“Everyone knew she was gonna be fast;
Everyone said they could build her to last:
10,000 tons of hurtlin’ steel
Screamin’ round the curves, nobody at the wheel.
Everyone said don’t pay it any mind--
there’s a pot of gold waiting at the end of the line.” –Eliza Gilkyson
Tuesday’s New Moon ushers in a month that’s going to be BUSY. In a mad scramble to get to essentials—and we won’t know what they are, unless we take the time to do the work and ANALYSE what’s happening—there will be the tendency to go off in all directions at once (and be silly while we’re at it), thereby wasting a lot of energy.
Or we can be still and LISTEN to what’s really going on. We can do the work of in-depth preparation; we can consider that work carefully. Saturn dips back into Scorpio for a couple of months, which gives us the stamina for minute, detailed examination.
But we won’t want to do that: Mars conjoins the Sun and Moon closely—in Halifax, in the house of career—so the desire to push ahead will be full-throttle. Tempers are likely to soar; words will be spoken or written rashly; and precarious positions will be taken which will difficult to retract. The sensation of being painted into a corner will be alarmingly familiar, coupled with a rising panic that somehow, somewhere we may have missed the point.
Our saving grace is kindness—slowing down sufficiently to care about those around us, and expressing that compassion creatively and joyfully.
Otherwise, this lunar cycle, we’re a train wreck.
Astrology is useful. It answers a lot of questions about why we do what we do, because the blueprint we set out with at birth is available to us. We can consult it for clarification when we are stumped about what to do next. We make up our own minds; but it’s there as a reference, should we choose to look.
Hallelujah! Mercury goes direct on the 11th—at 7:32 PM Atlantic Daylight Time. We can breathe, now, right? We’re out of the woods until October!
Not so fast. Apart from the Shadow (the catch-up period until June 28th, when Mercury races forward to its retrograde point), we’d do well to consider what we learned from the accommodations we were forced to make over the last three weeks. Every inconvenience holds a lesson, if we choose to look for it. And if we don’t—we are likely to have to repeat it when Mercury retrogrades again, in about 3 months’ time.
Retrogrades are GIFTS. They force us to take stock of matters governed by whatever planet’s down for scheduled maintenance—altho’ in point of fact, it is WE who are being realigned and reset. We emerge from these ordeals bruised and panting from our dislocation; but we’ve grown, whether we recognize it or not.
And that, of course, is the point of the exercise!
Ariel Harper Nave
“I believe that there is NOTHING sent us that we cannot handle if we know ourselves well enough and that’s why I do what I do.”