The Daily Astro for July 19, 2013
by Valerie Sylvester
The Moon remains in restless Sagittarius today. We started the day (9:20 AM EDT) with the third hit of Saturn trine Neptune (the other two were October 10, 2012 and June 11th of this year) . In what ways have you been attempting to work that practical magic over the past months? Saturn relates to crystallization, Neptune to wisps and fogbanks that shimmer then disappear. What’s coming together and what’s dissipating? Which dreams are sustainable, which were merely mirages? It’s time to commit to make our dreams a reality. This can be holy work, if we approach it the right way. At 10:21 AM EDT, the Moon trines Uranus, newly retrograde, so we’re dealing with emotional revolution right now. The Moon in Sagittarius doesn’t want to be restrained, and Uranus retrograde in Aries is a wild card, so I suspect revelations are in store. Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius has a prophetic edge, and Uranus gets psyched through sudden flashes, so this has a “sudden enlightenment” vibe. Past lives, present and future tumble and merge until we finally “get it”. Maybe there’s an issue that stems from long ago that’s still haunting you. Now’s the time to evict all those freeloading ghosts!
The Moon squares Chiron at 11:51 AM EDT, followed by the Moon inconjunct Mercury (Mercury is stationing and will go direct tomorrow at 2:22 PM EDT). With asteroid Eris also retrograding (and don’t forget Uranus is in retro mode, too), it’s time to make connections. This energy is jangly and edgy. The Moon/Mercury hookup points to jumbled communications, and Eris retrograde invites us to take a look at how we implode or take ourselves down. There’s a barely-bottled up explosiveness in the air, plus a maverick twist. You may be surprised at what you hear today (or what you find yourself blurting out). The Moon/Chiron combo asks us to take a look at past patterns and the ways we’ve sabotaged ourselves. How have you hurt yourself or impeded progress? What are you wrestling with right now? We’re processing a lot of material and the painful questions will pop up. Keep yourself open. The answer may arrive in a lightning-like jolt.
Sabian Symbol for today’s SUN: “A modern Pocahontas.”
Kozminsky Symbol for today’s SUN: “An old mill-wheel lying on the bank of a lily pond, with pretty creepers growing over it .”
The Keyword for the Sabian Symbol is: “Compatability. ”
The Keyword for the Kozminsky Symbol is: “Charm.”
Today’s Kozminsky Symbol, with its keyword “Charm”, has a Venus vibe. A lovely pastoral scene, colorful flowers, a restful lily pond—all of these components bring forth a peaceful feel, with a nod to the past (we do have 4 planets in Cancer at the moment) in the image of the old mill-wheel. This also feels like “retirement” to me. The mill-wheel has served its purpose, done its work, and has moved on to the next arena of life, so this Symbol relates to cycles of time. This idyllic scene will draw others who are charmed by its beauty, so there’s Venus again. Kozminsky uses the word “magnetic”, which is a perfect description of the Venus effect. The Venusian power of attraction is strong. To get what you want, sometimes it’s necessary to stop trying and just draw it to you. The lily pond relates to contemplation, meditation and transformation, which echo today’s Saturn/Neptune combination. Work hard, plan, set an intention—then let it go. Let the magic happen.
The Sabian Symbol, featuring Pocahontas, relates to bridges and bridge-building. There’s also a messenger or “go-between” aspect here (Poncahontas intervenes to save John Smith’s life), so it’s also about integration and synthesis, the marriage of two very different things. We take a look at the habits and customs of others and compare them to our own. We get new input and it changes the way we view things. We’re challenged to open our minds and hearts to new ideas and new people. In the Americas, we are waking on Native American ground—the past informs the present. There’s a “spirit of place” here that can only be accessed by setting aside our own prejudices or limited ideas. We will make progress when we learn to adjust to change and consider alternatives. The down side of this Symbol is the clingy clannishness of Cancer in its negative emanations, holding on to the past due to fear of the future. Don’t become immobilized or fossilized in the past because of an archaic belief system. If you’ve been doing things the same way forever, have you progressed or regressed? Move out of your comfort zone.
THE DAILY DRAW:
Strength / 5 of Swords
“Cagefight with a Hyena”. Well, we’re really being tested here. This combination sees us struggling with the rage-headed hydra within! This one’s a real challenge. We’re going to have to summon up the resources, gird the loins, and figure out the best way to handle the situation without losing our heads. I was watching the movie “42”, the story of baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball. At one point in the film he’s trying to hit the ball and the manager for the opposing team is mercilessly trash-talking him, using racial epithets—basically throwing the kitchen sink of intolerant insults at him. Robinson keeps his cool and lets his talent speak for itself, even though (as we see when he leaves the field), it was a huge struggle not to fly into a rage from this extreme provocation. That’s the feel of this combination. We’re caught in a situation that tests us to the max, and we don’t like what we’re hearing, but at the same time we realize that we have to walk a fine line and watch what we say and do in order to pass the test. Are we up to it? Can we master our impulses and carefully guide ourselves to the next level? Here’s where we face our limitations—we’re walking the razor’s edge. There’s a multitude of voices shrieking in our ears and our minds (we’re talking Swords here!). In the midst of the cacophony we strain to hear the one true voice of our soul.