A new Moon opposite Uranus in Aries today, with Mercury now direct, and with a Mars/Jupiter conjunction approaching. It's time to GET. SHIT. DONE. This cycle opens with a bang, and it's all about doing what we know we have to do, in the most tactful and diplomatic way possible. We can't go where we need to go or accomplish what we're here to accomplish in life without ruffling some feathers. And even if we feel deeply troubled by the responses we get from others at this time, it's important that move forward with confidence in the direction we know in our hearts to be right for us at this time. Diplomacy is a process of meeting others' needs as we meet our own. Cooperation and team work including rooting out the tendency to either take all the credit or point the finger too intensely. Team work is a habit of perception that is built by sharing the wealth of our decisions, the results of our actions, and the process of problem solving. When we take all the credit or distribute all the blame, we stand very little chance of sustaining anything in the long run. All of these issues might be pronounced at the time of this new moon, or over the course of the next day or two.
Also, watch for big announcements or the implementation of new systems of organization or insight to present themselves. Whatever came to us through Mercury's retrograde might be ready to integrate itself in some area of our lives...a new contract, a new model or system, a new thought or perception, a new agreement or relationship...watch it get started shortly.
Another crucial component of the upcoming cycle has to do with identity. What are we currently seeing about ourselves that wasn't so visible to us until recently? Have we experienced some jolting insights or revelations about our character or personality? Has there been a call to change something or pay more attention to how we effect other people? The Sun/Uranus opposition can jolt our ego to life and bring something important to our attention.
Meanwhile, with three planets in Virgo right now we might be feeling the call to clean, purify, organize, or technically master our environments or a particular subject or skill. The potential for a kind of puritanical "judgy" quality to effect our relationships is also quite strong right now, so we should be careful of that as well. Otherwise, if we are being called to make substantive lifestyle or value changes it's a good time for it...so long as we're not being too prudish or extreme in our reasoning or actions.
Last but not least, with Venus and Mercury in mutual reception right now, but Venus in her fall we have to be especially careful that whatever we're working out with others, or whatever debates or challenges we're facing with each other, we remember to look at our own shortcomings before we judge people. The "plank versus splinter" lesson is very much indicated by the reception of Mercury and Venus right now....to the point where each time we start to judge someone else, or knit pick, we might choose to perceive it as an exact instruction for what we might work on ourselves!
Prayer: Each time we criticize, help us to speak as we'd like to be spoken to, and help us to consider that we can't demand more from others than we expect from ourselves...