JULY 2019 – ECLIPSE SEASON + MERCURY RETRO

“Ancestors or Poem”
Remedios Varo

July will see 3 major astrological happenings mainly: Mercury retrograde in Leo/Cancer and, two eclipses in Cancer/Capricorn.

Art by Tomislav Jagnjic

MERCURY RETROGRADE 

Mercury will station retrograde in Leo on July 7th and move back into the sign of Cancer on July 19th. Mercury stations direct on July 31st. This means that we have to contend with Mercury retrograde for the whole month of July.

Simply knowing this will make it a lot easier already. Rule of thumbs during Mercury retrogrades are: No major purchases, commitments and signing contracts if possible, but if you have to, don’t sweat it, it’s meant to be that way. Lay low if you can, and wait until August for major decisions or commitments. On a mundane level, the news will probably be far more fear-inducing than usual so if you can unplug for the month, do it!

THE NEW AND FULL MOON IN JULY WILL BE ECLIPSES

The New Moon in Cancer on July 2nd is a total solar eclipse and the Full Moon in Capricorn on July 19th is a partial lunar eclipse.

Eclipse season is a time of change and movement which often contains unforeseen elements. It’s not necessarily negative or positive but eclipses are associated with new elements being introduced in the picture while other ones are being removed. These can range from small to major occurrences. Not everyone will be affected the same way, and it really depends on your birth chart. Look at where Cancer and Capricorn sits in your chart.

People who have the Sun/Moon or their Ascendant(rising sign) in Cancer or Capricorn will be the ones handling this astrological weather the most in July.

The time between eclipses, is considered a liminal space. If you add the Mercury retrograde to the mix, July and especially mid-July is not a super good time to make major decisions as it will be more of a transitional space with some back and forth re-visiting/re-shaping/re-questioning and all the *re* associated with Mercury retrograde.

All this heavy lifting happening on the Cancer-Capricorn axis (this year) and in July is bringing some understanding in regards to the structures in our lives and how they sustain us, or fail to do so. There is a lot of anxiety and fears associated with security, nourishment, the ecological crisis (our mother Gaia who sustains us (Cancer), and how the system (Capricorn) is failing us. On a personal level, people are working on healing themselves through understanding generational trauma, doing ancestral work and getting at the roots of some of their emotions.

Time and time management is also on the radar and we are super aware of where and who is waisting our time. We are de-constructing the structures that are not sustaining/nourishing/supportive. Before we are able to build stronger foundations, we have to deal with a lot of garbage and darkness personally but also on a societal level. Ultimately, I think this process also brings genuine healing and connections to our roots, our deep past but also closer to our tribe within and without.

Brian Kershisnik Angels

 

WEEK OF JUNE 24th, 2019


Happy Monday,

We begin the week with the last residues of the Moon in Pisces clouding our thoughts and creating a lack of groundedness. It will get better as the week progress but today (Monday) will be characterized by a certain lack of focus or direction. It could be a bit more difficult to keep your momentum going as we are still swimming in this weekend’s fog and rêveries. There is a lot of creativity and ideas floating around but it could be difficult to get real traction going to begin the week.

The sign of Cancer being ruled by the Moon means that this time of year is influenced by the ebb and flow of our moods, our energy level rising and falling like the tides of the Ocean.

The Moon enters Aries late Monday evening(22:38 EDT) signalling the last quarter Moon and giving us a little bit more Fire to work with. Tuesday morning could see you take stock of everything that still needs to be accomplished, making you feel somewhat insecure about the amount of work needed to get there.

Wednesday morning, the Moon in Aries will basically square all of the planets on on the Capricorn/Cancer axis prompting us to really take stock of where we are at.

By mid-week, there could still be a lack of groundedness or direction but reality’s requirements will prompt us to take concrete steps regardless. Pushed by deadlines and responsibilities, time is of the essence and it might feel like time is slipping out of your hands.

Wednesday evening (20:19EDT), Mercury leaves the sign of Cancer and enters the sign of Leo fuelling the Fires of our ambitions: With Mercury entering Leo our thoughts and ideas will get bigger and bolder inflating expectations. It is important to understand motivations right now as Mercury will turn retrograde in just a few weeks, prompting us to revisit some of what is being implemented right now.

Thursday, the Moon enters Taurus at 9:33am EDT anchoring us in our material reality. Thursday and Friday brings a focus on security and comfort:

Feeding your body and choosing the right ingredients could become more important. Food in general could occupy more of your consciousness wether you are planning a picnic with friends, tending your garden or selecting premium ingredients that will bring maximum health to your body. Food can be a source of pleasure and vitality right now and we might be more inclined to want to share a meal with friends and loved ones.

Pierrot entertaining in the garden, Louis Adolphe Tessier, 1855-1911

Friday and Saturday will be good for tackling our immediate surrounding, finishing projects around the house, spending time outside.

Saturday evening, the Moon enters Gemini, highlighting Mercury’s recent ingress in the sign of Leo.

Even though next weekend is characterized by the dark of the Moon (a time of rest before the new lunar month begins on July 2nd) anticipation of Summer’s pleasures could be bubbling just under the surface.

We could feel more inclined to go out, socialize and enjoy ourselves with the Moon in Gemini buzzing in the sky and the sweetness of these long Summer nights.

Have a fantastic week!