This July 4 weekend overflows with sentiment. It can bring effulgent generosity or cuddly domesticity in a good moment, but can wash over into effusive magnified emotions or a self-protective cynicism when we feel pressed. Let’s let the feelings flow, and not get too attached to the stories they bring up.
On this our birthday weekend, expect the ideal of America to be analyzed, gushed about, fretted over, bashed, and cherished; everything but agreed-upon. The Sun and Mercury, symbols of our consciousness and our intelligence, are running together in Cancer, symbol of home, homeland, family and fierce protection, and over this weekend both Mercury and the Sun form a delightful trine to inspirational, idealistic Neptune. Now while this means we may enjoy ourselves in Neptunian events, like splashing in the water or enjoying iced tea, movie, an escapist moment (Neptune) into traditional Fourth of July occupations (Cancer loves traditions, especially traditions around family, food, comfort, whatever makes us feel at home) we may have to watch Neptunian excesses, like drinking, sleeping, or disappearing into our own little world.
It is a good time to share our visions of the future, and note our differences by how different our vision of an ideal America might be from one another. For just this weekend, how about if we look for the places where our visions overlap, something we can all agree upon, and work to make it so.
Mars turned direct yesterday after many weeks retrograde, which is a great relief and allows us to move forward with plans that have been on hold. But Mars in Scorpio (through August 4) still adds extra torque to both our passion for or against our country, or for any other point of contention, as it continues to pump in a deeper, wilder, Scorpionic note to the collective subconscious. Scorpio’s symbols are the scorpion and the phoenix, it brings out our most primal and most evolved element. Mars in Scorpio continues to stir the base Scorpionic human emotions of revenge, obcession, and separation that have caused so much trouble around the globe these last few months, but we can also invoke Scorpio’s higher, magically capable energy to deal whatever it exposes. Like forming a diamond deep underground, Scorpio encourages our transformation under stress.
But in our more ordinary neighborhood interactions, the weekend starts off warm, funny with good community-building energy under a friendly Gemini Moon. We may really appreciate the familiar elements of picnics, comfort foods, and fireworks. Venus sextiles Jupiter, an aspect that encourages big productions and comfortable social conditions.
The new Moon on July 4 conjunct Venus gives us a chance for emotional new beginnings around family, self-care, and our relationship to our home and homeland. So what do we want to start? How can we make this a better relationship this time around the cycle?
The end of the week brings up different dynamics as the Moon enters more dramatic Leo and Mercury and the Sun conjunct together and both opposed Pluto. And Pluto plays hardball. Venus squares Uranus and unsettles our emotions at the same time. Some crisis or battle of wills, or time spent with old memories can leave us depressed, worried, paranoid or determined to make a shift. We can let go of an old pattern and reach for a new answer. We just have to add the wisdom to make sure it is a good answer.
Because this can be a tough time, let’s be careful where the mind goes, do not assume that feelings or predictions made at this time are relevant about the future, though they may help us come to a new understanding.
But we can find some respite in this tension, Venus trines Mars in water signs towards the end of the week, and this pumps yet more emotion into the situation. That can lead to some interesting economic ups and downs, because those always follow the big emotional mood swings, not logic. But it also offers us a chance to reach out to one another. This trine between Venus and Mars supports our ability to bond, to know one another, and to show it. As long as we don’t get too touchy, get our feelings hurt and guard ourselves, because Venus and Mars are in Cancer and Scorpio, the two signs whose symbols are creatures with exoskeletons, creatures that are soft and squishy and the inside and hard with claws on the outside. So, if we notice ourselves feelings so much that we start to put our guards up, let’s ask if it really serves us to push people away, or if it serves us better to honor each other’s sensitivities and encourage one another. That attitude can take every problem we face, and let it give us a reason to deepen with one another. And this is true in our love life, and in our country.
Friday, July 1: We can feel the buzz of a holiday weekend approaching, people are talkative, willing to process, but not really interested in getting heavy work done as the Moon enters communicative, but easily distracted Gemini while Venus forms a lovely sextile to Jupiter, a sociable, friendly, optimistic aspect. This whiff of astrological optimism can help us see possibilities after recent dire events, but shallow thinking can still be problematic. People tend to cheerfully repeat gossip or assumptions, so think before speaking and verify incoming information.
Moon enters Gemini at 5:44 AM, Venus sextiles Jupiter 1:17 PM
Saturday, July 2: A pleasant, conversant, Gemini Moon is somewhat at odds with deeper undercurrents; positive moments can snag on small arguments, unsettled qualities or conflicting needs. Expect interruptions and let’s make the best of it. Late evening the energy improves, it furthers to bond over some shared problem or amusement.
Moon opposed Saturn 12:02 AM, Moon square Neptune 1:25 AM, Moon square Jupiter 10:15 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 9:42 PM.
Sunday, July 3: We may sentimentally remember Fourth of Julys of the past, or of an ideal that we have yet to see, and this can bring us sweetness today. But only if we work towards it, rather than compare our day to it and find the day lacking. People can get a little cranky or defensive, politics can be a point of belligerence. Comfort foods are the name of the game, sprinklers, swimming, a long soak, and lots of fluids are good medicine as the Moon enters Cancer and the Sun trines watery Neptune. Holiday rituals can help us visualize the world we would like, and put energy into the dream of a country we’d like to celebrate.
Sun trine Neptune 5:01 AM, Moon enters cancer 7:19 AM, Moon conjunct’s Mercury 10:29 PM.
Monday, July 4: Our political personal and emotional boundaries feel permeable. The New Moon in Cancer helps us start a new cycle around mom, home, self-nurturance, and apple pie. Or just the apple pie; comfort foods will be very important today. We want to believe, whether we are the disappointed optimist or someone who holds an ideal as their lighthouse. But we may feel edgy, protective and so, even though it is the 4th, may prefer to avoid crowds or strangers as we curl up in a safe nest and get some time in our shell. Water furthers.
Moon trine Neptune 3:22 AM, Moon conjunct Sun 5 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 10:47 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 1:02 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 7:09 PM, Moon trine Mars 10:43 PM.
Tuesday, July 5: Our imagination will run strong, but can lean towards our worries as mental Mercury forms a trine to intuitive, creative Neptune and begins to oppose deep Pluto. Troublesome communication or worrisome events can make us feel guarded, but also inspire eventful stories: we can write great fiction and meditate into nirvana, but may hyperbolize to get our point across, so it may be hard to tell what’s really going on. Screen headlines carefully before believing any new opinions.
Moon square Uranus 12:29 AM, Mercury trine Neptune 6:19 AM, Moon enters Leo 10:27 AM.
Wednesday, July 6: Emotions can seep or overflow in all directions, so let’s be careful what we read into them. We can be generous or melodramatic, our choice, as Venus trines Mars under a Leo Moon. It’s important that we say what we mean, as our words have extra power while Mercury conjunct the Sun. We need to differentiate between what we feel and what we intend, because we may feel a lot of emotions (positive and otherwise) that we need to share, but don’t need to act upon. Let’s think before we speak and speak with love.
Moon trine Saturn 5:42 AM, Venus sextiles Mars 2:16 PM, Sun conjunct Mercury 9:23 PM.
Thursday, July 7: Be kind to one another on this tricky and dangerous day. Mercury and the Sun opposed Pluto and can help us look in the dark places. We face some concern, and can easily get depressed or fed up but need to make careful decisions. It may be time to cut bait on some unproductive project, but don’t cut off any more than necessary. Offer to others, not what they deserve, but what will really further a healthier world.
Moon squares Mars 4:30 AM, Mercury opposed Pluto 5:54 AM, Moon trine Uranus 6:06 AM, Venus square Uranus 8:24 AM, Sun opposed Pluto 4:26 PM, Moon enters Virgo 4:40 PM.