We seem to be in the epicenter of the fog of the COVID-19 war on an old way of life. With four planets turning retrograde over the last month, the current of life is at an ebbing phase, indicating a great need to go within and consciously work on our ability to cut through that fog of confusion by developing a solid internal compass attuned to the core of our heart and soul.
On May 28, Mercury makes a palpable shift from intellectual Gemini to intuitive Cancer where it correlates to a manner of perceiving and communicating that has a sensitive, protective quality. This suggests that even as restrictions are being lifted, we may be more inclined to stay in our safe spaces and tend to our inner world than rush out into the perceived danger of interacting in public. When we do go out, we’ll need to draw on Mercury in Cancer’s ability to intuit what others are trying to convey since our visual facial cues, such as smiles, will be hidden behind masks.
Mercury enters its “shadow” at 5° Cancer on June 1, indicating it will soon intensify the ebbing flow of energy due to its upcoming retrograde June 17 to July 12. Mercury will travel the degree space of 5° to 15° Cancer three times, remaining in the sign that governs home and family through August 4. Hopefully, the Messenger of the Gods dwelling in the sign that also represents where we live at the seat of our soul will encourage us to listen to our inner voice and share the messages we receive with loved ones. Risking the vulnerability of such openness can lead to deeper connections and also lift us out of the weight of suppressing our feelings.
During its stay in Cancer, Mercury will form a stimulating sextile to Uranus in Taurus three times, on June 5, June 20 and July 22. Uranus is considered the higher octave of Mercury and this aspect can feel like our synapses are being ignited in a way that produces unusual, out of the box or brilliant thoughts however fleeting. This is a signature that correlates with breaking away from common consensus and developing our own authority rather than acquiescing to programming we learned growing up. Humanity really needs each person’s unique ideas right now, so put on those imagining caps and meditate on these planetary archetypes as if our future depends on it.
Venus forms its “Inferior Conjunction” with the Sun on June 3, the midpoint of its retrograde and the “new moon” phase of the Sun/Venus cycle. The Sabian symbol for this “Inferior Conjunction” at 14° Gemini seems cosmically selected for this highly pressurized moment in time: “Bridging physical space and social distinctions, two men communicate telepathically.” Dane Rudhyar’s keynote interpretation for this degree is “the capacity to transcend the limitations of bodily existence.” The intense experience of having to minimize social interaction is accelerating the need to develop new ways of relating. Making the effort to develop this “technique of transcendence” would make us pioneers of human evolution. It could lead to a more direct form of communication wherein our minds would learn to “operate within the One Mind of humanity” through a “vibratory resonance.” Yet Rudhyar also warns of “confusion and many failures, as well as illusory claims and self-deceit” should we not concurrently dissolve the ego that is formed from the pressures of family and culture. The synchronicity of this symbol occurring at this historic moment indicates an imperative to move out of the fog of the ego and transcend to the realm of consciousness.
The Inferior Conjunction is in a tight square to Mars in Pisces (exact on June 2 for Venus and June 6 for the Sun). These are first quarter “crisis of action” alignments that amplify tension and the need to resolve it via internal shifts in our attitudes about what we desire, or by external action that aligns with our need to express freely, with compassion but without concern for how others will react. What positive changes could we make in how we relate to and value ourselves? Do we acknowledge and assert our right to exist and act as the creative beings we are, or do we live to please others and keep the peace at any price? One of the most universal forms of anxiety that shuts down our creative impulses and ability to connect with others authentically is not accepting the whole of who we are. This alignment may spur us to tap into the spiritual strength to be ourselves with others.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius opposing the Sun in Gemini on June 5 is the first of three Eclipses that will unfold over the coming month. Eclipses often correlate to external events or inner realizations that are experienced like combustions thrusting us out of a state of inertia. The signs involved represent a set of universal archetypes in need of integration. Gemini archetypally urges us to learn how to communicate more effectively by focusing our intent on what we need to convey and to be as clear as possible. It also urges us to be curious about life and make connections from the massive information input we experience through our perceptions. Yet at the same time it asks us to develop “the art of letting things happen” by allowing ourselves to receive wisdom out of quiet contemplation rather than endlessly seeking it outside of ourselves. Sagittarius focuses on the panorama of existence and the emerging philosophical meaning behind it. It seeks direct experience on a broad scale to understand life within the context of the widely diverse expressions of the world’s inhabitants. Sagittarius asks us to develop “the art of living together” by finding ways to live on this planet in harmony through honoring our universal shared experience.
The Lunar Eclipse forms a challenging T-square with Mars and Neptune in Pisces, and with Venus still closely conjunct the Sun, this becomes a formidable five-planet alignment that focalizes the combined archetypes into one imperative to communicate from the heart with the courage and conviction of our spiritual truth. The more we communicate clearly the more we will understand each other; and the more we accept people for who they are, the more we can find joy in encountering their mystery as well. The Sun’s square to Neptune, exact on June 11, is another “crisis of action” alignment requiring us to put into motion the seed ideas planted at the time of the Sun/Neptune conjunction on March 8, just as the global lockdown was unfolding. The best way to support each other through the sense of loss brought about by this crisis, is by having the courage to show up to it with full presence and compassion. The grace of being able to let go of that which once was so deeply embedded in us can still be experienced by recognizing our “capacity to transcend the limitations of bodily existence.” Perhaps in the process we will come to understand that we are not our bodies, or our minds, but that we each are individualized units of consciousness sent into this collective reality in order to evolve. Let’s hope the inertia-busting Lunar Eclipse aligned with the archetypal mystery represented by Neptune, will ignite more open discourse about opening to higher states of consciousness from which to view the human condition and out of that be able to co-create a new world order.