Working with the Astrology of the Week of July 12th: First Quarter Moon, Venus conjunct Mars in Leo, and Sun Opposition Pluto
This week the moon is waxing off of Friday's new moon in Cancer, gaining steam as it approaches the first quarter square with the sun, exact Saturday, July 17th.
And what a lovely new moon that was, bringing a sense of new beginnings in emotional fulfillment, contentment, satisfaction, and how we derive a sense of belonging and connection.
The 10 of Cups is the tarot card that came up along with that new moon last Friday the 9th, speaking to arriving in calm and supportive waters after the bumps of the past few weeks.
First quarter moons always occur one week after new moons, and they mark the halfway point between the new moon and the full moon, and a choice point.
The first quarter square brings some energetic impasse between our conscious minds and whatever is stirring in our subconscious, and this requires a decision on our part in order to release the tension and resume forward motion.
Thus, the lunar energy for this week is that of growing and cultivating whatever is beginning with last Friday's new moon.
That new moon was in Cancer, and Cancer rules the emotional body, past, home, and our sense of belonging, family, tribe, connection, nurturing and nourishment, ancestors and origins, so this new beginning is coming to us through that energetic prism.
As we approach the first quarter square, we get added tension Friday through Sunday as the sun in Cancer also opposes Pluto retrograde in Capricorn. Pluto rules our shadows, and in retrograde it is bringing lessons, so tread lightly with this one, as it is bound to bring up power dynamics. Stay very aware at hidden motives for yourself and others, stay away from people and situations that are known triggers, and if at all possible, just stay low profile and take yourself out of the equation entirely. The best rule of thumb for dealing with Pluto in hard aspect is don't engage. If you end up engaged, as soon as you realize it, step back and walk away. With this energy, it is likely a lose-lose dynamic. The lesson is to not get drawn in.
This goes especially for those of us with anything in our natal charts at 24 to 26 degrees of any of the cardinal signs (Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, and Libra).
When there are big energies swirling around such as this one, they either come in through us, or through others to us, and sometimes even both at the same time. If we stay aware and don't give them an entry point to play through, they don't get a chance. This is especially true when these transits are hitting sensitive points of our natal charts or those close to us (and quite likely that it will be both) - that makes the aspect personal to us rather than just a general vibe floating around.
Aside from some bumps over the weekend, this is a sweet week of building off of last weekend's Cancer new moon, which kicks off with Tuesday's Venus-Mars conjunction in Leo - bringing the creativity (and the romance).
Venus and Mars represent the divine feminine and divine masculine energies, the law of attraction and our self-assertion and passion, respectively. They come together every two years to begin a new cycle, and this time they are coming together in Leo, sign of our creative self-expression - our ability to download inspiration from source and channel it through our humans into a gift to the world. Remember, Leo is the artist and performer - the vessel through which art, human creations that expand our awareness, open us, and move us, is manifest. We all have Leo in our natal chart, the house that it rules in our charts tells us what area of life Leo expresses through for us, and in this case, what area of life this new beginning on Tuesday is occurring.
As I said last week, save new moon intention setting (the actual "planting" of the intentions) for Tuesday with the moon waxing in Virgo and this lovely Venus-Mars conjunction in Leo. It is a great way to tie in the energies of the Cancer new moon and the beginning of this new two year long creative cycle. The last couple of weeks were full of growth and realization as Mars in Leo and then Venus bumped through the cross-hairs of the Saturn-Uranus square (in Aquarius and Taurus, respectively), that is a major growth aspect for this entire year, but now they are making this conjunction, this new beginning, on the other side of that.
What did you learn over the past couple of weeks about your passions and desires, and your self-worth, relationships, and resources, and how they tie into the new structure you are innovating around feeling secure in this changing world and enjoying the everyday pleasures and creature comforts of life?
What showed up last Friday/Saturday with the Cancer new moon that feels like it is ready to come into your life now around home, emotional expression, connection, nurturing, and belonging?
What would you like to manifest through you and your life as a gift to the world that inspires and opens over the next two years?
The answers to these questions will form the intentions for planting this Tuesday and set your course forward.
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