The most healing thing we can do this week is to help someone tell their story, and really listen. We can do this with one another but it will really help on a community-wide level.
For the last month a self-protective Sun in Cancer (underlined by some truly difficult aspects) turned up the volume on our cultural clannishness and defensiveness. That defensive-aggressive suspicious edge could stay strong at least until Mars leaves Scorpio on August 2, but we now have an opportunity to step out of defense and into leadership.
This morning the Sun joins Mercury and Venus in lion-hearted Leo. Think of the lion in the Wizard of Oz, he was expressive, warm, shining and entertaining, wanting to be loved and always concerned that he was not. He saw himself in the reflections of others’ eyes. He came off as the bravest of the brave but became cowardly under stress, yet when push came to shove, his sense of loyalty won out and he became the stalwart defender he’d always wanted to be.
Under this Leo line-up we may have trouble discerning between drama and melodrama, or need to act out in order to express our urgency or quiet depths within. In the best of Leo, we find a true hearth-fire underneath the display; in the worst of Leo, it’s all just for bombastic display with no core content.
So many arts, music, operatic festivals occur under the Sun in Leo. Life can get bigger, bolder, more dramatic, but we can make mountains out of molehills. Where there already are mountains, the situation can become Shakespearean tragedy or comedy. This year, when we’re already living with such incredibly dramatic stories unfolding all around, Leo brings a double-edged sword. It offers an opportunity to let go of that self-protected crabby side, open our hearts and express warmth and generosity. Or it can bring out stories so wild, so over the top we wouldn’t believe it in a movie. We humans choose how we play it.
Paradoxically, Leo also asked us to come back to ourselves. It can be healing to put ourselves in the center of our concerns and take care of ourselves, we just do it knowingly rather than by becoming oblivious to other people’s needs. When we fill up we can offer to others with more generosity.
This summer’s big challenges are not over though. Mars in Scorpio until August 2 gives us focus, but promotes resentment and a ruthless self-protection. Saturn continues to square Neptune though the fall and makes it hard for us to have faith. This aspect can put a cramp in our creative work and our ability to imagine a better world, though our imagination can improve if we practice our craft; draw and the paintings follow, sit on the meditation cushion and feel connected.
But first, as the weekend begins, our hearts need attention. We may be sore from recent events or just tender from the vagaries of our life. This weekend’s aspects encourage us to create a kindness and healing space for one another. If we’ve been overextended, we may just need to let go of the world and turn within under a sensitive, escapist Pisces Moon.
Next week brings an energizing, potentially stabilizing grand trine as the Moon in pro-active Aries trines Saturn, Mercury, and Venus on Monday. We can stabilize the direction of our road and begin to build momentum forward. But towards what? It’s important to vote for what we want by putting our energy towards our personal plans, and towards a just, bountiful, and peaceful world.
Friday, July 22: The day is softer, squishier, brings us more in our hearts and possibly in our tears. We need to take care of ourselves. And from that meeting can we can help garden the tenderness of others. Finish responsibilities in the afternoon, and heal through active imagination tonight as the Moon conjunct Neptune; movies, a play, storytelling can help us remember that we can make a better life if we can imagine it.
Moon enters Pisces 2:35 AM, the Sun enters Leo 3:30 AM, Moon square Saturn 8:16 PM. Moon conjunct Neptune 10:53 PM.
Saturday, July 23: Morning has a soft, sweet and melancholic edge, or at least that’s what we’d like. Give into sentimentality and find comfortable ways to use a tired heart, but let’s not indulge in victim mentality unless we really are one. Be of service, make someone else happy or cared for, take part in caring action and feel the abundance return back. Emotional if sometimes sleepy afternoon brings real potential for healing moment tonight.
Moon sextile Pluto 6:08 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 2:24 PM, Moon conjunct Chiron 9:51 PM.
Sunday, July 24: We may jump out of bed this morning, or flatly refuse to get up. Whatever we choose to do, we have to do it our way as the Moon enters Aries. Speak up; we preach about what we believe, and can feel the potential of momentum building this afternoon. Let’s make sure it’s in a good direction.
Moon trine Mars 1:06 AM, Moon enters Aries 6:32 AM, Moon trine Sun 10:16 AM, Moon trine Saturn 11:46 PM.
Monday, July 25: Rough early morning, we can see problems more than answers and can develop a chip on our shoulder. But that changes quickly; people are reactive, but solution-oriented midday, though late-night can sharpen inpatient edges. There’s a lot of emotional fuel which can run to love, laughter, or tears easily. Watch for bombast or bombs this evening, the edge of the unexpected.
Moon square Pluto 9:29 AM, Moon trine Venus 10:48 AM, Moon trine Mercury 8:55 PM.
Tuesday, July 26: Check for overnight changes that need to be dealt with this morning. Stubbornness reminds us that Leo is indeed a fixed sign, as the Moon enters solid Taurus and squares the Sun. People entrench; they may entrench in their seat by the lake, or entrance in their political opinions. Let’s make sure we like where we plant ourselves in body, mind, and spirit. Watch for a fighting spirit and controversial comments midday.
Moon conjunct Uranus 12:18 AM, Moon enters Taurus 9:37 AM, Mercury trine Eris 1:09 PM, Moon square Sun 4:59 PM
Wednesday, July 27: If we need to change our mind or help others change theirs, today is a good day. As Mercury trine’s Uranus we may feel more open-minded or exploratory. Excite us and we’ll listen. We want to hear about change, and we want to hear that it’s going our way, will be patient if we see progress, but won’t accept unnecessary delays. We need to feel cared for in tangible ways, through food, concrete help; check in on one another and make sure everyone’s okay, just to show the love.
Mercury trine Uranus 1:44 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 5:10 AM, Moon trine Pluto 12:12 PM, Moon square Venus 6:23 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 9:43 PM,
Thursday, July 28: Argumentative crosswinds and minor accidents proliferate this morning as the Moon squares Mercury and opposes Mars. Follow up on what was launched yesterday with steady pressure, but extra pushing will not further. Stay safe, choose fights carefully. Communication improves afternoon as the Moon enters Gemini and sextile the Sun; we may be able to laugh about our earlier grumpiness.
Moon square Mercury 6:16 AM, Moon opposed Mars 9:12 AM, Moon enters Gemini 12:16 PM, Moon sextile Sun 11:16 PM.