt) in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog, and is called The Dog Star. Honored in many ancient cultures, Sirius is associated with the great Goddess Isis, and is considered our spiritual sun, helping to awaken humanity to our spiritual nature.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 17* Cancer is: A woman plays with her infant within a leafy bower. This symbol of motherhood will hopefully give us all a sense of responsibility and a deep commitment to saving our environment for our children’s future. It can also be taken as a sign that the Great Mother of Life wants to teach us how to reach our fullest potential by taking us back to nature and teaching us that it is also through play and pleasure that we learn about who we are. So let us get ‘back to the Garden’ as Joni Mitchell sang back in the 60s, and rediscover Joy.
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.)
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?
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.
Every year we cycle through all the signs of the zodiac along with the Sun. As we enter 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.
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.
Below is a list of the changing energies 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:
June 7: Venus in Cancer trines stationary retrograde Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio.
June 9: Cancer Moon trines Neptune and Saturn.
June 11: Saturn trines Neptune.
June 20-21: Summer Solstice & Mercury conjuncts Venus
June 25: Jupiter begins his year sojourn in Cancer.
June 26: Sun in Cancer trines Saturn and Neptune. Mercury goes retrograde.
June 27: Venus goes into Leo.
July 1: Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn.
July 3-4: Sun in Cancer squares Uranus in Aries.
July 7: Cancer Moon trines Saturn and Neptune. Saturn stations retrograde.
July 8: Cancer New Moon
July 9: Cancer Sun conjuncts Mercury retrograde.
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 Cancer squares Uranus in Aries.
I hope you all have a wonderful July. I plan to!
The Blessings of Light, the Blessings of Love, the Blessings of Wisdom upon you.
Cathy Lynn Pagano