This week we experience yet another shift in the psychic climate, as the Moon builds to full phase on Tuesday, synched up with Virgo letting go of Mars for the first time in almost eight months. Mars ingressing Libra is, on one level, about being an expert in balance. Know your limits, know what you want, recognize the conditions of your environment (particularly people), and work out a scenario that honors all of them as best you can. When in doubt, lean toward less rather than more. Notice when you have a need or a desire, and respond to it. Go gently on the people around you; most of them have no clue what’s going on.
Virgo the Virgin has spent a lot of time in the company of Mr. Cock and Balls, amidst much other unusual activity. This has been a kind of anger management program, an extended course in understanding the nuances of desire and an opportunity to learn how to override emotions with intellect without sacrificing being able to feel. Indeed, actual balancing of mind and emotions specifically requires being able to feel.
If you associate this phase of time (November 2011 to the present) with a sexual healing project, it’s now time to take a step forward and see how you do in the world of relational experience. This may feel like a rather sudden energy release; Mars changes modalities (mutable to cardinal) and elements (earthy to airy), leaving a sign famous for its ability to deny relationships and ingressing one that’s entirely based on them. Mars on its own in Libra could indicate wanting a relationship with burning desire. You are likely aware of relationships of others, having a diversity of responses. This is all one environment, one seamless expanse of emotional flow of which you’re part, regardless of your current ‘status’.
Go gently with your desire; it’s potent and reactive, as indicated by other aspects Mars is making. If you try to get your way all at once, that probably won’t work out so well. Mars changes signs at 8:33 am EDT on Tuesday, right in the midst of a Moon-Pluto occultation (the last one we had was during the transit of Venus). This series of events, in Capricorn, seems to be about working through old emotional patterns layer by layer, reaching for the deeper passions that are only available in the present moment.
If once again you are experiencing a relationship situation is out of your control, you might feel some peace in letting it be so, assuming, of course, that you feel physically safe.
A few hours later at 2:51 pm EDT, the Moon and Sun make their exact opposition from Capricorn to Cancer — which is the annual Cap Full Moon. As we mentioned in Friday’s daily, this Full Moon is in aspect to the Uranus-Pluto square — the long aspect that’s setting the dynamic of the 2012 era that we are still gradually entering. So this lunation has a bunch of extra momentum behind it.
Remember that this combination of forces — Mars changing signs after so long, the Moon-Pluto eclipse and the Moon-Sun opposition — may have many people feeling on edge. You are at an advantage for knowing that this astrology is happening in advance.
Something similar is happening as well: Mars is approaching a simultaneous opposition to Uranus and a square to Pluto. This is bringing another wave of energy through our local cosmos, and will once again gives us a sense of what the era-defining Uranus-Pluto square is about. I think we’re going to see the many ways in which progress is dependent upon being able to feel and register both inner feedback and that which is coming in through our environment.
This aspect happens July 16-18 with the Cancer New Moon exact on the 19th — another hot spot in the ever-unfolding astrological scenario.
This is a time to proceed with care, and perhaps at times, with caution. For nearly three weeks Mars will be in close contact with Uranus and Pluto. This is reactive astrology, though of course it can be productive and creative and passionate. It is, however, involving the hot (and sharp) object known as Mars, mixed up with Uranus (the revolutionary, and one sometimes lacking clue or cause) and Pluto (the unstoppable force that on a very good day translates into this thing we call evolution).
Make your plans wisely, remain flexible in the face of data from within or from your environment, and drive like a professional. Plan your route consciously, do the speed limit (especially in congested areas or traffic), and slow down if the weather cautions you to do so. Take a moment a pause before you head off anywhere, and remain connected to your purpose.
Remember that if you live in the United States, you may be under additional pressure due to a civil holiday falling in the middle of the week. There’s only so much you can do, and this would be a fine week to go a bit slower, and do a little less.