Astrology’s earth signs are where ideas meet the physical dimension. Over the next few weeks, several planetary meetings will take place in earth signs. Simultaneously Mercury and Venus are taking part in an intricate and elegant dance involving the earth and air elements. In so doing, they’re creating a biofeedback loop between the intellect and matter. Additionally, Mercury’s retrograde status is affording everyone an opportunity to rethink and refine processes. On October 2nd Mercury will station and go direct.
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Mercury retrogrades are typically associated with review periods. Interestingly enough, the incoming one will be surrounded by several repeating aspects. Taken as a whole, the time to reconsider, revaluate and reinvent is at hand. Mercury’s backwards trek begins on September 9th, when the planet of technology and communication will be at 8 degrees of Libra. That places Mercury at odds with expansive Jupiter, also currently retrograde. The two form exact oppositions on September 2nd and 18th, so prior to and during Mercury’s retrograde. Enthusiastic, optimistic Jupiter has a tendency to over-promise. In impetuous Aries, its exuberance can hardly be contained.
On August 20th Mars began its seven-month journey through Gemini. With such a bold, assertive planet moving into the sign of communication and media, the astrology world was abuzz about the potentials of the transit. On the same day, Mercury stealthily entered the shadow zone of its upcoming retrograde at 24° Virgo 12′. On September 3rd, Mars will follow suit and cross the shadow point of its forthcoming retrograde at 8° Gemini 08′. Gemini is of course one of Mercury’s two domiciles, the other being Virgo where it is presently. So while Mars may be garnering a lot of attention, Mercury’s influence is apparent and important.
An exciting and insightful couple of weeks are in store as Venus opposes Pluto, the Sun squares Uranus and Mars heads into Gemini, for an unusual seven-month-stay. The action starts late Monday night with Venus. Back on July 18th and 19th, Mercury and Sun found themselves opposite of resourceful, transformative Pluto, when they were completing their tours of Cancer. Now, the planet of money, love and pleasure will have to negotiate with the Lord of the Underworld before she too can move into Leo.
On the Full Moon of August 11th (Leo Sun opposite the Aquarius Moon), the Sun will square Uranus as Venus enters ferocious Leo. In addition to the bluster, two other important trends, Jupiter’s retrograde and Mars’ ingress into Gemini, will begin under the Leo Sun.
here is no getting around the fact that this year’s Leo Sun cycle is loaded with challenging aspects. Leo is astrology’s fixed fire sign, and this year the lion will be displaying its more ferocious side. When the Sun, Mercury and Venus move through, they will encounter difficulties with Mars, Saturn and Uranus. Beyond battles between the more cheerful planets, like the Sun and Venus, and the malefics, Mars and Saturn, these confrontations will take place on the unyielding fixed sign faults.
When attempting to interpret any particular alignment, taking note of other significant aspects that are occurring simultaneously is essential. For the aspects color one another. The Summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Winter solstice in the Southern will take place on June 21st. Solstices take place in six month intervals. Astrology watchers recognize this time as the start of the Cancer Sun cycle. In 2022, a weighty earth trine between Venus and Pluto, and an Aries Moon conjunction to expansive Jupiter and sextile to clear-thinking Mercury, in Gemini, will also take place on the 21st.
A grand earth trine, Mercury moving beyond the shadow of its recent retrograde and a full Moon in friendly Sagittarius are on the way. Though there are a few bumps in the offing, on the whole, the next two weeks will help us get real work done and launch vacation season 2022. It all gets started under a waxing Virgo Moon in the wee hours of Monday morning.
A sense that things are falling into place and even improving will begin to permeate the airwaves over the next two weeks. Both Venus and Mars will return to their home signs, a new moon in flexible Gemini will offer a fresh start and Mercury’s retrograde will conclude. Adding to the optimism, Mars will conjoin Jupiter in reinvigorating Aries. Saturn however, will temper expectations as it begins its five-month-long retrograde.
If there’s one thing about astrology that everyone has heard of, it’s a Mercury retrograde. Heads up, the next one starts on Tuesday night and will run through June 3rd. If there’s one thing that Jupiter is renowned for, it’s largesse. One of everything simply won’t do for the planet of plenty. Fittingly, Jupiter will be sharing Tuesday night’s spotlight with Mercury as they both undergo important changes.