But whether you are subversive to or riding on the mainstream, challenges to and from authority or what is passing away will be in the mix, so says authoritarian Saturn’s fierce opposition to the solar eclipse. Those challenges need a creative response, but there is a strong tendency to re-act—to re-enact the past—out of anger or righteousness or revenge. Far from slow, the mind of Mercury and the hasty might of Mars are conjoined and hot and reactive for most of July. It won’t always be possible to be present. So ground again in the long, long journey of the stars and track what is hurting, assess your emotional and spiritual states. And care for them. Love them. These are sources of wisdom, too. Our “symptoms” are the guardians of what has been neglected, abandoned, kidnapped.
Among all the levels of belonging, we might reflect on our belonging to Earth by considering the African deity, Oshun (Ochún, Oxúm). Oshun represents love and beauty and fertility, and flows in the sweet waters we drink from. She is deeply related to the planet Venus. One traditional ritual of honoring Oshun and the beauty she gives our Earth mirrors the nature of the Cancer/Capricorn eclipses of July: Inviting a single mother and her children into our home, cooking all of their favorite foods in abundance, and feeding them until they simply cannot eat any more. Such a ritual offering of caring for those who are vulnerable in our present world could become some ongoing commitment. Releasing destructive patterns and growing new ones like this. To honor love, reciprocity, sweetness and reverence for beauty—reverence for life, rather than objectification and use.
Such a reverence calls us to greater integrity. To align our thoughts with our words with our actions. To attend to the weak as much as to the powerful. Mercury’s retrograde influence from mid-June to mid-Aug. and peaking in July will be relentless in its revelations. This is not a time to try to “be good” by the ordinary definition. Because as we seek our true belonging, our unique niche in the web of life, we will have to face our habitual responses and whatever keeps us from being honest with ourselves. This could be a great time! As the writer Geneen Marie Haugen suggests, let us experiment with being in the world as if our being there mattered. This alone can change consciousness.
Key dates to keep in mind
for Mercury retrograde:
Jun. 19, 2019 - Mercury enters shadow 23° Cancer
Jul. 7, 2019 - Mercury stations retrograde 4° Leo
Jul. 31, 2018 - Mercury stations direct 23° Cancer
Aug. 14, 2019 - Mercury exits shadow 4° Leo
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