A Stellium of Planets in Virgo This week

“To serve others is to give of oneself with no personal gain or reward. The energy of service is the only remedy for the problems of darkness and barriers to our evolution. Service is the only energy that can generate enough continued light and fire to combat the darkness.” Mary E. Carreiro

“Everything we do counts. There is no such thing as a small act of service or goodness.” Carolyn Myss

Starting this week and into next,  we have quite a lineup of planets in Virgo – Mars is now in Virgo and will be joined by the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, and Venus as well as the asteroid of commitment, Juno.  They will be joining one of the four fixed stars of Persia, Regulus.  The fixed stars do not change signs often and it is a very significant astrological event when they do.

Regulus is the sign of royalty and often found in the charts of kings. It is also associated with leaders or powerful public figures that reach great heights but then bring about their own downfall through the misuse of power.

Regulus left the sign of Leo in 2012. Entering the sign of Virgo at that time  was signalling in a sense,  the birth of a new era – a  major shift in the evolutionary direction of  the planet over time.  In the sign of  Leo, it spoke of  leadership  or governing with  a sense of birthright or entitlement. Now in Virgo, a sign less associated with personal pride and individuality and more focused on healing, oneness with nature and service, it symbolizes the rebirth of the Feminine (in men and women) which has been taking place on the planet – despite considerable push back from the old guard.

It’s wise at this time to look to the house or houses in your chart which are being activated by the placements in Virgo. It is good to focus on these areas of life  and to bring discernment and discrimination to any decisions that need to be  made in these realms.

In general it is a good time to  take action on any plans or intentions related to improving your health. It’s wise to look at your daily routine and  assess if any  adjustments to your schedule  are needed so that it better  supports and builds your strength and vitality.  There may be a need for more down time, for example, or a better way to organize your life to minimize stress.

It’s a good time to tackle projects which involve organization, discrimination and discernment.

And it’s a good time to think about service. There seems to be some confusion about what service actually means. I like this quote from Marion Wright Edelman who wrote,”Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.”

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Two guardian angels bringing protection.”

The Full Moon and this Week’s Astrology

“We want our lives to catch fire and burn blue, not smolder.” Gregg Levoy

“Transformation comes from looking deeply within, to a state that exists before fear and isolation arise, the state in which we are inviolably whole.” Sharon Satzberg

There were two planetary stations over the weekend – Uranus stationed retrograde and Jupiter stationed direct. Jupiter will start to move forward now ushering in a very good time to envision how you would like to expand your life. It’s a good time for exploring new ideas, for learning, teaching and traveling in order to expand your horizons.  Jupiter stationed at 14 degrees of Sagittarius and will remain in this sign until early December when it will enter the sign of Capricorn.

The Sun moves up to a conjunction to Venus t this week and  at that time will form a challenging aspect to Pluto, Saturn and the South Node.  This influence can bring up  issues having to do with a lack of love, a lack of self love and concerns about abundance. With Pluto and Saturn involved these issues can have an ancestral aspect to them – issues that family members have struggled with throughout the generations. It’s an opportunity for a deeper level of understanding about them, should they arise, as well as an opportunity to let go of old patterns that may be holding you back.

This planetary configuration is also about the use of power -personally, with others and in the world in general. This Full Moon speaks of the re-emergence of the Feminine (in both men and women) and the effort to move the world in a more evolved. holistic direction. And the push back rising up in opposition.

The Moon waxes full on Thursday at 22 degrees of Aquarius at 8:29 AM EDT. The influence of Vesta is strong at this time, squaring the Sun, Venus,and the Moon.

Vesta is named for the Vestals or Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome. The Romans worshiped Vesta as the keeper of home and hearth as well as  the keeper of the sacred flame- the fire that would not go out. The  name Vesta  is derived from ancient Sanskrit and means “shining.”

The Vestals were also the keepers of occult teachings known only to them. They were present at every important government function in ancient Rome. They were regarded  as important keepers of ethics and wisdom, without whom Rome would fall.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A white dove flying straight and fearlessly over troubled waters.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

 

This Weeks Astrology

“Wrong was easy; gravity helped it.
Right is difficult and long.
In choosing what is difficult
we are free, the mind too
making its little flight
out from the shadow into the clear
in time between work and sleep.” Wendell Berry

“The healing
that is ours and nature’s will come
if we are willing, if we are patient,
if we know the way, if we will do the work.” Wendell Berry

This is a good week to keep balance and equilibrium in mind. Both Venus and  Sun are  moving up to a fiery trine to Jupiter. This indicates an increase in optimism and expansion. But at the same time both Venus and the Sun will be making a challenging aspect to Saturn indicating a need for adjustment. It’s wise to assume that any endeavors initiated this week will be tested and to make sure that any plans have solid foundations and are well thought out before proceeding. Keeping a healthy balance between optimism and pragmatism bodes well.

It’s wise to raise awareness about any information which surfaces this week  related to your life path as the Sun aspects the North Node of fate and destiny. There can be significant insights now about direction and how to proceed.

Both Jupiter and Uranus are  strong influence throughout the week as they prepare to station on Saturday the 11th – Jupiter stationing direct and Uranus stationing retrograde. The Jupiter station can expand vision and optimism and projects that have been stuck can start to move forward with this influence.

Uranus in Taurus is associated with the re-emergence of the Feminine (in both men and women) on the planet and is bringing along a shake up of the old order including values and institutions rooted in patriarchal thinking. It’s a good time to release outdated thoughts and feelings that are holding you back.

One of the Sabian symbols for this week is, A bridge being built across a high narrow gorge.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

The New Moon and Mercury Retrograde Ends – This week’s Forecast

“Everything we do counts. There is no such thing as a small act of kindness or goodness.” Caroline Myss

“The universe is evolving towards an ever greater destiny and we are the means of this global transformation.” Pir Vialyat Khan

Mercury is slowing down now to end the retrograde period on Wednesday near midnight EDT. Mercury stations are associated with a culmination of information, so it’s wise for a few days before or a few days after the station to take note of any information like this that surfaces. Mercury will station at 23 Cancer – opposing Pluto. Previously hidden information about the past may surface due to this influence.

Venus, the planet of love and personal values, is now in the fiery sign of Leo. Mars is also in the sign of Leo and this indicates that the powers of action (Mars) and the powers of attraction (Venus) are combining forces. This bodes well attracting what you want into your life. There are influences throughout the week that also support  imagination and intuition and manifesting what you want in your life. As they say,”The goddess is alive and magic is afoot.”

It is likely to be a  week of unexpected twists and turns of events as the Sun , Venus and the Moon on the New Moon, all square the planet of the unexpected, Uranus.  It bodes well to make an extra effort to stay grounded as this alignment  is also correlated with increased tension, nervousness and impulsive behavior.

Mars will make a challenging aspect to Neptune this week – indicating a good time for creative and spiritual work, but a time when it’s wise to have strong personal boundaries in place and to exercise extra discernment as this duo can lead to confusion and sometimes, disillusioning experiences.

The New Moon is Wednesday at 11:12 PM at 8 degrees of Leo. Venus, the planet of love and values is conjunct the New Moon and Mars.  Juno, the asteroid of marriage and commitment is nearby in the sign of Leo. This alignment ushers in a time that is  about relationships, romance and partnerships of all kinds. It’s a very good time to be working on issues of self esteem, self love and love for others.

One of the Sabian symbols for the New Moon is,”Glass blowers shape beautiful forms with their controlled breathing.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

This Week’s Astrology

“As we explore the crisis in the chrysalis, keep in mind that every one of us probably has the dying caterpillar and the emerging butterfly within us.” L. Robert Keck

“I forgot that love existed
And it strangled up my heart
Then I turned a brand new leaf

And made a brand new start.

If my heart could do my thinking
And my head begin to feel
I’d look upon the world anew
And I’d know what’s truly real.” Van Morrison

 

The week gets off to an interesting start. Just before the Sun enters the sign of Leo on Monday, it forms a Disseminating trine with the Moon. This harmonious blend of the watery signs of Cancer and Pisces brings about the blending of personal and transpersonal  energies – opening the door to a higher, more expansive perception. Under this  influence it possible to empathize with others about situations or relationships that were previously viewed from a purely subjective viewpoint.

The Sun enters the sign of Leo on Monday at 10:5 PM ushering in a season of joy, radiance, power and pride. It is a good time to emerge from the self protective shell of Cancer and engage with the powers of  passion and conviction. To be the best of who you are and show that to the world. It is a good time to be in touch with what empowers you and what brings joy into your life.

It’s also a good time to look at what is disempowering in your life in terms of your own attitudes and beliefs as well as your relationships with others. Some relationships can help us to expand and grow in a positive direction. Others, not so much so. There is guidance and support for moving  forward more freely and authentically now and  for disentangling yourself from unproductive dynamics.

The down side of Leo involves narcissism, excessive pride and the misuse of power.

Mars, the planet of drive and action, will be making a harmonious aspect to Jupiter in the fiery signs of Leo and Sagittarius. This aspect gives courage, enthusiasm, drive and determination to tasks.  It can lend optimism and support to advancing goals. It does have the tendency to “overshoot the mark” or function in an “over the top manner” so it’s wise to make sure there is a pragmatic, well thought out plan that grounds any  forward movement now. Blind spots and delays can occur otherwise as Mars moves up to an awkward aspect to Saturn.

Best to be intentional.

Venus will move out of Cancer into Leo on Saturday the 27th. This ushers in a good time for socializing, romance, creativity and fun.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn

“We cause pain for others by our apathetic response to life.” Barbara Hand Clow

“Love measures our stature; the more we love, the bigger we are. There is no smaller package in the world than that of a man all wrapped up in himself.” William Sloane Coffin

There is a powerful Lunar Eclipse this Tuesday at 24 degrees of Capricorn at 5:38 PM EDT. Two of the strong players in the sky at this time are Pluto – the Lord of the Underworld and Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, whose daughter was kidnapped by Pluto. This ancient myth is about grief and loss, as Ceres searched to  find and reunite with her daughter.

It is also about the cycles of death and rebirth.

Ceres is stationary in the sky at the time of the eclipse – a powerful placement.  Ceres governs the ways in which we nurture and care for ourselves and others.

On a personal level Ceres governs issues of self esteem and self worth as well as the relationships we have with our parents and children. It governs how we handle issues of grief and loss and how we care for others at these times. Ceres governs the  sustaining and nourishing of life in all its forms

Figuring also prominently into the  Eclipse equation are the Moon and Venus – both in strong aspect to Pluto, Saturn and the South Node. These configurations speak about the scarcity of love and  resources and the kind of pain that it causes.

It is possible that under these influences, the pain of the past may arise for another level of processing. If so, it bodes well to process it in a way which leads to increased wisdom and personal evolution.

Pluto is teamed up with Saturn at this time indicating that old foundations are crumbling – both personally and in the world. Venus is conjunct the North Node at this time – a good reminder of the power inspiration and love can bring to any situation.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”In a hospital a children’s ward is filled with toys.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

The Sun, Pluto, Saturn and the Lunar Nodes

“Bring light to your weavings, or don’t sit at the loom.” Lynn Andrews

“Mastering yourself is true power.” Tao Te Ching

This is a testy week as the Sun transits in opposition to the Saturn/Pluto/South Node conjunction. Power struggles and power plays can more easily become part of the picture now.

Mercury and Mars have been traveling together can lead to increased edginess and irritability. And Mars and Mercury are forming a fractious square with Uranus indicating nerves may be frayed and actions may be more impulsive.

It is a very good time to slow down and calm down as misunderstandings can occur more easily. It’s also a good time to keep busy and to  take care of projects in need or finishing or projects you haven’t had the time to get around to.

This Mercury retrograde period -through the end of July is a good time for observing how you feel about your interactions with the outer world. It’s also a good time to look at how your  ideas, thoughts and attitudes affect your feelings.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” The wonder of the constellations of stars in the night sky.”

 

Mercury Stations Retrograde Sunday !

“Mercury is the god of mind, intellect, thought, voice and language. Our ability to manifest through language, both thought and uttered, is so central that we often take it for granted and spend time and energy seeking more power. Instead we need to learn to see the power with which we are already endowed, and which is constantly replenished as it flows through acts of attention.” Caroling W. Casey

It”s a good time to watch your words as Mercury, the trickster planet  is strong in the sky now – slowing down to station retrograde on July 7 at 4 degrees of Leo.

Often a few days before the station and the few days after can be similar to the retrograde period itself with delays and snafus with communications and equipment. It’s wise to make sure important info is backed up. We are in between eclipses – the upcoming one a Lunar Eclipse on the 16th at 24 Capricorn – making this time frame more likely to contain unexpected and surprising events.

The Sabian symbol for the Mercury station is,”Rock formations towering over a deep canyon.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse in Cancer

“We have this way of talking and we have another
Apart from what we wish and what we fear may happen,
We are alive with other life
As clear stones take form in the mountain.” Rumi

“Hope is believing in spite of the evidence, then watching the evidence change.” Jim Wallis

The New Moon Solar eclipse in Cancer is Tuesday, July 2 at 10 degrees of Cancer at 3:15 PM EDT. Cancer is the sign governing home and hearth and is associated with the desire for  protection and security.

This time bodes well for new intentions and endeavors  as the eclipse makes a favorable aspect to the North Node. This indicates issues relating to  life path and personal destiny are on the table. Eclipses represent evolutionary doorways and open up a new cycle in the area of life determined by where it falls in your astrology chart.

The sign of Cancer is also about nurturing – nurturing yourself and your aspirations as well as your aspirations for the healthy evolution of the planet. It is a good time to assess levels of self care and whether these need to be improved – care of the body, mind and spirit – on order to move in a direction of increased inner wholeness.

Venus will also enter the sign of Cancer on this week indicating  assistance and ease in attracting what you want into your life at this time.

It’s wise to factor in that Mars and Mercury will  both be in Leo at the time of the eclipse and while this can indicate increased courage in taking action it wise to avoid sudden or impulsive starts with Saturn conjunct the South Node and Mercury’s impending station retrograde.

Saturn’s link to the South Node is a caution to be mindful of  what you set in motion now and that you have planned carefully in order to avoid replaying mistakes from the past. It can slow any movement forward. Mercury will station retrograde on the 7th indicating delays and snags throughout the month. This is a long retrograde period  – through August 1. So, as Aesop wisely advised, “slow and steady wins the race.”

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, ” A small girl bends over a sparkling pond trying to catch a fish.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

Vesta and Uranus in the Summer Solstice Chart

“You are not the oil, you are not the air- merely the point of combustion, the flash-point where the light is born.” Dag Hammarskjold

Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder
Didn’t I come to lift your fiery vision bright
Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder in the flame.” Van Morrison

The chart of the exact time of the  Summer Solstice is said to foreshadow the upcoming three months.  One of the notable components of this year’s chart is that Vesta , having recently entered the sign of Taurus, makes a conjunction to the planet Uranus.

Vesta is named for the Vestals or Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome. The Romans worshiped her as the keeper of home and hearth as well as  the keeper of the sacred flame- the fire that would not go out. The  name Vesta  is derived from ancient Sanskrit and means “shining.”

The Vestals were also the keepers of occult teachings known only to them. They were present at every important government function in ancient Rome. They were regarded  as important keepers of ethics and wisdom, without whom Rome would fall.

Vesta, now in the earthy sign of Taurus, is a reminder to keep the inner fires of inspiration burning bright in your every day life.

Vesta is also associated with inner wisdom and inner knowing. In combination with Uranus it bodes well to keep intuition and innovation in mind as you go about your daily tasks. It is a good time to commit to innovative change that promotes healing old and outdated systems and rebuilding or creating new more healthy and holistic models. This applies both personally and in the world.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A bridge being built across a high narrow gorge.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill