Love Fest in Leo while guns blaze and bodies fall. Can we be both, devastated and lifted up by the simple joy of living? Can death remind us life is the only way for change? Or do we get lost in the unraveling, following slick trails of grief into despair, losing love as we slide. There is a real pull towards the latter right now. Those young men with guns have lost themselves to it, taking as many as they can as they go. Pluto, Saturn, Neptune, even Chiron in its way, work a spell of horror on the USA, as dirty sheets are pulled back, showing decades of corruption and evil intent.

Right now the antidote is Leo. Venus, Sun, Mars all together, heightened by each other. Love more. Feel more. Express more. Gather and celebrate the Sun even as the shadows grow close. Cry on one another shoulders. Laugh in each other’s arms. Celebrate each other as you are, the most imperfect-prefect you now, in this moment. So much learned, so much more to know. The times are dark. The Summer is high. Take in your first fruits to store for the early dark.

Why is a sun oppose Saturn hard? Personality, who you are, staring what must be known, owned, in the face. Plus its eclipse season. That’s why it’s hard. Right now Saturn and our home star are staring each other down in Cap and Cancer. Its tense, even if you are out of the direct lines of fire. The squares to Libra and Aries are probably more difficult than the opposition. For some it comes from authority figures, teachers, bosses. For others, add the voices of the inner critic, the higher power, common sense.  

Its only for one day but the next step is Sun oppose Pluto (7/14). In some cases, wake up calls come too late. Anything needing to go underground, if it’s not already on the compost, is suddenly there. Hard lessons land. I’m hearing a blitz of subpoenas are coming for the admin. Perhaps that’s a perfect analogy for this week.

Here is a trick though, sometimes improvement means doing less, not more. Also do not go digging around in your compost heap trying to resurrect that which/whose time has passed.

When in doubt practice gratitude for what stays.

Be as kind as you are brave. Be as brave as you are kind. Note tenderness. Note fortitude. Invoke air if your thoughts are stuck in loops. Drink water. Sing if you are alone. Laugh if you are with friends.

This is a week of emotions, and exclamations. A lot is happening in water and fire signs so life is full of feelings and expression. Heavy hitters, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are all in earth signs for the long haul. Grounding? Um… I wish? Try startling, like an earthquake. Or entrenched like the GOP. The Moon is the only player bringing air to the table on the 10th & 11th in Libra. So take a deep breath on Wed & Thurs as we dive straight into the depths of Scorpio on Friday. Like I said it’s a feeling week.

The North Node, the work that needs to be done to overcome karma, blindspots, inherited privilege, all of our personal and collective ‘stuff,’ in Cancer is ready for the nurturing that brings healing. Saturn, the ability by which we can harness the work to study, learn, and thereby lead, in Capricorn says this is the work before us but won’t get out of its own way. Gentleness and nurturing might feel far away, they are mysteries that are hard to explore. Vulnerability might feel too dangerous, but sharp edges aren’t gonna help either.

It’s not easy with Jupiter retro in Sag making all kinds of slip ups. Neptune in Pisces squares Jupiter and best intentions may burn up in the face of reality. The real star of the next three weeks, Mercury is also in retro. It is passing through the beginning of Leo, hitting Mars on 7/14, probably with some sort of Leoine bang! On 7/18 it slips back into Cancer so feeling gets easier but communicating needs might be harder. (See vulnerability comment above.)

All of these retros are the learnings coming at you, fast or slow. You might fall off the trajectory of selfcare this week. You might need to reschedule what you thought would come easy. You might be mad about all the things that cause disruption in your day to day. Yep. The first step in selfcare is catching the moment when you can change your thoughts, repattern your thinking. Its all a practice. Be joyful in your small successes, and patient with yourself, and others, when plans change.

Solar Eclipse in Cancer. Right now its all pointing to or circling around the North Node in Caner. How are you at doing YOU? You get a few days to ponder that and then three weeks to review life for any course corrections, which can begin in earnest after August 7.

Don’t sell yourself short. Take yourself wide. Reach to grow. You deserve you at the highest, best level of YOU. Call it Godd self. Call it higher power. Call it authenticity. I really don’t care what you call it as long as you do the work to know yourself.

New Moon in Gemini

Everyone has dreams. Conservatives have dreams. Liberals have dreams. All the IDs in between and beyond have dreams. They speak to our lack, and our ability. So, what are your dreams? For you, for your community, for your state (such as it is), for this planet? Write them down. Journal about your gifts and challenges. Know where you want to grow. Know what you want to leave behind, compost. Let this be the To-Do List underneath your daily to-do’s.

We are at the front edge of our creative/destructive patterns.  The planets are set up in an interesting pyramid shape. Neptune in Pisces (the big Dreamer is dreaming big) leads the way, the point of the arrowhead. Pluto-R and Saturn (in Cap) with Jupiter-R (in Scorpio) offer propulsion from one side. Mars (in Cancer), and all the inner planets (In Gemini and Taurus) plus Uranus, offer lift from the other side. Everyone of the planets is in some aspect to Neptune.  Like it or not, the arrow has been shot, we are going somewhere.

For me, this is a perfect description of the current state of affairs. The old Guard (Pluto-R, Saturn, Jup-R) wants its old way – White Men on top and everyone else in their appropriate place, doing what they are told. The other side, starts with Mars offering the strength of community and movements. All the voices clamor in Gemini, we all need to be heard. Uranus demands a complete reboot of how we treat the world we live in.

Here’s the thing. It is hard. If we limit ourselves through our fear it’s even harder. Ever try to bring a dream live? Give it legs and momentum to move and change and develop? Remember all the internal things that have to be moved around, melted away or built up? That’s all of us now. We are in a critical balance, driving forward, each with a destination in mind but all of us linked together.

Pluto goes Retro in Capricorn.

A redo of the recent past. Ah, what fun. Between now and October 3rd we’ll review, redo, restate, reinvigorate our personal and collective dance with power. In a week, Saturn, also in Cap, will retrograde as well. In the planet wide consortium power has taken precedence over care, love, grace. Its not time to hope for improvement, though it is always time to work against injustice. Right now we are treading water to stay afloat, and while that is tiresome, we can only do what we can do.

All that gibber-jab we are listening to in the media right now (Jupiter in Sag just can’t resist a story, any story. Doesn’t have to be true.) is also up for re-evaluation but don’t expect much as Jupiter in Sag retro grade just allows for the lies to be bigger, bolder, and without care for repercussions. In other words, Jupiter in Sag is not really our ally in the big wide world.

By Mid-summer we’ll have all the outer planets, except for Uranus, in retrograde. Helpful? Maybe. Its not until Uranus goes retro in August that I see the beginning of the course correction we all so badly need, the one many of us work and pray for every day. Which won’t make the job any easier but we’ll start to see the glimmer of understanding in places we discounted for years.

Mercury Conjunct Neptune

This is number 3, so by now, you’ve developed the charm necessary to get your vision across, lost the ability to communicate entirely and drifted into the deep wide ocean void to float this one out, or you are still yelling the same lines you started with back on 2/19/19 when Mercury made the first pass across Neptune. Granted, those lines have developed nuances, and different emphasis along the way. Once you accept that the answer is in the response, loud and clear or silent as the grave, you can lay back and write some poetry on the sea of stars. This might be the best option anyway. Yes, we want the world to learn so it can change.

Look at your own life; is it the voice coming at you that makes the change? or the whisper of possibility in the subconscious that course corrects? Awareness matters. Mercury has made its pass over Neptune. Communication has met subconscious. As they part settle back and let the awareness come in its own time.

Make time for play, day dreaming, and hope as we head towards Beltaine.

Venus moves into Pisces.

Venus in Pisces for the next while. could be the balm we need from the last 10 weeks – its been a bit of a rough game out since the turn of the year, forward momentum can cause stumbles, skinned knees. Venus in Pisces will be happy to help us slow down. Swim deep into the the erotic, the restful, the dreaming.

PS: Also expect the absurd, the weird, the Wyrd. Especially around all things fem, mermaid, and way out there.

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Photo: Jvdas Berra
Model: Nohemí Hermosillo @ New Icon Model Management
Styling: Alonso Rivero
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Producer: Monica Jimenez
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Location: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Oh dear. Mercury Retro. In Pisces. With Neptune. Oy. Some things may get soggy and diluted to the point of dissolution. Or distilled if you are able to walk like that but I don’t think there is gonna be much walking. More like swimming. Its a time for Mer people, Sailors, and Surfers to flourish.💙💙💙💙 We need the washing, rinse cycle right now more than ever. In Pisces its all about seeking feeling depth. Go with the flow, the deep fathomless flow into the dark depths unknown. Dissolve there. Don’t worry about reforming. Swim more, worry less.

On March 25th Mercury will turn direct.I don’t even know what it will look like then. Different. Washed out. But only part way. Cause then we turn around and come back through it all to see it from a different perspective, the view from behind. And we will have gained understanding, possibly that grown up sensibility we call emotional intelligence.