Tuesday, June 28. With the ruler of the Aries Moon stationing direct tomorrow, it is best to get anger, frustration, and passion out in the open. It can be so messy to let these feelings surface. I find I am not very skillful at expressing my anger or passion after a period of repressing them. Retrograding Mars in Scorpio may have loosened some of those passions that are just waiting for a spark to ignite them. That spark could happen today as the Moon makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn and conjoins Uranus in Aries. Although not exact, Venus in Cancer is included in these aspects to create a tinderbox t-square aspect pattern. Venus represents the undervalued gender expressions in our culture. In Cancer, she (imagine a fluid identity for she) is very protective of her family (imagine a fluid definition of family). Passion is a teacher.
Wednesday, June 29. Just because the Moon is waning and has entered the stable sign of Taurus, it doesn’t mean we can’t get stirred up by our emotions today. Mars in Scorpio stations direct. Mars turned retrograde on April 17 in Sagittarius. On May 27, Mars reentered Scorpio digging a deeper path in our emotional landscapes. I don’t like to give a lot of airtime to murderers but perhaps this information will help us understand this Mars retrograde. The man who massacred 49 people in Orlando and wounded many others, had his Sun at 24 degrees Scorpio. On the day of the shooting, retrograde Mars was at 25 degrees. I suspect this person could no longer handle his repressions and because the message of hate and violence is so pervasive, and our gun laws are so woefully inadequate, he went off. A repressed Mars will do that. [By the way, his natal Mars was at 23 degrees Aquarius, squaring both his Sun and being squared by transiting retrograde Mars.]
June 30—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. I invite you to read yesterday’s forecast for today with the added influence that the Moon in Taurus is opposing stationary Mars. Anger isn’t going away. Today, presents a good opportunity to find a structure to hold our anger. That doesn’t mean a structure to repress our anger but to give it a constructive container to be useful for change. There is a grand earth trine of the Moon in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn helping us find that constructive container. Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto. If we think of Venus as representing gender dynamics then we may notice that issue coming to the forefront. Cancer’s influence on Venus contributes a sense of needing to protect that which feels like family and home to us. Pluto shows up as oppressive power but it can also show up as transformative challenge. We are letting go of this lunar cycle. When we let go, we make room for the next thing. The next thing is about Cancer’s desires. Rooted in family, we move forward into change. That which threatens the family will feel like it is threatening our future. This influence doesn’t just apply to like-minded folks. Reactionaries and haters are feeling threatened too. Remembering the connections of this last lunar cycle, we are challenged to hold our loved ones near as we move through fear. This is a great time to remember Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Awards statement after Orlando: “Love is love is love is love ...”
Friday, July 1. The lunar cycle is winding down. The airy nature of the Gemini Moon lifts the weight off our shoulders a bit. It doesn’t hurt that Venus in Cancer is making an encouraging aspect to Jupiter in Virgo. Notice the gifts of air. Curiosity, perspective, insight, clarity, spaciousness. Breath is a good ally for achieving these states if the chaotic aspects of air pay a visit. Spend time with dear ones, rest at home, or doing self-care to take advantage of the Venus/Jupiter connection.
Sunday, July 3. Water has the power to wash away energy. The last few days have been a seasonal mixture of fair skies with periods of high pressure. Storms have passed quickly. Sense into this last day of the Gemini lunar cycle and then let water wash it all away. I recommend spending time by the water, but it is possible to do this work emotionally and magically with intention. Let confusion, overwhelm, and depression flow away. The Sun in Cancer makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces. This harmonious aspect opens our heart doors. Remember how to be gentle with yourself.