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Sunday, July 5, 2020 — SELF-DETERMINATION
Establishing priorities can be complicated when our individual goals clash with what’s best for those we love. In a perfect world, what’s good for one is good for all. However, the result-oriented Capricorn Full Moon Eclipse at 12:44 am EDT is a reminder that decisions are not necessarily straightforward. In fact, the Sun and Mercury are visiting nurturing Cancer, confronting us with where our emotional needs are not being fulfilled. We might dream about an unrealistic future that is built on idealistic visions as Luna forms a cooperative sextile with fantasy-prone Neptune. Nevertheless, the Moon’s subsequent conjunctions with planetary heavyweights Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn run us through the gauntlet as we face extreme emotional swings. Optimism may rapidly shift to overwhelm, leaving us with the task of facing resistance from people or circumstances. Thankfully, lunar eclipses can catalyze growth on many levels if we are willing to relinquish some aspect of the past. Unfortunately, we often let other people’s shortcomings and fears diminish our own potential. Believing in ourselves is a true act of courage. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut wrote, “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
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ASTROLOGY FORECAST for JULY 2020
Recorded on June 29, 2020 in Redmond, WA
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One of the hard lessons of the ongoing Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto cluster is that all forms of media are biased and it’s difficult to know what is true. On July 1, retrograde Saturn temporarily leaves Aquarius after a three-month visit, backing into Capricorn, where it stays until December, giving us nearly six-months to figure it out and to turn the ship of humanity onto a more sustainable course. We might wish the pieces would come together as easily as they do in our imagination, but the cosmos has us on a path designed for slow learners, as if to make sure no one gets left behind.
The lingering impact of the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction on June 30 flavors the entire month of July with a combination of optimism and dread as hidden issues continue to rise to the surface where they cannot be denied. Unconscious behavior and buried history see the light of day. The Capricorn Full Moon on July 4 is a Lunar Eclipse, the final eclipse in a series of three this season. It is a punctuation mark on a six-week paragraph of change, though its influence will be felt for months. We must adjust to assertive Mars now on an extended visit to impulsive Aries through the end of the year, where it can incite unpremeditated reactions to touchy situations when cooler heads are needed to prevail. Mercury’s conflictive squares to Mars on July 8 and July 27 put us on notice to think before we respond. Mercury turns direct on July 12, a premature notice that things are moving forward again, since Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, and Neptune are still retrograde, demanding we revise the past before moving into the future.
The Cancer New Moon on July 20 requires another round of relearning. It’s opposition to taskmaster Saturn won’t let us get away with casual behavior or avoidance tactics. We are reaping what has been sown while simultaneously preparing to sow seeds for future growth. Brighter days are within reach once the Sun enters expressive Leo on July 22. An expansive phase is heralded by a cosmic wake-up call the same day as Mercury sextiles Uranus. Our horizons continue to widen as Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune unfold a complex dance of dreams through July 30. Thankfully, the radiant Leo Sun creates a flowing trine to mentor Chiron on July 31, enabling us to get with the program as we strive to find clarity through the month ahead.
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RAM DASS: An Astrological Celebration.
Harvard psychology professor Dr. Richard Alpert morphed into pragmatic mystic and guru Ram Dass, wrote the seminal "Be Here Now," and aged like a fine wine into one of the most influential spiritual teachers of our times. This video untangles his natal chart while elucidating some of the important themes of his life. Thanks to my PATREON supporters for making videos like this possible.