I want to start this week with a little-known aspect called sesquiquadrate. It means 135° angle, a fancy word for a simple angle. I bring this up because Mars has this aspect to Neptune starting on the 18th and becoming exact on the 24th. I think this will affect us and be subtle, but for those more politically active, important. Please let me explain.
Neptune is the planet for altruism, good deeds, taking care of the underdog. Mars, as you probably already know, is the planet for action. Some attribute it to war, but that isn’t its only meaning. It is an active planet and when it is in aspect to other planets it creates action, things move. This Mars/Neptune planetary period began in December of 2018 with their conjunction in Pisces and will continue until they become conjunct again in May of 2022.
This would seem to be a good thing for us at this time, except that this particular aspect usually means setbacks. We have made a lot of progress since the conjunction, but I see a series of setbacks coming. I don’t think they will last. This aspect usually signals a test of the plans put into place. It is more like a challenge to see if the plan forward is viable.
I see some pushback against progress that has been made coming up in the next few months. Some could be serious challenges. I do believe that the path forward will continue, although there may be some reworking of plans as flaws are discovered. Don’t dismay, this is part of the process, and assures that progress forward is well executed. This phase will last through the opposition of these planets, until the converse trine in late November.
On the 20th the Sun moves into Cancer. This signals the time of equal day and night, our June or Summer Solstice. For those of us living in the south, this is a time when the Sun begins its slow march back toward the southern horizon. I wish I could say that it will cool off after this time, but that isn’t the case. The dog days of summer are just beginning for us.
I won’t do a big write up on Cancer, most people are already aware of Cancerian traits, and don’t need my two cents. So I will just mark this occasion by saying, when the hot days are wearing on you, look at how the Sun is not exactly overhead anymore. Maybe that will bring you hope for the cooler times coming in the fall.
The other happening on that date is Jupiter begins its retrograde cycle. This will last until October 17th. This cycle usually represents a time for introspection and personal growth. It is a time to take all the knowledge accumulated over the last nine months and integrate it into yourself. Jupiter is the great benefic planet and its retrograde period is also benefic, just on a more personal level.
The 20th is an active day so we continue with the Moon moving into Scorpio. The Moon isn’t really comfortable here. It’s nurturing energy is in contrast to Scorpio’s more aggressive tendencies. This could make you a little more quick tempered than usual, and in the afternoon it is possible for your mood to turn a little toward the dark side. Be aware and conscious that you might be a little “on edge” and others might be as well.
Venus Trine Neptune
On the 21st Venus is trine to Neptune, this lasts until the 27th. This is a rather pleasant transit although for some it could be difficult to get things done. It has a daydream, lazy quality to it. It is a time for great compassion, unselfish and spiritual love, and a wonderful time to share deep spirituality with your partner. Relationships begun during this time could be very spiritual and have a “soul mate” quality, but give it time. Neptune has an illusion quality that could make a new relationship seem deep and spiritual when in fact it isn’t.
Mercury Retrograde Is Over – Finally
The 22nd brings a day many have been waiting for. Mercury returns to its forward movement through the cosmos. Whew, this one was rough for more than a few of us.
That day also has the Moon moving into Sagittarius. In contrast to the Moon in Scorpio, this one is generous, kind-hearted and sociable. You could feel a little restless during this time, Sagittarius inclines people to want to travel and be active. With the Moon in Sagittarius it is possible your love for travel comes to the front and you feel the urgency to get out and go somewhere.
Sun Trine Jupiter
The 23rd has a couple of interesting aspects. The Sun is trine Jupiter as well as Venus in opposition to Pluto. Let’s look at the Sun trine Jupiter aspect first.
This is a peaceful harmonious day for most. The enthusiasm, and optimism of the day will help affairs work out as you want. Because the great benefic Jupiter is involved in a harmonious aspect to the Sun this might seem like your lucky day. It isn’t luck, but does that really matter?
Now let’s look at Venus in opposition to Pluto. This aspect might intensify experiences in your love life. So it might be a trying time in relationships that are already strained. Be conscious of your relationship and act with thought toward the other person. With a little thought and care this transit can bring about constructive positive changes.
Moon in Capricorn
Next up is the Moon moving into Capricorn on the 24th. If your moon is well aspected by the Sun then this transit might see you in the public eye or being recognized for your contributions to the group.
This location also signals care in money matter. Think things through carefully before spending until the 26th. The Full Moon is also happening on the 24th giving power to these possibilities.
On the 25th Neptune goes retrograde. This happens every year for 160 days. This is usually a time of stripping away false realities. This works in your personal life as well as the world at large.
If you have traveled very far from the truth, the shock might be alarming. For the world, this is a time for hidden things to come to light. I am expecting some truths to come to the surface before Neptune resumes its forward motion in December. I spoke about this in my predictions for 2021. Feel free to read it for more about what I see ahead.
Moon in Aquarius
To wrap up the week we have the Moon moving into Aquarius on the 26th. This is a pretty social and agreeable place for the Moon. It is a great time to meet up with friends and get out and about.
If your Moon is not well aspected, as is the case in Scorpio, then there could be some issues with an overwhelm of emotions that are difficult to deal with. Reach out and seek support if needed. This placement will have others glad to let you lean if asked.
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