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Here's what to watch for today...
A good looking day to start with as the Moon in her rulership moves into a positive aspect with the Jupiter. Good spirit abounds as the day unfolds, which might mean success, good luck, or growth in some particular area of our lives, perhaps in relationship to family, home and hearth, women, food, faith, etc. But then as the day continues the Moon will oppose Mercury and square Mars. Since Mercury and Mars are already moving into a square this aspect should highlight some kind of communicative, intellectual, or mental stress, tension, or disagreement. Mercury and Mars might involve advocating for something, defending yourself or someone else, defending an idea, or pressing an idea on someone else. The Moon in Cancer should help to keep the peace, and we may seem some larger presiding need or basic emotional reality reigning over any tense situations (for example, how loud can an argument get with a sleeping baby in the room? Haha. Sorry, I have baby on the brain). But on the whole, the idea of intellectual or mental or communicative conflict is definitely pictured in today's astrology, and will be signified for the next few days to come. The good news is that Jupiter is helping out from a superior trine position to Mercury, and again for today the Moon in Cancer also brings her own power to the table to mitigate the somewhat difficult nature of the Mercury/Mars square.
Another thing that comes to mind has to do with what we entertain ourselves with, or what channels of information or images we allow to stream through our awareness right now. Are we getting amped up about something unnecessarily...are we being influenced by something around us that we're not even aware of? Are we feigning interest or involvement with something just to strengthen our position or enhance our image to others? One thing this transit might lack is subtlety, anonymity, and humbleness or tact. Being on guard against these things as causes we can avoid their ends...discord, misunderstandings, miscommunication, misinformation, impoliteness, and hostility or self righteousness.
On the other hand, Mercury and Mars combined might take an important stand, offer a desperately needed argument, or persuade the right people at the right time for the sake of a much needed victory or successful outcome. The warrior poet, or the rousing public speech come to mind with this transit as well as the more difficult themes listed above. Are we being timid or scared? Are we speaking our minds or are we hiding behind superficial concerns about how we might appear to others if we own the way we actually think or feel about something?
All of this is both amplified and emotionally complicated by the still quite full Moon in Cancer...whose presence highlights emotional bonds, family and ancestral history, and the basic soul deep need for safety, privacy, and rootedness that tie us together in the midst of communicative, ideological, or intellectual discord.
We can't just say "ideas come second to emotional loyalty," because we are our ideas and they are us. At the same time, ideas are best expressed in the way we choose to live our lives...and if we are patient, affectionate, and gentle there is usually room for competing ideas to live together, as different choices compromising with each other in the same nuclear space.
To me there is nothing that makes this harmony easier than patience, laughter, and affection. So that's my prayer for today..
Prayer: May our patience, affection, and laughter increase, so that our differences may live together, honestly and comfortably