Retrograde planets mark a time of an introspective process with the planet and sign indicating the nature of the retrograde and interaction with your natal chart. Jupiter is now retrograde in Aquarius, having briefly visited Pisces during May, which allowed a little breathing space, new ideas and possibilities from the heavy Saturn and Uranus energy, which has been and continues to dominate the whole of 2021 in varying degrees. Jupiter is going back into Uranus means there is where we need to look again and review, go over where we may have veered off course in our lives. This will emphasise areas in our own natal charts to gain perspective and possibly take a view in a new light. This is about unfinished business and this reflection can be a period of inner growth, a change to reconnect to our true self, our inner compass.
The Full moon in Aquarius on the 24th July activated the ideas for potential change, so there was level of restlessness, something coming into focus, as the full moon can illuminate parts of our lives that we might start to consider new possibilities and ideas. At the end of July with Mercury, moving into Leo conjunct the Sun in Leo, comes ideas, plans, decisions which can flow and there can be a sense of optimism and confidence despite Saturn saying “no”, so steady accomplishments can happen despite obstacles, so be patient. We are being asked to look at our personal lives and values within the context of these restrictions with the Leo energy ruled by the Sun providing confidence, self-identify, strength and growth.
The New Moon in Leo square Uranus in Taurus, both fixed sign, are wanting things to stay the same, have stability but Uranus will add a jolt, push through the blocks, and challenge ideas, belief systems, so it may not be an easy time for fixed stars at present. Mercury in Leo seeks stability and consistency, to see something through, so communication, thinking and perception will be challenged.
This new Moon in Leo brings a new awareness, it is powerful working with Mercury to understand what resonates for you, ideas that you’ve had in the past, are opening, growth to see a new way, a space for change, can now be fully supported. Broadening our perceptions allow a different view, to see something that has been blocked and to have this block dissolve. It could be a crash and burn of something known for quite some time that is now not needed in an area of your life. Karmic relationships are meant to teach us, to learn and grow and then move on. The Sun in Leo gives the confidence for growth, throwing away the hesitancy and fears of the past or where you may have given away your power. Go through a check list of your life, work, love, friendships, where does it feel it has expired. It can be the unexpected, not planned and go in a different direction. Leo is about love, sharing, giving courage and strength, now to help and accept a new direction.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT.....
This year began with the difficult aspect of the Saturn and Uranus square, creating the underlying tension of Saturn’s desire to create order, maintain structures, restrictions and safety, coupled with demands of Uranus to create change, with sudden disruptions and unpredictability. How do we manage this in our inner world when surrounded by such conflict and instability?
The Sun and new moon in Cancer are here to help what we have unconsciously experienced, our emotional responses from unresolved and the patterns that have shaped our emotional world created from the past are being amplified at present so an opportunity for change.
The receptive feminine energy of Cancer ruled by the moon, our emotional experiences and deep feelings so close to the heart at times can be too much. Mars and Venus in the sign of Leo bring the energetic strength and ability to know who we are and what matters. Leo and Cancer can bring an acceptance and understanding of ourselves, to feel safe and have more courage and confidence. As Leo can be too much in the ego and Cancer too much in the feeling, they are supporting each allowing a confidence to trust our inner self.
Cancer is about nurturing, feeling safe, family, home so there will be triggers where we may need to look deeper and ask questions, am I doing too much, what have I ignored. We now have the courage to look below the surface at what has been hidden, skirted around or ignored. These are parts of ourselves where we are now in a place to see them with a more mature expression of detachment, more conscious awareness of where I am responsible and what to change with wisdom and self-reflection. This will directly relate to your natal moon sign and how you respond.
Cancer can dwell on the past, so Leo helps us stay in the present with the courage to face and understand the past on a personal level, giving a healthy sense of self, what can you create and do next, not stay in the past. Cancer can be regrets, but regrets can show you where you didn’t trust yourself so now you can trust yourself. Cancer and Leo together allow changes that will come with strength and courage and inner knowledge, not fear. Theses energies surrounding us are now showing us what we truly need in our life. Our inner world has been pulled out of the comfort zone for quite some time now, so this can feel at times like a never-ending growth cycle.
DATES TO KEEP IN MIND
12th July: Mercury has also cleared the retrograde shadow, is now moving direct and entered the sign of Cancer for the rest of the month. The imagination can be stimulated, with forward thinking and planning at the fore but with this can come apprehension and worry because of the unknown. Emotional reactions can clash with logical thinking and assessment of situations, so again take care.
Earlier in the month when Mercury was square Neptune, the tension between these two created confusion, a questioning of reality, a sense of what we see is not we are getting, the lines are blurred. We are being made to look at what is real and not real. In the last week of July, Mercury trines Neptune giving us an opportunity to be receptive to thoughts, open to messages, possibilities and not be restrained by logic. Mercury will then be opposed by Pluto which bumps up against the power structures, so the boundless opportunities aren’t supported by the current structures.
13th July: Venus and Mars have been closely travelling together since the beginning of the month. The feminine energy of Venus encourages gentleness, tact and social graces, while Mars has the aggressive, initiative and hasty nature. These two planets together bring a sense of discomfort, an underlying tension of something is “not quite right”, annoyances, irritations, trying to adjust but can’t quite get it right. This intensity will start to dissipate as they now start from the exact conjunction.
21st July (Venus) & Mars (30th July) : They both change signs at the end of the month entering into the sign of Virgo, which brings a new energy, more cautious and analytical, a willingness to give practical help to friends or family. Finances could be viewed in a pessimistic way, whether true or not. Mars in Virgo can bring a level of nervous energy, feeling restless and need for constant activity. Keep a steady routine, work hard, look at the details and all will be well.
22nd July: Venus in Virgo opposes Jupiter retrograde so this creates a tension days before. Jupiter with it’s optimistic nature could bring too much confidence, overdoing and with the Sun moving into Leo on the same date, things can get out of hand, too much, too big, too fast possibly setting up future problems, so care should be taken at this time. Use the Virgo energy in Venus stay grounded and practical.
23rd July: Change is in the air with the full Moon in Aquarius, so again we are being asked to shift direction or change an area in our life which is not working. Aquarian energy likes to do things differently, step out of the comfort zone to find a new and better way. The Sun in Leo which opposes the full moon may leave us with a sense that we are still not comfortable, cannot get things exactly right and there is an element of don’t trust what is going on. The Sun in Leo is about our self and Aquarius is about detachment, freedom and social connection, so there is tension to maintain our own light at this time.