The Sun is approaching an opposition to Jupiter and a square to Neptune. Meanwhile, Mars in watery Cancer is moving closer to its opposition with the limits of earthy Saturn.
Here's what to watch for:
* The 29th hexagram of the I Ching is called "dangerously deep," and it depicts a situation where deep water surrounds one on all sides. Even though one is filled with hope, or the desire to move forward or take action, there is little one can do. We are temporarily thwarted.
* In such situations, the I Ching tells us that the merit of our heart and character is being tested. If we try to push forward willfully, ignoring the danger, or in denial of some element of our own character that has put us into a bad situation, we will likely suffer a great fall. This matches quite nicely, of course, with Mars in Cancer, the place where the god of action and will was traditionally said to be in its "fall" or "depression," opposing Saturn, the god of limitations.
* If you've ever seen Monty Python and the Holy grail, there is a scene where a Knight is battling with another Knight and keeps losing his limbs, one by one, only to say, "it's merely a flesh wound!" The other Knight says, "You don't have any legs left, surrender!," but the Knight continues swinging his sword wildly, "It's merely a flesh wound. Come back here and fight!"
* The myth of the hero in our culture is glorified, and most action movies give us something almost equally as absurd as the Knight from Monty Python, but we don't see it because, in the case of our action movie culture, we glorify the ability of the ego to push away the pain or to stay in the spirit of physical and emotional victory at all costs. This is also a Mars/Saturn dynamic.
* New age culture and self-help culture similarly teach people that their pain is actually their spiritual power. Our pain makes us stronger, wiser, deeper, etc. This weaponizes our wounds so that we can become conquering heroes and often this keeps us in denial, as well. "It's not a flesh wound, it's my shamanic qualification. I'm starting my healing practice next week! I'm building my website right now!"
* And in these situations, when the hero ignorantly pushes forward, in denial of his own narcissism, unwilling to recognize the stress or pain she may be causing herself or others, then when she finally falls down, the fall is also memorialized, celebrated, and the blame cast upon an oppressor.
* But the wisdom of the 29th Hexagram of the I Ching says something entirely different about how to handle defeat, failure, and impotence. The I Ching suggests a different path when we feel thwarted.
* What if when we feel thwarted it causes us to become introspective? What if when we feel thwarted rather than thinking about overcoming our adversity we think about how to fail with integrity, beauty, meaning, and curiosity? Why don't we take at least some occasional joy in the opportunity to fail well? Not where everyone can see it. Not in some grand social media demonstration of our failure. Maybe just in the secret chambers of our heart? Can we develop just a little private taste for our frustrations and failures? An honest sit down with our impotence? A small slice of all-natural, organic shame?
* The I Ching tells us that when dangerously deep waters and waves surround us on all sides, the best we can do is to become like water and flow through the adversity facing us. Because who of us is powerful enough to part the waves or calm the Ocean?
* Truly, the wisdom to know how to flow through failures or frustration, is miraculous. It allows us to walk on water. Maybe this is the real opportunity of the Sun/Jupiter and Neptune's t-square right now in the midst of the Mars/Saturn opposition.
* Regardless, when we are humble, when we make ourselves low, then we become like the water, always flowing to the lowest point until finally our very being is used to wash the feet of angels, saints, and avatars, who are always closer to us than we imagine. So it is the success of our failing, our quiet failing, that brings us closer to that which is lifted on high, which is sung aloud and adorned.
* These are the teachings of a fallen Mars in Cancer opposing Saturn, while the Sun is square to Neptune and opposed to Jupiter, and these are also the teachings of the 29th hexagram.
* The third line of Hexagram 29 tells us that because difficulties surround us on all sides, the only option we have is to be surprised, curious, aroused, and interested in the sudden invitation to become totally still.
* Similarly, the 39th hexagram depicts a person climbing a mountain only to find an impassable current of water. Rather than feeling cursed by having to turn around, or having to find another route, the person feels blessed by the appearance of the Tao, whose personal hand is seen and felt in the unexpected obstruction.
* We talk all day about imagination, and yet we have no imagination when it comes to disempowerment, frustration, failure, and impotence. "Get it out," we say. "Purge it." "Enlighten it." "Heal it." "Empower it." "Make it conscious." "REDEEEEEM IT!"
* But I see a river, singing a deep blue song, a chorus of surrendered voices once lost, once mourning thwarted, now found, flowing home to paradise. The souls in this river only aspire to wash the feet of those saints who serve their source, taking every failure as an opportunity to flow back to the lowest points, where they might find those saintly halos shining over them once again, just like stars.
Prayer: Take our frustrations and baptize us again in the humble currents of your love.
Mars has just ingressed into the sign of Cancer and already we are seeing many events in the headlines related to the archetypal qualities of the God of War in the house of the Moon...
Here's what to watch for:
* When the God of War visits any sign, we can imagine it as though Mars is a house guest, temporarily having its needs met by the host of whoever's house Mars is visiting.
* As a house guest, Mars will always ask for, need, or even demand those things that are natural to Mars' nature.
* Mars asks for war, violence, blood, explosiveness, anger, wrath, and strife. Always. Mars severs, cuts, and divides.
* However, Mars may also ask for courage, nobility, knightly bravery, assertiveness, and protectiveness.
* Mars has traditionally been related to Martyrs, suffering saints, warriors or soldiers, as wells as thieves, mercenaries, surgeons, butchers, anyone who wields a weapon, and even mathematicians or those who have an incisive/analytical/cutting mental ability.
* Mars is always asking for or demanding or needing these things. When Mars is in its own sign, it's easier for Mars to get these things done, unimpeded by, or without the co-mingling of other planetary influences or archetypes. Mars will be more "yang" in nature when in Aries, and more "yin" in nature when in Scorpio. In these signs, or when Mars is in its own term, face, triplicity, or exaltation, Mars can do Mars with a little greater ease, or strength, or with less blended or mixed results.
* When Mars is in the home of any other planet, it will naturally be served by the archetypal material that is natural to its host.
* So, in the Moon's sign, Mars receives lunar things to satisfy its needs. This is a difficult placement and tends to indicates low points or fortune for Mars. Mars in Cancer is traditionally in its "fall." This often means that there are subjectively difficult events and themes related to Mars when Mars is in Cancer.
* Regardless of the moral implications, try for a moment to go beyond how you might personally feel about the headlines in the past few days. You are entitled to feel however you feel because you are a responsive, free agent. But for the sake of seeing the transcendental field, or the karmic quality of this time, simply observe the way in which Mars is being fed or supplied with his needs by the Moon right now.
* Two major headlines feature the brutal murder of a pregnant mother, from another mother who was jealous and wanted to take the unborn child for herself. And the other headline features the politics of abortion...bans on abortion, conversations about the attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, and debates swirling around the rights of a woman to make her own decisions or choices regarding her own body, versus those concerned with trying to ensure the right to life for all unborn children. Again, my point is not about who is right or wrong, it's about simply recognizing the quality of the karmic moment.
* A CNN headline tells of a "cheap, brutally efficient grocery chain that is building a cult-like following and reshaping the grocery industry." So, grocery wars...Mars, god of War, in the sign of the Moon, who represents, among other things food and nourishment.
* A headline entitled "Lunchroom Battles at School," and a woman who let a student take lunch without paying, fired.
* These examples are all the low hanging fruit of Mars in Cancer, but there are many other general things that can be said.
* Watch for conflicts in the family, emotional outbursts, injuries or accidents or general strife related to women, children, the innocent or vulnerable, the environment.
* Watch for feeling emotionally provoked. Watch for severing or cutting ties or bonds that are deep, ancestral.
* Watch for challenges related to women, mothers, or women's health.
* Watch for the feeling or need to protect or defend someone that is innocent, vulnerable, etc.
* Watch for emotional assertiveness, a combative mood, or the rage, anger, or empowerment of the mother.
* Watch for danger related to the water, or to athletic events related to water. Wellness and water.
* Be careful of what you feed Mars right now. Know that you are likely to try to feed Mars with Lunar substance. Where is this happening in your chart? What whole sign house? Awareness helps!
* Try to envision or imagine positive or uplifting combinations of Mars and the Moon: a mother bear's protectiveness, emotional inspiration and courage, advocating for those who are innocent or vulnerable.
* Try to envision how this season of time might be seen from the perspective of eternity, from within the context of an intimate relationship with the divine. For example, sometimes we feel dejected, emotionally betrayed or abandoned, jealous, or hurt. Can we imagine that divinity enjoys hearing how we really feel? Can we imagine channeling those emotions into a deeper level of authentic prayer and sharing with the divine? Can we imagine that those feelings are rich and life-giving when we look for our soul, and the soul of our soul, in the mix?
Prayer: Guide us into the womb of your love, where we are always safe to be honest, and where all conflict has its soulful place, a soulful home that is always at rest in you, even as we are churned like the ocean.
Mars has entered Cancer and has a long and powerful road ahead of it this summer.
What to watch for:
* Mars entering Cancer means that Mars has entered the sign of its fall. It is exalted in the opposite sign of Capricorn, the sign of the winter solstice and place where the light starts slowly returning through the darkness. I like to think of Mars' exaltation in Capricorn like the ideal conditions for Mars' tenacious and willful qualities. The long, hard, battle upward, against the odds...this gets right to the heart of Mars. Whereas, since Cancer is the sign of the Summer solstice we see Mars in an environment of inevitable loss of light and decline. Mars is also a "hot and dry" planet and Cancer a "cold/wet" sign.
* Mars ruled things or themes are therefore weakened right now. For example it's not uncommon to feel a lack of motivation or a feeling of weakness or ineffectiveness when Mars enters Cancer.
* Look at the Cancer ruled house in your birth chart to see where you might see the more difficult manifestations of Mars, but remember that each challenge we face is an opportunity to hear the voice of the divine calling to us. Each challenge is an opportunity to turn our hearts back to our love for the divine.
* Mars in Cancer can also manifest through things like water sports, danger or violence related to water, and it can also create challenges for lunar things like mothers, children, home, family, etc.
* Mars in Cancer is also notorious for manifesting as passive aggression, emotional outbursts, and difficult mental/emotional health issues in general.
* This Mars transit will be intensified by the fact that Mars is currently falling under the beams of the Sun and will be combust and will grow weaker and more vulnerable to the dominating power of the Sun, which will not conjoin Mars until the end of July. So this is a long and arduous path for Mars this summer.
* As Mars passes through Cancer it will also make a very intense series of aspects, to Jupiter, Pluto, and Uranus, so we will be revisiting this planetary transit quite a bit this summer. Finding it's constructiveness, it's beauty, it's divinity, isn't always easy, but it will be part of our task in the next weeks!
* Again, be sure to look at the Cancer ruled house of your birth chart. From the whole-sign house perspective, whatever number of sign Cancer is from your ascending sign, consider the transit to be taking place in that same numbered house (for example if you're Gemini rising, then Cancer is your 2nd house because Cancer is the 2nd sign starting from Gemini).
* The last time the Sun moved slowly into a conjunction with Mars it was the late Spring (late May/June) of 2015. So each time this phase of the Sun/Mars dynamic takes place we see the weakening, death, and rebirth of Mars through the fiery chambers of the Sun. What's unique about this transit is that it's taking place in a place where Mars is also badly debilitated. So the death and rebirth motif here is potentially going to be quite powerful. Just remember, whatever is going down or providing us with difficulty, it is also happening "for us."
* Sometimes people ask me, "Does the sky ever say anything positive?" And of course the answer is yes it does. But remember that astrology is reflecting back to us life in a world of impermanence, life in a world where things are constantly coming to be and passing away, life in a world that is perhaps experiencing a unique season of contraction, life in a world where happiness isn't generally found in the things of positive or negative astrological transits but rather in our ability to recognize the eternal within everything and to take every astrological transit as an opportunity to return our hearts to love. So, are all these details about Mars rather difficult...sure..they can be, but more importantly, when we practice staying absorbed in love, then all of the above isn't really here or there. It's just part of the life we're here to love, it's just one more opportunity to love.
Prayer: Remind us to pray, and remind us when we pray to ask for the strength to love whatever challenges we're experiencing.
The Moon is in Sagittarius today, applying to Uranus in Aries.
Let's look at the transition that's about to take place for the remainder of our current moon cycle.
Within the next few weeks, Jupiter and Venus will both square Saturn from late Leo, while Mars simultaneously trines Saturn from Cancer. While Saturn is currently governed by Mars in Cancer, Jupiter and Venus will be governed by the Sun in Leo. Leo is the sign of Saturn's detriment, and so is Cancer. Meanwhile the Sun is in his rulership, hosting Jupiter and Venus. Saturn will also be turning direct just after the full Moon. So what does all of this signify?
A few possibilities to watch for:
* Something old, resistant, dying, stubborn, dark, or heavy finally having to yield
* The tide finally turning
* The hero is victorious over a creature from the underworld
* A last resistance is thrown up, a last block, a last stubborn or willful defiance, in a long series...but it's momentum is not enough, not for long, withers quickly, doesn't have a leg to stand on, etc
* Interference, contests of pride or battles of ego, leading to a change of heart or mind
* Temperamental or moody attitudes or standoffs
* Generational debates, dramas, contests, or exchanges
* The pageantry of the old, outworn, or dead
* The honoring of what's in the past, or what's come before us..
* Expiration dates, powers of attorney, wills, legacies, inheritance
* The obsession with self versus the obsession with time and tradition
* Insult added to injury
* Hidden intentions revealed, plots unraveled, intrigues and mysteries played up
* Someone who won't leave, hunkering down, hoarding or hiding or refusing to give in
With Saturn and Mars both in challenging spots right now, and moving into a tighter trine as the full moon approaches, we're likely going to be dealing with some difficult themes around the full moon. However, Saturn's turn direct is rapidly approaching, and Jupiter and Venus will also be getting into the mix. Since the Sun is in his rulership right now it looks as though whatever difficulty may arise through the next week or two, the darkness will be overcome in a very classic "light overcomes darkness" kind of situation. Blocks or restrictions are about to be lifted, but it will likely occur as the Moon starts waning and we head toward the new moon again.
In the meantime, we should all be feeling the confidence of the Sun in Leo right now, and hopefully starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This has been a challenging summer, and though we still have a bit to go before smoother waters emerge again planet wise, there is a lot to feel confident about and we can bring this courage with us through the upcoming full moon period.
Prayer: The next heaven, waiting just outside the door, but here now I see the gathering of so many faces in the clouds. Some I've known, and some who've grown old, and still others to me are new. Please give us the lanterns of guidance and truth.
The Moon is in Scorpio today, applying to a square of Venus and Jupiter by this evening. The reception between the Moon and Venus today is challenging. While Venus is strong in conjunction with Jupiter, the Moon in Scorpio is in its fall and also in the sign of Venus' detriment. It's a planetary exchange we might think about with a few different phrases:
* 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.
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.