This week’s events include the start of Mercury’s retrograde in Cancer, the Sun’s entrance into Cancer and an annular solar eclipse at 0 Cancer 21. This move from the mutable air of Gemini to the cardinal water of Cancer will shift the collective emphasis from social activity to traditional Cancer themes of home and domestic security. The eclipse is part of the Cancer/Capricorn cycle, so it is connected with the eclipses of December 26, 2019 and January 10, 2020, as well as the Saturn Pluto conjunction of January 12th, in Capricorn. Because those occurred at the outset of the international spread of COVID-19 and because of the dawning Mercury retrograde, I strongly suspect that this will translate into the reinstatement of shelter in place type orders and another wave of the virus. I really hope that I’m wrong about that. In any case, the indecision and confusion of the mutable signs are set to be replaced by the assertive character of the cardinals.
This week’s Sun sign shift will be followed by Mars moving into Aries on the 27th, the year’s second Jupiter Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on the 30th, Saturn’s return to Capricorn on July 1st and the final Cancer/Capricorn eclipse in the series on July 5th. If you’ve been sitting on the fence for the past month or season, your days of contemplation are numbered. The presence of so many planets in the activating cardinal signs is a cosmic push forward. Spearheading the drive will be none other than Mars. Due to its coming retrograde, starting in September, this Mars transit of Aries will last for over six months. Astrologers give a Mars homecoming mixed reviews. It is fuel, not inherently bad or good in and of itself. It’s what we do with its fire power that makes all the difference. Simultaneously, Jupiter and Saturn will be in Capricorn until mid December. Their presence, and Pluto’s, will square Mars, creating friction and choice points. Now is the time to determine priorities for the second half of 2020. Mercury’s presence and retrograde in nurturing and instigating Cancer will re-mind us of what is most important and give us needed nudges.