This is a truly interesting moment of astrology and we’re hearing echoes of that in the world around us. The Full Moon and the solstice are still vibrating like a bell that’s just been rung. Mercury is slowly moving toward its retrograde phase and Jupiter is about to ingress Cancer.
Driving home over the mountain from dinner in New Paltz, my friend noticed that a crowd had gathered on the lookout just above the hairpin curve, to watch the Capricorn Moon rise over the horizon. It did beautifully, fat and orange, looking down on our valley.
The Moon was at perigee as full phase peaked — its closest to the Earth. Directly behind it, far, far away, is Pluto in Capricorn, which means that overnight Sunday to Monday, the Moon is passing through the Uranus-Pluto square. The Sun will be doing the same thing this week and into next. A personal reading of the astrology suggests reaching for improvements: in your health, in your emotional state, in your family life. What was inaccessible last week or last year may be right within reach now.
In case you’ve missed the latest developments in the status of NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden (whose chart I will be doing on Monday evening’s blog of The Mountain Astrologer), Snowden left Hong Kong some time this weekend, reportedly en route for Moscow. From there, most reports are saying that he will be headed for Ecuador via Cuba.
[Note, as of Monday morning ET, he had missed his flight from Moscow to Havana and his whereabouts were unknown. My friend Ralph said a couple of times last night he thought this flight plan was a ruse. Link goes to exciting live blog by the Daily Telegraph.]
He was reportedly accompanied by a member of the WikiLeaks legal team. The involvement of WikiLeaks, is a real development: the two biggest whistle blower stories so far this century have now merged into one. As I mentioned in last week’s Planet Waves FM, there is significant contact between Snowden’s chart, WikiLeaks’ chart and the current astrology — most of it focused in late Gemini. More on this tomorrow night.
Let’s go over the astrology of the next 72 hours succinctly. The Moon is still at full phase. It’ll ingress Aquarius Tuesday at 3:26:26 am EDT. At 9:39:59 pm EDT Jupiter will ingress Cancer, where it last entered July 12, 2001. It stays in each sign for about one year. Jupiter is a welcome presence in Cancer because it gets along famously with this sign. Remember that Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces, so it has a strong affinity for the water signs.
Jupiter in Cancer is exciting for two other reasons — one being that it forms an extended grand water trine with Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, and Saturn in Scorpio. In other words, there will be full-strength planets in all three water signs for the next year. The other is that it forms a T-square with Uranus and Pluto. Both of these aspect patterns, which connect via Jupiter, will provide plenty to talk about in astrology and the events and personal developments associated with it. Jupiter in Cancer is a strong, useful placement — take advantage of it (and I will have more ideas how to do that as the process unfolds).
Then Wednesday, June 26 at 9:08 am EDT, Mercury stations retrograde in Cancer. This is one of those reminders to use your mind and your instincts; follow your intuition but keep an eye on the facts.
In astrology, Jupiter sign changes happen fairly often (once a year or so) and Mercury retrogrades happen more often. When events cluster up, that’s when we have the image of a unique situation. It’s rare that both of these things happen involving one sign, and happening in Cancer it is rare that they happen in context of so much other water sign activity.
What we’re being invited into is an experience of full-spectrum perception. We have planets in every one of the elements and significant activity in each of the modes — cardinal, fixed and mutable. Paying attention can be easier now than ever, and heck, there’s even some exciting stuff to pay attention to, and to be passionate about.