Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
MON: Sun semisquare Venus
TUE: Jupiter sextile Ceres
WED: Mar square Uranus
FRI: Mars sextile Chiron
SAT: Last Quarter Moon 11:17am PDT (6:17pm GMT), Mercury quincunx Pluto
SUN: Neptune opposite Ceres
THE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE is behind us now, but only on the calendar. We continue to ride the energy wave created by the event, and even experience what may feel like a second crest this coming week, when the Mars-Uranus square occurs.
The influence of this square aspect has been building over the past week or more. Its energies were also tightly woven into the tapestry of the eclipse itself, since the Moon was closely aligned with Mars and square Uranus at the time. On Wednesday of this week, Mars and Uranus are exactly 90 degrees apart, and the effects of the square aspect are at their strongest.
MARS AND URANUS are facing off three times this year, due to Mars going retrograde. This week's event is the second of the series; the two planets were in square aspect for the first time in mid May, and the last time will be in mid September.
This week's square may be the most potent of the three. Mars is very close to the Earth and is out of bounds, adding to its impact on our lives. And, Uranus is also very strong, moving in slow motion as it gets ready to go retrograde (backward) on August 7.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT when Mars and Uranus confront each other? With Uranus, the standard advice is "expect the unexpected." As the god of chaos, Uranus moves suddenly and often erratically. Mars, the god of war, represents action and aggression. The two together can be impulsive and forceful -- and they can also initiate changes that have longer-term consequences.
With Uranus currently in Taurus (which rules nature and the environment), there is a higher risk of earthquakes, wildfires, volcanoes, and other shake-ups in our physical world. Looking back to May to see what occurred then, one of the events that closely related to the Mars-Uranus effect was the beginning of the current volcanic eruption phase at Mt. Kilauea.
Mid May was also when the U.S. embassy opened in Jerusalem. We can see warrior Mars' fiery influence in the conflicts that resulted from that move.
SUFFICE TO SAY, this is not likely to be a quiet week! But we also want to look at higher purposes, because to consider only the physical manifestations misses much of the point.
Mars represents the masculine principles of action, assertiveness, and courage. Humanity is in a sharp learning curve with regards to how we use these qualities. Historically -- and currently -- we see that assertiveness can too easily deteriorate into aggression, and force can become our default mode instead of being the last implement we choose from our tool box.
AS INDIVIDUALS, we want to watch our own volatility this week. What pushes our buttons, and why? Are we choosing to express anger appropriately, or are we over-reacting?
And what are the fears and insecurities that are at the root of the over-reaction? It is true more often than not that those visceral aggressive emotions stem from deeper levels of our psyches that are in need of healing.
And with Mars retrograde right now, this is the perfect time to go within and do that restorative work. If we do, the surprise that comes with the Mars-Uranus square may very well be our own liberation from the fears that have been pulling our chains.
AS WE PONDER what may unfold in the coming days, we can't discount that Uranus has a reputation as the god of chaos. But we would be remiss if we didn't also acknowledge that Uranus is a transpersonal planet, representing higher consciousness and our capacity for accessing the Divine Mind. The planet’s intention, therefore, is always to expand our understanding of how the universe works, and to move us beyond a purely personally-oriented view of reality.
Astrologer Liz Greene writes that:
Uranus embodies our need to see beyond disparate events and objects, and glimpse the workings of the greater whole of which we are a part. Uranus also reflects our urge to transcend personal feelings in order to understand the overall pattern of our lives. The need for an objective perspective of life exists in all of us. Discovering such a perspective, especially at critical junctures in life, can be as nourishing as food. Without it, we stumble through life blind and fearful, unable to understand the deeper thread of meaning that links our life experiences.
SOMETIMES, life throws us a monkey wrench when we thought we needed (and had requested) a hammer. But as we stand with that wrench in our hands, do we become angry and curse the heavens? That's one way of reacting to the Mars-Uranus square. And we might need to express those feelings first, to clear the way for what lies beyond them.
But to throw the wrench away in frustration means we miss an opportunity. It may be exactly the right tool, even if we cannot yet see how it will be helpful. From a higher-consciousness perspective, all things that occur have a purpose – it’s just that from a rational-mind level, we may not see it right away.
If you're like me, you can look back on your life and see how events that seemed disruptive at the time actually shifted your life in important, necessary, and ultimately positive ways. It is this kind of hindsight -- and higher perspective -- that we need to remember whenever Uranus comes to call, and especially in these current times.
THIS WEEK? Be flexible when circumstances shift unexpectedly. Stay cool when things heat up. Hold your center of gravity if the world seems to be tilting sideways. Breathe deeply to release the physical, mental, and emotional stress of continuing changes.
Keep your eyes trained on the mountaintop, and your attention grounded in the core of your divine nature. The world needs those who are able to reside in the higher perspective, especially during times of great uncertainty.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Flexibility is key this year, Leo. Circumstances may be changing, but you have within you the creative wisdom and the confidence you need to navigate your world successfully. Your heart will guide you to right decisions, once you clear away the anger and frustration. But this time represents a training of your mind as well as your heart. In all situations, center and clear yourself before you speak, so that your words convey your truth simply and efficiently.
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