by Heather Roan Robbins
“It’s going to be a bumpy ride“
-Shrunken Head, Prisoner of Azkaban
Fasten your seat belts, we are energize and challenged, in some places, may be challenged to our core this week by communications problems and technical snafus all under some irritable, authority resistant aspects. It’s time to prioritize peaceful solutions and safe explorations as communicative Mercury and electrical Uranus retrograde, while motivational Mars challenges the great revolutionary trigger planets, Pluto and Uranus.
These conditions are classic astrological patterns for accidents and storms, of both the weather and human temper variety. But they are also for great adventure and meeting a challenge that has haunted us before, meeting and overcoming that challenge and so growing our sense of identity.
It really helps that emotion-provoking Venus is in communicative, forgiving Gemini and activating Mars is in the friendly sign of Libra, so generally we can keep things friendly and mellow, and be truly be helpful to one another in the process. Tempers will spike of the craziest things this week, and can be easily set off by misunderstandings or by hidden information that now comes to light. If we can keep talking, we can process this through quickly. But this Mars is willing to fight to the finish if a situation feels unfair and ordinary channels of communication are not working.
This line-up creates a paradoxical tone: nice days sprinkled with a few strange tantrums and manic episodes, lazy summer moments with technical and electrical snafus, ordinary quiet spells with peppered with challenges that demand our presence and ask us to be brave and real.
The weekend starts out on Friday the 13th a day of luck, good or bad. Strange technical glitches and scattered nerves can test us as Uranus retrogrades as the weekend begins, but we need to stay focused and nail down loose ends before Mercury turns retrograde on Sunday. The retrograde follies have already begun as Mercury appeared to slow down over this last week. We may have noticed technical problems, like phone lines that drop signal or machinery that does not work as planned. Or people problems, as, old complaints work to the surface and people rethink decisions they made before.
As Mercury turns retrograde it sends us back inside to get the back story and do some personal work. We may have to go back to a place we’ve lived, people we’ve known, or projects we’ve left behind. It is time to initiate work retrograde procedures, so for the next three weeks don’t take any communication for granted. Let’s make sure they heard what was intended, understood what we meant, and got the e-mail. Check schedules, confirm appointments. Keep a good book near at all times for unexpected delays. Schedule in extra time and keep track of important items, like cell phones, keys, or papers. Measure twice before cutting, check twice the address before sending the email.
This coming week could be an unusually brave and adventurous, arousing and accident prone because Mars, arbiter of our temper and our energy level, our right to say both no and yes, is cranking in some heavy aspects. Put safety on the front burner, don’t hide out but do move with attention and awareness. If we hide out or ground our kids, impatience usually builds until we do something rash, which makes this a self-fulfilling prophesy. So let’s whole-heartedly engage the world, but make it a dance.
Over the weekend we can feel a peaceful, introspective energy, but as Mars, our energy pack, opposes chaotic and electrical Uranus, trines expansive Jupiter, and squares powerful Pluto midweek, we have to watch out for trouble. Impulse control is low. Smell the whiff of revolution in response to anything that would tick off a Libra, anything unbalanced, unkind, or ugly. Expect politics to get ugly. Don’t play with fire or fuel. Use this energy to tackle real problems; put it to good use and keep it out of trouble.
Venus and Mars trine in friendly air signs do add a pleasant romantic milieu. Relationships will need lots of communication and little judgmental attitude; we can puddle along together and encourage one another gently most days, but when a problem comes up, and it can so easily with Mercury retrograde misunderstandings, tempers can spike easily. Confirm all data before responding, and be as gentle as possible with one another.
Friday, July 13: Keep it mellow, stay cool under potential glitches this morning as Uranus retrogrades. We may feel a little spacy and disoriented, so make an effort get grounded and present. Noon time is sociable and sensuous as the Taurus sextiles the Sun. Afternoon grows more distant, tired, we could all use a nap, but stay alert enough to bring the point home and enough to batten the hatches and make sure loose ends are cleaned up now. Enjoy a quirky, hungry evening and share luck stories.
Saturday, July 14: A nervy morning can leave us discouraged or concerned this afternoon. Unwind and let details scatter as the Gemini Moon squares Chiron this morning. Cartoons may be in order. If we can, let’s take a day off and putter mindlessly or socialize easily as Mercury sextiles Venus, but responsibilities may press us back into action as the Sun squares Saturn later on. Some real or imagined deadline may pressure us, but will take extra effort to complete as Mercury retrogrades. Make necessary adjustments, keep plans loose, humor nearby, and initiate retrograde Mercury skills. Relax sociably tonight; babble is good, we need to talk but may not need to make sense.
Sunday, July 15: Hurry and efforts all snarl up; go with the flow and prioritize centering, and this can be a beautiful day as the Moon sextiles Mercury and conjuncts Venus. Non-sequential conversation furthers. Gather with like minds and share without an agenda. Listen and be surprised.
Monday, July 16: If some personal quirky issue gets tapped this morning as the Sun challenges Chiron, take it as a signal to heal the issue rather than repeat the problem. The day is moody and itchy, full of paradox; many aspects crank up our restlessness and call us out and about, while a Cancer Moon whispers of existential homesickness. Expect mixed signals and conflicting feelings. Hold hands and don’t try to make sense of it all; just ride the waves.
Tuesday, July 17: Feel the protective bravery and proceed carefully as Mars trines Jupiter and the Moon opposes Pluto. A problem may require a surgical decision. Confidence and energy can help us successfully tackle a challenge, but without a challenge we can chew on ourselves or the ones we love. Moods are touchy, tender, with defensive brilliance. Later, walk the line between loneliness and useful solitude and gently confront some lurking fear as Mars squares Pluto.
Wednesday, July 18: This tricky day roils with technical difficulties, primal emotions, and an opportunity to transform ourselves as Mars opposes Uranus and Jupiter quincunx Pluto. Notice a ruggedly individualist mood and don’t hassle the cowboys. We may be challenged to let go of old modes of operation and pushed out of our comfort zone, but can rise to the challenge and find capacities we didn’t know we had. Even through strong emotional winds blow through, we need to think and act strategically. A New Moon in Cancer tonight offers a chance to start over and take better care of ourselves and others in the new cycle ahead.
Thursday, July 19: Keep it safe and keep it moving. Let’s tell our story. It feels really important to be appreciated and understood, to have our efforts noticed as the Moon goes in Leo. Though we may want to dramatize our situation to express how it feels to us the situation may be dramatic enough on its own. Show love, show appreciation, listen to one another’s stories, and don’t push anyone more than necessary, because we don’t know what drama already lurks in their life. Sympathy heals.
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