So many planets are in retrograde motion. Monday night, Neptune joins the fray. It does so as Venus slows, set to station direct Wednesday night. There’s that moment when the fog appears, obscuring the object you’re tracking and everything seems motionless but you. Panic won’t help, but surrender may.
Surrender in this case has a spiritual tone. You can’t zone out; you must zone IN. Our values follow our beliefs, and sometimes we are mistaken. Have you ever been wrong, been fooled, led down the garden path? It’s terrifically unpleasant when you have that moment of confusion. Something seems amiss.
Would you rather wander around in fog, or are you ready to slow down and figure out what’s really going on?
“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
With Mercury retrograde in Cancer, perspective resonates in the gut with a different tone. All these retrogrades give us contrast, so utilize changed perception to grasp home truths – about love, about change, about fortune or power. We’ll be in the fog to some degree for months, but we don’t have to be drunk in the fog. Believe in the possibility of an improvement and you’re more likely to notice it forming.
“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.”
― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Monday the post-eclipse Cancer Moon moves through trines to Neptune and Mars as well as oppositions to Pluto and Jupiter. This is a fresh chapter with an intoxicating effect. If we’re not bringing big rumblings of action, someone is. Remember, your own power resides in YOU. No one can take it. No one can shout it away from you. Don’t let anyone bully you out of your own center. Be grace.
Tuesday the Moon finishes with the last bit of Cancer and heads into Sun-ruled Leo. Remember the fable where the wind and sun compete to influence a traveler to take off their robe? A sunny disposition leads to a more pleasurable mood. The Moon sextiles Venus for some assistance there. Of course there may be drama, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. The play’s the thing! The Moon trines Chiron as well and not everything has to be serious business in order to learn the lesson. A Moon square to Uranus adds spice… surprise!
Wednesday, the Leo mood continues with quincunxes to Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter at the end of the night. Don’t bite off more than you can chew – tomorrow is another day. If you can, find time to play, dream, and wander. It sounds shallow, but it’s timely and centering. Generosity brings a feeling of power. Venus goes direct in Gemini overnight and pleasure prepares to lift off again.
Thursday, the Moon finishes up in Leo with a quincunx to Pisces Mars. Maybe you want to play or sleep in… and can’t. Or perhaps you do and that’s not what you feel you ought to have done. Either way, just jump back in wherever you find your opening. No harm, no foul, no guilt. When the Moon moves to Virgo, you’re going to make up for it anyway. A square to newly direct Venus and a sextile to the Sun is hustle to your bustle. But it’s also fun if you get into the groove.
Friday’s Virgo Moon starts out with a trine to Uranus and heads into sextile with retro Mercury. Mercury rules Virgo, so we get a chance to find and improve on missed details. It’s a mood for service and tactile satisfaction, but don’t expect it to be straightforward or business as usual. The Virgo Moon trine Uranus holds some unexpected twists, but they’re beneficial and sure to improve our overall acumen.
By nighttime, the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune. Is the blindfold coming off or going on? Expect a puzzle, a conundrum. When you don’t have a handle on all the facts yet, it helps to dream up some possible solutions – even if they’re pie in the sky. What’s the ideal? What’s your best case scenario? It can feel like the responsible thing to do… to keep your needs realistic. However, if you let your hopes dissolve and shrink, you shrink your options as well. Reconnect with the feelings behind the hopes and dreams that come up now. We’re expanding our options, slowly but surely. At the same time, appreciate what you have now that once you hoped for. Do you remember those things?
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
While Epicurious is correct, it’s also a good time to curate a new cloud of dreams to bring down to earth… maybe not now, but someday. We can balance the two.