* a killjoy
* don’t let something rain on your parade
* saving face
For example, as the social media feeds have blown up with the celebration of the Supreme court’s decision yesterday its also created a backlash of radical or reactionary responses that might feel like a wet towel to those of us who are simply excited for a big step in the right direction: as though celebration is not allowed because suffering itself has not been wiped from the planet, or all institutions or forms of government abolished, or we’ve all been unified into a final singularity of enemy blasting universal love, etc, etc. There is a gravity to these kinds of “I just can’t be happy with you guys” complaints that shouldn’t be simply dismissed, but there is also a damp and embittered feeling to some of the naysaying that matches the qualities of the planets today. In many ways celebration of any kind will always invite the killjoy or the rain cloud because it’s a natural archetypal exchange. Confidence attracts challengers and that’s not such a bad thing. It keeps confidence from becoming arrogance or delusion. But at the same time, it’s important to not pay too much attention to people who are so radical in their thinking that nothing is ever good enough. Good energy can be drained by career contrarians, and knowing the difference between a healthy exchange and a draining one is important today given the Moon and Venus’ difficult exchange.
The above dynamics are also reflecting the upcoming square from Jupiter to Saturn retrograde. Saturn will not let our pride or excitement get too grandiose or inflated (hence the value of the naysayer right now), and yet Saturn retrograde is currently in a traditionally weaker position than Jupiter, who is likely to effectively call out Saturn during this square for any unnecessary nastiness.
To close, let’s preview one more piece of our summer’s upcoming astrology. Let’s look at the continued transit of Mars through Cancer, as well as its combustion of the Sun during this and next moon cycle.
Understanding essential dignities in my work with clients and in creating daily forecasts has become an undeniably important part of my work over the past year. When we say a planet is in its fall or that its combust the sun, even though it may sound somewhat negative, it’s really not anymore negative than saying conditions outside today are going to be rainy and the roads slick, so drivers be cautious. The ancient astrologers created the intricate system of dignities and receptions, as well as aspects and orbs, a lot like we’ve created meteorology to help us understand the changing conditions of our natural environments. Furthermore, just like rainy days can be great for some things and not as great for others, difficult planetary conditions can indicate the same levels of diversity present in our daily lives. The planetary conditions also say very little about how exactly we might respond to or work through or make meaning out of what’s happening, though there are always plenty of hints and guidance present in the sky if we study the planetary alignments and actively seek the guidance of the divine in everything.
For mars to be combust the sun simply means that mars’ ability to do what it does is somewhat prohibited because its own light is currently being dominated by the sun’s light. Since mars is considered a hot and fiery planet, being combust the sun is thought to weaken mars’ power because it makes mars excessively hot and fiery, which consequently makes mars less effective. Throw in that mars is currently in a wet/cold water sign (Cancer), and you get a mars that looks very much out of his element while simultaneously being consumed by the sun.
So what does this mean, practically? It means that mars-like things might be somewhat difficult right now. Chief among those, in my experience, is assertive, aggressive, forward movement toward our goals or desired outcomes. For quite some time now, as Mars has been combust, it’s been like watching a car slowing running out of gas, or moving from an open freeway into a more congested area of traffic. The start/stop, the back and forth, the frustration or irritation with results not coming as soon as we’d like or in the way that we’d like, as well as the tendency for us to act on impulse without having all the information, or to act passive aggressively, or to deal with others being passive aggressive, or to pout or complain or feel sorry for ourselves…all of these qualities are potentially in the air right now for us to contend with.
But what I’ve also noticed is a cooling of the impulses. A mindfulness. A slowing. A patience. A softening. A spirit of compromise. These qualities are also there to be grown within us right now, in response to what mars is having a hard time accomplishing.
As we push toward the full moon this month mars will be squaring the nodes of the moon and acting as the ruler of the south node. With this transit it’s possible that something quite challenging from our past will come back to confront us, or bless us, or seek resolution. How we carefully handle and negotiate any upcoming challenges, knowing that mars is in a difficult spot, will make all the difference. Again, mindfulness, slowness, patience, and the willingness to compromise, to wait and see, and to not force or rush anything is important this summer.
Mars will finally its combustion of the Sun around July 11th, then it will move out from under the Sun’s rays and leave Cancer by August 9th, so we have a good chunk of our summer to learn and grow alongside of this transit. Tomorrow we’ll look at what to expect from mars in leo as well as the mars/venus conjunction happening through venus’ retrograde in leo.
Prayer: Moving quietly, not rushing anything, I understand that so many things are beyond my control.