“Cubs Crossing” photograph by Victoria Blumberg
What a compelling picture this is.These are last years coys (cubs of the year) of famed Grand Teton Park Mother Grizzly 399, the wisest bear ever. Some call her the Queen, I call her the Teacher. How amazing it was to watch these tiny newborn cubs navigate the intersection of their wild world with our human world for the first time in their lives. From the get go, they were learning to make rapid adjustments that would hopefully ensure their survival for years to come.
I believe we are all as nascent as these cubs. We need to quickly find new tools and ways of being to help us adjust at an accelerated pace to Life’s oncoming chaos and the ongoing massive reconstruction of our entire world, guided by the historic Uranus square Pluto from 2012-1015. The definition of adjust is “to alter or move slightly in order to achieve the desired fit. To adapt to become used to a new situation”.
The astrological aspect called the quincunx or inconjunct is the aspect of needing to make subtle adjustments. It’s not as challenging as the square, nor is it as easy as the trine. It’s energetic teaching lies somewhere in between. For the next few weeks, Saturn and Uranus are quincunx. Saturn rules the current infrastructure of our lives and the status quo. Uranus is of innovation, experimentation, exploration. Time to get creative and consciously shake up your life, even just a bit, or it might just happen of its own accord. Be willing to take a risk or leap of faith and watch in wonder as exciting new doors open.
Mon July 7
Yesterday and today, Venus ~ love, money, creativity ~ is seriously quincunx to Saturn and happily sextile to Uranus. With Venus currently in Taurus, issues may arise around feeling safe, financially secure, longing for stability. Use this dynamic to find suitable ways to manifest those desires, at least on a momentary basis, in your life, while also accepting that these times require risk and jumping immediately upon emerging opportunities. Make a mental adjustment and choose to see your challenging circumstance in a whole new light of possibility. The monthly Moon/Saturn conjunction in the evening hours lends itself to circumspect or serious conversations.
Tue July 8
Today the Sun activates the Uranus/Saturn quincunx by tensely squaring erratic Uranus yet being in a supportive, naturally focused trine to Saturn. Those of you who have been unable or unwilling to take a risk will find this challenging today as you may be forced to come off the fence of indecision in regards to some situation. This can be a very creative day for some as well, inspiring breakthroughs and cutting edge innovations. And more adjustments are necessary as Juno ~ marriage, key partners ~ is quincunx Pluto ~ dredging up the dark, power struggles, empowerment. Don’t expect your partners to take orders from you. Rather leverage your weaknesses and strengths to create positive outcomes for all parties. Our bright shining Moon enters Scorpio for the coming two and a half days. Emotions run deep, more obsessive, possessive, probing. Caution: don’t try to control others. Work on cultivating the inner discipline of emotional self mastery, a good use of the monthly Scorpio Moon cycle.
Wed July 9
This is nice. The Sun in sidereal Gemini ~ curious, conversational, youthful ~ is in a happy trine to Chiron in Aquarius ~ helping your friends and strangers alike. This aspect can magically (also one of Chiron’s gifts ) bring new people into your life that you are meant to help or from whom you will receive assistance. The ever driven, delving and dramatic Scorpio Moon opposes Juno in Taurus ~ can’t we keep things simple, please. Both signs are notably stubborn so emotional tug-o-wars may ensue. This aspect can also be intensely magnetic and sexual, as in, opposites attract.
Thu July 10
This promises to be a day of intense communications and inspired creativity. The Moon ~ your emotional wave ~ enters fiery philosophical Sagittarius ~ visionary and futuristic. Since this Moon also opposes Mercury in Gemini ~ details please ~ you can make great leaps in bringing your big idea down to nitty gritty actions. This aspect can also highlight the opposing tension between what you think versus what you feel needs to be done. The asteroid that rules creative intelligence, Pallas Athene in artistic Leo, opposes Chiron in futuristic Aquarius. Creative collaborations emerge, or you are suddenly inspired by the work of a ancient master artist or elder teacher speaking to you directly bypassing the falsely perceived boundaries of time and space. Magical thinking really can work on a day like today if you are willing to work outside the confines of linear time and make the leap into shaman time where one can literally move between dimensions, even connecting with past or future timelines. Experiment today.
Fri July 11
Here we are again for the once monthly, always intense, at times traumatic Pluto/Moon conjunction happening later afternoon. It’s a good idea to channel the ferocity of this emotional portal by obsessing on your creative goals or moving your body with increased motivation and joy ~ zumba dancing comes to mind. Pluto always forces us to dig deep, and with the Moon in tow, it’s about digging deep into your emotions, old memories, even past lives. “Out with the old and in with the new” is a motto for Pluto. As the evening arrives, now the Moon squares Uranus, amping up restlessness, excitement, anticipation of things to come. Calm yourself through yoga, relaxing tea, music or meditation before heading off to the dreamtime tonight.
Sat July 12
Aggressive, passionate, athletic Mars makes a conjunction to caregiving, environmentally oriented, food-loving Ceres. This is the final passage of an ongoing alignment that started earlier this year. This a conjunction (also conjunct the asteroid Vesta of focused commitment) has manifested globally as increased horrific violence toward women and children, but also represents the people rising up to say no more. Many have become more activist in how to stop such violent acts that are based in out-dated barbaric rituals and ideas that need to die, permanently. It’s time we move on to a more caring compassionate way of treating everyone, especially children, women, animals, our food source, our beloved Earth. The Mars/Ceres/Vesta combo is about launching new activism in all of those realms. Here’s a gentle reminder: the most important actions to be taken by each individual arise out of daily choices, that when chosen, will completely redirect the focus and power on our planet. You are making a difference, one way or the other, whether you know it or not. Know it, claim it. Choose. Also today, as the emotional Moon squares the Lunar Nodes and opposes optimistic exuberant Jupiter, you are pushed to move beyond an old comfort zone and into exciting new terrain of opportunity and joy. Why is it scary at times to chose what makes us happiest? Here’s a favorite quote of mine by Shuuryu Suzuki: “to express yourself freely as you are….is the most important thing…to make yourself happy…and to make others happy”.
Sun July 13
Today’s adjustment is between the playful, youthful, non-commital Gemini Sun vying for your attention while the responsible, elderly, stern Capricorn Moon calls to you as well. You might need to find time for both relaxing pursuits as well as completing work you brought home from your workplace to complete by weekend’s end.
Thank you Victoria Blumberg (www.sunflowersummer.com) for the gift of your photograph.