Good morning and welcome. I’ve just completed the audio podcast for the week, which is available here. Note, someone just said that I claim it’s January. It’s actually a balmy, moist, monsoony July here in New York. This week’s edition considers the idea of emotional patterns and the recent eclipse in the sign Cancer as an opportunity to stretch and grow into new emotional potential. So much of our lives are shaped and even dictated by our emotions that this is 100% necessary we’re going to outgrow our old patterns and take up healthier ones. I cover this in the midyear audio and will be going into more detail in the Cancer birthday report as well (stay tuned for that).
The podcast also looks at the cluster of planetary events the last two weeks of July, beginning with Saturn entering Libra next week; the Sun entering Leo on July 22; the Aquarius Full Moon on July 25; Saturn opposite Uranus, part five including the Aries Point, on July 26; and Mars conjunct Saturn on July 31.
This is an exciting grouping and we can all be just thrilled that the eclipses came ahead of this setup rather than in the middle of it all.
Today is Bastille Day, which is the celebration of the French Revolution. That happened back in 1789, right after the United States Constitution was ratified. As Wikipedia puts it rather eloquently, “French society underwent an epic transformation as feudal, aristocratic, and religious privileges evaporated under a sustained assault from liberal political groups and the masses on the streets. Old ideas about hierarchy and tradition succumbed to new Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.”
Such was in the air at the time. There was a Uranus-Pluto aspect — just like there is right now. Back then it was an opposition; these days it’s a square. They are similar and have many of the same influences.
To understand the French Revolution, all you have to do is visit the Palace of Versailles. I did once. It was the most stunning display of absurd opulence you can imagine, unless of course you’re alive today in the era of multi-billionaires who made their money stealing from investors, cheating the government and manipulating the market. Too bad we can’t tour their houses and see how they live. The French Revolution was a revolt against this waste and extravagance, and also against the monarchy, which was still living under the delusion — even in 1789 — that the Sun King was a kind of God-Emperor of the sort you read about in scifi novels.
We could use a bit of that kind of Enlightenment thinking, except for one thing: a couple of centuries later, science is the new religious authority; it is the unquestionable establishment. What we need is a revolt against both religiosity and so-called science, and an embrace of the natural world and the authenticity of our inner nature. You know how hard it is to wash varnish off your hands; we have a bit of scrubbing to do, and opening our senses to life.