The Flow is a weekly blog published to better understand the flow of astrological, celestial, and magickal energies for the week, and how best to use them. It is intended for those with little knowledge of astrology.
For newcomers, the idea is to consider celestial influences as part of a larger whole, or the Flow. All too often, astrologers tend to write about astrological events as if each were an isolated specimen as if pulled out of the sky and analyzed by itself – and there is no dearth of astrological sites on the net that write that way. Here, it is the movement and interactions that are important and form the basis of discussion.
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The synopsis for this week: The tide turns twice, then turns again; and again, and again.
The line above actually comes from that 60’s psychedelic musical manifesto that took me on many a journey into the heavens, The Zodiac, by Cosmic Sounds. You can hear it here. It is the first line of the lyrics for Cancer:
The tide turns twice, then turns again
Cancer’s Moonchildren watch from houses
With all their windows opened wide,
Wanting to be touched by everything.
Ahhh, those were the days, when Cancer people were known as Moonchildren!
But, I digress.
I’ve talked a lot about Saturn lately, and he’s been a busy bugger. He just moved into the sign of Libra for a two year stay, and you can read all about that in last week’s edition. But mostly he’s been in a battle that can literally be titled Clash of the Titans with Uranus, his big daddy. The final round occurs this Monday, July 26th, at 10:05am.
As faithful readers of The Flow know, Saturn is a very conservative fellow, and is the planet of purpose, structure, discipline, hard work, and the law. Uranus on the hand, is very much a liberal, and the planet of freedom, originality, genius, revolution, and technology.
While they sound quite unlike each other, they do not always have to be at cross purposes. For example, Saturn can give structure to scientific thinking and technology, such as biological taxonomy and forming the crystals that are the heart of a computer. And Uranus can work with Saturn to provide constitutional liberties and inspirational problem solving.
However, at the moment, they are fomenting great social unrest and political turmoil. It is a classic battle of the old versus the new; of the crumbling of some very old social structures and their reformation, of economic readjustment, and of dysfunctional government. It is not a pretty picture, but it is a picture about to change.
Uranus and Saturn have opposed each other five times in the last couple of years:
November 4, 2008 (election of president Obama) the tide turns
February 5, 2009 (decision by GOP to take obstructionist path) twice
September 15, 2009 (Democrats fight back after a summer of raucous town hall meetings and support for health care reform rises) and then turns again
April 26, 2010 (Health care reform bill passes and GOP goes on the offense) and again
July 26, 2010 (Democrats unveil campaign for November elections) and again
Our political environment has lately resembled a game of tennis more than a functional government, and in this game there has been no love at all.
To be sure, there have been victories and defeats on both sides during both times, and this swinging back and forth may not always hold true. Furthermore, up until now, the two planets have waged war in Pisces and Virgo, and now they are in Aries and Libra – very, very different terrain.
The conflict between Virgo and Pisces is one between analysis and synthesis. One breaks things down into their component parts and studies them, the other puts them back together into organic wholes. Virgo is concerned with the health of the body, Pisces with the health of the soul. And Virgo draws boundaries with the finest lines possible, lines Pisces smudges to dust.
The conflict between Libra and Aries is quite different. Their battle is between the Self and Others, between personal freedom and social welfare, and between combat and strategy. Aries is the Self, independent, headstrong, and free. Libra is the Other, dependent, socially conscious, and bound rules of its own creation. Aries knows what it wants and must be first in all ways, Libra is deliberative, and must always weigh the alternatives.
Without going into excessive detail, each political party has bits of both parts of the conflict within. The GOP’s identity is diffuse (Pisces) but has been big on drawing lines in the sand (Virgo); and while they rhetorically stand for personal freedom, they are the sole support of old-fashioned social structures and sensibilities. On the other hand, the Democrats have been deeply concerned with health care (Virgo) but the communication of their agenda with the public has been very nebulous (Pisces). And while they support individual freedom of choice (Aries), the method by which they strive to accomplish that is the courts and law (Libra).
The challenges both parties face have to do with the transition from of Uranus from Pisces to Aries, which occurred around Memorial Day. Can the GOP reshape its identity into something perceived as being responsible? And can the Democrats aggressively take their case to the American people to show they are best able to run the government?
We shall see! We’ll know the answer November 2nd. It is an election with extremely important repercussions. Whatever your political affiliation, be sure to vote!
This is quite a busy astrological week, so let’s get right to the weekly details!
Sunday, July 25th
Full Moon at 6:37pm at 3º Aquarius
Sunday is a delightful day. Whatever it is you wish to do should be able to be done smoothly, effectively, and efficiently. You may have a brain spark or two that sends a trifle or three to the dustbin of history, and have few regrets about the actions needed to make that happen. Generally, people are in a good mood, energies are high, and due to the altruistic nature of this full moon there is a hint of a feeling that things might turn out better than you fear. May it turn out to be so, or as we say, so mote it be!
Monday, July 26th
Mercury opposes Neptune at 3:04am
Sun trines Jupiter at 4:30am
Saturn opposes Uranus at 10:05am
Astrologically, this is a busy morning. In the early morning hours, with the Mercury aspect to Neptune, life appears as a pointillist painting – abstract, impressionistic, and with a strong urge to mold reality to one’s beliefs. Things look foggy, mysterious, and dreamy. And then you wake up! With the Full Moon only a day past, and the planet of the Mind opposed to the planet of the Subconscious, it is a perfect opportunity for channels of communication from within to bring inner wisdom to the surface. Take note of any dreams you may have from now Sunday all the way through Wednesday night, as they may include important messages from within. The Sun trine to Jupiter occurring shortly thereafter gives a certain buoyancy, optimism and enthusiasm to our step for the rest of the day.
It is a fair day for financial and economic matters. While the Sun to Jupiter gives an added push to growth, the opposition between Mercury and Neptune still leaves matters unclear, unsettled, and difficult to resolve. Not to mention that the overarching opposition between Saturn and Uranus is apt to keep the economy in flux for some time to come. If you must attend to finances, it’s better to wait until tomorrow when Mercury enters Virgo.
Tuesday, July 27th
Mercury enters Virgo at 2:43pm
Mercury is very much at home in Virgo, and is a traditional ruler of the sign. Mercury here makes us all a bit sharper, more analytical, disciplined, and with better attention to detail. While Mercury in Leo is all about having fun and being the life of the party, Mercury in Virgo is all business, all the time. Mercury in Leo is Steve Carrell. Mercury in Virgo is Timothy Geithner.
Wednesday, July 28th
No major aspects
The Moon enters Pisces at 1am, and unlike other episodes of the Moon entering Pisces, this one is not so much a big deal. Yes, we’ll feel a bit more open and emotional, but also more sensitive and unfocused. All in all, the day is a bit of a wash. It is not a particularly good day for meetings as people’s thoughts are apt to wander so much it may be hard for them to bring them down to any matters more complicated than making plans for the weekend. Folks are not necessarily DISagreeable, but most are apt to close themselves in an emotional bubble, and prefer to remain there.
Thursday, July 29th
Mars enters Libra at 4:47pm
Mars enters Libra and bursts lots of bubbles. Especially the emotional ones people have been living in lately. Peace-loving, harmony-craving Libra is not the best place for our Energizer Bunny and all-around action hero, Mars. It’s a bit like Sylvester Stallone at a meeting of the United Nations. Trouble is apt to abound. The best that might be said for it, is that it might possibly be interesting. Furthermore, to add to Mars’ misery, as soon as it enters Libra it is whomped by Saturn. So to flesh out the image a bit more, it’s like Sylvester Stallone at a meeting of the UN being met at the door by the Peace Keeping troops. Sly is not a happy camper! Not at all.
Libra tends to make Mars scheming, passive-aggressive, and manipulative. It has a brilliance for playing people off one another and of robbing Peter to pay Paul. While on some occasions it tends to make Mars a better strategist, it often gets so bogged down in weighing possible alternatives, that it rarely gets anything accomplished.
And then again, Saturn is also there to make sure discipline and hard work are involved, and all the attendant rules have been followed. It is likely to bring about triumph, although (hopefully) temporary, of process over function.
It is also likely to be the harbinger of activist judicial decisions, and give rise to a mushrooming bureaucracy.
It is not easy finding something nice to say about Mars in Libra, although I must be clear that this is entirely from a transiting, not a natal point of view. Mars in Libra in a personal chart is a completely different animal, though it may hint as some of these more negative traits. In a personal chart, Mars in Libra is apt to make someone very astute at playing games by the rules and of easily climbing the ladder to success. If anything, Mars in Libra is a genius at courting, both in the legal and relationship senses.
But the times when Mars is in Libra in the heavens above can be difficult. Today is the premiere of our Stallone movie and it will play until September 14th. Let’s see how it lives up to its billing!
Friday, July 30th
Mercury trines Pluto at 3:03am
Mars opposes Uranus at 6:32am
Moon enters Aries at 1:42pm
If there is any period of time that is indicative of the climax of all the astrological energies we have been experiencing these past few months, it is today and tomorrow.
It is as if the heavens are aligned in a perfect square culminating with Mars’ conjunction with Saturn tomorrow. Heavens help us!
If nothing else, August should begin a period of slowly letting off steam and letting the pressures that have been building subside. This has been an unusual Summer for many reasons, lot least of which is that because of the energies of the Flow, we are in the process of setting in motion personal, social, cultural, and political affairs that will have long term effects. While living through times like these we tend to see only the day to day routine of our personal affairs. Yet we will look back on this time as a turning point in history. We are in a transition period that will not end until Uranus squares Pluto in March of 2015. Historical transition periods are never easy, but this one should be well worth the wait!
Saturday, July 31st
Mars conjoins Saturn 1:09am
All kidding aside, the time from Thursday, the 29th to August 1st should be approached with caution. It is no time for risks, it is no time for aggressive behavior, and it is no time to take matters into your own hands. No matter how tempting.
I rarely give explicit warnings but this period of time warrants it. Like the National Weather Service issuing a severe thunderstorm warning, they may never show, or they can pass by without harm only to put on a dazzling show of lightning. Or, they may come. This is one such time astrologically.
The heavens are aligned in such a way that the smallest fracture can foment furious forces. I don’t foresee catastrophe, but we are best prepared to approach these days as if walking on tenterhooks. Be careful. Be alert. Be aware. Hopefully, we will all get through this period with smiles as we read next week’s edition.
On the other hand, this alignment of energy is well suited to bursting through long-standing log jams and other pertinent obstructions. If you feel as if you have been taken advantage of, persecuted, or oppressed this is actually a good time to begin taking steps for reparations. Nevertheless, it is always wisest to do so being careful and cautious as one approaches these matters.
May this week generate more smiles than frowns, more laughter than sighs, and as always, wishing you a wonderful week!
That’s it for this week, folks…have a great week!